About DAS

Walter Bailey

FOUNDER AND CEO
DYNAMIC ATHLETE SOLUTIONS

After winning two Rosebowls and a tie for a third, Walter found himself in freefall from the top of his football career, crash landing into homelessness and unmanaged addictions. After conquering all the mental health challenges that led him to his rock bottom, Walter has made it his life’s purpose to help athletes and their support networks find the resources to navigate the many barriers they face managing mental wellness.

Steering committee

Shane Pahukoa
B.A. Individual Studies

Shane received his bachelor’s degree and played football at the University of Washington from 1989-1992. He was one of three true freshmen in his class to earn playing time. While there, the team was 39-9. He started 29 games at free safety and was part of a defense considered among the best in PAC 10 history. Shane is one of the most valuable defensive players in Husky history. He was a three year starter and a four-year letterman for UW from 1989 to 1992 and a team captain. He won 3 PAC-10 Championships and 1 National Championship. Named to the 1st Team All-Pac 10 Academic team in 1990. He was also selected 2nd Team All-Pac-10 free safety in 1991 and 1992.

As a senior, his teammates voted him defensive co-captain. He helped lead the Huskies to a 9-3 record and a 3rd straight Rose Bowl (lost to Michigan, 38-31). He wore a cast all season due to a broken hand but was still 4th on the team with 58 tackles. After UW, he signed with the New Orleans Saints and played three years as a special teams starter and an occasional starter at free safety. His biggest game was against the New England Patriots and Drew Bledsoe, former Washington State QB, making 10 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Kia Bright
MS, CAHIMS

Kia is an overcomer who grew up in a small community with few options and resources. She went on to achieve a Bachelor’s in Communication and Master’s in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Central Florida (UCF). During her time at UCF she broke records as a stand-out elite Division 1 athlete.  
Upon completion of her last degree, Kia went on to continue her Volleyball career professionally. As a professional Volleyball player abroad, she had a successful career in Finland and the Philippines carrying the team responsibilities of lead scorer. Kia used her platform as an international professional athlete to reach and inspire others around the globe. Since retiring, Kia seeks ways to make a lasting impact far beyond the athletic court. She has faced many challenges along the way, but never let opposition limit her. She is a bold voice who advocates for starting those challenging conversations to enhance clarity and comprehension. Kia is a maverick with an agenda to transform her personal obstacles and experiences into learning tools. Her versatile skill set, and raw experiences equip her to lead and guide others.

Andre Pruitt
PhD MSW LCSW

Andre Pruitt began his doctoral studies at Portland State in 2014. Andre’s current research focuses on investigating memory loss among African American elders in the community. A 20+ year social work professional and long-­time advocate, Andre has also worked on statewide equal rights initiatives for gay men of color, as well as around issues concerning sexual minority youth, equity in employment, and the expansion of educational opportunities for African Americans. He has served on several community boards and task forces in the Portland metro area. “Doing research in an urban environment like Portland supports my research goals perfectly,” Andre says. “And being guided by the diverse expertise of Portland State’s School of Social Work faculty, I know I’m getting a rich and rigorous doctoral degree.”

Tori Hatter-Smith
CADC-II, QMHP

Tori Hatter-Smith is a down to earth, fun, loving, and charismatic person. She is multi-purpose from wife, mother, minister, counselor, businesswomen and author. Daily Tori provide practical strategies and life skills to her clients, while ministering to individuals called to her purpose.  She effortlessly balances motherhood and wifely duties by utilizing teamwork, Godly instruction, and creativity. Tori has a plethora of experience working in different human service modalities such as HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, and Addiction. Through her education and training Tori has helped many overcome various challenges in life. As an addiction therapist she has learned that the disease of addiction effects not just the nucleus of the person but all of those around them. Tori is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and currently resides in Hillsboro, Oregan. Tori holds a holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern University & A.M.College in speech pathology & audiology and a master’s degree in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling from Capella University. Tori is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, CADC-II, QMHP, and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor. Tori is also a license ordained ministry, life coach, and mentor. Tori enjoys having lunch with her friends, self-care, studying the word of God and traveling. Tori believes that all people, if given a chance within a supportive environment, can change and move successfully towards a healthier lifestyle. 

Andy Mendenhall
MD

Dr. Mendenhall has practiced addiction medicine for nearly 20 years. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Central City Concern in Portland, OR, a leading nonprofit providing housing, health and employment assistance.

Previously, Dr. Mendenhall worked at Providence Health Systems for over 5 years.

Dr. Mendenhall also formerly managed 24 outpatient treatment practices providing medication treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders as a regional medical director, overseeing clinical operations in MA, PA, CT and several other states.

Prior to this role, Dr. Mendenhall co-founded an innovative outpatient integrated treatment program for opioid use disorder, HealthWorks NW, which was acquired by Hazelden Betty Ford.

Dr. Mendenhall supervises complex medical detoxification, and provides multidisciplinary, integrative pain management consultation. He is a passionate clinical and community educator, thought leader and entrepreneur.

Elizabeth Hill
BA Education

Elizabeth Hill graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in education. She has worked directly in public education as well as in health and medical advocacy for families and individuals with special needs. Elizabeth is passionate and regularly gives her time and skills to further advance public education in her community. She also is a freelance writer featured in national and local print and online publications. 
Elizabeth enjoys encouraging and connecting with others through the written and spoken word as well as design. She finds great purpose in connecting, encouraging, as well as assisting many to access and develop their divine and innate potential. 
She has lived in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Iowa, and currently resides in beautiful Montana with her husband and four children. 

Bryan E. Martin
MD

Dr. Bryan Martin is a medical oncologist and internal medicine physician who focuses on building relationships with his patients that allow them to become active participants in their care.

“My primary goal is to help patients improve their quality of life,” he says.

A man of faith who feels called by God to be a physician, Dr. Martin is also motivated by the people who surround him. “I am inspired by the patients and amazing staff that help me in my daily work.”

He often tells his patients to be unafraid to be their own advocates when it comes to healthcare. “Demand understanding of your condition and options,” he encourages.

In his spare time, Dr. Martin enjoys remodeling houses.

Mauricio
Valadrian

Born and raised in Colombia, Mauricio has been working in the United States as a filmmaker and media creative for over two decades, much of which was spent in broadcast television, developing communications strategy for underrepresented communities, and most recently as DEI Consultant. He works with national and international organizations in both the private and governmental sectors trying to find relevance and impact in an increasingly multicultural landscape. He is the founder of Valadrian Creative & Consulting, a firm specialized in DEI communications, and is a fierce advocate for Outdoor Equity. Currently he serves as board chair for Hike it Baby, a national Nonprofit with over 360 chapters across the  U.S. helping families with young children from all backgrounds to build community across difference on trail. He also serves as vice-chair for The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee.

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