Brigetta Olson, Interim Executive Director
We are thrilled to announce that Brigetta has stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director, lending her energy and vision as WNHS and NEDCO proceed with their plans to merge into a new organization, where she will return to her role as Deputy Director.
Brigetta joined WNHS back in 2003. During her time with us she has developed and managed programs designed to help low-income individuals and families build personal and financial assets, lead healthy and productive lives, and develop their potential as involved citizens.
Her professional experience includes achievements as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and a Crisis Corps Volunteer for an HIV/AIDS awareness project in Kenya. She is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program focusing on Non-Profit Management from Portland State University.
Jim Moorefield, WNHS-NEDCO Merger Project Manager
From 1998 to 2018, Jim Moorefield served as Executive Director of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, a private nonprofit community development organization serving Benton and Linn Counties. During his 40-year career in human services and community development, Jim has been recognized for his work for private nonprofit and public organizations; service to seniors, people with disabilities, youth, people with mental illness, people in crisis, and the homeless; assistance developing hundreds of units of affordable housing in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln Counties; and achievements in developing and capitalizing a number of new asset building programs.
As of May 1st, 2018 Jim has stepped down as Executive Director and will be lending his expertise as our agency merges with NEDCO to create an organization that will provide services across the Willamette Valley.
Jim is a 40-year resident of Corvallis and has served on the Corvallis City Council, as well as directed local community efforts related to housing, land use planning encompassing historic downtown Corvallis, and open space preservation.
Cori Riley, Chief Financial Officer (CPA)
Cori Riley joined WNHS as CFO at the beginning of 2014. She is responsible for all accounting related functions, financial reporting and review, budget process, annual audit and tax compliance, administers human resource functions, benefits, risk management, contracts and office operations. In addition, Cori manages fiscal issues specific to programs, properties, and housing development projects, in accordance with organizational financial policies and industry standards. Originally from Michigan then transitioned to Southern California for 26 years and now a happy resident of Oregon, she and her family love their new home – especially the change in weather! Prior to joining WNHS, Cori spent the majority of her career in “for profit” accounting and has thoroughly enjoyed the transition to “non-profit”. Cori initially earned her CPA certificate from the State of Texas and has transferred affiliation to Oregon. Having served as a Board Member for a southern California charity for years, she is happy to be back serving the residents of central Oregon on a daily basis.
Garrick Harmel, Housing Development Director
Garrick Harmel oversees all aspects of housing development activities at WNHS. These activities include oversight of the entire development process of both multi-family and single-family projects.
Garrick has spent the majority of his career serving populations in need in multiple communities. He is extremely interested in minimizing negative environmental impacts throughout the development process, and providing housing options that are environmentally sustainable to the people served by WNHS. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he earned his undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Georgia State University and his graduate degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Garrick is the only staff member at WNHS who celebrates his birthday every four years and can claim that biking to work is a 70-mile round trip. He loves drinking lots of coffee and trying to keep up with his daughter while pondering the symbiotic relationship between both activities.
Kaori Friedman, Staff Accountant
Kaori Friedman has served as WNHS’ Fiscal Services Assistant since 2014. She brings many years of bookkeeping and accounting experience to our team. She is also a Licensed Tax Professional and Enrolled Agent and has enjoyed doing volunteer tax work over the years. Originally from Japan, Kaori has lived in Oregon for six years and enjoys spending time with her two Great Pyrenees dogs and taking care of her garden.
Jodi Erickson, Asset Manager
Beginning as WNHS’ Asset Manager Assistant in 2006, Jodi Erickson worked her way to Asset Manager by completing extensive, intensive national and local trainings inproperty and asset management. In early 2012, she is scheduled to receive her certification in Housing Asset Management from NeighborWorks® America and to graduate from the Housing Development Center’s Asset Management and Portfolio Preservation Program. Jodi received a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Northern Arizona University in 2005 and moved to Oregon shortly thereafter to return to the Pacific Northwest. She provides oversight of WNHS’ diverse housing portfolio of 285 units; fifteen affordable special needs, senior and/or disabled, and family rental properties located in Corvallis, Lebanon, and Sweet Home. She is currently on CSC YouthBuild’s Advisory Council and volunteers for Jackson Street Youth Shelter during independent-living skills week. Jodi loves to read, follows current affairs, and bird-watches in her spare time.
José Brambila, Asset Management Assistant
José joined WNHS in June, 2015 as a Housing Development intern through a year-long internship with the California Coalition for Rural Housing. He received the opportunity to join the Asset Management team as the Asset Manager Assistant, providing support to the program’s manager, Jodi Erickson in the successful preservation of WNHS’ portfolio of properties. José graduated from Oregon State University in 2015 with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a concentration in Human Services. José enjoys watching Fútbol (soccer) and spending quality time with his loved ones.
Kym O’Hare, NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center Manager
A licensed mortgage broker and Certified Foreclosure Counselor, Kym O’Hare is responsible for all lending activities at WNHS. Kym has been in mortgage lending for more than 23 years and worked as a loan originator, processor, and underwriter at several lending institutions. She is on the executive board for the Santiam Board of Realtors and a member of the Willamette Association of Realtors. She enjoys spending her time with family and is an avid college football fan.
