LifeWorks NW is fortunate to benefit from the management guidance and passion of a committed board of directors. Here are the community and business leaders we’re pleased to have seated around our boardroom table.
Stoel Rives LLP
Ball Janik LLP
Officer at Large:
Portland State University
Cambia Health Solutions
Downtown Development Group
Doug Koekkoek, MD
Providence Health & Services
Lolenzo Poe, Jr.
Portland Public Schools
Portland General Electric
Michael C. Alexander is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Portland. Before joining the Urban League, he was a member of the Cambia Health Solutions Foundation and Vice President of Account Management for the Regency Group. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for Portland Parks and the American Leadership Forum: Oregon Chapter, as well as the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Lewis University of Illinois, and has a master’s degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. He joined the LifeWorks NW Board in September 2010 and serves on our African American Advisory Board.
Bill Bradley serves as Vice President of Product Management at Cambia Health Solutions parent company of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, a leading health insurance provider in the Pacific Northwest. At Cambia, he leads the management and marketing of the Commercial Products Lines of Business. Prior to Cambia, he was Director of Marketing at SignaCert an early stage technology company where he was responsible for all corporate and product marketing and was also Vice President of Marketing for Fiskars Brands, Outdoor Recreation Division. His career also includes 14 years at Intel as Global Director of Vertical Marketing. He started his career as an account executive for regional and national advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather. He earned BS in Communications from Oregon State University and MBA from University of Portland. Mr. Bradley has served on the board of directors of Business for Culture & the Arts and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two sons.
Bruce Cahn is a Partner with Ball Janik LLP’s Litigation practice. A well regarded lawyer in the Portland Community, Bruce earned his law degree in 1990 from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Bruce has experience working in Film Financing, copyright and trademark licensing and other entertainment industry matters. Bruce joined the LifeWorks NW Board in July 2012 and is currently the chair of LWNW Board Development Committee.
Deborah Chen is the Senior Manager Sales Operations for K12/Fuel Education LLC. She has been with the organization since January 2011, forecasting sales performance and compensation. Prior to joining K12, Deborah helped grow two startups within the health care industry: Kryptiq and Portico Systems. Outside of work, Deborah is passionate about science, philosophy, travel, food, and life in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys baking for friends and family and rolling out her telescope to marvel at the moon and stars. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelors degree in professional writing.
Rob DeWitt is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Legacy Health. Prior to joining Legacy in 2012, Rob was with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) where he served as general counsel to CHI’s Franciscan Health System, as well as CHI’s hospitals in Roseburg and Pendleton. He previously practiced health law for twenty years at Atlanta law firms. A native of Canton, Ohio, Rob graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California where he played varsity soccer and graduated with a degree in philosophy. He also studied at the London School of Economics and received a law degree in 1986 from the Cornell Law School.
Dave Evans is Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Moda Health, one of Oregon’s largest privately held companies serving almost two million members across five western states. He oversees financial, treasury, regulatory, and information services. A native Portlander, Dave brings to his role both intimate knowledge of local markets and broad expertise in financial planning and budget management. Prior to assuming his current position in 2011, Dave served as controller of Moda Health (then The ODS Companies) for almost a decade. He is an active certified public accountant who earned his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University. Dave volunteers in the mentoring program for the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and remains engaged with the American Institute of CPAs. He is active in the Portland community, currently serving on the board of the Assistance League and on Metro’s oversight committee for the Oregon Zoo.
Janis Fujii is Assistant Vice President, Disability Claims, at The Standard. She served on the Children’s Relief Nursery board and was a tremendous help as chair of the recent Iron Chef fundraising event. Janis lives in East County and will provide a connection for our board in this region. She believes strongly in the work the Children’s relief Nursery does and brings an understanding and appreciation of our services and the work we do. Janis joined the LifeWorks NW Board in July 2012.
Greg Goodman is Co-President of Downtown Development Group LLC and City Center Parking LP and he has been part of the management team of Downtown Development Group for more than 25 years. Greg is an avid supporter of the City of Portland, diligently working to make the city a more vibrant place for business and a comfortable place for people to live and work. He is a strong supporter of local charitable organizations and has been a board member of Self Enhancement Inc., Pioneer Courthouse Square, The Portland Business Alliance, The Central City Committee, Portland Mall Management and the Clean and Safe Business Improvement District.
Kim Heiting joined NW Natural in 1998 and is now Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. She has held positions in advertising, marketing, consumer information and internet services and public relations. Kim has an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University. Kim volunteers her time with several organizations, serves on the Marketing Committee of American Gas Association and currently serves on the LifeWorks NW Marketing Committee.
Dr. Doug Koekkoek is Chief Executive of Clinical Services and Regional Chief Medical Officer for Providence Health & Services in Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Koekkoek completed his residency in internal medicine and was chief resident at Providence Portland Medical Center. He practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Doug played an integral role developing Providence Health & Services’ regional hospitalist program in Oregon. He sees patients several days each month as a working hospitalist. Dr. Koekkoek’s current responsibilities include medical staff affairs and quality strategy across the health system’s Oregon network. His executive role provides oversight and guidance to regional nursing, pharmacy, home services, and the graduate medical education programs. He is intimately involved with the system’s Community Health Division and evolving strategies in population health management.
