Brian Simmons. An entrepreneur, investor, strategist, and senior level consultant … Brian has done it all. As the managing partner at Agora Ventures LLC, he applies the lessons he learned as a Marine to the challenging and dynamic world of business. The leadership and advice he provides to a broad range of companies combines his practical, solution-driven mindset with an ability to creatively capitalize on opportunities. Prior to co-founding Agora Ventures, he served as a Board Member and Senior Vice President for CLEAResult’s West Region and was the Co-Founder/President/CEO for Fluid Market Strategies, both energy services companies. Brian oversaw corporate strategy, regional program delivery and business development, mentored leadership academy teams, sat on the executive advisory committee for benefits and was a technical expert in many areas of sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Advertising from Portland State University Business School.
Jesse Layton. Jesse has been a financial professional, serving individuals and businesses in the Portland area for more than 12 years. Over the years Jesse has gained experience in just about every corner of the financial services industry, but now focuses on investments and financial planning. 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.
Mike O'Bryant. Over a varied work life Mike worked at PacifiCorp for 20 years where, for 14 of those years, he created and managed energy and community programs for low-income households in three states. For the last six years, he managed field communications in Oregon, Washington and California. Mike co-founded the nonprofit Community Energy Project in Portland and was board chair at the nonprofit HouseCall Providers, which has been delivering in-home medical, hospice and palliative care since 1995. He was executive director of the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, now Nordic Northwest, for 10 years. In addition to managing staff and programs at Nordic Northwest, Mike was charged with fundraising to build a Nordic cultural center in Southwest Portland. Nordia House was completed two years ago. He is currently an environmental reporter and writer, and is helping Off the Sideline obtain grant funding.
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.
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Kristen Connor. Kristen 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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Laura Duffy. Laura grew up in Southern California playing soccer, tennis, and running track. She has experienced firsthand the confidence, discipline, and both physical and mental skills that sports cultivate in a child. Today, Laura is a Key Account Manager with adidas and embraces the company belief that “through sport, we have the power to change lives”. She spends her free time writing, eating popcorn, and enjoying time with her husband and two dogs.
Annalee Moyers. Annalee is a CPA with experience in nonprofit financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting and financial statement audits. She is the director of accounting for the world-famous Portland icon, Voodoo Doughnuts. In addition to being the treasurer for Off the Sideline, she is also the treasurer for a women's investment club dedicated to providing women with the skills and confidence to invest in the stock market. A former public school teacher with a degree in Sociology, Annalee has seen first-hand the benefits of team sports. Annalee is married to a volunteer basketball coach and mother to a son who loves basketball and swimming. She is a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs (OSCPA) and American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
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.
Brian Setzler. Brian 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.
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.
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Rahul Devaskar. Rahul is a a relatively new Portlander, whose academic and professional interests focus on equity and inclusion in recreation, sport and leisure across the world. He serves as the Engagement Program Manager at the Columbia Land Trust, and volunteer coaches with Street Soccer USA in Southwest Portland. He is thrilled to be involved with Off the Sideline, as working with an organization oriented at understanding and disrupting the pay-to-play pipeline aligns with his own mission statement.
Tyler Brown. Tyler a youth sports coach for multiple Portland-area teams, including 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.