Board of Directors
Richard Gibson, M.D., Chair
Michael White, Secretary/Treasurer
Providence Health Plan
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Portland State University
PNC Real Estate
Marvin Seppala, MD
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Chief Operations Officer
Chief People Officer
Ed Blackburn, MA
Ed was CCC’s president and CEO from 2008 to 2017. He began at CCC in 1992 as the director of the Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center. In 1997 he became the director of Health and Addiction Services, and in 2007 moved into an agency deputy director position. Prior to working at CCC, Ed was neighborhood crime prevention manager for Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Associations. Ed graduated from California State University, Chico, with an MA in Sociology. CCC’s Blackburn Center is named for him.
Sarah Chisholm joined Central City Concern (CCC) as chief financial officer in 2016. She has 25 years of business and financial strategy experience in the Portland metro area, most recently as chief administrative officer for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. Sarah’s past employment includes positions at Cambia Health Solutions, Metro Regional Government and Intel. She also served on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure board. Sarah graduated from California State University, Chico, with a BS in Business Administration.
Sean began at CCC in 2007 after a decade managing affordable housing communities in Oregon and Washington. Besides his current role, he has worked as CCC’s director of asset management and director of housing, leading efforts to integrate, streamline and improve housing and facility operations. Sean has overseen over $230M in real estate development at CCC spanning both housing and clinical facilities and worked to support and expand employment opportunities for CCC residents and clients. Sean is active in a number of community and industry efforts, serving as board chair of the Oregon Opportunity Network and the Oregon Facilities Authority, and has been an advisory member to several City of Portland initiatives. He received his B.A. from Shippensburg University and is a licensed Property Manager in Oregon.
Rachel Solotaroff, MD
Rachel assumed her position as Central City Concern’s President and CEO on Oct. 1, 2017. Rachel has been working with CCC since 2006, first as CCC’s and Old Town Clinic’s Medical Director and as Chief Medical Officer since 2014. She has been a member of CCC’s Executive Leadership Team since November 2014. During her time at CCC, Rachel has overseen inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment, primary care and mental health care. She has developed key strategic initiatives and stakeholder partnerships to respond to community needs and has championed data-driven models of care for specific populations, from expansion of treatment for homeless people with opioid use disorder to an advanced medical home for medically complex homeless individuals.
In addition to her work at CCC, Rachel was Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) from 2007 to 2014. She has also worked as a staff physician from 2004 to 2006 at the Portland VA Medical Center. Rachel earned her BA from Brown University and her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School.
Leslie Tallyn, MA
Leslie has been with CCC since 2009 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of integrated primary care, mental health, and substance use disorder services, as well as strategic initiatives related to just culture and continuous performance improvement. Prior to her current role at CCC, Leslie directed and developed CCC’s Quality Improvement operations. She has five previous years of experience in quality improvement and social science research. She graduated from York and Wilfrid Laurier Universities.
Jeremy joined CCC in 2015 after many years in the technology field, including 13 years at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. He leads the strategy and operations of CCC’s information technology solutions. Jeremy is a graduate of Linfield College.
Joe Chapman, MPA, SHRM-SCP
Joe joined CCC’s Human Resources office in 2009 as a generalist and worked his way to director in 2014. Prior to working at CCC, Joe worked in Human Resources at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette for three years. He received his MPA in Nonprofit Management from Portland State University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University.
When Kathy joined CCC in 2007, she brought 20 years of experience in communications, development and marketing. She is responsible for CCC’s strategic, internal and external communications, and oversees fundraising and public policy efforts. Kathy graduated from the University of Iowa.
Freda Ceaser, MSW
Freda began at CCC in 2004 worked her way from the front lines at CCC’s Employment Access Center to her current position of Director of Equity and Inclusion. She has provided consistent leadership and involvement in CCC’s Diversity Committee over the last five-plus years and is instrumental in CCC’s ongoing Equity and Inclusion Assessment work. Most recently Freda provided the vision and advocacy for Flip the Script, a new reentry program for African-American clients that provides wrap-around services with a focus on breaking the cycles that send people of color back to prison. Freda is a lifelong Portland resident and earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University. Her lived experiences, education and work in the trenches are the driving forces for her passion for promoting racial equity in the community.