Our Staff and Board

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Milan Homola

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Milan and his wife, Tara, moved to Portland from the Midwest to attend Multnomah University and have since fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest. In the fall of 2005, God put it on Milan's heart to work with Gary Tribbett and Clear Creek Community Church. They had a shared vision of seeing churches working together to serve.

Milan and Tara have made Portland their home and they have two daughters and one son. They enjoy getting outside as much as possible (most people do when they come from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest). They make camping a priority in the summers and love spending time with close friends. 


Linda Tribbett

Abolition Now Director

Linda happened into the connection between wedding dressees and anti-human trafficking when she and her husband, Gary, brought a beautiful young woman out of a life of exploitation and into their home, eventually helping her with her own wedding celebration. After the wedding, Linda found that the Lord continued to bring dozens of donated dresses into her life, at which point she began marketing those dresses to social conscious brides-to-be who want to hep marginalized women while finding beautiful gowns.

Linda loves seeing how the Lord is leading the prevention-side of the ministry through the Dress for FREEdom events and Design Studio Outreach where mentors not only teach sewing and other life skills, but encourage teenage girls to become anti-trafficking advocates on behalf of their at-risk sisters, friends and classmates.


Ray Biggerstaff

Volunteer & Operations Director

Ray, alongside his wife Clare, have a passion to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the broken, needy, and down and out. After serving as missionaries in Sin City (Las Vegas) for over a decade with Youth With A Mission, they return to the Pacific Northwest where Clare has her roots. Ray’s experience includes creating, navigating, and coaching teams within ministry for the purpose of serving the most vulnerable in society. Presenting the Gospel of Jesus in a tangible way to the poor, especially orphans and broken families, remains a sincere passion of his.

 Ray and Clare have four children, two boys and two girls, two of whom they adopted through foster care. Kayla, Diego, little Ray, and Rose are the apple of their eye! Ray and Clare love spending time together as a family camping, hiking, traveling, or simply playing a game of UNO together.


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Mark Granlund

Associate Director; Development

Mark and his wife Violet have spent their years together serving the Lord and his Church through teaching, music, gardening, and doing whatever the Lord needs them to do most. Mark brings this heart of service to Compassion Connect together with his over 20 years of local non-profit management experience. Mark says he has the best of both worlds being able to apply his professional skills to serve one of the Lord's most innovative missions for unifying churches to engage in much needed community service. There are so many churches and church members ready and waiting to serve. They just need that opportunity to join with other churches in their neighborhood to do something big to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities.

Mark and Violet love car trips in any direction, relaxing vacations in Central Oregon, gardening, and playing with their grandchildren.


Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson

Communications Director

Anna is a Pacific Northwest native who graduated in 2013 from George Fox University. During the last several years she has lived and traveled in a variety of domestic and international locations including Tucson, Arizona, and northern Spain. 

She loves the idea of living simply and being Jesus to others through the pursuit of peace, justice, and love. Her passion is to show love and compassion to marginalized groups and to advocate for a more just world. She figures, why not start with Portland? 

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Shinji Mae

Clinic Operations Manager

Shinji has lived in the Portland Metro area since 1989. He graduated from Concordia University, Portland, with degrees in Behavioral Sciences and Missions. He also did an exchange program at Japan Lutheran College in Tokyo where he studied Culture and Social Studies. After earning a Master of Divinity at Multnomah University, he worked at a number of local non-profit organizations. His passion is to serve people by bringing Christ’s message and compassion to them through the ministry of Compassion Connect.

Shinji is married to Vanessa and they have two sons, Isaac and Yoshito. They enjoy a music-filled lifestyle where Shinji teaches music classes at local churches to train new generations of young worship leaders using historical music methods in varying degrees from classical to rock. 

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Lisa To

Financial Adminstrator

Originally from the suburban sprawl of Seattle, Lisa has called Portland home for the last nine years. While in Oregon, she has worked for the Christian Missionary Alliance District office as the Office Manager/Event Planner, as well as the Portland Art Museum as an Event Coordinator. Her love of details and belief that any event is cause for celebration has been an asset to her gift of hospitality. (Her baking skills are detrimental to those wanting to watch their weight.)

Lisa is married to Joel and has one son, Kaden, and one daughter, Addysen. She is a true northwesterner who feels most comfortable in rain boots and a scarf with a cup of coffee in hand. Over the past few years, Lisa and Joel have partnered with southwest church plant, Missio.  


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Angel Velasco

Compassion Clinic Assistant

Angel fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while attending Corban University in Salem, where she graduated in 2015. Her husband, Nick, too quickly fell in love with Oregon, leading them to move from California just one week after their wedding. At the time the move felt like a spontaneous-adventure seeking-decision, but the two young adults have seen God affirm the move over and over through opportunities and people.  

Angel has a heart for people and their stories and often can be found outside barefoot with her nose in a book and coffee in her hand. She is passionate about serving and advocating for the hurting and marginalized, motivating others to actively engage and serve their communities, and empowering children to ask questions, grow in their gifts and live a life after Jesus. She wants to live out compassion, show up and write, even when she doesn't feel like it. 


