by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: THERESA WEIL - Artist Theresa Weil selected Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages, as one of her models for her Because She Cares project, on display at the Oregon State Capitol.

Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon, has been selected as one of 24 female nonprofit leaders from across Oregon to be represented in Portland mixed media artist Theresa Weil’s Because She Cares project.

Weil’s portraits were displayed Tuesday at the State Capitol galleria lobby with opening remarks scheduled from Secretary of State Kate Brown.

Each of Weil’s 24 portraits is created using only cut paper. She began the Because She Cares project in 2011 as a way to honor a group of women who lead nonprofit organizations across Oregon and to inspire young women to become leaders.

“I am honored to have been selected by Theresa Weil for Because She Cares and to represent Youth Villages Oregon,” Saxton said. “I hope this project will inspire women to realize their potential and the difference they can make in the lives of others.”

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization that helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Saxton oversees the organization’s residential treatment program at the Christie Campus at Marylhurst, the Intercept intensive in-home services program, the Cedar Bough Native American Program and the Mosaic transitional living program for young adults aging out of foster care or state custody.

Prior to joining the private nonprofit organization, Saxton built a successful career in public affairs in the business sector, serving as chief of consumer protection and information for the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, as well as public affairs manager for Portland General Electric Company. She has served on the boards of directors of the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable. She has also served as chair of the Metropolitan Family Services board and is a member of Oregon’s Early Learning Council, the International Women’s Forum and the Willamette University board of trustees.

Barbara Attridge, Dress for Success Oregon, is a Lake Oswego resident who was selected for the Because She Cares project. Attridge was featured on our Neighbors page Feb. 20. Additionally, Paula Kinney of Park Academy, which is transitioning from Marylhurst to Lake Oswego, also was chosen.

Other leaders selected for the project include: Denise Baxter, Ashland Art Center; Karen Shawcross, Bienestar; Trisha Snell, Caldera; Nicole Hall, Camp To Belong; Andrea K. Mace, Cannon Beach Arts Association; Regina Ellis, Children’s Cancer Association; Swati Adarkar, Children’s Institute; Sheila Greenlaw Fink, Community Partners for Affordable Housing; Cheryl Bickle, Community Transitional School; Donna Schuurnman, The Dougy Center; Debra Lippoldt, Growing Gardens; Susan Stoltenberg, Impact NW; Marian Fenimore, Jewish Family & Child Service; Joan Smith, Meals on Wheels People, Loaves and Fishes centers; Angela Jarvis-Holland, Northwest Down Syndrome Association; Kathy Oliver, Outside In; Beth Burns, p:ear; Kristin Watkins, Portland Community College Foundation; Teri Lorenzen, Raphael House; Monica Beemer, Sisters of the Road; and Kathleen George, Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

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