James L Holt Sr. |Executive Director
jholt [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
James hails from Central Idaho and the homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe. He earned a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Idaho. James has a background in tribal public policy and collaborating on complex, natural resource management issues. He is also passionate about social equity, having earned a certificate in Diversity and Stratification. James believes in advocating for social justice in all facets of natural resource planning and management. In his free time, you will find James hiking the local trails or fishing with his wife Feather and their children.
Elizabeth cabral |americorps Program Director
ecabral [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
Elizabeth is Confluence's Program Director. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Portland State University.
Elizabeth was raised in the Gorge and is the proud daughter of immigrant parents. Before joining Confluence Environmental Center, Elizabeth worked for six years in active transportation - leading efforts to create safe access to walking, biking and transit in undeserved communities in Portland. Elizabeth brings with her experience at the intersections of transportation, housing and the environment and strong commitment to racial and environmental equity, She hopes to bring her passion and background in equity and culturally responsive programming to the organization and its AmeriCorps members. During her free time she organizes bike rides with Portland based Mujeres en - a local Latina bike group she co-founded 3 years ago to encourage more Latinas to bike. She also enjoys to spending time with her family, visiting the gorge, wine tastings, and exploring new hiking trails in the PNW.
Sherrie Jackson |Operations Coordinator
sjackson [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
Sherrie was born and raised in Southern California, but has called the Northwest her home for over 20 years. She attended Portland State University where she earned a BS in Psychology and also worked in the Outdoor Program, where she found her passion for non-motorized sports and the environment. After college was a crew leader for at-risk youth with Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. She, along with other staff, started the Cascade Education Corps; an alternative high school that focused on service learning, environmental education and career development. In 1994, she helped begin a new program called the Northwest Service Academy (NWSA); an environmental AmeriCorps program. She worked for NWSA for 16 years taking on several roles, but focused on member recruitment. Sherrie continued her education to obtain a professional certificate in Human Resources and hired over 1000 AmeriCorps members for NWSA.
In 2011, Sherrie and other former NWSA staff created Confluence Environmental Center.
When she’s not working, Sherrie enjoys time with her family, playing soccer, rock climbing, skiing, backpacking and will try any crazy, mud run that comes within a 100 mile radius of her house
Samantha Vernon | Program and outreach COORDINATOR
svernon [at] confluencecenter [dot] org
Samantha hails from the Hoosier state, but she's called Oregon her home for the past 4 years. Before joining Confluence Environmental Center, Samantha completed terms of service with AmeriCorps FEMA Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC, and AmeriCorps VISTA. Most recently she was working in homelessness services here in Portland. Samantha is currently Confluence Environmental Center's Program and Outreach Coordinator.
When she's not working, she's studying to complete a degree in Women's & Gender Studies. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the gorge, hiking, snowshoeing, yoga, and petting other peoples dogs.