Community Health Worker
My name is Mauricia Cardona Matías. I am from Todos Santos, Guatemala. My first language is Mam. I graduated from Newport High School in 2021. I speak Spanish and now I am learning English as my third language. I like to help people who speak Mam because it is not easy for them to communicate and understand how the system works in this country. I hope in the future, through Arcoíris Cultural and Olalla Center, to be able to support my community to progress and to form a part of this community.
David Conant-Norville, MD
Consulting Physician, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. David Conant-Norville M.D. co-founded Mind Matters PC in 2001 after realizing the need for a multi-disciplinary care clinic to provide comprehensive mental health care for persons of all ages. He is a medical physician, double board-certified child and adolescent psychiatry and general psychiatry, and has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association as a Distinguished Life Fellow and by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as a Distinguished Fellow. As a member of the Mind Matters PC management team, Dr. Conant-Norville currently serves as President and Clinical Director.
A lifelong Oregonian, Dr. Conant-Norville grew up in southeast Portland. He attended Stanford University majoring in Human Biology and returned to Oregon to attend medical school at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU).
After completing a residency program in General Psychiatry and a fellowship program in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at OHSU, Dr. Conant-Norville and his family moved to Pendleton, Oregon in 1987 where he became the first Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Physician to live and work in Eastern Oregon. In 1993, he returned to live in the Portland area, but continued to regularly travel to Pendleton to provide psychiatric care for the region. Due to the COVID pandemic, Mind Matters PC closed their Pendleton clinic, but Dr. Conant-Norville continues to provide care to the Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington community via telemedicine. Dr. Conant-Norville is medically licensed in both Oregon and Washington.
Because of Dr. Conant-Norville’s extensive experience using video conferencing to connect to eastern Oregon patients for over 20 years, the 100% practice transition to telemedicine in March 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic has been successful. When the pandemic significantly lessens in the Pacific N.W. we hope to soon be able to provide both telemedicine and in-person appointments.
Dr. Conant-Norville has a passion for sports psychiatry and has given many lectures at local, national, and international psychiatric meetings on the state of youth sports, anti-doping in sport, and ADHD and the athlete, among other topics. Additionally, he has authored multiple professional articles on these subjects. He is particularly interested in sport as a treatment modality for psychiatric illness. Dr. Conant-Norville served for many years on the board of directors for the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP), as Outreach Director as well as chair of the ISSP Youth Sports Committee. More recently, he has been interested in anti-racism in sport as well as his continuing interest in building youth sport experiences that enhance mental wellness.
Dr. Conant-Norville is a psychiatric consultant to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), as well as the PGA and LPGA Tour Anti-Doping Program. He has contributed to the International Olympic Committee’s Mental Health Training program for health professionals with lectures on ADHD and the Elite Athlete and the Youth Athlete and Mental Health. Currently he serves on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Directory and the NFL Players Association Clinician Directory.
Dr. Conant-Norville has enjoyed participating in many team and individual sports during his childhood and adolescence which prepared him to play collegiate soccer at Stanford University. He also has coached Middle school competitive soccer. In 2009, he took up Taekwondo and is currently 3rd degree blackbelt. Dr. Conant-Norville enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, traveling, and enjoying all that life in Oregon has to offer.
Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as General Psychiatry
Oregon Medical License
Washington State Medical License
Community Resource Navigator
I come from a family where I am the third of seven siblings and my family is the most important thing to me as they are always my greatest personal and professional motivation.
In 2019, I arrived in the United States as a visitor and for family reasons I decided to stay in this country. I started working in different areas such as housekeeping, cooking, bussing and banquets.
I was born and raised in Mexico, where I earned a degree in Law. I also worked as a teacher in private schools and for the government of my State and country as a fiscal executor and that is how I discovered that I like to work in public service.
I am currently working for the community outreach program of the Olalla Center organization and Arcoíris Cultural program as a Community Resource Navigator and Assistant for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).
