Susan Stoltenberg, Executive Director
Susan is a recognized leader in the Portland community, having served as executive director of many agencies over the past 40 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 Washington County Commission on Children and Families, Commissioner on the Portland Housing and Community Development Commission, a member of the SUN Service System Task Force, and on the Special Needs Committee of the Housing and Community Development Commission. She is currently the co-chair of the Washington County Kids Fund, on the executive committee of Rockwood Pathways Project, and co-chair of the Oregon Women’s Equity Coalition.
Lester Thompson, Chief Financial Officer
Impact 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.
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.
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.
Kendra Johnson, Director Youth & Family Services
With 10 years of experience, her career began providing direct services to children, youth, families, and communities. Kendra began working at Impact NW in 2009, she has a strong background in community outreach and working with marginalized and oppressed identity groups. She is passionate about effecting systemic change which led her to take on a leadership role at Impact NW.
Kendra is an alumna of Portland University receiving a Master of Social Social Work degree. She also holds a B.S. in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon. Kendra is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. A community service organization led by African American college educated women that is continually leading effective advocacy and social change for equality and equity for all.
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.
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.
Rob Schultz, Director of Housing & Safety Net Services
Rob has been working with people experiencing homelessness and poverty since 2005. He is a graduate of the Master of Social Work program at The Ohio State University. His career began in the field of child welfare where he worked for 4 years as a protective services and crisis intervention social worker. Since 2010, his focus has been the development of trauma-informed and person-centered programming in the areas of housing, addictions and health care. He is passionate about trauma informed systems change, person-centered engagement and participant directed services. He believes that effective care coordination and case management are critical and often undervalued components of wraparound and holistic services. Rob invests the majority of his professional time into creating streamlined service systems as well as mentoring and teaching social work students, new case managers, housing specialists and addictions counselors.