Senior Leadership Team
Outside In is fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated leadership team that guides our strategic, mission-centered approach.
Amanda Antenucci | LCSW, MAC
Behavioral Health Director
Amanda has worked in non-profit and mental health treatment settings for over 20 years, serving individuals in a variety of contexts including outpatient, inpatient, residential, corrections, and community-based programs. Her areas of clinical focus include the treatment of complex trauma and LGBTQIA+ informed service provision. In 2014, Amanda joined Outside In and has been responsible for overseeing and developing mental health and substance use disorder services. She graduated from Stephens College and the Smith College School for Social Work. Amanda enjoys hiking, running, and making giant meals.
Bill Aronson | MS
Support Services Director
Bill joined Outside In in 1999. His tenure with the agency has included work in human resources, information technology, data & reporting, grants administration, facilities management, building multi-cultural capacity, and vendor accounts/relations. Bill is results-oriented, with a focus on continuous quality improvement agency-wide. Prior to Outside In, he achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Black Studies from UCSB, and a Master’s in Sociology from Portland State University. He gained professional experience by working and volunteering for other non-profits. When not at work, Bill enjoys socializing, running, cycling, hiking, camping, and most other (preferably outdoor) activities where he can relax.
Bonnie Ross | MBA, CIA
Bonnie Ross joined Outside In as the Finance Director in June 2016. She is an experienced finance and accounting leader with more than fifteen years of experience improving the financial performance of organizations in staffing, healthcare, and not-for profit organizations through leadership in budget, business case modeling, and analysis. She has worked in the healthcare industry as a Chief Financial Officer for FQHCs in both California and Oregon, and as a Finance Director for the nation’s largest healthcare staffing organization. As a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) she understands the importance of compliance, GAAP, and adherence to Federal Guidelines and Regulations. Bonnie lives with her husband and their two dogs, Lucy and Hugo, and enjoys canning fruits and vegetables and boating during the summer months.
Brian Little | DO, MPH, MA, FACOI
Dr. Brian Little joined Outside In as the Medical Director in June, 2017. Prior to coming to Outside In, he served as the Chief of Medicine at Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon, from 2011 – 2017. Brian also served as the Chief of Medicine at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, Ancora, New Jersey from 2009 – 2010. He is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician, and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Brian completed his medical education and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey. Brian obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health, Stratford, New Jersey, as well as a Master in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey. He is also an American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellow. Brian and his husband live in Portland, Oregon with their two golden retrievers, Ares and Kratos.
Elizabeth Fuss Arnott | SPHR
Human Resources Director
Elizabeth has been working in Human Resources for over 19 years. She earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in 2011 and is currently working on her Master of Jurisprudence Degree in Labor and Employment Law through Tulane University Law School. Elizabeth lives in Portland with her husband Luke and their cat, Poirot. In her free time, she blogs about HR and the art of managing people and has fun baking cakes.
Heather Brown | MA Counseling Psychology
Youth Services Director
Heather has over 25 years of experience working with mental health, housing, integrated behavioral health, and other social services. Heather joined the Outside In team in 1998 as the Youth Services Director, overseeing the organization’s comprehensive support services for homeless transition age youth including transitional and permanent supportive housing, employment and education services, and LGBTQIA+ supports. Heather received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from St. Martin’s College. A native to Portland, Heather enjoys creating amazing meals, playing cards with her family, and urban chicken farming.
Lori is a seasoned philanthropy professional and brings over 20 years of non-profit experience to her role at Outside In. She has worked with organizations of all sizes including the University of California – Los Angeles Foundation, Oregon Health and Science University Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles as well as Forward Step and Inner City Industry, non-profit start-ups in Southern California. Lori’s areas of expertise include Development Operations, High Impact Philanthropy, Medical Sciences & Research, Major Gifts and Endowments.
“My professional mission is to help people make informed and thoughtful decisions about how they direct their philanthropy AND, to be a tireless advocate for the protection of donor intent.”
Lori lives in Portland and enjoys horseback riding and taking her dog Hunter on long walks around the neighborhood. Her community interests include affordable housing, animal welfare and social justice issues such as health care and reproductive rights. Lori serves on the Oregon Health Forum’s planning committee and is a member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable.
Patricia is a visionary servant leader with decades of executive management experience in the non-profit, healthcare and human services sector. She has successfully led clinical agencies through significant and transformational change. She has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and has been a tireless advocate for providing access to healthcare for all. Patricia’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer at Family HealthCare in Fargo, ND and Chief Operations Officer at NATIVE HEALTH in Phoenix, AZ. She has also served as a board member with the Arizona Public Health Association and an advisory board member of the Arizona State University – Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.
Patricia is originally from Colombia, South America. She has bachelor’s degrees in Health Care Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia. She was selected as the YWCA’s “2010 Woman of the Year in Advocating for Equality.” In 2009, she received the “Latino Leadership Award for Woman of the Year” from Mujeres Unidas/Women United for outstanding community leadership. Patricia also received the “Star Award” from Dakota Medical Foundation for exceeding goals in ensuring the provision of healthcare services to noninsured/underinsured individuals and positively impacting the health of people. Patricia enjoys reading, spending time outdoors hiking and running, and cooking with her husband, Roberto. She has two children, Camilla and Sebastian, both college students.
