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 Futures 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+ folx 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.
Brita Bolter Catoe
Brita is our Coalition Coordinator for the new east Multnomah County coalition under the SPF-PFS grant. Her role involves spearheading the creation of a coalition on the east side to prevent and reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use. Brita is passionate about public health and sees herself as a lifelong learner, especially regarding cultural competence.
Brita grew up in New Mexico (where she learned Spanish) and Wisconsin, and she received her BA in Community Health and Spanish from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She began her career in public health working at a health department in Wisconsin for four years before moving to Portland with her husband in 2017, where she earned her MA in Community Psychology from Concordia University. In her free time Brita enjoys exploring Oregon’s nature.
Rachel currently serves as the Coordinator (and informally the graphic designer) for Vibrant Future Coalition , where her role is to educate and collaborate with local youth, schools, government entities, and other nonprofits and cultural organizations surrounding the topic of substance use prevention. She is passionate about community outreach and even more so about working with and furthering the rights of queer youth. Rachel leads the Prevention Equity Committee at VFC.
Rachel grew up in SW 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 Vancouver, B.C., Canada, specializing in immigration politics within and between the Americas. In her free time, Rachel trains as a nationally competitive powerlifter, blogs about vegan sports nutrition, and is heavily involved in LGBTQ2SIA+ activism.