Board of Directors

Bethany Bacci – Vice-President

Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP

Bethany specializes in Employee Benefits law at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland and has experience serving on non-profit boards. She believes in the critical importance of mental health and is passionate about enabling access to services and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Bethany enjoys spending time with her dogs, family and friends.

Sr. Sarah Deeby, OSM, LPC – Co-Founder

Counselor, The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center

Sister Sarah sits on the Board of NCC as a member of the Center’s sponsoring group Servants of Mary. As one of the Center’s founders she has been a vital part of the administration of the Center along with serving as a counselor. She brings her experience as an educator and counselor along with great passion for the mission of the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center and the people with whom she works.

Sharon Johnson

Retired Development Director

Sharon brings more than 20 years development and fundraising experience to the NCC Board, including work with All Classical Public Media, the Portland Art Museum, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the Friends of Washington Park Zoo.

Michelle Meyer

Executive Director, Maybelle Center for Community

Michelle has a passion for facilitating connections among and between people and the causes they care about. For more than twenty years she has worked as a dedicated fundraiser at a variety of non-profits. In addition to fundraising, she has experience working with non-profit boards, organizational management, and strategic planning – she loves supporting The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center as a volunteer board member. In her free time, you can find Michelle with her husband and sons cooking, engrossed in soccer, traveling, or on a hike.

Rick Murie – Treasurer

Realtor, Realty Pro

Rick is a native of Portland and life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest. He currently lives in Vancouver, Washington. Rick and his children are former clients of the Center. His friendship with Center staff and support of its work has continued in the years since.

Rick is a residential real estate broker practicing in the Portland Metropolitan Area including Southwest Washington. His prior work experience includes eight-years as a field auditor and audit supervisor for the Washington State Auditor’s Office and 30-years in financial and cost accounting management for private corporations in technology and alternative energy.


Amy Nist, LCSW – Past President

Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Services, Providence Health System

Amy is the Manager of Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Services for Providence Health and Services. She has over 20 years of experience in social services, serving the poor and vulnerable of our community, in domestic violence, addiction, criminal justice, mental health, and education.

Nancie Potter, JD, LMFT – President

Retired Lawyer and Therapist

After a long career as a lawyer, Nancie Potter shifted gears to become a mental health care provider. She joined NCC as a clinical intern and stayed on as a therapist after she received her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Now retired from clinical practice, she continues to volunteer at NCC, providing workshops and teaching marriage preparation classes. Nancie and her husband Carl have six children and five grandchildren. She is passionate about mental health issues and social justice, and she enjoys reading, listening to music, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Julie Rowland, PhD – Past President

Retired Professor, Concordia University

Julie has been teaching mathematics at Concordia since 1979. She’s also coached volleyball and softball, served as Athletic Director, Director of Resident Living and advisors to many groups, including the Hawaii club. She travels annually to New Orleans with a group of students over Spring Break to do community service. Along with her work at Concordia, Julie is a Lay Associate of the Servite Sisters and loves to spend time with her many nieces and nephews.

Ken Willett – Secretary

Retired CEO, Ignis Systems Corporation

Ken has been an entrepreneur and technologist in Portland since his cofounding of Mentor Graphics Corporation in 1981. He has managed software development for numerous businesses, most recently in Healthcare Information Technology. He founded Ignis Systems Corporation, a Healthcare IT company, in 2000, selling the business to Liaison Technologies in 2013. He is currently an investor and advisor to the Oregon Angel Fund, a local venture capital firm.

Ken’s wife Debby is a nurse volunteer at NCC. They live in Northeast Portland with their labradoodle Annabelle. They enjoy traveling and spending time at the beach and the mountains.


Erin Peters

Executive Director, The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center

Before joining NCC as Executive Director, Erin spent 15 years at SOLV, developing community environmental programs and engaging thousands of volunteers around Oregon. Her background also includes news production at KGW-TV in Portland, teaching high school English in Kisii, Kenya and serving as Special Advisor on Community Environmental Projects to the Kingdom of Bhutan.