2020 Speakers

Stay tuned as we continue to post info about our 2020 speakers!

Monday Morning Keynote Address

Ella L.J. Edmonson Bell is a Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is also an author, managerial consultant, national recognized researcher, and advocate on women’s workplace issues. She is the co-author of Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity. Her second book ….  Continue reading →

Monday Sessions (75 minutes)

Barbara Johnson has been affiliated with Community Works for 14 years serving first as a member of the Board of Directors where she held roles as Secretary and also as the Board Development Committee Chair. She joined the organization as an employee in 2013 as Victim Services Director and in 2015, became Executive Director of the agency,  … Continue reading →

Carl Lee has been a national touring comedian who has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and on The Bob and Tom Show. Carl has performed at the North Carolina and Redwood Comedy Festivals.  He has also worked with great comics such as Ron White.  Locally, Carl is a promoter and manages Chadwick’s Comedy Club.  Carl … Continue reading →

Ella L.J. Edmonson Bell is a Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is also an author, managerial consultant, national recognized researcher, and advocate on women’s workplace issues. She is the co-author of Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity. Her second book ….  Continue reading →

Jennifer Staton serves southern Oregon as Program Associate with the Gordon Elwood Foundation. She brings over eighteen years of non-profit volunteer recruitment, development and retention experience along with a myriad of skills in organizational leadership to the region. Jennifer holds a Nonprofit Board Education certificate ….  Continue reading →

Jill Borovansky serves as La Clinica’s chief financial officer. She came to the organization in 2017 from Harry & David, where she served as vice president of finance and chief accounting officer and corporate controller. She was employed by Harry & David between 2012 and 2017 and between 2001 and 2008, serving in accounting management and  …  Continue reading →

Jim Maddux brings over four decades of Rogue Valley non-profit experience to the table. With multiple Board Presidencies, his range of unique Board experiences are far and wide. Additionally, Jim’s involvement with funding agencies allows him to bring dual perspectives to discussions.  Retired from successful careers in government service and …  Continue reading →

Jim White currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that …  Continue reading →

Laura Nicholson serves as the Supervisor of Volunteer Services for Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She earned her MBA degree from Eastern Oregon University and has worked in the non-profit healthcare industry for the past 15 years. She has served in a variety of positions as both an employee and a volunteer.  During her tenure as …   Continue reading →

Maria Ramos Underwood serves as La Clinica’s chief development officer and oversees all La Clinica’s fundraising activities. Maria came to La Clinica in 2000 and previously served as the organization’s deputy director and wellness and prevention coordinator. Before joining La Clinica, she was Hispanic outreach advocate for Dunn House, a Jackson  …  Continue reading →

Polly Williams has been the Program Officer for The Carpenter Foundation for the last nineteen years.  Prior to that she worked in the nonprofit sector as administrator of a local organization where she developed the skills to successfully submit grant applications to private foundations, businesses and all levels of the government.   Continue reading →

Seth Kaplan is Executive Director of A Greater Applegate and Principal of Seth Kaplan Consulting. He has used story in his resource and mission consulting to nonprofit, government, community organizations for more than 30 years, with a focus on aligning resources across systems and sectors for greater impact.  He used a powerful and compelling  …  Continue reading →

 

Tuesday Morning Breakfast Session

Jesse Beason is Northwest Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He leads the Foundation in pursuit of its vision of health for everyone in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Before becoming President in January 2019, Jesse served as the foundation’s Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs. He has also been Executive …  Continue reading →

Tuesday Half-Day Sessions

Ceci Dadisman is a multi-faceted arts administration professional with more than 10 years of experience marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative methods. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital marketing and specializes in multichannel communications campaigns. A frequent … Continue reading →

Gilda Montenegro-Fix is a Costa Rican woman, mother, wife, adventurous world traveler and global citizen. She represented her country in two Olympic Games (Barcelona ‘92 and Atlanta ‘96), in the sport of whitewater slalom kayak, being the only woman from all Latin America to compete in this discipline. Gilda studied Psychology at the University of …  Continue reading →

Jesse Beason is Northwest Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He leads the Foundation in pursuit of its vision of health for everyone in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Before becoming President in January 2019, Jesse served as the foundation’s Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs. He has also been Executive …  Continue reading →

Jim White currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that …  Continue reading →

Kurt Hildebrand grew up in Medford. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in English from Seattle Pacific University, he worked in copywriting, editing, and media relations. He then did research for the University of Washington on the foster care system. In 2006 he moved to Haiti to do research and grant writing for the National Human Rights Defense …  Continue reading →

From wanderlust to Woman of the Year (Cave Junction Chamber of Commerce, 2015), Lindsey B. Jones has called the Illinois Valley home since 2010.  She started with a simple yoga business and became a founding member and yoga teacher for IVCanDO’s 2013 Organization of the Year, Healthy U. Lindsey completed the Ford Institute Leadership Program in  …  Continue reading →

Michelle Carrillo, a Southern Oregon University Alumni, is the Initiative Director for Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a 10-year place-based health initiative funded by The California Endowment now at the 9-year mark. Wild Rivers Community Foundation (WRCF), an organization founded and led by community leaders in Curry and Del  …  Continue reading →

Before joining Healthy Democracy, Robin Teater served for 14 years as Executive Director of the American Leadership Forum (ALF) of Oregon, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that joins and strengthens diverse leaders to work more effectively together in service to the public good. Robin’s previous experience spans over three decades in nonprofit admin…  Continue reading →