february, 2021

11feb10:00 am11:30 pmFebruary Program | Connecting & Empowering Women

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Connecting & Empowering Women

We are excited to host a unique and compelling discussion centered around connecting women and empowering them to push boundaries and break glass ceilings. At CREW Portland, we recognize the importance of cultivating mentorship amongst women and supporting one another to achieve great things.

Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 10am for our monthly CREW program, where we’ll highlight a special collaborative project between leading local architecture, engineering design, and construction firms as they have teamed up with Union Gospel Mission (UGM) to create a welcoming, safe, and healing home for women and children focused on recovering from past traumas and breaking free of destructive choices through UGM’s LifeChange program.

Together we’ll…

  • Explore the construction and development challenges faced during the design and build of the project;
  • Discover creative solutions implemented for a design focused on providing a tangible home space for women and children in a very delicate point of their lives; and
  • Be inspired by one of the many success stories of women who have been personally impacted by the LifeChange program.

Click here to learn more about the work of UGM’s LifeChange program and hear a powerful story from our event’s feature speaker, Shae.

About UGM
Union Gospel Mission’s purpose statement is Feeding the Hungry, Restoring the Addict, and Loving our Neighbor. This has been our mission for over 90 years and has now grown into centering this mission around individuals entering our LifeChange program. The LifeChange is our long-term, residential recovery program for both men, women and their children escaping homelessness, addiction, and abuse. Our goal is for LifeChange graduates to return to a full life, complete with sobriety, gainful employment, and healthy relationships.

Moderator & Panelists

Natali Marmion, Moderator

With 30 years in broadcasting, Natali Marmion has been welcomed into homes as a trusted news source and community member. Initially as a news anchor at KATU, she focused her reporting on community outreach and stories that would make a positive impact. She currently hosts a segment on KOIN-6 called Eye on the Northwest, and loves helping families with their real estate needs, as a broker for RE/MAX Equity Group. Natali is a mom to two teenage boys and continues to enjoy working with local non-profits and groups that help children, families, animals and medical advancements.



Jennifer Beattie, AIA (CIDA Architecture)

Jennifer started with CIDA Architects and Engineers over twenty years ago and worked her way up to become President in 2013, learning all aspects of the business along the way. Traditionally, CIDA focused on commercial and industrial design, with a strong presence in the non-profit sector. Under Jennifer’s leadership, with her passion for giving back, CIDA’s dedication to non-profits has only grown. Her work with non-profits regularly demonstrates the generosity with which staff and volunteers give of themselves; she is honored by the opportunity to support these labors. Fundamental to her design philosophy, Jennifer approaches each project with a strong emphasis on teamwork and client participation, energizing the group and creating a real sense of ownership of the process and the results.

Han-Mei Chiang (Hoffman Construction)

Han-Mei is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working on large, commercial construction projects. Han-Mei is past-President for AIA Portland and currently chair of the Facilities Committee for Pioneer Courthouse Square (“the Square”). Han-Mei is a licensed Architect with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.




Bill Russell (UGM)

Bill Russell is the Executive Direction of Union Gospel Mission and Co-Founder of the LifeChange addiction recovery program. Once retired from his law practice, Bill turned his focus towards those struggling with substance abuse, homelessness and chronic criminality. He is value driven, coaching everyone toward generosity and collaboration. Bill has been the Executive Direction at Union Gospel Mission since 1989 and was recognized for his service in community receiving the Call to Service Award, from the President of the United States in 2007. Bill and his wife, Tamara have raised four daughters and make their home in Gresham.

Featured Speaker

Shae describes her drug induced life as chaotic and reckless. Before Shae entered Union Gospel Mission’s LifeChange program, she was homeless, periodically incarcerated, and experiencing drug addiction and domestic violence. Child Protective Services eventually stepped in and removed her children from her care. Shae began to restore her life at LifeChange in March of 2018. In August 2019, she entered TEEM (Training, Education, Employment, Maintenance) and began working toward moving out November 2020. Shae says that she is now “living a beautiful life thanks to Jesus”, she is experiencing sobriety and able to care for her two children. Shae currently works in the constructions field as an apprenticeship through Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institution and works for BrandSafway Access and Industrial Solutions as a Scaffolder.


There will be networking breakouts at the end of the program.


(Thursday) 10:00 am - 11:30 pm


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