Jay was Vice President and General Counsel for Portland General Electric Company when he first became a FolkTime board member in 2010. His undergraduate degree is in Chemical Engineering and has been a practicing attorney for over 40 years. Jay has an interest in mental health recovery through peer services. He is committed to the sustainability of FolkTime, its members, and the community it serves.
Ilyse Ball- Real Estate Principal Broker
Believing in FolkTime’s mission, Ilyse has served on the Board since 2014. In her career, she has always had an interest in helping others, and worked as a peer counselor during college. Having family members who suffer from anxiety, as well as a cousin who was diagnosed with anxiety when she was still a child, Ilyse believes that the work that is done at FolkTime is vital to overall wellbeing. In fact, Ilsye is confident that if her cousin had social programs like Free to Be Me where she lived, she would thrive. For those individuals whose lives are enriched by FolkTime’s programs in the Portland Metro Area, Ilsye is proud to be a part of that work.
Lynn Jones, MA, CPSS – Board Chairperson
Lynn has served on the FolkTime Board since 2011. In May of 2019, she graduated from George Fox University with an MA in Social and Behavioral Psychology, but before she completed her studies she was a Traditional Healthcare Worker and Intentional Peer Support Specialist.
During a stay at the Oregon State Hospital she became a staunch advocate for the rights of mental health peers and an activist for system reform. She willingly shares her mental health journey with the goal of reducing public stigma through education. Lynn has come a long way in her recovery journey thanks to her three grown sons and an awesome therapy cat named Loki.
Kelsey Jorgensen – Board Member
Kelsey believes in the power of the human connection, trauma-informed care, and person-centered policies and laws. She advocates for the civil and human rights of Oregonians who are living with trauma and addiction histories by working with law and policy to improve fundamental health care services with dignity and respect. She’s volunteered at Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) for four years and served on their PAIMI (Protection, Advocacy, Individuals with Mental Illness) Council for three and half years. And from 2016 to 2018, she served on DRO’s board of executives. Kelsey is an aspiring civil rights attorney. She is a survivor of government mental health and addictions institutions and childhood trauma in Oregon and California’s foster care systems.