Office of Violence Prevention Team

Meet the team
The Office of Violence Prevention has Professionals who are passionate in reducing gun violence in Portland. This OVP office has now a staff of nine, six of those staff are from the community.

Sierra Ellis (She/Her, Hers)

Interim Manager

Sierra moved to the Pacific Northwest 11 years ago from the Mid-West where she was born and raised. She is raising two kids in the Portland Metropolitan area with her husband. 

With an environmental education background in science, she has found her passion in public service and serving the community. She is set out to make Portland a more vibrant, safer place to live, work, and play. 

Riamyrie Walter (she/her/hers)

Community Engagement Specialist

Moving from Hawaii to Oregon back in 2010, Riamyrie has loved living in Portland. Growing into adulthood surrounded by the abundance of trees and the increasing array of food carts the city has to offer, Portland is her home that she loves dearly.

Riamyrie graduated from Multnomah University with a B.A in Psychology and formerly graduated from Parkrose High School. Having volunteered with multiple community-based organizations such as IRCO, APANO, and UTOPIA PDX, Riamyrie has always been passionate about serving communities in need.

She is excited to join the Office of Violence Prevention as it provides services and resources to victims of gun violence. Seeing firsthand how it affects people and their psyche, she is passionate in delivering the office’s mission, resources, and outgoing information to the many people groups and communities in the city of Portland.

Andrew Culberson (He/Him)

Program Manager

Andrew moved to back Portland in 2020. Originally from the Bay Area, he and his wife were married in Portland, then returned years later to rejoin her family and raise their 3 boys.

Andrew received his B.S in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, and his M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. He previously served as a professional mediator, as well as director of legal service non-profits in the LA-area.

Andrew shares his curiosity, love of nature and passion for conservation with his boys through camping trips to the coast, hikes in Marshall Park and Tryon Creek State Park, and many backyard experiments and adventures.

Samuel Thompson (He/Him)

Program Manager

Samuel Thompson is a native of PORTLAND. Sam graduated from Grant High School and went on to attend Columbia Basin and Grossmont College. Sam has worked in the community with positions at SEI, Multnomah County, Resolutions NW, POIC and PPS as a Restorative Justice Coordinator at Madison HS before joining the OVP Team.  Aside from Program Managing Sam also runs a successful promotion company called Next Level Sports & Entertainment that organizes and hosts community events.

Monae Elliott (she/her/hers)

Youth Against Violence (YAV) Program Director

Monae is a native Portlander. She grew up in NE, graduated from Benson H.S. and is an alumna of Everett University.

She enjoys shopping, family time, and selfies. However, her most treasured moments are spent making memories with her grands and serving her community; she is the Co-Founder of Shiloh Christian Centers’ Food Bank in No Po.

Monae works for the City of Portland’s Community Safety Division in the Office of Violence Prevention as the Director of Youth Against Violence. In this position her goal is to foster awareness, promote healthy choices and empower youth to be leaders in nonviolence.

Tony Bonner (He/Him)

OVP Prevention Specialist

Tony was born and raised in Portland. He enjoys playing basketball and has a collection of Old School cars. He is a proud Wilson High School alum. Tony has a long history in working with the community. He was a youth advocate for Straightway Services. He provided mentorship, guidance, and resources to Portland families and youth. Tony loves his city and is very passionate about reduction of gun violence in Portland.

Glori Johnson (She/ Her, Hers)

OVP Prevention Specialist

Glori was born and raised in NE Portland and was the middle child of seven children. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s inner Northeast had its challenges, due to the crack epidemic and the growing gang violence, but Glori was able to push through her ridged childhood, of crime and gang affiliation to find her passion working with at risk youth.

With an educational background in criminal justice and psychology, through Portland Community College, she became an intern at the Beaverton Police Activities League and was later hired to work as a Youth Development Coordinator.  She took this opportunity to create life-enrichment programs to keep youth safe and off the streets.

 Glori was accredited for her public works in The Beaverton Valley Times and in The Beaverton Newsletter, for collaborating with the Beaverton School District to create a Meal Program and reaching out to the City Arborist to build a Garden for the youth to learn to grow their own food.

With the passion, she has for youth and the experience and knowledge to help build lasting relationships, Glori looks forward to helping The Office of Violence Prevention and other Community Based Programs to help reduce violence in the City of Portland.