Merrie-Chris was born and raised in Hawaii. She have an older sister and a younger brother. Both of her parents are from the Philippines and they moved to America to have a better life. She moved to Oregon in 2010 to attend school, attended Western Oregon University for two years and decided to transfer to Oregon State University because of more opportunities and diversity. She joined the Filipino club, Isang Bansang Pilipino (IBP) and became their Vice President. She was instrumental in bringing back a culture night because the Filipino club hadn’t planned an event for the past six years and resulted in being very successful.
Previously, she was an intern at Community Outreach, Inc. then became staff as a Social Service Assistant. Community Outreach is a service organization that serves families who are homeless, uninsured, and/or low income. She graduated in June 2015 with a BS in Human Development & Family Sciences (HDFS). During her free time she likes to go on hikes at the gorge, ride her longboard when the weather is nice, eat at different food carts, cook, go on random adventures and go snowboarding during the winter.
Merrie-Chris is an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Jade District and serves as the Jade District Coordinator. My role is to help increase economic development of the Jade District and develop programs that include connecting small businesses and provide culturally appropriate support to residents. She supports the Jade District Manager in connecting with developers, both private and community development corporations and works on the relationship between developers and funders to promote growth that will mitigate displacement.
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