Current Keep Oregon Well Spokespeople Include:
Sheila Hamilton (Alpha Media)
Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy Award winning journalist, currently hosts the Kink Morning Show in Portland, Oregon where she was recently voted Oregon’s Best Radio Personality, and is the author of “All The Things We Never Knew: Chasing The Chaos Of Mental Illness”. Sheila is the original Keep Oregon Well spokesperson and joined the team when the campaign launched in 2015.
Comedian, actor, radio host and best selling author, Jay Mohr, has been performing stand-up comedy since he was sixteen years old. Jay has continuously added other genres to his journey and wrote the best selling book “Gasping for Airtime” about his time on SNL and his battle with panic attacks throughout his tenure on the show. He first partnered with Keep Oregon Well in 2016 and has voiced radio PSAs for the campaign as well as appearing in a conversation video about mental health with campaign founder Logan Lynn at our Keep Oregon Well “Wellness Zone” at iHeartMedia Portland!
Brenda Braxton (KGW)
Brenda Braxton joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016, appearing in PSAs on KGW and online. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Portland and a Master of Journalism Degree from Louisiana State University. Brenda demonstrates her commitment to social responsibility by volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations in Oregon.
Laural Porter (KGW)
Laural Porter joined Keep Oregon Well as a spokesperson in 2016. Laural won the 2015 Northwest regional Emmy for best host/moderator of Straight Talk. Her winning entry included exclusive interviews with former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber as he faced scrutiny for the failed Cover Oregon health insurance exchange and a scandal involving his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. She won a national award from the Mental Health Association for her coverage of mental health issues. She is a six-time northwest regional Emmy award winner and 2012 winner of a western regional Associated Press award for feature reporting.
CJ McCollum (iHeart Media)
CJ McCollum, a professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers, was named the NBA Most Improved Player in 2015–16. CJ joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016.
Tracy Barry (KGW)
Tracy Barry joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016, appearing in PSAs on KGW and online. Tracy is the recipient of numerous awards for her anchoring and reporting. In 2009 she was honored as one of the most respected journalists in the Northwest with induction into the Silver Circle of the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is active in the community and focuses her energy on fundraising for children’s charities.
Logan Lynn (Keep Oregon Well)
Logan Lynn is a writer, musician, activist and television personality who currently serves as Chief Impact Officer on the Executive Team at Trillium Family Services. Lynn is also the brainchild behind the “Keep Oregon Well” campaign and social movement, which he launched in partnership with Trillium in 2015. Logan is the former host of “NewNowNext” on MTV’s Logo Network and covers music, TV, film, LGBT rights and mental health as a frequent contributing columnist for The Huffington Post, Portland Mercury, Moviefone and many other news outlets.
Joe Donlon (KGW)
Joe Donlon joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016, appearing in PSAs on KGW and online. He was nominated in 2003 for an Emmy award as Best News Anchor, his newscasts have been honored with numerous Emmy and AP awards. Career highlights for Joe include reporting from Kuwait following the Gulf War in 1991. He has covered several national political stories, including the 1992 Republican National Convention from Houston, Texas, the 2000 Iowa caucuses, and New Hampshire primary.
Lars Larson (Alpha Media)
Lars Larson holds down FM News 101 KXL from 12pm – 4pm PST through Alpha Media’s Radio Northwest Network. His local talk show airs on 20 stations in the Pacific Northwest; the biggest local talk radio audience in the region. Lars has more than 70 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Club, including two Emmy’s and a Peabody for his reporting and documentaries. Lars joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016.
Tra’Renee Chambers (iHeart Media)
Tra’Renee Chambers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker-turned Television and Radio Host, is a champion for mental health advocacy, providing a space for honest dialogue about mental health and wellness in all of her work. Tra’Renee joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016.
Kim Scott (Trillium Family Services)
Kim Scott, President and CEO of Trillium Family Services and co-founder of the Keep Oregon Well movement, is committed to the health and well-being of Oregon’s children and families, and has dedicated his life’s work to making the world a safer, more supportive place for ALL people to thrive. Keep Oregon Well was born out of a comment Kim made to Logan Lynn in 2014 when they met: “If an entire social movement has been built around Keeping Portland Weird, surely we can mobilize people around Keeping Oregon Well.”
Jerry Allen (Oregon Ducks / Alpha Media)
Jerry Allen has been the voice of the Ducks for 28 years. Aside from giving play-by-play updates at Oregon games, Allen is an active member within his community. Jerry Allen joined the Keep Oregon Well team in 2016.
Current Keep Oregon Well Community Partners include:
The Blazer Gang was founded and created in 2011 by Andre Miller for Trailblazer fans with the motto “For The Fans, By The Fans.” They have created a fan site dedicated to promoting community. Fans have the opportunity to share their voice through interactions with other fans and analysis of the team, show their pride in the Blazers by wearing locally designed merchandise, and giving back to the community. The Blazer Gang is giving back to the community by investing in the Keep Oregon Well movement by donating profits from sales of the Blazergonian ISA beer and merchandise to help fight stigma, end discrimination, and spread the word that mental health matters.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s mission is to “Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide”. To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies: fund scientific research, offer educational programs for professionals, educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention, promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention, and provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk and involve them in the work of the Foundation. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has established local chapters in each of the 50 states. Keep Oregon Well and AFSP have partnered on several occasions, including the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walks as well as International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.