Board of Directors

2022-2023 UWCC Executive 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/Secretary: Rachel Schack, Development Director, Liberty Theatre Astoria

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. 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 incredibly passionate about working to solve the issues we’re most immediately faced with on the coast: the housing crisis, childcare availability, supporting the unhoused population, etc. I also love working with children in an educational and enhancement capacity (I have worked with elementary school and preschool children). I hope to contribute what I can with the same love and compassion I’ve seen from the people of Clatsop County.

 

Jenni Pinkstaff, Treasurer

As a sixth-generation Astorian who was born and raised here, I love a tremendous love for our community. I have also been on the board for the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. It is important to me to show my daughter what giving to our community means. This is why I became part of the United Way.

2022-2023 UWCC Board

 

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, and 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.

 

Nathan Pinkstaff – Professional Volunteer

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.

 

Beverly Selga, Director of Surgical Services, Columbia Memorial Hospital

I recently relocated to Astoria from the Seattle area to work at Columbia Memorial Hospital as the Director of Surgical Services.  The mission, vision and values of CMH is what attracted me to the organization.  I have been involved in non-profit work surrounding remedying food insecurity for the past 20 years, whether it was preparing nutritious meals for delivery, delivering meals to those in need or working with the local food pantry preparing and serving weekly hot dinners.  Being a part of the CCUW is a great way to become involved in my new community and help to continue the good work that is made possible by supporting other non-profits on the North Coast.

 

Leo Piza, TEAM Astoria

I began working with the local employment agency, TEAM in 2020. In my short time with TEAM, I have been exposed to the shortage of many resources in our community. For this reason, we began a program in 2021 called TEAM Tools for life. We assisted with simple things like laundry services, nutrional meals, ID replacements, job placements, and more. With this simple program we were able to change the lives of a handful of people. Unfortunately, we were unable to continue TEAM Tools for life as it was privately funded by the owner of the company. Now it is 2023, I manage the local branch, and I’ve found a sustainable avenue to bridge the gaps in our community by partnering with United Way of Clatsop County. I look forward to paving the way for better tomorrow.

MaRyan Fauver, US Bank

Staff

Claire Catt, Interim Executive Director

Shey LionheartCommunity Engagement Specialist

Advisory Members

Katina GasserTongue Point Job Corps Center

Jennifer Holen, Past Director / Advisor

Briana Smith, Events NW + Loft @ the Red Building

Cindy Johnson, US Bank

Kimberly Fitzwater, Food Services of America