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Making life better for individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest is a distinctly human pursuit.

Our talented executives, program managers and administrative staff work together to manage and implement Murdock Trust programs and activities every day. And we also rely on the valuable contributions of senior fellows, adjunct faculty and staff, visiting scholars and fellows, interns and advisors to help carry out our mission. We’re proud to introduce the entire Trust team to you.


Each year the Murdock Trust invites several college students (usually rising seniors, or recent graduates) to explore the philanthropic sector with special attention on nonprofit leadership and management. Interns are invited to observe and participate in the daily work of the Trust and are introduced to the grant/proposal process, including shadowing site visits with potential grantees.  Interns are also given an overview of various Trust roles and processes, including investment, program, enrichment, finance, and conference planning. We also have the opportunity to work with a variety of talented administrative support interns. Typically these interns are high school students that support the Trust with various administrative projects. Meet some of our recent interns.

The Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities.

The senior fellow program of the Murdock Trust provides the opportunity for outstanding senior leaders to offer expertise and support to key sectors of interest and work of the Trust. Senior fellows may advise on panels, serve as a part of convenings, represent the Trust at philanthropic or nonprofit meetings, or provide input representing an issue of interest. Senior fellows may also advise staff, participate as faculty in enrichment programs or pursue other experiences that bring knowledge to the work and mission of the Trust. They have all served effectively in their field of discipline and bring a record of thoughtful public service to their contributions of service and work at the Trust.

Learn more about the Murdock Trust’s original Trustees on our History page.

The visiting scholar/fellow program provides an opportunity for individuals with professional expertise and distinction to connect with the Murdock Trust and enrich our mission and the constituencies we serve. Visiting scholars/fellows are provided a space of work at the Murdock Trust for professional renewal and development, and they are given the opportunity to advise the Trust on areas and sectors of key interest. They may convene professionals and colleagues in their areas of expertise for conversation and connection and serve as a resource in the region by speaking, presenting or serving in other ways. Meet the visiting scholars & visiting fellows that have contributed to the Trust's work in recent years.

Claire Frankenfield

Oregon Fellow

Claire Frankenfield

Oregon Fellow

A Nashville native, Claire is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Economics, Nonprofit and Philanthropy Studies, and Africana Studies. She has made her way to the Pacific Northwest through the Oregon Leadership Development Institute as a 2018-2019 Portland Fellow. Claire has a wide variety of vocational interests, particularly in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sectors, and is grateful to be able to explore and gain more knowledge in those areas during her time at the Trust.

Francesca Cruz

Part-Time Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Francesca Cruz

Part-Time Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Francesca is a recent college graduate from Western Washington University with a major in Cultural Anthropology. It was in college where she became involved in civic engagement which further exhilarated her plans on attending law school and later writing policies in various fields. When Francesca is not managing our reception area and supporting our administrative team, she loves spending time with family, reading, and baking while watching The Great British Baking Show.

Kim Newman

Program Director

Kim Newman

Program Director

Kim brings a unique perspective on STEM education following several years molding young minds at both private and public institutions, most recently at Camas High School where she taught biology and technology. A participant and coach for several years in the Partners in Science Program, Kim also helped lead the “Camas Girls’ in STEM Conference.” A graduate of Stanford University (where she was also a standout on the women’s basketball team), Kim went on to earn her Masters degree from George Fox University.

Mike True

Incoming Chief Financial Officer

Mike True

Incoming Chief Financial Officer

Mike brings a rich understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities present for nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. A Certified Public Accountant who previously served as the CFO for the Historic Trust of Fort Vancouver before assuming the role of President and CEO, Mike graduated from George Fox University with degrees in accounting and business administration. Prior to his time with the Historic Trust, Mike served on the accounting staff at Moss-Adams and has also served as a board member and chair with Leadership Clark County.

