Valerie relocated to Tillamook County in January 2017 for the Executive Director position with TCWRC. She had recently been the Housing Director for a DV program in Washington County, and had been considering relocating to rural community. Valerie originally grew up on an island in Alaska and for 10 years had lived in Portland. "I had miss living in a small community and the ocean is my home." The timing and location were just right to take on this new adventure.
Valerie's background included a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psycholoyg from Lewis and Clark College. She is a licensed professional counselor with the state of Oregon and a national certified counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors. Prior to working in the DV field she worked in residential mental health treatment for children and adolescents.
"I feel very honored to join the amazing team of staff, board and volunteers at TCWRC as well as the community of Tillamook County."
Beth Hope named SART advocate
Beth Hope believes her passion for helping other women began when she was a girl growing up in the South.
“That can be a difficult place to be a woman,” she observed, referring to a culture of male dominance she observed at that time.
“Now I am excited about having the opportunity to work with women and to empower them,” she said. Hope has been named the new sexual assault advocate and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator at TCWRC. In her job, funded by a grant from the Meyer Foundation, she will be working directly with victims of sexual assault, being on hand at the hospital or crime scenes to offer support and help the victims obtain needed services. In addition, she will coordinate SART by convening meetings and facilitating communication among the various law enforcement, medical and social services representatives who comprise the team.
Hope moved to Tillamook County in 2005. Her background included a Bachelor of Science degree in theology and Bible, 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, extensive volunteer church work and 15 years as an administrative assistant. She also is an artist, working in various media, including collage, painting and “assemblage.”
“I had experience as an event planner for various organizations,” she noted, “and I did public speaking for retreats and workshops, primarily in church settings. I also worked with small groups and did peer counseling for women.”
Her experience helping other women drew her to the Women’s Resource Center soon after moving to Tillamook County. She took the volunteer training and spent four years as a member of the board of directors.
“Most of that time, my volunteer work consisted of doing art and helping with fundraisers,” she said. She created art for fund-raising events and also worked with survivors in informal art therapy settings.
Wishoff is new DHS advocate
Amber Wishoff believes it was “divine intervention” that led her to move to Tillamook County two years ago and become a volunteer at the Women’s Resource Center.
That decision eventually led to her becoming the new “co-located” advocate working out of the State Department of Human Services Office providing support and services to women and families dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault. Wishoff said her decision to move to Tillamook County began with an online mix-up while she was living in Portland.
“I had gone to Craigslist to look for a vacation rental,” she explained, “but I clicked on the house rental page by mistake. The first post I selected was an amazing little cabin in the mountains outside of Tillamook and something just told me I had to check it out.” Two weeks later, she moved in.
Almost immediately, she began volunteering at TCWRC. “I knew I wanted to help, but I had no idea that it would ignite a huge passion in me for this work,” she continued.
Wishoff worked in the office, photographing and assisting at events and as an advocate on the hotline. She also volunteers as one of the facilitators with an art therapy group. When the opportunity for the co-located advocate position opened up, she jumped at the chance.
“I am excited by this challenge and I have already gotten an immense amount of support from staff.
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