Little Hands Can Team
Little Hands Can is an organization made up of passionate volunteers wanting to make a difference.
our team believes that by encouraging kindness and helpfulness early on, we can lay the foundation for a future generation who is more thoughtful, inclusive and altruistic.
Ashley Bohanan, Executive Director
Ashley is a mom of two sweet and busy boys, ages 6 and 4. A Speech/Language Pathologist by trade, she is passionate about helping those in need and making positive changes in people’s lives.
One day, she was talking to her oldest son (then 4) about children who live without the security of regular meals, toys, clothing, and even homes. Immediately, he started gathering toys, clothes, and books and piling them into a box to give to "other boys who need them." This kind gesture by someone so small made Ashley recognize children’s innate helpfulness. It further drove her desire to find opportunities for her sons to continue to take pride, make a difference, and feel ingrained in their community by helping others. That was when she found Little Hands Can, and it has been, in a word, life-changing!
Ashley hopes to bring her passion for giving back to Little Hands Can in a way that will teach our children the importance of kindness, empathy, and gratitude and to create programming that produces compassionate leaders. Little Hands Can make the world a better place!
In her spare time, Ashley loves to run, read, be outside as much as possible, and spend quality time with friends and family.
Rachel Henderson, Managing director
Rachel began volunteering for Little Hands Can as a way to introduce community outreach to her two daughters (then 1 and 6). Service to others has always been a passion of hers and one she wants to share and pass on to her children.
Rachel’s educational background includes a master’s degree in social work (MSW) with a concentration in mental health. She has worked in the public and private schools as a school counselor, school social worker and consultant. Rachel is excited to take on this new role and is looking forward to merging her professional training with her wish to empower her daughters to give back.
Rachel’s hobbies include getting crafty and creative with any medium that comes her way. She loves cooking, music, traveling and getting out with her family to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Oregon has to offer.
Edon Davenport, Development Director
Edon volunteers with Little Hands Can as the Development Director. She has professional fundraising experience working with non-profits in the Chicago area, with an emphasis in grant writing and special events. Edon holds a masters degree in Human Relations and Business and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
In her spare time, Edon enjoys yoga, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and children. Edon says that the best part of working with Little Hands Can is watching her children find joy in serving others.
Miriam Clark, Founder | City Stewards Director
Miriam is one of the founders of Little Hands Can. She came up with the idea for Little Hands Can as a way of teaching her inquisitive girls about social issues through hands on service. She sees the need for children in the community to learn about the world around them and that as small as their hands may be, they can make a difference.
Miriam stepped down from her position as Executive Director in 2018 in order to start a PhD program at the University of Oregon. She still oversees community events.
Miriam enjoys running, swimming, hiking and, most importantly, spending time with her husband and two girls.
Sheena Lapratt, city Stewards co-director | social media
Sheena came to Little Hands Can because it is a cause that she believes in. She believes small acts matter and strives to teach her kids that they can make a difference now. She believes volunteering in the community empowers her kids to get outside of themselves and combat selfishness.
Sheena has worked with children in various capacities including teaching children’s yoga, teaching church classes, and volunteering as a scout leader.
Sheena currently homeschools her five children and is finishing her Bachelor’s degree. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s in Education. In her free time, she enjoys baking, exploring the outdoors, traveling, creating, photography and fitness.
Jenny Milliron, President | BOard of Directors
Jenny Milliron holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. She is currently taking a break from practicing law while raising her three children but does legal research and drafting on the side.
When Jenny and her husband Chris first became parents, they found it difficult to incorporate community service into their family life. Little Hands Can’s mission of inspiring and empowering children to better their communities by connecting them with local service opportunities is exactly what they were hoping to find for their family.
Little Hands Can is a wonderful resource for the community of Eugene, and Jenny is grateful to be serving as a board member.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys traveling -especially to visit her siblings and nieces and nephews.
Zach Zipay, Secretary | BOard of Directors
Zach is a native of the midwest (Ohio) and recently moved to Eugene in 2018 with his wife and three year old son, George. Zach is a Sales Director at a technology firm (QLess) based out of Los Angeles. QLess, Inc's mission is to eliminate lines throughout the world by using mobile queuing technology such as Apps/text and web remote join. With more than 10 years experience in the field of government sales, Zach works closely with government agencies – such as cities, counties and state governments – to oversee the deployment and management of SaaS solutions in the government environment. Zach earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the Ohio University and his MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He enjoys hiking, camping, running, yoga and live sporting events as well as traveling to experience new cultures and people around the world.
Jessica Clark, TREASURER | BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jessica is the financial wizard of Little Hands Can. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Accounting and is a licensed CPA in the state of Oregon. She is the President of FiscalWorks, which allows her to bring her technical financial expertise to small to medium sized nonprofits.
Jessica is the mom of a happy and (very) busy 6 year-old boy. As a recent Portland transplant, she found it difficult to find age appropriate volunteer opportunities for her family. When she learned about Little Hands Can’s mission, it was a match made in heaven!
In her spare time, Jessica loves to travel and spend quality time with friends and family.
Lauren Jackson, BOard of Directors
Lauren is a mother to three young children and a wife to one fantastic husband. Her professional background includes an undergraduate degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology; both from the University of Washington. She spent many years working in pediatrics in a variety of settings.
Lauren first became interested in joining the Little Hands Can team as a way to become involved in the community of Eugene, while fostering a love for service and caring for others in her children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and being in the beautiful outdoors while running, skiing, hiking or just soaking up the fresh air.
Emily Miska, Board of Directors | Marketing
Emily is an Oregon transplant, having lived in the Midwest for ten years prior to settling in Eugene. She attended Santa Clara University and received her degree in French and Francophone Studies with a minor in Art History. She then went on to earn a degree in Marketing and Communications, which was her professional focus prior to leaving the industry to stay home with her children.
From childhood to adulthood, Emily has been excited and passionate about giving back to her community through service, and wants to ensure that helping others is a priority for her children as well. Little Hands Can has provided an amazing opportunity to expose Sydney (3) and Walker (9 months) to volunteering at an early age, and Emily is thrilled to be part of the team behind the scenes.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and bulldog. The family loves to be outside and explore everything that Oregon has to offer, from hikes and playing at the park to visiting Sun River, Bend, and Portland.