Chief Executive Officer

Wilbert Warren

Chief Executive Officer:
Background
Wilbert (Will) Warren a native of Portland Oregon is the Founder and Executive Director of Hooked Inc. Will’s passion for fishing and the appreciation of the great outdoors began during his childhood years of fishing with his father. Wil has a strong passion for teaching, coaching and developing individuals to believe in themselves so they can reach their full potential.

Education:
Wil is a graduate of Grant High School in the class of 1973. He graduated from the Western Oregon University in 1988 with a BA in Social Science and Secondary Education. In 1998 he attended Warner Pacific College where he earned a Master’s Degree in Religion in 2002; specializing in Pastoral Care Counseling.

Employment:
Wil has been employed with the Oregon Department Human Services for 28 years. Wil utilizes his education, background, experience and mostly his passion in supporting individuals to achieve their goals. Additionally, Wil has served bi-vocationally in ministry as Pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the NE Portland area. Warren’s philosophy was working to build relationships, partnerships, education and understanding in communities through biblical faith-based approaches.
I’m Hooked is dedicated to making a reel difference in the lives of children by promoting positive youth development.

President

Donna Leslie

Why Do You Volunteer With I'm Hooked?

 I am passionate about serving youth, families, and communities in the Portland Metro, and surrounding areas by volunteering my time at I'm Hooked events that enhance positive youth development and outdoor experiences.  I want to be involved because I truly believe in actively participating in outdoor educational events that create fun, life-long memories and opportunities that may not otherwise be available to youth living in large cities.

 I have participated in the Hagg Lake Free Fish Day event for about 16 or 17 years. I am absolutely committed to keeping this annual event, as well as other I'm Hooked events continuing into the future. 

What Background Do You Bring to I'm Hooked, Inc.

I am an Oregon native growing up in Northeast Portland. I graduated from Grant High School in 1984, and attended the University of Oregon where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from in 1988. I currently work for Portland Parks & Recreation where I have been since 2000.

 
I just love to be outdoors. Whether its biking, hiking, sailing, or just exploring, I am always game for a new adventure. My board photo was taken while exploring the  top of Independence Pass outside of Aspen, Colorado.

Board Secretary

Elisa Colter

I am passionate and enjoy volunteering with I'm Hooked because it is pure enjoyment, provides a sense of purpose, connects youth and their families, and strengthens relationships in the community. Even helping with the smallest task can make a real difference in the lives of people. Young people gain from an experience when they are actively involved. I'm Hooked is effective in building young people's skills. Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a real difference and how good it feels to help other people and enact change.

Board Treasurer

 Myha Duong

Myha Duong is a Vietnamese American and has lived in Portland Oregon since 2002.  She is an accountant for Financial Service of DHS of Oregon State. She graduated from Portland State University in Oregon and after that she got a job in DHS.   

Myha is married with Dr. Shelton Fu, who is a professor in Portland Community College, he supports and encourages for Myha to participate other activities in community and Church.  Myha also has a little boy, Gabriel Fu, who is 6 years old. He is in kindergarten at Holy Trinity School.

Her bi-cultural background strengthens her skills to help her to focus on community, and it is also led her to become involved with a number of volunteer opportunities community in I'm Hooked and Church as well.

Now, Myha is helping in I'm Hooked as Treasury and she contributes all her free time and skills in accounting for I'm Hooked.   She hopes that I'm Hooked brings more fun for kids and communities in Portland.

Executive Board Advisor:

Bill Rau

In 2011 I became interested in this program. While fishing is their initial introduction for young people, it is their overall youth development that has got me hooked. It gives our young people a chance to look at other wholesome activities they can become involved with.