Lisha Shrestha- Executive Director

She joined DMA as an Interim Executive Director on Jan 2018 and took a permanent role from July 2018. She brings her 13 years of local and international experience to the work. She has previously worked at IRCO, the City of Portland New Portlander Program, and Elders in Action. At present, she is also pursuing her doctoral degree at Portland State University. Her involvement with the diverse community in Portland brought her recognition in the form of the PSU President’s Diversity Award in 2015 and Community Leader of the Year Spirit of Portland Award in 2017. She is passionate about transforming needs of individuals and communities into opportunities for economic prosperity. In her free time, she enjoys hiking or simply trying new foods from different cultures.

Elizabeth Lopez-Hernandez - Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Lopez graduated from Portland State University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science with a French Minor. During her time at PSU, she was able to study abroad in Southern France, where she developed a passion for travelling, trying new foods, and strengthen her interest to learn about different cultures, people and languages. At PSU, she worked as Resident Academic Mentor, where she worked closely with her residential community and Campus resources to better served her community. She has worked as a facilitator for various nonprofits in the Portland area focusing on youth empowerment and leadership such as Girls Inc. of Pacific NorthWest. She is passionate about women empowerment and making sure that the immigrant and refugee communities have the necessary resources to succeed. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her cousins and her dog and photographing. She’s fluent in Spanish and French.

Joy Sadi - Operations and Communications Coordinator

Joy Sadi graduated Warner Pacific University in 2019, where she majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She plans to continue her education and get her Master’s in Business Science and getting her CPA. Joy has volunteered throughout various nonprofits like the Giving Closet and throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. She previously worked with elder people at Courtyard Mt. Tabor retirement home. In her free time, Joy has various activities she participates in like singing, dancing, making videos, learning new languages, and new musical instruments. Joy loves to travel and plans to visit all 50 states. So far, South Korea is her favorite place she traveled! She is fluent in Swahili and Kibembe.

Board Of Directors

Dawn Luethe

Dawn Luethe

Board President
2016 - Present
Leslie Hickox

Leslie Hickox

Treasurer
2017 - Present

Layla Assam

Board Secretary
2017 - Present
Anne Downing

Anne Downing

Board Member
2018 - Present

Community/Business Outreach Liaisons

Lwe Wah Shee is a community/business outreach liaison at DMA. She speaks Karen and some Burmese. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Education Studies, minor in linguistics, and concentrating in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Western Oregon University. In the past, she has worked for Portland Parks and Recreation as a Creative Youth Soccer Leader, Portland Metro as a regional park caretaker, and at a public school as a teacher assistance. Her experiences working with diverse cultures and different organizations educated her and opened her mind to see how people view the world differently. As a refugee, who came to America to seek for new opportunities, she understands how it feels like to live in a different world. When she has free time, she enjoys helping her Karen community with translation and interpretation in Karen and English.
Lute is currently the Business/Community Outreach Liaison for Asian Pacific Islanders. Lute enjoys volunteering at her children’s school. In her spare time Lute volunteers at an elderly care home as a companion by reading to them or going for a walk with them. Lute has volunteered in various programs including: at elderly care homes, nursery school, Tongan Committee, and Tongan sewing class. Lute enjoys working and helping the Tongan community and other Pacific Islander communities. Lute helps with translation and interpretation in the Tongan and Samoan languages. During Lute’s Free time she loves to bake and sharing her baking with community, friends, and family.

Committee Chairs

Anthony Moreschi

Anthony Moreschi

Capital Improvement
2014 - Present
Ann Ereline

Ann Ereline

Marketing Chair
2016 - Present
Lorelei Young

Lorelei Young

Events Chair
2013- Present