Meet the Community Partners Council

Joe Basey

Joe Basey

Joe is one of the founding members of the CPC, and his enthusiasm shows no sign of wear after 13 years. Joe currently serves as Chair of the CPC. He has a strong interest in working on behalf of, and mentoring, high school youth with disabilities, and has been involved in a variety of trainings that teach individuals about self-advocacy and self-determination. Joe has also been a member of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the State Advisory Council for Special Education. He currently works for the City of Eugene in the Adaptive Recreation Program and loves watching Ducks basketball.

Sherri Osburn

Sherri Osburn

Sherri currently serves as Treasurer of the CPC. She is an active member of her community and a strong advocate. Sherri also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Inclusion Inc., works for Meals on Wheels, has experience as a Healthy Lifestyles Trainer, and recently retired after serving eight years with the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). Sherri enjoys gardening, staying busy, and helping others get what they need!

Kiersi Coleman

Kiersi Coleman

Kiersi currently serves as Secretary of the CPC. Kiersi has also been working and volunteering for the UCEDD for over four years. She recently finished her Associates Degree at Portland Community College (PCC) and will pursue her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work at Portland State University. Kiersi was a Student Leader at the PCC Multicultural Center and also a Student Educator for the Illumination Project, both projects promoting student equality on campus. Kiersi previously lived in an adult foster care home and is a strong advocate for community living and community integration for people with disabilities, as well as universal design within society. Kiersi lives independently with her cat Rowena. She loves exploring Portland.

Paulina Larenas

Paulina Larenas

Paulina currently serves as Member-at-Large in her first term on the CPC. Originally from Chile, Paulina has lived in the Portland Metro area for 15 years and has a husband and two children. Her daughter guides Paulina in her commitment to advocate for a better life full of opportunities for her daughter, and for every person with disabilities. Representing a parent perspective on the CPC, Paulina also brings professional experience from her work at Family and Community Together (FACT) Oregon. She also has volunteered for the last three years on several projects for the UCEDD and the OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC). Paulina and family love going to the coast, to the cinema, meeting with friends, and visiting new places.

Patty Pickett-Cooper

Patty Pickett-Cooper

Patty currently works for a Community Developmental Disability Program. She has also worked in the disability field as a music therapist for a number of years. Additionally when she received her doctorate, she taught in community colleges and at universities with a focus on disability studies and human development. Patty's interest in the CPC comes from her passion as an advocate and an ally trying to tie together the theoretical concepts of the social model of disability while creating relationships among providers, families, and individuals through the work that she does at the County level. She was born and raised in Salem, but currently reside in the Wilsonville area. Her favorite thing to do for leisure is create music and spoil her two dachshunds, Bugsy and Murphy.

Greg Garoppolo

Greg Garoppolo

Greg is a community organizer and educator, advocate and member of the autism community in Portland, Oregon. He organizes and leads a support group for adults on the autism spectrum and also organizes self-advocacy events for the ASD community. He learned about UCEDD through his involvement with the Multnomah County SHEIDD project, which focuses on addressing inequities in sexual health education for individuals with developmental differences. He realized that there was increasing need for greater self-representation for the interests of adults on the autism spectrum within different ASD related organizations and is excited to be part of the CPC. Originally from Manchester, Connecticut, Greg has lived primarily in Portland (with a few extended stayed to conduct research in Tanzania) since 2008. When he is not working to increase awareness of the needs of people in the ASD community, he loves to drive laps around racetracks in one three of personally rebuilt vehicles.

Linda Akagi

Linda Akagi

Linda wanted to join the CPC because she enjoys working with the disabled community. She is passionate about being an advocate and looking out for others. She is currently an assistant researcher at Portland State University's Universal Design Lab and focuses on AAC technology. Linda is a Blazers fan, Portland native, loves to go out dancing, and is game for any fun social activity.

Ryley Newport

Ryley Newport

Ryley has worked alongside the UCEDD as a DD network partner for five years at the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). Ryley was initially introduced to the disability field as a family member of a person with a disability. He has worked for the past 10 years in the disability field in the role of expanding the involvement of people with disabilities and their families in social and policy change. Ryley has worked for the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC), the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s office, and with other local, state, and national organizations. When not working, he spends his time exploring and surfing in Oregon with his family.

Matt Hall

Matt Hall

Matt joined the CPC to learn more about the important work they do on behalf of people with disabilities and to strengthen his ties with other disability advocates and allies. In addition to the CPC, he serves on Portland's Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) helping to link the importance of accessibility in transportation policy and to promote safe streets for everybody. He currently works as a Benefits Counselor with Disability Rights Oregon's Work Incentive and Planning Assistance (WIPA) program, helping people to better understand how earnings can affect their vital healthcare and Social Security benefits. Raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, in his spare time, Matt loves reading, cooking and walking.
 

Jerrid Williams

Jerrid has served on the CPC for five years. He is a strong advocate for disability policy and disability rights. He also works to help others understand the complicated nature of such rules and laws. Living in Salem, Jerrid is no stranger to our State Capitol building. Beyond studying law, he enjoys reading, writing, and being outdoors.