Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series

Southern Oregon Homelessness Summit:
Uniting to Address Housing Insecurity

Saturday, Feb 3, 2024 • Ashland, Oregon
Ashland Hills Hotel and Conference Center

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SEE ALSO: Southern Oregon Human Trafficking Disruptors Summit • March 2024



Are you concerned about the escalating crisis of homelessness?
Do you want to help? Are you looking for a place to start?
Learn about the causes & possible solutions to this complex issue.

The Feb. 3, 2024 Southern Oregon Homelessness Summit is a rare opportunity to dive deep and explore the growing challenges and proven solutions to issues surrounding homelessness. Come engage and get insights from some of the top leaders.

Everyone is welcome to attend this low-cost, day-long intensive summit. This is a gathering of seasoned professionals addressing the challenges along with caring people who feel compassion for their fellow community members to network and become better informed about the issues.

Cass Sinclair & Linda Reid on JPR Radio with Geoffrey Riley, Jan. 8, 2024

Cass Sinclair & Jordan Pease on KSKQ Radio with Jason Houk, Jan. 24, 2024

Get inspired and learn from these presenters from the national, state and local levels about the causes of homelessness, from a lack of affordable housing, income disparities, health issues, domestic violence, and racial inequalities. 

The crisis of homelessness is a complex issue that is multifaceted and requires study to truly understand and to learn ways to diligently apply solutions. People of all backgrounds across the country are struggling with housing costs that have far outpaced wage growth. Many homeless families and individuals remain unseen.

Moreover, certain populations are at greater risk of homelessness. They have fewer opportunities to access safe, affordable housing and health care and face more barriers to fulfilling these basic needs once they lose them.


16 EXHIBITORS- CLICK FOR INFO: ACCESSCommunity WorksHome Share OregonHousing Authority of Jackson CountyJackson Care ConnectJackson County Veterans AdministrationLa Clinica Health Services Oregon Department of Human ServicesOpportunities for Housing, Resources & Assistance (OHRA)Rogue RetreatRogue Valley Metaphysical Library (RVML)The Salvation ArmySt. Vincent de Paul of MedfordSouthern Oregon Jobs with JusticeStreet DogsSuperkid Power with Grandma Boom

Produced by Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series, OHRA (Opportunities for Housing, Resources and Assistance) and RVML Community Resource Center. Ticket price includes lunch. Print POSTER. For more info, please Contact Us

Presenters and Panelists

Stacy Brubaker is passionate about community work and the value we all bring to the table collectively. For the past eleven years, Stacy has worked for Jackson County, OR. Ten of those years she served as the Division Manager for Jackson County Mental Health, and she has been the Department Director for Jackson County Health and Human Services for the past 18 months. Stacy recently completed a Certificate in Public Health from Oregon State University, in an effort to expand her knowledge of the services that she is now responsible for throughout four divisions, Public Health, Mental Health, Administrative Services and Developmental Disabilities.

Stacy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Utah State University in 1988, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2006. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has worked in the field of social work for the past 35 years.

Melanie Doshier
ACCESS Jackson County

Melanie Doshier has served as the Support Services Director of ACCESS Jackson County since April 2020. She oversees state, federal and foundational funds that are designed to support housing stabilization programs. Melanie has 18 years of experience in Human Resources Leadership and program development fields. She believes people best serve people, and is passionate about the impact these programs make in Jackson County.

Jason Elzy is the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jackson County. Over the past two decades, Jason and the Housing Authority team have worked to grow the agency into the largest developer of multifamily-residential housing in Southern Oregon. Jason presently serves on multiple boards and committees including Jackson Care Connect,  Jackson County Continuum of Care, Housing Authorities of Oregon, Medford Housing Advisory Committee, and the Grants Pass Housing Advisory Committee.

Mary Ferrell

Mary Ferrell is the founder and Executive Director of Maslow Project. Born and raised in Medford, Oregon, Mary graduated from Southern Oregon University and began working with homeless children and families through the Medford School District in 2000. After working directly with homeless children and families for several years, Mary saw the need for a “youth-centric” one-stop resource center where kids and families could quickly and easily access essential needs and support services all in one location. Mary started Maslow Project as a grassroots effort in 2006 and founded it as a nonprofit organization officially in 2009. Maslow Project has since received national recognition for its program model serving homeless youth and has been featured internationally in media outlets such as New York Times, BBC, and 20/20. Maslow Project has gained national and international attention and received numerous awards for outstanding service and community impact.

Mary is an American Leadership Senior Fellow and has served on numerous boards and initiatives addressing housing, children and family services, and civil rights. Mary is currently a Governor appointed member serving on the Oregon Housing Stability Council.

Libby Gill

Libby Gill is the founder and president of Libby Gill & Company, a leadership coaching
and consulting firm. Her clients include Bank of America, Disney, Honda, Microsoft,
PayPal, Rogue Credit Union, Sony, United Healthcare, The Human Bean and many
more. Prior to founding her company in 2000, she was the head of public relations and
corporate communications for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting in Los

Libby is an international speaker and award-winning author of six non-fiction books,
including You Unstuck and The Hope-Driven Leader, with her debut novel to be
published by Penguin Random House in May, 2024. She serves as president of the
Women’s Leadership Connection (formerly Women’s Leadership Conference) of
Southern Oregon and is the former Vice Chair of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services,
the first and largest suicide prevention center in the country.



