Jennifer Staton

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 from BoardSource, and is dedicated to organizational capacity building and volunteer development in support of the important role that our nonprofit sector plays in southern Oregon. 

In her spare time, you might find Jennifer traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest to visit with her three grown children and first grandchild, while enjoying beautiful hikes and waterfalls along the way.

Jennifer Staton’s Monday Session:

Engaged and Effective Board Members – What Does It Take?

Board members are at the heart of every nonprofit organization. They act as standard bearers and set policy, act as advocates and fundraisers, set strategy in support of the mission, and strengthen and stabilize the foundation upon which the organization’s staff conducts its work. Both art and science are required to develop and maintain an invigorated, engaged board that can effectively fulfill this complex role. Jennifer Staton, Program Associate with the Gordon Elwood Foundation, and Jim Maddux, seasoned volunteer and community advocate, will help participants implement a variety of strategies for ensuring your board is engaged and able to effectively move your organization forward. They’ll present actionable ideas in a practical, user-friendly format so participants can put their learnings into practice right away. This session, designed for board members and staff of both well-established and grassroots organizations, will touch on such topics as board management and expectations, committee structures, communication between board and staff and board and community, optimal use of board meeting time, and evaluation as a valuable tool. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and participate in the discussion for a shared learning experience.