Meet our Board of Directors
Sally McCallum will serve as President of The Arc Benton Board of Directors starting July 1, 2019. She has lived in Corvallis since 1998 and began volunteering with The Arc in 1999 at the age of 14. She was an active volunteer through her teens with The Arc’s afternoon socialization program. She and her husband currently run and live in an Adult Foster Home for people with I/DD and is passionate about giving her clients the most “normal” life they can have. In her free time she loves gardening, canning, and hiking.
Mike Hoffman will serve as the Immediate Past President of The Arc Benton Board of Directors starting July 1, 2019. In January of 2014, Mike retired from the automotive service field where he worked for his entire career, including having his own auto repair shop here in Corvallis. Mike's son, Adam, lives a very happy and full life in a group home in town, and Mike and his wife Nancy know that Adam's participation in The Arc after school activities had a direct impact on his ability to make the positive transition into adulthood. Mike's commitment to The Arc Benton began in appreciation for what The Arc has done for Adam and has grown from there. He and Nancy also have chaired The Arc Giving Tree Committee since 2008.
Gerry Perrone serves as the board’s treasurer. He is a long-time community volunteer and joined The Arc of Benton County Board of Directors in 2017. Previously, Gerry was a member of the Corvallis Housing and Community Development Commission, and OSU's Human Development and Family Services Advisory Board. He also served on the board of directors of Mid-Valley Housing Plus, Work Unlimited, NAMI Mid-Valley, and Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon. Gerry has both work and volunteer experience with several social service nonprofit organizations in Benton County and also has a Masters of Nonprofit Management. Gerry lives in Corvallis with his wife Lissa and their two dogs.
John Gotchall was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. John is a critical care physician with a strong interest in the power of intellectual diversity, adverse effects of heuristics and bias on decision-making, evidence-based practices and process improvement. He has relatives experiencing autism spectrum disorder and many patients experiencing intellectual or developmental challenges. John has had a ringside seat to the vulnerability of persons with autism and related conditions in misconduct investigations, whether the vulnerable person is victim, suspect or witness. John believes that the disproportionate assaults and arrests can be improved through education, support and accommodations within misconduct investigations.
Rachel Stalter is a Special Education Teacher for the Corvallis School District, where she co-leads the WINGS Transition Program for students who have graduated with modified or alternative diploma’s. She has 10 years of experience working with transition age students. Rachel holds a Bachelor's in Health and Physical Education from Illinois State University, Endorsed in Special Education from the University of Arizona, studied Movement Studies and Disabilities at Oregon State University, and earned her Masters in Education with a focus on Special Education, Autism, and Health Education.
Terri Newby has served on The Arc Board of Directors since 2013. She works at Corvallis Family Medicine as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, an occupation she has enjoyed for 35 years. Terri and her husband, Jim, are parents to a young adult son who experiences Down syndrome and keeps them all busy with several events in Special Olympics. Terri says that the day Cody was born was the day she became an advocate for all people who experience intellectual disabilities.
Pamela Camfield has lived in the mid-valley since 1978, working as a Speech-Language Pathologist with local schools. While working and raising two children, Pamela served the community and her fellow professionals for many years on the boar of Corvallis Community Children's Centers, Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and LBL ESD's Education Association, both as President and Grievance chair. After 20 years with the Corvallis School District, she returned to LBL Education Service District's Education Evaluation and Consultation Center, spending much time in recent years specializing with students on the autism spectrum. Since "retirement" in 2013, Pamela has worked with Philomath, Lebanon, and Alsea school districts, as well as Oregon Connections Academy. In her spare time she travels, quilts, and reads.
Coming from Seattle, WA to attend OSU, Arthur Lindhjem is currently, a third-year student majoring in Digital Media Communications and planning on graduating in June 2020. Having worked for the Seattle Aquarium as a volunteer, service to the community has always been a part of his life. A member of Pi Kappa Phi on campus Arthur was the former Ability Experience chair, planning numerous philanthropic and service events that supported both their national philanthropy (The Ability Experience) and The Arc of Benton County. Excited to be apart of The Arc Board of Directors and help the community in numerous different capacities! Arthur believes that the only disability is a bad attitude.