So-Mai Brown- Program Director
serving since 2015

Born and raised in Portland, OR, So-Mai moved to California to earn her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ready to start a family, she moved back home and was determined to engage with her community. She has spent over a decade working in non-profit with families. So-Mai joined Swapnplay as Treasurer in 2015 and has transitioned to Program Director. She hopes to create a healthy, supportive and inclusive environment at Swapnplay and connect to our vibrant North Portland community.


Jesse Miller – Administrative Coordinator
serving since 2013

Jesse Miller, originally from Maryland, moved to Oregon via Florida four years ago. Upon discovering St. Johns Swapnplay, she instantly fell in love, and has been a passionate member ever since. Jesse taught high school French for a decade before welcoming a daughter. She’s been a stay-at-home momma for the last five years, and now that her girl has started kindergarten, she occasionally substitute teaches around Portland, in addition to working for Swap. Jesse and her family are long time ethical vegans with one crazy old pup and a pair of large rabbits. She enjoys traveling and exploring National Parks, reading mysteries, ballroom dancing, and watching The Price is Right when she can. Jesse is dedicated to helping St. Johns Swapnplay grow and thrive.


Sydney Syverson – Support Staff
serving since 2016

Sydney Syverson was born and raised in Las Vegas. Her love affair with North Portland began when she attended University of Portland. After graduating she moved to Memphis, TN to teach as well as utilize her degree in Social Work. She met her husband, Zak, while in Memphis. His love of biking and the great outdoors (and Sydney!) brought him to Portland. The Burton-Syverson clan moved back in March 2016 with their 2 tuxedo kitties and son, Oliver. Sydney has been a full time Nanny for the past 3 years. Her interests include theatre, dance, music, traveling, women’s rights, and adoption advocacy. Sydney has loved being a member of swapnplay and is excited to contribute to its development as a staff member.

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