|Dr. Dorothy Edwards
Dr. Edwards, the founder, and president of Alteristic, specializes in primary prevention and provides training and consultation in power-based personal violence, capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning, and community mobilization. Her work has been the focus of multiple studies that show statistically significant reductions in interpersonal violence. In a career that has spanned over 25 years, she has held multiple positions in program management, teaching in higher education, and in counseling. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University.
Dr. Dorothy Edwards Biography
Melissa Emmal Biography
Melissa Emmal is the Director of Training at Alteristic. She provides training and technical assistance in power-based personal violence prevention and contributes to curriculum development. A native Alaskan with 14+ years of experience working to prevent and intervene against interpersonal violence, she was previously the Deputy Director at Alaska’s largest provider of domestic violence intervention and prevention services, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis. From 2012 to 2015, Melissa took a leadership role in Alaska’s statewide implementation of the Green Dot initiative.
Gerry Hein is a veteran Operations Manager and Project Director for Hoffman Construction Company of Portland, Oregon, where he is currently providing collaborative leadership on the new $300 million Multnomah County Central Courthouse. Built on a downtown site, the 17-story, 420,000 SF courthouse will incorporate best standards, practices, and technology to meet the needs of a growing population, housing 44 courtrooms, the DA’s office, judges’ chambers, and secure holding for detainees. The building will surpass Multnomah County’s MWSDVESB and worker diversity participation goals, achieve LEED Gold certification, and is designed to retain functionality after a Cascadia Subduction Zone seismic event.
Gerry’s expertise and guidance has been the key to success on a series of projects that include the Oregon Military Department’s Fort Dalles Readiness Center, which achieved a perfect safety record, the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which had the first-ever perfect audit from the state of Oregon, plus projects for the Portland Water Bureau, State of Oregon, Bonneville Power Administration, and other public agencies and private clients. His early work in scheduling and estimating and as a project engineer and superintendent provided him with a solid foundation to later excel at project management. During his 34 years in construction, Gerry has spent over 20 years working with targeted workforce and contracting efforts to achieve outstanding results. Gerry is LEED AP, OSHA 30, P.E., and DBIA certified. He has chaired the Education Committee for the Oregon chapter of DBIA and continues to be active in DBIA’s mission to promote design build projects.
Gerry has led efforts to negotiate Community Benefit Agreements and Project Labor Agreements that include diversity and equity provisions for the workers and firms that will be constructing major projects. He works in tandem with trade unions and community groups that place workers in great employment opportunities. He advocates for opportunities that promote the high percentage use of Disadvantaged, Minority, Emerging, Service Disabled, and Women owned firms as well as high numbers of women and minority workers. Through these efforts, Gerry learned about Green Dot and immediately saw how their program might be applied to construction sites to ensure that all workers could have a work experience free of harassment, bullying, and hazing that commonly made construction an isolating and often non-diverse
environment. In the last four years, Gerry had not lost sight of the goal to bring Green Dot to the construction world and with the Multnomah County Central Courthouse found the right timing and client to finally help push Green Dot for the Trades into a pilot project and successful start.
Gerry Hein Biography
Tiffany Thompson Biography
Tiffany Thompson graduated from the University of Idaho with a BA in French Foreign Languages and Literatures and a Certificate in Diversity and Stratification. She has worked at Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. since 2013, focusing on issues of retention and public advocacy for tradeswomen. Currently, she is managing a project to address harassment and bullying in the construction industry. She also brings experience in awareness campaign and fundraising event planning. She serves on the Oregon Employment Department Advisory Committee and the TriMet Equity Advisory Committee