Gary Davis has been associated with Nightwatch since he moved to Oregon in 1986, serving as one of Nightwatch’s original volunteer street ministers. Back then, he was serving his calling as a parish pastor in the United Church of Christ. After serving parishes for 29 years, he retired in 2005, took a hiatus in the wilderness of the Washington Cascades for 15 months, and upon returning to Portland was hired by Nightwatch as Executive Director. He’s seen enough of life to be very forgiving of human foibles–mostly because he possesses enough of them himself.
Mikaila Smith serves as Assistant Director. A student in social work at Portland State University, Mikaila holds primary responsibility for overseeing and coordinating our outreach outside downtown. That includes our work with the Mobile Hospitality Center and our SE Hospitality Center, as well as networking with those in other parts of the metro area, exploring possibilities for extending Nightwatch's work elsewhere. She also assists and fundraising and other support activities.
Downtown Program Coordinator
Christina Ruggiano grew up in Syracuse New York and obtained her bachelors in psychology from a Jesuit college, Le Moyne College. She moved to the west coast due to her love of Portland and the beautiful nature escapes. Christina lives a lifestyle active in service as her mission is to help others thru acts of kindness and compassion.
Health Care Coordinator
Kristen Murray EMT serves as our Health Care Coordinator. Kristen's background is on EMS. She was a firefighter EMT as well as an instructor for EMS. She has been teaching CPR for healthcare providers and CPR/ First Aid classes for over 25 years. Her love for Operation Nightwatch started two years ago when she began volunteering. She says, “I love being here and seeing all the expressions of goodness and kindness. This is home.”
Mental Health Specialist
Kolin Busby serves as the Mental Health Services Coordinator for the Downtown Hospitality Center. Kolin recieved his MSW from Portland State University in 2011, and enjoys working with diverse populations as a peer social worker. Born and raised in Portland Oregon, he loves reading, hiking, and hanging out with his mischevious feline friends in his garden.