Board & Leadership
Diane Hood, CPA* Chief Executive Officer
Diane has been in a key leadership position with Mary’s Woods since its inception. She has played a vital role in Mary’s Woods growth, first with the addition of the Villa Estates and Marie Rose Health Care expansion, and now as the point person for managing the planning process for The Village at Mary’s Woods expansion on the front field of the campus.
She has served as Chief Financial Officer since the community opened in 2001 and promoted to Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer in 2011. In this role, Diane was responsible for all financial and asset management functions and managed the internal team of Mary’s Woods Department Directors. Previously as Chief Financial Officer for the Sisters of the Holy Names, she was instrumental in the planning, development, financing and construction of Mary’s Woods. Diane is a Certified Public Accountant and began her career at KPMG, LLP.
Diane is a nationally recognized leader and is regularly called on to address local and national professional conferences on a variety of operations and finance topics. In addition to operations and finance expertise, she brings tremendous commitment to the mission, vision and values of Mary’s Woods. She is passionate about resident service and communication, and staff development. She is also committed to social responsibility and service to the greater community. She serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and industry associations.
With high-level finance expertise, invaluable operational management experience, and strong leadership skills, Diane is ideally suited to lead Mary’s Woods during the important upcoming phase of its growth and development.
A graduate of Lake Oswego High, Diane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from the University of Oregon and a post baccalaureate degree in accounting from Portland State University. She serves on various nonprofit boards and finance committees in the Catholic and nonprofit community– such as Leading Age Oregon.
Sister Roswitha Frawley* Mission Director
Sister Roswitha has a master’s in education and has been a teacher and principal in the Portland Archdiocese; adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College; and school consultant. Currently, she is a member of the board of trustees at Marylhurst University. As the mission director at Mary’s Woods she serves as a member of the senior management team. As part of this team, she strives to further the understanding and integration of the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names and Mary’s Woods into every aspect of the community.
Cheri Mussotto-Conyers Director of Marketing & Client Relations
Cheri has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and property management, and extensive knowledge of marketing and selling in upscale, residential communities. She holds many awards for her sales achievements, and is also recognized for her genuine compassion, personalized service and discretion. Families have entrusted Cheri with all levels of their housing needs. She understands the challenges of life changes and embraces the opportunity to share the inviting “spirit of celebration” at Mary’s Woods. Cheri and her team continue to generate innovative and culturally-rich activities and programs, both on campus and throughout the neighboring communities, including local and international travel opportunities for Mary’s Woods residents. In 2009, she was a fellow in the Leadership Alliance program through Leading Age Oregon, and has served on the marketing committee for the City of Lake Oswego. Cheri has served as director of marketing at Mary’s Woods since 2005.
Sister Joan Hansen, SNJM Director of Resident Services
Sister Joan has master’s degrees in counseling/psychology and music performance. She oversees the library, transportation and Timberline Store on campus. She is the chair of the Resident Good Neighbor Committee. Sister Joan has many years of experience in teaching at all levels, including elementary, secondary and college.
Kimberly Scott CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Kim has worked for the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since before Mary’s Woods opened its doors. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration accounting. She is a CPA with 20 plus years spent in both for profit and not for profit accounting. Kim also serves on several not for profit boards, including Namaste, a Sisters of the Holy Names sponsorship, and the St. Anthony Catholic School.
Lynn Szender Director of Health Services
Lynn brings more than 36 years of dedication and proven experience in direct care, clinical management,
and team building to all levels of service provided in the Marie Rose Center and to the Mary’s Woods community at large. Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Portland in 1978 and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Marylhurst University in 2004. In 2007 she was a leadership AAHSA fellow. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and in 2009 was a fellow in the inaugural class of their Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. Lynn is certified as an administrator of assisted living and residential care facilities and licensed as a nursing home administrator. Using the knowledge gleaned from these accomplishments, three decades as a director of nursing and active pursuit of continuing education, she continually strives to spark excellence in delivery of holistic services, developing caring relationships and advocating for person-directed care. Lynn currently serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services with specific work on the leadership alliance program. She is active in nursing workforce development by serving as a resource and maintaining partnerships between Mary’s Woods and the Schools of Nursing at University of Portland, Oregon Health & Science University, Linfield College, Clackamas Community College and the Oregon Center for Nursing.
