EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Shangri-La's executive leadership team provides strategic and operational leadership to the organization and is responsible for its daily operations.
Chief Executive Officer
Janet became Shangri-La's CEO in April 2018. Her background includes consulting work focused on organizational development related to leadership, strategy, and execution. She has a MBA from Old Dominion University and currently serves as a board member for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.
"I hope to add to the legacy Shangri-La currently holds in the community as a thriving, dedicated, and deeply person-centered organization committed to building inclusive communities. My specific role is to hold steadfast focus on our mission and vision and ensure all strategies and plans directly influence our abilities to support our mission and achieve our vision."
Director of Finance
Tong has 25 years of accounting experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, including a MBA with a concentration in accounting from the University of Phoenix and as an auditor. Previously, Tong was the CFO at the United Way of Fresno County and Director of finance at a community food bank in California. He joined the Shangri-La team in January 2020. In addition to his role as director of finance, Tong also oversees Shangri-La's IT team.
When he isn't crunching numbers, Tong enjoys camping and fishing with his family. He also volunteers regularly with his church.
Director of Human Resources
Holly became a director at Shangri-La in April 2018. She served the organization previously as an HR Business Partner. In all, Holly has over 13 years of HR experience, including employee relations, benefits administration, and compliance. She is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), previously served on the Community Providers of Oregon board, and teaches kindergarten Sunday School at her church.
"I hope to attract the best-qualified employee for the work that they are hired to do as well as engage employees through development, constant feedback, and recognition."
Director of Community Engagement
Ashley works to ensure Shangri-La has the resources (donors, volunteers, partners) it needs to fulfill its mission. She also oversees the organization's print and digital media and communications. Ashley has a degree in communication studies from Western Oregon University, is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), and served as the president of the Mid Valley Volunteer Managers Association for eight years. She joined Shangri-La's Community Engagement Team in 2010 and became the director in January 2017.
"I hope to engage our community in building accessible and inclusive communities through storytelling, service, and experiential learning moments."
Director of Career and
Life Enrichment Services
Teri has been at Shangri-La since 1995. She became an executive director in 2000. Teri oversees employment and community integration services for individuals with disabilities and parents with barriers to employment. Teri is also a current member of the Oregon Resources Association board of directors.
"I want to continue to help the organization build and maintain relationships with federal, state, and local agencies and stakeholders. I believe this is essential in generating new partnerships to benefit Shangri-La's mission and vision, and to be an integral part of our community."
Before joining Shangri-La's executive team in 2019, Nathan served in behavioral health and outpatient mental health services at organizations in Lane County. At Shangri-La, Nathan oversees Shangri-La's mental health housing program and Lane County outpatient mental health clinic. Nathan is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC III) and spends many hours volunteering at local high schools to educate students about substance abuse, mental health, and family system issues.
"I hope to help build a culture where all those served by Shangri-la, as well as Shangri-La's employees, feel empowered, appreciated, and trusted."
Director of I/DD and APD Residential Services
Tiffani began working as a direct support professional at Shangri-La in 1997. Over the years, she has also worked as an ISP/medical coordinator, house manager, and regional manager. Tiffani became a director in August 2018 overseeing residential services for 24-hour, supported living, and in-home services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and specialized Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) contracts. Tiffani is well known for her collaboration, positivity, and problem-solving capabilities.
"I hope to inspire and lead by example to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities and disadvantages."
Clinic Administrator, Homeless Services and Facilities Director
Robin oversees Shangri-La's Marion County outpatient mental health clinic, homeless services programs, and Shangri-La's property management team. She joined the Shangri-La team in 1987 and has worked in numerous positions in the company over her tenure. Currently, Robin serves as the board secretary for the Rural Oregon Continuum of Care and holds an Oregon contractor's license.
"I hope to use my past accomplishments and knowledge to help guide the future and to empower others to foster an environment that promotes Shangri-La's mission."
Aalicea provides support to Shangri-La's CEO, executive team, and board of directors. She joined the Shangri-La team in 2011 and worked in several administrative assistant roles before becoming the executive assistant in 2018. Aalicea is most well known for her organization, multi-tasking abilities, and ability to streamline processes and procedures.
"I want to support the organization by freeing up other's time to do the strategic thinking and planning necessary to propel Shangri-La into the future."