Our Team

Board of Directors


Antoinette Chandler, Secretary/Treasurer
Port of Portland

Andrew Schpak, Chair
Barran Liebman, LLP

Sherry Swackhamer, Vice Chair
Community Volunteer


Rico Bocala

Julie Cusumano
Walsh Construction

Kirk Dobbins
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals

John Ducker
Columbia Sportswear

James Hein
Tonkon Torp, LLP

Jon Isaacs
Portland Metro Chamber

Tamara Kennedy
Port of Portland

Tim Lowndes

Carter MacNichol
Shiels Obletz Johnsen

Kim Rosenberg, CFP
Coldstream Wealth Managment

Julie Briggs
The Standard

Senior Staff

  • Duncan Anderson

    Assistant Director of Shelter Services

  • Tony Bernal

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Chip Burczak

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Nicky Ferguson

    Vice President of Shelters

  • Damon Hays

    Director of Veterans Services

  • Christian Heinlein

    Director of Information Technology

  • Alexis Nuckles

    Director of Housing

  • Miro Paljevic

    Vice President of Housing

  • Roma Peyser

    Vice President of Development

  • Leanne Sliva

    Assistant Director of Residential Shelter Services

  • Jenifer Spafford

    Vice President of Human Resources

  • Danny Stribling

    Director of Community Health & Wellness

  • Marie Wrighten-Lynch

    Assistant Director of Shelters

  • Director of Public Policy and Funding


Staff Stories

Sal A.

Sal has been with Transition Projects for more than five years, and is currently a Residential Advocate at our Doreen’s Place shelter.

Tara S.

Tara has been with Transition Projects for over three and a half years and is currently a Mobile Engagement Team Supervisor.

Ashley K.

Ashley has been with Transition Projects for two years and is currently the Shelter Program Manager at our River District Navigation Center.