Claudine DiTorrice, Financial Education and Coaching Specialist
Claudine DiTorrice began her support of WNHS as a volunteer and is now responsible for providing consumer education on subjects like budgeting, money/credit management, and home buying best practices. She also assists the HomeOwnership Center Manager, Kym O’Hare, with home buying and credit/budget counseling. She is committed to helping others overcome financial barriers so they can reach their financial wellness goals. Claudine has three decades of experience with workplace education management and delivery, eight of which have been focused on financial literacy for moderate income adults and families. In addition to her work with WNHS, she enjoys providing workplace education solutions for employer groups and conducts keynotes speeches on leadership, marketing, strategic planning, and human capital development topics. Claudine is a graduate of the Professional Management Institute at Oregon State University and has served on the boards of three local nonprofit agencies.
Rebecka Weinsteiger, Community Engagement Manager
Rebecka Weinsteiger possesses over 15 years of experience in community organizing and has been a key player in building and transitioning several projects to better meet the needs of low-income residents in South Corvallis, such as Mesa Familiar de Corvallis Family Table (a free meal distribution program), The Lincoln Farmers’ Market, Leonard Street Low-Income Community Garden, and South Corvallis Food Bank food demos. Rebecka was instrumental in bringing food stamps and incentive programs to the local farmers’ markets, The “Buy Local” campaign to a local natural grocer, and farm-to-school and tasting tables to the Corvallis School District. A natural collaborator, Rebecka easily brings together the under-served, as well as key organizations and businesses to build projects and programs to serve the community effectively and with dignity for all. Rebecka is primary author of Creating Opportunity through Micro-Enterprise: Faith kitchens as micro-business Incubators, and The South Corvallis Community Food Center Feasibility Report.
Deborah Morera, Health Navigator
Deborah Morera joined WNHS in 2016 as a Health Navigator in the Community Engagement and Healthy Communities division. Because health starts at home, Deborah, a certified Community Health Worker, works closely with the residents of WNHS-owned properties to stabilize their housing in addition to assisting them in accessing healthcare and other resources that increase a person’s overall wellness. She brings with her over 15 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and the knowledge of how to assist and empower low-income households in navigating social service and healthcare systems. Deborah believes strongly in healthcare as a social justice issue and strives to empower residents to take control of their health and wellness. Outside of work, Deborah is equally passionate about growing food in her local community garden and is an avid photographer with dreams of one day exhibiting her work in her community’s coffee shops.
Clarice Amorim-Freitas, Health Equity Coordinator
Clarice is the coordinator for the Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance. Clarice comes to WNHS after a long academic career; she has a Bachelor and Master Degree of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Kansas and is currently concluding her Master in Public Health from Oregon State University. Clarice has a lot of experience researching how to improve the health of underserved communities – her professional experience includes working at the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health in Kansas City, KS, The Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, OR, and with the Latino Diabetes project in Corvallis, OR.
Liza Newcomb, Housing Rehabilitation Manager
Liza comes to Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services with a long history of construction planning and execution. She has worked with contractors, engineers and governmental entities in numerous projects and while wearing varied hats. Her Master’s degree in Planning and years of experience on the other side of the counter have proved invaluable in negotiating through regulations and requirements for clients.
Craig Farrell, Office Manager
Craig joined WNHS in October of 2015 as the Administrative Assistant; answering the phones, filing the papers, maintaining client database information and offering general support to the WNHS staff and stellar customer service to our clients. A longtime resident of Corvallis, Craig has been involved in a variety of theatrical and musical endeavors in our community, loves to ride his bike all over the Willamette Valley and is an avid turophile.
Hollie Murphy, Home Ownership Center Assistant
Hollie came to WNHS in 2013 with a long history of service to families in need of support in our community already, having worked previously with the Community Services Consortium. She also brings with her 10+ years of experience in the lending industry as a mortgage processor. She provides support to the counselors in our Home Ownership Center, primarily assisting clients with foreclosure avoidance programs. When she’s not at work, she’s a dedicated wife and mother, artist, maker, writer of poetry and member of Corvallis’s own Temporary Artists’ Guild/T.A.G.
Sophia Mamoyac-Spaulding, Communications/Grant-Writing Assistant
Sophia Mamoyac-Spaulding joined WNHS in March 2016 as an Administrative Assistant, providing support for the Community Engagement and Healthy Communities division. Sophia has lived in Corvallis for 25 years and graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 with a degree in Women Studies, focusing primarily on diverse family structures. Upon graduation, Sophia worked as a Therapeutic Childcare Instructor with low-income children in various Early Childhood Educative settings around Corvallis. Sophia’s most proud achievement of all is becoming a mom and she enjoys being outdoors with her very busy, active toddler!
Board of Directors
Carmen Steggell, Board President
Retired, Oregon State University
Carol Trueba, Vice President
Town & Country Realty
John Tappon, Treasurer/Secretary
Betty Schmidt, Past President
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
Retired, Medical Practice Manager
Corvallis School District