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Meet Our Board of Directors
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the nonprofit sector and community leaders. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to ensure the growing vitality of the nonprofit sector in Oregon. The following Board members were voted in by our membership at our fourth Annual Meeting on October 18, 2013. New members are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Chris Krenk, Portland - President
2012 to 2015
Mr. Krenk has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Albertina Kerr Centers for the past 25 years. Founded in 1907, Albertina Kerr Centers partners with the community to support people with developmental delays, developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self-determined lives and realize their full potential. The organization has an annual operating budget of $45 million and is a resource for people from all over the State of Oregon. Mr. Krenk is past Chair and current Board member of CareOregon, past President of the Foster Family Care Network, past President of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs, and past member of the Governor’s Task Force to evaluate Oregon State Hospital abuse prevention and reporting procedures. Mr. Krenk has been a recognized leader in guiding mental health and developmental disabilities programs in Oregon for more than 30 years.
Ross Laybourn, Portland - Secretary
2010 to 2016
Mr. Laybourn is a former Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, where he served for more than 30 years, including 20 years as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Oregon Charitable Activities Section. Mr. Laybourn is a past president of the National Association of State Charity Officials and served on NASCO’s Board of Directors for over a decade. Locally, he has been a longtime member of the Giving in Oregon Council. He frequently presents at nonprofit conferences on nonprofit board governance.
Tonya Graham, Ashland - Treasurer
2012 to 2015
Ms. Graham has been Executive Director of the Geos Institute since 2001. The Geos Institute, which has a budget of about $1.5 million and maintains an office in Washington, D.C. as well as in Ashland, helps people predict, reduce, and prepare for climate change bringing the best available science to community and natural resource planning processes. Ms. Graham has also developed ClimateWise, a nonprofit consulting firm that is part of the Geos Institute. Originally from Wadsworth, Nevada, Ms. Graham has lived in Southern Oregon for 14 years.
Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Portland*
2012 to 2016
Ms. Ramirez Arriaga serves as an independent consultant providing coaching, training, and facilitation to nonprofit organizations. Ms. Arriaga was drawn to building the capacity of individuals and organizations in order to help create social change. This passion is rooted in her binational experience. She was born in Morelos, Mexico, and has lived in Oregon for over 20 years. Ms. Ramirez has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector include program management, advocacy, stakeholder involvement, and change management. As a consultant, she specializes in intercultural strategies to develop innovative sustainable solutions while promoting culturally fluent workplaces.
Eloise Damrosch, Portland
2012 to 2015
Ms. Damrosch has been with the Portland tri-county Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) since 1988, and has been its Executive Director since 2004. RACC is a $7 million organization that works to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of community life through grants to artists and arts organizations, placing specific works of art in public spaces, and supporting arts education. Prior to coming to Portland, Ms. Damrosch lived in Bend for more than a decade where she taught art history and managed the Artists-in-Education program for Central Oregon. Ms. Damrosch is originally from New York City.
Mark Langseth, Portland - Chair Public Policy
2012 to 2015
Since 2009 Mr. Langseth has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of “I Have A Dream” Foundation, which with a budget of $2.1 million helps low-income kids succeed in school and college. Mr. Langseth moved to Portland from Minneapolis in 2006 to take the position of Assistant Vice President for University Development at Portland State. He has extensive experience in K-12 and higher education and was active in the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits when he lived in Minneapolis. He is also a frequent speaker and author on education-related topics.
David Leslie, Portland
2012 to 2014
Mr. Leslie is Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), a statewide association of religious denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations, and interfaith partners. EMO’s mission is to address the well-being of all Oregonians through faith-based social ministries, advocacy initiatives, and interreligious dialogue programs. EMO serves more than 50,000 people annually and has a $3.5 million operating budget. Mr. Leslie has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience, with 20 years as the executive director of small and mid‐size community and faith‐based nonprofit organizations, including the Austin Habitat for Humanity and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. Mr. Leslie moved from Texas to Oregon in 1997. His Board and community service includes the Oregon Ending Homelessness Advisory Committee, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and National Council of Churches Interfaith Commission.
Bob Lieberman, Grants Pass
2012 to 2015
Mr. Lieberman arrived in Oregon from Chicago in the early 1970s and began his career in children’s mental health services. He has been associated with Kairos (formerly known as SOASTC) since the late 70s and has been its Executive Director since 1989. Kairos, with a budget of $7.5 million, provides both residential and outpatient treatment to emotionally at-risk children and their families throughout southern Oregon. Kairos has pioneered school-based mental health prevention and promotion programs in Josephine County. Mr. Lieberman is on numerous national and statewide commissions and committees concerned with children’s mental health.
