Melody Durrett is the president of Oregon Right to Life Board of Directors. She is passionate about engaging her peers and people of our great state on the issue of abortion. Melody is committed to compassionate dialogue with those who disagree with her and has put that idea into practice through founding and leading Students for Life clubs. First, at Linn-Benton Community College and also at University of Oregon, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Melody also spent a summer interning for three different national pro-life organizations in Washington, D.C.: Students for Life of America, Rock for Life, and Americans United for Life. Melody has served on the board for the past five years. She lives and works in Eugene.
I spent many years in Oregon political and policy work before I found my home at Oregon Right to Life. A love of history and politics informed by my faith drew me to this movement. I consider it a great privilege to contend for legal protection for the most vulnerable human beings in our culture.
Lois grew up in the Beaverton area, attending local public schools and graduated from Portland State University Honors Program with a bachelor's degree in history. She worked on a number of political campaigns before joining ORTL in 1999 as director of political operations. She worked in that position for 17 years prior to assuming her current role as executive director in 2017. Lois and her husband have been married for 29 years and have four children.
I know what it's like to need an advocate but lack one, so I want to provide that service for others.
Liberty served as our communications director beginning in February 2014 before taking on the role of deputy director in February 2020. She is responsible for developing external and internal strategies to further our efforts to save lives in Oregon. Liberty has traveled nationally giving presentations on the abortion issue. She has a bachelor's in business administration and management from Eastern Oregon University. She lives in Portland with her husband and their four children.
I advocate for life because without it there is no opportunity for liberty or the pursuit of happiness.
Reagan is a lifelong Oregonian, spending most of time on the political campaign trail. He's worked on campaigns for pro-life candidates all the way from School Board to U.S. Congress. He has an Associates Degree from Chemeketa Community College. Reagan lives in Albany with his wife, along with their son and dog.
There’s truth that needs to be shared, fear that needs to be relieved, people who need to be supported, and hearts that need to be changed. The pro-life movement doesn’t stop after birth.
After graduating in 2017, Sharolyn went on to work in real estate until finding a job at ORTL to fulfill her passion for life and her love for people. Sharolyn serves as our office manager, managing the inner workings of the office and stepping in to meet the needs of the rest of the team. Sharolyn was born and raised in Oregon and currently lives in Albany with her golden retriever, Millie.
I have been passionate since childhood to help people with different abilities to experience valued and fulfilled lives.
Dawn comes to ORTL after eight years working in special education. She has a master's degree in government from Regent University. She started out as the events assistant for our Education Foundation and was promoted to our events specialist. Dawn manages our educational displays, oversees Launch, our pro-life youth training program, and administers the statewide oratory contest.
Community Outreach Specialist
I have advocated for children since I was a child myself. When I was around 4 or 5, I remember seeing a commercial for fundraising for starving children in a 3rd world country. It made me cry and I asked my dad to send them money. Most of my life has revolved around working with or advocating for children, both preborn and born.
Nickie Snyder graduated from George Fox University with a degree in psychology. After raising four children, she returned to George Fox University to get an early childhood education degree and a teaching license. Nickie worked as a substitute teacher for over 13 years. She also worked part-time as the director for the Canby Pregnancy Care Center. In 2018, she began working full-time as our office manager and executive assistant. Nickie is our community outreach specialist and works to expand pro-life involvement and interest in Oregon, as well as education regarding abortion.