iWill, Inc hires educators, advocates, and interventionists who have a commitment to children and who have “done their own work.”  We also enlist the help of youth leaders in almost every session who were past participants.  Intensive training has been completed by each of the following certified professionals:

Senior Facilitators:

Sierra Hill, MAT has been a facilitator and educator for over 15 years. During that time, she has actively worked for equity and social justice. She has worked with kids of all ages as well as adults. She has spent most of her career working primarily with communities of color and in areas of poverty. Sierra believes in the power of story to connect people, which is why she is passionate about the work that iWILL does. She has been deeply moved by this work, and holds each person’s story as sacred. Sierra is also a single mother, raising two teen-aged sons.

Brandie Imperial, LCSW, CADC 1 is a senior facilitator and has been with iWill since its inception.  She currently works as a mental health specialist at Columbia River Correctional Institute.  She consults with several area nonprofits and on issues of diversity.

Robin Mayther, MS, MS, ATR is the founder and Director of Programs and  Services.  She has been an educator for over 30 years and continues to work in this capacity on a limited basis at Ocean Shores Middle and High School. She  specializes in serving children in poverty and youth of color.  She has worked in mainstream schools and alternative education environments  She has been a counselor for K-12 students and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College.  She is the author of several short essays, curricula, and short stories.

Matthew Ross, MAT, MDiv is a Portland native that grew up in poverty. His expertise includes addressing issues related to education, poverty, race, culture and personal development.  He holds a master’s of both education and divinity, a bachelor’s of science and an associates of science. One of his favorite quotes is, “We reach each other through our shared vulnerability”. His hope for the world is that we find healthy ways to get along and all get our needs met at the least cost. He notes that iWill have changed the mindset and trajectory of hundreds of students.

Callie Love serves as a senior program facilitator and is a former participant of the iWill, Inc program.  She currently works full time for Commissioner Loretta Smith as the Director of Policy.  She is a mother of two and serves on several community boards.

 Ethan Thrower, BA serves as a senior program facilitator and is a former participant of the iWill, Inc. program.  Ethan is the Student and Family Support Manager at Open School North.

Administration:

Executive Director:  Michael Sorensen, MPA

Operations and Program Support Specialist: Gloria Gonzalez

Program and Services Director:  Robin Mayther, MS, MS, AFT