“Why I’m Stepping Up.”

Barry Hendrix, Board Chair, discusses his passion for community involvement and his investment in the good works of Impact NW

Barry Hendrix, Impact NW Board Treasurer

Barry Hendrix, Impact NW Board Treasurer

What drives you to give back to your community?

I grew up thinking that you always got involved in your community. My family was civic-minded, and we lived in Alsea, a small rural town in the Coast Range of Oregon. Everyone got involved in everything: my parents participated in the PTA, the volunteer fire department and any other organization that needed help. I grew up learning that if there was something that needed to be done, you do it.

How did you get involved with Impact NW?

While working at OECO, an aeronautics manufacturing company that I co-owned, I was introduced to Susan Stoltenberg, the acting Executive Director at Impact NW. I was searching for a meaningful way to give back to my community, and at Susan’s suggestion, I joined the Impact NW board in 2004. I’ve served in a variety of capacities including those of Chair, Vice Chair, and Finance Committee Chair, and now serve as Treasurer.

What were you most excited about in your most recent role as Treasurer?

I’m excited to have worked with the Finance Committee’s other six members and the management team to move Impact NW’s budget from the deficits of the past to our current balanced budget.

What inspires you about Impact NW?

I have a lot of enthusiasm for the committed work of Impact NW staff and volunteers. Their work is important and Impact NW is a very effective organization. The people are exceptional. Unfortunately, demand for these critical services is going up, not down If we don’t do this work, then no one will.Learn more by clicking here.


Interested in learning more about Impact NW’s Board of Directors? View our 2017-2018 Board.

Story by William Moorhead, Impact NW Volunteer.