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Rachel Murfitt

Design Studio Coordinator

Rachel attended Wheaton College and Portland State University and has a BS in sociology. She is married ot Eric and has a 15 year old son, Max, and a 10 year old daughter, Lily. They attend St. Matthew's Anglican Church. Things Rachel loves: hiking and being out in nature, reading, hanging out with friends, and playing with the family dog, Cooper. Eric has volunteered for Compassion Connect in the past and Rachel has always admired the ministry. For most of her adult life, she had a job in purchasing but always had a nagging feeling that she wanted to do something more meaningful. She left her job in 2016 and soon after, Gary and Linda Tribbett invited her family to the Compassion Connect Banquet. She knew that night that she really wanted to get involved. She started to volunteer in small ways, and was thrilled when Linda invited her to join the team! Rachel is thankful for this opportunity to be part of an organization that is doing such important work. Her hope is to be able to offer practical and logistical support to the Design Studio mentors who give so much of themselves to the girls at the Studio.  

Gary Tribbett

Gary Tribbett

Co-Founder & Advisor

The joy of Gary Tribbett's life comes from his wife, Linda, of over four decades. That joyful partnership in life and ministry has blessed them with two incredible daughters, Jennelle and Stephanie, their amazing husbands and seven awesome grandchildren.

To love and serve Jesus is the passion of Gary's heart. Jesus' plan to bring grace to people from all walks of life motivates his life and career as pastor emeritus of Clear Creek Community Church, where he has served since its foundation in 1994. God's preparation for Gary's ministry includes twenty-five years in electronics, process control technology, and management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Literature and Master of Divinity degree from Multnomah University and has a Doctor of Ministry from Western Seminary.

For Gary, ministry is God at work in the world through the one Church. He believes that Christians should work together in harmony, because divine strength builds the kingdom of God one soul at a time. As a visionary, this philosophy is foundational for Gary as he looks for every opportunity to advance God's grace in the world.


Dr. Constant Lu

Volunteer Director of Dental & Board Member

As a dentist since 1995, Constant Lu participated in short-term healthcare outreaches in places like Mexico and the Philippines. But then, in 2005, when he helped at a local outreach in Gresham, Oregon, he saw the need for local low-cost healthcare, when large numbers of patients needed to be turned away due to overcapacity.

Since then, he joined with Compassion Connect to help fulfill the mission to bring the love of Jesus Christ to our local communities, by empowering them with tools and resources necessary for effective dental outreaches. His work is supported by his life partner and wife, Erlyn, who is a dentist from the Philippines.

Constant received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Washington in 1990, and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from Creighton University in 1995. Since then, he has established and operated a solo dental practice in Vancouver, Washington. He also plays keyboard and sings for his church worship team, and has been a board member of several non-profit groups. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife and his son, Isaac, traveling and participating in various sports.

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Jim Savino

Jim Savino

Chairman of the Board

Jim moved back to Portland after living overseas in the Netherlands for 11 years. They have been blessed with twin daughters, Alex and Katie. Time with his family is Jim’s main priority which has been an interesting challenge since he has worked in the corporate world for more than 27 years. God brought him to Compassion Connect where he is serving as Chairman of the Board as well as serving elsewhere when needed.

Steve Rentz

Steve Rentz

Board Member

Steve Rentz completed his graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University and has spent the past 10 years in varying consultant roles on a broad array of projects including employee engagement initiatives, brand & market research, public polling, and executive coaching. He’s a fan of all things quantitative assessment and enjoys individual or group discussions around Strengthsfinder, MBTI, and the Enneagram. Steve currently lives in Chicago where he works to improve employee and guest experiences at a Fortune 50 company. He’s also involved with Bethlehem Baptist Church and Questscope. Steve is an avid globe-trotter and continues to travel for work, friendship, and curiosity. Over the years the Middle East and Central America have become regular destinations.

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Gordon Lundquist

Board Member

Gordon Lundquist along with his wife raised their five children while living in Damascus,OR where they still live now enjoying their many grandchildren. Gordon is President and co-owner of Legend Custom Woodworking an Architectural Millwork and Cabinet company established in 1984. A graduate of Portland Bible College where he met Ruth and later married, they along with their family have had a passion to see God's love expressed in practical ways to those they come in contact with.

Larry Briggs

Larry Briggs

Board Member

Larry Briggs and his wife Anna have seven children together and live in the small town of Scholls, west of Portland.  Larry is the President and founder of V2A Solutions, a training, consulting and leadership development company.  He has coached and trained hundreds of high-performing CEOs, executive teams and entrepreneurs representing small to medium sized businesses throughout the U.S. Described as a highly innovative leadership expert well ahead of his time, Briggs has spent the last 25 years researching the fundamental forces that influence human behavior and business success. He is passionate about ways the body of Christ can work together to make a difference locally and internationally.



Jay Mark

Board Member

Jay and his wife Vicki were raised in the San Francisco Bay area but have lived in the Portland area for the past 25 years. They have four adult children and three grandchildren. They have been involved as donors and volunteers in their church, local, and global Christian outreach organizations. Their introduction to Compassion Connect was via Beaverton area clinics. They love the community focus of the work and the commitment to churches working together. 

Jay received his BC EECS from UC Berkeley in 1994 and worked the following 29+ years for the Intel Corporation in various engineering and management capacities. He also completed a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from UCLA Extension in 2013 that lead to a new season of volunteer service. He is a sort of freelance volunteer for area nonprofits focusing on strategy and systems.

Jay loves tennis and is head boys and girls coach for a westside high school.