Meet Our Board of Directors!
Roger Nielsen serves as Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors. In 2014, Roger began his service on The Arc Board as a Director-at-Large. He has been a faculty member for 32 years, 26 at OSU, and he is still working in the trenches. Roger has earned a PhD in Geology and is the father of a son who experiences Asperger's, which provides him with an abundance of opportunities to work with the public school system advocating on behalf of all children with challenges. Roger's current interests include fundraising, outreach and the development of programs to help young people transition to their own adult "normal" that will prepare them to play a dignified and productive role in our community.
Mike Hoffman serves as President of The Arc Benton Board of Directors and current Treasurer. 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.
Zel Brook served on The Arc Board of Directors for the 2014-15 year. Zel is a sought-after art instructor. She was once disqualified from USA Track and Field because of her disability and spent years challenging the ruling. Since the rules have now changed, athletes with disabilities can now apply to participate in USATF events. Zel is a former speech Pathologist, former Chair of the Corvallis School Board and former First Citizen of Corvallis.
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.
Leslie Davis Burns was elected to The Arc Board of Directors in 2015. Leslie is Professor Emeritus of Apparel Design and Merchandising at Oregon State University. She is also President and Founder of Responsible Global Fashion LLC which provides educational products and services around corporate social responsibility in the global fashion industries. Leslie also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon 4-H Foundation Board. The vision and goals of The Arc align perfectly with Leslie’s desire to contribute to the community and to share her expertise in socially responsible retail merchandising.
Gerry Perrone is a long-time community volunteer. He 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.
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.
Sally McCallum has served as a Director-at-Large since January 2018. 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.
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.
Originally from Tacoma, WA, Nolan Murray is a junior attending Oregon State University, majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Nolan serves on The Arc's Board of Directors as the Pi Kappa Phi liaison. He also serves on the Executive Board of Pi Kappa Phi, and he enjoys watching football in his free time.