Leadership

Board of Directors

Ross Stout, President
Director of Campus Safety at Willamette University. Experience with education, project management, organizational leadership, inter-departmental coordination and public safety. Ross has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in management from Willamette University, and serves on two other non-profit boards in Salem. He enjoys gardening and home improvement projects. Board member since March 2004.
Nicole Titus, Secretary / Treasurer
President, IpseNault Co. Nicole is an entreprenurial business manager specializing in organizational promotions, media relations, and business communications. She was a former lobbyist in Washington, DC, where she worked with cities, transportation authorities, and Indian tribes to procure federal appropriations. Nicole’s interests include hiking, skiing and cooking. Board member since January 2006.
Lowell Herr, Member
Retired Teacher; Family Member experienced with education, human services, consumer advocacy, financial investment and donor fund management. Board member since December 2003.
Jan Frank, Member
Co-owner with husband, West Salem Ace Hardware. Jan is a Licensed Tax Consultant and has experience with financial statements and tax preparation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Washington University. Jan enjoys co-directing the Elementary Department at her church, travel, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Board member since June 2013.
Nick Bender, Member
PMP certified project manager. Nick set up and managed the China office of a computer software company focusing on web and mobile application development for five years. Prior to that, he was a project manager with a technology consulting company in Silicon Valley. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. Board member since July 2013.
Dan Gilmour, Member
Owner of Dan Gilmour Construction since 1989 in Oregon. Dan was raised within a farming family in the Talbot area that dates back to 1897 with family still farming. Dan has spent 35 years in the construction business as a general contractor and enjoys his work & often volunteers his services to people in need & local community projects. Dan & his family enjoy working their small acreage, raising donkeys & goats, gardening & a huge sports fan. Proud father of a child with special needs.
LeeAnne Gilmour, Member
Business Development Officer for Citizens Bank in Lebanon. LeeAnne spent her 37 year career in the banking business within the Salem & Albany communities. LeeAnne has been involved as a member of Soropitimist International of Albany for the past 20 years and enjoys volunteering within her community. LeeAnne enjoys entertaining, cooking & gardening with her family. Also proud mother of a child with special needs & client of Shangri-La.
Julia Frisbie, Member
Julia Frisbie is a professional communicator and fundraiser with a passion for disability awareness. She grew up in Portland alongside her autistic brother, Tom, so she’s got real empathy for the families that we serve. She graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in International Relations and Creative Nonfiction. Her career started in New York, where she developed a specialty in Global Health journalism. She now works on a United Methodist campaign to end malaria. Her job is to raise a million dollars through grassroots activity in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. Julia moved to Salem this summer when her husband got a job as a chaplain at the Oregon State Hospital. She’s excited to get engaged with the Shangri-La community here in town, and she’s got a personal stake in the services available to adults with disabilities.”
Chad Kerlegan, Member
Chad is married to Claudia and has 5 kids. He currently works as the marketing director for Servpro of West Salem, Lincoln & Polk Counties. He previously owned a foreclosure maintenance company that provided services on bank-owned properties. Chad is experienced in sales, marketing development and public speaking. He participated as Board Secretary for Lebanon Calvary Chapel for a two year period. He has provided youth mentorship through the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA in Albany. Chad currently holds an active Oregon Life and Health Producer license and is in the process of Bio Certification for Servpro.
Britni Davidson-Cruickshank, Member
Britni Davidson-Cruickshank is the Customer Service Supervisor at Salem Electric. Britni has been involved with several local organizations advocating for seniors and persons with disabilities in Oregon. She administers the Salem Electric Member Assistance Program that assists members with their winter heating bills. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Western Oregon University. In her spare time Britni enjoys spending time with her family, riding bikes, and traveling.
Winifred Ju, Member
One of Winifred’s first jobs in Oregon was with Shangri-La. As a licensed psychologist, she had the opportunity to serve Shangri-La residents as part of Inner Source, counseling individuals, couples and groups as well as developing behavioral supports. Even when she later went into private practice, Winifred continued to serve those living at Shangri-La. Shangri-La is like a family to her and she is dedicated to seeing it thrive.