Sen. Jeff Golden
Oregon State Legislature

Senator Jeff Golden attended Harvard University as a National Scholar during the height of the Vietnam War and decided to swap the Ivy Halls for 20 acres in the backwoods of Oregon and a used chainsaw. After a decade building homes, guiding whitewater river trips, and working in the forests of the Cascade Mountains, Jeff dropped back in to earn a Masters in Communications degree from Stanford University. He has spent the last 35 years in politics, broadcasting and editorial journalism and organizational consulting. His political career includes service as a Jackson County Commissioner, Chief of Staff to the Oregon Senate President, and Environmental Policy aide to the City of Portland. During those years he wrote Forest Blood, the pre-eminent novel of the Northwest timber wars. His stand for responsible forest practices made him the target of an unsuccessful recall campaign financed by national timber corporations, and earned him the first nomination ever from the state of Oregon for the JFK Profile in Courage Award, which partly sparked his newest book, UNAFRAID: A Novel of the Possible. He hosted The Jefferson Exchange, a popular daily NPR talk-show, and created the public television series Immense Possibilities, now airing on some 25 PBS stations around the country. In November 2018, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate.



Bryan Guiney, MBA is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Field Office Director for Oregon.  In this capacity he serves as HUD’s liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, members of Congress, private and non-profit developers, stakeholders, and customers. Additionally, he works with each of the Department’s program areas to ensure departmental initiatives are implemented within Oregon. The HUD Oregon Field Office has approximately 47 employees who oversee public housing, community planning and development, fair housing, and multifamily programs throughout the state.

Prior to assuming duties as Field Office Director, he served as the HUD grants Director serving Oregon and Idaho. Prior to joining HUD, he served as an Economic Development Officer for the State of Oregon and a Committee Administrator for the Oregon Legislature. Bryan recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after 21 years of active and reserve service as an Infantry Officer and enlisted Combat Engineer. Bryan holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon and Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Rep. Pam Marsh

Representative Pam Marsh was first elected to House District 5 in southern Oregon in November 2016. Pam is currently serving as Chair of the House Committee On Energy and Environment, and Vice-Chair of the House Special Committee On Wildfire Recovery. She also serves as a member of the House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources, House Committee On Revenue, House Committee On Housing, Joint Committee On Information Management and Technology, and Joint Committee On Tax Expenditures. Prior to joining the Oregon Legislature, Pam served the City of Ashland as a City Councilor for four years, and as a member and chair of the city Planning Commission and a member of the Ashland Charter Review Committee. From 2006-2012 Pam worked as Deputy Director of a local nonprofit providing drug and alcohol prevention and treatment.  She served as Executive Director of Ashland Emergency Food Bank from 2012 until December 2016. Pam ran for the Legislature because she knows from firsthand experience that government matters. Thoughtful, targeted and leveraged policies are necessary to protect our most vulnerable residents, lift our families, and assist residents as they create healthy, self-sustaining communities.

Linda Reid is a Housing Program Manager for the City of Ashland, OR. She administers the City’s Affordable Housing Program, Social Service Grant and Affordable Housing Trust Fund Programs, as well as the City’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. Thought her role at the City, Linda has been involved with the Jackson County Continuum of Care Board and the Jackson Homeless Task Force for over 15 years. Linda helped coordinate the annual Point in Time Count, several Project Community Connect events as well as supporting general community planning efforts to address the issue of homelessness throughout Jackson County. A Southern Oregon native, Linda attended Southern Oregon University and earned a bachelor’s degree in history with minors in Latin American history and women’s studies, Linda also earned a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University. She has served the community in various roles supporting a variety of special needs and traditionally underserved populations.  Past work experience includes providing education and employment supports for low-income populations, and peoples with disabilities, working with seniors and veterans to provide health and safety supports including therapeutic interventions, and supporting community engagement and organizing efforts with low-income, migrant, and minority populations.

Cass Sinclair

Cass Sinclair has an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Human Communication. While an undergraduate, Cass was the Assistant Producer of the One World Performing Arts Series at Southern Oregon University. Upon graduation, Cass was hired as a Cardiovascular Sales Specialist for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and was promoted to President’s Circle for performing in the top 1% of the sales force. From AstraZeneca, Cass went to American Cancer Society as a Quality-of-Life Specialist directing programs and services in five counties. Prior to coming to OHRA, Cass served Jackson County Public Health as a Community Outreach Educator and Syringe Exchange Program Coordinator, in HIV Prevention, Disease Prevention, and harm-reduction. In 2019, Cass was hired by OHRA as the Winter Shelter Director, was promoted to Senior Director of Program Services overseeing the Shelter, the OHRA Community Resource Center, and the Laundry Shower Trailer programs. In May, 2021, Cass was promoted the Executive Director of OHRA.

Dennis Slattery

Dennis Slattery is the Board President of OHRA in Ashland, OR (Opportunities for Housing, Resources, & Assistance.) He has lived in Ashland since 1977. He has had three careers during that time, first in the hotel business, then as a CPA and finally as an educator at SOU. Dennis has an undergraduate degree and an MBA  from SOU. Dennis has served on numerous community boards including the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural  SOU Board of Trustees, and the Ashland City Council for two terms. Raised in the Bush of Alaska among the Native People, Dennis has a deep appreciation for communities helping each other and finding effective solutions to take care of those most impacted. Dennis is married to his best friend, Sandra, and together they enjoy being involved in many different paths of service to the community.

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2525 Ashland St. (Hwy. 66), Ashland, OR
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Presented by: Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series, OHRA (Opportunities for Housing, Resources and Assistance) and RVML Community Resource Center in Ashland, Oregon



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