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.
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Scott Andrews has been President of Melvin Mark Properties in Portland since 1978. He joined the LifeWorks NW Board in July 2006 and serves as Board Chair. He also serves as Chairman of the Portland Development Commission and as Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation. He previously served as Chair of the Portland Business Alliance, President of Multnomah Athletic Club, President of the Portland Mall Management Group and Chair of the Portland Regional Business Plan Steering Committee. An active member of the Portland community, Scott grew up in Portland, attended the University of Oregon and received his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. He has served on several board committees, headed the Project Network Task Force and has been an influential advocate for LifeWorks NW in the Portland business community.
David joined Sustainable Harvest in 2010 and currently has responsibility for overseeing day-to-day operations across the organization. He has 40 years of communications business experience, 35 years are in broadcasting, including television news reporting, producing and news management positions in Portland, Detroit, San Francisco and Atlanta, and running CBS and ABC television stations in Dayton OH, Orlando FL and Portland. David is a native of Portland and has an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. David joined LifeWorks NW Board in July 2009 and serves as Chair of the Board Marketing Committee and as Board Vice Chair.
Susan Popp is the Vice President of Global Human Resources at Columbia Sportswear, where she has worked since 1997. Prior to joining Columbia, she held various Human Resource positions, including at NIKE, Inc. Avia, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon. Susan has a keen interest in the work we do, as she has a bachelor degree in social work prior to receiving her masters in human resources management from Portland State University. Susan joined LifeWorks NW Board in July 2011 and serves on our HR Committee and as Board Secretary.
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 their 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,Washington. Elise received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a law degree from Willamette University. She joined LifeWorks NW Board in July 2011 and serves as chair of the Board Finance Committee and Board Treasurer.
Judy Etzel Samples is a native Oregonian who attended high school in Stayton and earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Oregon State University. She is the Oregon Regional Director of Human Resources for Providence Health & Services, where she has worked for over 25 years. Judy is also on the board of Outside In and is very active in the St. John Fisher Catholic Church community. She joined the LifeWorks NW Board in February 2008 and serves on the Board Development and Marketing Committee and chairs the Board Human Resources Committee.
Michael C. Alexander is 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 is serving 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 LifeWorks NW Board in September 2010 and serves on our African American Advisory Board.
Bruce 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 LifeWorks NW Board in July 2012 and is currently the chair of LWNW Board Development Committee.
Janis 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 LifeWorks NW Board in July 2012.
Michelle Harper is a community volunteer, retired from her position as Citywide Collaborative Services Manager at Portland Parks & Recreation. She has 35 years of experience collectively in leadership, governance, diversity, non-profit collaborations, community building and partnerships. She attended Grant High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Portland State University. Michelle has been involved in outreach services for several minorities and the SUN Community Schools Program. She joined LifeWorks NW Board in July 2009 and serves on our African American Advisory Board.
Matt is a Partner with DeLap, and is the lead of the firm’s tax practice. His previous board experience included the Police Activities League of Greater Portland and was a steering committee member on United Way New Leaders Group. Matt earned his Bachelor of Art’s degree in Business Administration from University of Portland, specializing in accounting. Matt joined LifeWorks NW board in July 2012 and is a member of the Board Finance Committee.
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.
Wayne Pipes is co-founder and managing partner of CAP2 Consulting. Previously, Wayne was Vice President of Facilities & Development at Knowledge Universe from 1997-2012. He served on the Children’s Relief Nursery board and brings strong facilities management experience and planning skills to the board. Wayne joined our board in July 2012 and serves on the Board Finance and Planning and Strategy Committees.
Jim Piro is Chief Executive Officer for Portland General Electric Company. He has been with PGE for 28 years. Born in Lake Oswego, Jim attended Benson High School in Portland and then studied civil engineering at Oregon State University. He currently serves on the Boards of the Oregon Sports Authority and PGE Foundation as well as serving on the Governor’s Governance Subcommittee on Transportation. He is a member of the American Leadership Forum Class of 2007 and joined the LifeWorks NW Board in February 2008. Jim serves on our Board Finance and Planning and Strategy Committees.
Frances is an international consultant on diversity issues at Portillo Consulting, International. She has been in the training and consulting field since 1979 and her main areas of expertise include conflict management, cross-cultural communication, team building across cultures, workplace harassment and drug and alcohol prevention. Frances currently teaches at PSU’s Graduate School of Education and has nonprofit board experience. Frances earned a degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and Masters Degree in Higher Education and Bilingual/Bicultural education from the University of Washington. She joined the LifeWorks NW board in July 2012 and serves an important advisory role on LifeWorks NW Latino Advisory Board as we develop our Latino services.
Jeff Uncapher came to Portland from the Washington, DC area as part of a job transfer with United Airlines, where he has been employed since 1988. While in DC, Jeff was involved with two nonprofits that develop and support minority and women-owned businesses, including serving as President and CEO for several years. He was also an active member of the DC, Virginia and West Virginia National Guards. Jeff received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and served on the LifeWorks NW Board from December 2001 through June 2008.
Kim 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.
Jocelynne 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, DC 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 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.
Michael is Vice President of Strategic Finance at Cambia Health, managing the Strategic Finance team to support Government Programs, IT and Shared Services. Before Cambia Health, he worked at WellPoint and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Ball State University and his Master of Science in Business Administration from Butler University. He serves on the Healthcare Management Administration (HMA) board. Michael is currently serving on our Board Finance Committee.
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.
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.