Leadership Team

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YNPN Portland Board of Advisors

The board plays an integral role in continuing YNPN Portland’s success, including finalizing governance systems, best practices for marketing and programming, strategic planning for the group’s priorities, and a focus on meaningful sustainability to carry the group into the future.


Megan_O.jpgMegan O’Leary | Chair She/Her

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network | Director of Membership Services

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Proud AmeriCorps Alumna | Lover of Happy Hour | Very Part-Time Yogi

What I love about Portland: “I love how many things are always happening in Portland – I try to do one new thing a day!”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “As someone who has worked in nonprofits my entire career, I am thrilled to be able to offer a supportive space through YNPN to those new to the sector.”

And Did I Mention…?: “I love geeking out on all things leadership and organizational change."


 Katie Frederick | Vice Chair | She/Her  katie_headshot.jpg

 Portland Playhouse | Development Associate

 Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

 Pun & Anagram Enthusiast | MO State Debate Team Alum | Pizza Connoisseur 

 What I love about Portland: "I love that it has features associated with a big city - transportation,  amazing food, so many things! - but doesn't feel overwhelming in size. It's such a beautiful place and  there are always new things to explore."

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I enjoy connecting with other people who are passionate about social justice, particularly those who are at similar stages in their lives and careers. Since joining YNPN as a volunteer, I've been able to expand my knowledge about the nonprofit sector through working on exciting projects with really talented people. It's a good space to 'nerd out' about nonprofit issues while empowering emerging leaders in the sector to enact genuine change."

And did I mention...? "If the phrase 'Let's play Countdown!' is meaningful to you, then we should be best friends." 


PROFILE - KateKate Elliott | Immediate Past Chair | She/Her

Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp) | Program Director

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Systems Ponderer | Owner of Willamina Ladybeard (cat) & Lucille (dog)

What I love about Portland: “Food and drink: it’s so overwhelming, there’s so many choices!  And I’ll admit the bridges have a certain wonderfulness about them as well.”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I attended YNPN Phoenix events when I lived there and loved so many things about it – the people I met, the programming and watching the chapter grow over the years.  I’m excited to see what Portland can do!”

And Did I Mention…?: “My perfect day would definitely include sunglasses, an iced coffee, loud music, and hoop earrings.”


 HEADSHOT - ErinErin Carver | Secretary | She/Her

Multnomah County Aging, Disability & Veterans Services | Case Manager

Hometown: Boise, ID

Food Enthusiast | Trail Explorer | Lover of Language

What I love about Portland: “Access! To restaurants, bars, mountains, water — everything. I feel incredibly fortunate to be so close to so many things I enjoy. Also, the feeling that people here care about their community.”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “It’s so important for people starting their careers — especially in the challenging, stressful, wonderful nonprofit sector — to have access to networks and opportunities. YNPN Portland helped me get started, and I want to make sure others have that chance, too!”

And Did I Mention…?: “I am on a never-ending quest for Portland’s perfect pad kee mao, which involves sampling a lot of carts.”


profile picCaroll M. Casbeer | Treasurer | She/Her

Dove Lewis | Fundraising Event Specialist

Hometown: Austin, TX

Rescue Dog Lover | Snowshoer | Adventure Planning Portlander

What I love about Portland: “I love Portland for its proximity to nature and abundance of food.”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I am involved in YNPN to meet and meaningfully engage other Portlanders in the non-profit sector.”

And Did I Mention…?: “I am really good at dominoes!" 


Maddelyn_High_Photo.JPGMaddelyn High | Programming Chair | She/Her

Project Manager & Community Engager

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Strategizer | Compulsive Reader | Hesitant Hiker

What I love about Portland: “Rain, coffee, bridges, mountains, rivers, community-mindedness -- what’s not to love?”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I’m passionate about the social sector, and the changemakers who power it. YNPN trains, connects, and empowers nonprofit leaders -- all of which I’m excited to be a part of!”

And did I mention…?: “If I ran things, cat memes would be currency (I tried really hard not to mention cats in this bio, and I did a great job up until this last part).


simone-crowe-160_0_square.jpg Simone Crowe | Membership Chair She/Her

 Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon | Communications Manager

 Hometown: Blue Hill, Maine

 Casual Climber of Rocks | Mainer | Masters of Public Policy Candidate at  PSU

 What I love about Portland: "How close it is to the some of the most beautiful places I've ever been.  Also the lovely people."

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "I originally became interested because of their awesome commitment to launch into equity work. I'm also thrilled to learn from and support other young people who are committed to social justice in Portland."

And did I mention...? "I'm pretty darn obsessed with exploring the Pacific Northwest and all the adventures it offers."


dunx.jpgStephanie Duncker | Marketing Chair | She/Her

Startup PDX Challenge | Program Manager

Hometown: Glen Ridge, NJ

Analytical | Futuristic | Deliberative

What I love about Portland: “The weather (no, really), the laid-back vibe”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I love working with nonprofits and am passionate about numerous causes.”

