About Us

OHRA was formed by a group of concerned citizens in June 2012 to focus on those who were homeless or those pushed to the verge of homelessness by poverty. Its early work included working with the city and churches to establish winter shelters. In February 2014 it opened the Ashland Community Resource Center thanks to a two-year $100,000 grant from the city of Ashland.   OHRA operates the center in partnership with ACCESS, the Community Action Agency for Jackson County

OHRA Board of Directors

Sharon Harris, President

Sharon moved to Ashland in 2012 after retiring from 25 years in the information technology field. In 2013, she was under contract to purchase a 1910 home in Ashland when it was destroyed by fire. As a result, she spent her first years in Ashland building a new home. This experience moved her to volunteer at the winter emergency shelter at Pioneer Hall where she has been an overnight host since 2013. Sharon served on the City of Ashland Housing & Human Services Commission and now serves on the Board of Trustees for Temple Emek Shalom and is a member of the Elks Scholarship Committee.

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Sharon Harris at OHRA’s 2015 sleep out.

Ken Gudger, Treasurer

Ken Gudger is a graduate engineer of California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.  He had a long career in the Electrical Energy Industry, especially in energy efficiency and alternative and renewable resources.  He was founder of Global Energy Partners LLC of California, now a part of EnerNOC, Boston.  Ken’s support and service to the homeless grew out of his involvement in Justice programs within the United Methodist Church in Central California.  He has continued with that support and service with his family’s recent move to Ashland.  He and his wife, Debbie, have four children and four grandchildren.

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Ken Gudger

Montye Male, Secretary

Montye is a retired communications executive who has worked with a number of social service organizations. She is the former board president of Plateau Outreach Ministries, a nonprofit organization serving residents of small rural communities southeast of Seattle, Washington. POM provides those in need with necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Its case workers strives to put people in contact with resources which can help them achieve economic stability. Her professional career includes communications for Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Weyerhaeuser Company, from which she retired. A graduate of Syracuse University, Montye resides in Ashland with her husband, Joe.

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Montye Male

John Wieczorek, Immediate Past President

John is a full time real estate broker in Ashland. He’s been with Gateway Real Estate since 1996.  John is the Chair of the Social Justice and Action Committee at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.   He is also the coordinator of the winter homeless shelters at Pioneer Hall.  After graduating from the University of Saint Thomas in 1986, John moved to Oregon in 1989.  He lives in Ashland with his wife, Sharon, and their two sons.

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John Wieczorek

Ron Mogel

Ron retired to Ashland in 2007 from the Bay Area after a career in nonprofit management. He served as an executive director for over 30 years for organizations including the Novato Human Needs Center and the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. He has also served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors, committees and commissions. Recently he has been on the board of the Ashland Independent Film Festival and a volunteer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Ron has also volunteered for the Ashland Community Resource Center since it opened its doors.
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Ron Mogel

Steve Russo

Steve Russo and his wife Sally have lived in Ashland for 25 years and have one son living and working in Portland.. He earned his masters degree in Educational and Clinical Psychology from California State University East Bay.  He also earned his certification in Chemical Dependency Studies from CSUEB.  He worked in California and Oregon as a high school counselor for over 30 years. He has been retired for over 4 years but volunteers at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, has been with the Ashland Community Resource Center since its inception, serves on the Ashland Food Project Steering Committee, and is now producing a documentary film about the Ashland Food Project.   
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Steve Russo

Ginny Sagal

Ginny Sagal moved to Ashland in 2010 from Los Angeles after working 22 years as a clothing designer/merchandiser. She is presently working at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County as the Communication and Outreach Coordinator. Ginny has been a volunteer for the Ashland Community Resource Center for 3 years. She also serves meals at the winter shelters. Ginny resides in Ashland with her husband Glenn and two children. Her hobbies and loves are rowing and gardening.
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Ginny Sagal

Matt Endress

After years of pining, Matt and his family are pleased to finally be making Southern Oregon their home. He currently works as manager of local shop, Get ‘n Gear. Previously, Matt has served as CEO of Shatter Buggy, an iPhone repair company out of Denver and Minneapolis, a Head Start Center Director, and Resident Specialist at a youth shelter in Bloomington, Indiana. Matt is a graduate of Wabash College. He lives in Ashland with his wife, Erin, and three young sons.
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Matt Endress
 

John Nosco

John Nosco was appointed to the OHRA board in June of 2017. He currently works as a public defender in Siskiyou County, California providing legal representation to children and low-income adults. In the past, he has worked on behalf of economically disadvantaged populations in a number of different capacities, including service as Operations Director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, as a case manager for homeless and formerly homeless seniors in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, and as a grant writer for Lamp Community, a non-profit organization that provides housing and supportive services for homeless people living with severe mental illness. He is a member of the Southern Oregon Housing for All Coalition, and has previously volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Harlem Tutorial Project. John is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, and Columbia Law School.