Executive Director

Chris Otis joined SMART as executive director in December 2010. In that time, she has effectively led the organization through multiple strategic planning processes that have resulted in impressive program growth – both quantitatively and qualitatively – incorporated equity throughout the organization and the communities it serves, and improved financial stability.

With Otis at the helm, the number of children SMART serves annually across Oregon has grown by nearly 50 percent, and revenue has grown by 75 percent. In 2018-19, SMART will reach 11,300 children in nearly 300 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 of 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 her Bachelor’s degrees from California State University in Sacramento. Chris presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and is a mentor/consultant for the Willamette Valley Development Officers. She is also a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

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 Board is comprised of individuals from across Oregon who assist SMART through leadership, financial support and advocacy.


  • ChairTerri Browning, Umpqua Bank, Portland
  • Vice ChairHank Sigmon, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Portland
  • Secretary: Monique Hayward, Intel Corp, Portland
  • TreasurerKarin Holsinger, Standard Insurance Company, Portland
  • Immediate Past Chair: Peggy Maguire, Cambia Health Solutions, Portland


  • Johnell Bell, Community Leader, Portland
  • Greg Chaillé, Oregon Community Foundation, Portland
  • Kam Emery, Cambia Health Solutions, Portland
  • Moira Farnsworth*, Boly:Welch, Portland
  • Monique Hayward, Intel Corporation, Portland
  • Ray Holliday, Holliday Jewelry, Klamath Falls
  • Anna Hutson, Avenue Agency, Portland
  • Adam Morris, SalesFirst Recruiting, Portland
  • Joe Mueller, Wildwood & Company, Portland
  • Diana Nuñez, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, Portland
  • Sarah Redgrave, KinderCare Education, Portland
  • Krista Tappan*, Portland Business Journal, 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


  • Mary Boyle, Portland
  • 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
  • Behzad Hosseini, Portland
  • Liz Large, Portland
  • Irving J. Levin, Beaverton
  • Kent Lewis, Portland
  • John Morgan, Portland
  • Charles H. Rouse, Richland
  • Patricia C. Smullin, Medford
  • Steve Stadum, Portland
  • Von Summers, Portland
  • Bill Thorndike, Jr.,Medford
  • Dan Wieden, Portland
  • Mary Wilcox, Portland
  • Charles Wilhoite, Portland
  • DJ Wilson, Portland
  • Linda Wright, Portland
  • Steve Wynne, 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.