National, Regional, and Community Connections

Our Executive Director is present at the national and regional leadership level with nonprofits and government on advocacy and public policy issues.

Members are also engaged at these levels, which impact what happens in Oregon and what happens to her children and families.

In addition, we all have important community connections through our various chambers, schools, churches, and neighborhoods.


Above: Alliance Member, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon, Kay Dean Toran was awarded The Urban Pioneer Award of Civic Leadership from the College of Urban and Public Affairs’ at Portland State University.


Above: Benton County Positive Youth Development Coalition – Andrea Myhre, of Jackson Street Youth Services, with Coalition colleagues testifying at the Youth Development Council meeting on September 29, 2016.


Above: Mary Monnat, CEO of LifeWorks NW with Janet Arenz, Executive Director of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs. Mary Monnat received De Paul Treatment Centers Samuel C. Wheeler Freedom Award for her help battling the stigma of addiction by sharing her story of recovery and giving back to the community in meaningful ways.




Above: Fabian Garcia, NYC Department of Education, Veronica Garcia, Alliance Executive Specialist, and Frank Garcia Jr., Director of Affirmative Action, Governor’s Office; celebrating at the Partner’s in Diversity Annual “Say Hey” event in Portland, Oregon.

All of this knowledge and information, opportunities and ideas are part of the shared resources in the Alliance.

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Above: Lillian Tsai, APACC Board of Directors; Mike Ware, Emeritis Alliance Board member; Diane Brandsma, Alliance Board member. Attending the APACC annual fundraising dinner in October 2015; Executive Director, Janet Arenz was also in attendance (not pictured).

State Economist Mark McMullen joins the Alliance Membership Meeting on March 10th, 2017