Robb Davis, MEd
Project Bravery Program Manager
Robb has lived on the Oregon Coast for nearly six years, but the Northwest has always been home to him. He earned his master’s degree and teaching certificate in 2006, then decided to teach overseas for a decade or so. He taught English lit in Central America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. During that time, he worked with students from ages ten to nineteen, all with unique intersectionalities. In 2015, he returned to the U.S. He loves working with young adults but wasn’t sure he wanted to continue teaching. Then the pandemic happened. Between then and now, Robb pursued a couple of his other passions: espresso and books! Then, through volunteer work with the first Newport Pride celebration in September 2022, he was made aware of Project Bravery. Robb is looking forward to Newport Pride ‘23, and he is really looking forward to working with Olalla Center, Project Bravery, and especially LGBTQIA2S+ young adults throughout Lincoln County!
Jessica Denio, MS, QMHP
Day Treatment Program Manager, Therapist
I grew up in Scholls Oregon, a small town in Hillsboro, Oregon. I attended Western Oregon University and received my Bachelor's in Psychology. I earned my Master's of Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. I received 3 years of course work in theoretical modalities, psychopathology, multicultural matters, psychometric testing, and ethics. I had 3 individual yearlong placements including an adolescent inpatient placement, outpatient child facility, and a geriatric neuropsychology testing facility. I worked for 3 and a half years as a child and family therapist for Trillium Family Services at the Children’s Farm Home. I currently work as the weekend center supervisor for the same facility.
I believe that every behavior serves a purpose and in order to understand challenging behaviors, we must look at their function. What benefit has that behavior served in the past and how can we create adaptive behaviors that fill that same function. I draw my therapeutic practices from an eclectic variety of modalities. I utilize techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Attachment Theory.
Midwestern University for Masters of Clinical Psychology
Western Oregon University for undergrad BA in Psychology
Alex Guevara, CHW
Community Health Manager, OHP Assister
My name is Alex Guevara and I was born in Ecuador. When I was young, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States and I learned about cultural sensitivity. I am bilingual, I am fluent in Spanish and English. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to assist our community in medical and dental insurance enrollment. This opportunity taught me that the need of our families was greater than only health insurance. Each family lives with other needs, lack of knowledge on how to access services, and barriers to access these resources. This gave me a purpose and motivation to learn about community resources and services available to help families and connect them with agencies, programs and resources to meet their needs.
Day Treatment Behavioral Specialist
I previously worked at Shangri-La working with adults with disabilities for thirteen years. For the last two years, I have been a medication aide for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. I feel I have gained experiences from both of these places that will help me work at the Olalla Center. I have become very skilled in working with people who have behavioral issues and defusing them. I am excited to be opening this new chapter in my life. Working with people and helping them overcome daily obstacles is very rewarding to me.
QMHP Intern, D/MT Intern
Kirsten Rios gained her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University and is currently a Dance/Movement Therapy intern. She is studying at Pratt Institute’s Creative Arts Therapy Low-Residency Program. She moved to the Oregon Coast in 2016, where she worked as the Family Support Coordinator at Neighbors for Kids for four years, which is where she first learned about the work that the Olalla Center. She was intrigued by the incredible and dedicated work that the Olalla Center does for many of the children and families within the community and feels honored to be interning with such a prestigious facility.
Denise Leonard, MS, LPC
Interim Executive Director, Clinical Supervisor, Pegasus Mental Health Therapist
Denise holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She did her internship at the Olalla Center, and upon graduation obtained a position as a mental health counselor at the Lincoln County Health and Human Services office. After two years she decided to return to Olalla. Now with 8 years experience and after serving as Clinical Director and Pegasus Program Manager, Denise is now Executive Director.
Denise believes that everyone has the power to make positive changes within themselves. She employs an eclectic therapeutic approach with an emphasis on supporting clients as they discover tools and develop skills to accomplish their goals. Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, horses, and all their animals. She has enjoyed living on the Oregon Coast since 2003.
