Meet our team!
Together, our board of directors, staff and over 2,000 volunteers provide the vision, creativity, leadership, and hands-on work that allows us to be the change we want to see in the world. Please take a moment to learn a little bit more about our team.
Board of directors
Ashley, Communications & Marketing Manager
Brian, Salvage Specialist
Chris, Salvage Specialist
Dave, Volunteer Services Manager
Douglas, DeConstruction Services Manager
Ella Rose, Head Cashier
Jarod, Driving Department Manager
Josh, Salvage Specialist
Kathy, Salvage Specialist
Kelly, Office Manager
Leif, Assistant Store Manager
Leo, Job Site Crew Leader
Linda, Community Outreach Program Manager
Mayela, Salvage Specialist
Mike, Job Site Crew Leader
Pete, Site Supervisor
Peter, Salvage Specialist
Stephen, Executive Director
Steve, Salvage Specialist
Tom, Store Manager
Tomas, Salvage Specialist
Cary Stacey, Board Chair
Cary Stacey manages special projects at Metro, the regional government, with expertise in organizational development; strategic planning and communications; and diversity issues. Prior to joining Metro she worked in fundraising to support Legal Aid Services and as a manager at Powell's City of Books. Cary, a native Oregonian, is married with a teenage stepson. She is passionate about learning, the arts and building vital communities.
Cupid Alexander, Board Member
Cupid Alexander has a deep history in the Portland area’s housing organizations. He is currently a Housing Program Coordinator for the Portland Housing Bureau and the Vice President of Community Development for National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Cascade Chapter as well as serving as Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter. He serves as the Vice President of Urban Leagues Young Professionals and as board member of the Trail Blazers Make It Better Foundation. Prior to working for the Portland Housing Bureau, Cupid worked for the Washington County Department of Housing Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Cupid is a proud graduate of Wilson High School and attended Western Oregon University, Fisk University, and Warner Pacific College where he was a collegiate basketball player and earned a Business degree. He additionally attended Portland State University where he earned both a graduate degree in Real Estate Development, and a Master’s in Public Administration.
Nick Macdonald, Board Member
Nick Macdonald has extensive experience creating positive change in the most difficult environments. His professional background is in international relief and development, working on conflict and displacement issues in the Balkans, South East and Central Asia.
He currently consults with nonprofits in the area of analytics and social impact. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, his focus is to help executives and organizations make high quality data-driven decisions involving high-stake and complex issues.
He also teaches conflict and humanitarianism at the University of Oregon.
Laura Westwood Board Member
A native inner-NE Portlander and sixth generation Oregonian, Laura has served on the board of RBC since early 2013. After graduating from Grant High, she went to Princeton University and studied ecology and evolutionary biology, during which time her passion for environmental causes blossomed. Laura served as a Green Corps fellow, then returned home to Portland to work on various environmental causes and specializes in fund development for nonprofits. Laura and her husband love showing their young son the beauty of the natural world through their large urban garden and hiking adventures.
Lee Barrett, Board Member
Lee moved to Oregon in 1972 after graduating from New Your University. He has worked in management positions at for profit (Willamette Week newspaper), non-profit (Portland Recycling Team) and governmental (DEQ, City of Portland and Metro) environments during his career as well as working on political campaigns in the 1970’s.
He retired from his position as Manager of the Waste Reduction & Outreach Department at Metro in 2008, and joined the OUV board in January of 2009.
He lives in NE Portland with his wife Cornelia, and continues his commitment to communities and the environment with his volunteer activities. As a sideline he measures road racing courses (among them the Portland Marathon, Shamrock Run, Rock N Roll Half Marathon, and the IAAF World Cup and Olympic Trials race walk course) he is also the USA Track & Field Certifier for Oregon.
