GETTING KIDS IN THE GAME

Advisory Council



Kristen ConnorKristen is SVP, Community Impact Officer at Heritage Bank NW. She specializes in serving nonprofit organizations, including some of the region’s leading independent schools, arts entities, and organizations whose missions focus on a broad range of sustainability and social justice issues.  Kristen serves as chair of the bank’s internal Green Team.  Active in the community, she serves on the board of The Oregon Law Foundation and The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation. Kristen is also a member of the Finance Committee for EarthShare Oregon, the Economic and Environmental Committee for Oregon Business Association, Know Your City Advisory Board and the Cascadia Behavioral Event Committee. She holds a degree in international economics from the University of Colorado with a minor in business administration from the Colorado University Leeds School of Business. Her favorite way to spend time is with her young daughter in the outdoors.

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Brian SetzlerBrian Setzler, CPA, has been a Portland business leader for more than 30 years and currently works at Bottaini, Gallucci, & O'Hanlon, PC, where he practices his profession and serves as the director of culture. Brian holds an MBA in Sustainable Business and is an expert in helping startups. He also prepares non-profit tax returns for clients. In addition to serving on the Off the Sideline advisory board, he also serves on the Portland State University Business Outreach Program Advisory Board. And although his daughter is now a college graduate, he continues to work with young people teaching Sunday School at First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland. Brian loves to participate in all types of sports and is a Timbers season ticket holder. Brian doesn't own a car and is an avid Portland bike commuter.  


Jesse Layton is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, serving individuals and businesses in the Portland Area for more than 11 years. Over the years Jesse has gained experience in just about every corner of the financial services industry, but now focuses on Investments, Retirement Planning, College savings Plans. a Portland Native Jesse cares deeply about his community, which he exhibits in his work with local non-profits and the networks he has developed with local professionals. In the past, Jesse has served on the board for Cascade Height Public Charter School, a K-8 school in Clackamas county, and Wisdom of the Elders, a non-profit that aims to preserve Native American culture. In addition to his board work, Jesse volunteers his time in other ways, most notably, running the annual auction for Hayden's Helping Hands. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, hiking, camping, and spending time at the coast.

Tyler Brown. Tyler  is the Director of Youth Programing for the Regence Boys & Girls Club located in Portland’s New Columbia Villa. The Boys & Girls Club offers enrichment programs to school-aged youth that are not only empowering but provide stability, sense of belonging and security. In addition to his role at the Boys & Girls Club he is a certified USA Basketball Coach. When he is not at the Boys & Girls Club he can be found coaching one of several sports for the PIL's Roosevelt Youth Cluster. Tyler's passion for youth sports stem from the leaders that have come before him. Being a Portland native, he understands the struggles that inner-city parents and children face when it comes to being a student athlete.

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Michelle DePass. Michelle is a Portland native whose upbringing in Caracas, Guadalajara; Washington, DC; and Los Angeles informs her outlook and provides a cultural framework for which she solves current day problems. She works with communities underrepresented in city decision making to help diversify the voices at the table. She is interested in making city government more accessible to those who have not traditionally had access to power. Michelle is passionate about social and environment equity and thus gives back to many local non-profits. She understands how policies created at the top play out for those at the base of the pyramid. Her education springs from Community Development at PSU and Sustainable Business at Pinchot University. She is the mother of two boys, 15 and 18, and enjoys knitting, traveling, gardening, fashion and architecture. 

Sheryl Alstrin. Sheryl has 15 plus years of hands-on training and organizational design and development experience with a solid grasp of adult learning principles and a track record of high retention training. This includes instructional design and business consulting for companies including Adidas North America, Coca Cola Enterprises and Vestas North American Wind Technology, as well as experience partnering in a start-up and additional leadership roles in multiple industries. She leads high-profile, high-return change and workplace learning projects domestically and overseas. Currently a senior facilitator at Verus Global, Inc., her proven business leadership and collaborative style have created impressive results in large corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Witnessing participants make deeper connections with self, with colleagues, with family, with the power to truly make a difference in results, while honoring others, is one of the most compelling things I love about my work. I truly believe that we can make a similar difference in kid’s lives if they have the opportunity to be in the game and Off the Sideline.
Sheryl Alstrin,
​Verus Global, Inc.