The Nonprofit Association of Oregon Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the nonprofit sector and community leaders. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to ensure the growing vitality of the nonprofit sector in Oregon. (*) Indicates an At Large Board Member

Nancy Ramirez Arriaga*

Beaverton – President, Chair - Executive Commitee

Nancy Ramirez Arriaga is drawn to building the capacity of individuals and organizations in order to help create social change. This passion is rooted in her binational experience. She was born in Morelos, Mexico, and has lived in Oregon for over 20 years. Ms. Ramirez has over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector include program management, advocacy, stakeholder involvement, and change management. Ms. Ramirez is a Building Communities Program Officer at the Meyer Memorial Trust. She specializes in intercultural strategies to develop innovative sustainable solutions while promoting culturally fluent workplaces.

Brad Russell

Medford – Vice President

Brad Russell has been the CEO/Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford, Oregon since 2006. Brad received his Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and his Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began his non-profit career in Rochester, New York as a Youth Program Specialist then became the Program Director at a YMCA ocean-front resident camp in San Diego, California.  Brad taught conversational English at a YMCA in Taiwan where he met his wife, Stella then became the Executive Director of a YMCA in Monterey County, California.  Brad enjoys serving on the boards for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and La Clinica Health Center plus assisting the local Gang Prevention Task Force.

Marilyn Hartzog*

Portland – Interim Secretary

Marilyn Hartzog is an organizational development consultant successfully providing nonprofit capacity building services through her firm – MJ OD Consulting, LLC. Ms. Hartzog focuses her work on strategic planning, fund development and human resources management consulting. She has served as an Encore Fellow with Social Venture Partners - Portland on a team of retired corporate and nonprofit executives to help build the capacity of nonprofits in Portland. Recently retired from the position of Executive Director of the Oregon Micro Enterprise Network, Ms. Hartzog has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in California and Oregon where she has served as executive director of a social justice organization, a mental health counseling center, and a workforce development organization.  Through her consulting work, she has assisted various organizations whose missions include AIDS service Centers, Affordable Housing and Tenant Rights, STEAM, Art and Culture, Robotics, and community development.  Ms. Hartzog also has more than 15 years of experience in the private sector, most notably as director of sales and marketing for the international hospitality and tourism industry, and a member of the Quebec Convention and Tourism Bureau in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Ian Lombard*

Portland – Interim Treasurer, Chair - Finance Committee

Mr. Lombard is currently the Managing Partner of Skyline Capital, a Portland based Venture Growth investment fund focused on apparel, footwear and gear companies in the Active Lifestyle market. Skyline targets companies at a growth inflection point, where consumer demand has been proven, but further expansion requires additional capital and operational scale. Prior to Skyline, Mr. Lombard served as the Chief Operating Officer at Tora. During his tenure, Tora expanded from 6 employees to nearly 200 in offices around the world, becoming one of the largest financial technology providers in Asia, responsible for handling nearly 6% of the daily volume on the Tokyo market, and 1-2% of the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. Before joining Tora, Mr. Lombard was the head of the Technology Consumer Business at Kensington, a Fortune Brands company. Under his leadership, the business developed and implemented new strategies, driving annual sales from $19 million to more than $110 million in three years, while increasing profitability by 69%.

Celeste Hill-Thomas

The Dalles – Board Member

Celeste Hill-Thomas is the Executive Director of Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. Mrs. Hill-Thomas was born in Everett, Washington and raised in John Day, Oregon. Mrs. Hill-Thomas earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Business/Economics from Eastern Oregon University. She lives in The Dalles and enjoys the small community. In the past, Mrs. Hill-Thomas had worked in the Financial Services field with emphasis in Project Management, Inves-tor Relations and Marketing.

Richard Jung

Portland – Board Member

Mr. Jung currently serves as the Executive Director for the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Mr. Jung brings over 30 years of experiences both from both sides of the non-profit spectrum - funder and fundee. He has served on numerous boards and committees ranging from Funders Concerned about AIDS, Ms. Foundation Women in HIV Committee to serving as the Vice Chair of the Denver County Cultural Council which ran the funding process for Tier 3 Arts and Science Programs in Denver County.

