Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties

The SMART Northwest Area team implements SMART and raises funds to support SMART in Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. In 2017-2018, we served 1,559 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 656 local volunteers. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue this important work of empowering local children through reading.

Click here to read SMART Northwest’s Year-end Report.

Click here to read SMART Northwest’s 2017-18 Newsletter.


Special thanks in the Northwest Area:

Thanks to the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation for awarding SMART $5,000 to purchase books for 475 students in Salem-Keizer schools for the 2016-17 school year!

DKG Foundation logo for jenn's webpage






SMART thanks the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for providing a $50,000 grant to fund PreK SMART programs in seven counties spanning our Metro, Northwest and South Valley Areas. Pictured: Reynold Leno, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Council Chairman; Jenn Columbus, SMART Northwest Area Manager; Liz Degner, SMART South Valley Area Manager; Julia Willis, Spirit Mountain Community Fund Grants Coordinator; Sho Dozono, Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board of Trustees Chairman.

Thanks, Portland General Electric in Salem, for holding a book drive for SMART – these generous folks donated 96 books and funds to support SMART kids in their community!

SMART PGE Book Drive Salem

Local Staff:

Michael Finlay Assistant Mgr.

Michael Finlay
Senior Program Manager

Stephanie Gates
Development Officer

Erica Heisler Program Manager

Erica Heisler
Program Manager

Volunteer Opportunities:

SMART always welcomes new volunteers! Check the Get Involved page for descriptions of various volunteer positions. For volunteer openings in the Northwest Area, click here › or call 503-391-8423.

Business Partners:

SMART Business Partners are local businesses that support SMART through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Northwest Area Business Partners, click here ›.

Leadership Council:

SMART Leadership Councils are groups of individuals who help SMART flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment. Thank you to our Northwest Area Leadership Council members:

  • Steven Broncheau
  • Kristine Cutchen
  • Carla Glavine
  • Tiffany Lawerence


  • Carrie Casebeer
  • Terry Clelen
  • Linda Craven
  • Paula Crites
  • Steve Dickey
  • Dan Drennan
  • Steven Goto
  • Lucy King
  • Karlina Christensen-Lee
  • Krina Lemons
  • Brad Lewis
  • Matthew Lind
  • Nancy Lodge
  • Kathy Saunders
  • Victoria Shinn
  • Sandy Torgrimson-Fox
  • Jeff Ulven
  • Don Van Etten


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