President - Virginia Borden (she/her) click President - Virginia Borden (she/her) Virginia is the president and founder of OCCRA, she worked as a 911 dispatcher in Multnomah County for 11 years and has a strong background involving animal rescue and welfare situations. She is also a rescue leader and climber with the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue team (OHSTAR), and with her husband, Mike, operates a small farm sanctuary in Oregon City, called The Blue Button. Vice President - Joanne Cloud (she/her) click Vice President - Joanne Cloud (she/her) Joanne has volunteered all over the country and wildlife care centers, humane societies, and met Virginia while volunteering at their favorite farm sanctuary - Odd Man Inn. Joanne has been in the United States Coast Guard for 20 years and counting. She has served all over the U.S. and been on multiple humanitarian deployments. She served active duty for 15 years and is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. She served as a Marine Science Technician and a federal investigator for marine casualties. She is currently the Command Senior Enlisted Leader and only female Master Chief for Sector Puget Sound. Joanne was previously a vet tech, a Hospital Manager for a veterinary clinic and the Program Manager for Clark County Animal Protection and Control. She has participated in and investigated hundreds of animal cruelty cases and animal seizures, and is NACA I and NACA II certified. She has a husband who puts up with her antics, 4 kids and a farm full of animals. If she ever gets free time she enjoys hiking with her dogs and being at the beach. Secretary - Alicia K Laing (she/her) click Secretary - Alicia K Laing (she/her) Alicia is the secretary of OCCRA, as well as one of our responders. She has worked as an emergency room nurse and corrections nurse for nine years. Alicia is the secretary of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Clark County, and is actively building a new protocol for vulnerable populations. Alicia’s extensive medical background and experience as a lead in emergency situations makes her an important part of all we do, and the decisions we make! She also has one of the biggest hearts for animals we know! Treasurer - Mike Borden (he/him) click Treasurer - Mike Borden (he/him) Mike is our treasurer and one of our responders. He is a firefigher/EMT and harbor pilot with the local fire bureau for the last 20 years. Mike is not only our treasurer, but our mechanic, and go-to gear guy, he keeps our equipment taken care of, running well, and keeps us safe on the road. You name it, he can fix or upgrade it! Together, he and Virginia also run a small rescue farm at their home in Oregon City. Board Member - Darci (she/her) click Lead Responder - Darci (she/her) Darci is one of our main after hours responders. She responds to animal control related call outs as well as assists OCCRA with rescue missions and transports of animals in need. Darci is a local vet tech with an array of animal experience, and we are very lucky to have her on the team! Board Member - Shannon (she/her) click Lead Responder - Shannon (she/her) Shannon is our other main lead responder. She is on call with the county after hours for animal control and also assists OCCRA in animal rescue callouts and transports. Shannon’s experience and comfortability with a wide range of domestic, farm and wild animals is a great asset to OCCRA and we are thankful for her on our team! Volunteer - Amber (she/her) click Volunteer - Amber (she/her) Amber is a queen of responders and devotes her time to volunteering to helping animals and humans in any way she can. Whether it's taking care of her pile of cats at home or helping with her families foster children, her arms are guaranteed to be full at any given moment. Amber met Virginia in 2019 while volunteering with farm sanctuaries, and from there got acquainted with OHSTAR and OCCRA. Her devotion to kindness knows no bounds and she falls in love with every bird she meets. Here she is with her good friend Mark, at a local farm rescue. Volunteer - Ryan (he/him) click Volunteer - Ryan (he/him) Ryan started volunteering at farm sanctuaries in 2019 where he was introduced to Virginia and joined OHSTAR based on the rope skills he uses at his day job as a high-rise window cleaner. If a cat is in trouble, he grabs his cape and comes running to the rescue! Being a member of OCCRA and OHSTAR keeps Ryan busy, but he wouldn't have it any other way. Volunteer - Amy (she/her) click Volunteer - Amy (she/her) Amy started volunteering with the Oregon Humane Society in March 2021, joined their Technical Animal Rescue (OHSTAR) team in July, and then quickly joined OCCRA after meeting Virginia through OHSTAR. As a teenager she volunteered at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center Clinic in Illinois and has raised dogs since then. Volunteer - Katelyn (They/Them) click Volunteer - Katelyn (They/Them) Katie's passion for animal welfare began at a young age and has continued to deepen over the years. Currently, they work in the habitat conservation and restoration field as a Restoration Specialist, but are taking steps to maneuver into wildlife conservation. As humans further encroach on wild habitats, it is of increasing importance to learn how to coexist with the ecosystems and wildlife that surround us. OCCRA has offered a sound outlet into the world of wildlife handling and the impact humans have on the overall health of local wildlife. Understanding this relationship between the public and wildlife has improved Katie's hope for humanity, as they see firsthand the care and attention good samaritans have towards struggling or injured wildlife. They have a bearded dragon and adopted an African Grey from their previous non-profit work. They hope to adopt more reptiles and birds alike in the hopes of solidifying their role as the "Crazy Bird Lady". Volunteer - Micah (He/Him) click Volunteer - Micah (He/Him) After retiring from his career that took him around the world as a law enforcement officer in the Naval Service, Micah was able to become more proactive with his love of animals. Micah used his skills from working with K9s to begin working with a local search and rescue team. He is now applying those combined skills to help with OHSTAR. Volunteering with OHSTAR is what led him to get involved with OCCRA, where he has felt at home since day one. Volunteer - Abe (He/Him) click Volunteer - Abe (He/Him) Abe joined OCCRA earlier this year after meeting one of our team leads through mutual friends. He’s had a big heart for animals his whole life (just ask one of his dogs PIE in the first photo). Abe is also on the local OHSTAR tech rescue team. He’s been on cat, dog, raccoon, owl, goat, chicken, hawk, and parrot rescues so far this year. He also did research and requests to get the approval for a storm drain to be covered which had multiple duckling accidents every year in the Portland area. Volunteer - Jessica (She/Her) click Volunteer - Jessica (She/Her) Jessica, (she/her) has worked/lived with animals her whole life. She grew up on a farm with cows and horses that expanded to having chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, kunekune pigs, lizards, mice, dogs, cats, snakes and birds. She has worked in the veterinary field for 11 years and couldn’t picture herself doing anything that didn’t involve animals. She has also been a pet sitter, dog walker and foster Mom to kittens from Multnomah county. She’s currently in veterinary technician school to get her license and wanted to volunteer with OCCRA because there’s always a part of her that wants to do more. Although she sounds like the busiest person we know, she says she really is a homebody, she and her fiancé are parents to a 3 1/2 year old, and she loves to sit and drink her coffee while reading, watching Netflix or doing some thing with her hands like crocheting. Volunteer - Rene (She/Her) click Volunteer - Rene (She/Her) FROM Rene' : Someone asked me once why I work with animals and not humans. I replied that I have enough love in my heart to do both. I spent most of my adult life working with people and animals – 28 years with PF&R as a firefighter/paramedic and an additional 10+ years as a private company and volunteer paramedic. . I taught EMS skills to firefighter-EMTs and paramedics for ten years I taught EMS skills to firefighter-EMTs and paramedics for ten years before retiring. I volunteered with Medical Teams International on five international disaster missions including Somalia, Rwanda, and Honduras. As for animals, I have been a member, team leader, and rescuer on Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue since 2004 as well as many other volunteer ‘jobs’ with OHS working with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds from finches to macaws. I deployed on HSUS and ASPCA teams to New Orleans and Joplin, MO, disaster responses. I’ve adopted a number of dogs over the years, and my dogs and I have participated in everything from Urban Search & Rescue, Tracking, agility, and Nosework. My favorite breed is the English Springer Spaniel which eventually led to my joining English Springer Rescue America and their Board of Directors. I’m excited to have joined OCCRA so I can add wildlife – especially raptors – and farm animals to creatures I’ve helped over the years. Volunteer - Dani (She/Her) click Volunteer - Dani (She/Her) Dani began volunteering with OCCRA earlier this year. Growing up in South Florida, Dani developed her love and deep respect for wildlife on trips to the Everglades. She also gained comfort and confidence with domesticated animals while learning to ride and care for horses. While she enjoys solving human problems as a public interest attorney, caring for animals has always touched a special place in her heart. Dani has a particular love of raptors and felt so lucky to rescue an owl with OCCRA for the first time in early October!