Rudy Carrasco

Program Director

Rudy Carrasco

Program Director

Rudy Carrasco has invested his entire professional career serving the community. Following his graduation from Stanford University, Rudy held roles with the Harambee Christian Family Center and Partners Worldwide before joining the Murdock Trust team. A widely-published author and frequent keynote speaker, Rudy has a natural gift for helping organizations identify the most efficient and productive use of their resources. As a Program Director, his time is focused on working one-on-one with applicants and grantees as they walk through the application process.

Sharon Daloz Parks

Senior Fellow

Sharon Daloz Parks

Senior Fellow

A Senior Fellow at the Whidbey Institute, where formerly she was a member of the founding board and has served as Associate Director and Faculty, Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks also serves as principal at Leadership for the New Commons.  Prior to moving to the Northwest, for sixteen years she held faculty and research positions at Harvard University in the schools of Divinity, Business, and the Kennedy School of Government. She teaches at Seattle University in the Executive Leadership Program at the Albers School of Business, speaks and consults nationally in higher education, religion, and business and is the recipient of five honorary degrees. A former invited presenter at the Trust, Sharon will focus her time as a Senior Fellow in a variety of areas, particularly leadership development, mentoring and strengthening civil discourse.

Dave Kresta

Visiting Scholar

Dave Kresta

Visiting Scholar

Dave comes to the Trust as a Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University where he is researching the role of churches in neighborhood change. In addition to advancing his dissertation research, Dave will help connect the philanthropic/non-profit sector with academic research in community and economic development during his time at the Trust. Beyond his work in the nonprofit sector, Dave has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, 8 years in the energy efficiency emerging technology field, and 5 years board-level experience with faith-based non-profits. He holds a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A from Portland State University.

Jesse Richards

Visiting Scholar

Jesse Richards

Visiting Scholar

In his work with the Trust, Jesse focuses on cultivating young leaders from diverse backgrounds across the Pacific Northwest, as well as working on a variety of educational initiatives. As a Cuban-American and the first in his family to attend college, he is passionate about inspiring underprivileged and underrepresented students to further their education. Jesse has an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he studied Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, and will begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2018. Jesse completed his term of service in September 2018.

Megan Keim

Administrative Services Coordinator

Megan Keim

Administrative Services Coordinator

Megan brings a collaborative background in financial data analysis, business processes, data management and professional services to the Trust. Megan’s role includes grants administration, human resources and project management. Her competence has been shaped through her work in large and small scale businesses. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys giving to her community through delivering meals, volunteering in a wide capacity at her children’s school and enjoying a variety of outdoor adventures with her family and friends.

Colby Reade

Director of Communications

Colby Reade

Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Colby is responsible for facilitating conversations between the Trust and the community. This includes amplifying the work of grantees, engaging in discussions of philanthropy and connecting potential fund recipients with grant application resources. Colby began his career in communications in the early 2000’s and brings to the Trust a unique blend of expertise working with national brands, such as Microsoft, Avangrid Renewables and JELD-WEN, as well as several nonprofits, including Willamette Valley Development Officers, REACH CDC and SMART. A proud alum of the University of Oregon Honors College and Portland native, Colby loves giving back to the organizations that make the Pacific Northwest thrive.

Elmer Huh

Chief Investment Officer

Elmer Huh

Chief Investment Officer

Elmer leads the investment team and works with the Trustees in managing the Trust’s investment portfolio. Previously Elmer held positions with EY, Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley in financial services covering both public and private equity. Elmer is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. in international finance. Elmer has served on the board of a number of nonprofits and other organizations focused on strategy, sustainability and leadership development.

Kelly Bartz

Research Fellow

Kelly Bartz

Research Fellow

As a research fellow, Kelly leads projects advancing the Trust’s organizational strategies, strengthening partnerships, and aiding in programmatic assessment. Her research focuses on nonprofit management, collaboration, and conflict resolution with special attention to marginalized and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining the Trust, she pursued service-oriented fellowships both domestically and internationally including the Presidential Administrative Fellowship and the UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship. An Oregon native, Kelly is particularly passionate about “building bridges” and “equipping and empowering others to serve their communities”. Kelly holds a MPA in nonprofit management and a BA in international affairs, both from The George Washington University.

