Billie F. Anger has been an educator for most of her life. Starting in Texas, after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches with a B.A in 1966, her focus was in teaching physical education in elementary and high school. Later (1976) she earned a M.Ed at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After several years the teaching schedule included the controversial sex education (with topics of rape, AIDS, STDs) and writing curriculum for the county schools.
Physical education expanded into initiating and coaching girl’s sports, introducing life-time sports and self-defense into advanced high school physical education classes.
A unique experimental program allowed a college professor to switch roles with a public high school teacher for a semester. That was a start for a new direction for teaching in higher education along with outside volunteering for Women’s Rights.
Currently teaching at Pacific University (self defense) and Portland State University (self defense and hiking) and volunteering for WomenStrength, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and Friends of Multnomah Falls.
Victoria Hellman, President
Victoria Hellman is a feminist and social justice activist who has enjoyed volunteering in organizations such as: women’s counseling service, anti-hunger programs, and women’s self-defense programs. Currently Victoria works at the Bureau of Emergency Communications  in an administrative support capacity. This work affirms and contributes to her commitment to social justice.
As a volunteer instructor for Portland Police Bureau’s WomenStrength program Victoria finds it very rewarding working with diverse populations to offer opportunities for women and girls to gain self-confidence and a sense of empowerment.
Through her work as a director of a federally funded child development agency, an administrator for a women’s clinic and owner of a small business Victoria has approached leadership responsibilities with integrity, accountability and a commitment to empowering others.
Victoria’s personal values include a commitment to consensus building, respecting our differences and promoting equity and peace.
Paul Y. Irvin
Paul Y. Irvin has an extensive career in martial arts as practitioner. He started training in martial arts while in college, earning a BA in Chemistry in 1969 , and subsequently teaching in inner-city public schools in Chicago.
In 1972 he began training with Master Han Cha Kyo in Korean Taekwon-do. He ultimately assisted Grand Master Han Cha Kyo to develop the Iso-Trim and Dyna-Strike devices for marital training and health maintenance. In 1980 he was Secretary-General in the founding of The Universal Taekwon-do Federation under leadership of Master Han Cha Kyo, offering programs for Senior Citizens, children with special needs, and students 5-90 years of age. In 1995, Paul co-led a UTF demonstration tour of Malaysia; and since 1996 he has been graduated to Master in UTF.
Before his death Grandmaster Han Cha Kyo appointed Paul to continue the work of the UTF as Co-President with Dr. James Langlas in Greater Chicago, Portland, Arizona, Sweden. He has published numerous articles that address the Universal Taewon Do Federation’s principles of practice and approach to mind/body/spirit training.
In 2012 he was promoted to 8th Dan in the UTF. After moving to Portland OR, he joined the UTF Portland School to teach master classes to Black Belts and family classes for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Paul has also been involved as a full-time instrument maker (harpsichords) since 1976. From 1981 to 2012, he served on the Board of Directors of Midwestern Early Keyboard Society (which he helped form), and he also held positions of Vice-President and President, responsible for organizing conferences and exhibitions in various states, He continues to research and contribute articles for international publications related to instrument building.
Jennifer Justus has a commitment for volunteering and public service. She currently works as a recruiter for the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, which provides programming for justice involved individuals in the areas of Juvenile Detention and Probation, Adult Probation, Parole and Post-prison Supervision, and Crime Victims Services. In this role, she has focused on initiatives to build diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce.
Since 2016, Jennifer has been a volunteer instructor for the Portland Police Bureau’s WomenStrength program. She has a lifelong passion for volunteering, especially with events that bring communities together.
Jennifer is a martial arts practitioner and holds a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. She credits martial arts for giving her the background and passion for bringing self-defense and social justice together. She strives to live by the oath to “be a champion of freedom and justice” and to “build a more peaceful world.” She is also an avid cyclist who enjoys commuting, racing, and vacationing by bike.
Susan Walters became an accidental expert in surviving a deadly force encounter in 2006. Using the strategies and skills she learned in emergency department settings, she overcame a violent felon hired to murder her.
As an advocate for improving workplace safety in health care, she joined other nurses in the Oregon Nurses Association to lobby for mandatory safety training for nurses working in high risk areas of nursing. Legislation, passed in 2007, requires mandatory yearly training for employees in high risk areas.
Susan retired from Emergency Nursing in 2015. She is a motivational speaker, sharing her experience to encourage others to learn how to avoid and prepare to defend for the unpredictable-violence. She is writing a book called Nurse Kills Hitman.
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