Board of Directors
Elizabyth Harrington has been part of 9 Bridges since its inception, and was instrumental in developing the strategy, methodology, guidelines and procedures, as well as establishing the branding and corporate identity for 9 Bridges. Through her active role in the Portland Chapter, running critique groups and giving presentations, she has become a recognized name in the Portland writing community. She is connected to the Portland writing community through ties with the NW Writers Guild, Women in Publishing, Portland (WIPP), The Willamette Writers and the Oregon Writers Colony.
Elizabyth is a published author with two novels currently under the imprint of Rothco Press. In addition to being a skilled writer and storyteller, she has over twenty years of experience in branding and marketing and a deep understanding of information technology and building communities. She brings vision, leadership and essential skills to 9 Bridges. In addition to her role with 9 Bridges, Mrs. Harrington served as the interim Citizen Co-Chair of the Alliance for Safer Communities from 2014 – 2015. Mrs. Harrington also served on the Board of Directors for the Coffee House Writers Group from 2011 to 2015 and was part of the Executive committee from 2013 – 2015.
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Vargus Pike is a founding member of 9 Bridges and has been instrumental in helping the organization get started. He is a published poet, performance artist and vocalist. In the past he served as a host for several radio programs at WITR in Rochester NY and worked as an editor for the Portland Occupier. He is the founder of Pietzsche Pit Press and a trained educator. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Science from S.U.N.Y Geneseo. Mr. Pike has been a member since the inception of the Portland Chapter in 2013 and served on the CHWG Board of Directors from September 2013 through March, 2015.
He is a frequent workshop presenter, sharing his experience in the field of publishing and poetry. He currently oversees events and strategic partnerships with other community organizations and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Portland’s thriving community of poets and artists.
Mark V. Harrington is a founding member of 9 Bridges and one of the leaders of the Portland chapter. He was responsible for all of the initial filing As CFO, he is responsible for overseeing the finances for the organization as a whole, as well as managing the day-to-day operations.
Mr. Harrington formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Coffee House Writers group as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee from 2013 – 2015. He has a long history of involvement with non-profits, especially with advocacy groups for underserved communities such as the homeless and developmentally disabled. He was part of the Association for Safer Communities from 2012 – 2014, where he helped foster relations between the LGBT community and the Portland Police Department.
Mr. Harrington has a BS from Portland State University and a Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. He is an essential part of the 9 Bridges Executive team, responsible for all fiscal decisions, strategic planning and compliance. In addition, he is a published writer.
Christina A. Lincicome has held the position as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at SAIF Corporation for the past 22 years. She is passionate about people and making sure all voices are heard in the community. She has held several positions at SAIF that include Claims Director, Supervisor, Senior Adjuster, and Adjuster. Prior to SAIF Christina worked for Macy’s in San Francisco in retail and risk management.
Christina is a graduate of University of Oregon with a BA in English and minors in Business Administration and Spanish. She holds a Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Development from Warner Pacific College. She has five grown children. Christina and her husband enjoy rafting, fishing, and traveling when time affords it.
Rora Melendy was instrumental in bringing 9 Bridges to California and currently leads the Pasadena chapter. She has spent much of her adult life volunteering for organizations focused on or supporting the Arts, with an emphasis on those programs geared towards young people. For the past decade, she’s been active in producing and supporting theatre in the secondary and post-secondary settings, including building a new co-curricular program at a new college in Pasadena.
Rora is a recent graduate in Liberal Arts with English and Social Science concentrations from Providence Christian College. Her corporate experience includes working with corporate boards for both privately held and NYSE companies and directors as well as duties as divergent as compliance and marketing. She’s an avid lifetime reader with a wide range of favorite authors that includes Madeline L’Engle, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles de Lint, and many biographers.