Roger Hassenpflug

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 of directors (7) and has been closely involved with the development of three nonprofits in Jackson County, Oregon.  He served as the actual or de facto Interim Executive Director four times for three organizations, assisting their executive leadership transition.  He has been on the Executive Director search team nine times for five organizations, including one national membership organization; and was closely involved with the search and hire process a tenth time for a sixth organization within the last twelve months.  In his current consultant position, he works directly with the leaders and boards of thirteen different organizations throughout Oregon, four of which have gone through executive director succession during his engagement.  In addition, Roger has been sought out both formally and informally as a mentor to executive directors and other nonprofit leaders.

Currently working on Oregon’s Employment First Transformation Grant project, Roger is the Lead Consultant for Living Opportunities training and technical assistance team (TTA), one of two TTA teams assigned to this effort in Oregon.  The project mentors systemic change from segregated service delivery practices for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully integrated service delivery options: people working for typical businesses in the community like everyone else.  Oregon’s effort is the largest system change effort of this type in the USA.  In this role, Roger works directly with leaders and boards of directors to understand and manage change and strategic planning in governance, business model, organizational structure, personnel requirements, service system development, marketing and fund raising.

Roger was previously the Executive Director and then President and CEO of Living Opportunities, Inc. (LOI) working with an involved and evolving board of directors for 27 years.  Taking over a small nonprofit with a handful of employees, he grew operations to eight million in annual revenue, 130 employees and person-centric services for over 340 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families.  LOI has been recognized as one of Oregon’s Best Nonprofits five times. They are leaders in individualized, fully integrated job development; supported living services and progressive consulting focused on behavioral, communication, assistive technology and jobs for individuals, families and other companies.  Roger began in this field in 1973 in Minnesota, moving in 1979 to Oregon to become the Jackson County Program Manager overseeing case management and subcontracted services.  His passion for the work comes directly from its life changing results for individuals and families.

Originally a South Dakotan, a house fire prompted a family move to Southern California where Roger grew up and completed college at California State University at Long Beach in 1972.  Shortly after college, Roger went to Minnesota for a presumed vacation where he remained for seven years.  He is fond of noting that he met his wife, Janice, in an institution and to his good fortune she was able to get him out of there.  The family moved to Medford, Oregon, in 1979.  They have three adult “children” scattered from Portland, to Laos to Germany, prompting multiple trips to both Asia and Europe.  Roger is currently a member of the Medford Rogue Rotary Board of Directors and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Roger’s Monday Session:

Changing of the Guard: Envisioning Leadership Succession

Your organization’s vision and success relies heavily on your executive leaders. What do you do if they leave? Learn what every organization should have in place to prepare for future executive leadership transition. Get your emergency succession plan in order too, in case the transition is sudden. Discover how to plan for the future and what worked for one organization that grew a leader from within, and another that found the perfect fit using an executive search firm.

Presented by Roger Hassenpflug