Board Of Directors
Cascade AIDS Project is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who represent both the diversity of who the agency serves and the expertise and networks needed to ensure CAP’s continued success.
While the number of current Board members will vary generally between 14 and 18, the bylaws cap the number of Board members allowed at 21. The Board Officers and Committee Chairs are positions defined within the agency’s bylaws and are elected annually (typically in May). The full Board of Directors typically meets every other month and spends time in alternate months working on Board Committees that include Development, Finance, Nominations, and Executive.
Charles Washington, President
Fred Meyer Stores Inc.
Charles Washington, an Oregon native, has lived in Seattle, Whidbey Island and Bellevue, Washington and now back in Portland. He has worked for Fred Meyer Stores since 1998 in the Information Systems and Services Department overseeing eCommerce and Document Management. Charles enjoys volunteer work for Adopt-a-Class, Lifeworks Northwest, Junior Achievement of SW Washington and Oregon. Raising money and volunteering for children’s causes is a passion. Charles became involved with CAP as a Board Member in 2009. He has a passion for volunteer work and is very supportive of CAP’s mission. When not working or volunteering, he loves to travel to all parts of the world and to his backyard for a little gardening.
Warren Jimenez, Vice President
Portland Parks & Recreation
Warren Jimenez was recently appointed Assistant Director of Portland Parks & Recreation. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff for Mayor Sam Adams, where he was responsible for leading, developing, and implementing Mayor Adams’ strategic goals for the city. Warren worked as the Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff from 2009 through 2010 and as a Senior Policy Director for economic development and workforce training during Adams’ term as City Commissioner.
Prior to joining the mayor’s office, Warren served as the Executive Director of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. During his tenure, he built the internal infrastructure capacity of the organization and increased awareness to policy makers about the issue of HIV in Native communities.
Warren’s resume also includes Health Director for the Native American Rehabilitation Association, Area Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette and Executive Director of Tri-County Economic Development District. Warren is a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation located in Santa Barbara, California.
Robert Lusk, MD, Secretary
Providence Health & Services
Robert Lusk is a native Texan transplanted to the northwest for the last 19 years. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Houston (go Coogs!) and went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He finished his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, then moved to Portland for a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Oregon Health and Sciences University. After the fellowship, he worked for 8 years in Salem where he provided HIV care and served as medical director of Willamette Valley Hospice. In 2001 Robert moved to Portland to take a position at the newly created Providence Milwaukie Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Since 2005 he has served as the associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency program at Providence Portland Medical Center. In his practice he cares for many types of infectious diseases, but HIV/AIDS is a large part of his practice.
He is active in the community in a variety of volunteer roles. He has served on the board of Our House of Portland and as their Medical Director for almost 11 years. He has also been active with the Oregon Repertory Singers, Social Venture Partners Portland and his church. Robert and his partner of 15 years, Christopher Bailey, live in southeast Portland on the slopes of Mt. Tabor. They enjoy cooking, entertaining friends and bicycling.
Mark Clift, Treasurer
McDonald Jacobs, PC
Mark Clift is the managing partner of McDonald Jacobs, a local accounting firm. McDonald Jacobs serves closely held commercial businesses, individuals and over 120 not-for-profit agencies. Mark joined the firm in 1999 to assist and lead the tax practice and became managing partner of the firm in 2008.
Mark moved to Portland and started his public accounting career in 1991 and soon joined the board of Our House of Portland. He has also served on the board of Friends of the Performing Arts Center, American Advertising Museum, Big Brother Big Sisters and the Portland Advertising Federation. Mark has been a long-term CAP volunteer through AIDS Walk and looks forward to being more involved as a board member. He enjoys outdoor activities, music and sings in the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus.
Kurt Beadell, Vibrant Table Catering & Events
Kurt Beadell is co-owner and creative director of Vibrant Table Catering & Events. The heartbreaking impact of AIDS/HIV motivated Kurt to become personally involved in the fight against this devastating disease. He has been an active contributor to Cascade AIDS Project and Our House for over 21 years.
Since 1990, Kurt has held several roles on CAP’s Art Auction Planning Committee, applying his expertise in the area of events, food and beverage management, and design to help raise valuable dollars at CAP’s annual fundraising auction. Kurt has a passion for cuisine, hospitality, and art. He has an impressive collection of art, and his own work has displayed in several local galleries, including the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Elise Brickner-Schulz, Miller Nash LLP
Elise Brickner-Schulz is Director of Legal Support Services at Miller Nash LLP. She has been with the firm for 25 years. She serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Green Team as well as sitting on the Diversity, Pro Bono, and Technology committees.
Elise has been active in the community and is currently the Vice President and Development Chair of the OAJC, as well as a board member of Cedar Sinai Park. She is chair of the Portland Community College Paralegal Studies Advisory council and volunteers wherever she can in her spare time.
M. Lamar Bryant, Jr., MD, The Vancouver Clinic
Lamar Bryant is originally from Mississippi, where he attended Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Lamar and his partner have been active supporters of CAP, Our House and Equal Rights Washington since moving to Vancouver in 2005. Lamar is passionate about wine, travel and SEC sports.
