Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson graduated from Southern Oregon State College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies Social Science.  Joe has spent his entire 27 year career in Oregon Juvenile Justice and has worked as a probation officer, residential house manager, probation manager, detention manager and for the last 12 years as the deputy director of the Jackson County Juvenile Department.  Joe is the current president of the Oregon Juvenile Department Directors’ Association that advocates and helps shape state and local policy and practices.  Joe also leads the local Gang Prevention Task Force.

Joe’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.