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
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 providing creative, historical and cultural workshops, events and programs in the Portland community and in youth detention centers in the area. He also presents regularly at Portland State University through their Criminal and Juvenile Justice Capstone courses and has co-facilitated a number of PSU's Inside / Out courses at MacLaren Youth Corrections. Before pursuing his passion as a youth advocate, he spent 13 years in the financial world as a Project Manager and Consultant. He has also been a radio producer and journalist at KBOO Community Radio since 2001.
Bill Harris - President, Board of Directors
Bill Harris is currently retired. Before that, his career was in third party processing as the Manager of Voice Services at fiserv in Portland, Oregon. He handled Business Continuity, Vendor Management, Disaster Recovery and IT Management and was 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.
Lupine DeSnyder - Board of Directors
Lupine DeSnyder is the Volunteer Program Coordinator at Portland Metro Parks & Nature where she manages events and activities at Metro parks and historic cemeteries. Her skills and interests are in team management, staff/volunteer development and project improvement/completion, workshop and event coordination and community outreach. She was Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator and the Community Engagement Coordinator for the City of Portland before joining Metro in 2014. From 2005-2010, she ran a nonprofit for called Working Class Acupuncture.
Matt Tabora-Roberts - Secretary, Board of Directors
Matt Tabora-Roberts is the Chief Operation Officer at Esper House, a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon, providing services for businesses and nonprofits in the area. Prior to that, Matt was the Technology Program Manager, Technology Trainer and Site Supervisor at Portland Youth Builders for 9 years. Matt's skills also include public speaking, project management and theater.
Tara Chavez - Treasurer, Board of Directors
Tara Chavez has 19 years of experience in the EFT industry including technical research, project management and customer service. Her current position there is Senior Technical Analyst, with a highly technical knowledge of tandem systems. Tara was Treasurer for the Boy Scouts for 5 years has her Bachelor degree in International Relations and Affairs.
Stephen Fowler - Board of Directors
Stephen Fowler is Sun School Facilitator, Project Manager at Teaching with Purpose and Restorative Justice Specialist at Resolutions Northwest. He also co-founded the Verbal Escape poetry group and is a member of ProRose Entertainment. His skills include civic action, youth mentoring, program development, project management, creative writing and performing music and poetry.
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.