We rely on our board of directors to provide our agency with responsible governance and bolster our efforts to secure resources to advance our mission.
Jamey McDonald, Interim Chair
COMMANDER, TIGARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
Jamey McDonald is a lifelong Oregonian who enjoys playing competitive soccer, playing with his two Golden Retrievers and spending as much time outside as possible. After spending several years working in private business, he decided to act on his calling to serve the community and make a difference and joined the Tigard Police Department in 2001.
Jamey joined the New Narrative Board of Directors in 2015 and has spent three years as the Board Chair. He is passionate about the mission and the organization . “New Narrative makes such a huge impact in the lives of the people we serve, I am honored to be a part of such a forward thinking, progressive organization.”
Kascadare Causeya, Vice Chair
PROGRAM MANAGER, CENTRAL CITY CONCERN
Kascadare helps vulnerable populations navigate the confusing maze of disability benefits as program manager of the Benefits and Entitlements Specialist Team (BEST) at Central City Concern and co-coordinator of the Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment Team. His benefits expertise has led to speaking engagements at a number of conferences, including the National Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) Conference. Kascadare holds an MBA from Aspen University and a BA from the University of Washington, where he won a PAC-8 and Rose Bowl Championship as a member of the 1977 Huskies football team.
Dr. David Peaslee, Secretary
RET. EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN, PROVIDENCE SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL
David brings a breadth of mental health experience to his role as our board secretary. An emergency room physician for 30 years — the last 23 at Providence Saint Vincent Hospital — David frequently cared for mental health patients in crisis. His first job in health care was at a psychiatric hospital, giving him a unique perspective on the mental health system and a passion for the work we do.
Ken originally studied biology but went back to school for a degree in psychology out of a desire to help others. He’s a passionate advocate of the work we do and loves the positive interaction between staff and other board members. A parent of three, Ken enjoys spending his free time with friends and family, but also aspires to make positive contributions to the community through his writing.
AWARE CONSULTING GROUP
Angel Prater joined the board in 2019, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Angel is a certified National Intentional Peer Support (IPS) trainer and was named Oregon’s IPS Trainer of Trainers. Angel has been sharing her personal journey with recovery since 1996, along with her plans for a better mental health system that values and sees the person instead of a diagnosis. She shares her journey without shame or guilt, hoping that it inspires others to share their experiences and help others. As the movie says, let’s “pay it forward!”
RET. CEO, COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC; ADVISORY BOARD LIAISON, NORTHSTAR CLUBHOUSE
Following five years as a lieutenant in the Navy (pre-Vietnam) and an MPH from the University of Minnesota, Lynn moved his family to Southern California to start a 30-year career with Kaiser Permanente as a hospital and medical center administrator. After leaving Kaiser, he earned his PhD at Portland State University and embarked on a 23-year stint as president and CEO of Community Services, Inc, a non-profit that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lynn operates an in-home program for his son, who experiences chronic mental health and development disability challenges. He’s also an avid gardener who brings his dahlias into the NorthStar Clubhouse each week.
CHIEF DEPUTY, WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Al is a Spanish-speaking Cuban immigrant who grew up in NJ with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, then lived in Arkansas for three years before moving to Oregon in 1997. Al spent 16 years working in private industry, primarily in various production facilities doing OSHA and EPA compliance work then transitioned to technology. Al’s last private sector position was a Program Manager at Intel then became a Reserve (volunteer) Patrol Deputy at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office before being hired as a full time deputy in 2003. Al has worked in the Patrol, Investigations, Services and Executive Divisions as a deputy, WIN investigator, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, contracted Cornelius police chief, commander and chief deputy. Al is also on the executive board of the county non-profit Vision Action Network. He enjoys travel, food and wine, hiking/snow shoeing, golf, and is huge dog lover. Al has been married for 22 years to wife Jean, with two sons, Calvin (30) and Colson (28) now living together in Los Angeles.
Our executive team offers a unique mix of nonprofit and corporate experience, fusing to create a mission-driven team with impact. We’re passionate about our mission and dedicated to being a force for change.