Meet Our Board of Directors
Raised in Texas, Mitchell moved to Oregon when he was ten and has been a PNW resident ever since. Currently working as a data scientist in marketing for a large software company in the Portland area, Mitchell uses his background in economics and operations to unlock previously unattainable business value. After the recent death of one of his closest friends as a result of a battle with depression, Mitchell looked for ways to learn about mental health and a mechanism to help influence positive change. Excited by the OFSN program and potential, Mitchell joined the Board and looks forward to leveraging his skills to help OFSN accomplish and surpass its goals.
Mary is currently employed as the Family Partnership Coordinator for Trillium Family Services, which is located at the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis. Mary and her husband Scott raised four children, two of whom have experienced significant mental health and developmental challenges. Mary has worked hard to learn everything she can about systems, services and advocacy. Mary has also served on numerous state and county committees along with the OFSN staff. She is highly appreciative of the family services and training that OFSN has to offer, because her own family has benefited greatly from these services.
Steve is a seasoned non-profit executive and technology leader. As the CEO for the Society for Information Management (SIM), he led a national non-profit with 5,000 members and 40 Chapters across the US. Steve’s background is in technology and organization design and systems architecture as well as the management and program development for large technology projects. Steve is currently the CEO of Hufford Services Group, a managed services and business services provider for SMB technology and systems integration customers.
After a six-year battle with her teenage daughter’s depression and subsequent suicide, Karen Meadows left behind her successful career in the energy industry to immerse herself in mental health issues. She spent years reading about mental illness and reading her daughter’s extensive writing. She volunteered on a crisis line and at homeless youth centers, and served on the Oregon Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Board of Directors. She also served on the Oregon Health Authority’s Children’s System Advisory Committee. This committee advises state policies regarding children’s mental health. She has an Executive MBA from UW-Madison, an MS in Engineering from UC Boulder, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Meadows lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
Annette is a dedicated wife, mother, friend, employee and a valuable contributor to the community. She has worked over 20 years as Supply Chain Manager and Purchasing Manager for two World Class manufacturing facilities across North America. Annette continues to eagerly take on other community responsibilities without hesitation. She and her husband are loving parents to a brilliant, loving, creative son who experiences a brain-based disability resulting in challenging behaviors. Annette is always looking for meaningful ways to support her son in his emotional growth, cognitive skills, severe depression and suicidal ideation. With her son serving as her inspiration, Annette is a certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT) through FACETS Oregon which gives her the ability to do trainings and seminars using the Neuro Behavioral Model for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other brain-based disabilities. She also obtained certified training in special education and volunteers her time to help other community members navigate the IEP process. Additionally, she is a volunteer family mentor with FACT (Families and Communities Together); helping families who have children who experience FASD. Co-Founder/Leader of the Tri-County FASD and brain-based disabilities parent group, she continues to help other parents navigate their own journeys. Annette also serves on the Tri-County System of Care Advisory Board as a family representative. Annette has a passion for meeting people where they are at and supporting them without judgement or bias. She has a drive for removing barriers and stigmatization in community systems to create a better life for families and those who experience emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.
Annette joined the OFSN board in July of 2021. Annette is passionate about families getting what they need when they are system involved, this means advocacy and policy change. Annette holds a BS, from Portland State University, and holds certifications as a Family Support Specialist, Community Health Worker, and is a Certified Recovery Mentor. In her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad and on Saturdays can be found Zumba dancing for exercise.