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.
|Julie Manning||Chair||Lincoln County||Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and Community Health Promotions, Samaritan Health Services|
|Cookie Johnson||Vice Chair||Benton County||Coordinator and Secretary, Mary’s River Gleaners|
|Jason Dorsette||Member||Linn County||President, NAACP Corvallis-Albany Branch|
|Stephany Koehne||Member||Linn County||Director, Kidco Head Start|
|Vince Adams||Member||Benton County||Board Development Specialist, Oregon School Boards Association|
|George Matland||Member||Linn County||Community Member|
|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|
|Miriam Cummins||Member||Benton County||Executive Director, Casa Latinos Unidos|
|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|
|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|
|Tonya Shields||Member||Lincoln County||Head Start Policy Council|
|Stephanie Linn||Member||Lincoln County||Owner, KSHL Radio|
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.