Leadership

Board of Directors

Ross Stout, President
Director of Campus Safety at Willamette University. Experience with education, project management, organizational leadership, inter-departmental coordination and public safety. Ross has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in management from Willamette University, and serves on two other non-profit boards in Salem. He enjoys gardening and home improvement projects. Board member since March 2004.
Nicole Titus, Secretary / Treasurer
President, IpseNault Co. Nicole is an entreprenurial business manager specializing in organizational promotions, media relations, and business communications. She was a former lobbyist in Washington, DC, where she worked with cities, transportation authorities, and Indian tribes to procure federal appropriations. Nicole’s interests include hiking, skiing and cooking. Board member since January 2006.
Lowell Herr, Member
Retired Teacher; Family Member experienced with education, human services, consumer advocacy, financial investment and donor fund management. Board member since December 2003.
Jan Frank, Member
Co-owner with husband, West Salem Ace Hardware. Jan is a Licensed Tax Consultant and has experience with financial statements and tax preparation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Washington University. Jan enjoys co-directing the Elementary Department at her church, travel, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Board member since June 2013.
Nick Bender, Member
PMP certified project manager. Nick set up and managed the China office of a computer software company focusing on web and mobile application development for five years. Prior to that, he was a project manager with a technology consulting company in Silicon Valley. Nick has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. Board member since July 2013.
Dan Gilmour, Member
Owner of Dan Gilmour Construction since 1989 in Oregon. Dan was raised within a farming family in the Talbot area that dates back to 1897 with family still farming. Dan has spent 35 years in the construction business as a general contractor and enjoys his work & often volunteers his services to people in need & local community projects. Dan & his family enjoy working their small acreage, raising donkeys & goats, gardening & a huge sports fan. Proud father of a child with special needs.
LeeAnne Gilmour, Member
Business Development Officer for Citizens Bank in Lebanon. LeeAnne spent her 37 year career in the banking business within the Salem & Albany communities. LeeAnne has been involved as a member of Soropitimist International of Albany for the past 20 years and enjoys volunteering within her community. LeeAnne enjoys entertaining, cooking & gardening with her family. Also proud mother of a child with special needs & client of Shangri-La.
Julia Frisbie, Member
Julia Frisbie is a professional communicator and fundraiser with a passion for disability awareness. She grew up in Portland alongside her autistic brother, Tom, so she’s got real empathy for the families that we serve. She graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in International Relations and Creative Nonfiction. Her career started in New York, where she developed a specialty in Global Health journalism. She now works on a United Methodist campaign to end malaria. Her job is to raise a million dollars through grassroots activity in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. Julia moved to Salem this summer when her husband got a job as a chaplain at the Oregon State Hospital. She’s excited to get engaged with the Shangri-La community here in town, and she’s got a personal stake in the services available to adults with disabilities.”
Chad Kerlegan, Member
Chad is married to Claudia and has 5 kids. He currently works as the marketing director for Servpro of West Salem, Lincoln & Polk Counties. He previously owned a foreclosure maintenance company that provided services on bank-owned properties. Chad is experienced in sales, marketing development and public speaking. He participated as Board Secretary for Lebanon Calvary Chapel for a two year period. He has provided youth mentorship through the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA in Albany. Chad currently holds an active Oregon Life and Health Producer license and is in the process of Bio Certification for Servpro.
Britni Davidson-Cruickshank, Member
Britni Davidson-Cruickshank is the Customer Service Supervisor at Salem Electric. Britni has been involved with several local organizations advocating for seniors and persons with disabilities in Oregon. She administers the Salem Electric Member Assistance Program that assists members with their winter heating bills. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Western Oregon University. In her spare time Britni enjoys spending time with her family, riding bikes, and traveling.
Winifred Ju, Member
One of Winifred’s first jobs in Oregon was with Shangri-La. As a licensed psychologist, she had the opportunity to serve Shangri-La residents as part of Inner Source, counseling individuals, couples and groups as well as developing behavioral supports. Even when she later went into private practice, Winifred continued to serve those living at Shangri-La. Shangri-La is like a family to her and she is dedicated to seeing it thrive.

