VISION / MISSION
What Are Our Goals?
Creating, supporting, and maintaining communities of acknowledgement and celebration in order for LGBTQIA2S+ community members to flourish.
How We Plan to Get There:
Project Bravery strives to create safe, compassionate spaces of open expression for LGBTQIA2S+ community members; it promotes and encourages their visibility within, participation in, and leadership of the community; and it builds equitable resources and partnerships in order to best address their needs; all in the pursuit of creating communities of acknowledgement and celebration.
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+ community members throughout Lincoln County!
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.
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 Advisor to Project Bravery 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).