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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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May 22, 2017
Scholarships Awarded To Our Youth

On May 17th, the Janus Board of Directors, staff and community members honored 15 youth in our programs who were recipients of our scholarship awards. Now in its sixteenth year, the scholarships open the door to education for our youth by helping to pay for school expenses such as tuition, books and rent.

This year’s scholarship recipients are from an array of Janus programs including Insights Teen Parent Program, Imani House, Changes, Annex I, Harry’s Mother and Hope Partnership. Special thanks to Robert Gootee and Moda Health for their support in launching the Scholarship Fund in 2001 and to Joanne Senders—a generous donor who established the Joanne Senders Scholarship Fund.  

Photo: Left to right: Jeremy Ericksen, Thomas Spisla, Christian Ford, Griffin Thomas, Robert Gootee, Gustavo Portillo-Soto, Fariborz Pakseresht, Dennis Morrow and Dalon Murray. Not pictured: Alejandra Hernandez, Nicholas Schafer, Elishah Eduardo Asbaugh, Johnathan Baker, Cayce French, Robert Miller, Agustin Estrada-Vargas, Ezequiel Vasquez, and Bailey Allman.

May 08, 2017
Youth Voices—In Their Own Words

My experience at Cordero House was one of the most significant events to have happened to me. Let me start with a background of who I am. I came from a small village in the countryside of El Salvador. At a young age, I learned to be independent, going to school and helping with the daily chores. I moved to the city for a very brief moment before flying to the U.S. At first, I felt strange and overwhelmed with everyone and everything around me. As time went by, I found myself in a state of confusion. Alone, I had no one to turn to ask for help. Instead, I did things that to this day I regret. Such events led to me spending time in a youth corrections facility.

May 01, 2017
Employee Spotlight—Angie Corll

Angie knows what it feels like to run away. She did it for years, running away from abusive and neglectful homes, opting for freedom and danger of the streets over security. This life on the run led her down many dark paths for years until she became the kid that no one wanted to take in. Finally, in 1993, with the help of her probation officer, she entered a Janus residential program. That was a turning point. Says Angie, “I was blessed to have been given a second chance.” Now she works as a Youth Care Specialist at our Oak Grove shelter in SW Washington, helping youth who are facing similar life crisis as she did. We talked to Angie to find out how her experiences has prepared her to serve our youth.

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