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.


Executive 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.

In her free time, Carly enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and community of friends. If she can do so while cooking (despite not following recipes), camping, or sampling hoppy beer Carly is happiest.


Stephanie Marson, Director of Programs


Stephanie joined the Project Access NOW (PANOW) team in 2015 as a C3 Community Assistance Program (C3CAP) Support Specialist. Over the years, she has held a variety of roles in the organization and has assisted with many of PANOWs efforts including C3CAP’s expansion. In 2021, Stephanie became the Director of Programs.

Originally from Florida, Stephanie started from humble beginnings. Her single mother worked multiple jobs trying to support her and her little brother, giving Stephanie a personal understanding of the struggles that poverty can create for families.

Stephanie received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. In 2010, Stephanie and her long-time partner took a road trip from British Columbia down into southern California. They fell in love with Portland and decided to move across the country. Since then, Stephanie has worked for several local not-for-profits with a focus on community, education, child advocacy, and health care.

During COVID, Stephanie learned to knit and has become smitten with all the knitted possibilities. When she is not knitting, she spends her time with her partner traveling, hiking, enjoying yummy food, and spending time with their friends and two cats and dog.



Dele Oyemaja, Director of Equity and Advocacy


Prior to joining Project Access NOW, Dele spent four and half years as a consultant on the DEI Team at Metro Regional Government where he also served as Co-Chair for Committee on Racial Equity (CORE). In this role, he advised Metro Council and staff on the implementation of the strategic plan to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion (SPAREDI). Alongside, Dele also worked for SEIU 503 Training Partnership as Stakeholder Relationship Liaison where he managed stakeholder relationship statewide on the implementation of SB 1534.

Dele also worked for WorkSource Portland Metro/SE Works in Workforce development, City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights, Multnomah County, IRCO, among others in prior employments.

Dele received his graduate degree in Public Administration and Policy and a double specialty in labor relations and criminal justice policy from Hartfield School of Government at Portland State University.

In his spare time, Dele enjoys spending time with his spouse and two children. He loves cooking, hiking, travelling, reading, knitting and also an avid gardener who doesn’t mind to get his hands dirty.



Greg Sutliff, Director of Finance and Operations


Prior to joining Project Access NOW, Greg spent five years at The Street Trust, a Portland-based nonprofit focused on active transportation, where they served as Finance and Operations Director and later, Co-Executive Director. Greg is passionate about racial and social justice and, in particular, working to identify the many ways in which an equity lens can inform financial and operational decisions within organizations.

Greg grew up in Orlando and spent time living in New York, Milwaukee, and Chicago, before landing in Portland in 2016. Greg enjoys cycling, cooking, hiking, and attempting to entertain their partner and two cats with their amateur piano playing.


Marilyn Hartzog, Director of Human Resources


Marilyn joined Project Access NOW after a long nonprofit career 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 Centro Cultural de Washington County. She was also an Encore Fellow with Social Venture Partners Portland. Her consulting work focused on organizational development, workforce development, human resources, board governance and fund development.

Prior to beginning her nonprofit career, Marilyn attended Laval University in Quebec City, Canada where her first career was in international hospitality and tourism marketing. She also served on the board of directors of the Quebec Convention and Tourism Bureau and taught English to French Canadians.

Marilyn became passionate about social justice and racial equity 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.



Senior Staff


Julie Chu – Project Manager

Sylvia Ní hIvers – Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Chelsie Kinney – Administrative Coordinator



Jennifer Gonnella – Classic Program Manager

Marisela Marquez – Classic Program Supervisor



Linzay Shirahama – Premium Assistance Program Manager



Katia Ariceaga – Outreach, Enrollment & Access Program Manager

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



Myrna Valdez – C3 Community Assistance Program Supervisor