Dennis Morrow, MBA, MA, is a founding member of Camp Odyssey. As part of the American Leadership Foundation Class III that created Camp Odyssey, he has been deeply involved in many aspects of Camp at various times from directing camp, fundraising, training, curriculum development, and recruitment since its inception in 1998. He has been the executive director for Janus Youth Programs, Inc. since 1980. The agency has an $8.5 million budget, employs a staff of 250 at 20 locations in Oregon and Washington and provides a wide array of services to high-risk adolescents. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Dennis has developed counselor and parenting training programs for over 30 years including: Basic Counseling Skills; Advanced Counseling Skills; Parents-in-Charge; Adult Odyssey (impact of race and gender on the therapeutic relationship); Relationships and Addiction; Men and Addiction; and Boys Will Be Men; Gender Specific Treatment for Boys.
Dennis is also a professional human relations consultant specializing in values-based supervision and management training; organizational development, mergers, and audits; strategic planning; and facilitation of executive retreats. In addition to providing training and workshops for over 20,000 people and hundreds of businesses/organizations ranging from small nonprofits to some of the largest accounting firms in the world, he serves as an instructor at Portland State University (Institute for Nonprofit Management) and Portland Community College (Alcohol and Drug Counselor Education).
Dennis is a founding partner of the Federation for Children and Youth, a unique interagency collaboration that is now the largest single provider of services to children in Oregon. He is also a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum and a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Portland.
Gloria Gostnell, Ed.D is a member and former chair of the American Leadership Forum Class III and founder of Camp Odyssey, facilitating Camp '90 & '91. Currently, Gloria is a facilitator, educational consultant, and co-founding member of the Dharma Diversity Leadership Council. She has written on the leadership of African American Women and has an ongoing interest in teaching the Dharma so that it is culturally accessible to all. A Community Dharma Leader who has practiced Vipassana meditation for 20 years, she leads a culturally diverse sitting group in Portland, Oregon.
Prior, she was an assistant professor of educational administration at Lewis & Clark College, a program officer for the Meyer Memorial Trust, and retired teacher and principal in the Public High Schools.
Tillie MakePeace, Ph.D., was the longest serving staff for Camp Odyssey. She served 11 years with 7 of those years on the Leadership Team. She felt blessed to be a part of the original group supporting the design, and development of Camp Odyssey. She served as Staff Trainer, Staff Recruitment, “Penzoil”, Sharing Circle Leader, Crisis Counselor, Activity Facilitator, and Youth Leader Support. She felt blessed to work with the Youth Leaders who designed the Youth Leader Manual and the curriculum for training Youth Leaders. She loved being the Youth Leader Support person.
Her Education: D. Min. (Doctorate of Ministry), San Francisco Theological Seminary, 2005; Focus, Spirituality as a Healing Element in Mental Health: Dissertation; Don’t Take My Shine!, an affirmation of the healing available to African American boys, ages 13-17, who are both gang and drug/alcohol involved, from within the traditional practices of spirituality in the North/NE Portland African American community as articulated in a residential treatment program licensed by the State of Oregon, sponsored by Janus Youth Programs, Inc.; Kojo House. She has a M. S. (Masters of Science), University of Portland, 1995; Focus, Community based child and family therapy. BA in Counseling, 1973.
Presently serving as the Program Director and Clinical Consultant, Janus Youth Programs, Inc., Vancouver, WA. Division of Programs; The Perch (a day-time drop-in center for homeless youth), Yellow Brick Road-Washington (outreach to homeless youth in Vancouver, WA area), The Nest and The Path (housing assistance and case management programs supporting homeless or at-risk of homelessness youth), Oak Grove (a secure crisis residential shelter for youth), Oak Bridge ( a crisis residential shelter for youth) and as clinical consultant for Village Gardens (a community based gardening/farming program using gardening and farming to support low-income families to grow healthy food and to learn more effective navigation through the dominate culture’s systems for employment and family support.)
Dr. Tillie has worked for Janus since January 1995 in several different programs, all of whom serve disenfranchised youth and their families.
Dr. Tillie also teaches at Marylhurst University, facilitating the second year practicum for Master’s of Applied Theology candidates; at Mt. Hood Community College, facilitating understanding of gangs, their influence on youth and confronting the “other-ness” brought to the discussion; Portland Community College, adolescents mixed up with alcohol and drugs. ….and various other opportunities…
In addition, Dr. Tillie presents community concerts of Southern Gospel and Southern Spirituals with stories and conversation intending healing and learning about the racism and “other-ness” in the group.
Tom Nelson is a founding member of Camp Odyssey, responsible for the program funding development. He is currently a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. Tom has over thirty years experience in education and training, career development, strategic planning, organizational and leadership development, team-building and executive coaching. He has worked with boards, management teams, work groups and individuals to improve performance, accelerate change, develop new programs, solve organizational problems and implement strategic initiatives. Tom has extensive experience with organizations undergoing change related to growth, technological innovation, reorganization and mergers and acquisitions. He is well-connected in the Oregon business community and has over 15 years senior management experience at U.S. Bancorp, Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Business Alliance. Tom has well-developed relationships with business, school, non-profit and government leaders.
From 1989-95 Tom held the position of Vice President, Organizational and Senior Management
Development at U.S. Bancorp. He has been associated with the Performance Consulting Group
in Portland and recently returned from three years in Chicago where he was Senior Consultant
with The Kennedy Group, Ltd., an international organizational consulting firm.
Tom is a graduate of Boston University and attended the University of Maryland and the
University of Arizona. He is a member of both the Organizational Development Network and the Association for Psychological Type.