Oregon Right to Life advocates for the most vulnerable human beings whose right to life is denied or abridged under current law. We work to reestablish protection for all innocent human life from conception to natural death.
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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.
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.
Reagan is a lifelong Oregonian, spending most of his 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.
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.
community outreach specialist
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.
Natasha is a graduate of Corban University with degrees in creative writing and journalism. After spending a year working for a local business, she sought to utilize her skills to serve in nonprofit and education circles, happily finding ORTL. She comes from a large blended family with siblings and cousins fostered and adopted. And now Natasha spends much of her free time as a youth group leader.