Board of Directors
Nancy Haigwood, President
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) / Oregon National Primate Research Center
Nancy Haigwood heads up the Oregon National Primate Research Center (one of seven national centers) and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at OHSU. For more than 30 years, Nancy has dedicated considerable efforts to HIV/AIDS research in the areas of vaccines and mother-to-child transmission. She has worked in both academia and with pharmaceutical enterprises on HIV vaccine design and testing, and she currently leads a highly collaborative research group at OHSU exploring the role of antibodies in controlling HIV. Nancy and her husband Andy McNiece are enthusiastic supporters of CAP.
Elise Brickner-Schulz, Vice President
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Elise Brickner-Schulz is Director of Litigation Workflow & Productivity at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP. She has been with the firm for 30 years. She serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and sits on the Technology Committee. Elise is currently serving as the chair of CAP’s Development Committee. She has been a supporter of CAP for over 25 years and has attended almost every Art Auction. Elise has been active in the community and is currently the President of the Foundation for Cedar Sinai Park as well as a board member.
Karol Collymore, Secretary
Metro Visitor Venues
Karol Collymore is the communications and policy development program manager at Metro Visitor Venues. Most recently she was the public affairs director of the early learning division at the State of Oregon. She also served as the executive director of the Equity Foundation. She has worked in government, politics and non-profits for over 10 years. She has worked with diverse organizations such as the American Heart Association, Pro-Choice Oregon, Multnomah County, and Raphael House. Karol is also on the boards of City Club of Portland, Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland Playhouse and the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.
Edwin Kietzman, Treasurer
Fred Meyer Stores
Edwin is part of the accounting/finance team focused primarily on Fred Meyer’s operations. He also received his Post-Bac. Accounting Certificate from Portland State University in 2012. Edwin enjoys being involved in community events and has participated in AIDS Walk and other CAP events for several years.
Robert Lusk, MD, Former President
Providence Health & Services
Robert and his husband, Christopher Bailey, have lived in Portland since 2001. Robert teaches in the Internal Medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center. In his practice, he cares for many types of infectious diseases, but HIV/AIDS is a large part. He has also served on the board of Our House of Portland and as their Medical Director since 2002. Robert will also serve as the Medical Director of CAP’s new LGBTQ Health Center.
William T. Patton, Member at Large
Bill Patton is an attorney at The Standard, and was formerly a shareholder at Lane Powell PC. He focuses his practice in the areas of employee benefits and ERISA/life, health and disability litigation.
Vibrant Table Catering & Events
Kurt Beadell is owner and creative director of the VT Group, which manages Food in Bloom Catering, Vibrant Table Catering & Events and the f & b café & catering companies. He has been an active contributor to Cascade AIDS Project and Our House for over 21 years. Since 1990, Kurt has held several roles on CAP’s Art Auction Planning Committee, applying his expertise in the area of events, food and beverage management, and design to help raise valuable dollars at CAP’s annual fundraising auction.
John Nusser, MD
Peace Health Medical Group
Dr. Nusser became a doctor to care for people who might not get the care they deserve, due to stigma such as HIV. He is a family physician who teaches and sees patients at Peace Health’s residency in Vancouver, WA. For many years, he has enjoyed volunteering as the medical director of CAP’s testing site in Washington. He is faculty with the Mountain West AIDS Education Training Center, and has published on HIV education. He has also served on the board of Project Access NOW and the Free Clinic.
Judge Susan M. Svetkey
Multnomah County Circuit Court
Susan Svetkey is a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge in the Family Law Department. She currently serves as a board member for the Oregon Law Institute and Child Centered Solutions. She established and for over 10 years has administered a court project providing pro bono lawyers and advocacy for children embroiled in domestic disputes. In her judicial work she has turned to CAP as a resource for families.
Former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Alere, Inc.
Until his retirement in 2014, Paul Hempel was a senior executive of Alere Inc, a leading manufacturer of HIV tests. His roles there included General Counsel, Sr. Vice President of Leadership Development and Human Resources, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Paul is currently a member of the Oregon HIV/Viral Hepatitis/STI Integrated Planning Group. He has also served as a director and officer with Worcester County Habitat for Humanity and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Paul has lived with his husband in Oregon since early 2011.
Jenn Klotz is responsible for Genentech Hillsboro’s community relations, government relations and internal/external communication. In her 8 years at Genentech she has been involved with CAP as a leader for sponsorship of AIDS Walk and engagement of the Genentech team, which has surpassed 100 participants the past few years. She serves as Chair of the Genentech Hillsboro Diversity team. As a Portland native she has been involved in local nonprofit boards her entire career. When not working or caring for her two sons, she is the lead singer of a local band who has performed at the CAP Art Auction after party.
OnPoint Community Credit Union
Jim Armstrong is the Senior Vice President of HR & Technology at OnPoint. Jim attended the University of Oregon, earning a B.S in Psychology and a M.S. in Applied Psychology (Organizational Behavior). He has focused his volunteer energy on educational efforts directed at helping people who have little or no access to traditional services. Most recently, he served as the Board Chair at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland. He and his wife Shannon have enjoyed the Art Auction for several years, and as they learned more about the impact CAP has on the people it serves, they decided it was time to get off the sidelines and get involved.
Portland Trail Blazers
Brian Buck is the Corporate Sales Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, where he meets with business owners, group leaders and individuals to focus on how the Trail Blazers can help them reach their goals and create a memorable experience. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Travis Marker is a Master Practitioner Consultant for North Highland where he leads the People and Change capability for Oregon, Washington and California. Travis’ twenty-year plus career in Talent Management includes a Master of Education Degree from The University of Oklahoma and has given him the opportunity to present and speak at events and conferences across the nation. Travis has a long-time commitment to developing others and has done so by serving on various Oklahoma boards, as a Past-President of the Central Oklahoma Chapter Association for Talent Development and as a Past-Executive Board Member for Other Options, providing food and services to those individuals affected by HIV or AIDS.
Tawnie Nelson, a senior vice president, manages Wells Fargo’s Small Business Banking in Oregon and southwest Washington. She joined Wells Fargo in 1992 as a teller in Portland. Tawnie has volunteered as a Board member for Meals on Wheels People for six years, as well as being on CAP’s Board. Additionally, she has volunteered at Astra Women’s Business Alliance for 15 years. She was named one of Wells Fargo’s outstanding managers in Oregon in 2009 and one of its top volunteers nationwide in 2010.
Basic Rights Oregon
Mikki Gillette is the Major Gifts Officer at Basic Rights Oregon, the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, where she works with individual donors, oversees grants and assists with events. A playwright and journalist, her writing has focused on the transgender community and her experience as a trans woman. Her plays have been read locally at the Portland Playhouse, Defunkt Theatre and the Funhouse Lounge, and in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mikki is excited to join the Board and help CAP deliver its invaluable services.
William E. Spigner
An 11-year veteran of NIKE, Bil Spigner works on the North America Store Operations team as a Project Program Director and has spent the last 25 years managing Flagship Retail stores across the country. Bil recently relocated to Portland to work at Nike’s World Headquarters, and has joined the Military Network team, which works to continuously improve the lives and well-being of all former members of the armed forces and their families.
CAP Community Advisory Board
Cascade AIDS Project’s Community Advisory Board consists of a diverse and representative group of community members whom we engage to ensure that our programs, strategic planning, and mission are relevant to those we serve. Members serve as the bridge between the agency and people accessing services, and assist in the development, provision, and evaluation of policies, programs, and services — especially where it relates to people’s needs and satisfaction.