Meet the Board of Directors
Prior to his retirement, Chip spent nearly four decades managing technology groups focused on Mainframe application development, cutting edge escrow/title office automation, and designing/implementing enterprise wide network and infrastructure systems. Prior to retirement, his responsibilities included managing the group that provides technical project management overseeing all new installs and upgrades within a multi-site data center environment containing over 100k distributed computing devices. Chip has worked for: Wells Fargo Bank, Siemens Business Services, First Interstate Bank, Empire General Insurance, and Security Pacific National Bank. Chip joined the Forward Stride Board in 2012 and became Board Chair in 2015.
Rena joined the Forward Stride Board over nine years ago. Her credentials include being a Manager at Portland General Electric for over 20 years and the owner/operator of Spring Creek Lipizzans for many years. Her management duties at Portland General Electric (PGE) included operations management, budget and accounting, and capital projects. She was heavily involved with the PGE Disabilities Network and worked to provide people with disabilities career opportunities at PGE. She wanted to continue her involvement with individuals with disabilities in her volunteer activities. Her love of horses and volunteerism brought her to Forward Stride where she has been able to provide a business perspective to the operations of Forward Stride.
A Realtor for 17 years with RE/MAX equity group, Robin has been involved with Forward Stride since its inception. She began as a volunteer leading the horse in the hippotherapy program and later joined the Board of Directors where she served as Chair for 6 years. Currently on the Board, Robin owns a 20 year old quarter horse, Chance, who is her therapy!
Melody’s family was introduced to Forward Stride the day her daughter took her first ride on a horse during an outing to the barn with her Girl Scout troop back in 2008. She fell in love on the spot! Eventually Melody bought her own horse – Freckles – a current member of the Forward Stride herd.
Melody is a product deployment and customer service manager with Sodexo – Quality of Life Services. Melody’s membership on the board offers her a way to give back to the organization that has given her family so many opportunities. Over the past 7 years all four members of her family have volunteered or spent time at the barn in one way or another – through the many farm chores for the horses to participating in riding lessons. Melody is grateful for the instructors and staff that support clients participating in many different areas with equestrian activities and volunteering events. Melody believes Forward Stride brings out the best in all of us.
Helena has been with Sears Holdings for 36 years. As a Market Leader with over 1500 employees covering four states, she is accountable for driving profitable sales and outstanding customer experiences. Budgets, brand awareness, talent development, recruitment, marketing, vendor relations and community engagement are all part of her Leadership accountabilities and expertise. She has previous non-profit board experience with Wilsonville High School’s Booster Club, she served as Board President for 3 years. Currently, she is a board member for Self Determination Resources Inc (SDRI). SDRI is a “full service” brokerage organization designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities achieve the supports they need by providing an array of services. She has two children that have been clients of Forward Stride since it was founded in 2003. Forward Stride has enhanced her children’s quality of life with the staff and services they provide. Forward Stride is vital to our community and the clients they serve and it is a pleasure for her to be part of it.