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Executive Director

Charity Fain, since 2013

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Charity has almost 20 years of experience building stronger communities in the US and around the world. As the Executive Director she is responsible for the overall management of of the organization and working with the Board in considering the strategic direction for the organization.  Prior to CEP, Charity worked as Executive Director at the City Club of Portland, keeping Oregonians informed about pressing public issues.

Before moving to Portland, Charity also served as the Country Director for Internews Network in Kyrgyzstan directing a program to build stronger journalists, radio stations and public interest television.

Charity has a BA in International Relations from The American University in Washington, DC and also speaks Russian.  In her free time, she chases around her toddler and preschooler.

Program Director

Sherrie (Smith) Pelsma, since 2006

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Sherrie is responsible for CEP’s outreach, and manages both the Community Education department and the Volunteer Services program.

Since graduating from Portland State with a BS in Sociology, Sherrie has gained over 12 years experience in grassroots organizing, mobilization, and outreach. She started at CEP as an intern after finishing a year of National Service with AmeriCorps.

She enjoys travel, photography, hiking, camping, and gardening.

In-Home Services Manager


The In-Home Service department – our program for seniors and people with disabilities.



In-Homes Program Coordinator

Chloe Scdoris, since 2015

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Chloe provides program support for In-Home Services and for CEP’s other programs. Chloe attended college among the redwoods at Humboldt State University, where she majored in Environmental Science. After completing a year-long internship in a government agency in Humboldt County, she moved back to her hometown of Portland.

In her spare time she enjoys baking, trivia, hiking, kayaking, and listening to podcasts.


Community Educator: Weatherization

Molly Mosenthal, Since 2016

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Molly is the Community Educator for DIY Weatherization. She recently moved to Portland from Denver, where she graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Geography and the Environment, a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in Sustainability.

Molly has experience in environmental education and youth empowerment, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Originally from Vermont, Molly loves to ski, hike, backpack, and adventure anywhere and everywhere, especially during the snowy months.

Community Educator: Lead Poisoning Prevention

Haley Mountain, since 2016

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Haley is in charge of the Lead Poisoning Prevention program. Haley recently moved to Portland from Bellingham, Washington where she completed two service terms as an AmeriCorps member. During her service, she provided environmental education to elementary school students on topics including energy efficiency and water conservation.

Haley graduated in 2014 from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in Environmental Policy, and a minor in Spanish. In her spare time, she likes to explore new areas around the city and find cozy coffee shops and quiet parks to read in. She also enjoys downtime with her family and the occasional Harry Potter marathon with her cat, Oliver.


Finance Manager

Natalya Sobolevskaya, 2012

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Natalya is CEP’s Finance Manager, quietly sorting out all the numbers that help CEP stay financially fit. She also helps us to connect with the Russian community via partnerships and translation. She is an active member of the East Portland Action Plan(EPAP). She also teaches the Russian language to children at the Sulamita Church.

Natalya likes rock hunting at the beach, (especially agates and jade), hiking, gardening, and the outdoors.

Development Director

Ron Bannister, since 2016

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Ron leads Development and Marketing operations. With more than 13 years of resource development and communications experience, he hopes to take donor relations and support to a higher level. He would like to bring greater awareness of all the terrific things CEP is doing to help the vulnerable to be safe, comfortable and age in their homes with dignity.

Ron brings with him a broad and diverse array of program experience including direct mail, marketing, annual giving, major gifts and planned giving – all with a personal approach. He believes everyone can contribute and feel good about supporting their community and can be a SUPER HERO to those in need!

Ron attended Clark College in Vancouver and studied Nonprofit Management at Portland State University. He lives in historic Oregon City with his partner and their two dogs – Winston and Napolian; he enjoys swimming, gardening and is a great cook!

In-Home Services Technician

Aleksey Chernysh, since 2014


Aleksey is one of two Service Technicians who weatherize homes and make safety-related repairs for seniors and people with disabilities.

Aleksey was born in Tajikistan but moved to Portland from Ukraine in the year 2000. Aleksey has extensive experience as a cabinet maker, carpenter, and in general maintenance, before his desire to help people led him to CEP. When not working, he loves fishing (especially for halibut!) and vegetable gardening.

In-Home Services Technician

Yuriy Zaslavskiy, since 2017

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Yuriy is one of two Service Technicians who weatherize homes and make safety related repairs for seniors and people with disabilities.

Yuriy was born and raised in Uzbekistan, then moved to Portland in 2014. Yuriy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Economic University of Uzbekistan. He has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology. Yuriy lives in Portland with his wife Olga and their two daughters, Nastia and Etel.  He joys spending time with his family and friends and loves working on computers.