Community Action Advisory Council

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.

What does the CAAC do?

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.

CAAC Member Requirements

During the course of the year, CAAC members:

  • Help shape and review CSC’s strategic and action plans;
  • Give input to and review the Annual CSC Impact Report and other guiding documents;
  • Scan their communities for opportunities and needs; and,
  • Actively champion the agency and its objectives. This may include assisting in delivering presentations about CSC programs and services, promoting and publicizing the work CSC does, and/or seeking and promoting opportunities for CSC and the low-income communities it serves.

Other CAAC Expectations

CAAC members are also expected to:

  • Attend and participate actively in meetings. The CAAC typically meets 4 times a year for 2-3 hours during a weekday convenient to the current members, and receives an additional 2-3 hour orientation and training on unique aspects of CSBG (link “CSBG” to: https://nascsp.org/csbg/) compliance;
  • Maintain awareness of the needs of the community and community programs and services in anti-poverty areas;
  • Promote the objectives of CSC and its programs through advocacy in public forums, such as community meetings and legislative hearings;
  • Exercise care in distinguishing between the member’s personal opinions and the positions of the CAAC and the agency when speaking in public.

40 years of impact and counting

Here is what some of our CAAC members had to say about CSC’s work and impact on the community.

Community Action Advisory Council Members

Photo Name Position County Employment
Julie Manning Julie Manning Co-Chair Lincoln County Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and Community Health Promotions, Samaritan Health Services
Vince Adams Vince Adams Co-Chair Benton County Board Development Specialist, Oregon School Boards Association
Dorsette CAAC Jason Dorsette Vice Chair Linn County President, NAACP Corvallis-Albany Branch
Cookie Johnson Cookie Johnson Secretary Benton County Coordinator and Secretary, Mary’s River Gleaners
Stephany Koehne Stephany Koehne Member Linn County Director, Kidco Head Start
Kristi Collins Kristi Collins Member Benton County Director, Early Learning Hub
Landers headshot Curtis Landers Member Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department
Hernandez CAAC Tomas Hernandez Member Linn County Regional Director, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Beck Fox Member Lincoln County Olalla Center
Cummins CAAC Miriam Cummins Member Benton County Executive Director, Casa Latinos Unidos
Frederick Edwards Member Linn County President, Knight Vision Security and CEO, Faith, Hope & Charity
Whitebear CAAC Luhui Whitebear Member Benton County Assistant Professor, OSU School of Language, Culture & Society - Center Director, Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws
Jayne 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 Mark Edwards Member Benton County Professor, OSU School of Public Policy
jerry groesz Jerry Groesz Member Benton County Community Member
ricardo 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

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