Michael Giavanti, Wells Fargo
Michael Giavanti is a 10-year company veteran of Wells Fargo. His current role as Vice President, Regional Private Banking Manager consists of leading a regional Private Banking team who advises and serves customers with their wealth management needs. Michael served for three years as president of Wells Fargo’s regional Diversity Council. His community leadership experience includes serving on the Portland Center Stage board and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association and Meals on Wheels. He recently graduated from Leadership Portland, the Portland Business Alliance’s initiative to develop emerging civic and community leaders. Michael is a transplant from Colorado and has called Portland home for about 11 years now. Michael’s personal values truly align with CAP, and he says “I’m excited to learn and grow, and hope to make an impact while serving on the CAP Board.” Michael believes we can all make a difference in the community we live and do business in. He has been a long-term CAP supporter through his favorite event, the Annual Art Auction.
Robert Goman, NIKE, Inc.
Robert Goman, a California native, relocated to Portland in 2002 to continue his career with NIKE, Inc. A 15-year veteran of NIKE, Robert works on the Global Retail Brand Presentation team in product presentation, an area of expertise and passion he has worked in for over 20 years. He also serves as the chair of the LGBT & Friends Network at NIKE. As the chair of the employee network Robert works to continue to educate and inspire other NIKE employees on the value of being involved and invested as a NIKE employee by being your “true self.”
Robert enjoys involvement within the Portland LGBT community with organizations like Cascade AIDS Project, Basic Rights Oregon and Q Center. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and finding ways to make a difference. Robert sees Portland as a community of opportunity for everyone – just get involved.
Dr. Nancy Haigwood, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Dr. Haigwood heads up the Oregon National Primate Research Center (one of the eight national centers) and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at OHSU. For more than 25 years, Nancy has dedicated considerable efforts to HIV/AIDS research in the areas of vaccines and mother-to-child transmission. She has worked in both academia and with pharmaceutical enterprises on HIV vaccine design and testing, and she currently leads a highly collaborative research group at OHSU exploring the role of antibodies in controlling HIV. Over the past several years, Nancy and her husband have been major contributors to CAP.
Jennifer Jako, Fix Studio
Jennifer Jako is an eighteen year survivor of HIV/AIDS. Her infection at age eighteen inspired her to advocate for AIDS education and prevention. Her documentary film about HIV+ youth, “Blood Lines/It Could Be You,” broadcast for five years on MTV. This award-winning film is now used around the world to educate youth about HIV/AIDS. Her interviews have appeared on television and in print. In May of 2006, Jennifer appeared pregnant on the cover of Newsweek Magazine’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of AIDS in America. Her media consultations have resulted in recent episodes of “Without a Trace” and “Gray’s Anatomy” based on her story. She has spoken directly with over 250,000 people, and her media outreach has communicated with tens of millions.
Jennifer has a three-year-old daughter born free of HIV due to adherence to HAART medications. She is engaged with her family and community and continues to empower and inform the public about HIV.
Maria Rojo de Steffey, ALMAR Contracting LLC
Ms. Rojo de Steffey currently owns and serves as President for ALMAR Contracting, LLC. Her company provides repair, restoration, renovation, training and inspections for multi-family housing. With a lifelong family commitment to public service, former Multnomah County, Oregon Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey has followed her parent’s path towards economic security and social justice for a diverse community. Having lost dear friends to AIDS, Maria is committed to sharing her time and expertise with Cascade AIDS Project.
Judge Susan M. Svetkey, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Susan Svetkey is a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge in the Family Law Department. She has been a donor and supporter of CAP for over 20 years. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Oregon Law Institute and Child Centered Solutions and previously served on the Board of Children’s Relief Nursery. Susan’s work in the Court offers her opportunities to positively impact the lives of children and families. She established and for over 10 years has administered a court project providing pro bono lawyers and advocacy for children embroiled in domestic disputes. In her judicial work she has at times turned to CAP as a resource for families.
Brian Wong, MD, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Dr. Brian Wong is Professor and Director, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine at OHSU. Dr. Wong has been a supporter of Cascade AIDS Project since he moved to Portland in 2006. Prior to his arrival in Portland, he served as the Chief of the Infectious Disease Section of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Wong’s work with HIV and its associated conditions dates to the early days of the pandemic.
Jody A. Wrigley, J Wrigley Vineyards and Winery
Jody and her husband John are co-owners of J Wrigley Vineyards and Winery in the Willamette Valley, where they are living out their dreams by raising a family and cultivating family farmed, handcrafted boutique wines. With over 15 years of sales and administrative experience, Jody is enthusiastic to put her skills to good use for CAP. As a former Senior Project Manager and Development Director of a statewide non-profit organization in Arizona, Jody has raised funds to support programs and managed several hundred employees. Jody and John have enthusiastically supported CAP for over two years and look forward to assisting in carrying out CAP’s mission.
Jacqueline Yerby, Cambia Health Solutions
Jackie Yerby is the Sustainability Program Manager for Cambia Health Solutions, the parent company for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Jackie works to embed sustainability into the company’s planning, decision-making, operations and culture. She had previously served as the company’s Ethics and Compliance Officer. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In addition to serving on CAP’s Board where she is the Immediate Past President, Jackie also serves on the Board of Basic Rights Oregon. She had previously served on the Board of Catholic Charities of Oregon.
Ron Young, Community Volunteer
Ron Young has a long history with Cascade AIDS Project due to his work with the PAL program in the mid-80s. In addition, Ron brings substantial expertise in the area of human resource management, as he worked from 1978 to 2005 for Freightliner as employment manager. Other community/professional affiliations for Ron include work with the United Way Board of Directors, the Tri-County Affirmative Action Committee, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board.