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Board of Directors

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    Stan Axtman, Product Support Manager - 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
    Michael Hohn, Provfessor - 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.
    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.
     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.


    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..
      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 management 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.
      Glen Fahs, Corporate Trainer - Cascade Employers Association
I was recruited to Habitat by the former president of Cascade Employers Association, where I provide leadership training and coaching.  Cascade serves 400 member organizations In Oregon with HR services.  He was president of the Habitat affiliate in Salem and spoke highly of the organization.  Since my construction skills are non-existent, I decided to volunteer in communications.  In 2004, Willamette West Board President Melanie St. John nominated me to the board.  I served as Vice President, PR Committee Chair, Fundraising Program Chair and on the Golf Tournament Committee.  I now am Board Secretary and Chair of the Nominating Committee.  I spent 18 years in Higher Continuing Ed and have taught for 12 colleges and universities, including PSU, since 1987.  Habitat is a wonderful organization with terrific people who put ethics into positive action.  In my ten years, Willamette West has improved every year.
      Cynthia Griffin, Retired
Having recently returned to Portland from an assignment as Executive Director of the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center in Texas, I am happy to have the opportunity to serve and advance the mission and work of Willamette West Habitat. I bring strategic planning skills and a background in public policy communications, with 13 years experience in Oregon state government on health and civic engagement issues and 12 years in television news management and production. As a trustee of the 125-year old Portland Women’s Foundation Board (now Women’s Foundation of Oregon), I gained exposure to Multnomah County housing issues through vetting and awarding grants to community organizations. With an interest in and focus west to Washington County, I am drawn to the combination of Habitat’s business and servant leadership approaches, and the tangible results Willamette West produces and community it creates across the area.  
       Niyati Gupta, Retired Franchise Owner
I am a transplant to Portland from New Jersey. With a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland and an MS in Computer Science Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, I have almost 15 years experience working as a Systems Engineer/Project Manager for companies like GE, Lucent Technology, and Bellcore Labs.  In 2005, I bought and started a franchise business in supplemental education services and worked closely with Title I schools in Morris County, NJ. I am passionate about education, civil liberties, and women's right. I feel fortunate to be part of the Willamette West family and look forward to helping families achieve their dreams of owning a home.
        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!).
        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.
        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