Staff

Staff

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Forrest Peck
Executive Director
Forrest has worked for MERIT since August, 2007. He has over 25 years of experience in finance and community development from employment with the USDA (Farmers Home Administration and Rural Development) and Seattle Mortgage Company. more
He has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Cal-Poly, is a former business owner (manufacturing and sale of leather purses and belts) and is a City Councilor in his hometown of Independence. He enjoys raising food in his garden, listening to the blues and doing pretty much anything outdoors.

E-mail:
forrest@meritnw.org
Phone: (503)584.7314
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Mona Edwards
Program Coordinator
Mona has owned small businesses for more than 27 years that helped clients with interior design and space planning before pursuing a graduate education.more
She opened her first retail store at the age of 20 and sold it 5 years later to move in to Design Consulting. She has a MA in Leadership and has taught leadership development and training. Currently she and her husband operate a design and construction company.

E-mail:
mona@meritnw.org
Phone: (503)584.7314
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Aileen Careaga Cutz
Latino Program Coordinator
Aileen leads our outreach to the Spanish speaking business community. She is the owner of Urth Tones NW, a microenterprise making and selling all natural handcrafted bath and body products through an online store and craft fairs.more
Being a daughter of immigrants, her passion is advocating for and serving her Latino community which lead to the recent completion of a graduate degree in Social Work. She has experience working with diverse populations ranging from incarcerated women to Spanish speaking families and children. She enjoys outdoor recreational activities, being creative and spending time with family (including her dog).

E-mail:
aileen@meritnw.org
Phone: (971)304.1767
Genevieve Sheridan
Genevieve Sheridan
IDA Specialist
Genevieve Sheridan leads our Individual Development Account Program and oversees the financial education services we provide. more
Additional bio information coming soon.

E-mail:
ida@meritnw.org
Phone: 503.399.3524
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Judy Beebe
Financial Manager
Judy is the Financial Manager for Merit providing accounting, financial management and grant management services. Judy owns Omni, LLC which provides accounting and consulting services to both profit and non-profit organizations.more
Omni is also an approved provider of pre-licensing classes for the Construction Contractors Board. She is an Accounting and Entrepreneurship instructor at Western Oregon University. Judy is also a state-wide advisor in technology for the Small Business Development Center with an expertise in QuickBooks.

E-mail:
judy@meritnw.org
Phone: (503)584.7314

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Martha Martinez-Camacho
Volunteer
Martha is a student at Western Oregon University working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health. She helps MERIT with developing client resource information and curriculum development.

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Claudia Helm
Volunteer
Claudia is a regular face at MERIT and assists with office administration.

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MERIT Endorsed Businesses on Kiva

Kiva Zip creates a way for individuals to lend small amounts (as little as $25) to businesses they like. We have endorsed Ladies of Liberty, a business that has been connected to MERIT since Diane Bishop opened the doors to her quilt and fabric business in 2009; and she is now fundraising her loan​.

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