Stacy Fields (she/her), Director

Stacy, a native of Southern Oregon, is raising two children with her spouse and enjoying the close-knit community life in the Rogue Valley. One of her children experiences a disability, which has shaped Stacy’s perspective and fueled her passion for making a positive impact in the community. As a Strong Start graduate and a Certified Public Health Worker, Stacy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her work. Beyond her professional achievements, Stacy cherishes spending quality time with her family, tending to her garden, hosting gatherings, and dancing. Her deep-rooted appreciation for community has led her to pursue this position, as she firmly believes that we are all stronger when we come together. Stacy eagerly looks forward to building meaningful relationships with individuals who experience disability, their families, and the community as a whole.

Currently, Stacy participates in committees and councils such as the Oregon Consortium of Family Networks, Oregon Developmental Disability Services Children’s Services Advisory Group, Oregon’s Developmental Disability Coalition, Oregon Department of Education’s State Advisory Council for Special Education, Southern Oregon Education Services District’s Regional Advisory Committee, Board of Directors for The Arc Jackson County, Jackson Youth Systems of Care Committee, Jackson County Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education Council, Board of Directors for The Valley School of Southern Oregon, and Southern Oregon Success’s Family Advisory Committee.

Contact Stacy: 
(541) 601-6714

Brittany Quirarte (she/her), Engagement Coordinator

Brittany, is ecstatic to join the Bridging Communities team and is eager to connect with the community! She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on continuing education to keep up to date on resources, how to advocate, Oregon laws, and ways to help change perceptions about individuals who experience disabilities. Along with her educational background, Brittany brings compassion, empathy, and a strong passion to help others. Brittany is an Oregonian, born and raised in beautiful Southern Oregon, where she currently resides with her wonderful family – husband and 2 children. She is a mother to a child who experiences a disability which has continued to fuel her eagerness for helping others who experience a disability, their families, and their community. In Brittany’s free time you can find her spending time with her family, learning American Sign Language, gardening, thrifting, exploring Oregon, or learning more about Mycology.

Brittany currently participates on the Jackson County Early Intervention Coordinating Council (JCEIC) as well as the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC).

Contact Brittany: 
(541) 261-7300

Rachel Rawlins, GPC, (she/her) Finance & Admin Manager

Rachel Rawlins began her journey with Living Opportunities in 2004. Since then, she has cultivated a lifelong passion for the organization’s mission and vision. With over 20 years of administrative expertise, Rachel is an integral part of the team, ensuring that all financial and operational aspects run smoothly. Behind the scenes, Rachel collaborates with team members to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery within Bridging Communities.

Rachel holds the prestigious Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential, highlighting her comprehensive skills in grant research, writing, and management. In her role as the Finance & Admin Manager, she oversees the management of accounting and administrative functions, ensuring the accuracy and compliance of financial operations. She expertly coordinates grants and contracts, supports programmatic functions, and provides strategic program development guidance. Her meticulous attention to detail in managing administrative operations ensures that initiatives remain on track and within budget.

Rachel’s personal experiences as a mother and advocate have deeply influenced her professional dedication. She and her husband have adopted three wonderful children, two of whom experience disabilities. Before adoption, they provided a safe and supportive home for numerous teenagers as foster parents. Her training in trauma-informed care has enhanced her ability to understand and advocate for the unique needs of children and families. Rachel is committed to creating an inclusive environment where every voice is heard and valued.

Outside of her professional life, Rachel loves to spend time adventuring with her family, whether it’s extended vacations or simple backyard campouts. She is an avid learner and voracious reader, with her favorite genres being fantasy, LitRPG, and non-fiction. Rachel also channels her creativity as the DM (Dungeon Master) in a long-running Dungeons and Dragons campaign.