2014-2015 Legacy Fellows

SAGE is proud to honor our 2015 Legacy Fellows!

Legacy Fellows participate in our nine-month leadership program to develop and carry out community benefit projects of their own design. SAGE’s coach and advisors help fellows to define a community challenge or area of need, and to leverage their strengths and passion to implement a solution.

Click on each fellow’s photo to learn about their project. SAGE honored the accomplishments of each fellow at its June 2015 closing dinner and celebration.

For more information about the fellows or their projects, contact SAGE at (971) 717-6570 or email info@wearesage.org.

Alcina Anthony & Mark Howe

Alcina Anthony & Mark Howe

Alcina and Mark are developing a fully-paid and temporary employment internship for individuals with a drug-related felony. By creating the new internship, they aim to give individuals who made mistakes a second chance to start a career, become self-sufficient, and build a new life.

Deb Child & Fran Finney

Deb Child & Fran Finney

As more LGBTQ youth inform their families at an early age about their sexual orientation, more are being separated from non-accepting families and are experiencing homelessness. The nonprofit organization, Outside In, is helping homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. Deb and Fran are leading a project for Outside In to conduct interviews and review successful practices used by other community agencies and individuals in serving LGBTQ youth, especially transgender youth.

Robert Dale

Robert Dale

Robert is developing a significant and comprehensive website documenting the beautiful ceramics by artist Ben Sams. Little is known about Mr. Sams today probably because he quit exhibiting and producing art in the early 1980's. He had more than 50 exhibitions and shows throughout the country in the 1960's and 70's and was once described by Time Magazine as the foremost young ceramic artist in the country.

Ward Greene

Ward Greene

Ward is developing a “Give Forward Day” to provide customers qualifying for senior discounts an opportunity to donate those discounts to local nonprofits that help younger and future generations. Through this initiative, he aims to create a new and simple way for seniors to give to causes that help the next generation.

Cynthia Lester & Connie McDonald

Cynthia Lester & Connie McDonald

Cynthia and Connie's project is with "Grace House - Women at the Well" - a residential 6 month transitional home for women in Salem, Oregon. Together, they are creating and executing a curriculum of therapeutic workshops at Grace House.

Andrew Ragland

Andrew Ragland

Andrew is facilitating the installation of solar panels on twenty or more homes in the Hillsdale District of Portland. The project involves many stakeholders including homeowners, foundations, local, state and federal renewable energy organizations, financial institutions and religious congregations, amongst others. In addition to reducing the cost of power for these homeowners, Andrew intends to expand the use of renewable energy in the region while creating an energy model that can be leveraged in other communities.

Mena Ravassipour

Mena Ravassipour

Mena is leading an initiative to promote the sharing of resources and expertise among neighbors in a residential community. With the support of the property management, she is developing a pilot project to engage local experts to volunteer their time and expertise to help others in need. Through the project, she aims to strengthen community ties, while helping people conserve resources by utilizing the tools, knowledge, and expertise of their neighbors.

Roberta Schwarz

Roberta Schwarz

Working with other volunteers at the nonprofit organization Neighbors for a Livable West Linn (NLWL), Roberta and her team successfully acquired and restored fourteen acres of White Oak Savanna in her community. Her project is to raise, by June of 2015, $1,000,000 in funds to acquire another six-acre parcel, so that NLWL can preserve the entire area (20 plus acres) in perpetuity as a natural park (her team already raised $500,000 toward this goal).

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Dogs are an integral component of the social support network for many individuals and quite likely contribute to public health and well-being. Liz's program extends the tenets of the sharing marketplace to benefit pets and people. She is integrating our elderly population into the community by promoting canine friendship where the seniors serve as "Fairy Dog Parents" while the dog's family is away for the day at work. In addition to connecting pets with loving caretakers, Liz is hopeful the program will help the senior caretakers gain a sense of purpose, combat loneliness, and earn income for their services.

Mike Unger

Mike Unger

Mike is the President of Engineers for a Sustainable Future (ESF), a nonprofit organization that highlights the leadership role engineers play in bringing about technical solutions to sustainability challenges. Mike’s project is to build ESF’s membership base and to engage more engineers in the organization’s education and advocacy initiatives.

Mary Louise Warhus

Mary Louise Warhus

Mary Louise's project is a collaboration with People-Places-Things, an organization that offers Interculturalist teacher training for teaching language and cultural skills to non-native English speakers, and provides free community language classes and culture practice experiences to English language learners throughout Greater Portland. Mary Louise is reaching out to higher education institutions in the region to explore, define, and, where possible, help design and implement student internship opportunities with P-P-T; such internships can dramatically expand connections and bridge gaps between cultures.