Board of Directors

Nick Bender, President
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.
Jan Frank, Vice President
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.
Michael Kemry, Secretary
Michael is currently a realtor serving the Salem surrounding areas. He lives in Silverton with his wife, Johanna, and his two daughters. Before real estate, Michael spent seven years in management for the PetSmart in Salem. Growing up, Michael’s parents and grandparents served as foster parents to children with disabilities. His parents also own and operate two adult foster homes for those with disabilities. In the past, he has spent time helping manage those adult foster homes. Michael has great passion for helping those with disabilities and disadvantages.
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.
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.
Jake French, Member
Jake joined Shangri-La’s board in April 2019. After a devastating accident left Jake a quadriplegic and in a wheelchair at 23, he started his own company – Jake French Inspires. Now Jake travels the country as a motivational speaker and author who is a living example of what’s possible with the right attitude, mindset and strategies in place. Jake grew up in eastern Oregon, graduated from the University of Idaho and is also currently the president of the National Speakers Association of Oregon.

Directors Team

Janet Yousey, Shangri-La CEO
Janet joined Shangri-La in 2013, bringing an extensive background in organizational strategy development and talent management. Before becoming CEO, Janet was a member of Shangri-La’s executive team, primarily focused on creating and implementing a full strategic management cycle, big-picture leadership development strategies, succession planning, and executive coaching. Additionally, Janet’s experiences as a business owner working as a trusted advisor for nonprofits, family owned and closely held businesses, and educational institutions, provides her with a well-rounded foundation for her role as CEO. Janet holds an MBA as well as art education and fine arts degrees.
Ron Perry, Financial Director
Ron comes to Shangri La with over 30 years of accounting experience with the last 10 years serving as a Chief Financial Officer in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability field. Ron has brought a myriad of business skills from marketing, finance and business consulting while working in the private sector. He has coupled that experience with his affinity to serving those with disadvantages thus making his job his passion. Ron is a graduate of Willamette University.
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.
Holly Pharms, Chief Human Resources Director
Before coming to Shangri La in the fall of 2016 Holly exclusively managed the HR department for a company in Salem providing residential supports to people who experience Developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her role at Shangri-La as the HR Business Partner to the IDD program continues to grow her passion for making a difference in the lives of those we provide supports and services through ensuring that employees are heard and feel supported in turn deliver quality supports. Holly has over 13 years of dedicated experience in Human Resources and has served on two boards in the IDD field.
Ashley Erb, Director of Community Engagement
Ashley oversees the Community Engagement Team which works to ensure Shangri-La has the resources (donors, volunteers, and community partners) it needs to fulfill its mission. The Community Engagement Team is also responsible for Shangri-La’s external communications, graphic design, branding, social media and website. Ashley has a degree in communication studies from Western Oregon University, is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), is the president of the Mid Valley Volunteer Managers Association and a member of the Mid Valley Development Professionals. She joined the Shangri-La team in 2010.
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.
Tiffani Olsen, Director of Disability Services
Starting as a direct care staff with Shangri-La in 1997, she quickly developed a deep passion for supporting and advocating for people with all abilities. When not working Tiffani can be found camping, gardening, traveling to tropical places, or spending time with family, friends, or her beloved black lab named Jax.
Nathan Mart, Director of Mental Health Services
Nathan got into the human services field, spending most of his time with behavioral health, because he grew up with family members who struggled with their own variety of issues. After receiving his Masters, Nathan spent the beginning of his career at Serenity Lane, starting as an intern and moving up to counselor, manager, and eventually to Director of Outpatient Services where he oversaw 7 outpatient locations throughout Oregon. Nathan came to Shangri-La nationally certified as an addictions professional and state certified, at the highest level, as an addiction counselor. He is father of two, married for the past 7 years, and has two dogs.