Directors Team

Karen Rutledge, Shangri-La CEO
Prior to moving to Oregon in 1989, Karen obtained her Masters of Arts in Psychology and did case management services for adults with developmental disabilities for five years. Karen’s work with Shangri-La started in 1989 when she was hired to oversee support services to individuals with developmental disabilities living at the original Shangri-La campus. When the campus was closed in 1990, Karen became Housing Director of several Shangri-La community homes. Karen’s leadership helped Shangri-La start new programs over the years including housing services to adults with chronic mental illness and the Connections Program, delivering correctional education to men and women incarcerated in Oregon prisons. Karen retired from Shangri-La in March 2012 but embraced the opportunity to return in November 2012 as Interim CEO. She was hired to fill the CEO position in May 2013.
Helen Honey, Chief Financial Director
Helen has over two decades of experience in non-profit accounting and financial management, with over 4 years previously in public accounting as a CPA. Helen has participated in development of improved statewide funding structures and payment systems. She continually brings entrepreneurial principles to our processes and ensures that we strive to always balance the “mission with the means.”
Teri Marsh, Employment Services Director
Teri has served as Employment Services Director since November 2001. Teri has experience in community collaboration, marketing and sales, and entrepreneurial business development. She participates in National and State committees related to employment and workforce development as well as local community efforts and legislative activities focused on employment for people with disabilities. Teri’s ability to balance the concerns of business with employment barriers faced by workers with disabilities is essential to the effective operation of our businesses.
Margie Paulson, Chief Operating Officer
Margie has a teaching background and years of experience in private business development and operations, as well as property management. She provides supervision and oversight of the Property Management Team, Technology Department, and Fleet Management, as well as overseeing company goals for quality assurance and quality improvement. She has a personal commitment to helping people achieve their potential, believing in people until they believe in themselves.
Karen Beach, Director of Human Resources
Karen has several years of HR Management experience and has been with Shangri-La since 2001. Karen has also served as the Director of Diversity and Workforce Readiness on the local Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board. Karen holds both a PHR Certification from the HR Certification Institute, and a SHRM-CP Certification from SHRM. As an avid people person with a passion for people’s success, Karen integrates this foundational belief in all she does as a leader in Human Resources. Karen is excited about building the future of Shangri-La and the people in which are a part of the success.
Jenifer McIntosh, I/DD Housing & Support Services Director
Jenifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and many years of experience in the human services field. She has filled many different roles with Shangri-La over the years and currently serves as the Director of Mental Health Housing and I/DD Housing in our northern regions.
Robin Winkle, Services & Project Development Consultant
Robin provides supervision and oversight of Shangri-La’s HUD funded homeless programs. Robin has obtained funding (over $7.5 million in specialized financing). She developed and operates 3 HUD funded programs providing housing and supports to over 63 homeless individuals and 4 families each year. Robin is also the current Board Secretary for Rural Oregon Continuum of Care. She also oversees all Mental Health and I/DD Housing in our southern regions.
Kendra Morgan, Director of Youth & Family Services
Kendra joins the Shangri-la team with several years of non-profit executive-level leadership under her belt. Her passion is elevating lives and possesses an intrinsic belief that when we elevate one life, the entire community benefits. Her experience includes spearheading work in the arena of: Homeless Prevention & Affordable Housing, Food Systems Development, Child Abuse Prevention, and Workforce Development. As YFS Director, Kendra is excited about building collaborative partnerships, believing that we are better together than we are apart.
Alisa Walker, Director of Mental Health Services
Alisa brings many years of well-rounded experience to her roll. She has worked at Shangri-La for several years. She started as the administrative support to the MHH program in Eugene and became a RTH Manager after just two yers. Most recently, Alisa had been part of the HR Department as a Business Partner for the Eugene, Florence and Newport area.