Refugee Care Collective Team
Megan Tragethon, Founder & Executive Director
For over a decade, Megan has served refugee families resettled in Portland, OR. It was curiosity that first connected her with a refugee family of eleven from Central African Republic in 2009. She welcomed the family at the airport, unaware of how that moment would change the trajectory of her life. Through weekly visits over several years, Megan walked with this family and others as a friend, advocate, and guide, becoming familiar with the gaps in care for those fleeing war, persecution, and unrest. She was compelled to respond in a greater way.
In 2015, Megan founded Refugee Care Collective to meet the needs of the refugee community and to coordinate efforts for faith communities, businesses, and schools. Through her leadership, RCC programs have been nationally recognized as best practices, and partnerships with all local resettlement agencies have been established. Megan speaks to national audiences on resettlement and community partnerships, and hopes to revolutionize refugee care both in Portland and on a national level. She has long believed in the power of collective, the value of long-term presence, and the opportunity we all have to rebuild that which has been lost or broken. In her spare time, Megan enjoys getting dinner with her central African friends who sparked her heart ten years ago and inspired what is now, Refugee Care Collective.
Seth King, Programs Manager
Seth brings years of experience working in refugee resettlement to Refugee Care Collective. He’s responsible for connecting, training and walking alongside RCC volunteers entering into relationship with newcomers to Portland, and works closely with resettlement agency partners. Seth is passionate about understanding what the people we serve are experiencing, leaning in when it’s difficult, and our new neighbors receiving the tools and resources needed to transition well. In the years to come, it’s his dream that the people of Portland would be a shining example of what it looks like to welcome our global community’s most vulnerable into a place where a new start is really, truly possible.
Tacara Burson, Warehouse & Inventory Supervisor
Tacara leads monthly collection days and manages restart kit inventory. She is an advocate of focusing on the solution instead of being overwhelmed by the need. She values the individual, giving all that she can to each refugee family under RCC’s care. Tacara brings the heart to care for people and the brains to keep collection days organized and running smoothly. She believes that embracing refugees helps restore the balance in a world that needs more love and understanding, and less fear. Tacara is a gift to the RCC team and has been a committed team member for years.
While Refugee Care Collective was born with the support of many, Michael McDonald and Christopher Coffman are credited above all with recognizing the need, mobilizing community leaders, and providing the necessary backing. Michael McDonald was the Founder and previous Director of Hear The Cry, now working for The Bible Project. Christopher Coffman is the Associate Pastor of Outreach of River West Church. They are both passionate about being advocates for refugees through long-term, relational care.