Ron King

Senior Fellow

Ron King

Senior Fellow

King comes to the Trust having recently left a successful career in the food industry. For the past twenty years he led Western Family Foods as its CEO. As well, he has held a number of leadership positions on nonprofit boards. King graduated from Washington State University and the Stanford Executive Program. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Cedar Mill and have two adult daughters.

Jeff Pinneo

Trustee

Jeff Pinneo

Trustee

Jeff comes to the Trust after his recent retirement as president and CEO of Medical Teams International. Previous to Medical Teams International, Jeff served 29 years with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, nine years as president and CEO of Horizon. In addition to his corporate and nonprofit leadership experience, Jeff has served on a number of boards and advisory committees, including Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Washington State University School of Business, Pacific Continental Bank, and the Seattle Hospitality Group.

Pauline Fong

Program Director

Pauline Fong

Program Director

Pauline joined the Trust in September 2016 as a program director. She has spent more than 20 years working with leaders, and has extensive experience working cross-culturally, domestically, and overseas. She has seen the transformation of individuals, families, and communities as leaders capture a vision for local and global change beyond themselves and are equipped to pursue that vision. She previously served for 23 years on staff with InterVarsity, the last four as regional director for the Northwestern states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Pauline is a graduate of University of Berkeley, California, and holds a master of arts degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a frequent speaker and trainer both locally and nationally.

Romanita Hairston-Overstreet

Program Advisor

Romanita Hairston-Overstreet

Program Advisor

Romanita previously served as vice president of World Vision U.S. and has spent more than two decades working with individuals and families living in under-resourced communities. She has seen the power of positive relationships, supportive families and strong community systems in improving the lives of children. She believes in the power of purposeful collective action to address the causes of poverty, fight injustice and build a better world for children and families. Prior to coming to the Trust, Romanita led the U.S. Programs division at World Vision with a conviction that “we all give back by starting where we are, with what we have to achieve sustainable solutions to poverty here and around the world.”  She has dedicated her life, professionally and personally, to improving the well-being of children.

Emily Coulimore

Part-Time Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Emily Coulimore

Part-Time Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Emily assists in a variety of administrative tasks and projects. She is a current student at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and plans to pursue nursing and someday work as a pediatric nurse. She loves spending time with kids and helping others, which led her decision to pursue a career in medicine. Emily volunteers with Young Life, which has become a big part of her life, and during her free time she enjoys reading, playing volleyball and spending time with friends and family.

Verne Sedlacek

Senior Fellow

Verne Sedlacek

Senior Fellow

Verne comes to the Trust most recently from Commonfund, an institutional investment firm that delivers solutions for strategic investors within both the nonprofit and pension investment communities. He has a wealth of experience with nonprofits and for-profits, and will serve as a professional resource to assist in the fulfillment of our mission.

Read his full bio here.

Click here to watch the commencement address Verne gave at Montana State University-Northern on May 7, 2016.

John Van Zytveld

Senior Fellow

John Van Zytveld

Senior Fellow

John came to the Trust in January 1996 as senior program director. He provided advice on the grants program to the program directors and the executive director, and personally handled proposals involving scientific and medical research. John has a Ph.D. in Physics, and prior to coming to the Trust, he spent 28 years as professor of Physics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Van Zytveld was recently awarded the Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Endowment in partnership with Calvin College to honor his many years of service as the senior program director of the Murdock Trust. He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Carol. They have three grown children.

Kent Thornburg

Senior Fellow

Kent Thornburg

Senior Fellow

Among his many appointments at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Thornburg is the director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, holds the M. Lowell Edwards Chair in the Department of Medicine and is the director of the Heart Research Center and professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. He currently leads a team of research scientists who are studying how mechanical forces alter gene expression in the developing embryo heart.

Dr. Thornburg also serves at the Murdock Trust as an advisory member on panels and roundtables, and as an advisory review expert. As senior fellow, he advises the Trust on science-related projects with particular attention to promoting health in the Pacific Northwest.