And did I mention…?: “I’m vegan!”


HEADSHOT- Kyle

Kyle Broeckel | Board Member | He/Him

Friends of the Columbia Gorge | Development Assistant

Hometown: Escondido, CA

Board Gamer | Disc Golfer | Urban Explorer

What I love about Portland: “I really love the distinct neighborhoods, and that they each have their own set of coffee shops, food carts, breweries, restaurants, independent movie theaters, ect. In particular I have to give a shout out to St. Johns, where I live. Coming from California, I also appreciate that the city as a whole has an urban growth boundary; you really don’t have to go too far to get to the outdoors.”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “When I was newer to the city, YNPN Portland helped me get connected to the nonprofit community here and find opportunities for continued professional development. I believe that building a strong pathway for emerging leadership is crucial for the continued health of the nonprofit sector. YNPN Portland is helping make that happen here, and I’m excited to be joining the team.”

And Did I Mention…?: “I get way too excited about to-do list programs and project management tools. I try to cook something new most nights. I have a cat named Shark.”


WU_MBA-1_(1).jpgDavid Carroll | Board Member | He/Him

Willamette University MBA for Professionals | Director of Recruitment

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Marathon Runner | Wine-o-saur | Nature Novice

What I love about Portland: “Having traveled around the US, there is something very special about the Pacific Northwest.  From the first time I stepped foot in Portland, I loved the unique and free environment of the people I had encountered.  It isn’t everyday you can wake up in such a beautiful part of the country. Most importantly, I can rock a flannel shirt.”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “Moving to Portland from Pittsburgh in November 2013, I was excited to meet other, civic and non-profit minded individuals who want to connect, have an impact on the community and grow professionally.”

And Did I Mention…?: “I am the proud dogfather of two adopted/rescued dogs, Ezra and Ethel.  I’m such an Oregonian.” 


Patricia_Cronin_Photo.jpgPatricia Cronin | Board Member | She/Her

Food & Water Watch | Regional Director of Development

Hometown: Garrison, NY

Lover of Wild Places | Backyard Gardener | Scary Movie Enthusiast

What I love about Portland: “Portland is a small enough city where you feel connected to the community but large enough that there is something for everyone. As an avid outdoorsperson, amateur cook, and community organizer, I appreciate the variety of lifestyles people can enjoy. Do you like fly fishing, punk music, impressionist paintings, community gardens, and parades? You can find them all in the Portland area.”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “The nonprofit sector is full of brilliant minds, cutting edge ideas, and future leaders. It's important to foster professional development, increase community engagement and skill share within our sector to increase the good we're able to do in our communities.”

And did I mention…?: “Never fear, I am wilderness first aid certified!”


christiane.jpgChristiane Fitzgerald | Board Member | She/Her

HEAT Oregon | Marketing & Development Coordinator

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Compulsive Road-tripper | Lover of Cheese | Voracious Bookworm

What I love about Portland: "I love how wonderfully weird and quirky Portland is (from its art scene to its food cart pods), yet at the same time it is a city that is serious about tackling world issues like economic equity and preserving the environment."

Why I'm involved in YNPN Portland: "YNPN Portland is a diverse group of incredibly smart, innovative and caring people. We may work or volunteer in non-profit organizations with differing missions, but we have a common goal of learning and growing together to make our small corner of the globe a more humane, inclusive space for everyone!"

And did I mention...? "Whether you're a seasoned non-profit professional, recent graduate, or changing fields as you go through your quarter-life crisis, YNPN Portland has a place for you. We've all been there, and we do our darndest to commiserate, inspire, and cheer each other on through all the steps of non-profit professional development!"


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Kathleen McCabe | Board Member | She/Her

Independent Nonprofit Consultant/Grant Writer

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Public Broadcasting Junkie | Dance Party Instigator | Proud Mom

What I love about Portland: “I love the collective pride that is felt and expressed in Portland. This city has such a fun, quirky identity and the people seem genuinely excited to be here and welcome others. There is enough ‘weird’ to go around!”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I am excited to be involved with YNPN and I look forward to learning, connecting with other nonprofit professionals and making a difference in my community.”

And did I mention…?: “I wore braces and/or another orthodontic apparatus (yes, that includes headgear) from 2nd grade to sophomore year in COLLEGE. 12 years. Not kidding.”


Scott_Montgomery_Photo.jpgScott Montgomery | Board Member | He/Him

Morrison Child and Family Services | Chief Administrative Officer

Hometown: Pendleton, OR

Runner | Planner | Optimist

What I love about Portland: “As a kid I always loved visiting and exploring Portland and was certain that I would live here one day. I now get to share this joy with my own little family on a daily basis!”

Why I’m involved in YNPN Portland: “I am forever grateful to those that have supported my career development. I see YNPN as a supportive community that will help ensure others experience the some kind of support in their careers.”

And did I mention…?: “When I made a big move from the East Coast back to the West Coast a number of years ago, I was not a big fan of getting used to a new city name. Portland to Portland!”


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