Board of Directors

2022-2023 UWCC Officers

 


President: Kelsey Hix, AAA Oregon

I grew up sheltered in a large middle class family where my dad worked 7 days a week 364 days a year while my mom did everything in the house. I went into the adult world not knowing how to maintain an apartment, make proper meals, or really care for myself, let alone anything about the world. Because of that, I am trying to give back to the community now and help my children grow up with a better understanding of the world outside our own home.

Vice President: Rachel Schack, 94.9 The Bridge, Community Outreach, On-Air Personality

I grew up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii in Mililani Town. I’ve lived all over the United States and moved to Astoria in 2018. I have always had a deep passion for giving back and being involved and the sense of community, the beauty, and the people here on the North Coast have captured my heart and welcomed me with open arms like nowhere else. I feel especially passionate about working with social service agencies on outreach programs for the unhoused population (especially since COVID) and also working with children (I have worked as a teacher in the past). I hope to contribute what I can with the same love and compassion I’ve seen in the people of Clatsop County.


Treasurer: Amanda Barp, Owner, Watershed Wellness

I founded Watershed Wellness with my partner in 2009. I spend the majority of my time helping others feel better in their bodies, and facilitating the space for our other practitioners to do the same. My background in feminist philosophy has given me a unique understanding of how we, as individuals, are affected by the outside influences of our culture, our place in the world, and how we are viewed by others. In turn, this individual understanding informs how we work together in community. I believe our true work is to understand ourselves more deeply so that we can be excellent community members who work together toward common goals of equity for all.

2021-2022 Board of Directors


Katina GasserTongue Point Job Corps Center


Judy Geiger, Columbia Memorial Hospital

I have been influenced by many of my extended family members who were devoted to not-for-profit work especially supporting vulnerable people.  Everyday at work, I encounter people in need of assistance in some aspect of their lives. I am passionate about making our world a more inclusive place.  Our diversity makes us a more well rounded and interesting world. I enjoy working with the amazing United Way partner organizations. It is incredible what we can do together to support people in need in our community.

Cathy Jo Kirkpatrick, Alexandroff Dental,  Independent Arbonne Consultant

I’ve greatly enjoyed volunteering in my community, starting at an early age. I do what I can to give back and serve others. Volunteering in schools and working in dental hygiene over the years, I’ve seen the effects of neglect, especially on children. My mission is to lock arms with others and offer hope, health, love, support and empower children, teens and adults to know they are deserving of love, proper nutrition, safety and break the cycle they may have been born into. Together we can live united and make a difference and create a ripple effect of change in the world.

Sunil Raju, Owner and Attorney, Coast Land Law

I grew up as the son of first-generation Indian immigrants and was taught to appreciate the amazing opportunities we have in America. While I grew up learning that dreams can come true in our great country, I also learned that the streets are not made of gold and that we, too, have our own challenges with problems related to poverty, healthcare, education and other issues. I feel privileged to be a business owner and attorney in our community and am interested in working with other board members and agency partners to understand our community’s biggest opportunities and challenges, so that we can use United Way’s resources to help make a real difference for people and help them realize their hopes and dreams.

Nathan Pinkstaff

I got involved in nonprofit work to help give back to the community that has given me so much. My family (two sons, a daughter and my wife) loves this area. This is home. I want to help preserve this place for generations to come.

Staff

Jennifer Holen: Interim staff

Claire Catt: Interim Executive Director

Advisory Members

Jennifer Holen, Past Director / Advisor

Briana Smith, Events NW + Loft @ the Red Building

John Carlson, CPA

Cindy Johnson, US Bank

Julie Flues, American Red Cross

Kimberly Fitzwater, Food Services of America, Iron Chef Chairperson