Toc Soneoulay–Gillespie

by Jasmine Phiri

April 27, 2020

Social Services Manager,

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie has over 20 years of experience working with and advocating for refugees and immigrants. As a 1.5 generation refugee, she brings a unique perspective for understanding the strengths and complexities of this community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Sociology from Eastern Oregon University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As an interpreter, consultant, trainer, and community organizer, she believes strongly in raising awareness about meaningful language access and when introduced with humility, can reshape the narratives of historically under-served limited English proficient communities and ultimately transform systems. Ms. Soneoulay-Gillespie serves as a commissioner on the Governor’s Advocacy Commission, Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and is a member of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council. In her current role as the Social Services Manager at CareOregon, she continues to be a fierce advocate, promoting health equity across the healthcare network.

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