Board of Directors
Outside In is grateful for the commitment and passion of our dedicated Board of Directors.
We are most proud of our Board members who share their lived experience as former patients or clients at Outside In.
PHIL WU M.D.
Retired Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Wu is a retired pediatric obesity specialist from Kaiser Permanente of Tualatin, Oregon. His special interests include obesity prevention in children and promoting healthy living for families. Dr. Wu has been a pediatrician with Kaiser since 1997 and is currently working on broadening the scope of healthcare to include collaboration with community organizations/businesses in addressing healthcare disparities. He received his bachelors from Stanford University and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
Nancy Gislason Cox grew up in Minneapolis and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota. She moved to Southern California to work in Advertising (AST Research, Ingram Micro) and rode the high-tech boom culminating in a wonderful 25-year career in management at Intel Corporation. While at Intel, Nancy received the highest honor the company bestows, The Intel Achievement Award, for her 2005 leadership directing 400 Intel Volunteers providing life-saving support to Red Cross Centers during the Hurricane Katrina Crisis in Louisiana. Nancy retired from Intel 2016.
Joining the Board of Outside In 2009, Nancy has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board and especially loves volunteering in the Agency’s Education and Employment Center as a Mock Interviewer for the Youth.
Intel relocated Nancy and her family to Portland in 1990, where she continues to live and enjoys a very close relationship with her two grown daughters. After an exciting life traveling around the world for work, these days Nancy enjoys doing more touring inside the U.S. as well as spending time at her cabin near the coast.
Taizoon started his career in management consulting with Booz Allen & Hamilton and then joined Intel Corp. At intel he held several product management and director roles eventually leading the Wi-Fi division as its General Manager. In 2003, he led the management buyout of a cellular design operation to form Xovix, Inc. Taizoon is currently on the Board of SE Uplift.
Taizoon earned a BS in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.
John Rothermich | JD
Partner, K & L Gates LLP
John Rothermich has represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation and government investigations, with a particular focus on the defense of False Claims Act lawsuits and investigations, fraud claims, and tax-related litigation in the health care, transportation and financial services industries.
Additionally, Mr. Rothermich has obtained favorable settlements for employers in discrimination suits.
Mr. Rothermich has a varied pro bono practice, including work with the Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Oregon Legal Aid Society’s Domestic Violence Project, and the local federal court pro bono panel.
Mr. Rothermich is committed to obtaining the best possible result for his clients in a compassionate, efficient, and strategic manner.
Chairman, Rockwood Associates, LLC
Mr. Narayan has over 30 years of business experience and founded Rockwood Associates LLC in 2010. Since then he has provided strategic advice to clients in Peru, India, china and the United States. In 2010, he was invited by the Governor of the State of Washington to join her trade mission to China and Vietnam.
He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, A New York Stock Exchange company. Under his leadership, the company increases its focus on core business operations by divesting unrelated businesses, initiated a follow-on stock offering to raise equity, strengthened the balance sheet, improved its market position and profitability, and increased investor awareness.
Artistic Director, Portland Playhouse
Brian co-founded Portland Playhouse in 2008 with Nikki and Michael, and has directed productions of Peter and the Starcatcher, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, Angels in America, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Dying City, Detroit, The Light in the Piazza, After Ashley, and bobrauschenbergamerica. Regional credits include Third Rail Repertory, Intiman Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Public Theatre. Brian is also a founding member of New World Theatre and directed the U.S. premiere of the Spanish translation of Jose Rivera’s play, Marisol.
Retired Marketing Communications Executive
Gail Snow is a seasoned management professional with over 30 years experience in marketing communications.
Her comprehensive background includes strategic planning, relationship development and management, writing, public speaking, business management, and public relations. Throughout her career, she has effectively lead teams in the execution of high impact communications programs. Prior to her retirement, Gail held various executive positions in health care, higher education, and private sectors including HB Design (Vice President), OTAK (Marketing Director), the University of California, San Diego (Assistant Public Relations Director), and Virginia Mason Medical Center (Assistant Public Relations Director).
Mike Plunkett | DDS, MPH
Associate Director for Strategy and Business Development, Permanente Dental Associates
Mike was born and raised in Arkansas, where he also attended college. He completed dental school and public health training in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Portland in 2007. Mike’s family is happy to call the beautiful North West home. As a dentist, he feels fortunate to have the unique opportunity to partner with patients to improve their overall health in Kaiser Permanente’s integrated system.
Mike is a general dentist whose practice is primarily focused on oral surgery procedures. His core philosophy in clinical care is that every patient deserves the highest quality of care and service that he can provide.
In his spare time, Mike loves to spend time with family and friends. He also enjoys cooking, sports, and exploring Oregon’s wonderful forests and coastline.
Mike earned his doctorate in dentistry at University of Missouri, Kansas City, Dental School in 2004.
Seth is a retired carpenter, builder, and real estate developer. Prior to launching his own business, he worked for a Northwest Portland construction company. Seth has served on Outside In’s finance and building committees, and now directs his energies to support the agency’s Board development efforts and assisting with Outside In’s latest expansion project, the east county health clinic.
Tanya Shanks-Connors | MBA, BSN, RN
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
Tanya Shanks-Connors is a seasoned executive in the healthcare industry with more than 30 years of dedicated service at Legacy Health in Oregon. Tanya began her career at the hospital as the charge nurse in the rehabilitation center, critical care unit and burn center. She transitioned to the burn/wound coordinator position, and then became the manager of the Legacy Oregon Burn Center and outpatient burn/wound clinic.
In October of 2016, Shanks-Connors was promoted to Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. She has also served as the Director of Patient Care Services and as the hospital’s interim Chief Nursing Officer.
Prior to joining Legacy Mount Hood, Shanks-Connors was an executive at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for 28 years. She has served as the Clinical Director of trauma and emergency services, critical care, the Legacy Oregon Burn Center, respiratory therapy, cardiopulmonary services and the ECMO program at Legacy Emanuel. In this role she expanded the following service lines: ECMO, hyperbaric, cardiac and trauma. Shanks-Connors has been instrumental in leading many system-wide initiatives, including the venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment team and Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) training.
Shanks-Connors earned a BSN from Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing and an MBA from George Fox University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nursing at Western Governors University.
Tanya Sharks-Connors enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. She also enjoys taking walks on the beach, gardening and cooking.
Care Coordinator, Care Oregon
Rei Skoczylas is a non-binary, transgender individual whose passion for serving others stems from their own lived experience of overcoming many of the challenges people who are unhoused face today. Rei understands on a deeply personal level, that each of us has untapped courage, strength, and the potential for positive change and growth.
When Rei was just 16, they were living on the street and trying to get clean. They held onto the hope of one day being in a position to help others. Suffering from depression and the loss of a job, Rei became isolated and suicidal. Luckily, caring friends took Rei to their first appointment at Outside In’s health clinic.
“My physician and behavioral health counselor treated me with dignity and respect. This was a new experience for me in a health care setting and, it was a turning point in my life.”
Once Rei received the care they needed to be healthy, they set their sights on furthering their education. With the help and support of Outside In’s staff, Rei was able to attend college and become a certified Medical Assistant.
Today, through their career and volunteerism, Rei is fulfilling their mission of helping others who are struggling. Rei is currently a Care Coordinator at Housecall Providers, a member of the CareOregon family that offers home-based medical care to over 2,300 chronically ill and homebound individuals throughout the Portland metro area. Prior to their work with CareOregon, Rei was on staff at Outside In’s clinic and served as a Panel Manager, helping vulnerable patient populations on their journey to improved health.
Rei’s commitment to community service inspires others and is demonstrated each and every day through their compassion and persistence in helping individuals tap into their potential for positive growth and change. In their spare time, Rei volunteers as a board member at Outside In. They also enjoy spending time with friends, taking and editing photos, and singing karaoke.
Steve Jones | MD
Retired Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Steve recently retired from Kaiser Permanente following a career as a Physician that spanned 31 years and two states – Northern California and Oregon. He is board certified in internal medicine and completed his residency at Kaiser Santa Clara. Steve earned his undergraduate degree at Whitman College and attended Oregon Health and Science University’s medical school.
Steve was born and raised in Heppner, Oregon. He lives in Portland with his husband Don. Steve’s son, Parker will be starting his college career this fall at Willamette University.
Akeem Williams | JD
Partner, Lindsay Hart, LLP
Akeem Williams has spent the last few years building an exemplary career in the legal profession. Akeem’s areas of expertise are business law and transactions, health law, and civil defense litigation. He is a skilled negotiator and has defended a variety of claims involving breach of contract, automobile disputes, medical malpractice, premise liability, and products liability.
Growing up as the son of esteemed plaintiff’s attorney Lorenzo Williams (Willamette University College of Law, 1977), Akeem has always had an affinity for the law. He has remained steadfast in advising his clients in the business and litigation realm of potential legal concerns and issues, and has always done so with extreme care and diligence.
A native Floridian, Akeem received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia where he majored in American Government. He then followed his father’s footsteps and attended law school at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Before joining Lindsay Hart, Akeem worked at Hart Wagner, LLP in Portland, Oregon where his practice focused on civil defense litigation and health law.
When not practicing law, Akeem enjoys spending time with his family, watching Manchester United, and playing with his Shiba Inu dog, Giggsy.
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Northwest Bank
Tom Lee has 29 years of experience in the banking industry with a focus on commercial and industrial lending. He is a member of the Central Eastside Industrial Council, Portland Business Alliance, Risk Management Associates and the Oregon Bankers Association. In addition to his professional life, Tom is committed to serving his community as demonstrated by a 12 year history of coaching youth soccer and his role as a Cub Scout Den Leader. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington, a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, soccer, and traveling. He is an avid OSU Beaver and Portland Timbers fan.
As a patient at OI, the dignity, compassion, and respect that I was shown by staff truly had a lasting impact on me and directly resulted in me wanting to get involved in helping my community.