Our Volunteer ConsultantsJoe Charter. Joe received his Juris Doctorate at UC Berkeley, and has pursued a general civil litigation practice for 30 years in a number of areas, including bankruptcy, real estate, employment, family law, personal injury, administrative law, and probate law. Judge Charter is past president of the Jackson County Bar Association and the Oregon Justice of the Peace Association. He was first elected as the Jackson
Were you looking for volunteer opportunities?County Justice of the Peace in 2004, and is currently serving his third term. Judge Charter has energetically served our community as a volunteer and mentor with a wide range of non-profits and service programs including Boys to Men, The Rose Circle, Mediation Works (now Resolve), Child Care Connections, Samaritan Counseling Center, Rogue Valley Civic League, Rural Outdoor Education, and others. He is currently serving as a volunteer with the VA's Veteran's Justice Outreach program, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission, and of course The Edge, where he has served as a volunteer for six years. Joe enjoys travel; acting in Community Theater; and reads extensively, particularly writings regarding finance, economics, psychology, and politics.
Elizabeth Colbert. Elizabeth is the mother of four and the grandmother of “too many to count”. She is currently retired, but has had a long career in corporate public relations. “Lizzie” is not new to community service, having spent a number of years on the board of directors of the Trauma Intervention Program in San Diego County. After moving to Jackson County, she provided five years of service as a well-trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, where she put in many long hours ensuring the safety and welfare of local children who had been placed under the care of Child Welfare Services due to parental abuse and/or neglect. This experience gave Elizabeth in-your-face, first-hand experience with the devastation of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as a clear understanding of the societal issues that can become a catalyst for youth becoming involved with and overwhelmed by substance abuse. She learned the vital importance of reaching out to children in emotional need with sincerity and love, and she witnessed the positive results manifested by doing so with kindness, compassion, and genuine concern for their well-being.
Cheryl Kolevzon. Cheryl is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, holding both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Social Work. She is a co-founder/operator of a college crisis telephone hotline and a co-founder of a college interracial understanding advocacy group. She did graduate intern work at a Vietnam Veteran's Readjustment Counseling Center, and has served as an educator and counselor at a rape crisis center, a trainer and clinical coordinator for a parent mentoring program for the prevention of child neglect and abuse, a child protective services case manager, a hospice social worker for HIV/AIDS patients, an individual and family therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children, and as an individual/
David Markewitz. David's background is in overseas public education and international adoption where he spent 37 years as a teacher, administrator and adoption consultant. Living and working in Asia, Panama, Germany, and Portland, Oregon, David has taught kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, Talented and Gifted- K-12, and has served as a student teacher supervisor and university professor. He has also worked as a high school counselor, school psychologist, and as an administrator in elementary, middle and high schools. David is a certified mediator, an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator, and a school psychologist. He holds a PhD in psychology. David has served in the US Air Force and as an AmeriCorp's VISTA volunteer. In May 2005, David was selected as a Phi Delta Kappa Honoree for “Distinguished Service to Public Education.”
Bjorg Smidt. Bjorg grew up in Iceland and lived in Sweden before moving permanently to the U.S. and settling in the Rogue Valley in 1992. She has studied languages, communication, music, and philosophy in great depth. Having raised four children, she is acutely aware of the challenges facing young people and is excited about the work of The Edge. Bjorg currently teaches a program called, The Communication Project; Finding Your Authentic Voice, a practical and interactive skill-set that addresses the link between communication and emotions, focusing on practical applications for daily life.
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