Kevin Haberman Director of Environmental Services
Kevin has 24 years of experience in facility maintenance, including six years in the army with training in communications. Kevin has been with Mary’s Woods since November of 2000. He is a member of the Columbia Region of Hospital Engineers. He has experience with training individuals for the development of communications used in big business. Kevin is HVAC certified for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and has had extensive training for disaster and emergency preparedness.
Mary George-Whittle Director of Pastoral Services
Mary is a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Capital University and a Master of Arts degree in theology from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. She has five units of clinical pastoral education (CPE), and interned at a level one trauma center. Mary has worked in both hospital and long-term care settings and feels called to provide spiritual care with older adults. Mary’s sincere acceptance of cultural and faith diversity in people are core to her values and she fully appreciates the living spirit within each person and what they bring to the Mary’s Woods community.
Lynne Michaelson Director of Human Resources
Lynne has more than 30 years’ experience in Human Resources senior management in both public and private organizations. She served as Operations and HR Manager in a major retail store and, upon relocating to Portland, joined a company of 35 employees that during the first ten years of her employment grew to over 7000 in locations throughout the United States. She left that company as Senior Vice President of Human Resources after 18 years of facing (and enjoying!) the myriad challenges Human Resources presents in a period of major growth and development. Her work history has afforded her a broad range of experience in all aspects of the Human Resources field of responsibility, including recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, training and development, policy development, employee relations, information management, and leadership and development. She has a clear understanding of the challenges of the position and is innovative and creative in finding solutions. Lynne came to Mary’s Woods in July of 2014 as a contract employee to work on some HR projects, and has served as Director of Human Resources since December 1, 2014.
Megan Thompson Director of Home Care Services
Megan is a nurse with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field providing direct patient care in skilled nursing, memory care and hospice services. She has been a member of the Mary’s Woods community since 2007 when she started working as a charge nurse in the Marie Rose Center and then promoted to the position of Staff Development Coordinator. Prior to her healthcare career, Megan gained extensive customer service and management experience with companies such as Walt Disney and Nordstrom. In June, 2014, Megan was promoted to Manager of Home Care Services and the Clinic Department, serving clients both on and off campus with nursing services and personal care attendants. On January 1, 2015, Megan was named Director of Home Care Services and Clinic Department. Megan has a philosophy that she learned early in her career, “anyone can provide basic service, I want the customer to feel cared for and better because they chose us.”
Rob May Chief Technology Officer
Rob came to Mary’s Woods in March 2014 under the auspices of the Encore Fellows program, a nationwide initiative that matches seasoned professionals retiring from their private industry careers with new opportunities to apply their skills and talents to make high-impact contributions for non-profit organizations. Prior to Mary’s Woods, Rob worked for Hewlett-Packard in a long career spanning a wide spectrum of technology creation and execution. He was a software engineer, architect and executive-level manager of global teams in multiple organizational functions, including R&D, IT and Consulting. His experiences and skills include cloud service/eCommerce development and operations for HP and major customers including Wal-Mart, the NBA, NHL and Nickelodeon; large-scale enterprise computing development and operations; CAD/CAM engineering systems and personal systems software. Outside of HP, Rob ran a systems integration company focused on information technology for small/medium businesses, and was an independent consultant working with General Motors and other companies to re-architect their design and development processes for increased throughput and efficiency.
Rob holds a degree in Computer Science from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. When he isn’t working with information technology and computing gadgets, Rob is an avid bicycle rider, and a Certified Bicycle Technician by the United Bicycle Institute in Portland.
