Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
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Board of Directors

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Stan Axtman, Product Support Supervisor - Intel
I have worked for Intel since 1997, focused on product support for networking and computer products. I have volunteered with many different organizations, and decided in 2010 that I would like to focus my time and energy with one organization. I wanted to make a positive impact on our community, and found that the work of Willamette West Habitat for Humanity was a great way to achieve this. I continue to be impressed by the way WWHFH provides an opportunity for families, and hope to contribute to this great mission for years to come. I enjoy spending my free time on the golf course and hope to travel more when my children are done with college.
Vice President
Olivia Alcaire, Adjunct Instructor, Counseling Department - Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
I am an educator, a Hillsboro City Councilor, and a former AmeriCorps volunteer.  My professional path has taken many turns from social services to education-based roles to help youth and families thrive, gain access to critical services, and empower communities to have a voice.  My college education included travelling and living in southern Mexico, while working on my Master's in Mexican History.  I am completing my doctorate in English Leadership at PSU.  As a Hillsboro City Councilor, I support many initiatives including affordable housing.  Willamette West Habitat for Humanity is exactly the kind of organization I am proud to support through board service because I have the opportunity to help a family own a home.
Angie Urrutia,  Marketing Program Manager - SolarWorld Americas
I have worked at SolarWorld Americas for the past 10 years, having held a number of management positions in Accounting and Sales & Marketing.  I have an undergraduate degree in Accountancy from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from Cal State Channel Island.  I got started with Willamette West through a dear friend, he shared with me the amazing work this organization does for the community and after a few meetings I was thoroughly impressed with all the wonderful work they do.  In the past I have volunteered at animal shelters and other organizations, I hope I can make a lasting contribution now with Habitat and I am honored to be a board member and serve this beautiful community.
     Gary Nichols, VP Asset Liability Management - First Tech Federal Credit Union
I am an 18-year veteran of First Tech Federal Credit Union, currently serving as their Vice President of Asset Liability Management.  My undergraduate degree is in Business Management from University of LaVerne and my MBA is from National University.  I've been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity since 1997 when I first volunteered.  I'm honored to serve in the community and on the Willamette West board of directors and look forward to helping the organization in any way I can.
Will Burton, Heritage Bank
Jimmy Chan, Retired
Hurray - successfully transplanted from California’s Silicon Valley to the city I love (Portland), am engaged with the organization I love (Habitat) and am enjoying my retirement. Educational: BSEE-UC Berkeley, MBA-San Francisco State University, and Math/Computers/Business Teaching Credential. My life seem to happen in phases – (1) High Tech Computer Industry as Project Mgr., Program Mgr., Management Consultant, Branch Mgr., and Consultant. (2) Entrepreneur: proprietor creating/financing two Video Super Stores (similar to BlockBuster), one dessert shop. (3) High School and Middle School Math teacher for GATE kids (Gifted and Talented Education). Over 40 years of buying, selling, and management of real estate; currently involved in Habitat’s Land Acquisition effort. I was attracted to Willamette West Habitat because of its worthy mission and objectives, dedication of volunteers and staff as well as the companionship of people willing to sacrifice their time and resources for the betterment of their community..
Glen Fahs, Retired
After careers in continuing higher education, part-time teaching at ten colleges and management development, I have retired and my consulting is limited to resiliency presentations/training and strategic planning. My roles on Habitat’s board have included Secretary, Vice President and Chair of Nominating Committee. I also helped plan the first few annual fundraisers.  I also serve on the boards of the Oregon Organization Development Network and the Resiliency Center. Habitat is a wonderful organization with terrific people who put their values into positive action. 
Dan Fako, Retired
My education background is as a MSW Social Worker, my speciality was in administrative services and management, and I received my degree in 1974 from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.  After graduation I worked for 11 years for the American Red Cross in various administrative capacities in St. Louis, Mo., Norfolk, Va., and lastly in Portland, Or., where my role was Executive Director/CEO.  I made a directional change in my career and moved into financial planning and financial services. For the last 25 years I have worked as an advisor for New York Life and Thrivent Financial. I have been involved with Habitat for over 25 years as a local coordinator of Thrivent's involvement in the Habitat/Thrivent Builds program and on the Board of Directors including a year as board president. My experiences have been very satisfying and after a one year hiatus I look forward to the opportunity of serving as a member of the board once again.
Kirsten Goetz - Partnership Navigator, Catholic Charities
I love connecting people with opportunities to build a better community.  Working at Catholic Charities allows me to fulfill this passion by helping volunteers and donors connect with clients in meaningful ways.  I am a parent to three wonderful children and have a loving husband.  I have always called Portland my home and I can be found exploring local parks, enjoying family bikes rides, and hanging out at the Oregon Coast.  I am a graduate of St. Mary's Academy and have a B.A. in Communications and a Masters of Public Administration from Clark University in Massachusetts.  I volunteer with Willamette West because I believe in building a better community for all Oregonians.  Decent, affordable housing for working families improves the community for all of us.
Brittany Goss, Lewis & Clark Bank
Mark Graepel, Salesforce
Stephen Pearson, Retired
I am retired from budgeting and financial analysis work primarily at the City of Portland and Multnomah County and have enjoyed my available time volunteering at Tualatin Hills Park and Rec, Cedar Mill Library, La Su Garden, and Willamette West Habitat among other nonprofits.  I have been on the family selection committee for Willamette West as well as Portland Metro/East.  I am particularly attracted to the Habitat for Humanity model where "sweat equity" is required to buy a home.  I look forward to helping Willamette West succeed in their mission.
 Leon Taylor, CPA - Dethloff & Associates
I became involved with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity in the early 1990's when I encountered a Willamette West booth at the Beaverton Good Neighbor Days and it has been a part of my life ever since. I am a CPA with the firm of Dethloff and Associates in Beaverton. I have been with Dethloff & Associates since 1987. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking, rafting, and camping. My wife Janice works at Intel. My twins Aaron and Lauren are students at the University of Oregon. (Leon is and will be Controller for Willamette West until 2019!).
 Jim Woodruff, Director of Sales Transformation - Intel
I am a 25-year veteran of Intel, having held a number of management positions in Marketing and Sales Operations.  I am currently Intel’s Director of Sales Transformation, helping lead a cultural and business process reengineering effort for our worldwide sales teams.  I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from Harvard University.  I have been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity, starting in 1990 when I first participated in a build trip to Guatemala.  I am particularly impressed by Habitat’s model of having the future home owners help build their home and the homes of others.  I believe Habitat’s approach builds pride in home ownership and strength of community in a way no other organization does, and I am proud to contribute my leadership and marketing skills to Willamette West Habitat for Humanity’s mission.


Member Emeritus
     Ed Brauner, Retired
My participation in Habitat began around 1985 when I began leading teams from Valley Community Presbyterian Church, in Raleigh Hills, to work with Portland HFH.  In late 1990 I attended the first training conference held by HFH International in the Northwest.  There, I met volunteers from the new affiliate on the west side of Portland and was invited to join them.  After attending a Willamette West board meeting, I was asked to serve as President as this position was vacant.  I served for 1-1/2 years, was succeeded by Bill Lindsay, and later elected to another year as President.  After 6 years on the Willamette West board, I became active in organizing Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, an umbrella affiliate that works on statewide fund-raising and publicity, especially with the Oregon State government. I served several years as Vice President of HFHO.  After retiring from the HFH-Oregon board, I was looking forward to some rest but soon got involved again with Willamette West and served on the Board for 3 years.  More recently, as Director Emeritus, I serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Board and Executive Committee.


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