Executive Manager & Board Member
Joe Wedding serves as General Manager for the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County (HSCCC). Throughout his career, Joe has held multiple leadership positions in higher education, in competitive youth sports academies and in professional organizations that serve fund-raising executives. Joe has led nine comprehensive capital campaigns for nonprofits as a Senior staff member or as the primary consultant in Michigan, Montana, Kansas, Missouri and Oregon.
He studied ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the studio assistant for Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan. Joe earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University, where he began a seven-year stretch of teaching at Michigan State and then at Marymount College of Kansas.
While at Marymount College, he gained an interest in philanthropy and found life-long professional alignment with supporting donors who are dedicated to improving the human condition around the world. That interest led him to his current involvement at HSCCC as Executive Director.
Joe and his family have lived in Oregon since 1996, meeting incredibly wonderful people almost every day.
Board Chair & Founder
Dan Fowler’s commitment to improving his community through public service began early in life. Coming of age in the 1960s in West Linn, Oregon, Mr. Fowler was deeply influenced by the hope and vibrancy he witnessed in the leadership of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” became a personal rallying cry for Mr. Fowler and a charge that has inspired his own public service journey.
For over four decades, Mr. Fowler has had a successful career as a real estate developer focused on restoring historic buildings in the region. He is the former mayor of the City of Oregon City where he served two terms in the 1990s.
In 2016, after seeing the dramatic rise in unhoused homelessness county-wide, Dan was compelled to spur positive change. He began organizing with colleagues and neighbors to learn more about the homelessness crisis and how to mitigate it. What began as a small listening tour blossomed into a burgeoning nonprofit organization, the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County (HSCCC), with more than 400 partners and supporters. Today, Dan is the Chair and Founder of HSCCC, which connects direct service providers with additional resources to enhance the vital work they are already doing to prevent and end homelessness in Clackamas County.
Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Business Administration.
Vice Chair, Leadership Board
Richard Howells serves as Vice President of the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County (HSCCC). After college Richard taught school and later served as the Director of organization development for a large, Oregon-based company. He then joined a management consulting firm specializing in executive alignment, teamwork, and cultural change. From 2001-2017 he ran his own management consulting company specializing in change management.
After retirement, Richard began searching for volunteer opportunities to serve his community. Deeply troubled by the plight of homeless people living on the streets, he joined the HSCCC. Richard is committed to making systemic change that can prevent and reduce homelessness.
He graduated from the University of Oregon where he earned his masters degree in education with an emphasis on organization development in schools. Richard and his wife, Kate, live in Oregon City. They greatly enjoy their children and grandchildren who live nearby and visit often.
Brian Shaw is a retired Application Engineer where he focused for 30 years primarily on the aerospace industry. He currently owns a private practice providing architectural design services, having designed projects from Seal Rock, Oregon to Tokyo, Japan. He specializes in residential and passive solar design.
Brian is a past city commissioner for the City of Oregon City and has also served as an Urban Renewal Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and a founding member of the Oregon City Historic Review Board.
Brian sits on the Board of Oregon City Together, which is an organization dedicated to mitigating the use of drugs and alcohol in the school district, and he serves on the Oregon City School District Strategic Plan Committee.
Brian has lived in Oregon City for 45 years. Having been raised on a farm in Eastern Oregon, he understands and respects our resources and continues to work toward the highest and best use of those resources.
Marty Grant has lived in the Estacada area of Oregon his entire life. A graduate of Clackamas Community college, he earned a degree in Electronics, and later worked in the corporate/sales management environment for 30 years.
In late 1999, he and his wife founded The Father’s Heart Street Ministry (TFH) to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Today, as a Board member of the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County, Marty continues his journey to make a difference in his community and be a helpful resource to those in need.
In his spare time, Mr. Gant enjoys golfing with friends and tinkering with his classic car.
Gary Majors has worked as a Realtor in the Portland area for more than 37 years, selling homes and small-plexes, while holding several management and leadership positions locally. Gary has served with several non-profits as a volunteer and board member, largely focused on supporting the homeless community. Gary served as President of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors in 2009, and volunteered with Union Gospel Mission for the past two decades. Gary is active in his church, and has been involved with the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County nearly since its inception in 2016.
Gary’s pastimes include golf, classic cars, board games, and woodworking. He was raised in Portland, OR, and has lived in Milwaukie for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 35 years and have raised 4 sons.
Brandi Johnson is a community advocate, trained mediator, and longtime resident of Oregon City. Brandi is the Executive Director of LoveOne, a nonprofit that serves the neighbors in need through laundry, shower and trash programs, outreach and housing, and a weekly food pantry. Prior to that role, Brandi spent 14 years working as a legal assistant in a local general civil law practice. Brandi considers herself a “Kindness Broker” focused on building relationships, establishing trust, and connecting resources.
Brandi earned a degree in communication with a focus on advocacy and relational communication from Marylhurst University and a certificate in conflict resolution. She currently serves as a Board member of the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County.
Secretary & Board Member
Lynne Deschler has 30 years of experience working in social services, half of which has been focused on preventing and ending homelessness. Prior to her work in Clackamas County, Lynne served as Executive Director at two separate nonprofit organizations both focused on supporting young people in the Los Angeles area. Lynne has been involved with the Homeless Solutions Coalition of Clackamas County since its inception, motivated by her belief that everyone deserves a safe place to call home.
For 15 years Lynne has worked in Peru during the summer to support education programs for indigenous people. She’s also played a role in coordinating the Clackamas Point in Time Homeless Count since 2007. Today, Lynne lives on a farm with her husband where they maintain one of the first flocks of Shetland Sheep in the United States. She is a graduate of Boston University.