Before joining Olalla Center, I worked as a Press and Insertion Assistant at the Newport News Times. In 2022, I graduated from Newport High School and will be attending Oregon Coast Community College in the fall on the Oregon Coast Scholars scholarship with the eventual goal of becoming an Architectural Engineer. I am thrilled to be working at such a community-based organization.
Korayma Llumiquinga Lapham
Korayma serves as the Communications Specialist for the Olalla Center. They were inspired by the work their father was doing in the Lincoln County community through the Olalla Center and decided it was time to get to work too.
Korayma spent many of their years growing up in Lincoln County, right between the salty Pacific Ocean spray and the dense rain forests of the Coast Range. They come from a bilingual (Spanish and English) and multicultural household where there was always good music and delicious food. They graduated from Newport High School in 2019 with an Honors Diploma, a valedictorian medal, and a Seal of Biliteracy.
Korayma is currently a junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where they are majoring in Spanish with minors in Music and Theater. When Korayma isn’t working or in class, they’re usually singing in the shower, drinking piping hot tea or hanging out with their friends.
Alex Llumiquinga, CHW
Arcoíris Cultural Program Manager
My name is Alex Llumiquinga. I was born in the country of Ecuador. As a teenager I left Ecuador, to travel around countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia performing traditional Andean music. I moved to the US in the year 2001. For many years I worked as a full time musician to support my growing family. A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to work for the LCSD as a bilingual tutor with K-2 students. Currently I work part-time for the Migrant Education Program and the Olalla Center as an OHP Outreach Coordinator. My job provides me the opportunity to have a direct connection to the Latinx and Migrant populations in Lincoln County. I am committed to helping the community and being there when they need me. My goal is to make a difference in people's lives and empower them so they can be the change in the future.
Maygen, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director, Child and Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience working with children and families for Olalla Center. I have worked with children ages 3-17, adults of all ages, as well as natural, foster, and adoptive parents. I have helped many people manage and overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, resentment, physical, emotional and sexual trauma, behavior/parenting challenges, and more. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and am licensed in the State of Oregon. My clinical approach is eclectic, which allows me to design personalized treatment based on the individual strengths of each of my clients. People are individuals so I believe their counseling should be as well. Some of my favorite techniques utilize narrative therapy and mindfulness practices but that is not appealing to everyone. I believe my job is to help identify what works for you to reach your personal goals and help walk the path toward healing with you.
Boston University - Master's degree in Clinical Social Work
Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers - LCSW
Cassie McCrea-Bell, QMHA
Intake Coordinator, Case Management
I grew up in the Newport/Toledo area since I was six years old. I graduated from Newport High and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Portland State University in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I am currently enrolled to begin my master's program at PSU in Social Work this Fall 2023. My goal is to be a therapist with Olalla to continue to serve children and families in Lincoln County. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, camping and spending time with family including my three dogs.
Birgit Meyer, MD
Originally I am from Germany, where I completed medical training and worked in social/ behavioral pediatrics before becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist. I moved to the United States over 20 years ago and have lived in beautiful Oregon for 15 of those. After fellowship at OHSU I’ve gained experience working with children and adolescents at various levels of care - inpatient, subacute, residential and also EASA- early assessment and support alliance. For the past 7 years I’ve been mostly engaged in community based / school based outpatient work with children and teens from age 5 up to 18. Although I have ample experience prescribing medications, I’ve developed a more holistic approach over the past 5 years. In my free time I enjoy Gracie, my Golden retriever, hiking, camping, singing in a choir and art.
I graduated from Western Oregon University in 2020 with my BA in Health and Communications and now I'm currently attending Portland State to obtain my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. I am also fluent in ASL and I have spent my whole career being an advocate for people who struggle to do so on their own. My passion is working with those with disabilities or those who don't access to many resources. I feel as though I can relate to my clients because I have to adapt to my environment on a daily basis to self-regulate and when someone is having a hard time doing that they can feel overwhelmed. Being that guide to help re-regulate the disregular is my goal.