Directors Team

Karen Rutledge, Shangri-La CEO
Prior to moving to Oregon in 1989, Karen obtained her Masters of Arts in Psychology and did case management services for adults with developmental disabilities for five years. Karen’s work with Shangri-La started in 1989 when she was hired to oversee support services to individuals with developmental disabilities living at the original Shangri-La campus. When the campus was closed in 1990, Karen became Housing Director of several Shangri-La community homes. Karen’s leadership helped Shangri-La start new programs over the years including housing services to adults with chronic mental illness and the Connections Program, delivering correctional education to men and women incarcerated in Oregon prisons. Karen retired from Shangri-La in March 2012 but embraced the opportunity to return in November 2012 as Interim CEO. She was hired to fill the CEO position in May 2013.
Ron Perry, Chief Financial Director
Ron comes to Shangri La with over 30 years of accounting experience with the last 10 years serving as a Chief Financial Officer in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability field. Ron has brought a myriad of business skills from marketing, finance and business consulting while working in the private sector. He has coupled that experience with his affinity to serving those with disadvantages thus making his job his passion. Ron is a graduate of Willamette University.
Teri Marsh, Employment Services Director
Teri has served as Employment Services Director since November 2001. Teri has experience in community collaboration, marketing and sales, and entrepreneurial business development. She participates in National and State committees related to employment and workforce development as well as local community efforts and legislative activities focused on employment for people with disabilities. Teri’s ability to balance the concerns of business with employment barriers faced by workers with disabilities is essential to the effective operation of our businesses.
Margie Paulson, Director of Youth and Family Services
Margie has a teaching background and years of experience in private business development and operations. She provides leadership to Shangri-La’s Youth and Family Services program, and has other duties associated with Shangri-La’s Safety Committee. She has a personal commitment to helping people achieve their potential, believing in people until they believe in themselves.
Karen Beach, Chief Human Resources Officer
Karen has several years of HR Management experience and has been with Shangri-La since 2001. Karen has also served as the Director of Diversity and Workforce Readiness on the local Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board. Karen holds both a PHR Certification from the HR Certification Institute, and a SHRM-CP Certification from SHRM. As an avid people person with a passion for people’s success, Karen integrates this foundational belief in all she does as a leader in Human Resources. Karen is excited about building the future of Shangri-La and the people in which are a part of the success.
Jenifer McIntosh, I/DD Housing & Support Services Director
Jenifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and many years of experience in the human services field. She has filled many different roles with Shangri-La over the years and currently serves as the Director of Mental Health Housing and I/DD Housing in our northern regions.
Ashley Erb, Director of Community Engagement
Ashley oversees the Community Engagement Team which works to ensure Shangri-La has the resources (donors, volunteers, and community partners) it needs to fulfill its mission. The Community Engagement Team is also responsible for Shangri-La’s external communications, graphic design, branding, social media and website. Ashley has a degree in communication studies from Western Oregon University, is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), is the president of the Mid Valley Volunteer Managers Association and a member of the Mid Valley Development Professionals. She joined the Shangri-La team in 2010.
Robin Winkle, Services & Project Development Consultant
Robin provides supervision and oversight of Shangri-La’s HUD funded homeless programs. Robin has obtained funding (over $7.5 million in specialized financing). She developed and operates 3 HUD funded programs providing housing and supports to over 63 homeless individuals and 4 families each year. Robin is also the current Board Secretary for Rural Oregon Continuum of Care. She also oversees all Mental Health and I/DD Housing in our southern regions.
Kendra Morgan, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Kendra joined Shangri La’s team in 2014 and has served in nonprofit executive-level leadership for over 15 years. Her role at Shangri-La focuses on public policy and advocacy, creative fund development and strategic alliances. Kendra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Public and Nonprofit Management. She also serves on the board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.
Alisa Walker, Director of Mental Health Services
Alisa brings many years of well-rounded experience to her roll. She has worked at Shangri-La for several years. She started as the administrative support to the MHH program in Eugene and became a RTH Manager after just two yers. Most recently, Alisa had been part of the HR Department as a Business Partner for the Eugene, Florence and Newport area.
Sebrina Gridley, Director of IT and Property Management
Sebrina joined Shangri-La in 2010 looking for an opportunity to contribute to a community that enriches the lives of the individuals it serves. She brings with her experience in customer service, training, and a barrage of technical skills. Sebrina received her Microsoft Technology Certification & Master of Computer Applications Degree in 2014 while working as a System Analyst. Sebrina leads a strong team of talented and skilled IT & Property Maintenance staff that have a shared vision of supporting Shangri-La so that individuals served can reach their full potential.
Janet Yousey, Director of Organizational & Talent Development
Janet joined Shangri-La in 2013 with a background in management consulting and education. Her deep experiences with for profits, nonprofits and educational institutions provide a strong platform for her work in organizational development. At Shangri-La, Janet's focus is primarily on organizational strategy -including organizational analysis and diagnosis, and strategy development and organization wide execution. Alongside this, Janet's role includes big-picture talent management strategies, with a large focus on the executive and management teams.