Executive Director

Chris Otis joined SMART as Executive Director in December 2010. In that time, she has led the effort to grow service numbers, create solid and sustainable finances, and oversee a number of key and transformational initiatives, including an emphasis on equity and inclusion as well as a three-year focused effort looking at quality and qualitative aspects of the program.

Over the past five years, the number of children SMART served statewide has grown by 33 percent, and revenue has grown by 42 percent. In 2015-16, SMART reached 10,000 children in over 270 sites with reading support and 140,000 books to keep, thanks to the help of more than 5,000 volunteers.

Chris has a rich background of more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining SMART, she served as Executive Director for the Children’s Relief Nursery, a child abuse prevention program serving high-risk children and families in Portland. She has also served as the Executive Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—Oregon Chapter; the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services; and the California Association of School Psychologists; and served as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Chiropractic Association. She served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Portland, where she was recruited to design and teach a course on nonprofit management for MBA students at the University’s School of Business. She received both her MBA and Bachelor’s degrees from California State University in Sacramento. Chris presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and the Willamette Valley Development Officers. She is also a mentor/consultant for WVDO.

Statewide Board of Directors

As a volunteer-driven organization, volunteers are critical to our success and are the very heart of SMART.  Our dedicated volunteer leadership is committed to helping SMART achieve the vision of an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.Our 17-member Board is comprised of individuals from across Oregon who assist SMART through leadership, financial support and advocacy.

Officers:

  • ChairPeggy Maguire, Cambia Health Solutions, Portland
  • Vice Chair: Kent Lewis, Anvil Media, Inc., Portland
  • Secretary: Terri Browning, Umpqua Bank, Portland
  • Treasurer: Hank Sigmon, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Portland
  • Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Large, Portland

 

Peggy Maguire

Peggy Maguire

Kent Lewis

Kent Lewis


Directors:

  • Greg Chaillé, Oregon Community Foundation, Portland
  • José Gonzalez, Tú Casa Real Estate Corporation, Salem
  • Monique Hayward, Intel Corporation, Portland
  • Karin Holsinger, Standard Insurance Co., Portland
  • Anna Hutson, Avenue Agency, Portland
  • Jody Marshall*, Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland
  • Adam Morris, West Coast Careers, Portland
  • Tom O’Keefe, 4-Tell, Portland
  • Connie Seeley, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • Janae Sorenson, Parker Smith Feek, Portland
  • Jane Teater, Retired Educator & Reading Specialist, Bend
  • Becky Versteeg, SMART Site Coordinator, Medford
  • Angela Wilhelms, University of Oregon, Eugene

Member representing SMART Associate Board

Emeritus:

  • Gerry Brodsky, Salem
  • Tom Costabile, Old Tappan, NJ
  • Ruth Ann Dodson, Portland
  • Bill Early, Portland
  • Joe Gonyea II, Springfield
  • Katie Hertig, Warrenton
  • Sue Hollern, Bend
  • Irving J. Levin, Beaverton
  • John Morgan, Portland
  • Charles H. Rouse, Richland
  • Patricia C. Smullin, Medford
  • Steve Stadum, Portland
  • Von Summers, Portland
  • Bill Thorndike, Jr.,Medford
  • Dan Wieden, Portland
  • Charles Wilhoite, Portland
  • Linda Wright, Portland

Leadership Council

SMART Leadership Council are groups of individuals in local communities across the state who help raise friends and funds for SMART in their local area.