Meet Our Staff
Abigail Wells is the Director of the federally funded Drug Free Communities (DFC) Vibrant Future Coalition with Northwest Family Services. Abigail has a passion for prevention science and for applying evidence based strategies that focus on upstream and forward thinking to address the root causes of substance abuse. She uses a community wide approach, with an emphasis on aligning systems, to help create a collaborative continuum of care that better aligns prevention, treatment, and ultimately, recovery for people with substance abuse disorders.
Abigail is an alumna of Menlo College in Atherton, CA where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Humanities. After this, she returned to her lifelong home of Portland, Oregon where earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. Abigail began her career as a Language Arts Teacher before moving into the field of Prevention, where she has remained for the last 7 years, earning her Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) license along the way. Abby is very involved in her field, as the former Chair of the Oregon Coalition of Prevention Professionals (OCPP) for 3 years and more recently, as the current Co-Chair and one of the founders of the Oregon Public Health Association – Addiction Prevention Section (OPHA-APS).
Jazmin is the VFC Coalition Coordinator for Clackamas County. Her role includes collaborating with youth and local stakeholders having the common goal of substance use prevention. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education at the Portland State/OHSU joint school of Public Health. Jazmin is passionate about supporting youth and families. She loves doing what she can to help bring down different barriers. Prior to holding this position, she worked in schools supporting students. Most recently she was the site coordinator for PreventNet, a prevention program in Clackamas County, which is also part of Northwest Family Services.
Outside of work, she likes spending time with her husband and children.
May is the Prevention and Policy Coordinator with Vibrant Future Coalition. Her role involves coalition building, community outreach, and policy work geared towards youth substance use prevention in Clackamas County. May is passionate about including young people, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks in important conversations and is excited to have this opportunity to do that.
May received her B.S. in Psychology at University of Oregon and her M.A. in Child and Family Policy at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Prior to this position, May spent three years working with youth in the juvenile justice system in Multnomah County and one year at a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization working to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. Through these experiences, May has seen how prevention work can be pivotal in a young person’s life and how important it is to educate youth early on. When not working, May loves to spend time outdoors with her spunky German Shepherd, cook, and hang out with her family.
Kat is our VFC Coordinator for East Multnomah County. Her role involves collaborating with the community to implement prevention strategies to reduce youth drug and alcohol use. Kat is passionate about creating data-driven practices and interdisciplinary designs to empower, support, and give voice to those vulnerable and marginalized. She is excited for this work and believes strongly in the role communities have in improving health outcomes.
Kat received her BS in Public Health from Brigham Young University-Idaho and her Master’s in Public Health from Oregon State University. As a long time, Oregonian and lover of the great outdoors, Kat often spends time being adventurous in nature. She also enjoys playing the piano and hopes to one day perfect the art of breadmaking.
Terry is a Prevention Specialist Community Health Worker at Northwest Family Services (NWFS) for North Clackamas County and East Multnomah County. Her role is to reach the Latinx communities in both counties to help reduce substance use among youth as well as working with youth with prevention work in the area. Terry is excited to work with Latino’s in communities to help them voice their concerns. She believes that everyone has the ability to make a difference in their community and it is her goal to reduce the language barrier in the area.
Terry received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Community Health Education at California State University Long Beach and will soon pursue her masters in Public Health. She interned at the Orange County Health Care Agency in California under the department of Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) in May 2020. Moving to Portland, Oregon has been a change for her but she is enjoying it. Terry loves pan con café (sweet bread and coffee) as well as taking in the nature that Oregon offers by going on hikes and walks.
Rachel currently serves as an advisor to VFC. She helps design and maintain the website, manage grants, and support ongoing coalition activities.
Rachel grew up in Portland as person always extremely involved in social justice and human rights activism. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of British Columbia in Canada. In her free time, Rachel trains as a nationally competitive powerlifter and fosters rescue dogs.