Linda Otto – Founder, CEO
Linda is a UCLA graduate, a performer, an avid traveler and Founder of the Grandmas2Go program. She has served on several non-profit boards, primarily in the arts sector. She was the Interim Director of the highly successful Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival, an event she helped spearhead.
Ten years ago, she developed a new passion when her niece became pregnant with triplets. Since then she has become highly knowledgeable in the areas of infant brain growth, infant mental health, the life-long effects of abuse and neglect, and the amazing benefits of nurturing touch. She is a presenter with Southern Oregon Success, a self-healing community initiative that presents information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, to make our community “trauma informed.” (http://www.southernoregonsuccess.org)
She is a postpartum doula; a certified Infant Massage Instructor, a court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children, and the Founder of the Grandmas2Go-Family Coaches program.
Joy Marshall – Executive Director/Executive Vice President
Joy says she has “nonprofit blood” running in her veins! Her fundraising career began in 1984 with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). She was the CMN Director for Children’s Hospital Los Angles, (Los Angeles, CA) and Valley Children’s Hospital (Fresno, CA); and was their Executive Producer of Champions, a televised fundraising program aired in the US and Canada. In 1995, she started her own fundraising/events consulting practice, Waroniecki & Associates, and, in 2006, began her practice in Southern Oregon under Marshall Fundraising & Events Management. Her clients range from local to global organizations including a relief mission in Thailand to aid Hmong refugee families living there illegally in political asylum.
When Joy first learned about Grandmas2Go – Family Coaches and its mission, she immediately reflected on her childhood and the impact her Gramma had on her life.
“Without her, I wouldn’t be here today. Through her strength and wisdom, she taught me to be a survivor. She passed when I was 12 years old, but the early childhood relationship I had with her has made me the successful person I am today!”
Joy joined Grandmas2Go – Family Coaches in 2016 and is excited to bring her experience and expertise with the goal to grow their organization to serve ‘everywhere there are babies and families!”
2017 Board Members
Board President: President: Linda Otto (see bio at left)
Board Vice President: Jeffrey Blum
Jeff has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He has been helping clients in Southern Oregon for the past 18 years with the Jones and Associates team. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for 8 years. He is pleased to be able to support this new non-profit with a unique program that will benefit not only the families it serves, but also the entire community.
Secretary/Treasurer: Laura Sutton
Laura has 24 years in the banking industry. Throughout her career, she has specialized in branch management and helping her customers stabilize their families by reaching their financial goals. This focus also led her to volunteerism, in addition to board participation with Community Action Agencies. She moved from Bend to Medford Oregon in 2011 to become a District Manager for Chase Bank.
In 2016, she returned to branch management and began looking again for an opportunity to help stabilize families in her community. When she found Grandmas2Go, she knew she had found a wonderful way to help create lasting change.
Larry Marshall is Chairman-Elect Advisory Council and is proactively building the Grandmas2Go Advisory Council with outstanding community members, as well as overseeing marketing communications and major donor fundraising.
He is Managing Partner of Marshall Fundraising & Event Management and is well-known in the national and world business-community as founder and CEO of Marshall Consultants, LLC. Established over 50 years ago, it was the first executive search and management consulting firm specializing in the public relations, corporate and nonprofit marketing communications and investor relations functions. Marshall Consultants has served prestigious institutions and nonprofit organizations, as well as over half of the Fortune 500 companies.
Semi-retired, he also strategizes and implements volunteer Grandma recruitment and the ‘Grand Plan’ for replication and scaling regional and national expansion He is also their greatest ‘Cheerleader’!
Laurel Brown is a physician assistant who practices at Birch Grove Health Center, a La Clinica health center inside Jackson County’s Health & Human Services building. Laurel joined La Clinica in 2015 and has experience working with all ages of patients in community clinics and private practice. She studied to be a physician assistant at Stanford University in California and holds a master’s degree in medical science from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Montana State University in Bozeman. A native of San Diego, Laurel has served on the board of directors of OnTrack, a Medford addictions recovery center.
Martha Rivera Canjura is a Certified Labor Doula and owner of Rogue Valley Doulas. She has over nine years of experience supporting high-risk families during their pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding journey. Martha spearheaded a two-year Preconception Health Campaign in Jackson County helping advance health equity and promoting comprehensive reproductive care for women as well as leading the Southern Oregon Perinatal Task Force. Martha is a member of Southern Oregon Lactation Association, the OB Coordinator at Rogue Community Health Center and a staff doula at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. Martha lives in Medford with her husband and their two daughters.
Leslie P. Stone, M.D. has practiced obstetrics, women’s health, and family medicine for 30 years. She specializes in women’s health and healthy childhood development. Leslie feels that her primary role in medicine is to help women enjoy, appreciate, and maximize every passage in life, from infancy through aging. She has helped women of many nationalities and cultures deliver babies.
The emphasis at Stone Medical, P.C. Comprehensive Family Medicine, is early recognition of health issues with early intervention to correct imbalances that can lead to chronic illness. This new way of thinking recognizes the complexities of health and disease in the individual, and provides the evidence-based scientific answers to patients’ health care needs.
2017 Advisors / Project Partners
Mara Doane – Creative Director, AllCare Health
Kathryn White – Copywriter, Designworx
Lisa Stockwell – Website Copywriter, Copywriting for the Healthcare Field
Susan Fischer – AllCare Health
Tim Johnson – Graphic and Web designer