Meredith BrodskySecretary of the Board College of Education, WOUDean (ret.)
From 2002 until her retirement in 2007, Meredith Brodsky served as the director of The Teaching Research Institute, a research, technical assistance and policy organization located at Western Oregon University. At Western she also served as a faculty member and as dean of the College of Education. Her professional experiences include being a teacher of deaf-blind children, researcher for a five-state region of special education programs, and Chief of School Programs for children with severe disabilities for the State of Oregon. Meredith worked throughout Oregon and the U. S. as a consultant to education and mental health organizations in the area of continuous quality improvement and has published technical assistance materials in that area. She presented at conferences throughout the US and in Canada and Europe. She served as a Commissioner for the Oregon Teacher and Standards Practices Commission for five years and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on transforming K-12 schools. From 2001 to 2004 she chaired the Research Committee for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, as well as serving as an accreditation consultant for that organization. She has worked on over 25 grant-funded projects and served as director for many of them, including grants from Maternal Child Health, National Science Foundation and the federal Department of Education. In retirement she has been a volunteer for several political candidates and served on an Education Policy Committee for the 2008 Obama campaign. She was a volunteer for Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) and was a site coordinator for one year. Meredith lives in Portland with her husband, Gerry, and enjoys traveling, hiking, theater and dragon boating. They have a thoroughbred horse breeding business, Two Stamps Stable.
Homer ChinOregon Health & Sciences UniversityAffiliate Professor
Dr. Homer Chin was born in Okinawa and grew up in the Sudan (Africa) and Hong Kong. He came to the US and attended college at UC Berkeley, nmajoring in bioengineering. He obtained his MD degree from Dartmouth Medical School, completed a residency in internal medicine, and did a fellowship in medical informatics at Stanford University, before joining Kaiser Permanente. He was associate medical director for clinical information systems at Kaiser Permanente Northwest until his retirement from that position in 2013. He is an affiliate professor at Oregon Health & Sciences University and on the board of OCHIN–a organization that supports information systems for clinics that serve mainly the medicaid and medically indigent population. He is currently working with Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School on the OpenNotes initiative–working to give patients easy and transparent access to their medical records. He is married with 2 young sons.
Glen GilbertExecutive Director Tucker Maxon School
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Glen has been a nonprofit executive, consultant and leader for nearly 20 years. He became Executive Director of Tucker-Maxon School on June 2, 2014.
Glen was Executive Director of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and led a successful capital campaign to quadruple the number of school children screened for sight and hearing. During his tenure, the budget and staff size at the Foundation also doubled. He recently led the effort to merge the 72-year-old Museum of Contemporary Craft with the 100-year-old Pacific Northwest College of Art. Other clients have included Metro, Zero Waste Alliance, Tibetan Peace Center and the National Community Land Trust Network. Glen was Interim President and CEO of Nature Bridge (formerly Yosemite National Institutes), the largest environmental education organization in the country. He was the inaugural President and CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council.
Prior to green building, Glen was President and CEO of the World Forestry Center, a nonprofit that includes a museum, a demonstration forest, and an international fellowship program. He led a $7 million campaign to reinvent the museum. Glen was inaugural Executive Director during the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s $4.3 million capital campaign. Glen began his nonprofit career as Executive Director of the human rights organization Tibet Justice Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1989, Glen was an attorney, a human rights consultant to the Tibetan government-in-exile in India, an Assistant Professor of Law in Prague, and Legislative Counsel to the Pacific Island nation of Palau in Micronesia. His law school thesis on environmental dispute resolution was published in the Ecology Law Quarterly. Glen was also a journalist between college and law school and he backpacked around the world for over a year. Glen has also lived and worked abroad in India, Prague and the Republic of Palau. Glen is a film buff, scuba diver, photographer, avid reader and volleyball player. He lives in Irvington with his wife Tori and teenage children Marina and Matthew.
Deborah HedgesVice President of the Board Northwest Permanente, P.C.Director of Human Resources (ret.)
