Project Access NOW Staff

The heart of any organization is its staff. These are the people who take the vision and mission of the organization and make it real.

Leadership Team

Carly Hood-Ronick – Executive Director

Carly Hood-Ronick is the Executive Director at Project Access NOW. Over the past decade, she has worked at the intersection of policy and public health in multiple states and countries to develop innovative upstream programs, establish measurable, community-driven priorities, and publish best practices in financing social care efforts. Through participation and leadership on a variety of state-level and national Boards and committees, Carly is called upon as a leader in systems-level equity efforts, including past Co-Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board’s Health Equity Committee, supporting Medicaid metric and measurement development with regard to upstream investments, and advising on community and social health data sharing efforts. Prior to joining PANOW, Carly led strategy and implementation of social determinants of health and Medicaid engagement efforts alongside community health centers across Oregon, as a Director at the Oregon Primary Care Association.

She received her Master of Public Affairs in Social Policy from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs and her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Janet Hamilton – Deputy Director

At Project Access NOW, Janet combines removing barriers for our awesome staff and volunteers to effectively serve our clients with finding new opportunities to make those services as comprehensive as possible. She is passionate about winning the War on Poverty, which by the way, has not yet been won.

A recovering Californian, Janet fell in love with the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s when she traveled here regularly for her work as a healthcare information systems consultant, a profession she has yet to fully shed despite various career forays as a coffee shop/specialty grocery store-owner, organizational development consultant, mediator, and even one day of law school.

When not at work, you can find Janet coaxing her tomato plants through the spring gloom, overspending at a farmers market, or paddling on one of Portland’s fabulous waterways.

Marilyn Hartzog – Director of Human Resources

Marilyn joined Project Access NOW after having served as an executive director, a senior manager, and an organizational development consultant for nonprofits in California and Oregon.

After semi-retiring in 2014, Marilyn joined the board of directors of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and served as an Encore Fellow with Social Venture Partners Portland. She worked on workforce development, human resources, board governance and fund development projects.

Prior to beginning her nonprofit career, Marilyn attended Laval University and worked in international hospitality and tourism marketing in Quebec City, Canada. She served on the board of directors of the Quebec Convention and Tourism Bureau, taught English to French Canadians, and tourism marketing seminars through a program offered by the Tourism Ministry of the Province of Quebec.

A native of Tennessee who grew up in Chicago, lived in Canada and Berlin, Germany, sailed from California to the Caribbean, Marilyn became passionate about social justice and racial equality upon her return to the United States. She is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in our human resources and program work at PANOW.

Marilyn and her husband Ernie are avid golfers. They spend their leisure time playing golf, and writing about the African American experience, sailing exploits, and cooking. They support tennis, STEAM and robotics after-school programs for primarily underserved African American and Latinx youth.


Senior Staff


Julie Chu – Project Manager

Sylvia Ní hIvers – Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Chelsie Kinney – Executive Assistant


Stephanie Marson – Program Reporting Manager

Myrna Valdez – C3 Community Assistance Program Supervisor


Jennifer Gonnella – Classic Program Manager

Marisela Marquez – Classic Program Supervisor


Katia Ariceaga – Outreach, Enrollment & Access Program Manager

Ellie Solares-Solis – Outreach, Enrollment & Access Program Manager


Linzay Shirahama – Premium Assistance Program Manager