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Leadership & Strategy

Meet Our Leadership Team 


Board of Trustees

Carol Terrell, Board Chair Rick Noling
Dick Wingard, Secretary/Treasurer Jeannie Pickens
Jonathan Cotton Ruppert Reinstadler
Robert Countryman Brian Rhone
Curtis Dent Chris Rogers
Scott Edwards Charmin Shiely
Neil Fernando Dan Swift
Bill Hebert Bob Tomeoni
Ross Kelley Nick Veroske
Debi Laue Eugene Wallace
Keith Mays  
   
President & CEO | Bob Hall

For more than 25 years, Bob Hall faithfully served in various leadership positions throughout his Y career. Since coming into this role in 2003, Bob has worked aggressively to capture afresh the history and heritage of the Young Men’s Christian Association. His passion for the purpose and mission of the movement into the life of the organization and the community is evident. Prior to his arrival at the Y, Bob was involved in a start-up company in Portland. He has degrees from the University of Montana and Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Bob and his wife Sherry have five daughters and 11 grandchildren. 

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer | Mark Burris

Mark Burris served on the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Board of Trustees for eight years and held the role of Chair in 2015 and 2016. Mark’s prior professional role was Senior Vice President, Team Leader at Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, where he led a team of Commercial Relationship Managers accountable for delivering ideas and excellence in middle-market banking solutions and service. He led five initiatives across the Portland Regional Commercial Banking team focused on internal and external partnering.

Mark and his wife, Beth, have one daughter.

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer | Denise LaRue

Denise LaRue has over 30 years’ experience in corporate business, in the area of hospitality management. Denise’s prior position was Chief Financial Officer of a northwest-based hotel chain. She received her degree in Business Administration/ Accounting from Oregon State University. She and her husband have two children.

Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer | Tammy Spencer

Tammy Spencer has served in senior level marketing positions for the last 19 years. Tammy’s prior role in higher education, was in the position of Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Pacific University, where she led a large team of marketing professionals and students. In addition, Tammy oversaw marketing and communications at our YMCA from 2006 to early 2010. She returned to the YMCA in 2016 and in 2018 began serving in the capacity of Senior Director of Marketing and Communication.

Tammy and her husband Richard have two bassets named Ruby Red and Black Jasper.

Chief Human Resources Officer | Katie Christianson

Katie Christianson has over 18 years of experience in Human Resources Management in various for profit business/non-profit organizations including Charles Schwab, Pacific Pulmonary Services, Restoration Hardware, Adidas, Nike, Xenium HR and National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Pre-Law Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder. Katie is a marathoner/ultra- runner and she and her husband have two sons, two dogs and three cats.

Vice President of Christian Mission Advancement & Chaplain | Bob Reichen

Before coming to the Y as Chaplain in 2007, Bob Reichen served in full-time ministry for almost 40 years. He served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and led a Church Growth Consulting ministry in New York City for 13 years. Following a move back to Portland in 1985, he served as Associate Pastor for a large church in West Portland. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and has done graduate work at the New School for Social Research in New York City and at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He and his wife Grace have two children and three grandchildren.

Strategic Initiatives

Strengthen and develop our staff and volunteer leadership to effectively fulfill the Y cause

  • Hire for Mission and Purpose
  • Increase Opportunities
  • Recruit for Capacity
  • Refresh Our Governance

Grow our footprint in communities we serve and expand in communities not yet served

  • Convene Community Stakeholders
  • Foster Philanthropy
  • Lead with Cause
  • Expand our Reach
  • Demonstrate Enterprise and/or Impact ROI
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CEO Compensation

The Board of Trustees, through the Executive Committee, conducts the semi-annual performance evaluation and annual compensation review of the CEO. In determining CEO compensation the Executive Committee considers a number of factors including, but not limited to, salaries of other YMCA CEOs of comparable size, salaries of local not for profit CEOs of similar size, overall economic conditions regionally and nationally, and CEO performance based on agreed-upon objectives.

For additional information, please contact Tammy Spencer, VP and Chief Marketing Officer