Officers and Directors

Oregon Leadership

An elected board of directors oversees all phases of ARCS Foundation Oregon. Officers of the Oregon board include co-presidents, co-presidents-elect in some years, VP treasurer and secretary.

Directors include VP Communications, VP Fund Development, VP Governance, VP Member Relations, VP Program, VP University Relations, and VP Scholar Relations. In addition, the co-presidents appoints one to four Members-at-Large to serve on the Board. The fiscal year is July 1–June 30, with the annual meeting in May.

Officers and Board of Directors - July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

Front row:  Julie Headley, Anne Yoo,  Julie Branford, Gretchen Sturm,  Kris Kern, Anne Jarvis
Back row: Lee Ragen, Elise McClure, Lara Cunningham, Elizabeth Bell, Kate Joseph, Susan Smith, Meleah Ashford
Missing in photo: Paige Jackson, Sheila Goodwin, Diana Gordon, Gigi Ditz, Sue McGrath

PresidentJulie Branford
SecretaryKris Mills
VP TreasurerElizabeth Bell
Co-VP CommunicationsLara Cunningham and Paige Jackson
Co-VP Member RelationsSheila Goodwin and Nancy Haigwood
Co-VP PhilanthropyAletha Anderson and Beth McQueston
Co-VP ProgramDiana Gordon and Rachek Dresbeck
Co-VP Scholar RelationsMeleah Ashford and Mary Strickler
VP University RelationsSusan Smith and Kris Kern
Member-at-LargeGigi Ditz
Member-at-LargeKate Joseph
Member-at-LargeElise McClure
Member-at-LargeLee Ragen



Chair, Scholar Awards LuncheonGigi Ditz, Elise McClure, Caron Ogg
Nominating CommitteeMarilyn Lindgren, Sue McGrath, Lee Ragen, Barbie Rice, Mary Lou Schrader

Oregon Chapter Presidents


Front row: Leslie Workman 2008-2010; Sharon Hewitt 2004-2006; Ellen Richardson 2006-2008; Caron Ogg 2010-2012
Back row: Joan Foley 2015-2018; Julie Brandford 2018-present; Aletha Anderson 2014-2015, 2017-2018; Sue McGrath 2018-2019; Jean Josephson 2012-2014