Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Kay D. Toran, President/Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Kay D. Toran has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Volunteers of America Oregon (VOAOR) since July, 1999. In this role, Ms. Toran provides overall leadership and strategic direction for this human services non-profit. VOAOR provides services to children and families, single adults and to the frail elderly. Our services include early childhood; domestic violence solutions; treatment for substance abuse disorders and gambling addiction; prisoner re-entry and adult day services for the elderly. VOAOR also runs social enterprise organizations including Catering for a Cause.

Prior to joining Volunteers of America Oregon, 1994-1999, Ms. Toran was Director of Oregon's Services to Children and Families Department, Oregon's child protective services agency. Ms. Toran's prior executive positions in Oregon state government include Administrator, the State's Purchasing Division, Department of General Services; Assistant to Governor Vic Atiyeh and Oregon's Director of Affirmative Action. She also served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University.

Ms. Toran received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Portland and her Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Portland.

Ms. Toran's current volunteer service includes membership on the following boards: Albina Community Bank, The Board of Regents for the University of Portland, and the Oregon Community Foundation. Ms. Toran also serves on the Providence Health and Services' Community Advisory Council.

Glenn W. Fung, Chief Financial Officer
Joining Volunteers of America Oregon in March 2008, Glenn Fung provides critical financial oversight and counsel in the management of Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Glenn also maintains ongoing relationships with the organization's CPA firm, its attorneys, insurance brokers, bankers and government agencies and acts as a liaison to the National office of Volunteers of America and to the Board Finance Committee. Prior to joining Volunteers of America, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Girl Scouts Columbia River Council and as Director of Finance and Technology--Alzheimer Association, Oregon Chapter. Glenn earned a BS in Business Administration from Portland State University and since then, his extensive career background has been focused on providing positive and innovative support to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Gloria Martin, Director of Human Resources

Gloria Martin joined Volunteers of America Oregon in 2016. She brings over 15 years of human resources experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. As HR Director, she provides leadership, guidance and consultation to VOA Oregon management, program directors and employees on matters relevant to the development and maintenance of a high-performing, diverse culture. Her goal is to promote employee involvement, collaboration, and excellent service true to VOA Oregon's mission.

Gloria earned her BA degree from Marylhurst University in Interdisciplinary Studies – Human Resource Management and Organizational Communication. She is also a Certified Professional in HR (PHR and SHRM-PC), and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).

Dr. Frank A. Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH, Director, Addictions Prevention and Treatment
Dr. Franklin trained in Injury Epidemiology and Injury Prevention at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Center for Injury Research and Policy where he received his Ph.D. He received his M.P.H. in Epidemiology and International Health from the Morehouse School of Medicine and a B.S. in Biology from Morgan State University. Dr. Franklin has received post graduate training in immunobiology and molecular biology (University of Pennsylvania), immunology (New York University, Cancer Research Center), and epidemiology and the law (The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) along with post-doctoral training in health policy (David Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Center for Health Policy) and forensic epidemiology (Oregon Health & Science University). He also holds a Juris Doctor from Drexel University School of Law. Dr. Franklin's research interests include forensic epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, evidence and tort law, violent crime, and abuse-related injuries.

Elizabeth Sherman, Director of Children and Family Programs
Elizabeth Sherman has led services for families at Volunteers of America Oregon for over 19 years. She managed programs for families with Child Welfare involvement, strengthening parenting and facilitating reunification. She has also directed our partnership with Home Forward Public Housing to prevent substance abuse and promote healthy lifestyles and academic success among youth and families at five sites. She is currently completing a two-year Nonprofit Executive Leadership program at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.