Board of Directors
Okima Amaranthis (they/she)
As President Okima makes community engagement and resources for economic empowerment a priority. They find collaboration and connection with ORPIB membership and the greater business community as their greatest strength.
Okima moved from SW Oregon to Portland in 2009. Okima received their Bachelor of Science with a focus Psychology from Portland State University in 2015, where they built a passion for understanding individuals and the intersectionality of experience. Okima went on to be licensed as a General Securities Principal, and currently works in Compliance for a local Financial Firm. Their experience, and skills have caused them to be deeply ethical, compassionate, and devoted to fostering an equitable and inclusive future. Okima is excited to realize these passions with ORPIB and their members.
Events Director, Programs Director, DEI Advisor
Jeana Hooker (she/her)
Jeana wants to use her knowledge, skills and talents in the pursuit of economic empowerment and justice for the LGBTQ+ community. She is passionate about elevating minority owned local businesses, community partnership, providing resources and connecting people. She brings 5 years of experience in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and 15 years of experience in the enterprise software industry. She is currently a Sr. Diversity & Inclusion Partner at Vizient Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company, where she is able to pursue her passion for fostering systemic change and creating a culture of equity and belonging in organizations. She received an MPA in Nonprofit Management, a certificate in Women’s Studies, and a B.A. in English from Portland State University, and a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Georgetown University.
In 2021, Jeana was recognized on the Involve OUTstanding top 100 LGBTQ+ Future Leaders list sponsored by Yahoo Finance. When she’s not working, or volunteering, you can find Jeana adventuring with her wife and two dogs or spending time with friends and family. Jeana is looking forward to connecting with LGBTQ+ business owners, community partners, and other leaders to listen, learn and take action to ensure a thriving Oregon economy that includes, supports and elevates the LGBTQ+ business community.
Jill Nelson (she/her)
Jill has been a member of ORPIB (previously PABA) since 2007, serving in the past as treasurer and as president. She also served for three years as the Regional Chair of NGLCC’s CCBO (chambers of commerce & business organizations) for the Pacific Region. With this background Jill provides a reservoir of experience in chamber leadership. Jill is currently serving as Treasurer, and is looking forward to supporting ORPIB’s financial growth and stability.
With over 20 years of business management experience she brings a broad range of experiences from both For profit and Nonprofit organizations. Jill has owned her own coaching and consulting business, working with numerous LGBTQ+ business owners to launch and/or build strong, vibrant businesses. She currently owns and is director of operations for hot diggity dog walking and pet sitting, Portland’s largest privately and locally owned pet sitting business. Hot Diggity is an LGBT Certified Business.
Jill has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, an MBA from Drake University and an MDiv from Saint Paul School of Theology. She also is a certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach.
Molly S. Callahan (she/her)
Molly Callahan gets the word out. For over a decade, she has gotten her hands dirty in media creation, leading to her role as the marketing manager for Dovetail Workwear. In high school, Molly served in her first non-profit leadership role as a co-president for teen arts organization Playing For Others. She received a Bachelor's of Mass Communication with honors from the University of North Carolina. Her capstone project was a research-based communication strategy for local non-profit business organization Leadership Asheville. These experiences taught her that to communicate the values and work of a non-profit, you need heart, truth, and strategy backed by data. In her spare time, she writes and performs stand-up comedy.
NGLCC Certification Director
Trista Okel (she/her)
Trista has spent her life advocating for others and continues to do so through her business and civic activities.Trista attended the University of Oregon. As the owner of Empower BodyCare, which makes topical cannabis and hemp products, she works to give everyone relief from pain with natural remedies as well as empowering communities through education, training, and financial support. Her passion for transformative justice, equality, and social justice drives her in her work every day. She works closely with her wife to attain her goals and they both strive to continually make a positive impact on their community. Trista is thrilled to serve LGBTQ+ businesses in Oregon as the NGLCC Certification Chair.
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Michael Coon (he/him)
Michael is an energetic professional focused on discovering insightful solutions to complex challenges, both in design and in his community. As an architect, Michael is passionate about uncovering the opportunities and challenges inherent in the growth of the city or neighborhood and works to gain a broad perspective on the issues facing communities through his work.
As the chair of numerous community organizations, Michael is committed to making a difference through mentorship, advocacy, and spirit. His love for mentorship truly shows through his role as Chair of the Rotary Club of Portland’s Enterprise Academy Camp, an entrepreneurship focused camp for local High School students and his involvement with De La Salle North Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study Program, wherein he mentors high school students with an interest in the profession of architecture by providing hands-on experience in the field.
Work and community involvement aside, Michael is never more at peace than when he is with his partner, his dogs, a glass of wine, and a riveting discussion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Michael can’t wait to apply his years of knowledge and expertise in mentorship at ORPIB and believes our community has no greater call to action than the mentorship of the next generation of LGBTQ+ individuals and business owners.
Board Education Chair
Nicole Hetz (she/her/ella)
Nicole brings a diverse legal perspective to the team. She is an attorney in Argentina and Oregon with years of experience in business law in a wide range of areas. As a board member, Nicole contributes her diverse point of view and provides rational solutions to the board. She is the program director for ORPIB's Incubator program. She dedicates her time to work with community-based businesses and helps them develop a strategy for their growth. Her goal is to empower the queer community to build and feel confident about their businesses.
Mike Watters (they/them)
Mike joined the board in 2023 and works on the mentoring program. A resident of Salem, they are passionate about ORPIB's statewide expansion and supporting LGBTQ+ businesses in every corner of the state. Mike previously served as a commissioner for the City of Salem Human Rights Commission and was the chair of the city's LGBTQIA+ Intersectional Rights Task Force.
Mike is the customer experience director for policyholders at SAIF, Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation provider. In this role, they manage customer feedback and research, and translate insights into action to improve the customer experience. Mike previously led SAIF’s communication and design department from 2013 to 2021. Prior to joining SAIF, Mike edited and designed publications for businesses and organizations in education, health care, tourism, entertainment, and the arts. They are a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Incoming NGLCC Chair
Elliott Hinkle (they/them)
Elliott is energized by connecting with and building community. As a trans masculine non-binary person they are passionate about creating opportunities and access for the transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive community as well as folks living and working outside of major metropolitan areas. Elliott is a skilled consultant and national expert focused on elevating lived experience and expertise in systems that serve children, youth, and families.
As Principal and Founder of Unicorn Solutions LLC, they are an advocate and professional that brings 12+ years’ experience on topics such as child welfare, youth mental health, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community through training, advising, and facilitating culture change efforts. They are a graduate of Portland State University (PSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer studies.In 2022, they received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award for Health Equity, presented by Youth MOVE National. Elliott has served as Vice Chair and Commissioner to the Oregon Governor’s Child Foster Care Advisory Commission. Most recently they served as a Federal Lived Experience Expert Advisory Board Member for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Equity Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) providing technical assistance to a variety of HHS offices and officials. Elliott grew up in Wyoming as a young person but calls Oregon home and enjoys spending time with framily (friends who are family), dancing, skating, laughing, and traveling as much as possible! They have also enjoyed volunteering on boards and councils, such as ORPIB. Elliott is looking forward to serving LGBTQ+ businesses in Oregon, and is the incoming NGLCC Certification Chair for ORPIB.
New Board Members
Dan Cushing (he/him)
David Audley (they/them)
Kellen Moody (they/them)