Board of Directors

Front row: Lynn Egli, Catherine Fisher, Sarah Grotelueschen
Back row: Executive Director Ann Craig, Rita Hamann (former Board member), Gary Lasater, Joann Zimmer, Kate Conolly, Alicia Moselle
Not pictured: Dina Lindquist, Carrie Thompson, Andrea Turner

Catherine Fisher, President
Elected to board: January 2013
Occupation: Owner & Managing Principal Broker of Town & Country Realty

Catherine believes there is so much potential in kids and that we need to do everything we can to help kids in bad situations have the opportunity to reach their true potential. Through caring, structured interactions with positive role models, and a safe place to explore possibilities, we can help these youth learn important life skills, become more self-confident, identify opportunities, and become more than their situation would otherwise dictate.

Kate Conolly, Vice President
Elected to board: January 2013
Occupation: United Methodist clergy; currently serving as pastor of Albany First United Methodist Church

Jackson Street is the result of tenacious and caring folks who saw a tremendous need in Linn and Benton counties and visualized a safe and nurturing environment for homeless and at-risk youth. “I feel privileged to join with others in this vital work,” says Kate. “I want to do what I can to support the current work of Jackson Street and to work for the day when we can provide a shelter in Albany as well.”

Sarah Grotelueschen, Secretary
Elected to board: January 2017
Occupation: Management Consultant at Deloitte

During college, Sarah helped at-risk youth overcome their personal circumstances to achieve success in school. She believes that in order to provide positive contributions to society, our youth need to know and feel that people in the world care about them and are here to help them. Jackson Street helps the youth it serves by connecting them with people who care and providing them access to the tools they need to achieve their dreams.

Lynn Egli, Treasurer
Elected to board: January 2018
Occupation: Director of Budget & Financial Administration for the Office of Enrollment, University of Oregon

Lynn and his wife Roberta have gradually grown into supporters of Jackson Street, first through a personal relationship with a former resident and several staff members. They see Jackson Street as a critical resource to youth and families for the mid-Willamette Valley. Lynn sees a strong need for a youth shelter in Linn County.

Gary Lasater
Elected to board: January 2017
Occupation: Retired Youth Worker

During Gary’s Career, he served as a juvenile probation officer, juvenile court director, homeless family shelter director, and mental health trainer for Oregon Youth Authority. He believes all youth can be successful if given the right skills and positive support. Gary absolutely believes in the concept of Positive Human Development.

Dina Lindquist
Elected to board: January 2018

Alicia Moselle
Elected to board: January 2014
Occupation: Business Lender at Central Willamette Credit Union

Alicia’s interest in Jackson Street Youth Shelter comes from a desire to help youth open their eyes to positive opportunities in their lives and their communities.

Carrie Thompson
Elected to board: April 2015
Occupation: Retired teacher; substitute teacher

After spending a short time with the Aspire program, Carrie learned that many youths in our area are facing adverse situations prohibiting them from reaching their potential. She says, “I also became aware of Jackson Street and learned more about the mission, staff, and people in the organization. The caring and knowledgeable staff is providing opportunities for our youth to reach their potential and become successful people. I am grateful to be part of the mission to end youth homelessness in our area. Youth are our future!”

Andrea Turner
Elected to board: October 2017
Occupation: Attorney, The Reynolds Law Firm

I believe that “the flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” Every youth deserves a haven to take refuge from stuggle and begin to avail themselves to resources and opportunities to thrive, which Jackson Street provides. It is my pleasure to serve the youth of our community, who have the potential to overcome and blossom.

Joann Zimmer
Elected to board: January 2013
Occupation: Beyond-the-Box Strategies, LLC

Joann’s involvement with Jackson Street began years ago as a committee member framing efforts to bring a youth shelter to Linn County; from 2010 through 2012 she worked part-time for Jackson Street specifically involved in the Linn County Project to bring both shelter and youth outreach support to Albany. While working in community action through the last 16 years and volunteering on both Linn and Benton counties’ citizen review boards for children in foster care, Joann’s interest and concern for homeless and at-risk youth have been solid, consistent, and full of hope. She believes that by providing positive and compassionate support now in their growing years, our most vulnerable youth have a terrific shot at bright futures as strong members of the greater community.

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Jackson Street Youth Services
PO Box 1984 Albany, OR 97321

PO Box 285 Corvallis, OR 97339

Jackson Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer.