OLC Board Members

Amy Edwards serves as OLC Board President.  A partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives, Amy also serves on the board of directors for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, is an advisory Board member for the Campaign for Equal Justice, and is an emeritus board member of Emerge Oregon.  She previously served on the Legal Services Program Committee of the Oregon State Bar and was co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice Associate’s Committee.  She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Washington’s School of Law and holds a B. A. from Northwestern University.  Amy is a 2010 and 2013 recipient of the Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Service Award and a 2014 recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee.

Assitan Sylla Traore   is a client representative appointed by the African Association of Eugene, Oregon of which she is a member.   She has a strong interest in women’s issues and has volunteered with community non-profit organizations that serve the low income community.

Wayne Belmont brings a wide range of legal and volunteer organization experience to his role on OLC’s Board of Directors.  He has been a County Counsel for Lincoln County, Oregon since 1987; is a past president of the Oregon County Counsel Association, past chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Government Law Section, and a past chair of the United Way for Lincoln County.  He is also a member of the advisory board for Legal Services of Oregon Lincoln County Office in Newport Oregon.

Mark Comstock has broad experience in business, civil and commercial litigation, representing clients in bankruptcy court and in various matters in civil litigation before all state and federal courts throughout Oregon.  Mark also counsels and represents school districts and education service districts in personnel, civil rights, special education matters and business management practices.  He received his J.D from Willamette University College of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon.  Mark is very active in the Oregon State Bar, frequently contributing to continuing legal education programs and publications.  He has been honored twice by the Bar, receiving the Debtor Creditor Section Award of Merit as well as the President’s Public Service Award.  Mark has also been instrumental in implementing the Oregon Judicial Department’s eCourt through his service on policy workgroups and the implementation task force.

Dana Galaxy is a client representative.  She is an appointee and former board member of Washington County Community Action Partnership, serving as Board Secretary.  Dana has been an active member of her community, supporting and helping low income Oregonians to thrive since 2004.

Ed Clay Goodman did graduate school work on Indian land rights protections. He received his B.A. from State University of New York at Albany, his M.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He served as a staff attorney and later as director of litigation for the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services.  Since 2003 he has been a partner in the Indian Nation law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker LLP; where he represents Indian tribes, tribal housing authorities and other tribal organizations.  In 2011 he was named the first “Lawyer of the Year” by the National American Indian Housing Council.  He enjoys books on politics and history, playing guitar and canoeing and hiking with his family.

Martina Gordon is a client representative who was originally appointed to the board by the Salvation Army and her appointment was confirmed again by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  She is employed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla as a housing service coordinator.

Sara Grey is senior in-house counsel at Precision Castparts; she was a former attorney with Stoel Rives, in their corporate practice group.  She has served as a congressional staff member for the U.S. Department of Energy, as committee staff for the U.S. House of Representatives and as chief counsel for the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives.  Sara is active on various committees of the Oregon State Bar and is a supporter of the Campaign for Equal Justice.   She also serves on the Scientific Reviews Task Force of the Institute for Natural Resources, headquartered at Oregon State University.   She received her law degree from Cornell School of Law and also attended The College of William and Mary.

Kristin Mackay is a client representative who was appointed to the board by the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  She has also served as Board Secretary for Legal Aid Services of Oregon  for many years.  An active volunteer, Kristin has served on the Head Start Policy Council of the Community Action Agency.

Michael Mason started his Indian law practice with Idaho Legal Aid Services Indian Law Unit, returning to Oregon to work at the Native American Program Oregon Legal Services, where he assisted the Coquille Tribe achieve tribal restoration, worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Klamath Tribes and also helped launch tribal restoration of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.  Moving on to the Department of the Interior Solicitor’s Office he worked on several key Indian rights cases before returning to Oregon to establish the Grand Ronde Tribal Attorney Office and helping the tribe develop it’s Health & Wellness Center, Spirit Mountain Casino and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.  He now represents tribes throughout  the U.S. and lobbies in Oregon for Native American interests.  In 2013 he was awarded the Henry Hewitt Access to Justice Award by the Campaign for Equal Justice, recognizing his two decades of commitment to justice.  He received his J.D from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and his undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College.  He continues to help legal aid programs in Oregon, is a lead singer and songwriter with Beargrass, and kills Scotch broom at every opportunity.

Paula Palmer is a board member of long standing who brings valuable experience and insight to the organization as a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1981.  She holds a business degree from Portland State University and is a partner at Bunce Palmer CPA in Portland.   Paula is a past officer and board member of the Oregon Society of CPA’s as well as past president of the Oregon Society of CPS’s Education Foundation.

Beverly Pearman is assistant general counsel with the Port of Portland and a former Chair of the Oregon State Bar Legal Services Program Committee.  She is also Chair of the Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Board of Directors.  Beverly is actively involved in the Campaign for Equal Justice in Multnomah County.  She has been a volunteer attorney for Legal Services of Oregon’s Domestic Violence Project, providing many hours of pro bono representation to legal aid clients.  Beverly holds a J.D. fro University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.A. from Furman University.  She enjoys hiking, running, listening to live music, eating at Portland’s great restaurants and spending lots of time with her daughter.

Manuel Perez is a Public Defender in Marion County.  He is a former legal Farmworker Program staff attorney and was Deputy Director of the Statewide Farmworker Program.   Manuel began working in the Ontario Office of Oregon Legal Services in 1981 and was the first Latino attorney to practice in Malheur County.  He was formerly a partner in the firm Rader, Stoddard & Perez P. C.  Manuel holds a J.D from the University of Oregon and his B.A. is from Boise State University.

Marc Perrin practices law in Eugene, with an emphasis on family law.  He was a long standing board member of the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center before that organization merged with Oregon Law Center as  it’s Lane County Legal Aid Office.   He is an active pro bono volunteer with Lane County Legal Aid Office.   Mark holds his J.D. and B.A. from University of Oregon.

Mary Tinoco is a client representative who was appointed to the board by the Southern Oregon Indian Center, where she also servers on their Board of Directors.  She volunteers with the Oregon Youth Authority, works on behalf of senior citizens and low income Oregonians in rural Oregon and helps take care of her granddaughter.

Marisa Wilkins is a client representative who was appointed by Housing Works, the local housing authority for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties.  She is a Certified Medical Assistant for and ear, nose and throat practice in Bend and has two daughters.