Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
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Board of Directors

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    Michael Hohn, Professor - Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
I hold a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from George Fox, an MBA, and Bachelor of Science in business management. Formerly, I oversaw all training program content for The Karsten Institute in Portland.  Currently I enjoy teaching at PCC Rock Creek, Portland State University, Marylhurst University, and Multnomah University. I bring over 25 years of experience in operations, strategic planning, marketing, community outreach, and training and education for private, non-profit and educational enterprises and am a sought after speaker and educator on topics of leadership, staff development, engagement and organizational growth and productivity.
Vice President
    Javier Spyker, Attorney - Hernandez and Associates
I graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2013 and am a practicing attorney with the law firm of Hernandez and Associates in Beaverton. My wife and I are former Willamette West Habitat for Humanity homeowners.
     Bob Derrick, Retired
Like many of our board members I came to Willamette West because of a desire to help provide affordable housing in this region. I retired in 2011 after 35 years in local government managemt and land development in the Seattle area. While there I participated in a number of programs and projects involving affordable and transition housing. I managed HUD community development block grant funds that I directed into housing programs. I was on the board of Common Ground, which builds transition and affordable housing across the state of Washington. I represented Snohomish County on the Gates Foundation's Sound Families Initiative, which built 1400 housing units in three Seattle area counties. I believe it is important for the vitality of our region to have a full range of housing and especially affordable housing. It is clear that having a safe and secure home is a major contributor to success in a child's education, to maintaining family stability and to improve health.  This is what Habitat for Humanity provides and why I am here.
     Dave DeSemple, SVP/COO - Willamette Valley Bank
I am a Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Willamette Valley Bank based in Salem.  My banking career started in 1993 upon graduating from Washington State University with my degree in finance.  During my time in banking I have been privileged to serve the community providing financial advice, including mortgage financing.  It was always a joy to assist first time homebuyers and see their excitement when they close on their home, move in and start creating new memories.  I am very happy to be on the board of Willamette West Habitat for Humanity where I can continue my service of the community and see many deserving families also realize their dreams of homeownership.
Olivia Alcaire, Adjunct Instructor, Counseling Department - Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
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..
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.
Gary Nichols - VP Asset Liability Management
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.
Stephen Pearson, Retired
Tom Reese, SVP - Pacific Continental Bank
I graduated with a degree in Finance from the University of Portland as well as graduating from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Colorado. My career to date includes 30+ years of banking in Oregon, and I am presently Senior Vice President with Pacific Continental Bank. I also spent 13 years working with a large regional home construction firm in management.  The experience gained in both fields has provided me with an abilityto serve Willamette West in both the financial and building areas.  I have served as a board member for various nonprofit organizations over the years, most recently serving as Board Chairman for the Peter R. Marsh Foundation.  I am also a longtime volunteer as a Mentor at St. Mary's Home for Boy's.  My family and I are very active, and my wife and I enjoy doing things with our four children and five grandchildren.
Karen Sanders, Business & Applied Tech Division Dean - Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus
I have worked for Portland Community College for 16 years.  I am currently the Division Dean for Business, Applied Technology, World Languages, and College Preparation at the Rock Creek Campus.  To the Board I bring experience in program management and extensive experience in the world of higher education.  I hold a PhD in Education from Oregon State and a Masters in Adult Education from Alaska Pacific University.  I am honored to serve on the Willamette West Board and look forward to supporting the wonderful work of this organization.
 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.


Key Board Consultants
    Chris Criglow, Legal Counsel - Perkins Coie