Deborah Hedges was born and raised in Iowa and graduated from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Post college, she worked in medical information administration at the VA hospital in Portland and St. Mary’s in San Francisco. She then spent about two years on cancer research projects in Liverpool, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. While traveling the rest of the way around the world, she ended up opening a restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal in the late 70’s. Wild streak over, she went to work for Kaiser Permanente Northwest when she returned to the states. She spent thirty-four years there as a statistician, medical economist, systems analyst, and hospital administrator. In 1985, went to work for the Permanente medical group in a variety of capacities including director of communications, government relations, and, finally, Human Resources. Deborah and her husband Bill (attorney) have been married for 30+ years and have two children, both flown the coop after graduating from Claremont McKenna and University of Puget Sound. The children are now both happily employed at modest-paying jobs but, miraculously, debt free. They both started out at the pre-school program at Tucker-Maxon in the 1980’s and 90’s and it was an honor to be asked to be on the board.
Mary HullStoel Rives, LLPAttorney
Mary Hull joined the Tucker Maxon School Board of Directors in October 2015. Mary is a partner in Stoel Rives law firm’s Corporate practice group and is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Ventures Group. She has a general corporate and securities law practice with an emphasis on the representation of emerging-growth companies. Mary regularly advises start-up and early-stage companies on general corporate governance matters, and she has extensive experience in representing these clients in venture capital and angel financings. Mary has experience representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and executive compensation matters. She also has experience representing clients in the health care industry, including having worked on dozens of affiliations between dental practices and companies that provide business support to dental practices. Mary was awarded a “Forty Under 40” Award by The Portland Business Journal in 2012, listed among Rising Stars by Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008, 2010-2012, and presented the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Lewis & Clark Law School Small Business Legal Clinic, 2008-2009. She was a Member of the Board of Directors of Write Around Portland from 2006-2010. Mary was an intern in the Office of Senator Joseph Biden, Washington, D.C. in 1987-1988 and at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1987. She is a graduate of Tulane Law School, magna cum laude, and holds a B.A. from Amherst College, cum laude. Mary is married to Steve Hull, and they have two children. In her spare time, Mary likes to read to her younger daughter. Mary’s favorite book is The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
Timothy Huller M.D.OHSU Chief of Otology & NeurologyDirector of Cochlear Implant Program
Dr. Timothy Hullar, joined OHSU in December 2014 as Chief of Otology and Neurotology and Director of the Cochlear Implant program. Tim is a Fulbright Scholar out of Stanford University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at John Hopkins University and subsequent Otology and Neurotology Fellowship at John Hopkins under Dr. John Niparko, during which time he received the Outstanding Chief Resident Award. He departed his position at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis where he was Director of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery. He brings 11 years of clinical experience in Neurotology including treatment of pediatric and adult patients with deafness, cochlear implantation, tumors of the skull base, imbalance, facial paralysis, and tinnitus. His research interests include cochlear implantation and auditory-vestibular interactions and he will work closely with the Oregon Hearing Research Center and NCRAR expanding translational research at OHSU. In his free time, Tim enjoys sailing and kayaking.
Jim KnutsenStarkey Hearing TechnologiesWest Coast Regional Sales Manager
Jim Knutsen has spent 33 years working with the hearing impaired. Jim attended Oregon State University where he received his B.A and M.A. in Audiology and Business administration. He started his career at the Portland V.A. hospital at the National Auditory Research Lab. Shortly after that, he joined the East Portland Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic where he practiced for 15 years. In 2000, he joined Starkey Hearing Technologies as a field representative. In 2006, Jim became The Northwest Regional Manager and in 2009 he became the Western U.S. Sales Manager. In 2014 Jim became the NW Regional Business Manager and Starkey Hearing Alliance representative. He is a past president of the Oregon Hearing Society and a former director of the Tristate Hearing Commission. Jim spent over eight years coaching youth sports in the Portland Area but now spends most of his free time with his wife Mary Ellen and their dog Lloyd. Jim was first introduced to Tucker Maxon in graduate school and reconnected with the school in 2015 through Starkey’s sponsorship of the annual auction.
John LenzLenz Financial GroupFinancial Planner & President
John has a long history with Tucker Maxon as his son David was a student in the early intervention and pre-school programs in the late 80’s and early 90’s. John is a Certified Financial Planner® and president of Lenz Financial Group with offices in Portland, Eugene and Boise, ID. John has been married for 35 years, is the father of four children and grandfather of five. Outside of work he enjoys spending time at the beach, skiing, backpacking, and DIY home repair and remodeling with his wife and kids. John is also good at trivia games.