Eduardo Moreno

Portland – Board Member

Mr. Moreno currently works as the Health and Education Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation. Mr. Moreno brings over a decade of experience working with the nonprofit and education community in Oregon. Being a part of these communities taught Mr. Moreno to develop a deep appreciation for many new culture and customs and has gained concrete skills and relationships as well an opportunity to be culturally responsive to a very diverse community. He has spent the last two years participating in a fellowship that allowed him to build relationships among the corporate and philanthropic communities across the northwest.

Michelle Neal*

Portland – Board Member

Most recently, Ms. Neal was the Pacific Northwest Regional Director of INROADS. Ms. Neal has over 15 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sector in various managerial and professional positions. Ms. Neal is a former adjunct professor at Portland State University, Marylhurst University, and the University of Phoenix focusing on topics such as communication, strategic planning and diversity. Ms. Neal is a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

Chris Otis

Portland – Chair - Board Development and Nominations Committee

Ms. Otis is the Executive Director for SMART – Start Making a Reader Today. SMART is a volunteer-driven statewide nonprofit, with a budget of $3 million, providing one-on-one reading support for children pre-K through third grade. Ms. Otis has a rich background of more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining SMART in 2010, Ms. Otis served as executive director for the Children’s Relief Nursery, a child abuse prevention program serving high-risk children and families in Portland. Prior to her five-year tenure at the Children’s Relief Nursery, she served as the executive director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Oregon Chapter; the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services; the California Association of School Psychologists; and deputy executive director for the California Chiropractic Association. Ms. Otis has been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Portland, where she was recruited to design and teach a course on nonprofit management for MBA students at the University’s School of Business.

Carla Penn-Hopson

Portland – Board Member

Carla Penn-Hopson brings over 35 years of experience in organizational and capacity building; training; program evaluation and compliance; fund-development; grant-writing; contract negotiation and board development. Currently she serves as the Major Gifts Officer at Self Enhancement Inc. Throughout her professional career she has devoted her skills, expertise, time and energy to ensure that families gain a strong sense of worth and become informed and educated regarding their rights and resources within the community.

Mac Prichard*

Portland – Board Member

Mac Prichard owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations and social media agency that works with philanthropies, non-profits and public agencies in the Pacific Northwest across the country. He also publishes Mac’s List, Oregon’s number one source for rewarding, creative jobs that matter. Previously, Mac was communications director for several Oregon nonprofits and public agencies, a speechwriter and deputy legislative director for governor John Kitzhaber, and a Portland City Hall spokesman for Earl Blumenauer.

Jen Rusk*

Bend – Chair of the Audit Committee

Ms. Rusk serves as the Development Director for MountainStar Family Relief Nursery in Bend, Oregon. Ms. Rusk has 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As a manager, director, consultant, and Board member, Ms. Rusk offers a unique vantage on nonprofits, both as independent businesses and as a growing sector of the US economy. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Rusk has helped 35 Central Oregon nonprofits achieve great success in the areas of planning, organization development, and fundraising. She has worked successfully with nonprofits in the fields of human services, education, job training, youth development, community development, community service, homelessness and housing, the arts and culture, and the environment. Over the past 14 years, Ms. Rusk has served on five nonprofit boards and as a Board Chair for seven of those years.

Lea Sevey

Gold Beach – Board Member

Lea Sevey currently serves as the Executive Director of Oasis Shelter Home, Inc. of Gold Beach, Oregon. Prior to her position at Oasis Shelter Home, Inc. she worked as the Court Advocate for Curry County District Attorney’s Office where she assisted victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through the court process. Ms. Sevey current serves as the Board Chair for the Oregon Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence and on the Oregon Department of Human Services Fund Advisory Board. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Services.