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.


Bridget MurphyBridget Murphy
Program And Policy Analyst
Phone: (503) 725-8924

Bridget Murphy understands behavioral health issues from a personal, family, and professional experience. She joins the Reclaiming Futures National Program Office as the Program and Policy Analyst. Bridget will support the NPO by improving upon and measuring the impact of Reclaiming Futures.  She has more than two decades of experience in the behavioral health field and has worked as a provider, project director/principal investigator, evaluator, consultant, and federal contractor. She has a particular interest in improving access to and quality of behavioral health services and its workforce through evidence-based practices, participant protections, peer and family recovery supports, integrated care (e.g.,co-occuring), participatory evaluation methods, and translating science into practice.  Bridget has a master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.


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.