Omega Espresso Bar is governed by a dedicated group of volunteer Board of Directors. We would not exist without the vision, passion, and skills each person brings to this team.
Janna has been rescued from a lifestyle of addictions, and has overcome the scars of abuse. Janna not only has the credentials, with 18 years of retail management including five years at Starbucks but also a love for people. Her desire to lead women to the hope she has found has driven her to start Omega espresso bar. Read her story.
Over the past 30 years, I have been a franchise owner, a volunteer in youth ministry, a business owner, and the co-owner of a small business. In the last six years, I have been working for a large world-wide retail coffee corporation.
This body of work has taught me so much. Customers needs, their expectations, what it is like to work shoulder to shoulder with others from all types of backgrounds and life experiences, just to name a few. Learning the ropes at an espresso machine and cash handling skills was new and daunting at one time. I understand what being “new” feels like. And I understand the feeling of accomplishment after tackling a difficult task. My biggest fulfillment in my work comes when I have success in what is accomplished. It is a task I can check off and feel good about.
The ministry of working with high school students put to test any of my lurking leadership skills. There is nothing like hiding glow-sticks at midnight in the snow and trying to show a positive attitude to others when you are exhausted! Yet the pleasure of building relationships in these experiences is a key foundation to my future at Omega Espresso Bar. I find great joy in being involved in women's lives. It’s a pretty cool thing when I see a positive change in myself because of the relationship I have with others.
I have much to learn as we move ahead with OEB. And I am excited to see these women's faces as they too learn through being “new.” While credentials can look important on paper, providing hope is the real value.
With 15+ years of ministry service and work as a deputy with the police department in Lake Oswego, Oregon USA both on his resumé, Rod also has a background in small business that he brings to bear in helping Omega Espresso Bar establish itself for long-term viability.
Over the years Anna has worked and volunteered with many groups and boards. She is passionate about using her organizational skills and love of numbers to help others succeed. Supporting family and friends is one of her greatest joys in life.
Anna works full time for a family-owned manufacturing company. She also works in office management and bookkeeping roles for her family’s own small business. She enjoys serving in her local church too.
In her free time you can find Anna researching family ancestry, snuggling with a kitty, and reading a good book.
Chuck has served on the board of a private Christian school and as an elder on a church board. With three decades of retail and integrated supply chain management including 20 years with Nike, Chuck now works as an independent consultant specializing in business processes for companies based in Asia, Australia, and the USA.
Through her years of experience in mentorship and serving on the ministry board at her church, Julie has felt her heart become shaped uniquely toward loving and helping women in times of need. During the day, you will find her at North Clackamas Christian School, where she works to bring order to even the tiniest of administrative details. In her personal time, Julie enjoys rowing, photography, and coffee with friends old and new.
I have always felt torn between two worlds: the non-profit world and the world of coffee. With my years of experience working with the differently-abled population and being a barista, I finally have an opportunity to marry the two together.
It’s funny how the Lord brought such opposite interests of mine together, and how He connected me with Janna. We first met as I signed up to be her dog-sitter. One day at her home, I saw a business card with her name on it and “Omega Espresso Bar” written above it. I could hardly contain myself and knew I had to talk to her about it.
After hearing how she wants to help hurting women through Omega Espresso Bar, I was beyond ecstatic when she said I could help as volunteer coordinator! I thank the Lord for this opportunity and am so happy to be a part of this journey!