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
Kristen Murray EMT serves as our Health Care Coordinator. Kristen's background is on EMS. She was a firefighter EMT as well as an instructor for EMS. She has been teaching CPR for healthcare providers and CPR/ First Aid classes for over 25 years. Her love for Operation Nightwatch started two years ago when she began volunteering. She says, “I love being here and seeing all the expressions of goodness and kindness. This is home.”
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.