Maybelle Center Board of Directors

Leadership, Vision, and Passion

Mary Shortall

Board President

Mary is the former Director of Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services where she provided leadership and management of long-term care services, independent living, and protective services for the elderly and disabled. She has over 40 years’ experience working in state and county levels of government in Oregon and Minnesota. She received her BS in Social Work & Psychology from College of St. Teresa, MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Univ. of Minnesota, and a MA of Public Administration from DePaul University.

Dave Demots

Board Vice-President

Dave brings almost two decades of business ownership and over 25 years of marketing experience to the board. Prior to ownership of DHX Advertising – a full service marketing communications company in Portland – Dave served as Vice President at Group II Marketing Communications and was National Marketing Manager at Hanna International. Dave is also a partner in a manufacturing company in Canby, OR. His experience in the non-profit sector includes Board involvement with Donate Life Northwest and Donate Life America. Dave earned his BA in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and his MBA at Willamette University.

Paul Clithero

Board Secretary

Paul is a retired broadcast media executive with over 25 years of management experience in local radio and television. His experience includes being VP/General Manager of KINK FM, Sales Manager at KATU-Channel 2, and General Manager of Pamplin Broadcasting. Paul has a long history of community service through his work on the Boards of local non-profits, including Central City Concern and Comprehensive Options for Drug Abusers. He received his BA from Occidental College in American Studies.

Pete Craven

Board Treasurer

Pete Craven brings nearly 40 years of accounting and finance experience to the board. He began his career as a CPA with Ernst and Young and then worked in the natural resources industry in various finance, accounting and senior management roles. Currently Pete is the Senior Vice President and CFO at Western Family Foods. A native of Portland, Pete received a BA in accounting and economics from Gonzaga University. Pete serves on the Board of the Financial Executives International and also served as the Vice Chair and Finance Chair on the De La Salle North Catholic High School Board of Trustees.

Steve Connolly

Board Member

Steve retired in 2014 after practicing business/corporate law in Portland for 37 years. He has served on the St. Mary Cathedral School Board, Jesuit High School Alumni Council, Board of Directors of the Mother and Child Education Center, Catholic Charities Sponsorship Committee, and various committees of the Multnomah Bar Association. Steve received a BS in Political Science from Oregon State University and a JD from Gonzaga Univ. School of Law.

Jon Hofmeister

Board Member

Jon is President of Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc., a renewable energy company he founded in 2005. Previously, Jon was a key contributor at K2 Technologies, Inc., which grew substantially before being acquired within 2 years of its founding. He has worked as a civil engineer at URS Corp. and Oregon Dept. of Geology & Mineral Industries. He received his BS from Stanford in Civil Engineering/Engineering Geology, MS in Civil Engineering from Univ. of Washington, and an MBA from the Univ. of Oregon, Reims School of Management, and London Business School.

David Houglum, Ph.D.

Board Member

David is currently the Dir. for Leadership in the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the University of Portland where he creates educational experiences for students to serve and lead. He also is a Franz Center Leadership Fellow and has faculty appointments in the School of Business and School of Education at U of P, and serves as a leadership coach and instructor. Additionally, he is an instructor of Organizational Leadership with Gonzaga University. David has a BS in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, MA in Organizational Leadership and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

Nick Knapp

Board Member

Nick Knapp is a retired attorney who specialized in real estate development and finance, specializing in affordable housing and the use of agency financing tools (FHA, Fannie Mae). He was the Executive Director of the Clackamas County Housing Authority for 6 years and went on to found and lead Northwest Housing Alternatives, Inc. (formerly King Bell Housing, Inc.), an Oregon housing non-profit corporation. Nick has a BS in Economics from Portland State University and a Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Carol Mitchell

Board Member

Carol is a retired registered nurse, whose career of 44 years encompassed critical care nursing, education in academia and acute care, and nursing administration.  She founded and was President of Carol Mitchell and Associates, providers of continuing education for healthcare professionals for 20 years. Her business venture was followed as Director and Assistant Administrator at Providence St. Vincent. A native of Portland, she graduated from OHSU with her BSN and MN degrees.

Kellen Norwood

Board Member

Kellen is an attorney at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, and his practice centers around labor and employment litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of public and private educational institutions. Kellen was born and raised in Portland and attended St. Pius grade school and Jesuit High School before pursuing his post-secondary education at Portland Community College, the University of Oregon (BA and MA in English Literature), and Lewis & Clark Law School (JD).

Kevin O'Brien

Board Member

Kevin O’Brien brings over a decade of experience in advising businesses in the beverage, consumer packaged goods and manufacturing sectors. He is currently the Sr. Vice President with Zepponi & Company, a leading merger and acquisition advisory firm to the alcoholic beverages industry. Kevin is a regular speaker on finance and accounting topics. He’s also served on the board of directors for Pacha Youth Foundation and served at the Maybelle Center in his youth. A native of San Francisco, Kevin received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Portland and he is a Certified Public Accountant.