Board of Directors
James is currently the chief executive at Providence Home & Community Services. He is a senior healthcare executive with over twenty years of operations experience, including ten years as a chief executive officer. James has a successful advancement record with for-profit and non-profit healthcare companies. He also has a history of achieving positive board, community, patient, physician and employee relations.
James attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a Master of Business Administration in 1991, a Master of Healthcare Administration in 1990 and a Bachelor of Science, Health Services Management (Cum Laude) in 1988.
Mary Breiling, SNJM
Sister Mary worked in education as a teacher and principal for 24 years. While in education, she served for several years on the Governor’s Advisory Committee, ECIA, Chapter II. In 1991, Sister Mary moved into business management, serving as treasurer on the leadership team of the Oregon Province, Sisters of the Holy Names, for fourteen years. During this time, Sister Mary participated with the leadership of the Sisters to plan, develop and build Mary’s Woods as well as other development and renovation projects on the Marylhurst campus. Sister Mary holds master’s degrees in science and business administration as well as a certificate in telecommunications management. Currently, Sister Mary serves as co-chair of the Clackamas County Aging Services Advisory Committee.
Sister Mary is a strong advocate of sustainable building and environmental sustainability. Recently, she built a guest house following the Living Building Challenge Guidelines.
Gabi Sanchez is an attorney at Lane Powell who represents long term care, senior housing, home health and hospice providers in business, regulatory and litigation matters. She routinely advises long term care clients on a range of resident issues, as well as facilities in insurance payment disputes and recoupment issues. Gabi also counsels clients on compliance with federal and state laws and regulations governing long term care and senior housing providers. She provides risk management advice and strategies, and defends against agency actions and investigations, including defense of civil monetary penalties, fraud and abuse complaints, and imposition of conditions on provider licenses as well as revocation, denial or non-renewal of provider licenses. Further, she counsels providers with respect to HIPAA/HITECH compliance in various jurisdictions, including Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Montana.
Gabi is on the leadership team of the American Health Lawyers Association Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group. She also serves on the Oregon Health Care Association Legal Committee, and is a frequent presenter and author for the Oregon Health Care Association.!
John has over 40 years of hospitality industry management experience with Westin Hotels, Four Season Hotels, American Golf Corporation, and KemperSports. Presently John is a consultant to companies and independent owners in all areas of the hospitality industry including owner and member relations, operations and maintenance, marketing and brand development. As an Encore Fellow for Marylhurst University, John is assisting the University with development of the Hospitality Management Degree program.
Mr. Erickson has extensive experience in service delivery development and training with Westin Hotels and Resorts as well as American Golf Corporation.
John received his BS from Marylhurst University in Business Management and Leadership.
Mr. Erickson serves as the Chairman of The Board for Tourism Development Council of Clackamas County, and is a past board member of United Way in Atlanta, Ga, Houston, Tx, and Chicago. Additional board positions held include Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs of Norther Arizona, along with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Education Foundation.!
Carmen Nazario is President and CEO of ELYON International, Inc., a technology and management consulting company which provides technical and professional services to government and Fortune 500 companies. Carmen has over thirty years of experience in the field of Information Technology. She started her career path in technology while serving in the US Army. After her service in the military, she worked in numerous roles as Project Manager, Systems Analyst and Information Systems Consultant and developed extensive industry experiences in retail, telephony, school systems, higher education, health care, manufacturing, military, as well as state and county governments.
Currently Ms. Nazario is responsible for the formulation of ELYON’s business strategy and for the management of the company’s business activities.
Ms. Nazario, a Vietnam-era Veteran of the US Army, has a BS in Business Administration from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and continued graduate studies in Education.
Ms. Nazario is also a graduate of:
- Dartmouth TUCK’s Minority Business Executive Program (2003).
- Howard University School of Business 8(a) Academy sponsored by the SBA (2004).
