Board of Directors
Kay D. Toran, President and CEO
Since joining Volunteers of America Oregon in 1999, Kay Toran has provided overall leadership and strategic direction for the agency. Her chief goal is to increase the community’s awareness of our mission to improve the lives of Oregon’s children, families, and seniors, while ensuring ongoing high-quality services.
Kay received her Bachelors degree from the University of Portland and Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University. In May 2012, she received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Portland. She is a Board Member on the Oregon Community Foundation, Providence Health and Services, and University of Portland.
Bruce Warner, Board Chair
Bruce Warner has over 30 years of directorial experience in a broad range of public works, public administration, economic development, land-use, and transportation-related positions. He is President of Warner Group, LLC and previously held positions as the Interim City Manager of the City of Hillsboro, Executive Director of the Portland Development Commission, Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation and Chief Operating Officer at Metro.
He is a board member of WorkSystems and the Construction Apprenticeship Workforce System and is a member of the American Public Works Association. A Registered Professional Civil Engineer, Bruce holds a BSCE from the University of Washington and completed graduate studies in sanitary engineering at the University of Washington.
Carmen Gaston, Board Vice Chair
Carmen Gaston is the Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Portland where she provides leadership for the Alumni Relations division. Her main focus is to build and cultivate relationships with the University’s alumni, parents, and constituents all over the world. Major projects include the University’s annual Reunion and hosting guests such as former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Carmen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Portland and her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law. She is a member of the Downtown Portland Rotary and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Portland’s School of Business.
Earl Hines, Board Secretary
serves as President and CEO of Hines Warner Wealth Management. Earl is
a respected public speaker and author, and has been featured as an
investment and financial planning expert on SeekingAlpha.com and in
Medicine in Oregon, a publication of the Oregon Medical Association. His
first book, Fearless Retirement, was published in 2009. Prior to
co-founding Hines Warner, Earl worked for Intel Corporation and IBM
Corporation for over 17 years, serving in a variety of executive
management roles spanning research, product development, marketing and
sales. From 2000 to 2011, Earl was an active volunteer for CASA for
Children, a non-profit serving the interests of abused and neglected
children in Multnomah and Washington County, and most recently served on
its Board of Directors as President. Earl graduated with a B.S. in
Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 1993.
Alfred J. Zindel, Treasurer
Alfred J. Zindel is Executive Vice President of Dennis Uniform Manufacturing Company in Portland, Oregon. Al holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from Washington State University. Since graduating, he completed executive management courses at Harvard Business School and Darden Business School at University of Virginia.
Prior to a career in the apparel industry, he taught secondary school for three years and coached football and basketball. Al and his wife Dot have four grown children and two grandchildren. As parents, they were very active in public school related activities and fundraising.
Barbara Brainard, Director
Barbara Brainard is a Partner with Stoel Rives LLP and represents private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including: class actions, wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, Sarbanes-Oxley and OSHA whistleblower charges; Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs systemic cases and affirmative action compliance reviews; and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Washington Labor and Industries Department of Labor wage/hour compliance agencies.
Barbara’s clients include Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, retailers, technology companies, forest product companies, construction and supply defense contractors and sub-contractors, hospital and health care institutions, agricultural companies and educational institutions. Barbara is listed in Best Lawyers in America and selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Labor & Employment). Along with serving as a board of director with VOA Oregon since 2001, Barbara also serves as a board of director for Resource Media and is the Chair of Oregon alumni Admissions Committee – Middlebury College in Vermont. Barbara has a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law and a B.A. from Rutgers University.
Andraé Brown, Director
Andraé Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, co-director of Affinity Counseling Group , and board member for the Council on Contemporary Families. Dr. Brown earned his B.S. in psychology at Elizabeth City State University, his M.Ed. in school counseling at the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Seton Hall University.
Dr. Brown’s research agenda focuses on the development of treatment modalities that use the social ecology of families, schools and communities to address trauma, violence and substance abuse. Recently, Dr. Brown has worked to promote violence-free living by engaging communities of faith—with a focus on men, boys, and faith healers—is a culturally relevant prevention effort that addresses the intersections of oppression experienced by communities of color.
