Understanding & Planning
While our Governing Board oversees and approves CSC business and operations, our Community Action Advisory Council (CAAC) consults with our leadership team and makes suggestions for programs and changes, community needs, agency priorities and more.
The CAAC plays an essential role in understanding and planning for the needs of low-income individuals and households in the counties we serve. The CAAC is responsible for assuring that CSC continues to assess and respond to the causes and conditions of poverty in the tri-county area; achieves anticipated outcomes; and remains actively committed to its vision and mission.
The CAAC is a tripartite board, equally comprised of persons with low incomes, business and other major community sectors, and local elected officials.
During the course of the year, CAAC members:
CAAC members are also expected to:
Here is what some of our CAAC members had to say about CSC’s work and impact on the community.
|Vince Adams||Chair||Benton County||Board Development Specialist, Oregon School Boards Association|
|Jason Dorsette||Vice Chair||Linn County||President, NAACP Corvallis-Albany Branch|
|Cookie Johnson||Secretary||Benton County||Coordinator and Secretary, Mary’s River Gleaners|
|Stephany Koehne||Member||Linn County||Director, Kidco Head Start|
|Kristi Collins||Member||Benton County||Director, Early Learning Hub|
|Curtis Landers||Member||Lincoln County||Sheriff, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department|
|Tomas Hernandez||Member||Linn County||Regional Director, Legal Aid Services of Oregon|
|Taylor Gilmour||Member||Lincoln County||Vice President, Samaritan Foundations|
|Miriam Cummins||Member||Linn County||MGC Consulting - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion|
|Frederick Edwards||Member||Linn County||President, Knight Vision Security and CEO, Faith, Hope & Charity|
|Luhui Whitebear||Member||Benton County||Assistant Professor, OSU School of Language, Culture & Society - Center Director, Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws|
|Jayne Romero||Member||Lincoln County||Director, Lincoln County Health & Human Services|
|Donna Holt||Member||Benton County||Executive Director, Linn-Benton Housing Authority|
|Nancy Greenman||Member||Linn County||Community advocate and volunteer|
|Mark Edwards||Member||Benton County||Professor, OSU School of Public Policy|
|Jerry Groesz||Member||Benton County||Community Member|
|Ricardo Contreras||Member||Lincoln County||Interim Executive Director, Casa Latinos Unidos|
|Stephanie Linn||Member||Lincoln County||Owner, KSHL Radio|
|Christopher Dragoo||Member||Lincoln County||Head Start Policy Council|
|Tailor Hausmann||Member||Lincoln County||Head Start Policy Council|
In partnership with a caring community, we help people in Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Polk counties to access tools and resources to overcome poverty and build brighter and more stable futures.