At FolkTime we believe our board members uphold the important role as advocates helping advance our nonprofit's mission: Dedicated to connecting individuals with shared lived experiences through Intentional Peer Support.
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 she 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, Ilyse 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, Ilyse is proud to be a part of that work.
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 he 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.
Tina joined the FolkTime board in 2008. She has served as the Secretary, Board Chair and Interim Chair. Tina believed in FolkTime’s mission to connect people with shared lived experience through Intentional Peer Support. Tina has a BA in Biology from Whitman College and an MBA from Willamette University. She worked as a Market Research Consultant for many years and currently works for Portland Pet Food Company.
Leslie had the welcome challenge of beginning her career in 1973 as the first mental health and drug crisis responder in a free clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since that time, she has held various clinical and leadership positions in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1979. She eventually followed her heart to Portland where she finally retired from Cascadia Behavioral Health Care in 2008.
She came out of retirement to assist Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) transition to the Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) world. Columbia Pacific CCO, affiliated with CareOregon, has been using her services as an advisor ever since. Her many roles have afforded her the opportunity to further her passion for the need for integration of care in all its dimensions.
Braunwynn is a Black Woman with lived experience in mental health, incarceration, and multi-generational trauma, which includes racism. She has facilitated, presented, and advocated nationally for peer mental health and prison reform communities and she is dedicated to making a difference in these communities. She has worked with and trained individuals in various settings and in several states on peer support, peer wellness, and other health-related peer services for over 13 years. She has a passion for social justice change within prisons and the justice system as well as the heart to support people in gaining a better quality of life mentally, spiritually, and physically. Braunwynn leads with a calm, wise, and direct manner, both nurturing and encouraging. She is actively serving on three boards in addition to participating on several committees.
Alton is a recovering addict and, thus, a respectful and decent member of society. He is a Certified Recovery Mentor employed by Volunteers of America but he is also a candidate for Oregon’s Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC1) licensure. He’s been employed by the VOA for over four years, ever striving to help men change their lives by sharing his lived experiences. He is honored to be a board member for Folktime, as well as to live a life supporting men in recovery, being a devoted husband, and a cherished father of three beautiful daughters and a very handsome and strong son. He originally hailed from Chicago, IL., where he was born and raised, but he has blossomed into a proud Oregonian.
Marianne has been in recovery from Addictions and Mental Health for 13 years. She has worked as Peer Support Specialist and her trainings include Peer Wellness Specialist and Peer Recovery Counselor. She is a Program Manager for Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon’s (MHAAO) Evolve Team in Washington County and sits on the Trauma Informed Oregon steering committee. Currently, in her spare time, she serves as the Vice Chair of Folktime’s Board of Directors.