Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Rose Barker – Board President

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Rose is an Identity Theft Prevention Specialist and Senior Director with Harvard Risk Management Corporation. She volunteers with the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is an ambassador of CouchSurfing, and enjoys swimming across the Willamette River on warm summer days. She lived abroad several years in Mexico and Ecuador and is an avid traveler. She values fostering local community and commerce. Rose is a Salem native and attended Chemeketa Community College and Willamette University.

Scott Sadler – Board Vice President

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Scott is a 28 year entrepreneur. He is a certified mastermind executive coach, national speaker, and facilitator and works with organizations and individuals on leadership, communication and specializes in helping businesses develop Millennial leaders. Scott is the board chair for the Inspire Foundation, past board chair for Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center, team leader for the Leadership Youth Program, and serves the community as a leader for his Community Emergency Response Team. He is an avid outdoorsman, mountaineer, hiker and a trained wilderness survival expert. He and his wife Ingrid enjoy travel, food and spending time with family and friends.

Jose Garcia – Board Secretary

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José R. García is a Salem native, graduate of North Salem High School and Western Oregon University. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business with a minor in Spanish, and has experience working in non-profits, political campaigns, and a small family business. Currently, José works as an education Program Coordinator in Yamhill County for Oregon State University and Chemeketa Community College. As a first generation American-born son of immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico, José strives to stay true to his family’s culture while embracing his own individuality and interests. He considers himself an advocate for minority communities and intends to make a positive impact in the lives of anyone he works with.

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Marie Trucco – Board Treasurer

Marie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. With 18 years of corporate management experience including Management Development Training she was instrumental in opening the ShopKo store in Salem . Additionally, Marie owned and operated a retail store; Corky’s Daughter in Salem for 11 years and has more than 10 years of small business consulting experience with an emphasis in retail operations.

Teri Alexander – Board Member

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Teri Alexander is a graduate of Linfield College and earned her Masters of Science degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University. With experience in non-profit management as an Associate Director at Catholic Community Services and 18 years of retail experience at Nordstrom, she has developed a deep understanding of the dynamics of non-profit and for-profit businesses and has always been motivated to participate and involve others in making and ensuring that their communities are healthy places to raise their families.

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