David Lippoff has more than 40 years of experience in the communications business. His career spanned 35 years in television broadcasting, including 21 years in news and another 14 years in television station management. For several years David was a vice president of public affairs with a global public relations/communications firm. Most recently, he served as managing director of a Portland-based, global specialty coffee importing social enterprise. During his career, David has been actively involved with community building, especially with health and social service organizations. Those communities included Detroit, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dayton, Ohio, Orlando and Portland. David is a native Portlander, who came back to the city with his wife Liz in 2002 after a 21-year career-based leave. Since returning home, he has served on a number of community boards. In July 2009, he joined the LifeWorks NW board and served as board chair from FY14-16.
Elise McClure is a tax attorney and retired Vice President of Tax and Customs for Starbucks. Prior to joining Starbucks in 1992, Elise was employed by Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, as a tax manager in Seattle and New York offices. Elise serves on the Oregon State University Foundation Board and served on a nonprofit community board representing foster children in Seattle. Elise received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a law degree from Willamette University. She joined the LifeWorks NW Board in July 2011 and serves as chair of the Board Finance Committee and Treasurer.
Jocelynne McAdory is Executive Consultant (Chief of Staff) of Care Delivery for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc./Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Northwest Region. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, she was an employment law attorney and worked in public service in both Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida. Earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hampton University, she then earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Jocelynne serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of United Way and is a member of the Portland Chapter of Links International, Inc.
Tim McMahan is a partner at Stoel Rives, LLP in Portland. Prior to joining Stoel Rives in 2000, Tim served as the Port Townsend City Attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Puget Sound, has a masters degree in Urban Planning from University of Washington, and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Tim was a former member of the Board of Directors for United Way and Chair of United Way’s Community Impact Cabinet and change process, and has been a long-time community volunteer with United Way. Tim chairs our Board Planning & Strategy Committee.
Leslie Petroff is a native Portlander and community volunteer. Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Art History from Stanford University. Her career in retail spanned 25 years with May Co., Federated Stores, and Carlisle. The mother of three children, her volunteer work has included running an Art Literacy program for K-6, starting a private foreign language program for junior high school and co-chairing the Jesuit High School auction. Leslie currently serves as chair of LifeWorks NW Board Development Committee where she has been a member and actively involved with the annual breakfast and the Iron Chef event for the last several years.
Lolenzo Poe, Jr. serves as the Director of Partnership and Development for Portland Public Schools and he has more than 20 years of experience developing innovative partnership programs for students and families. Lolenzo is a strong advocate of educational equity and is committed to giving all students the opportunity to be successful. He believes educational practices should be shifted to include each individual student’s unique characteristics such as their race, language, gender, sexual orientation and various abilities in order to provide each student the opportunity to reach his or her potential. Lolenzo served on the Portland School Board from 2001 to 2005 and he serves on the boards of leading community organizations, including the Portland Schools Foundation, the Black Parent Initiative, the Black United Fund and Co-Chair of the African American Alliance.
Brett Sims is Director of Origination, Structuring and Resource Strategy for Portland General Electric. His teams are responsible for developing strategic plans to meet PGE’s mid- and long-term energy supply requirements, as well as securing new electric generation resources to meet those needs. Brett has held management roles in the energy and financial services industries for more than 20 years. He joined PGE in 2001 as a Structuring Analyst and later served as Manager of Origination and Structuring in the company’s Power Operations group before being assigned to his current role. Prior to his career at Portland General Electric, Brett spent 10 years in various leadership, finance, risk management and business development positions with several large financial services and energy organizations in the Portland area. He graduated from Linfield College in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Economics. Sims also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Fox University.
Ed Washington, Portland State University Community Liaison for Diversity Initiatives and Portland Community College Adjunct Professor, joined the LifeWorks NW Board in March 2002 and completed his term in June 2008. He previously served on the Board of the Center for Community Mental Health until it merged with LifeWorks NW on March 1, 2002. Ed is currently a member of the City of Portland Urban Forestry Board. He is a former Metro Councilor, past President of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP, and prior Board member of Self-Enhancement, Inc. Ed completed his undergraduate studies at Portland State University.
Abby Weast has been the Director of Financial Information – Emerging Markets at Nike since December 2012. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at PepsiCo in various finance and operations roles here in the Pacific Northwest. Before PepsiCo, she served four years in the United States Army as an engineer, stationed in Germany, including serving with the United Nations on a peacekeeping mission.
As a military kid, Abby moved every few years while growing up, mostly on the East Coast. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and earned an MBA from Cornell University. She lives in Portland with her husband and enjoys hiking with him and their dog, going to Timbers and Thorns soccer matches, reading and traveling the world.
Cameron Williams has more than 20 years of experience working in the risk management and insurance fields for several leading Oregon-based organizations. He currently works as the global risk manager for Columbia Sportswear, where he is responsible for building and maintaining a risk-based organizational structure to include risk financing, risk control, and business continuity. Cameron spent 10 years working for Nike Inc., where he was responsible for managing the global risk control function for multiple regions, integrating strategic planning and organizational development globally. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance from Oregon State University. Cameron is a member of the Archdiocese of Oregon Finance Committee, 1993-2005 member and past society delegate of the Oregon Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society and board member for 11 years. Cameron also volunteers as a mentor for St. Mary’s Home for Boys.
To ensure the credibility and integrity of our board of directors, we seek to minimize conflicts of interest by asking each member to complete our Conflict of Interest Statement annually.