Penelope, MSW, CSWA, and ASDIP
Outpatient Program Coordinator, Child & Family Therapist
I love working with children and have spent a majority of my career serving youth and families – as a nanny, preschool teacher, middle/high school teacher, Oregon Healthy Kids Program Outreach Coordinator, Executive Director of a transitional housing program for homeless children and teens, and as a Child and Family Therapist. I have been with the Olalla Center since September of 2019.
I have a Master's degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado. In May of 2022, I completed Autism Spectrum Disorder Informed Professional certification.
My clinical approach is client-centered and strengths-based and informed by the belief that creating positive and affirming relationships is an integral part of healing. I primarily utilize a combination of mindfulness, narrative, art, and play therapy techniques based on the client’s interests and therapeutic goals.
My husband and I have five children, three of whom are adopted. I became a grandmother for the first time in April of 2022. Spending time with my children, granddaughter, dogs and grand-dog, crabbing in the Yaquina River, hanging out at Nye Beach, and drinking coffee are some of my favorite ways to spend my time.
Louisiana State University- Master's degree in Social Work
Oregon Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers- CSWA
Parker Preston, MA, QMHP, CADC III
Project Bravery Therapist
I recently moved to the Oregon Coast to join the Olalla and Project Bravery Team because of my passion & excitement for working with LGBTQIA2S+ youth, emerging adults, and families. Previously, I served as a Lead Co-Occurring Therapist for a Portland, Oregon based non-profit
agency. My transition to the helping profession started in 2007 when I worked as a Case Manager at an LGBTQIA2S+ transitional living program (TLP) for foster care youth in Clearwater, Florida.
When it comes to therapy, I believe you are the author of your story. I hope to create a space where you feel brave, respected, and welcome to explore your experience. I believe in building insight and awareness, while strengthening resilience. I am a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP-C) & Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC III) through the Mental Health and Addiction Board of Oregon (MHACBO), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) with a master’s degree in counseling.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy domestic and international travel, culinary adventures, time at the beach, and walks with George, my rescue dog from Hawaii.
Youth Activity Program Director
Sarah Prue has been working with the Olalla Center since the summer of 2022 and has quickly become an essential member of the team. With over a decade of professional experience in guest and customer services and an upbringing in a low-income, rural setting, Sarah brings a unique background and perspective to Olalla Center.
“Through organizing fun and educational community activities, encouraging engagement with the natural world, and supporting my neighbors however I can, I hope to demonstrate how deeply I care for and appreciate our community and environment. In collaboration with volunteers and other community members, I also hope to develop innovative and practical approaches to promoting widespread mental, physical, social, and spiritual wellness.”
Saffi Rain, QMHA-R
I was raised in England surrounded by rolling hills and wobbly villages. I love to travel and moved back to my American husband’s beloved Oregon Coast in 2019 with our daughter and two dogs.
I have worked with children from 3 months to 16 years of age with social, emotional, learning and behavioral difficulties in various British schools. Within those settings, I tended to children’s basic physical needs, delivered social skills, developed personalized interventions, implemented pastoral policies, and encouraged inquisitive minds. My secretarial experience in UK Law Firms enabled me to assist with child placement, guardianship claims, emergency protective orders and relationship disputes. As a caregiver at a Newport memory care facility, I enjoyed aiding the elderly of our community and learning about their individual personalities, pasts and perspectives.
Now, as a full-time student at OSU, studying Human Development & Family Sciences BSc, I hope to add to my existing qualifications and progress my career in providing person-centered services, with a focus on compassion, autonomy and guidance. The Olalla Center’s supportive environment makes it an amazing asset to the community and I feel privileged to be a member of the team.
Reilly, BS, QMHA, MA-Intern
Intake Coordinator, Skills Trainer, MSW Intern
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, concentrating in Prevention and Intervention Sciences from Colorado State University in 2016. After graduating, I served with AmeriCorps' Colorado Reading Corps program for one year before moving to the Oregon Coast, where I worked as a Mental Health Specialist at Samaritan Health Services for a year. I started working as a Skills Trainer and Relief Nursery Program Coordinator for the Olalla Center in 2019, and have worn several hats in the Outpatient program since then. I am currently pursuing my Master of Social Work degree through Portland State University and completing my Generalist Field Placement with Olalla. In the summer of 2021 I relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, and am grateful to continue to work and intern with Olalla remotely.
