Director of Development
Savannah leads out on raising donations and securing major gifts from philanthropies. She also oversees marketing and communications, helping RCDC’s voice and brand continue to be recognizable and consistent across all entities. “I’m excited to help tell Rockwood’s story and highlight the value RCDC brings to the local community. Stop by and say hello!”
Grant Administrator, Community Health Worker and RELI Instructor
Melisa Crosby has been teaching English as a Second Language to immigrant, refugee, and international students for over two decades. At last count, she has worked with students from over 65 countries, from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. As the ESL instructor for the Rockwood English Language Institute (RELI), she strives to build a warm, connected community where adult students develop their English proficiency in basic literacy, communication, reading, writing, and computer skills. She is empowering adult students to participate more fully in work, community life and family literacy.
Member, Board of Directors
Elaine is an active member of several community organizations and a long time Gresham leader.
Economic Development Director,
Gustavo leads the economic strategy for our Workforce Development Program, Business Bridge, Oregon CAN, and food systems. He communicates the impact of Rockwood CDC to the community to secure private and government funding. As an English-learning immigrant, Gustavo is excited to be a part of an organization that supports immigrants and minorities on a local level.
“I want to represent fellow non-English speaking entrepreneurs and positively impact their journey to financial success.”
Rockwood CDC Executive Director
Lynn has had a life-long passion for healthy communities. Raised by a father who was a pioneer in public health, she lived in first-nation communities in Alaska, New Mexico and North Carolina. She holds graduate certificates from Oregon Health Sciences University and Multnomah University, and a BS from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2011 Lynn relocated to The Philippines with her family to become the Director of ICM’s seven medical clinics. In 2013 she returned to Rockwood and joined the board and staff of the Rockwood CDC.
Chairman, Board of Directors and CDCO president
Brad was born and raised in East Portland, Brad has personally experienced the decline and rebirth of the Rockwood area. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business. For twenty-five years, Brad developed products and companies in the telecommunication hardware industry. He has served as CEO and CFO of a publicly-traded company; and, has served as CEO of a $90 million manufacturer.
From 2007 until 2014 he chaired the board of My Father’s House. My Father’s House, which is located in Rockwood, is the US’s largest shelter for homeless families (other than those that are funded by government).
In 2011, Brad relocated to The Philippines with his wife Lynn and youngest son to become CEO of International Care Ministries. ICM taught 100,000 people per year to create micro-enterprises; ran 85 kindergartens; served 400,000 meals each month; gave scholarships to 6,000 students per year; ran six medical clinics which see 20,000 patients per year; and offered micro-credit to 3,000 borrowers. In 2012 Brad and his family returned to Portland and founded the Community Development Corporation of Oregon, which currently does business as the Rockwood CDC.
Member, Board of Directors
During Bill’s active years, he led relief and development efforts in Nigeria and the Philippines, and then broader efforts for the entire African continent. He has been a member of boards of directors for investment funds, various non-profits and faith-based organizations.
Board of Directors, Secretary
Marcel is an instructor of Entrepreneurship, Economic Development and Applied Field Research Methods at Oregon State University and Multnomah University. He has been the technical and operational led for economic development initiatives in over 20 countries, on behalf of the United Nations, national governments and non-governmental organizations.
Director of Operations
Hai, along with his parents and siblings left Vietnam and came to the United States in 1991. After receiving his Bachelor and MBA in Seattle, he moved back to the Portland Metro area. His professional background is in Operations, Financial and Risk Management. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Director, Oregon Community Capital Inc.
Eugene J. Wallace has been called a, “Strategic Advantage,” by many of his clients. As founder and president of Family Business Advisers and owner of Excell Oregon, Eugene has integrated his experience as a husband, father, successful business owner, and his understanding of business and organizational theory, to forge a highly effective practice advising business leaders in the success and succession of their businesses. He works with clients as they discover where they want to take the business, determine, with candid clarity, what the current state of the business is and then to develop an intentional and wise plan in the pursuit of success and succession. He actively assists clients as they do the work to actually pursue excellence in business.
Eugene has invested more than 15 years of his life working in the field of education, as a faculty member, administrator and coach. He has earned three Masters Degrees focusing on Counseling, Human Development, and Philosophical and Theological Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette.