Board Of Directors
The Friendly House Board of Directors is charged with the overall management and governance of Friendly House, and we value a diverse array of perspectives to help lead Friendly House into the future. Each member serves as an ambassador for Friendly House’s community-building mission.
Current Board Members
President, Jason H. Campbell, At-Large
Jason found Friendly House on Facebook! As a young gay man, he was looking for opportunities to support LGBT older adults and build his leadership skills. Jason attended a SAGE Metro Portland barbeque, and we saw in him great potential as a board member. Today, Jason is a thought leader on the board, has been the secretary and is currently our board vice-president. He has also been active at the Human Rights Campaign as their Volunteer Engagement Committee Co-Chair.
Vice President, Jake Warr, At-Large
Thank goodness Jake Warr likes to play basketball. He was introduced to Friendly House through his friend and fellow baller Aaron Lande, and they have both played here for years. Soon after becoming a member of our Community Recreation & Education program, Jake became a volunteer. He is passionate about marginalized people getting the support they need, which is what motivated him to become a board member. He’s been a Jake-of-All-Trades, filling roles as needed as a poutine judge, raffle ticket king, and event emcee. Currently, Jake is the board liaison to Friendly House’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Treasurer, Wendy Hain, NW Neighborhood
Secretary, Chris Carson, Neighborhood
Chris lives just up the street from Friendly House and has been an integral part of our community for years. His legal expertise and insights into our capital campagin and other facilities projects have been invaluable to the success of Friendly House’s mission, and we are so grateful to have him and his amazing wife (former Board President Regina Hauser) in our neighborhood.
Gabriela P. Hendricks, NW Neighborhood
Gaby and her family live in Northwest Portland, and she was introduced to Friendly House while searching for a preschool for her son. Not stopping there, she later brought her talents as a fitness and dance instructor for older adults in the community as a beloved and respected teacher. Gaby joined the board with the knowledge of someone active in the Friendly House community.
Dr. John Evans, First Presbyterian
John has been a fervent and dedicated advocate for Friendly House since getting involved as a board member and Bridge Builder in 2015. He is a grounding force between Friendly House and our founding organization, First Presbyterian Church, and a true model of philanthropy and generosity.
Jutta Allen, At-Large
Originally from Germany, Jutta came to the USA in 1965. In 1980, she and her husband moved to Portland where she was hired as the PR and Marketing Director for Portland Opera. Upon her retirement, she joined several nonprofit organizations. She was president of Portland Opera Guild, currently serves on the PSU Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of the Arts, and has been the Oregon District Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Jutta joined the Friendly House board in 2014. “After having served on the board as a member of the Finance Committee I can honestly report nonprofit organizations all have the same problems: raising enough money to keep the organization and its programs afloat.”
Mike Funke, NW Neighborhood
A funny thing happened at ESCO Corp’s 100th anniversary celebration. Executive Director Vaune Albanese was in line waiting for an ice cream cone when Mike sidled up with his two adorable young children. They started a conversation during which Mike made it known that besides being the Vice President of the Global Supply Chain at ESCO, he was also a trained auctioneer. The following March, Mike debuted as our new auctioneer. Following his smash-hit performance, Mike was asked to join the board as our ESCO rep. He continues to be our favorite auctioneer of all time.
Miranda Rose Weigler, At-Large
The prize for Board Member with the Longest Association with Friendly House goes to Miranda Weigler! It all started when her mom signed her up for our Preschool Program 35 years ago. Miranda graduated from Friendly House, Chapman Elementary School and Lincoln High School before setting out to conquer the world. She returned to Portland in her 20s and volunteered at Friendly House before becoming a board member. Miranda’s business and marketing acumen makes her an effective champion of our Marketing Committee.
Paul Kirshman, NW Neighborhood
As Senior Director of Marketing at Adidas, Paul brings much needed marketing expertise to Friendly House. The parent of two young children, Paul’s motivation for adding board member responsibilities to his already busy schedule is to be an example to his children as a volunteer actively giving back to the community.
Jan Ellen Pailthorp, At-Large
Jan is a certified public accountant and is self-employed as a tax preparer. She was first involved with Friendly House as an employee in 1984, when she was hired as the Fiscal Director. After 5 years of gaining interest and experience in social services at Friendly House, Jan moved on to other nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Jan reconnected with us and, until recently, had served as the Chair of the Finance Committee and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
Annie Birnie, First Presbyterian
As a child, Annie attended Chapman Elementary School and was led to our After School Program at the end of each school day while her parents were at work. She grew up going to First Presbyterian Church, which founded Friendly House in 1930, where she learned of our commitment to the community through the promotion of compassion, equality and inclusiveness. She has volunteered for many conservation nonprofits, Oregon Food Bank, and the Oregon Humane Society and now serves as chair of the board’s Program & Planning Committee.