- SBA’s e200/Emerging Leaders executive-level training program ( 2013).
Carmen has a passion for small business, and is also is involved in many activities that deal with mentoring Women, Minority, Veterans Businesses and students.
Ms. Nazario , and her company, are the recipients of the following awards:
- SBA’s Minority Business Person of the Year Award from Oregon. Portland District Small Business Administration (2009).
- Bravo Award as the business of the year from the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber, BRAVO award, given to for her contributions to the economic and social advancement of Latinos in Oregon and SW Washington (2014).
- Supplier of Year Award, nominated by The Boeing Company and awarded by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (2014)..
Elizabeth is currently the Executive Director, Formation & Integration Initiatives for the Ministry Leadership Center. She provides vision and strategic leadership in the development of system-specific initiatives in the area of ministry leadership formation. Elizabeth is committed to enlivening the interplay of culture, faith and the arts in the lived expression of Catholic ministries. Her professional experience spans three formal ministry’s of the Church – social services, higher education and health care. She has worked in areas of faith formation, liturgy, leadership development, spiritual direction, strategic planning, public relations, diversity and community services. Elizabeth has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, a Master of Liberal Studies, from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Master of Health Care Mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis.
Dennis M. Finnigan Sr.
Dennis is a retired management consultant. He spent 28 years with SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) where he retired as vice president of operations for the International, Management, and Economics Group. A second career spanned more than 25 years as an independent consultant. During this period he provided management advisory services to several hundred public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations worldwide. He specialized in the service sector e.g. the hospitality industry with emphasis on airlines, hotels, restaurants and destination resorts. He continues to work with select organizations as an adviser on management, organization, personnel and strategy. Finnigan has been honored for his work on several occasions. In 1982, he was Knighted by the King of Sweden for many years of work in that country, specifically for “helping build good and useful institutions and in the identification and development of promising men and women.” In 2002, he received SRI’s most coveted prize – the Weldon B. “Hoot” Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions that have had a noteworthy impact on the standard of living and peace and prosperity of society and have added special luster to the reputation of SRI.” He is also a charter member of the SRI Hall of Fame which recognized his pioneering work in computers and data processing. Finnigan has served on more than 30 boards in all capacities. These included two local organizations: the Heathman (Hotels) Management Group and Encounter Collaborative (web conferencing). Dennis is a graduate of Stanford University (Class of 1953) and also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dennis and his wife Barbara reside in West Linn. Their 9 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren reside in Oregon, Washington and California.
Jacki lives in Beavercreek, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Jacki earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Lewis and Clark College with a major in political science and a minor in communications. She received her juris doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law. In addition, Jacki has a master’s in tax law (LLM) from the University of Washington School of Law.
Ms. Gallo began her career at Deloitte & Touche in the Private Client Advisor group, where she specialized in tax work for high-net worth individuals, trusts, gifts, estates and nonprofit organizations. She then became a trust advisor at U.S. Bank where she specialized in high-net worth trust clients and families. Jacki then worked as the family office director for a prominent corporate family in Portland, Oregon for nearly five years. Currently, Jacki is the founder and CEO of The Gallo Group, LLC, which provides comprehensive family office consulting services to high-net worth families, as well as to private charitable foundations.
Her other interests include marathons for cancer awareness, water sports and spending time with her family.
David Galt, Chair
Dave is a 30 year employee and principle of Campbell Galt, & Newlands, Inc. a predecessor of USI Northwest. Over the past 30 years Dave has developed very strong ties with carrier executives and has worked closely during those 30 years notable industries served include: large commercial contractors, wholesalers and industrial manufacturers, Tug & Barge operations and Ship Builders. In addition, Dave actively volunteers with and is a board member for Mary’s Woods.
Dave studied business administration at Portland State University and has served on the board of insurance carrier and numerous local non-profits in board chair and leadership capacities.
