Leadership

Executive Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Chris Chiacchierini

Chris joined Neighborhood House in 2017, having worked with nonprofits since 1991. Previously, he served missions centered on youth homelessness and chemical dependency; his work also centered on personal care for adults with developmental disabilities, education, employment, and affordable health care. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he was active in the Center for Social Concerns, and his master’s from Eastern Washington University. Chris lives in Portland with his wife and three boys.

Email: cchiacchierini@nhpdx.org

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR:

Mari Yerger

Mari has been part of the Neighborhood House leadership team since 2003. Before embracing non-profit fundraising, Mari developed a highly successful program for homeless children here in Portland, adding a unique perspective to her fundraising tool kit. She is passionate about social and economic equity work, and she draws inspiration from both the amazing people who empower themselves and their families through engaging Neighborhood House programs and the remarkable community of donors and volunteers who make this work possible.

Email: myerger@nhpdx.org

INTERIM CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER:

Steve Zimmerman

Steve serves as Neighborhood House’s interim CFO, managing the Finance department and providing support for day-to-day agency operations. A New York native, Steve has lived in Portland for the past 22 years. Previously, he served as the COO/CFO for Mercy Corps and, most recently, as the finance director for Lutheran Community Services Northwest. An accountant and economist by training, Steve’s work has taken him to 120 countries over the past four decades.

Email: szimmerman@nhpdx.org

Board of Directors

Neighborhood House benefits from the expertise and leadership of a highly committed Board of Directors. These community and business leaders guide our organization and advance our mission in the community.

OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

Jim Scherzinger
Retired, Chief Operating Officer
Oregon Dept. of Human Services

VICE PRESIDENT

Eric Wiser, M.D.
Physician, OHSU
Dept. of Family Medicine

TREASURER

Kay Sohl
Non-Profit Financial
Management Consultant

SECRETARY

Peter Olson
Retired, US Department of State

PAST PRESIDENT

Kristin Watkins
Oregon State University
Foundation

MEMBERS

Alexei Bibik
U.S. Bank

John Calhoun
InsideValuation Partners

Meghan Herteg
Walsh Construction

Denise Kleim
Retired – City of Portland

Tom Kramer
Attorney, Bullard Law

Michel Romanino
Cambria Health Solutions

Laurie Ross
Retired – Portland Public Schools

Patti Vincent
Multnomah County Library

DIRECTORS EMERITI

Pat Collier
Ted Coonfield
Don DeFrancq
Pam Field
Mary Ann Frantz

Karla Green
Paul Hill
Dave Gutzler
Bob Johnson
Marcia Kakiuchi
Sal Khan

Marie Napolitano
Ellen Singer, MD
Tony Wawrukiewicz
Ted Wheeler