Ian Lombard, Portland*
2012 to 2015
Mr. Lombard is currently the Managing Partner of Skyline Capital, a Portland based Venture Growth investment fund focused on apparel, footwear and gear companies in the Active Lifestyle market. Skyline targets companies at a growth inflection point, where consumer demand has been proven, but further expansion requires additional capital and operational scale. Prior to Skyline, Mr. Lombard served as the Chief Operating Officer at Tora. During his tenure, Tora expanded from 6 employees to nearly 200 in offices around the world, becoming one of the largest financial technology providers in Asia, responsible for handling nearly 6% of the daily volume on the Tokyo market, and 1-2% of the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. Before joining Tora, Mr. Lombard was the head of the Technology Consumer Business at Kensington, a Fortune Brands company. Under his leadership, the business developed and implemented new strategies, driving annual sales from $19 million to more than $110 million in three years, while increasing profitability by 69%.
Michelle Neal, Portland*
2013 to 2015
Ms. Neal is the Pacific Northwest Regional Director of INROADS. The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Ms. Neal achieves organizational goals by providing quality services to students, corporate clients, and the community. Ms. Neal has over 15 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sector in various managerial and professional positions. Ms. Neal is a former adjunct professor at Portland State University, Marylhurst University, and the University of Phoenix focusing on topics such as communication, strategic planning and diversity. Ms. Neal is a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
Rick Nitti, Portland - Outgoing President
2010 to 2015
Mr. Nitti has been the Executive Director of Neighborhood House since 1991 when he moved to Portland from Chicago. Neighborhood House, founded in 1905, is a $5.6 million agency serving 12,000 low-income children, families, and seniors annually. Mr. Nitti is a former Board President of Children First and Board Chair of the Southwest Community Health Center. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Hillsdale Farmers Market and is a member of the Multnomah County Poverty Advisory Committee. Mr. Nitti was the co-Chair of the NAO Steering Committee when it was a program of TACS and joined the Board in January 2010. He has served as Secretary of the Board and has also served on the Finance Committee.
Chris Otis, Portland* - Chair of the Governance Committee
2013 to 2016
Ms. Otis is the Executive Director for SMART – Start Making a Reader Today. SMART is a volunteer-driven statewide nonprofit, with a budget of $3 million, providing one-on-one reading support for children pre-K through thirdgrade. Ms. Otis has a rich background of more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining SMART in 2010, Ms. Otis served as executive director for the Children’s Relief Nursery, a child abuse prevention program serving high-risk children and families in Portland. Prior to her five-year tenure at the Children’s Relief Nursery, she served as the executive director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Oregon Chapter; the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services; the California Association of School Psychologists; and deputy executive director for the California Chiropractic Association. Ms. Otis has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Portland, where she was recruited to design and teach a course on nonprofit management for MBA students at the University’s School of Business.
Jen Rusk, Bend*
2012 to 2016
Ms. Rusk serves as the Development Director for MountainStar Family Relief Nursery in Bend, Oregon. Ms. Rusk has 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As a manager, director, consultant, and Board member, Ms. Rusk offers a unique vantage on nonprofits, both as independent businesses and as a growing sector of the US economy. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Rusk has helped 35 Central Oregon nonprofits achieve great success in the areas of planning, organization development, and fundraising. She has worked successfully with nonprofits in the fields of human services, education, job training, youth development, community development, community service, homelessness and housing, the arts and culture, and the environment. Over the past 14 years, Ms. Rusk has served on five nonprofit boards and as a Board Chair for seven of those years.
Claire Seguin, Springfield - Chair Governance
2012 to 2015
Ms. Seguin has served as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) since 2010. NEDCO, Oregon’s first Community Development Corporation, helps neighborhoods and families build assets through homeownership, neighborhood revitalization, and business development in Lane County and the Mid-Willamette Valley serving Salem, Clackamas County, Marion County, and neighboring communities. In 2008, prior to her move to Oregon, Ms. Seguin was awarded the Nonprofit Woman of the Year award from the San Diego East Chamber of Commerce for her 15 years of nonprofit leadership. Ms. Seguin is active in the nonprofit community in the Eugene area where she coordinates an executive directors’ forum which brings nonprofit leaders together to share learnings and experiences.
Brandi Tuck, Portland
2012 to 2015
Ms. Tuck moved to Portland from Florida in 2006, and in five years has founded both the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, where she serves as Board President, and Portland Homeless Family Solutions, where she is Executive Director. Portland Homeless Family Solutions has two shelters for homeless families with children, both in downtown Portland, and a budget of about $400,000. In 2009 Ms. Tuck received the Skidmore Prize, an award given annually by Willamette Week to four people under age 35 who do outstanding work at nonprofit organizations.
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