Our People

Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to keep the day-to-day operations of the Devereux Center running. Here are some of the friendly faces you may see at the Center.

Paid & Volunteer Staff

Tara Johnson, Director

Much of Tara’s career has been in public relations and administrative work. She lived in the Coos Bay area in the early 1990s and returned in 2013 from the Northern California coast. During her time as the director, her compassion and understanding of the mentally ill and homeless communities has deepened. The challenges that our clients face are amazing and at times very overwhelming. Tara admires their tenacity and desire to live.

Mel Ross, Administrative Assistant

Mel supports our director with bookkeeping, client support, mail, donation acknowledgement and helping our clients get birth certificates and ID’s. She works on other projects as needed and is always busy helping wherever she can. Mel’s cheerful attitude and friendly personality makes her a favorite with staff and clients alike.


Laura Fitouri, Housing Case Manager

Laura is our case manager. She works one-on-one with clients to help them through the often arduous process of getting into permanent housing. From helping with identification replacement to assistance with completing applications, Laura has assisted numerous clients find and retain housing.  She also never hesitates to jump in and help out in other areas without even being asked.

Travis Patterson, Warming Center

Travis’s primary job is working the Warming Center. He checks in clients for the night and coordinates with other volunteers to insure that things run smoothly.

Chuck Coggin, Front desk

Chuck works the front desk, checking in clients and signing them up for daily services. In reality, he does so much more. Chuck handles client mail,  makes sure supplies are ready for the day and just about anything else that is asked of him.

Joel Johnson, Food Service Manager & Maintenance

Joel supervises the kitchen, planning and cooking meals and managing the volunteers in the kitchen. His handyman skills come to the rescue occasionally, too!

Board of Directors

The Devereux Center is overseen by a Board of Directors that meets monthly to discuss goals, plans and policy. Board members are not paid and serving on the board is purely voluntary.

Board Members

Jana Pickering

Bill Niese
Vice President
Attorney at Law

Marie Small
Coos Health and Wellness

Scott Cooper
Alternative Youth Activities 

John Richardson

Dr. James Martin

Board email address:  ndc.coosbay.board@gmail.com

If you are interested in being a part of the board or volunteering

please contact Tara Johnson at (541) 888-3202.