William Temple House Staff

Staff Leadership

The Rev. Dcn. Marianne Allison

Chaplain – Coordinator of Spiritual Care




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I come to William Temple House as a recent graduate in theology from Virginia Theological Seminary and recipient of a Masters in Divinity from George Fox Seminary. I interned as a chaplain at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. When I am not at WTH, I work part-time at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Portland as an ordained deacon and youth director. My past work was in business, in communications and social innovation.

Dr. Susan Bettis

Director of Training and Clinical Services

503.226.3021 ext. 220


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Dr. Bettis has spearheaded the growth of the Mental Health Counseling Department. She established William Temple House’s Internship Program as a site for graduate level interns to complete their state required hours of counseling for licensure.

Today, the Internship Program offers 10-12 graduate-level interns an exclusive opportunity to receive excellent supervision, career independence, weekly training and continuing education.

Cliff Johnson, CVA

Volunteer Manager & HR Associate

503.226.3021 ext. 235


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Cliff Johnson has been with William Temple House since 2009, working in Development and Volunteer Services. He has over 15 years of non-profit experience, highlighted by a breadth of skills in volunteer management and community outreach.

Cliff has past work experience as a Program Manager, Development Director, Recruiter & Trainer, and Regional Field Coordinator. He is a Certified Volunteer Administrator and has a BA in Communications from Xavier University.

He spends his free time camping, biking, and enjoying all that Oregon has to offer.

Judi McCubbins

Director of the William Temple House Thrift Store



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Judi McCubbins joined William Temple House as the Thrift Store Director in 2001. She arrived with 21 years of retail experience which included store management, buying, merchandising, sales forecasting and stock analysis with major department stores.

Judi received a Bachelor of Arts in Business, Clothing and Textiles from Oregon State University, and is an avid gardener, hand weaver, and a master recycler

Brie Richards

Development Coordinator



More about Brie

Brie Richards grew up in the small mountain town of McCall, Idaho, and is a 2012 graduate of Concordia University – Portland, where she earned her BA in English and a minor in business.

After graduation, she went on to learn that she loves fundraising and development, and has worked for the Concordia University Annual Fund, the Duke University Office of Development and Donor Relations, and joined the William Temple House team as the Development Coordinator in April 2016.

In Brie’s free time, she loves to read, write, and spend time hiking and camping.

Stephen Ristau

Stephen Ristau

Executive Director



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Stephen Ristau has dedicated his work to personal and social renewal during 35 years as an executive, senior manager, consultant, trainer, and clinician in the service sector. He has worked in nonprofit, government and corporate environments, including serving as executive of four family-serving nonprofits.

He values collaborative approaches in building innovative and effective solutions to the community’s most pressing social problems.

Stephen eagerly joins the William Temple House community committed to enrich its legacy of serving and empowering those with the least among us.


Pamela Stringer

Director of Finance & Operations

503.226.3021 ext. 203


More about Pamela

Pamela Stringer joined the staff of William Temple House in 2011. She has an MBA in Accounting and was a CPA in Texas for 20 years. Her work experience includes 15 years as an accounting instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington, tax preparation with several CPA firms in Texas, and acting as fiscal manager and grant writer for several nonprofit organizations since moving to Portland. She has a consulting business, specializing in QuickBooks set-up and training.

In addition, Pamela co-founded and was managing director of New Moon Productions Theater Company. She has many acting credits in Texas and Oregon, including Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables, and Glinda the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz. Pamela has written several plays and a mystery novel, Death in the Debit Column.