"Excellence provides the structure for the global community to match resources with research, education and program support to take on mental health challenges and find new answers. We expect recovery!" Read more
An Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Gina served as Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs for 11 years before taking the helm of EXCELLENCE as President and CEO. She has worked extensively in mental health and addictions policy, leadership and management, health care financing and political advocacy. As a Community Mental Health Therapist, Adolescent Program Director and Clinical Supervisor, she brings experience in all aspects of community mental health. Gina's public service includes two terms as a Tillamook County Commissioner and Vice-President of the Association of Oregon Counties. She has a BA in Theatre and Dance and an MS in counseling from Portland State University and a PhD in Special Education focusing on social public policy and leadership from the University of Oregon.
Yana Jacobs, MFT
"I am committed to the mission of advancing a more progressive and just mental health system and improving the quality of care for individuals and families." Read more
Yana Jacobs began her journey in the mental health field as an art therapy student at UC Santa Cruz, writing her own major in “Art Therapy”. A field study/internship at Soteria House evolved into a full time job there. Thirty years later, after working in clinical services and program administration for the county mental health system, Yana brings her skills and experiences to the EXCELLENCE team where she helps our donors realize their philanthropic vision through donor-advised and incubator funds and provides assistance and oversight to our grantees. Jacobs holds a Master's degree in psychology and counseling from UC San Francisco.
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Data & Communications Manager
“The content we publish online and through social media is so important to keeping the lines of communication open.” Read more
Jessica Pratt is responsible for website design and management, marketing and media development, and coordination of information technology for EXCELLENCE programs. She held a similar position at the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs for five years. Prior to that, she served as legislative staff at the Oregon State Capitol and then at the Office for Oregon Health Policy & Research. She found her passion for improving standards for mental health care during her tenure as front-line staff at a community psychiatric crisis agency. Pratt is a graduate of Willamette University.
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Chief Administrative Officer
“All of us at Excellence are here to help you support the recovery movement as a philanthropist, volunteer or friend.” Read more
Malea Vedack manages the office operations and bookkeeping for the Foundation. She has prior experience in health care office management. She is a graduate of George Fox University.
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Missi DeWitt, MBA
Accounting Services Officer
"It is a joy to combine my love of people and financials to serve EXCELLENCE donors, volunteers and staff." Read more
Missi DeWitt has worked with the small business and nonprofit community for nearly a decade. A Portland native, Missi graduated with an accounting degree from Portland State University and went on to earn her MBA at Willamette University.
During her last three years working for The Oregon Community Foundation, Missi developed a deep understanding of how community foundations function at a detailed level. While at OCF, Missi specialized in articulating complex financial information with donors and staff, provided regular statements for over 1600 funds, engaged in detailed financial analysis, and improved their stock donation process.
Missi has just launched her new venture, Kindred Business Services. Her goal is to combine her love of people and financials to serve Portland-area small businesses and nonprofits through accounting and consulting services. CLOSE
Tessa Anderson-Ramos discovered her love of film editing when she was twelve years old and began creating short movies that combined her interests in both film and psychology, Read more
an area that she is still very interested in today. She will be graduating this June from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and plans to attend graduate school in London in the upcoming future to work on her Master's in Counseling.
Tessa is fulfilling her academic internship requirements by volunteering her time at the Foundation editing short videos. CLOSE