“I Choose Love” is a group of seasoned thinkers, professionals, and athletes, led by Les ”Pee Wee” Harrison, who are organizing and reaching out to younger leaders in the grassroots community to carry the torch for all people to embrace and heal while seeking justice and social equality. Our goals and objectives are to bring the community together to heal in an environment where everyone chooses to love.
|Ray Leary||Community Activist / Spokesperson|
|Kevin Modica||Former Asst. Chief of Police|
|Mary Tompkins||Crisis Intervention Consultant|
|Noah Battle II||Pastor of First Church Love / Spokesperson|
|Cornelius Williams||Resurgence Leadership|
|Brian Bills||CEO Acerlogic, Test Preparation, Educational Consulting|
|Les "Pee Wee" Harrison||CEO Perfect Assist / Organizer|
Mary L. Tompkins, MS
An Oregon native, Mary Tompkins, is a high school women's basketball champion, who also played at Portland State University. She earned a degree in Administration of Justice from Portland State University and a Master of Science Degree in Conflict Resolution. Mary has always worked hard to resolve conflicts and give voice and assistance to the under-represented and under-served populations worldwide. She wrote the Amazon.com available book "Behind Bars: African-American children with Mothers in prison: Exploring conflict resolution principles between incarcerated African-American women and their children."
She has traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2003 as an International guest speaker as well as Wellington, New Zealand in 2005.
She also traveled to Bangladesh in 2011 with Portland Police Bureau to teach and train the Bangladesh Police on Community Policing policies and programs.
Currently, Mary works as a community safety coordinator in the community safety program supporting safe communities for Portland, Oregon. She conducts BIPOC outreach, facilitates Zoom training, Neighbor Together training, social-isolation training, and works in partnership with City Bureaus such as Portland Bureau of Transportation(PBOT), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB).
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Nick has spent most of his life in the PNW. He operates full-time as a residential real estate broker helping to guide families and individuals through one of the most expensive and stressful transactions of their lives. He takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and relies solely on positive word of mouth to grow his business. Nick's wife is also a Portland native and is a graduate of Portland State University. Together they have twin daughters born in 2014 and a son born in 2016. After seeing what has happened over the past 12+ months, Nick understands that staying silent when division is at an all-time high is not the answer. Being at the forefront of a movement like "I Choose Love" is the best way to counteract the negativity and promote Portland's reuniting.
A San Diego native, Brittany Masterson is finishing out her Juris Doctor at Lewis and Clark Law School. She has dedicated several years to helping individuals experiencing domestic violence nationally and has most recently worked to develop a legal program addressing Portland's homeless population's needs to aid in their transition to sustainable housing. With a strong desire to serve and improve her community, Brittany seeks out solutions that will have a meaningful and positive impact.
The Rev. Father Paul Paris, Presiding Priest
Fr. Paul Thomas Paris has been the presiding priest of the Holy Trinity Cathedral since December 1, 2014. He holds a BA from Hellenic College, an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Fr. Paul and his family served parishes in California and Minnesota before returning to Portland, where his wife (Presbytera) Stephanie grew up and married in 1995.
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