Our staff and Board of Directors have a strong commitment to enhancing the lives of our participants and their families. Their tireless devotion to ensuring the independence and dignity of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities helps guide us daily.
LEADING WITH STRENGTH AND VISION
Allen is Edwards Center’s Executive Leader and has held the position since 2017. He brings great leadership experience from his time as the CEO of an agency in Grants Pass, Oregon that was modeled after Edwards Center; he is also the former CEO of a successful emergency medical services company. In addition to his expertise, Allen grew up around his Aunt Eleanor, who had spent much of her life institutionalized due to her developmental disability; because of this, he was drawn to the concept of “normalization” modeled by Edwards Center for people experiencing developmental disabilities.
Ken is the General Manager of ProAmpac and the current President of the Board; he has been involved with Edwards Center since 2005. Ken joined the board after meeting Jean Edwards and being inspired by her knowledge and compassion for adults with developmental disabilities. As the father of a son who was born with cerebral palsy, Ken understands how important support, knowledge and involvement has been in his son’s life; consequently Ken feels strongly about giving back and volunteering.
Jean's first experiences with people born with developmental disabilities came at a young age and would help lay the foundation of her life's work. A Professor Emerita at Portland State University, Jean was instrumental in introducing the concept of "normalization" to Oregon's Mental Health System and going on to establish one of the nation's first non-profit organizations – Edwards Center - devoted to helping adults with developmental disabilities reach their highest potential.
Diana is a part of the Accounting and Finance Faculty at Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus and brings her expertise to us as our Treasurer. In the past, Diana has also served as a Chief Financial Officer in three different industries and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting as well as an MBA in Finance.
Ann joined the Edwards Center Board of Directors in January of 2016, carrying on in the tradition of her parents who were pioneers in the 60’s and 70’s for children with developmental disabilities in Portland. Ann is also connected to Edwards Center through her sister, a happy Edwards Center resident that also enjoys participating in the Community Living Support program. Ann brings her legal expertise to the Board as a retired lawyer, specializing in small business.
Anne has spent her life in the Pacific Northwest having attended high school locally at St. Mary’s Academy and college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and went on to have a career in commercial real estate development. Anne joins the Edwards Center's Board because of her sister, Marla, who is an Edwards Center resident.
Joe has been involved with Edwards Center Board of Directors since 2012. His involvement on the board began as the result of his good friend Amy, who has lived at Edwards Center for many years. Joe brings medical expertise he gained from 29 years at Multnomah County Health Department in the North Portland Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center where the focus and mission is to provide medical care to underserved populations. He later went on to finish his career as a physician with OHSU. Now retired, Joe’s guidance helps us make informed decisions on how to stay healthy at Edwards Center.
David Butler is the CEO of Butler Capital and has been involved with Edwards Center Board of Directors since 2008. David has been the owner of many successful businesses and has 10 years of experience teaching children with special needs. David recognizes Jean Edwards as being both his professor and a mentor while he attended Portland State University.
Kristi has served on the Edwards Center Board of Directors since 2017, but her experience as a high school special education teacher and transition specialist spans more than 20 years. She currently works as a Special Education teacher in the Beaverton School District. Kristi’s father served as the Director of the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for six years when she was a child, and she grew up around children and adults experiencing disabilities which resulted in her passion and mission to advocate for these individuals.
Gail is a former teacher, former co-owner of a group home, retired business owner and mother of Beth, one of Edwards Center’s residents. Over the last 50 years, Gail has dedicated her time and energy to improving the lives of those with developmental disabilities. She has been involved with Edwards Center since 2017 and shares with us all of her experience and kindness!
Jennifer has been involved with Edwards Center since 2017 and joined the Board of Directors in the beginning of 2020. She is a Public Utilities Specialist at Bonneville Power Administration, where she also serves on the Board of Directors for two other organizations: “The Northwest Federal Employees Association (NWFEA or “Associates”)” and “The Associates Foundation.” Additionally, Jennifer’s son, Max, enjoys the Community Living Support programs at our Milwaukie center.
Sue has been involved since the very beginning of Edwards Center! Her father- and mother-in-law worked with Jean to help get Edwards Center started, and after their passing, she became guardian to her sister-in-law Mary. Sue is a semi-retired tailor who often helps to spruce up our group homes with her talents. Her expertise, personal connection and history with Edwards Center make her an asset to the organization.
John brings his legal background as a retired lawyer to the Board, which he has been a part of since 2013. His background in law is an asset to the Board, as well as his personal understanding of Edwards Center’s programs. John, his wife Heidi and their son Alex are residents of Edwards Place, a unique “pocket neighborhood” located next to our Aloha Community Center. Alex also participates in various Edwards Center programs and activities.
Chris has been on the Board of Directors at Edwards Center since 2012; as a realtor with RE/MAX Equity Group, she shares 30 years of experience in the local real estate market with us. . Chris helps us obtain homes that are better suited for the needs of our residents – helping us provide our “Gold Standard of Care.” Chris says that while she doesn’t have a familial relation to Edwards Center as many others do, she has met many friends and new heroes by being involved.
Randy Norgart serves as President of the Randall Group and has worked in real estate investment and management for over 30 years. Randy's younger sister, Sue, is a program participant with Edwards. He brings his background in investing/business to the Board of Directors and also serves on the Board of a prominent charitable foundation in Portland.
Joe has been advising Edwards Center and the Board of Directors since about 2000. As an attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer, he brings vast and much appreciated legal expertise to Edwards Center