Norm Smith

Senior Fellow

Norm Smith

Senior Fellow

Norm is president emeritus of The Ford Family Foundation (Roseburg, Oregon), which he joined in 1997 as its first CEO; and he is a senior fellow at the Trust.

His careers include 13 years as an executive with AT&T (Law and Government Affairs) in Portland, Denver, and San Francisco; 11 years of law practice in Portland and Washington, D.C.; and three terms as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. He is a member of the Oregon and Colorado Bar.

Norm is a fourth generation Oregonian and a graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois and Willamette University College of Law in Salem. He is on the Board of Governors of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and is the past chair of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. He is a charter member of the board of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation (past chair) and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

Norm and his wife, Kathy, reside in Roseburg, Oregon, and have one son, Spencer. The Smiths enjoy fall boating in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands, winter respite in Rancho Mirage, California, car touring and world cruising together.

Lawrence Ho

Senior Fellow

Lawrence Ho

Senior Fellow

After completing graduate work at the London School of Economics and teaching law in Beijing, China, Lawrence returned to the Pacific Northwest where his legal practice focuses on strategic philanthropy in corporate and family foundations. He sits on several family foundation boards in North America and Southeast Asia.

Lawrence has a keen interest in cross-cultural leadership and development, and has an extensive background in intersection of humanitarian, social justice, and the faith-arts. Lawrence has been privileged to be part of China’s charitable law development and also has a heart for countries such as North Korea and Myanmar. Lawrence has passion for next generation leadership and the challenge for organizational change as nonprofits adapt to survive and thrive. Lawrence and his wife, Dr. Angela Lee, started one of Western Canada’s largest medical clinics based in Vancouver, B.C.

Steve Garber

Senior Fellow

Steve Garber

Senior Fellow

Steve is a well-known educator and speaker in higher education circles around the United States. As the director of the Washington Institute, the heart of his own calling is that people understand the integral character of faith, vocation, and culture. Author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (Second Ed., 2007), he writes frequently for “Comment and Critique,” and in addition was a contributor to the volumes “Faith Goes to Work: Reflections From the Marketplace,” as well as to the Mars Hill Audio journal, “Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing: The Life and Work of Michael Polanyi.” For many years he taught on Capitol Hill in the American Studies Program, and then became the Scholar-in-residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He serves as a board member for Ransom Fellowship, the Blood: Water Mission, A Rocha, and the Telos Project, and as a consultant for the Wedgwood Circle, the Murdock Trust, the Demdaco Corporation and the Mars Corporation. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and is the father of five children whose own callings have them scattered around the world. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Jay Barber

Senior Fellow

Jay Barber

Senior Fellow

President emeritus of Warner Pacific College, Jay has joined the Murdock Trust as senior fellow, working with capacity building enrichment initiatives. In this role, Dr. Barber assists in the Essentials of Development seminar, a program that serves to help small organizations develop their fundraising programs and structures.

Prior to serving as Warner Pacific’s president, Dr. Barber was vice president of development for Oregon Health and Science University. He has consulted with many nonprofit organizations throughout the Northwest and is a highly respected leader and educator.

“Dr. Barber is well known in the Northwest, having served in leadership roles in several outstanding organizations. Numerous leaders have been influenced by his example and his teachings. We are truly fortunate to bring his expertise and experience to serve the nonprofit community of the Northwest,” said Steve Moore, executive director of the Murdock Trust.

Deborah Wilds

Senior Fellow

Deborah Wilds

Senior Fellow

Prior to retirement, Dr. Wilds served as the president and chief operating officer of the College Success Foundation (CSF). CSF’s mission is to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school and to provide them with the supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life. Dr. Wilds also worked as a senior program officer for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led efforts for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Gates Cambridge Scholars, and Washington State Achievers Program. She also oversaw the early college initiative creating 250 new early college high schools across the country. Dr. Wilds has a Ph.D. in education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland at College Park; an M.S. degree from Howard University; and a B.S. degree from California State University, San Diego.

