Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Kay D. Toran
Since joining Volunteers of America Oregon in 1999, Kay Toran has provided overall leadership and strategic direction for the agency. Her chief goal as President and CEO 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 doctoral degree from the University of Portland. She is a Board Member on the Oregon Community Foundation, Providence Health and Services, and University of Portland.
Steve Moceri, Board Chair
Steve Moceri joined VOA of Oregon with a wealth of experience in both the for- and non-profit sectors. Steve joined the board of VOA after a chance meeting with Kay Toran at a University of Portland event. They discovered a shared interest in historic and current social justice issues and were eager to find a way to collaborate.
Over the past 33 years, Steve’s career included serving as owner and CEO of Moceri’s Puyallup Chrysler Plymouth, owner and CEO of Moceri Leasing, and owner and property manager of Torre-Alta Investment Company. After selling the automobile dealership in 1997, Steve enrolled at University of Washington Tacoma in the first cohort of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Using his business acumen and social work knowledge, Steve had participated in both direct services and advisory capacities in the start-up of Homeless Coalition and as a consultant for Step By Step. He has also served on community boards, including the University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor’s Advisory Board, American Red Cross Pierce County Chapter, Pierce College Development Board, and The Family Room of Portland, OR, which provides family reunification training.
Steve moved to Oregon in 2012, following a career move by his wife, Joane to the School of Nursing at the University of Portland, where she eventually served as Dean. Steve and Joane currently split their time between Portland and the Oregon Coast. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Steve holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Puget Sound and an MSW from the University of Washington, Tacoma (Children, Youth, and Families).
Carmen Gaston, Vice Chair
Carmen Gaston is Director of Development & Stewardship with the Archdiocese of Portland. Oregon. Formerly Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Planning at the University of Portland, she provided leadership for the University's Annual Reunion and hosted 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.
Adrienne Livingston, Secretary
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 Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives with WorldVenture.
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.
John Hairston, Treasurer
John is Chief Administrative Officer, Bonneville Power Administration. The newly established CAO position elevates the functions previously overseen by the former executive vice president of Internal Business Services that ensure that each work group receives the attention and leadership it needs from BPA's executive office. The chief administrative officer is responsible for providing policy and strategic guidance concerning BPA's internal operations. He has served as BPA's Chief Compliance Officer, leading BPA's Agency Compliance and Governance organization which provides overall coordination and management of systems and processes established to assure agency compliance with applicable external and internally driven regulatory rules and standards. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The Southern University, Baton Rouge; a Masters Degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University; and a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law. He has also earned the certification of Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and is a Class XXV with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
Barbara Brainard, Director
Barbara Brainard has represented 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.
Dr. Andrea Cook, Director
During her time at Warner Pacific College, Dr. Andrea Cook has been a driving force behind the institution embracing its identity as an urban campus dedicated to serving the City of Portland. Through specially tailored programs, first-generation students at Warner Pacific are achieving their higher education goals, paving the way to a brighter future.
Dr. Cook was instrumental in facilitating a partnership with the Portland Leadership Foundation and the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative, a robust scholarship program that has funded more than 60 of Portland's brightest, under-represented students to attend Warner Pacific, with the objective of earning a degree that will prepare them to lead in their community.
For over 35 years, Dr. Andrea Cook has been dedicated to higher education, holding positions at Judson Baptist College, University of Oregon, George Fox University, and Goshen College before assuming the role of Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Warner Pacific. She was inaugurated as the College's seventh and first female President in September, 2009.
Cook holds a baccalaureate degree in elementary education from Northwest Nazarene University and both a master's degree and Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Management from the University of Oregon.
Kate Jordan-Downs, Director
Kate Jordan-Downs has 15 years of professional experience in the education and disability services industry, supporting students with disabilities and working with adults in their homes and in their communities. She served as program director for an inclusive early childhood learning programs in Washington, D.C.
In her current position with KinderCare Education as the Director of Instructional Support, she is redefining the vision for inclusive education, creating a plan for implementation, and ensuring all children's unique needs are being met. She is committed to ensuring that all children have a safe and respectful environment where they can reflect on who they are as individuals, build the self-confidence necessary to learn and grow, and where they can celebrate the diversity they contribute to their school community.
She is a current board member of the Portland Children's Levy and is a Class XXV with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
Joseph A. Pugh, Director
Joseph Pugh is a business and patent attorney who has practiced law for over 20 years. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a project engineer. In addition to his law degree, Joe has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and an MBA.
Joe and his wife have two daughters. Now that they are in college, Joe is able to spend time on non-legal activities that directly or indirectly help others. In addition to serving on the VOA Oregon board, some of these activities have included tutoring adults who want to earn their high school equivalency certificates, serving as a volunteer mediator for neighbors having disputes, and serving on a steering committee to establish a law firm to provide civil legal services for survivors of domestic violence. Beyond that, Joe enjoys being at home, exercising, visiting his daughters, and spending time with his wife.
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.
Bruce Warner, Director
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.
Greg Warner, Director
Greg is the Vice President and co-founder of Hines Warner Wealth Management, LLC. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, he specializes in financial planning and stewarding investment plans for high net worth families and business owners. Greg believes that trust is the key ingredient in a successful client partnership and works hard to earn that trust every single day. His philosophy is to be an educator first and foremost, empowering clients with the knowledge they need to make the best decisions for their financial lives.
Greg is a 20 year industry veteran and in 2009 was profiled in Forbes magazine. He received the annual Five Star Professional award for Wealth Managers in 2016. Prior to co-founding Hines Warner Wealth Management, he spent six years at McGee Financial Strategies /Raymond James as a Registered Representative. During his tenure, Greg implemented numerous asset management solutions for high net worth individuals. He was responsible for client portfolio construction, asset allocation strategies, and served as a key member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Greg is active in his community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America® Oregon and the Resource Development Committee for The Circus Project. From 2009 to 2014, he served on the Resource Development Board of CARES Northwest.
Greg graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 2000, received his MBA from Portland State University in 2008, and his CFP® certification from the College of Financial Planning in 2012. He holds Series 63 and 65 securities licenses. He resides in Portland, Oregon with his family.
Alfred J. Zindel, Director
Alfred J. Zindel retired in 2014 as 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.