Jennifer LootensPresident of the Board Washington ESD #112Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Jennifer Lootens, M.Ed., was born and raised in Northern California, and is the current President of the Tucker Maxon Board of Directors. She has a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss from Rubella which was diagnosed at birth, allowing her to be fitted with a hearing aid at eight months. She began her journey early of being a kid who happened to have a hearing loss, her parents opting for her mainstreaming in neighborhood schools. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, majoring in photography and printmaking, and did graduate work in Art Therapy at Pratt Institute. She worked and lived San Francisco, where she met her husband and soon after getting married in 1989, she moved to Portland and received her cochlear implant. She has been an active member of the Oregon Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Assoc. for the Deaf, serving as board president and as a member-at-large with the national group’s deaf adult section’s Executive Committee. She received her M.Ed. degree with her teaching training at Tucker-Maxon, through our training program at Lewis & Clark College. From 2002 until the present she has been an itinerant Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Educational Service District 112 in Washington State. Jennifer lives in Portland with her husband and two children who work and attend college. Besides teaching and mentoring, she loves reading, doing her artwork, gardening, spending time in the outdoors, and time with friends and family.
Michael ParrTreasurer of the Board Cascade Wholesale Hardware, Inc.General Manager
Michael Parr was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1978 and then from the University of Oregon in 1982. After graduation, he started working for the family business as a truck driver, before moving into the advertising dept. and then to the credit office. After about eight years in that division, he went on to eventually become the head lumber and plywood buyer for the stores. For the last 20 years, he has been President of Parr Lumber’s subsidiary company: Cascade Wholesale Hardware. Currently he is on Parr Lumber Board as Secretary and Chairman of the Cascade Wholesale Hardware Board. Michael has been married to his wife Sharon for over 22 years and they have identical twin daughters who attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He is an avid crab fisherman and huge fan of the Oregon Ducks.
Christi Sperry AuDDirector of the Newborn Hearing Screening Program Providence HospitalAudiology
Christi Sperry, AuD, is from Seattle, Washington and completed her Masters in Audiology from the University of Washington in 1998. Following this, she completed her fellowship in Boston at Harvard Vanguard and then went on to work in the Head and Neck Surgery Department at UC Irvine Medical School. Christi began the pediatric audiology program at Providence in 2001 and has run the Newborn Hearing Screening Program for all Providence Hospitals in Oregon since then. Christi has been a member of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) advisory committee for Oregon since 2001. She completed her AuD in 2007 from AT Still University. Christi has two daughters and enjoys writing, traveling and any form of outdoor exercise.
Lee VandegriftCovance, Inc.Clinical Team Leader
Lee began her relationship with Tucker Maxon at the age of 2, shortly after being diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears. She was fitted with hearingaids and started working with the first of many wonderful speech and listening therapists. After receiving support from Tucker-Maxon through her elementary and high school years, she went on to graduate from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, with a joint major in biology and science in society. She moved to Rochester, New York to be with her future husband, Mike, and she stumbled into a clinical research job at the University of Rochester. Eighteen years and three biotech companies later, she is a clinical team leader for Covance, Inc., managing global clinical research studies for major pharmaceutical companies. Lee enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young boys. She participates in team relay runs and hopes to eventually find the time to hike, garden, and knit again.
Frank Warren M.D.The Oregon ClinicDepartment of Otolaryngology
Dr. Frank Warren was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Tufts University in 1992. He completed his medical training and residency at Oregon Health and Science University. Following this, he went on to fellowship in Neurotology at Vanderbilt University in 2006, after which time he joined the faculty at the University of Utah for four years prior to moving back to Portland. Dr. Warren was an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at OHSU until recently when he joined The Oregon Clinic. Dr. Warren has performed over 100 cochlear implant surgeries per year in the Portland Metropolitan area and is a co-investigator on an NIH funded research project investigating magnetic guidance of cochlear implants. Dr. Warren has two children in elementary school, and enjoys golf, volleyball and automobiles.
John H. Warwick CPACPA (ret.)
John Warwick is a retired CPA with over 40 years of tax experience. John was responsible for the tax practice at his firm Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP, and has experience with over hundreds of organizations’ budgets, finance, investment and best practices. Prior to joining Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP, John was a partner with a Big 4 accounting firms and had over 18 years of experience with Big 4 firms. John is a graduate of the University of Utah with a major in Accounting. He is a licensed CPA in Oregon. He has two daughters who each have two children, both boys.