Gary Davis has been associated with Nightwatch since he moved to Oregon in 1986, serving as one of Nightwatch’s original volunteer street ministers. Back then, he was serving his calling as a parish pastor in the United Church of Christ. After serving parishes for 29 years, he retired in 2005, took a hiatus in the wilderness of the Washington Cascades for 15 months, and upon returning to Portland was hired by Nightwatch as Executive Director. He’s seen enough of life to be very forgiving of human foibles–mostly because he possesses enough of them himself.
Mikaila Smith serves as Assistant Director. A student in social work at Portland State University, Mikaila holds primary responsibility for overseeing and coordinating our outreach outside downtown. That includes our work with the Mobile Hospitality Center and our SE Hospitality Center, as well as networking with those in other parts of the metro area, exploring possibilities for extending Nightwatch's work elsewhere. She also assists and fundraising and other support activities.
Health Care Coordinator
Sean Meehan, R.N., serves as our Health Care Coordinator. Sean came to us after having retired from a 35-year career in Home Health and Hospice nursing and management. Sean says he was drawn to ONW by our commitment to the "compassionate path" , a road he has been traveling his whole adult life. Sean's other interests include Metaphysics, psychic healing as a Reiki Master, and singing tenor with ISING Choir of Beaverton. Sean says working for ONW has been one of the most rewarding nursing experiences of his career.
Chaplain Roger Fuchs is a nine-year volunteer with Operation Nightwatch. He received his theological education at Western Seminary in Portland and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Roger continues to work in general aviation engineering during the week. He and his wife Jean have been Portlanders for 32 years and consider it home. Writing, motorcycling, photography and hiking in the outdoors are Roger's favorite pastimes. "When I came to Nightwatch, I fell in love with the people," Roger says; "and I keep coming back because of the people."
Steve Hutchinson serves as the Program Coordinator for the Downtown Hospitality Center. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Steve is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Sociology and comes to us this year through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. Steve loves playing and listening to music, skiing the greatest snow on earth (found in Utah), and spending time out in nature. His primary responsibilities at the Downtown Hospitality Center include coordinating volunteers, implementing programs to serve our guests, and overseeing the operation of the center.
Ashley Garber serves as our Program Assistant at the Downtown Hospitality Center. She is a sophomore majoring in Sociology at Lewis & Clark College and rows on Lewis & Clark's Varsity Crew team. She is the cofounder of the Portland Panty Project, which helps women on the streets recieve clean, size-appropriate, underwear and bras free of charge. She brings a great positive energy to our team and serves our guests in many capacities each night.