Jason Lee

Grantee Relations Support & Front Office Coordinator

Jason Lee

Grantee Relations Support & Front Office Coordinator

Jason serves directly with our grants team and is the receptionist to provide support for all aspects of office operations. He joined the Trust in 2014 after working six years in Beijing as the programs director for Firefly, a youth development and education organization that coaches young Chinese leaders. Jason is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his bachelor’s degree in theatre production and worked with several professional theatre companies in California until his passion grew into nonprofit services in 2008.

Stefanie Narhi

Executive Assistant

Stefanie Narhi

Executive Assistant

Stefanie serves as the executive assistant to the chief executive officer, and also provides administrative support to the Trustees and the senior leadership team at the Trust. She joined the Trust in 2012 after working 17 years at a nonprofit in Portland, Oregon, where she gained extensive experience in nonprofit business administration, development, and event planning.

Conner Peckham

Communications and Technology Program Assistant

Conner Peckham

Communications and Technology Program Assistant

Conner provides communications and technology support at an organizational level with a specific focus in the Trust’s enrichment programs. He is responsible for maintaining the Trust’s website and audio-visual systems, managing registration and online/printed collateral for all enrichment programs, and serves as a member of both the communications team and technology team. Conner received his bachelor of science degree from Warner Pacific University in business administration and social science, and his M.B.A. in nonprofit management from University of Portland. He has volunteered for a number of nonprofits and enjoys the opportunity to serve others.

Camille Cotton

Grants and Communications Associate

Camille Cotton

Grants and Communications Associate

Camille supports the grants program and communications efforts at the Trust, including the annual report, quarterly communications report, and other communications projects. Prior to the Trust, she managed communications, volunteers, and special programs at a humanitarian aid nonprofit, and she previously held a stint as an event planner before moving into nonprofit work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Linfield College and an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from University of Portland. She is a board member for Foundation of Hope, the board secretary for the Emerging Leaders Board at Playworks Pacific Northwest, and also volunteers with high schoolers.

Mary Hill

Program Assistant for Enrichment

Mary Hill

Program Assistant for Enrichment

Mary came to the Trust in mid-1999 as receptionist and to her present position in 2004. She provides support services for all of the Trust’s enrichment programs.

Marybeth Stewart Goon

Senior Program Assistant

Marybeth Stewart Goon

Senior Program Assistant

Marybeth provides assistance to the senior program director. She is responsible for managing the grants database and associated processes, overseeing and coordinating final stages of proposal review, and developing and coordinating awards materials. She also provides special assistance in developing materials and implementing focused grants programs; managing and coordinating science panels and adjunct staff in review processes and program development; and working on special projects and institutional research. She is a longstanding Murdock staff member—since 1989—and is a Grants Managers Network member. Before moving to the Northwest, Marybeth earned a bachelor of music education degree from the Ohio State University. She has taught both privately and in public schools, and has performed in community orchestras and small woodwind ensembles.

Jennifer Larson-Cody

Director of Technology & Information Management Services

Jennifer Larson-Cody

Director of Technology & Information Management Services

Jennifer came to the Trust in 1998 and has held several positions on the financial/investment team, where she utilized solid leadership, management, and technology skills. In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the Trust’s IT system and strategic use of technology. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Linfield College. A native of Vancouver, she is an active contributor to the community and serves on the boards of Vancouver Rotary Foundation and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA).

Tammy Bjorkman

Investment Team Assistant

Tammy Bjorkman

Investment Team Assistant

Tammy provides administrative support and is the main point of contact for initial requests to the Trust’s investment team. She has more than 25 years of experience as administrative support in the medical, social service, and conservation fields. In addition, Tammy has many years of event planning experience and helps with the coordination of Murdock events. She serves on the board of the local chapter of the Audubon Society and much of her free time is spent assisting and advocating for adults with developmental disabilities.

Mark Pyatt

Investment Officer

Mark Pyatt

Investment Officer

Mark works directly alongside our chief investment officer to provide investment recommendations to the trustees. He is primarily responsible for investment manager research, evaluation, analysis, and reporting. Prior to joining the Trust, he worked for a small investment advisory firm serving individuals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics from Oregon State University. Mark has had the opportunity to tutor college finance students and high school students, and to serve as a leader and committee member for Young Life.

