Admin Team

Ann Craig – Executive Director

Ann has been the Executive Director since 2005. Her business experience includes 14 years at Hewlett-Packard, ten of those years as a marketing manager. While staying home with her three children for several years, she worked as a freelance business planner and marketing consultant. She currently serves as Treasurer/Secretary on the Board for the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs and Board member of Oregon Coalition of Housing and Homelessness. She has a BA in Journalism and a double minor in French from Auburn University.

KendraSue Phillips-Neal – Program Director

KendraSue has been with Jackson Street since 2003. As the Program Director, she is responsible for overseeing the Resident and Outreach Coordination Team and developing, implementing, and reviewing the regional Runaway and Homeless Youth continuum of care for Jackson Street. KendraSue has obtained degrees in Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Science, Sociology, and Spanish. Before working at Jackson Street, KendraSue gained experience working with a variety of ages at a family development center in Douglas County and has extensive experience supporting vulnerable youth populations in Outdoor Ministries. KendraSue is extremely passionate in helping other communities build services for Runaway and Homeless youth populations and has been able to support the opening of many RHY shelters in the northwest. KendraSue believes WE WILL end youth homelessness, the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

Cathi Roberts – Finance Director

Cathi joined the Jackson Street staff in June 2008. Her primary responsibility is to manage the organization’s finances and payroll. Working with the Executive Director and Board Treasurer, she helps develop and track Jackson Street’s annual budget, processes donations and grant revenues, and prepares bill payments and paychecks. A background in non-profit development (14 years as Development Coordinator at the Benton County Historical Society & Museum) also allows her to assist the Executive Director in preparing grant proposals and fundraising letters. Cathi has an MBA from Oregon State University and also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Corvallis Public Library.

Keisha “Kay” Merchant – Volunteer & HR Coordinator

Kay grew up in the Kansas and Illinois and has lived in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for over 20 years. She graduated from OSU with a BS in Women’s Studies and a Master’s in Business Communication and coursework in Business Administration. She is an avid volunteer, with experience with NOW, Vote Smart, NAACP, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, and Parks & Recreation. She spends her free time with family and friends, enjoying art, music, creative writing, and watching dance, singing, and cooking contests.

Hannah Miller – Major Gifts Officer

Hannah has returned to Jackson Street in a new role after just over a year of travel with her partner. Her adventures took her through Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and all across the US, and ended with a few month stint in eastern Oregon. While gone, Hannah continued to study and improve her Spanish, volunteered with various organizations, found a work-exchange on an organic farm, ate new foods, met new friends, and enjoyed the ups and downs of constantly being in new situations. Back in the States, she visited old friends, family, and farms (including the Amish dairy farm of some of her second cousins in Illinois) and camped (until a bear broke in to their car, that is!). She is thrilled to jump back in to the great work being done at Jackson Street, where she previously worked for 4.5 years before traveling. It’s clear to Hannah how special the local community and the Jackson Street team truly are. “Together, we can all make a difference to youth wanting to thrive despite challenging circumstances,” she says.

Mica Habarad – Development Assistant

Mica comes to Jackson Street with a background in visual communication and sustainability. She lived in California, Maryland, Indiana, Switzerland, the Manhattan area, Florida, and southern Africa, before moving to Oregon in 2008. She maintains Jackson Street’s social media presence, community engagement, and donations. She is passionate about using media to encourage positivity and the power of the individual to make a difference in the world. In her free time she takes photographs, gets silly with her child, and hits the streets on her bike or a pair of roller skates.

Megan Dailey – Grant Coordinator

Megan grew up in rural NE Montana before moving to North Dakota for college, where she attended Dickinson State University until graduating in 2018 with her BS in creative writing along with a coaching minor. While in college she happily devoted much of her time to sports (track and field), she is now thrilled to use this spare time to explore the west coast and all this lovely place has to offer – so far her biggest learning curves include trying to spot a one-way street before she is already on it, and making sure to not pump her own gas. She looks forward to many rainy days filled with painting, writing, and laughter, and is committed to doing her part in helping Jackson Street to end youth homelessness in our area.

Program Managers, Coordinators, & Case Managers

Salvador Maciel – Shelter Manager

Salvador is responsible for overseeing all Emergency and Transitional Shelter services for youth, ages 10-17. This includes the hiring and training of Youth Advocates, managing 24/7/365 supervision, and developing and implementing youth case plans for family reunification, self-sufficiency, and basic needs to thrive. Salvador has been with Jackson Street since 2013, has education in Human Services, and is one of our bi-lingual/bi-cultural employees. Salvador has a special interest in and is a strong advocate for Special Education. He is the TOPSoccer Director and our Coach—in partnership with TFA-Willamette, has brought the program to the Mid-Willamette Valley. Outside of Jackson Street, Salvador coaches for TFA-Willamette, a local soccer club.

Tristin Young – Mental Health Therapist

Tristin Young has lived in and worked in the Willamette Valley for several years. Before working for Jackson Street, he was a partner of the organization in several capacities. Tristin has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a bilingual/bicultural background. Tristin works with youth to navigate their individual and inter-relational challenges as they become independent. Tristan spends his time volunteering with youth through various programs, including AYSO, BSA, and his religious community.

