Leadership & Strategy

Meet Our Leadership Team 

Board of Trustees

Carol Terrell, Board Chair Debi Laue
Dick Wingard, Secretary/Treasurer Keith Mays
Dayna Christian Jeannie Pickens
Jonathan Cotton Ruppert Reinstadler
Robert Countryman Brian Rhone
Curtis Dent Chris Rogers
Scott Edwards Charmin Shiely
Neil Fernando Dan Swift
Tim Haskins Bob Tomeoni
Bill Hebert Nick Veroske
Dr. Steven Holt Eugene Wallace
Ross Kelley Orlando Williams
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.

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 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.

Vice President & Chief Development Officer | Bruce Patton

Bruce Patton has over 40 years of combined experience in public service, corporate business and non-profit organizations. From 1997 to 2006, Bruce helped build Northwest Medical Teams/Medical Teams International into a world-class Non-Governmental Organization. He had the privilege of raising funding from a base in the Pacific Northwest, to serve people locally, regionally and nationally in the USA as well as internationally in Africa, China, Eastern Europe, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Balkans. Bruce received his Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University.

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
Community Building

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, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.