Staff & Board

Our Staff

Lilly Do, Program & Administrative Coordinator

Lilly Do (she/her) joined the Write Around Portland staff in May 2022 after volunteering as a workshop facilitator for over 2 years. She brings over 7 years of administrative experience and 8 years teaching English Composition in higher education. When she isn’t facilitating workshops, Lilly spends her time engaging in the BIPOC, AAPI, and queer and trans communities around Portland as well as co-organizing QTAPI spaces through the writing project Liminal Bodies. A sci-fi nerd through and through, you can find Lilly quoting Octavia Butler or recounting all the philosophical lessons one can learn through Star Trek. Lilly earned her Master of Arts in English from Eastern New Mexico University.

Contact Lilly to learn more about Resonate

Elisabeth Geier, Volunteer Coordinator

Elisabeth Geier (she/her) has been a volunteer facilitator with Write Around Portland since 2015 and joined the staff in April 2022. She brings 10 years of experience in program and development support for Portland-area nonprofit organizations, and a lifetime commitment to creative expression and community. Elisabeth holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. 

Contact Elisabeth to learn more about volunteering, facilitation, internships, and Freewrite

Chris McDonald, Executive Director

Chris (he/him) has been Executive Director of Write Around Portland since 2022. Prior to joining Write Around, Chris worked at DoveLewis, Our House of Portland, the Oregon Zoo, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. He holds a Bachelors degree in English and Creative Writing from UC Davis and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oregon State University, where he also taught English composition and creative writing. He has also taught composition courses at Chemeketa Community College. Before joining the staff, he had been a Write Around facilitator since 2014. He writes under the name Chris Yamashita and his fiction has been published in Weave, Your Impossible Voice, and Compose Journal. 

Contact Chris to learn more about ways to give, Inkwell, estate giving, sponsorships, our board of directors, and workplace roundtables

Leah Middleton, Development & Engagement Coordinator

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Leah (she/they) was an intern and facilitator for Write Around before joining the staff in 2022. She earned a BA in English Literature and Writing at Marylhurst University and her writing circles themes such as family, mental health, the body, and queerness. Leah, pronounced LAY-uh, enjoys thrift shopping, practicing ASL, summer days by the river, game nights, making people laugh, and pondering how to use their Scorpio superpowers for good.

Contact Leah to learn more about making a donation, buying a book, donating journals, Prompt, Raise Your Pen, or our readings

Sarah Weller, Program Director

Sarah (she/her) joined the staff at Write Around in March 2015 after eight years as an agency partner and donor. She earned her BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and then spent ten years working directly with people experiencing homelessness and living in low-income housing in the Portland Metro area. She finds joy in walks with her pup, gluten-free goodies, parenting a young person, poems, and noticing the beauty in the everyday. Writing continues to be a way she can connect back to herself and those around her.

Contact Sarah to learn more about workshops at your nonprofit/other agency

Our Board of Directors

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Board Leadership

Chenoa Philabaum (she/her), Co-Chair

City of Portland

Reggie Wideman (he/him), Co-Chair

Live Ramp

Sara Guest (she/her), Secretary

Multnomah County

Michael Montoya (he/him), Treasurer

Skeo Solutions

Board Members

Kelsey Allen (she/her)

Meals on Wheels People

Precious Bugarin (she/her)

Mercy Corps

Alex Larralde (she/her)

Betterworks

Marisol Tawadros (she/her)

Nike

Amanda Walsh (she/her)

PagerDuty

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