Colorado State University - Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences
Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon - QMHA
Diana "Dee" Russo Teem
Interim Executive Director, Community Health & Development Director
Dee brings 25+ years of leadership and public administration experience from nonprofit, higher education, and public sectors to her role at Olalla Center. Passionate about supporting vulnerable and marginalized people, Dee serves on the boards of the Oregon Relief Nursery Association and Child Development Network; and the IHN-CCO Health Equity Committee and Lincoln County Community Advisory Council; Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance; Oregon Health Authority Community Partner Collaborative; OHA COVID-19 Response Task Force; Lincoln County Latino Community – Building Back Better; Inter Agency Planning Team and Lincoln County Crisis Outreach Planning Team.
Earlier in her career, Dee worked in youth services at Hale Kipa, Hawaii, residential treatment at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Wyoming, and Developmental Disability Services at Venture, Inc., New York. She worked in executive leadership for Community Services Consortium (CSC), Big Brothers Big Sisters and Goshen County Economic Development, where she oversaw functions such as resource development, communications, program development, project management and marketing.
Dee is a former 2 term Oregon State Commissioner with Oregon Volunteers. Received notoriety for the fastest growing mentor program in the nation in 2002. Studied psychology, liberal arts and business at New York State University–Rockland, earned a BA in Political Science from University of Hawaii-Manoa, and completed graduate studies in Public Administration at the University of Wyoming-Laramie.
Early Childhood Services Program Manager
Amy completed her master’s degree in Elementary Education at Western Oregon University in 2017. After teaching in the public school setting in California and Oregon for over 20 years, she decided to expand her career by becoming the owner and director of ABC Educational Center in
Newport. She believes that a positive start to a child’s schooling years gives them the best possible opportunity at continued success throughout their education.
Fervently dedicated to helping and serving the working families and the children of this community, her new position with the Olalla Center will help her continue to bring these services to the families in our area.
While not teaching, Amy loves to spend time with her family. She has two grown daughters and twin boys. She and her husband have made their home in Newport and are dedicated to helping our community in any way possible
Sophia, MS, QMHP
I graduated from the University of Idaho with my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology in 2013. I have worked with a variety of populations in the mental health field, including felony probation and parole internship during my undergraduate education, in-home behavioral support and skills training for youth with developmental disabilities, and working as a skills trainer and crisis support for adults with severe mental illness. My experiences led me to work towards my counseling degree through Walden University. I am currently working with Olalla Center as an outpatient therapist providing individual counseling for adults and teens, primarily via tele-mental health.
My approach to therapy is person-centered and integrates many theories because I see that each person is coming to therapy with their own unique strengths, challenges, and experiences. In my spare time, I love to be in nature: hiking, backpacking, and finding peaceful spaces to read. I also spend time enjoying creative hobbies, spending time with animals, and enjoying time with family.
Rev. Gavin Shumate, MD
Project Bravery Program Advisor
I have wanted to be a doctor since I was very young. When I graduated from medical school in 2003, I devoted myself to women’s health. I completed my residency in OB/GYN in New Orleans in 2007. After practicing medicine for 4 years in Seattle, the opportunity arose to move to the Oregon Coast and continue providing excellence in women’s health care. Answering a call in 2015, this time to ordained ministry, I graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific with a Master’s in Theological Studies in 2017, and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in June of that year.
My call, whether medical or clerical, has always been to service, to love my fellow human beings, and to respect the dignity of every human being. As physician owner of Integrity Women’s Health & Wellness in Newport, and as priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Toledo, I am living into that call. I know that as an Olalla team member I can continue to make a difference in my community, as an extension of my service as physician and priest.
On a personal note, I am a husband, son, brother, and uncle, and father to four great kids and two amazing dogs. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, exploring new adventures in cooking, and curling up with a good book (or two, or three).