Speakers

Adam Davis is the executive director of Oregon Humanities, which works toward an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities. Before joining Oregon Humanities in 2013, Davis directed the Center for Civic Reflection, where he trained thousands of discussion facilitators and …  Continue reading →

 

Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE is an author, speaker, and trainer. Her published books include: Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, Raising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks. She became an AFP certified Master Trainer in 2009. Amy recently completed her service as the president of the board of the Association of Fundraising  …  Continue reading →

 

Beth Kanter is a well-established international nonprofit thought leader.  Her first book “The Networked Nonprofit,” introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world.  Her second book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” is a practical guide for using measurement and learning to achieve…  Continue reading →

 

Heidi Khokhar is the Executive Director of Rural Development Initiatives. Her RDI journey began in 1998 when she helped assist on several community strategic plans and discovered her passion for helping rural communities thrive. Khokhar participated in RDI’s Rural Futures Forum where she fell in love with the transformational power of leadership …    Continue reading →

 

Michael Held is the Director of Rural Economic and Policy Services for Rural Development Initiatives.  For over ten years, he has worked across Appalachia and the Northwest bringing his passion for rural places and people to the dynamic challenges facing rural communities and businesses, and he’s happy to continue this work as RDI’s Director …   Continue reading →

 

Amy Thuren is the Director of The Valley School, a charter middle school in Medford, Oregon.  Amy has spent the past 14 years working with nonprofit organizations in many different roles, developing a thorough understanding of their work on local, regional and national levels. Her strengths in community engagement, collaboration and  …  Continue reading →

 

Anne Kubisch joined The Ford Family Foundation in 2013 as its second president. She came to the Foundation after 19 years at The Aspen Institute (New York), an international non-profit leadership development and policy studies organization.  She founded and served as director of the Aspen Roundtable on Community change, a national resource … Continue reading →

 

Ashley Hughes was born in Roseburg, Oregon, and raised in the small town of Canyonville. Her passion for human services began while attending Umpqua Community College after high school when she was given the opportunity to work for Douglas C.A.R.E.S., Douglas County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, as
an events coordinator and …   Continue reading →

 

Barbara Johnson has been affiliated with Community Works for 12 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….    Continue reading →

 

Becky Snyder was born in the Midwest, and has since lived on both the East and West Coasts. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Elementary Education, worked in Public Relations for Dow Chemical in Washington, D.C., and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio before moving to Medford, Oregon in 1981. Becky has been the director …  Continue reading →

 

Bryan Trenkle joined Greater Douglas United Way in 2012 as Executive Director. He has over 30 years of retail management, business administration, finance and non-profit experience. He and his wife own and operate Captivating Photography & Design, a Roseburg company for nearly 10 years. Before coming to the local United Way, he was a pastor …  Continue reading →

 

Donnie Maclurcan, a facilitator, author and social entrepreneur, is passionate about all things not-for-profit. Originally from Australia, he moved to Ashland, Oregon, in 2013, from where he runs the Post Growth Institute, exploring how we accelerate the shift to a thriving, prosperous society within ecological limits. As a consultant, …  Continue reading →

 

Emilie Wylde Turner is the Chief Executive Officer at Living Opportunities, a non-profit organization that supports people who experience disabilities to live in the same neighborhoods, work for the same employers and aspire to all of the same things that you and I do in our community.  Emilie founded the state-funded family network, Families …     Continue reading →

 

Erin Deason Carpenter joined CASA as Development Manager for Jackson and Josephine counties in July 2014.  Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, Erin attended Oregon State University before transferring to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she graduated in 1995 with a BA in Creative Writing and Minor in Visual Art.  Continue reading →

 

Gina Zottola, the Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, is the youngest of seven children and a 3rd generation native of Del Norte County. Gina was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in the Bay Area for 10 years , and competed on the Women’s Pro Beach Volleyball circuit for 2 years. Gina returned home to the   … 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….        Continue reading →

 

With over 25 years in education as a teacher and 6+ years in school administration, Julie Barry serves her community in many capacities. While her passion is to offer youth, experiences that are engaging, relevant and inspirational to their progression towards becoming responsible citizens, her position as Principal of Ruch Community School  …  Continue reading →

 

Kathy Bryon serves as the Executive Director of the Gordon Elwood Foundation whose mission is to invest in southern Oregon’s youth, individuals, families and communities. ( Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Curry counties.) In addition to awarding small grants the foundation supports community and leadership development in alignment with the …  Continue reading →

 

Mary Ferrell is the founder and Executive Director of Maslow Project. Born and raised in Medford, Oregon, Mary graduated from Southern Oregon University and began working with homeless children and families through the Medford School District in 2000. After working directly with homeless children and families for several years,  …  Continue reading →

 

A Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, Matthew Havniear served as an Infantry Assaultman and Marine Raider with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines Fox Company Weapons Platoon out of 29 Palms California. Matthew deployed to Now Zad Afghanistan in 2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was tasked with clearing ,  …  Continue reading →

 

Polly Williams has been the Program Officer for the Carpenter Foundation for the last fourteen 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 foundation …  Continue reading →

 

Roger Hassenpflug brings 35 years of executive management experience and 28 years both sitting on and working for volunteer boards of directors to this presentation.  He understands firsthand the challenges and opportunities presented by executive leadership change.  He has served on several local, state and national boards …  Continue reading →

 

Sara Curiel Paez is a Senior Consultant with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.  With a background in Participatory Leadership, Sara has 10 years of experience in leadership development, civic engagement, facilitation and training. As a first generation Mexican-American woman, Sara deeply believes that all people have value and that  …  Continue reading →

 

Troy Wohosky started Spartan Boxing in 2012. He is a husband, father of two, coach, motivational speaker and professional boxer. Troy was born in the Philippines, moving to the US at 7yrs old. He was a promising fighter by age 9 but a few years later his life took a turn. He dropped out of school, became affiliated with gangs and ran into …  Continue reading →

 

Wenonoa Spivak joined CASA in July of 2013 and is the Director of Programs and Education.  Right after college, Wenonoa joined the Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Honduras, Central America and is fluent in Spanish. This experience instilled in her a belief in and dedication to social service and helping those most …  Continue reading →