Welcome to Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Meet Our Board of Directors
Beverly is the LASO Board Vice President. She is Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland and a former Chair of the Oregon State Bar Legal Services Program Committee. She also is a chair of the Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Board of Directors.
Beverly is actively involved in the Campaign for Equal Justice in Multnomah County. She has been a volunteer attorney for Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Project and has provided many hours of pro bono service to eligible clients.
Beverly has a B.A. from Furman University, and a J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.
Beverly enjoys hiking, running, hearing live music, eating at Portland’s great restaurants, and spending time with her daughter.
Wayne brings a wide-range of legal and volunteer organization experience to his role on LASO’s Board of Directors. He has been a County Counsel for Lincoln County, Oregon since 1987; is a past president of the Oregon County Counsel Association; past chair of the Oregon State Bar's Government Law Section; and a past chair of United Way for Lincoln County. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board for LASO’s Lincoln County Office in Newport, Oregon.
Mark B. Comstock
Mark has broad experience in business, civil and commercial litigation, and in all areas of school law. He is recognized as a leader in creditor rights and bankruptcy litigation, representing clients in bankruptcy court and in various matters in civil litigation before all state and federal courts throughout Oregon. Mark also counsels school districts and education service districts in personnel, civil rights and special education matters, business management practices, and represents them at trial and legislative and administrative hearings.
Educated in Oregon, Mark was awarded a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1978, and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1981.
Mark is very active in the Oregon State Bar (OSB). He frequently speaks and writes for the Bar’s continuing legal education programs and publications. He has been honored twice by the Bar, receiving the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section Award of Merit and one of six President’s Public Service awards for significant contributions to the public through efforts involving pro bono services, the legislative/public affairs process, law-related education, coordination of public service law-related events, and service with community organizations.
Mark has been instrumental in implementing the Oregon Judicial Department’s eCourt services, from serving on the Steering Committee and the Law and Policy Workgroup, to Chairing the joint OSB/OJD Implementation Task Force.
Sherisa is a labor and employment lawyer. She formerly worked for the Oregon School Boards Association where she provided labor services to school boards across Oregon. Sherisa began her legal career as a staff attorney at LASO where she represented low-income clients in civil rights, employment, housing, family, and administrative law issues. She also served on the race equity team in the LASO Portland Regional Office and attended the prestigious Racial Justice Training Institute at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Sherisa is an active volunteer in the legal community and currently serves as an executive committee member of the Oregon State Bar’s Civil Rights Section.
A Partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives, Amy serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Law Center, is an Advisory Board member for the Campaign for Equal Justice, and is an emeritus board member of Emerge Oregon. She previously served on the Legal Services Program Committee of the Oregon State Bar and was co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice Associate's Committee.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in History and Political Science, Amy finished her J.D. at the University of Washington’s School of Law in 2001 with high honors.
Amy is a 2010 and 2013 recipient of the Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Service Award and a 2014 recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee.
A client representative, Dana is an appointee and former Board member of Washington County Community Action Partnership, where she served as Board Secretary. Dana has been an active member of the community, supporting and helping low-income Oregonians to thrive since 2004.
Luis is currently a partner at Marandas Sinlapasai Garcia, LLC in Lake Oswego with an emphasis on Immigration Law. Luis is a former attorney with the Portland, Oregon Corporate practice group of Stoel Rives. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and previously served as its ProBono co-liaison. Luis is also a board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) and is an active member on various community-serving boards.
Luis is an alumnus of Concordia University in Portland and the University of Oregon School of Law.
Martina L. Gordon
A client representative, Martina was originally appointed to the LASO Board of Directors by the Salvation Army, and her appointment was confirmed again by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She is employed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla as a housing service coordinator.
Sara is currently in-house counsel at Precision Castparts Corp., and is a former attorney with the Portland, Oregon Corporate practice group of Stoel Rives. She has also served in several posts for the US Department of Energy; as a Sr. Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress; as Committee staff for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives; and as Chief Counsel for the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives.
Sara has been active on various committees at the Oregon State Bar, and is a supporter of the Campaign for Equal Justice. She was also appointed to serve on the Task Force for Independent Science Reviews for Natural Resources established by Oregon Senate Bill 202.
Sara is an alumnus of The College of William and Mary and Cornell School of Law.
Paula is a board member of long-standing who brings valuable experience and insight to the organization. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Portland State University and has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1981.
Paula is a past officer and board member of the Oregon Society of CPAs, and a past President of the Oregon Society of CPAs Education Foundation. Since 1989, she has been a partner at Bunce Palmer CPA in Portland.
Marc practices law in Eugene as Marc D. Perrin, PC, with an emphasis on family law. He holds both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oregon.
Marc is a long-standing board member of the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center. He is an active pro bono volunteer.
Iván is a litigation and appellate attorney in the Portland office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP and a member of the firm’s appellate, education, and employment and labor relations practice teams. He advises and represents public and private employers, school districts, higher education institutions, and companies on a wide range of employment and commercial matters, including appeals, breaches of contract, class actions, employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination (as well as other tort claims), professional negligence, CERCLA litigation, and ERISA litigation. Iván has also provided pro bono legal services to asylum seekers, immigrants, victims of domestic violence, civil rights and advocacy groups, and Oregon nonprofits, among others, including representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Tax Court.
Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Iván served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lynn R. Nakamoto at the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals.
A proud “Double Duck,” Iván is an alumnus of the University of Oregon and University of Oregon School of Law. The son of Mexican immigrants, a first-generation college student, and a second-generation Mexican American, Iván is a native Spanish speaker.
A client representative, Mary was appointed to LASO’s Board by the Southern Oregon Indian Center, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. She also volunteers with the Oregon Youth Authority. Mary works on behalf of senior citizens and low-income Oregonians in rural Oregon and helps take care of her granddaughter.
Assitan Sylla Traore
A client representative, Assitan was appointed by the African Association of Eugene, Oregon, of which she is a member. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and has volunteered with community non-profit organizations that serve the low-income community.
A client representative, Marisa was appointed to LASO’s Board of Directors in 2015. She was appointed by Housing Works, the local housing authority for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. She is a Certified Medical Assistant for an ear, nose and throat office in Bend and the single mother of two girls.
The Honorable Gary Williams
Judge Gary Williams has been active as a senior judge in Oregon for three years after having served as an elected circuit court judge in Crook and Jefferson Counties for nine years. Before becoming a judge, Judge Williams was a deputy district attorney in Crook County, the Chief Deputy District Attorney in Deschutes County and the elected District Attorney in Crook County for 18 years. Judge Williams has been a member of several Bar committees and governor's commissions relating to public safety, and has taught courses in criminal justice for prosecutors. Judge Williams received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from Western Oregon University, where he studied Public Administration and Correctional Programs. He received his J.D degree from Willamette University College of Law. Before attending law school, he worked as a pre-trial release officer and adult probation/parole officer for eight years. He was raised in Polk County. Judge Williams currently has a limited private practice through LASO’s Bend office, representing about 15 clients on a pro bono basis in the last three years.