Reclaiming Futures Staff Biographies

We are housed in the Regional Research Institute for Human Services of the School of Social Work at Portland State University, in Portland, OR.

Susan RichardsonSusan Richardson
National Executive Director
Phone: (503) 725-8911

Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. Prior to that, Susan was executive director of the Annie Penn Community Trust and, concurrently, Director of Community Development for Annie Penn Hospital; and she worked in management, marketing, and public relations for health care and non-profit organizations. She served on the North Carolina Governor’s Task Force for Healthy Carolinians, and is a former member of Grantmakers in Health, Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A recent column by Susan appears on the blog of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).


Jim CarltonJim Carlton
Deputy Director
Phone: (503) 725-8954

A long-time employee of Portland State University, Jim Carlton began with Reclaiming Futures when the project was still in its planning phase. He has served as deputy director since 2004. His responsibilities include assisting the director with overall management of the Reclaiming Futures initiative and the national program office (NPO), developing and monitoring the national program office budget, and management and coordination of grantee requirements. Before Reclaiming Futures, he provided administrative support to the director’s office at the Regional Research Institute, the research branch of the School of Social Work. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon.


Donna WienchDonna Wiench, CFRE
Strategic Partnership Development Director
Phone: (503) 725-8921

Donna Wiench became the strategic partnership development director for Reclaiming Futures after spending seven years with a nonprofit juvenile substance abuse treatment provider. Donna is deeply committed to helping adolescents grow and thrive free of the shackles of drug addiction and mental illness. Her role is to help partners find funds to pay for Reclaiming Futures in their communities. Donna says: “The happiest people I know are people who are generous. I enjoy fundraising because I get to work with motivated, giving people who want to help kids.” Donna worked as a journalist for nearly 15 years and was an award winning reporter with CBS and NPR affiliates in Portland and Seattle. Earlier in her career, she was an advisor to China Central Television’s foreign documentary unit in Beijing. Donna is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Journalism Fellowship to the University of Michigan. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, gardening and golf, especially when joined by her husband, Mike, and college-aged children, Ben and Kathleen.


Cora CraryCora Crary
Learning Collaborative Manager
Phone: (503) 725-8920

Cora Crary manages the creation, development and implementation of tools and resources for the Reclaiming Futures learning collaborative. In this role, Cora assists sites with their use of the website, online resources, webinars and related tools. Prior to working with Reclaiming Futures, Cora spent six years managing and developing website projects. Cora received her bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College.


Laura "LJ" HernandezLaura "LJ" Hernandez
Program Specialist
Phone: (503) 725-8924

LJ Hernandez serves as the logistical coordinator for meeting and events. She also assists Reclaiming Futures deputy director Jim Carlton. Prior to this, she worked for the offices of the president and university development at Portland State University. Before coming to Portland, she worked in the admissions office at Southern Oregon University and received her bachelor’s degree there as well.


Christa MyersChrista Myers
Fellowship Program Manager
Phone: (503) 725-8912

Christa Myers manages the activities for the five Reclaiming Futures fellowships. Her previous experience includes: Project Director for Hocking County Reclaiming Futures, Logan, Ohio; Reclaiming Futures coach; Program Coordinator for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court specialized docket; Ohio State University Extension, Hocking County (4-H program); National Crime Prevention Council, Youth Division in Washington, DC; Foundation for Appalachian Ohio; Sunday Creek Associates (Youth Entrepreneurial Project). Christa has served on many volunteer boards, intertwining her interests photography and ceramics with social issues, like hunger. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology, with minors in German and Russian area studies, at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, with her main work experience in the area of youth development.



Cheryl ReedCheryl Reed, M.S.
Administrative Manager
Phone: (503) 725-8911

Cheryl Reed has always worked in education and the arts. She taught in public school and served as education director for a regional arts council in Oregon. She advanced marketing and public information at Portland State University before coming to Reclaiming Futures. Her graduate degree is from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.


Communications Team

Mac PrichardMac Prichard, M.P.A.
President, Prichard Communications
Phone: (503) 517-2772

Mac Prichard owns and operates Prichard Communications, a full-service public relations agency that works with philanthropies, non-profits and public agencies across the country. He previously served as the national communications director for Reclaiming Futures. Prior to that, Mac was a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Human Services, a speechwriter and deputy legislative director for former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, and a Portland City Hall spokesman for Earl Blumenauer, now a Member of Congress. Prior, he was legislative and media relations director for the Massachusetts State Office for Refugees and Immigrants, the first public information officer for Boston’s “Big Dig,” and a researcher in former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy’s first Congressional campaign. He also served on the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Mac has a master’s from Harvard University and a bachelor’s from the University of Iowa.


David BackesDavid Backes
Account Manager
Phone: (503) 517-2773

David writes the Friday news roundup for Reclaiming Futures and contributes articles about juvenile justice reform and adolescent substance abuse treatment for David began his career as a website copywriter. Always striving to add to his digital toolbox, David has experience in social media marketing, search engine optimization, marketing automation, web design and development, and online usability testing and analysis. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University.