Claudia Gallegos – Positive Youth Development Coordinator

Claudia was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Oregon when she was a sophomore in high school. She attended Western Oregon University, and earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Spanish. While she was attending college, she participated in two service learning trips, one to Honduras and the other to Cape Verde. The combination of what she experienced during those service learning trips and her life experiences motivated her to work with youth, which is what brought her to Jackson Street Youth Services. She now coordinates our Mentoring, Education Assist, Activities, and the Youth Ambassador Programs. In her spare time, Claudia loves spending time in the outdoors. She loves hiking and rock climbing because of the various opportunities for growth it presents. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” ― Frida Kahlo

Matthew Hogan – Street Outreach Case Manager

Matt graduated from Oregon State University in 2016 with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences and an option/focus in Human Services. Prior to initially being hired as an on-call caseworker at the Albany House, Matt had been volunteering in Street Outreach for about a year while attending school. Matt is now the Street Outreach Case Manager.

Kevin Grant – Next Steps Program Manager

Kevin joined Jackson Street in July, 2017 as the Next Steps Program Manager, overseeing independent living houses for youths transitioning into adulthood. Prior to this, he worked in community mediation and restorative justice for a decade, started his professional career in advocacy and direct action organizing, and earned a degree in Political Science from Oregon State University. Kevin is a Mid-Willamette Valley Native who still gets awe-struck by the area’s scenic beauty while he rides his bikes across Corvallis, along rural county roads, and around the nearby McDonald Forest. Along with all things bikes, Kevin is passionate about community engagement, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

Kevin “Shimo” Shimomaeda – Next Steps Case Manager

Shimo was born and raised in Portland, OR and moved to Corvallis, OR for college. He graduated in 2017 with dual BS degree in Pyschology and Sociology and started working with Jackson Street as a Youth Advocate in July of 2017. Now, as the Next Steps Case Manager, he helps young adults in the Transitional Living Program work on goals that contribute to them becoming independent and sustainable adults. His interests include cats, working on his car, and video games. Baseball has always been one of his greatest passions in life. All the memories, lessons, and friendships he made over the years through baseball were made possible by the adults who took time out of their days to be there. Shimo wants to give the same opportunities to youth in the community, and he feels Jackson Street is a great place to do it.

Eva Torres – Next Steps Skills Coach

Eva grew​ up in Woodburn, Oregon and attend Oregon State University, where she​ graduated with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Throughout her college years she was involved in community service, from cleaning parks, collecting donations for different organizations, to mentoring and helping kids fill out FAFSA forms and volunteering with after school programs. Working with kids and giving back to the community is her passion. ​Eva began working with Jackson Street as a case worker and transitioned to case manager. ​She continues to work with youth, helping them set goals and making sure that their transition home or to next placement is a success. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on walks to the park, listening to music, and watching TV to relax.

Ellen Everidge – Outreach Case Manager (DHS)

Ellen is originally from a small town in North East Oregon. She moved to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University. Ellen earned a dual BS degree in Psychology and Sociology with an option in Crime and Justice. She started at Jackson Street in February of 2015 as a Caseworker. In her current position, DHS Outreach Case Manager, Ellen helps to stabilize youth that are close to losing their DHS placement due to behavior problems. She also helps older teens that are close to leaving their foster family figure out how to live on their own. She works with her clients for a 1 year period, and continues to meet with them even if they do end up losing a placement. Ellen helps this group of youth by working on personal growth and development, connecting them with the community, and modeling positive behavior. She serves as a mentor, skills trainer, and overall extra support person. Ellen is trained in anger reduction, and is a One Circle facilitator. Ellen absolutely LOVES cats, and has two of her own. In her free time she enjoys painting, going on long drives in the country, taking naps and hanging out with her cats.

Sammy Elsdon – Outreach Case Manager (RHY)

Sammy grew up in Ruch, Oregon, a small town in southern Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016 with a BS in Psychology, although he originally intended to get his degree in Sports Business. Calculus and Accounting changed jis mind. After graduating, he immediately started working with RHY at Looking Glass Community Services in Cottage Grove and worked there for a year and a half before moving up to Corvallis in April. Sammy is passionate about working with RHY because he believes that every person, regardless of their situation, can achieve stability and self-sufficiency with the right amount of support and he’s happy to be that support person. “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”” – Kurt Vonnegut

Katelyn Sawyer – Albany House Transitional Shelter Case Manager

Katelyn is originally from Utah. She moved to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University and graduated fall of 2015. She received a BS in Human Development Family Science with a Human Services option and minors in Sociology, Psychology, and Public Health. Katelyn loved the area so much she decided to call it home and shortly after graduating she started working for Jackson Street. She is now responsible for having weekly case management meetings with the youth to help them work on goals. These goals help them stay productive while in shelter as well as gaining the skills they need to be successful. She also facilitates One Circle Foundation groups in local schools. Katelyn loves going to the coast, swimming, skiing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Krysta Davis – Linn County Aftercare Services Case Manager

Krysta spent most of her life moving around with a military family, but arrived in Oregon in 2006 and have called it home ever since. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Human Development and Family Sciences major with an option in Human Services in 2016. Krysta started as an intern at Jackson Street a year ago and really enjoys working with youth and helping them work towards their success. In her free time, she enjoys going outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her dog.

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