Person Centered Tech’s Team
Roy was an independent web developer for many years before making the transition to a therapy private practice. He quickly found that the mental health profession needed expert guidance on technology topics. Roy founded Person-Centered Tech (PCT) in 2010 after helping answer a colleague’s questions about legal and ethical use of email. His research to answer that first question exposed him to the industry’s difficulties applying the HIPAA-mandated risk assessment perspective to issues of technology
Since 2010, Roy has continuously worked to expand his understanding of his colleagues’ needs and stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving digital world. He’s also found the time to teach ethics at Portland State University, serve on the board of the Oregon Counseling Association and the Zur Institute Advisory Committee, consult with counselor licensing boards and individual therapists on issues relating to technology in therapy practice, and contribute to a number of publications.
At PCT the team highly enjoys interacting with Roy’s unique mix of geek, educator, Japanophile and counselor. So much so that we are going to begin documenting the extra nerdy quotes of the week on our Facebook page.
(Yes! Skye is telling Roy to get back to work!)
Brian spent fifteen years as a software engineer, earning an MBA and helping Roy here and there with PCT along the way. In 2015 Brian left the software industry, became a new father, and dedicated the time remaining after baby care to PCT. He takes care of taxes and accounting, contributes his own technology perspective, tries to get Roy to take some breaks, and even writes some software from time to time.
Brian really loves to talk about VPNs and remote access.
Liath is our reference librarian, deputy director and human educational compass. Liath is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies. She began her academic career at Reed College and continued her graduate work at the University of Cape Town. Liath is the President of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, co-convener of the Beloved Community of Oregon, and formerly worked for the Harvard Pluralism Project.
Through her combination of experience evaluating products for their utility and security in regards to how they can meet risk management needs and providing guidance to members around what product options will best meet their specific practice needs, Liath has an intimate knowledge of both what the practice tech needs are for mental health professionals and what it takes for a product to meet those needs.
If Amazon knew how great Liath was, they would replace Alexa. Liath will home in on your personal needs and help provide you with a customized support plan in your orientation.
Liath – that is like Goliath – without the Go.
Person centered tech relies on Liz for a little bit of everything …..(More like a lot of many things!) Liz is a Midwesterner at heart. Hailing from Chicago, Liz moved out to Portland in May of 2013 to complete the internship portion of her Masters of Social Work degree from the University the of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Liz’s studies concentrated in advocacy, leadership, and social change; macro level social work. This focus had lead her to work in fields such as geriatrics, preventative healthcare, domestic violence, and human rights policy reform.
Liz works within her local activist community continually absorbing best method policy reform informed by the communities it effects the most.
In her free time Liz likes to paint watercolors, admire street art, quote “The Office,” weight train, spend time with her foster brothers and sisters, find the best hip hop tracks and shows, and dismantle antiquated systems that limit human growth and change.
Kelly Arthur, MA, MS, NCC, LPC & LMFT Intern, CADC I is a therapist in private practice in Portland. She moonlights as Person Centered Tech’s instructional designer, drawing from a skill base that hearkens back to her former life in corporate America.
Kelly is a militant English major (pro-Oxford comma, of course!), a native Oregonian, an avid board game player, and a great lover of the human experience.
Aaron Good, MS, CRC, LPC Intern is a counselor in private practice, focusing on career, purpose, and identity. Aaron originally hails from Evanston, Illinois but has been settled in Portland for more than two decades.
When he’s not seeing clients he channels his 20+ years working in Information Technology into his work for Person-Centered Tech, consults on marketing and advertising for counselors, and builds houses for immigrant and refugee families. In addition Aaron enjoys, biking, playing music, construction, welding, forestry, and chickens!
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Nicole has her MBA in healthcare and has her Six Sigma consulting certificate. Originally from Pennsylvania, she obtained her English Degree from Penn State. She very much enjoys solutions: small ones, big ones, and easy ones, and complicated ones. She believes Post-Its and spread sheets can help fix the world.
Nicole spends her free time tinkering for solutions that will help those who care for others health and well being. She does find some time to watch “The Office,” knit, go to Blazer games, and walk her pup. Nicole has recently served as the data coordinator and fundraising manager for CorePaws, a site dedicated to placing special need animals.
Hawa is a successful sophomore in high school. She is the first ever intern at Person Centered Tech for the Summer of 2018! Hawa aspires to graduate high school with scholarships, attend Lewis and Clark, and eventually become a self-sufficient dermatologist, all within about 15 years!
In her free time Hawa enjoys playing volleyball, reading corny sci-fi novels, and hiking.
Skye when she is not telling Roy to get to work!
Winnie making friends at the office.