Board of Directors
Elise Brickner-Schulz, 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 has also served 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, Vice President
Karol Collymore is the senior manager, Oregon community impact at Nike. 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.
Portland Trail Blazers, Secretary
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.
Edwin Kietzman, Treasurer
Edwin most recently worked at Columbia Sportswear Company as their Finance Business Lead for Retail Accounting. He was previously part of the Kroger Co. accounting/finance team focused primarily on Fred Meyer’s operations. He 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.
Nancy Haigwood, Former 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.
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.
Tracy A. Curtis
Wells Fargo Bank
Tracy Curtis is a Region Bank President for Wells Fargo & Company. An Executive Vice President, she is responsible for managing the customer service, sales and community involvement activities of nearly 800 team members at 74 bank branches in northern Oregon and southwest Washington. A native of England, she began her Wells Fargo career in 1988 as a teller. Tracy heads the board of the Trail Blazers Foundation. She also volunteers on the boards of Cascade AIDS Project, Raphael House, Oregon Bankers Association and The Mighty Endeavor. Tracy will serve as the chair of the Our House fundraising gala in 2018
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 head of External communication and Community Relations for Genentech NW’s two locations. In her 10 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 had as many as 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 a volunteer court appointed special advocate with CASA in Washington County.
Robert Lusk, MD
Neighborhood Health Center
Robert and his husband, Christopher Bailey, have lived in Portland since 2001. Robert serves as Chief Medical Officer of Neighborhood Health Center, an FQHC serving the underserved in the greater Portland area. Robert also serves as the Medical Director of CAP’s LGBTQ+ focused health center, Prism Health, and previously served as CAP’s Board President.
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.
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.
James C. Hess
Opus Search Partners
Jim is a founding partner of Opus Search Partners, an executive search firm focused on higher education and academic medicine. He previously ran international operations for Penna Consulting, Plc, a London-headquartered human capital management consultancy. He earned a BA from Wesleyan University and MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his partner, Robert Herald, have lived in Portland since 2011.
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.