WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

About Us

"The Christopher Reeve Foundation estimates that approximately 1.3 million people in the United States live with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D). That translates to approximately 3,500 Oregonians with SCI/D, with approximately 160 new injuries each year. Surprisingly, there are few organizations in Oregon dedicated to supporting and advocating for this community despite its tremendous physical, emotional, psychological and financial needs. Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection (Oregon SCI) is a nonprofit formed in December 2015 to fill this void and improve the quality of life for the thousands of Oregonians living with SCI/D.

Our vision is to build a vibrant community-based support network in which people living with SCI/D can thrive…and we are! We leverage the social capital inherent within our community to promote education, health, advocacy, self-reliance and awareness. We are committed to raising SCI/D awareness and aim to transform the built-environment and attitudes of society to reduce the obstacles that prevent some of us from fully reintegrating into society. We foster harmonious, collaborative relationships with our partners and synergize our strengths to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of our resources."

West Livaudais - Founder and executive director of Oregon SCI

West keeps himself busy in his “free-ish” time with graduate studies in public health, handcycling, house projects, hiking with buddies, and dreaming big. He and his wife, Courtney, are enjoying being new homeowners in N Portland after recently being married in the summer of 2016. Currently, he works with Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU’s Institute on Development and Disability. West has been injured since November 2013 and is a C7/8.

Ian Ruder - Writer, editor, man about town

Two of those three descriptors have been used to describe board member Ian Ruder. After almost 20 years living in SW Portland he considers himself an Oregonian, even if he was born in that evil state to the south that shall not be named. He loves Portland for its vibrant food scene, kind people and proximity to nature. When he is not trying out the city’s newest restaurants or watching his beloved San Francisco Giants, he is probably working on New Mobility magazine in his job as senior editor. C5 since 1998

Jemal Mfundshi - long time supporter, advocate of the SCI community

He's played wheelchair rugby, enjoys auto and motor cycle racing, and has been a steadfast supporter to the newly injured as a peer mentor. Jemal brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the SCI community to our board.

Brook McCall - Advocacy Coordinator, Board Member

Brook McCall OregonSCI board member
Brook is an awareness generator and powerful advocate for quality of life improvements for individuals with disabilities. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health Leadership from UNC Chapel Hill and found her way to Portland as an OHSU post-grad neurodevelopmental leadership fellow. She has worked as a subject matter expert and consultant for county and state government, advised on numerous task forces, steering committees, and boards, and has advocated on Capitol Hill. For 15 years, Brook has lived successfully as a C-4 quad. She and her teenager of an injury learn something new together every day.

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