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Dec 30, 2013

Board of Directors Member Spotlight – Chad Paulson

Chad Paulson, General Counsel at Blount International, has been a member of the Janus Board of Directors since 2005. Chad served as Board President from 2011-2012 and is currently on both the Executive and Advancement committees.

Tell us about your professional background.

I started as a commercial litigation Associate at Miller Nash in 1998. I moved to an in house position with PacifiCorp in 2003 and joined my current employer, Blount, in 2006. Prior to Blount, my practice was primarily litigation and dispute resolution involving personal injury, employment and contracts along with real property issues (including environmental) and anything else that would come up. With Blount, in addition to the previous, I am involved in Merger and Acquisition work, contract and transaction negotiation and drafting, regulatory and compliance efforts and handling the day to day legal business of a publically traded company.

Are you a native Oregonian? If not, what brought you to the Pacific Northwest? 

Technically I am not a native. I was born in Michigan but moved to Bend, Oregon (where I grew up) when I was three years old. My dad, was drawn to Oregon because he was an avid outdoorsmen.

Why do you feel it’s important to invest in your community?

Our communities shape our world. I was given a tremendous amount by the community I grew up in and am obligated to return the favor. There are a number of young people who are being hurt more than helped by their community, which may change if we create better communities.

Are you involved with any other organizations other than Janus?

Janus is by far my biggest commitment, especially right now. I have been involved in the Multnomah Athletic Club’s ethnic diversity program and been active with Freshwater Trust in limited aspects. I have the desire, but not the time currently, to become more active in organizations such as Exceed (provides vocational and professional services development for people with disabilities) and Marathon Education Partners (partners caring adults with talented low-income children to make the dream of college into a reality).

What originally inspired you to join the Janus board? 

Like many, I am sure, I attended a Janus event (mine was a charity golf event) and heard Dennis Morrow passionately speaking about Janus. Shortly thereafter, I was recruited by a coworker at PacifiCorp who was on the Board and I have been a Board member ever since.

What do you hope to accomplish by serving as a Janus board member? 

I am not sure what I can truly accomplish as a Board Member. I can only support Janus and those that provide the services to youth. I can support the organization with donating some time and money, but the real difference is made by those who create and run the programs, teaching young people their true value and providing them with opportunities for success.

Why Janus?

Janus provides services that touch the most at-risk and vulnerable youths. Janus provides an alternative to current government run systems that may not be designed to educate or rehabilitate the youth for a successful return to a productive life in society.

What extra-curricular activities do you enjoy when not working or volunteering?

My primary activity outside of work is golf.


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Jan 29, 2019
Employee Spotlight - Krista Wilson

Krista Wilson has been a dedicated Youth Care Specialist at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter in Washington for three and a half years. Oak Bridge Youth Shelter provides 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter with services accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth ages 9-17. When discussing what motivates her Krista says “making kids laugh. Even in times of heartache, you can always get a better perspective on life when you laugh.”

Jan 22, 2019
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Robin Miller, a Case Manager in our Washington Program, was 21 years old when she was sexually exploited. “In 1993, I was trafficked from a club in Portland up and down the West Coast and in six states.” It took me six years to finally get the courage to leave my trafficker in 1999, but healing from the abuse took more than a decade more, in part, because there was no coordinated system of care available to support survivors,” she said. Robin gave this testimony before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year. Once again, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation on January 17, 2019 recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Multnomah County.

Jan 15, 2019
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