Board of 

directors

Shangri-La's board of directors, as a governing body for the organization, is a group of volunteers that oversee the organization's mission, support the CEO, aid in high-level planning, monitor program health, ensure adequate financial resources, and provide financial oversight. 

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If you're interested in learning more about board service with Shangri-La, start an email conversation with Jake.

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Nick Bender

President

Nick is an IT project management contractor for the Bonneville Power Administration. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and spent five years establishing and managing the international office for a U.S. software company in Hangzhou, China.  

"My main goal as a member of Shangri-La's board is to help ensure the long term viability of the organization. I believe one of the board's main contributions to the organization is its support for the work of the full-time staff through planning and oversight."

 

Nick joined Shangri-La's board in July 2013. He currently lives in Keizer with his wife and son.

Michael kemry

Vice President

Michael is a relator with Bledsoe Santana Team Realty. Michael's previous connections to individuals with disabilities called him to join Shangri-La's board. He was raised in a home with foster siblings with disabilities managed a 24-hour residential care home for adults with disabilities. 

"Those in our communities with disabilities and disadvantages need organizations like Shangri-La. I want to be part of that! I feel my leadership skills and knowledge of disabilities offer me an advantage in being able to help as a board member." 

Michael lives in Silverton with his wife and three daughters. He has taught children's church at Dayspring Fellowship for over ten years. 

Winifred ju

Secretary

Winifred has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada. She currently works as a medical consultant for the Oregon Disability Determination Office. She was previously a clinical psychologist at the Oregon State Hospital and operated a private practice.

"I believe in Shangri-La’s mission and values. When I worked for Shangri-La as a behavior specialist and later as a clinical psychologist, staff accepted and looked beyond my disability and treated me with respect and dignity. I am eternally grateful for the experience I obtained and relationships made and feel the need to give back."

Winifred joined Shangri-La's board in March 2015. 

Allison myers

Treasurer

Allison is the Director of Oregon State University's Center for Health Innovation. She has over two decades of experience in the community health field, including a wealth of experience with legislative advocacy related to public health issues. 

She has also previously co-founded and led a non-profit technology start-up dedicated to advancing public health through community science and data.

"I connect to Shangri-La's mission because I also want to create opportunities, improve quality of life, and reduce stigma for people with (visible or invisible) disabilities and mental health concerns." 

 

Allison joined Shangri-La's board in July 2019.

Lorissa addabbo

Member

Lorissa is the CEO at Hope Orthopedics. She has over 20 years of healthcare leadership and consulting experience. In addition to her service to Shangri-La, Lorissa also serves on the board of directors for the Salem Chamber of Commerce. 

"I am excited about serving Shangri-La because the stories of those served by the organization are inspiring. I hope to contribute time, energy and creativity as a board member."

Lorissa joined the board in October 2020. 

Jake French

Member

Jake travels the country as a keynote speaker and author. Jake has previously served as the president of the National Speakers Association of Oregon. He often volunteers his time to support leadership groups such as the Rising Star Toastmasters Club and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening. 

"After giving speeches to the entire staff in a series of meetings a few years ago, I was extremely impressed by the passion Shangri-La employees put into their jobs. As a person with special needs, it feels good to help those who serve us better understand what influences our perception of the care we receive so that they can improve our experience."

Jake joined the board in May 2019. 

Jan Frank

Member

Jan is the owner of West Salem Ace Hardware. In addition to her duties as a small business owner, she also currently works as an accountant and tax consultant for a local accounting firm and volunteers in children's ministries at her church.

"I initially started serving on Shangri-La's board in 2013. I loved serving, but I had to step down in late 2019 to become a caregiver for a family member. I rejoined because I wanted to continue to support the great work Shangri-La does."

In addition to bringing her finance knowledge to the board, Jan is also excited about volunteering at events and helping with fundraising.

Jan rejoined the board in April 2020.

Eileen wolfe

Member

Eileen has spent much of her life working in human services, including nearly a decade of work at Shangri-La. Her human services experience includes working with individuals with disabilities, families with disadvantages, and school-age children.  She is currently a training manager for the Department of Human Services Self-Sufficiency Unit. 

"The passion to serve people -- allowing individuals and families the opportunity to navigate the world on their own personal path -- is deeply embedded in my belief system and an area that I am passionate about supporting."

As a board member, Eileen hopes to help bridge and enhance community collaboration.  

Eileen joined the board in April 2020.

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