CCR is committed to making Douglas County
ACE aware, trauma- and resiliency-informed
The phrase “trauma and resiliency-informed” systems change refers to an ongoing process to strengthen an organization, department, or larger system’s impact by integrating into its programs, structures, and culture a comprehensive commitment to address trauma and promote resiliency.
[Center for Collective Wisdom, Trauma and Resiliency: A Systems Change Approach, July 2017]
MEET OUR TEAM
Rachel Gustafson, CCR’s Coalition Manager moved to Douglas County six years ago as an AmeriCorps member. She grew up outside of Baltimore, Maryland and got a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services at Towson University. Since relocating to Oregon, she has helped build programs at UCAN and Aviva Health and worked as a home visitor throughout Douglas County. With a passion for advocating for families that have young children. She is dedicated to assisting with getting trauma informed care and ACEs training out into community and organizations. Rachel has been a member of the Perinatal Task Force and Human Trafficking Awareness Task Force for six years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog enjoying nature together.
Rachel has facilitated parenting classes, infant massage classes, and co-hosted human trafficking awareness events.
TRAINING EXPERTISE: Infant Massage; Parent Education; Human Trafficking Awareness; ACEs; Self-Regulation & Resilience; and Trauma-Informed Care
Mckenzy Gausnell (she/her) is CCR’s Education & Outreach Coordinator. Mckenzy grew up in Roseburg and has a deep love and respect for the Umpqua area she calls home. In her own time, she enjoys traveling, being in nature, spending time with family, and is a self-proclaimed bookworm.
Mckenzy is a proud University of Oregon Alumni. After going to the UO’s School of Journalism and Communications, she began working in the non-profit field in Douglas County. She began working with CCR in 2021 as a trainer, but officially accepted a role in July of 2023. Mckenzy coordinates trainings on adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care, self-regulation and resilience, and oversees CCR’s community and education activities.
TRAINING EXPERTISE: Stewards of Children; Understanding ACE’s; The Help That Helps; Self-Regulation & Resilience; Trauma Informed
Nicole Rodriguez, CCR’s Education and Outreach Committee Chair, has been with Peace at Home Advocacy Center since 2015 where she is currently the Sexual Assault Services Director. In this role Nicole is able to provide support for survivors of sexual violence in our community as they navigate their journey of healing. Nicole is part of the Sanctuary Model Training committee as well as Peace at Home’s Equity Team. Nicole is able to provide training on topics such as Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism, Cultural Competency, Self-Care and Vicarious Resilience, Self-Care for People of Color, A Trauma-Informed Approach to Working with Teen Survivors of Sexual Violence, and various trainings on the impact of domestic and sexual violence on survivors. Nicole is passionate about working with survivors and community partners to find out what role each of us can play in creating healthier, happier relationships.
TRAINING EXPERTISE: Self-care; Working with teens; Working with children; Anti-oppression/anti-racism; Components of Resilience & Vicarious Resilience; Resilience for POC survivors of trauma; Effects of domestic/sexual violence
Marcia is one of the founders of CCR and has been in the forefront developing and leading trauma mitigation and violence against women prevention programs for over 40 years. Marcia has a PhD, in Public Health – Health Services, and MA in Social Work/Health, a BS in Physiology and Political Science and is a Registered Nurse, RN. She was awarded a Public Service Fellowship 3 consecutive years for her doctoral studies on Military Sexual Trauma (MST). She has presented at international, national, regional conferences for both civilian and VA-DOD audiences on a variety of topics from ACEs to Addressing Trauma in Direct Care Practice Environments. Dr. Hall was the lead consultant and technical writer for the Oregon State Violence against Women Prevention Plan, a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Women Veterans Health, National Task Force on Emergency Room Care for Women, and the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force.
Dr. Hall developed the first Trauma Recovery Program for women Veterans in southern Oregon in the 1990s. She is passionate educator in violence prevention, intervention and response. She has engaged in diverse roles as a university instructor, healthcare provider, healthcare administrator, researcher, and lifelong advocate for community health and resiliency. She currently operates a Public Health consulting business with expertise in Public Health, Women’s Health, IPV, Veterans care and TI Organizational Development. Her current interest is the intersection of COVID 19 and social determinants of health and building resilient individual and community responses.
CCR is a collective impact effort supporting trauma-informed approaches in our community, schools, county agencies, the tribal entities and local non-profits to improve outcomes for our children, youth and families.
We believe that our extended community will benefit as we collaborate across sectors and populations to recognize the effect of trauma, and work together to transform our organizations and our community.
Creating Community Resilience (CCR) is a collaborative initiative providing regional leadership in preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments (ACEs) and building trauma-informed (TI) capacities to create resilient communities throughout Douglas County.
OUR SHARED VISION
For all Douglas County residents, organizations, and institutions to be empowered trauma-informed champions promoting safe children, strong families, healthy neighborhoods, and resilient communities.
Together we can create resilient communities.