DVRC Board of Directors
The DVRC Board of Directors is comprised of local community members dedicated to furthering the purpose and work of the Domestic Violence Resource Center. The Board of Directors meets monthly to develop DVRC policy, manage our presence within the community, and establish and maintain important relationships with our stakeholders and constituent groups essential to supporting our mission. This is an exciting time to be a part of the DVRC Board of Directors! If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a member, please contact the DVRC Executive Director Sara Wade at 503.640.5352 x302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jyoti Choudhary, HR Program Manager, (Board Chair) Originally from India, Jyoti Choudhary moved to the US over 25 years ago. She got her MBA from Bowling Green State University and works at Intel. She is inspired to work with DVRC because ‘this organization is involved in activities that matter to real people and influence real lives’. “I feel passionately about women’s issues because I firmly believe that society can only progress when women can participate through all their capabilities”, Jyoti says. Her favorite quote is by Mao Zedong- “Women hold up half the sky”.
Kathy Proctor, Attorney, is the owner of Proctor Law PC and practices law primarily in Washington County but she also serves clients all over the state of Oregon. Kathy is committed to giving back to the community through volunteerism. She served as President of the Washington County Bar Association for two years and has volunteered as a mediator for neighbor to neighbor disputes. Kathy often represents vulnerable clients in protective order proceedings in addition to divorce and custody cases. Kathy has been a member of the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) Board for nearly two years and considers the DVRC and the work done by all those involved with the center to be crucial to the citizens of our community. Kathy is committed to protecting the right of all human beings, especially our children, to live a life free from violence, fear and oppression in the home
Bria Woodworker (Board Vice-Chair) is a former counseling intern with DVRC and wanted to give back to the agency by joining the board of directors. Following her internship, Bria earned a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Lewis & Clark College, Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Bria is currently a mental health therapist for a non-profit, community mental health agency. Bria’s past volunteer and work experience has been in non-profit, social services supporting youth and families from diverse backgrounds and impacted by various challenges, including domestic violence. Some of the most meaningful work she experienced was as an intern with DVRC supporting children, teens and women affected by domestic violence. Bria believes in the mission of DVRC and is committed to doing her part to help promote safe and healthy relationships for everyone.
Ronda Groshong Ronda graduated from Portland State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. She was hired by the Beaverton Police Department in 1995 as a patrol officer and through the years, she held different positions to include Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant. Currently she is assigned as the Lieutenant for the Professional Standards and Training Division of the Beaverton Police Department. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and golfing.
Linda Brandt Linda recently retired after working within the criminal justice system in California and Oregon for over 30 years. During the past fifteen years, she worked as a Probation Officer in Washington County serving a caseload of women often involved in domestic violence. She shared intimately in their lives and witnessed the devastating effects of addiction, poverty, untreated mental illness and domestic violence on women, their families and our community. Linda is excited to be to utilizing her expertise and experience and continuing to give back by serving on the board of directors of DVRC. She cares deeply about women and families, social justice and building safe, healthy and strong communities. She hopes to dedicate the remainder of her life to stopping all violence against women.
Nicole Hough, Attorney (Treasurer) is the founding attorney of Hough Law, a Washington County based law firm focused on assisting families and individuals with estate planning and family law matters. Nikki is a former sexual assault crisis counselor and has assisted sexual assault survivors of all ages and genders through medical exams, as well as provided support and resources for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones on crisis hotlines. She is dedicated to social justice causes and supporting the local community. When she is not working or volunteering, Nikki can usually be found reading a good book or cooking a gourmet meal.