Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson has worked for the Medford Police Department for 24 years. He was a patrolman and corporal for 16 years. He was a defensive tactics instructor for 9 years. He is now currently a School Resource Officer (SRO) and has been assigned to that position for 8 years. During his time as an SRO he spent 4 years at Hedrick middle school and he is currently assigned to North Medford high school.  The purpose of the program is to increase safety within the schools and promote a positive environment where education can occur. Mark has received specialized training in how to communicate and deal with juveniles in the school setting.  In addition, he teaches classes to students, staff and parents regarding the criminal justice system, drug and alcohol issues, gangs, driving and internet safety.  During the summer months, the officers are assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team and focus on juvenile gang enforcement in our community.  

Mark’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.