Board of Directors
Robert Goman, President
An 18-year veteran of NIKE, Robert Goman works on the North America Retail Brand team in product presentation, an area of expertise and passion he has worked in for over 25 years. An active leader with the company’s LGBT & Friends Network at NIKE, Robert works to continue to educate and inspire NIKE employees and leaders on the value of being involved and invested as a NIKE employee through the lens of #BETRUE.
Nancy Haigwood, Vice 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, Secretary
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 28 years. She serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Pro Bono Committees and sits on the Technology Committee as well. Elise is currently serving as the co-chair of CAP’s Development Committee. She has been a supporter of CAP for 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.
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.
Karol Collymore, Member at Large
State of Oregon
Karol Collymore is the public affairs director of the early learning division at the State of Oregon. She was also recently 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.
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.
Leo Channing Bancroft
Leo Channing Bancroft, Technical Consultant at Nuance Communications, returned home to Oregon in 2009 after earning a Master of Arts in Theology in Berkeley, CA. His passion is advocating for both the HIV and LGBTQ communities as a person of faith. In 2013, Leo came out publicly as transgender, as a trans man. He is transitioning surgically and hormonally, sharing his process publicly with gratitude to those who have lived “out” lives before him.
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.
William T. Patton
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.
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.
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.