Staff Directory

Roseburg and Eugene, Oregon

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Administration

Anne C. Kubisch

President
(541) 957-5574

Oversees general operations, program and staff development, external relations with partners, press, stakeholders; reports to Board for execution of policies. (Does not select investments.)

Aden Bliss

Chief Financial Officer
(541) 957-2564

Oversees operations and administrative functions, including finance and tax; grants and contracts; IT; facilities; HR; administration of the Foundation’s investment portfolio.

Kasi Allen

Director - Learning and Knowledge Management
(541) 957-2578

Develops an organization-wide approach to learning that assesses program and community-building work, improves practice, supports innovation, and advances strategy.

Donna Wolford

Manager, Executive Office and Board Relations
(541) 957-2561

Supports the Foundation's president and Board of Directors; coordinates board and committee meetings; provides human resource functions; administers employee benefit programs.

Jennifer Mitchell

Accounting Manager
(541) 957-1531

Manages the Foundation’s accounting function; prepares financial statements, tax returns and audit information; assists the Foundation’s CFO with budget preparation and investment monitoring.

Laura Crosier

Human Resources Specialist
(541) 957-2560

Provides support for human resources and administrative functions; maintains salary documents and completes compensation benchmarking surveys; coordinates insurance enrollments.

Tom Winter

Information Technology Manager
(541) 957-5574

Coordinates and reviews all technology — network, computers, servers, website, AV equipment, mobile devices, telecommunications and office equipment; trains staff on technology.

Andrew Goodwin

Information Technology Specialist
(541) 957-5574

Evaluates computing needs; receives, tests and installs hardware, software and peripherals; solves user operation problems; supports AV use, computer and mobile-device operations.

Carol Dalu

Grants Manager / Visual Arts
(541) 957-5574

Oversees management of all grants including the application and review processes, documentation, release of funds and compliance; manages the proactive Visual Arts Program.

Alisha Templeton

Grants Management Associate
(541) 957-5574

Responsible for tracking grant applications; assists applicants /grantees with online grant accounts; oversees verification of applicant compliance with regulations; maintains grant file-management system.

Ed McManus

Building Maintenance Associate
Cell (541) 671-0173

Manages and maintains the 20,000 square foot headquarters building and campus in Roseburg, including landscape, HVAC, lighting, roof and security system; coordinates outside contractors to assist with projects.

Ford Institute for Community Building

Roque Barros

Director - Ford Institute
(541) 957-1530

Provides leadership to the Ford Institute; focuses on community building; strengthens and builds community relationships and collaborations; supports capacity building in communities.

Max Gimbel

Associate Director
(541) 957-2567

Responsible for on-going operational oversight, design, evaluation and adjustments to Ford Institute for Community Building programs; assists with new program development for the Foundation.

Crystal Aston

Field Coordinator
(530) 925-6106

Works in the field to represent the Foundation throughout rural Oregon and Siskiyou County; supports all of the Foundation’s work at the local community level. 

Denise Bacon

Field Coordinator
(503) 840-5023

Works in the field to represent the Foundation throughout rural Oregon and Siskiyou County; supports all of the Foundation’s work at the local community level. 

Maurizio Valerio

Field Coordinator
(541) 519-3902

Works in the field to represent the Foundation throughout rural Oregon and Siskiyou County; supports all of the Foundation’s work at the local community level. 

Yvette Rhodes

Program Associate
(541) 957-2571

Assists with operations and programs of the Ford Institute and Community Economic Development; manages the Technical Assistance Grants.

Alicia Flory

Administrative Associate
(541) 957-2574

Secures facilities for trainings and events; coordinates travel and meetings for Institute director and associate director; works as a system administrator for the Foundation’s grants database.

Children, Youth and Families

Keavy Cook

Director - Children, Youth & Families
(541) 957-5574

Leads the Children, Youth, and Families department; responsible for strategy, budgeting. Develops and implements proactive programs in Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention and Access to Health and Dental Services for Children; maintains a portfolio of grants.

Christy Cox

Senior Program Officer
(541) 957-5574

Works with partners to implement proactive programs in Early Childhood Development; develops community engagement; builds systems to support families and young children; works collaboratively statewide.

Robin Hill-Dunbar

Program Officer
(541) 957-5574

Shapes strategies to support strong families and healthy children; works to improve kindergarten readiness, reduce the rate of child abuse, and provide access to health and dental services to underserved children.

Jeneen Hartley

Program Officer
(541) 957-5574

Develops/implements proactive programs for Youth Development and Education; develops community engagement; works collaboratively with partners, experts and change-makers in rural communities.

Connie Christensen

Program Associate
(541) 957-2570

Assists with operations/programs of the Successful Citizens division, coordinates workflow for programs under Children, Youth and Families, and Postsecondary Success.

Robin Tripp

Administrative Assistant
(541) 957-1532

Supports Children, Youth and Families department program staff; manages calendars; coordinates travel and meetings; maintains materials and records; supports program events for conferences and meetings. 

Community Economic Development

Kathleen Flanagan

Program Officer
(541) 957-5574.

Assists in developing and implementing a new strategic grantmaking area on economic development in rural communities.

Ashlee Fox

Administrative Assistant
(541) 957-2569

Supports the Vital Rural Communities staff including Community Economic Development and the field coordinators; coordinates public use of conference center and meeting rooms. 

Postsecondary Success

Denise Callahan

Director - Postsecondary Success
(541) 762-0231

Responsible for the direction/leadership of the Foundation's scholarship and postsecondary programs; focuses on strategic planning; develops long-term community relations and collaborations with partners.

Tricia Tate

Programs Manager
(541) 762-0230

Estimates scholarship payout; prepares statistical reports; serves as liaison with the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion for scholarship application data and reports; in the absence of the director, responsible for Eugene office operations.

Bonnie Williams

Manager of Scholar and Alumni Engagement
(541) 762-2524

Responsible for programs that engage Ford Family scholarship alumni and recipients. Helps scholarship recipients transition into the working world while cultivating a resource base to support the Foundation's mission. 

Jeff Strickland

Student Success Counselor
(541) 762-0228

Provides academic advising, personal counseling and career guidance to scholarship recipients. Helps students understand academic expectations, and provides support services to help students achieve their personal, educational and professional goals.

Ashley Potter

Program Associate – Scholarship Awards
(541) 762-0227

Serves as liaison to college financial aid officers and Foundation scholarship recipients to administer student awards; monitors grades; manages the scholarship renewal process.

Katherine Gandee

Program Associate - Scholarship Events & Selection
(541) 762-0229

Plans and coordinates all scholarship events, conferences and campus visits; coordination and oversight of scholarship selection process.

Sarah Boam

Administrative Associate
(541) 762-0234

Provides administrative leadership for the Scholarship office; direct support for the director of Postsecondary Success; coordinates scheduling; serves as liaison to Friends of the Foundation; oversees student workers.

Anna Guenther

Administrative Assistant
(541) 762-0226

Provides administrative support for the Scholarship Office staff; assists with daily operations; maintains materials and records; provides assistance with events and greets visitors.

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