Mike Alfoni, Board Member
Mike grew up covered in oil and snow as a New England machinist. He still maintains a love for building things - continuing to do so as a hands-on education advocate, and for organizations as a management consultant. Recent projects program and grant writing for reproductive rights, founding a business incubator with Intel, and facilitating a global competition to build unmanned drones for policing rhino poachers. In a prior life, he spent a decade engaging hundreds of staff and thousands of volunteers in our political process.
Mike has a passion for organizations that engage people in inspiring and teach each other. He managed ADX Portland (one of the earliest maker-spaces in the country), and and now continues this work as a hands-on STEM educator and part of the ReBuilding Center board.
ReBuilding Center Staff
Ella Rose, Head Cashier
I am a pioneer of Portland, Oregon who came here in 1971 with nine siblings, and mom and dad. I went to Jefferson High School and have employment history spanning seventy-two jobs throughout the city. I also attended Portland Community College, where I obtained my GED. I worked at the NW Marine and Cascade General shipyards as a Fire Watch for ten years. I spent twenty-five years in construction helping to build max tracks along the Rose Garden Arena, extending the Lewis and Clark bridge, and building Mt. St. Helens' Road. Before coming to work with the ReBuilding Center, I cashiered at Big City Small World Produce for six years. I've been at the ReBuilding Center 10 plus years and I still love it here! My entire family has always been a source of support in the community. Our family church, Portland Miracle Revival, hosts three annual back-to-school events, gathering tablets, books, pencils, backpacks, and coats. We provide Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and supply toys for needy kids at Christmas. Over 1000 families are served per year. This is just a small glimpse to the life of Ella Rose Kelly!
Jarod Herbert, Driving Department Manager
Jarod misses his first love, Baltimore, Md; the greatest city in America. He received a degree in film back in the heady days of his youth, when life was like ripe blackberries and everyone wanted to be an artist. After a stint of rambling around, he settled in Portland 8 years ago. In that time he has studied fish biology (want to know the genetic difference between rainbow trout and steel head?), painted houses, and collected a plethora of other vocations. His main passions in life include trout fishing, skateboarding, and pondering existence. Connecting with others and and engaging in meaningful, subsurface conversation is of capital importance to Jarod. So please, come start a conversation with him!
"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." - Albert Camus
Mayela Alvarado, Salvage Specialist
After graduating from High School, in a span of 20 years, I left behind a life in Alaska and a marriage. So with my three daughters, we settled for a life in the city.
Notwithstanding the commercial fishing, sourdough lifestyle, I'd accumulated a vast array of trade experiences. In a nutshell; being a cook/deckhand on commercial fishing boats, small bit of arc welding, tree planting for the Forestry Dpt., sign paining, clown personality, (one time the town's Easter Bunny!), piñata maker, court, medical, and School District (aside from Teacher's Aide) Translator; both written and oral, certified flagger, transformer of residential and commercial properties to become rent ready!
When I was lead to The ReBuilding Center, I was blessed with a nice home not far from my job where I've had the opportunity to garden, hang-dry my laundry, and collect rainwater in a barrel!; was to become mine, my daughter's and their lovely family's base and now foundation in our now current lifestyle and culture. I am proud and happy to have been blessed with my opportunity here at The ReBuilding Center, reflecting the importance of renewal, re-use and recycle as we give back our strength, vitality and virtue towards a better future.
Stephen Reichard, Executive Director
Stephen Reichard, the RBC’s executive director, joined the ReBuilding Center in July of 2015 after a long career in the health sector and the NGO world. He served, most recently, as deputy director with the Lambi Fund of Haiti where he was the only blan. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer with Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. Reichard has a passion for justice and business. This translates particularly well to the ReBuilding Center, a sustainability organization that seeks to create an economic model that works for people and the environment for seven generations. He loves this place!
Steve Kugler, Salvage Specialist
Steve has been told he was born in North Portland, living his formidable years down the street from the ReBuilding Center on Albina Avenue. Rumor has it his two grandchildren are a direct result from his (it was said) thirty-four years of marriage. We all know he likes sports and Leon's burritos.