Karen deRenne

Senior Accountant

Karen deRenne

Senior Accountant

Karen joined the Trust in April 2011 as a member of the financial staff where she is responsible for the day-to-day accounting activities and monthly financial reporting. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Gonzaga University in 1989. She comes to the Trust with more than 20 years accounting experience, primarily in the areas of auditing, accounting, taxation, and financial reporting. Karen’s prior accounting experience comes from working in both the public (Deloitte and Price Waterhouse) and private accounting sectors. Karen received her Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license in 1993 from the state of Oregon and is an inactive CPA.

Julie Cieloha-Whitney

Chief Financial Officer

Julie Cieloha-Whitney

Chief Financial Officer

As the Trust’s Chief Financial Officer, Julie oversees the foundation’s finances and accounting, including budget development and management, and taxes. Prior to joining the Trust in 1991, Julie worked in audit services for Deloitte, where the Trust was a client. From 1979 to 1987 she worked for Jantzen Inc., performing various accounting and payroll functions. Julie holds a B.S. in accounting from Portland State University and is an inactive CPA. In keeping with the Trust’s mission of sharing of ideas and networking with individuals and organizations, Julie volunteers with finance and budget committees for nonprofits and the government.

Jim Martin

Chief Investment Officer Emeritus

Jim Martin

Chief Investment Officer Emeritus

Before transitioning to his emeritus role, Jim led the investment team in managing the Trust’s investment portfolio for 30 years, wherein he made recommendations to the Trustees based on a simple, yet effective, investment philosophy that encompasses a long-term strategy, and above all else, building relationships with world-class investment managers. Before coming to the Trust in 1987, Jim was an audit partner at Deloitte. He shares his expertise with many organizations and serves on several investment committees. Jim also has a Registered Investment Advisory practice and in 2010 was named Small Foundation Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor.

Moses Lee

Senior Director, Scientific Research & Enrichment Programs

Moses Lee

Senior Director, Scientific Research & Enrichment Programs

Dr. Lee, senior director for scientific research and enrichment programs, handles proposals and directs enrichment programs in scientific research at universities, research institutes, and private colleges. He also often handles education and health-related proposals. Dr. Lee was professor of chemistry at Furman University for 16 years and Dean of Science at Hope College for eight years. Dr. Lee maintains an active research program at Georgia State University, where he develops potential treatments and vaccines for cancer and parasitic diseases. He has served in various capacities at the Trust, Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, Petroleum Research Fund (PRF), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other scientific foundations. Lee holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.

Jill (Tatum) Lemke

Program Director

Jill (Tatum) Lemke

Program Director

Jill is responsible for the Trust’s Partners in Science program and reviews proposals in the regular grants program. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology and has done extensive graduate work in counseling psychology. Jill taught science and math at the college and high school levels in Texas, New Mexico, and Michigan, and served as a medical residency program administrator in Virginia. Jill has served on high school and other nonprofit boards, and has volunteered with several nonprofit groups and organizations.

Jan Kennedy Ferguson

Program Advisor

Jan Kennedy Ferguson

Program Advisor

After 20 years as a program director, Jan retired from her daily role with the Trust and now serves as a program advisor. A former business owner in Portland and Gresham, she has wide experience as a volunteer and on nonprofit boards in Oregon and Washington. She provides expertise to the Trust in the arts, education, and health and medicine. Jan is the general editor of the highly acclaimed Messages series produced by the Trust.

John Franklin

Program Director

John Franklin

Program Director

John joined the Trust in October 2012 as a program director. He spent 32 years on the staff of Young Life, his last four serving as the senior vice president for the western division. John has been involved with numerous nonprofits in the Northwest and is a frequent speaker and consultant with organizations around the country. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and earned his master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Lorin Dunlop

Program Director

Lorin Dunlop

Program Director

Lorin came to the Trust with a diverse background in the arts, education and criminal justice. She began her career in grants administration in Washington, D.C. before moving to Oregon. As a program director for the Trust, Lorin works primarily with arts and cultural organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a double major in art history and international affairs, and studied abroad at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Lorin has been involved in the nonprofit community for almost 20 years and is an active volunteer in her community and parish.

