Morpheus Youth Project Staff and Board of Directors is comprised of passionate professionals dedicated to the well being and growth of young people.
Board / Staff Members
David Bluford - Board of directors
David Bluford has thirty years of experience in financial accounting. He is the chief financial officer of DTC Grip & Electric, Inc., a San Francisco-based film production company which is the largest business of its kind in Northern California. He has worked with DTC since 1982, and in 1997 he became an owner of the business. David also worked as a theatrical stagehand in San Francisco for twenty years, primarily for the San Francisco Opera (1974-1980) and the American Conservatory Theatre (1980-1989). Bluford served as treasurer of the San Francisco Theatrical Stage Employees Union, Local 16, from 1984 to 1995. During that period he was an employee trustee of Local 16’s pension trust fund and its health & welfare trust fund. From 1989 to 1995 he was an assistant business representative for Local 16. From 1996 to 1999 Bluford managed Custer Avenue Stages, which at the time was the largest motion picture sound-stage facility in Northern California.
JUDY SCHILLER - BOARD TREASURER
Is the owner of Simplicity Now!, LLC. She is a professional organizer and has been organizing other people’s lives, workspaces, and schedules for more than 10 years. She has a master's degree in adult education and a bachelor's degree in German and business. Judy is also a public speaker, a certified feng shui practitioner, and a coach, specializing in the area of simplicity. She is the mother of one son, whom she adopted from Central America at the age of 9. Her dedication to MYP is a way of "giving back" to all of the people who helped her and her son during his journey to adulthood.
Bill Harris - Board President
Bill Harris is currently the Manager of Voice Services at fiserv in Portland, Oregon. He handles Business Continuity, Vendor Management, Disaster Recovery and IT Management and has been with fiserv for 20 years. Prior to that he was the Facilities Manager at Boole and Babbage for 10 years. He attended Deanza College and San Jose State University in California.
Elan Eichler - Board Vice President / Program Director
Elan has a B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University and currently works as the SUN Site Associate at Fir Ridge High School. With the help of veteran artists in Portland, Elan grew up making music and performing around town. He started the monthly event, Hungry Hungry Hip-Hop, which is currently in its third year. Helping organize and facilitate Morpheus Youth programs continues to validate his belief that music and art are essential in youth development.
Britni Locke - Board of Directors / Program facilitator
Britni Locke has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature from Portland State University. It was during her senior capstone project that she was afforded the opportunity of running writing workshops with youth facing Measure 11 sentencing at Multnomah County’s Donald E. Long. Seeing first hand what young people were facing in her community, reading their incredibly talented writing and touching stories, Britni recognized the power in arts and humanities with young, at-risk people. This led her on a journey she had never expected, working as a trial assistant for a juvenile public defense firm, running writing workshops at MacLaren Youth Correctional facility, and more recently beginning the first “Men in the Movement,” male intersectional feminist ally group in the Oregon Youth Authority. Britni is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree, with a focus on practice in leadership with communities and organizations, as well as social work in schools.
Carlos Chavez - Executive Director
Carlos Chavez is the co-founder and Director of Morpheus Youth Project. He's been working as a youth advocate since 2007 through creative, historical and cultural workshops in the Portland community and for incarcerated youth. He helped to create David Douglas High School's first after school Restorative Justice program and spent 13 years in the business world as a Project Manager and Consultant before pursuing his passion as a youth advocate.