Representative Joe Gallegos, Director
Joe Gallegos, PhD, is owner/CEO of Western Research Associates, which provides social research and community services consulting. He is retired Director of the Social Work Program at the University of Portland. As a highly respected and regarded Professor on the faculty of the College of Arts and Science, Dr. Gallegos was known at the University for his passionate advocacy for the poor. His commitment to social justice inspired his research, scholarship and teaching.
In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Dr. Gallegos led several student- learning trips to Mexico, Nicaragua, London, and Salzburg. Dr. Gallegos retains the title of Professor of Social Work Emeritus.
In November 2012, Dr. Gallegos was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives.
Jamieson Grabenhorst, Director
Jamieson Grabenhorst is a Financial Advisor with CGC Financial Services LLC, an investment securities firm specializing in investment management and retirement planning.
Jamieson’s career in finance began while he was still in college. After several years at Pearson Financial, he left to help form CGC Financial Services LLC. Jamieson is equally committed to giving back to his community and he has been involved with organizations including Friends of the Children, Junior League of Portland, Medical Teams International, Trillium Family Services, LifeWorks Northwest, and Bradley-Angle House. He is a member of the Ambassador Board of New Avenues for Youth.
Adrienne Livingston, Director
A native of eastern Oregon, Jamieson majored in Finance at Washington State University. He enjoys the outdoors, tennis, and visiting family and friends around the northwest.
A native Oregonian, Adrienne Livingston received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, International Business and International Studies from Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary. She is the Executive Director of the Black United Fund of Oregon. Ms. Livingston has over a ten year history working with the Black United Fund of Oregon.
Adrienne is bilingual in Spanish and English and has traveled to and or lived in numerous countries including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Denmark, Mexico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Lebanon and India. While living in the Dominican Republic for two years, she worked at the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic.
She is a current board member of the Portland Children’s Levy and is a Class XXV with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
Sunny Radcliffe, Director
Sania “Sunny” Radcliffe is the Director of PGE Government Affairs and oversees Portland General Electric’s (PGE) federal, regional state and local government policy matters. Ms. Radcliffe's responsibilities include public policy development and analysis relating to a variety of government entities, including the Oregon Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
In her 10 years with PGE, she has provided leadership in developing and executing successful public policy positions on behalf of customers, employees, shareholders and the community. She previously held the position of supervisor of Federal & Regional Relations at PGE and prior to that role, was a federal and regional policy specialist at PGE. She also worked as a law clerk in PGE's Legal department. Ms. Radcliffe also served as general counsel for the Tree of Life Adoption Center and was the executive director of Oregon Women Lawyers.
Sunny serves on the board of the Northwest Energy Coalition and volunteers with the Portland Symphonic Girl Choir. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.
Greg Rickman, Director
Greg Rickman, Senior Vice President, US Bank is a 25-year veteran of the bank where he currently manages a lending team in the Oregon Commercial Banking Division.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the March of Dimes, and is a former board member with Oregon Mentors and St. Vincent De Paul. Greg graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in finance.
Rob Thompson, Director
Rob Thompson has extensive business experience encompassing an international CPA firm, management consulting engagements and private industry. His private industry experience ranges from start-up to publicly held businesses in such enterprises as high tech, manufacturing, wholesaling, retail and of late, hospitality. At the present time, he is Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Hallmark Inns and Resorts.
He is a graduate of Washington State University and has served on other boards in the Portland area; most recently he completed a three year term on the Board of Trustees at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Rob enjoys outdoor activities including golf, biking and hiking.
Dave Underriner, Director
Dave Underriner is Chief Executive Officer Oregon for Providence Health & Services. His career in healthcare administration spans two decades and earned him numerous awards including the Providence Health System Oregon Region Diversity Leadership Award and the Ethics in Business Award from Samaritan Counseling Center.
He currently sits on several boards, including Janus Youth Programs. Trillium Family Services, Our House of Portland, and others. Dave earned a master's degree in health service administration from the University of Washington. He and his wife Barbara have two children, Julie, 19 and Michael, 15.
Stephen Wright, Director
Steve Wright has spent 30 years working for the federal government in Washington DC and in Portland. He has been active in issues surrounding electricity production in the Pacific Northwest particularly with respect to seeking to promote economic and environmental health. He has worked extensively with the Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation. In 2008, he was awarded the distinguished level of the Presidential Rank Award, the highest award a civilian federal employee can receive. He and his wife Kathleen have three kids and live in Portland.