Youth Villages stories
New 2020 local Oregon board members: Eli Pahl, Ann Mestrovich, Bill de la Cruz
Welcome new Youth Villages Oregon leadership in 2020
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Eli Pahl, LCSW, CADC III, is the current Quality Director for Mental Health and Addiction Medicine for Kaiser NW. He began his tenure at Kaiser as the Mental Health ambulatory supervisor for the Westside Service Area. Eli is both a licensed clinical social worker and a certified addiction counselor. His practice includes providing trauma-informed, culturally competent care for LGBTQ+ individuals, and with individuals challenged by both substance and mental health issues. He sustains a value to providing patient-centered and patient-directed care with a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Eli was raised in the Midwest and attended the University of Texas for professional training and loves spending quality time with family, riding bikes with his children, crossword puzzles, and walking in the rain.
As a Talent Acquisition Partner at The Standard, Ann recruits high-performing finance, accounting and underwriting talent, and leads the company’s university recruiting efforts. Prior to joining The Standard, she directed employer-led recruiting efforts at Portland State University focused on providing PSU’s diverse student community with career and internship opportunities.
Throughout her work in international nonprofits and in higher education, Ann’s consistent focus has been on establishing strategic partnerships and creating programming that meets the needs of the communities she serves.
Ann majored in Political Science and Environmental Studies at Alfred University and received her master’s degree in International Development from American University. Ann moved to Lake Oswego in 2012 and lives with her husband, Warren, and two daughters, Alina and Miriam. In her spare time, Ann likes spending time in her garden and reading books about food.
Bill de la Cruz
Bill de la Cruz is an aspiring leader who has been guiding individuals and groups through the process of personal transformation, as a mediator and workshop leader for 30 years. He developed his programs and workshops in order to help individuals and groups build self-awareness, enhance relationships, and to help foster positive, sustainable personal growth. Bill has been on his own personal growth journey for over 40 years, which inspired him to develop specific practices designed to help create positive, lasting change.
This approach to bias work grew out of Bill’s personal experience attending hundreds of self-help trainings and reading hundreds of self-help books. Many of these experiences told him that he must do “the work” but they too often failed to clearly define what that work should actually look like. Out of his 40-year journey, Bill developed daily practices that continue to support his personal growth and self-awareness, and he has dedicated himself to making these practices available to others.
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