Who We Are

We believe in inclusion, mutual support and respect.

The Executive Board:

Tom Fuller
Tom Fuller, Project Manager, Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.  A native Oregonian, Mr. Fuller grew up on a family farm near McMinnville, graduated from McMinnville High School, Yale University and the Pacific Coast School of Banking.  He began his professional career in banking.  After 19 years he left banking to go to work for the State of Oregon during the Neil Goldschmidt Administration where he worked in the Departments of Corrections and Economic Development.  He left the state in 1991 to join the Portland-based project management and development consulting firm of Shiels Obletz Johnsen where he continues to work.  He has served and continues to serve on a number of nonprofit boards and is heavily involved as a volunteer within the Portland community.

Marisol Levick
Marisol Levick has over twelve years of business experience. Most recently she was a Director of Market Development for management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Over a period of five years, she progressed from founding and running the one-person marketing and business development department of Portland-based executive leadership development firm, CDR International, to overseeing marketing activities for the Oliver Wyman Executive Learning Center in the US, Europe and Canada. Marisol’s areas of expertise include marketing strategy, brand development, positioning, external communications, sales pitch development and negotiation. Marisol also spent a number of years in the adult learning field as a corporate training and development professional where she developed and gave courses in learning styles, communication and management.

Marisol’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Santa Clara University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Washington. She currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with her husband and two children.

Patricia Martinez

Patricia Martinez has over 20 years in the field of education.  She has been a bilingual teacher, elementary school principal and district-level administrator.  Patricia also served as the executive director for Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, a nonprofit organization for Latino youth in Oregon providing educational services and workforce development for middle and high school students.  Currently, she is the founder and principal for Leadership Centered Solutions, LLC, an educational consultancy with focus on developing school leadership teams for addressing achievement and equity.  Patricia is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALF) Class IXX and is an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education at Lewis & Clark College and Associate Faculty at Marylhurst University.

Victor Merced

Victor Merced was appointed Director of OHCS September 5, 2006.  Merced has extensive public, private, and government leadership and management experience.  He worked as a Philanthropic Advisor and Organizational Consultant to non-profit organizations and foundations.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Program Officer with the Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon’s largest private foundation.  He also served as Deputy Administrator with the Oregon Adult and Family Services Division; Executive Director of Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; Associate Attorney with Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut; and Director of Operations with People’s Development Corporation in the South Bronx, New York.

Mr. Merced grew up in the Bronx, New York.  He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, with a Major in Housing and Urban Development, and a Minor in Political Science and Economics.   He received a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1985.  He holds an honorary doctorate for Law and Public Service from Herbert H. Lehman College.

Merced has been a National W.K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow and has served as Chairman of the Housing Authority of Portland.  Most recently he served on the City of Portland’s Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission to End Homelessness.  He is also a graduate of the Oregon American Leadership Forum (Class VII) and currently sits on the national advisory board of the Local Initiative Funding Partnership of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.