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.
Jackie McCook serves as our Program Coordinator. In that capacity she supervises the activities at our Downtown Hospitality Center. Jackie comes to us as a member of Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, having majored in psychology.
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."
Noel Chen serves as Program Assistant at our Downtown Hospitality. Noel is a sophomore at the University of Portland, intending to enter the field of social work. As Program Assistant, she helps with distribution of socks, blankets, and food and following the guidance of our Program Coordinator, fills in wherever else there is need.
Juliana DePietro began volunteering at our Downtown Hospitality Center two years ago when she was a sophomore at Lewis & Clark College. Now a senior, Juliana has joined us as an intern, assisting in many behind-the-scenes projects, including fundraising, volunteer cultivation, and our Health Care Initiative. She majors in psychology.