Susan Stoltenberg, Executive Director

Susan is a recognized leader in the Portland community,having served as executive director of many agencies over the past 30 years,including Cascade AIDS Project, Mt. Scott Park Center for Learning, The New Rose Theatre and Open Adoption & Family Services. Her education includes Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, University of Oregon,Oregon State University, and Portland State University with a major in journalism and pre-law/social science. She has demonstrated successful leadership skills in non-profit organizational, financial and program development, education, marketing,advocacy, fundraising and outreach. She has served in a number of politically related capacities including, as a Commissioner on the Housing and Community Development Commission (2004-2007), a Board member at Southeast Uplift (2004-2006), a member of the SUN Service System Task Force (2006-2007), and on the Special Needs Committee of the Housing and Community Development Commission (2004-2007). Currently, Susan is a Commissioner on the Washington County Commission on Children and Families and is a member of the subcommittee on Community Schools for the Oregon State Commission on Children & Families.  Email Susan

Lester Thompson, Chief Financial Officer

LesterThompson_150Impact NW is proud to welcome our newest leadership team member, Lester Thompson as its new Chief Financial Officer.  Lester brings with him nearly twenty-five years of experience as a consultant and financial advisor to nonprofit hospitals, universities and social service agencies.  He comes to us from Ernst & Young, LLP in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as Senior Manager in Federal Tax Services for five years.  He was also awarded the 2009 Ernst & Young LLP “Elmer Whiting Inclusiveness Award” for accomplishment in the integration of inclusiveness and diversity strategies into the accomplishment of business objectives.  Lester has also served as Executive Director at Altarum Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan for four years.  Lester holds a Master of Science in Tax Accounting from Lousiana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He is a certified disaster responder for the Humane Society of the US National Disaster Animal Response Team and a disaster preparedness and response instructor for Humane Society University.  We are pleased to have Lester on board, and look forward to a prosperous future with him. Email Lester

Jeff Cogen, Managing Director of Impact Solutions

As an attorney, an entrepreneur and a non-profit and political leader Jeff has helped mission driven organizations in Portland thrive for almost 25 years by fostering innovation and collaboration. Jeff founded Portland Pretzel Company, the first certified organic bakery in Oregon, at Portland Saturday Market and grew it into a nationally distributed specialty food company. He served as Chief of Staff for City Commissioner Dan Saltzman before being elected as Multnomah County Commissioner and County Chirman. He served as board chair for the Portland Human Rights Commission, the Governor’s Transportation Electrification Commission and Hands on Portland and has served on the board of directors of WorkSystems Inc., Greater Portland Inc., Drive Oregon, the Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies and KOREducators. Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his JD from UCLA. He lives in northeast Portland with his wife and two children. Email Jeff

Julie Houston, Director Early Childhood & Family Services

Julie started working with young children and their families in 1988. She came to Impact NW in 2008 with 17 years experience teaching in Early Childhood classrooms, 7 years supervising student teachers in Early Education programs, and 5 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Early Education and Family Studies department at Portland Community College. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Education from Portland State University. As an Early Childhood Educator, Julie has always recognized the impact that developing strong, healthy relationships with adults, with other children, and with learning has on a child’s entire life. As a parent, Julie knows the importance of working not only with children, but with families as a whole. Her passion is helping individuals and families realize their value and importance not only in the lives of children, but also in their local schools, communities, and society. This has led her to take on leadership roles as a volunteer for Stand for Children and for the North Clackamas School District over the past 10 years, and led her to join the Impact NW team. Email Julie

Rachel Spigal, M.S.W., Director of Children,Youth & Family Services

Rachel joined Impact NW as Director of Children, Youth & Family Services in October, 2008. Rachel oversees all school and community-based services for children and youth, including mentoring, parent and early childhood education, community schools programming, and youth case management and group skill-building. Her education includes a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History from the University of Oregon. Rachel has 17 years experience working with children and families in community, mental health, and addiction settings. Email Rachel

Mamak Tabrizian, Director of Senior & Adults with Disabilities Services

Mamak has been with Impact NW for 27 years. In her current position, which she has held since 1999, Mamak oversees all agency services for seniors and adults with disabilities, including transportation,case management, educational and recreational activities, and caregiver support. Mamak holds a B.A. in Communications from Lewis & Clark College and an M.S. in Counseling Education from Portland State University. She is a certified mediator and is fluent in Farsi. Mamak also sits on the Regional Transportation Coordinating Council’s Executive Committee.In addition to spending time with her family, Mamak is incredibly active in her life outside of Impact NW.She’s an active participant in Portland’s Iranian community and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Iranian Seniors’ Club, amongst her many other commitments. Email Mamak

Sik Yin Chan, Quality Assurance Director

Sik has been with Impact NW since 1994 and has served as the Quality Assurance Director since 1998. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Concordia University and a Master’s Degree in social work from Portland State University. He is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. Sik is also an adjunct professor at Concordia University where he teaches social research methods and psychology. Sik has over 10 years of experience in program evaluation, contract management, supervision, research, and cross-cultural family and mental health counseling. He is currently a member of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. Email Sik

Renata Wilson, Director of Housing & Safety Net Services

RenataWilson_150Renata has been working with low-income and homeless families since 1996. She has been with Impact NW since 1998 and in her current position since 2002. She has extensive experience managing a wide range of anti-poverty contracts and programs, including utility assistance, housing assistance, case-management, and employment support services. Her involvement in the community includes serving as the chair of the League of Utilities and Social Service Agencies, participation on the Coordinating Council of Portland’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Coalition for Homeless Families, and the CDN Permanent Supportive Housing Project Workgroup sponsored by the Bureau of Housing and Community Development with the City of Portland. Renata is fluent in five languages including Russian, Slovak, Czech, and German. Email Renata