Terry Stokesbary

Senior Program Director for Enrichment Initiatives

Terry Stokesbary

Senior Program Director for Enrichment Initiatives

Terry is responsible to oversee the Trust’s work in the area of Enrichment Initiatives which are typically designed to strengthen the organizations in which the Trust serves. Prior to the Trust, Terry spent nearly 25 years working in a national, faith-based organization where he held several positions. A good deal of his time was spent in the areas of training and strategic growth initiatives. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, and welcomes opportunities to work with individuals and organizations in a variety of areas, including organizational growth and leadership development.

Dana Miller

Senior Program Director for Grant Programs

Dana Miller

Senior Program Director for Grant Programs

Dana is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the Trust’s grant programs and associated processes. As an investment officer in a regional bank, he earned credentials as a registered securities representative and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He then spent 21 years as a senior administrator for three different private liberal arts colleges in Kansas, Ohio and Oregon, gaining extensive experience in development, marketing and communications, and admissions. Dana has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in higher education administration, and has been privileged to serve on several local nonprofit boards and professional associations.

Jeff Grubb

Trustee

Jeff Grubb

Trustee

Jeff Grubb has been a Trustee at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust since 2010. He retired from corporate life in 2017 after 35 years in financial services working for Progressive Insurance, U.S. Bank, U.S. Trust and Wells Fargo. He has also served on the advisory board of several private companies.  In addition to his business career, Jeff has been active in nonprofits, currently serving as secretary of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette and on the board of Vision Fund Rwanda. He is a former chairman for the Oregon Young Presidents Organization, Social Venture Partners Portland and the Portland Angel Network, and vice chairman for the Oregon Symphony. He has also served on boards of the Portland Art Museum,  the World Affairs Council of Oregon, Junior Achievement, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and the Palau Foundation for World Evangelism.  Jeff is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and an MBA. Jeff and his wife, Sandy, enjoy spending time with their three adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandsons.

Lynwood W. Swanson, Ph.D.

Trustee Emeritus

Lynwood W. Swanson, Ph.D.

Trustee Emeritus

Lyn was named to the Board on August 25, 1987, to succeed founding Trustee Paul Boley. He has a wide background in research and in academic teaching and administration. From 1968-1973 he was academic dean at Linfield College. From 1973-1987 he was associate professor, then professor, of applied physics at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology in Beaverton, Oregon. From 1987-2002 he was CEO and chairman of FEI Company in Hillsboro, OR, which he founded in 1971. Lyn is the recipient of many honors, including the Howard Vollum award; the Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award as Scientist of the Year; and the NASA New Technology Award. He holds 12 patents and has written extensively on technical subjects. Dr. Swanson received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University of California/Davis in 1959 and his B.Sc. in physics and chemistry from University of the Pacific in 1956.

John Castles

Trustee

John Castles

Trustee

John was named Trustee on September 15, 1995, to succeed his late father, founding Trustee, Jim Castles. After careers in commercial banking, investment management and angel investing, John currently enjoys volunteering with several nonprofit organizations and coaching their leaders. He has served as a founder, director or officer of numerous emerging companies in the Pacific Northwest. His passions include his family – wife, Sarah, two grown sons and daughters-in-law plus two grandsons and one granddaughter – flying and tennis. He has been a pilot, an interest he credits to Jack Murdock, who took him flightseeing as a young boy.

Steve Moore

Executive Director

Steve Moore

Executive Director

Steve is the chief executive officer of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. He is responsible for all programs and activities of the Trust. Steve joined the Trust in 2006 after serving in senior leadership positions at Asbury Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Seattle Pacific University, Texas Tech University, and Texas Tech Wesley Foundation. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is a widely published author and frequent speaker at colleges, universities and conferences.