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

Brad Russell

Medford – 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.

Celeste Hill-Thomas

The Dalles – Vice President

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

Nancy Ramirez Arriaga*

Beaverton – Past President

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. Nancy has over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector include program management, advocacy, stakeholder involvement, and change management. Nancy 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.

Mac Prichard*

Portland – Treasurer

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.

Richard Jung

Portland – Secretary

Richard Jung currently serves as the Executive Director for the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Richard 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.

Merten Bangemann-Johnson

Roseburg – Board Member

Merten has dedicated nearly 30 years to service in the areas of affordable housing, community and economic development, and public and nonprofit management. Prior to joining NeighborWorks Umpqua, Merten led the transformation of Gilman Housing Trust, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Vermont. Merten previously served as a Special Assistant to Mayor Mark Begich, as the CEO of the Anchorage Community Land Trust and in a variety of roles for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the City of Tacoma. Merten sits on the board of the National Rural Housing Coalition and the National NeighborWorks Association. He received a MA in Economics from University College in London, a BA in Political Science & Government and International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Sprinavasa Brown

Portland – Board Member

Sprinavasa is committed to the health and sustainability of her community, and access to educational opportunities for all children. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Camp ELSO, where she has overseen operations, program design, partnership development, community outreach, and fundraising, for three years. Before Camp ELSO, Sprinavasa has years of experience leading nonprofit development and communications. She is a recipient of the Bonner Scholars Award at Oberlin College for outstanding community leadership and service. Sprinavasa has experience advising and working alongside local agencies and regional government to further inclusion, engagement, and outreach to communities of color. Sprinavasa loves spending time with family gardening, traveling, hiking and watching movies.

Ian Lombard*

Portland – Board Member

Ian Lombard is currently the Managing Partner of BroadPeak Capital. Prior to BroadPeak, Ian 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, Ian 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%.

Eduardo Moreno

Portland – Board Member

Eduardo Moreno currently works as the Community Engagement Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation. Eduardo 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 the many different cultures and customs across our region and he has gained concrete skills and relationships as well an opportunity to be culturally responsive to a very diverse community.

Michelle Neal*

Portland – Board Member

Most recently, Michelle Neal was the Pacific Northwest Regional Director of INROADS. Michelle has over 15 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sector in various managerial and professional positions. Michelle 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. Michelle is also a Senior Fellow for the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

Chris Otis

Portland – Board Member

Chris Otis, Executive Director – SMART Reading and NAO Board Member (NAO has photo) Chris Otis is the Executive Director for SMART Reading, which is a volunteer-driven statewide nonprofit, with a budget of $3.8 million, providing one-on-one reading support for children pre-K through third grade. Chris has a rich background of more than 25 years in nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining SMART Reading in 2010, Chris 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. Chris 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. She received her undergraduate and MBA degrees from California State University, Sacramento. Chris is also an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.

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.

Raziah Roushan

Beaverton – Board Member

Raziah Roushan is a professional fine artist and arts administrator. She brings with her fluent knowledge for non-profit management having worked on staff or as a board member with organizations and public entities dedicated to the creative sectors. Some of Raziah’s most notable positions held include being the Grant Writer and Foundry Art Studios Manager for New Village Arts Theatre; Program Director for San Marcos Arts Council; Director of Marketing at Oceanside Museum of Art; Managing Director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest; and Steering Committee Member of Beaverton’s upcoming Art Center as well as Chair of Beaverton Arts Commission. Raziah holds a Master’s Degree in Art Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design, and Bachelors of Fine Art from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jen Rusk*

Bend – Board Member

Ms. Rusk is the owner of Rusk Coaching & Consulting. With 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a manager, director, consultant, and Board member, Ms. Rusk offers a unique vantage on nonprofits—as independent businesses, hubs of community services and engagement, and as a growing sector of the U.S. economy. For the past 20 years, Ms. Rusk has helped 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 and youth development, community development, homelessness and housing, and arts and culture.

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. Lea 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.

Betsy Stark-Miller

Portland – Board Member

Betsy is a fifth generation Oregonian with roots in and around Multnomah and Columbia Counties. Betsy has been the Executive Director at CASA for Children since 2014. Before CASA, Betsy was the development director for ChristieCare, later known as Youth Villages Oregon. She is the immediate past president of the Oregon CASA Network, where she continues to serve on the OCN governance committee, legislative committee, resource committee and allocation committee. She serves as the co-chair of the National CASA Association Performance Measurement Committee. In 2018, Betsy was selected as a Fellow by the American Leadership Forum, Oregon Chapter.

Janet Yousey

Salem – Board Member

Janet joined Shangri-La in 2013, bringing an extensive background in organizational strategy development and talent management. Before becoming CEO, Janet was a member of Shangri-La’s executive team, primarily focused on creating and implementing a full strategic management cycle, big-picture leadership development strategies, succession planning, and executive coaching. Additionally, Janet’s experiences as a business owner working as a trusted advisor for nonprofits, family owned and closely held businesses, and educational institutions, provides her with a well-rounded foundation for her role as CEO. Janet holds an MBA as well as art education and fine arts degrees.