Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA) 2006-2012

  • Supervised a staff of 180 people, with seven direct reports, to operate and grow this multi-program organization with a nine million dollar operating budget. ORCCA’s three largest programs are Head Start, South Coast Food Share, and the Emergency Assistance Program.
    • Provided over 450 children, from infants to four-year-olds, with educational services through Federal and State Head Start Program.
    • Maintained partnerships with 31 food pantry members to provided over 2 million pounds of food each month in the form of 1,500 food boxes and 4,000 meals in a two county area through South Coast Food Share.
    • Provided secure and affordable housing to over 160 families each year, 3,000 families with utility bill assistance, and efficient energy use programs which included weatherization for over 42 homes per year, through our Emergency Assistance Program.
  • Executed the development and construction of a $10 million campus for ORCCA including a Child and Family Resource Center and Regional Food Bank using a combination of funds including a private foundations, Community Services Block Grant, USDA Guaranteed Loan Program and New Market Tax Credits. Additional community development projects included a Domestic Violence Family Shelter and Rural Food Distribution Center.
  • Created ORCCA’s first Development Department which increased resources to serve low-income households from $4 million to over $9 million annually.
  • Created ORCCA‘s Volunteer Coordination position, which gave ORCCA access to new volunteer resources like the AmeriCorps NCCC program, Experience Works, and RSVP.
  • Designed and implemented the State’s first snack pack program to feed over 700 school-age children who do not receive enough food over the weekend. This program became the model for Regional Food Banks across the state of Oregon.

Midwest Regional President, Mercy Housing 2002-2005

  • Initiated the development of a 65 unit Elderly Housing Project in Joplin Missouri
  • Executed an Opportunity Assessment in collaboration with St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services, a member of Ascension Health, which identified the need for a new Community Housing Development Corporation in the Indianapolis housing market.
  • Entered the Indianapolis, Indiana market by providing consulting services to the partner hospital and supporting the development of a new Community Development Corporation, Crooked Creek CDC.
  • Executed housing projects focused on disabled populations and households at 40% area median income in partnership with a full service social service agency. Project funding sources include City HOME, Federal HOME Loan Bank, and market rate loan.

President, MidAmerica Housing Partnership/ President 1992 – 2003, 2004 – 2006

  • Founding President and CEO. Developed MAHP from a start up non-profit operating within Cedar Rapids to a full service development, construction, and property management corporation working across Iowa. MAHP employed 42 full time employees with an annual payroll of $957,157 and an annual production budget over $8 million.
  • Developed a network of partners in the private, governmental, and non-profit sectors to construct over 500 units of low-income housing including 93 elderly units, and 18 units for the disabled using primarily HOME funding and Affordable Housing Tax Credits, and Federal Home Loan Bank financing.
  • Expanded MAHP’s home ownership development and construction capacity, allowing the organization to build in thirteen communities in rural Iowa over 100 single family homes.
  • Expanded agency resources to include federal, state, and local grants, tax credits, non-profit bonds, conventional debt financing, tax abatement, tax increment financing (TIF), foundation awards, corporate contributions, volunteer labor, and in-kind donations of equipment and labor. Together these resources represent over $50 million mobilized to prevent homelessness.
  • Special accomplishments as President and CEO included the following:
    • Developed Iowa’s first Housing Land Trust in 1994.
    • Vice President Gore keynote speaker at opening of downtown apartments in 1996.
    • Appointed to The Governor’s Housing Task Force in 2000
    • Received the Terry Duvernay Award from the National Community Development Assn. (NCDA). In recognition of William B. Quarton, a 24 units of affordable housing for persons of extremely low incomes. The project was built in 2003, debt-free, with multiple layers of LIHTC, City HOME, State HOME, and local contributions.
    • Created EcoYouth Salvage, a job-training program encouraging the completion of high school while employing youth to reclaim usable architectural items. Low cost building materials were used to maintain affordable housing.
    • Provided emergency housing for 59 hurricane Katrina evacuees with the assistance of over 370 community volunteers who provided furnishings, food and personal support.


  • Cambridge Certificate in Meeting Facilitation/Consensus Decision Making 1999
  • Mini-MBA, Saint Ambrose University, 1996
  • BS in Human Development and Family Life with Honors, Oregon State University, 1984
  • Portland Community College Emergency Medical Technician 1980-1984