Ana I. Munoz describes herself as “fully invested and passionate” about educational reform that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. She brings professional expertise in this area to Friendly House’s DEI committee, informed by her position as Chief Training and Engagement Officer at the Latino Network. She also brings a personal understanding of the profound impact of Friendly House programs, thanks to the benefits her daughter experienced after enrolling her own children in our After School program.
We’re grateful for Ana’s expertise in educational programming and her strong advocacy on behalf of marginalized and oppressed communities in Northwest Portland.
With 15 years of Human Resources experience at Sony, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and other top firms, Chiharu Olsson joined the board in 2020 and quickly made a positive impact on a community reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. With her husband, she founded Adopt a Restaurant PDX, a creative program that encourages neighbors to support local restaurants and enables restaurants to pass on some of this bounty (with help from community partners like Friendly House) to people experiencing lost income and hunger.
Chiharu believes passionately in connecting people. “With fewer places for community gatherings in the midst of these challenging times,” she says, “it is even more important to make sure that Friendly House is known amongst a wider community.” In addition to Friendly House, Chiharu is a founding member of the Women in Leadership Council of the Japan-America Society of Oregon.
Former Board Presidents
Misti Ernsberger: 2020
Regina Hauser: 2015, 2016, 2019
Aaron Lande: 2017, 2018
Sam Galbreath: 2014, 2013
Cam Birnie: 2012, 2011
Marie Benedetti: 2010
Liz Schilling: 2009, 2008
Ann Bartsch: 2007, 2006
Walt Meihoff: 2005
Ruth Roth: 2004
Sarah Ferguson: 2003
Nancy Winter: 2002, 2001
Terry Fitzpatrick: 2000, 1999
Steve Chown: 1998
Ted Kaye: 1997
Joan Shireman: 1996
Brian Carleton: 1995, 1994
Tom Cave: 1993, 1992
Midge Birnie: 1991
Past Board Members, 2010-2020
Jutta Allen, Sergio Aguillera, Bill Baldwin, Ann Bartsch, Marie Benedetti, Michael Bigelow, Cam Birnie, Doug Blomgren, Craig Boretz , Nancy Brown, Cary Bubenik, John Calvin, Careen Ciehola, Cynthia Crose, Lauren Foote Christensen, Bruce Farrer, Terry Fitzpatrick, Greta Floding, Sam Galbreath, Amy Gray, Regina Hauser, David Hawkins, Mark Holman,Rachel Showalter Inman, Delores Jolly, David Kafoury, Jen Keesey, Aaron Lande, Wayne Landsverk, David Leatherwood, Jud Longaker, Kimberly Lyons, Dick McFall, Nancy McNeill, Susan Miner, Marylee Morris, Peter Michaelson, Amber Nettleton, Tonya Nichols, Jan Pailthorp,Marion Pender, Julie Proksch, John Purdy, Ruth Roth, Lou Savage, Liz Schilling, Joan Shireman, Robin Stevens, Kim Sordyl, Bill Tucker, Dan Wade, Mary Ann Watson.
Are you interested in serving on our Board of Directors?
The Friendly House Board of Directors oversees and governs all aspects of Friendly House. For more details, please take a look at our Board of Directors Roles and Responsibilities below. If you think you would be a good candidate for Board service please fill out our Friendly House Board Application and return it to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors Roles and Responsibilities
- Planning and Evaluation: create a vision, encourage and participate in agency planning, ensure mission is honored, evaluate organization and Executive Director.
- Financial and Fundraising: help ensure Friendly House operates in a financially healthy manner, fundraise, review and approve annual operating budget, review financial reports and organization health.
- Policy Development: develop policies and review compliance, public relations, ensure positive image of Friendly House in the community.
- Legal: develop and maintain articles of incorporation and bylaws, assure compliance with all laws, keep accurate records including minutes.
- Personnel: make sure personnel policies are current, hire and oversee Executive Director, make sure employment laws are being followed, make sure wage scales and job descriptions are consistent with market.
- Board Development: develop and maintain a strong board, monitor the health and functioning of the board, recruit and train new board and committee members.
Board terms are three years, commencing in September. Board members may serve a second three-year term.
Board Member Responsibilities
- Commit to the mission of Friendly House.
- Commit to board structure as stated in bylaws.
- Commit to developing resources for Friendly House.
- Make a personal financial commitment to Friendly House. The commitment should be at a level that you determine is a “stretch” gift for you.
- Regularly attend scheduled board meetings.
- Participate in at least one working Friendly House committee, with regular attendance.
- Act as a Friendly House ambassador in the community.
- Introduce new friends to Friendly House.
- Support development of new board members.
- Maintain open communications with Friendly House staff, board and committee members; actively provide feedback and input on pending issues.
- Commit to timely completion of committee and board action items to move work of Friendly House forward.
- Participate in annual individual board membership review based on individual specific and measurable goals.