Judith Mayer, SNJM
Sr. Judith Mayer is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She received her BSN at University of Portland and her MSW at Portland State University. She served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters and developed a Health and Well-Being System of Care across the U.S.-Ontario Province. Her career has included Home Health, Hospice, and an Inner-City Health Clinic. Her Social work degree is in Administration and Program Development. She worked for Multnomah County as a program Development Specialist for Children’s Mental Health and in the Development of a Service Integration Project a Partnership of Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County and Oregon State DHS.
Currently she provides health system consultation, services and resources to individuals and communities. She has a special interest in End of Life decision making.
She and another Sister raised foster children and now enjoy the pleasure of five grandchildren! Judith enjoys, walks with friends, exercise, anything in the outdoors and dappling in the creative arts.
Lynda Thompson, SNJM
Sister Lynda has held positions in leadership and administration with the Sisters of the Holy Names at the congregational level in Montreal, at the local province level in the Northwest and with Catholic Health Care Systems. With her educational background she specializes in organizational transformation, strategic planning, program development and pastoral formation. She earned Master of Arts degrees from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN and the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, CA.
Sister Lynda was centrally involved with the initiation, planning and realization of the Mary’s Woods ministry since the 1980s, from pre-development and financing through her present role as board trustee.
During the past twenty years she has served with the Catholic Health Corporation (CHC), Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and currently works with Providence Health and Services as a member of the executive leadership team at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.
Robert is a licensed CPA in the State of Oregon and has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Montana. He has over 14 years of progressive experience focused primarily in the not-for-profit industry. Robert has a history of building relationships across various functions, providing financial awareness / assistance and building strong, effective teams. He worked for KPMG LLP as a senior manager in the audit practice, including a two-year international rotation in the Netherlands. After KPMG LLP he worked for Kaiser Permanente as a manager administering the accounting and internal control functions for the Northwest region. He also led the region’s implementation of the PeopleSoft capital modules. He is currently the Associate Treasurer and Controller for Reed College.
John graduated with a BS in Pulp and Paper Technology from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Forestry at Syracuse University. The College of Forestry has been renamed as ESF (College of Environmental Science and Forestry). His career in the paper industry started in Wisconsin and he moved to Oregon in 1963 to work at Publishers Paper Co. in Oregon City. At Publishers he attended American Management Association (AMA) and became Assistant Resident Manager of the Oregon City mill. In this position he was responsible for Production Operations as well as Chairman of the Standing Committee dealing with the local union. Publishers was sold to Smurfit Corporation and he was transferred to the Newberg Mill as Manager of Customer Services. In this position he traveled to customers’ pressrooms to troubleshoot and recommend solutions to both paper and press problems. Within the paper industry he was active in TAPPI and PIMA and was Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Division of PIMA for a 1 year term. After retirement in 1997 he was an active volunteer for ARC in their blood collection program for 19 years. John and Mary have been at Mary’s Woods since August 2014 and they remain active at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Tualatin.
Judy and her husband Larry came to Mary’s Woods in September, 2013 from San Jose, California. She retired in 2001 from Ohlone Community College in Fremont, California, where she taught psychology and business law and was a counselor. Prior to her 32 years at Ohlone, she worked for Stanford Research Institute (Menlo Park, CA) directing a research project which examined how blind people perceive and use sound cues in their environment.
Judy has a BA in psychology from Fresno State University and an MA in psychology from UCLA. She also attended law school at Santa Clara University. She volunteered on a crisis line for three years which included training new volunteers. She was a member of the Kiwanis Club in San Jose and participated in their many volunteer activities. For almost three years Judy and her husband have been conversation partners for foreign students enrolled at PIA at Marylhurst University. She is also the immediate past president of the Mary’s Woods Residents’ Council.
Judy has eight grandchildren and she and her husband are avid antique collectors. She also loves traveling, reading, walking and just being involved wherever she can be useful.