About Us

Board of Directors

Child Aid board members bring a range of experience and expertise to our work. They come from diverse backgrounds, but have in common one belief: that education is the greatest way to empower a child to rise above poverty.

Board members all donate their time and expertise, and all make significant monetary donations to the organization. This support and dedication forms the foundation upon which the Child Aid community is built.

Lynn Streeter, Ph.D.

Board Chair

Former Research & Development Executive

Dr. Lynn Streeter managed the R&D organizations at Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, and US WEST Advanced Technologies, and was President of the international firm Pearson Knowledge Technologies from 2005-2013. She retired from Pearson in 2014 as a distinguished research scientist. Lynn’s technical expertise includes spoken and written language, educational technology for literacy learning and assessment, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and software development. Lynn holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University Teacher’s College (1974), and did her doctorate fieldwork in Kenya. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan (1969), and earned a master’s degree in computer science while at Bell Laboratories. She has published over 50 articles in professional journals and books.

Robert Costello, J.D.

Board Secretary

Retired Magistrate, City of Detroit

Robert Costello is an attorney and was a magistrate in the 36th District Court of Detroit, Michigan, until his retirement in 2011. During his tenure as magistrate in this massively busy court, he handled over 380,000 cases. For the past ten years, Bob has also independently raised money for school projects in Guatemala and has traveled extensively in the region. He is excited and proud of Child Aid’s great work which he believes is becoming a model for education for developing countries. He has been married to Michelle Costello for 36 years. They have two adult children and one great son-in-law. Bob likes to read, swim, kayak, participate in community activities, and cheer on the U of Michigan football Wolverines, and the University of Detroit basketball Titans.

Richard Carroll, Ph.D.

Board Treasurer

Investment Advisor

Rick Carroll is an investment advisor. He has spent over 25 years traveling to Guatemala and Mexico, visiting countless schools and libraries, working with nonprofit leaders, interviewing teachers and school directors and otherwise becoming a self-taught expert in the field of international education and literacy. In 1988, he cofounded with his wife, Nancy Press, a nonprofit hearing clinic in Oaxaca, Mexico, that continues to serve impoverished families throughout the region and remains the only hearing center of its kind in all of southern Mexico. His financial background has enabled him to guide Child Aid through the recent economic crisis and ensure the organization remains healthy, secure and vibrant. A native of Brooklyn, Rick lives in Portland with his fellow cofounder, Nancy. He holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John’s University. When not traveling, Rick can be found bicycling or walking the Oregon trails.

Nancy Press, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Child Aid

Professor Emerita, Oregon Health & Science University

Nancy Press, co-founder of Child Aid, is professor emerita at Oregon Health & Science University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist at Duke University, Nancy received a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship to specialize in the study of how cultures deal with issues of health and illness. Applying her training in anthropology and academic research to the creation and growth of Child Aid, Nancy has helped ensure the organization’s programs remain grounded in not just in the ideals of partnership and sustainability but in research and results. Nancy and her husband, Richard Carroll, began Child Aid in memory of her father, Harry Press. Although the name has changed from its original (The Harry Press Memorial Foundation), the principles and core values that define the organization have not.

Charles Baum

Principal, Starting Point Consulting

Charles Baum is the founder of Starting Point, a consulting practice that helps organizations use immediate performance successes to build momentum and capability for larger-scale performance improvement and strategic change. Mr. Baum worked for six years with Robert Schaffer & Associates, the firm that founded the breakthrough approach for managing performance-driven change described in the Harvard Business Review classic “Successful Change Programs Begin with Results.” He then spent four years as a general manager in a construction firm, where he helped transform a chronically troubled inner-city division into a high-performing organization.  This experience is described in the business best-seller The Wisdom of Teams by Jon Katzenbach and Doug Smith. From 1991 through 1996, Mr. Baum’s principal client was McKinsey & Company. During this time he personally facilitated more than 300 teams begin their change initiatives.  This involvement, along with a description of his work with Dun & Bradstreet, is discussed in Taking Charge of Change by Doug Smith, High Impact Consulting by Robert Schaffer, and Masterful Coaching by Robert Hargrove. From 1997 through 1999, Mr. Baum served as the chief operating officer of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Baum holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bernard J. Casey

Attorney

Bernard Casey is a retired attorney residing in Portland, Oregon where he has lived since 2007. He is admitted to the bars in California and the District of Columbia (now an inactive member.) He began his legal career in 1967 as an Army Judge Advocate General captain with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He then served as a defense appellate attorney with the Army Judiciary in Washington, DC for 3 years and thereafter was a litigation partner with the international law firm of Reed Smith from 1971 through 2006. He served as co-managing partner of Reed Smith’s Washington, D.C. office for five years and as the head of that office’s litigation group for nearly 20 years.

Ret. Col. Eugene Etzkorn, MD

Madigan Army Medical Center

Eugene Etzkorn is a medical doctor specializing in infectious diseases. He served in the US Army for 28 years and is a retired Colonel. He lived overseas for more than ten years, with assignments in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He now works as a civilian doctor at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He is one of Child Aid’s original board members and he continues to be amazed by the dedication of the organization’s partners in Latin America. He likes to think of himself as a citizen of the world, and he believes that we in the “first world” are obligated to help our fellow citizens in the “third world.” His involvement in and support of Child Aid help him to fulfill this obligation.

Dick Fisher

Former Vice President Sales & Marketing

Dick Fisher’s background is sales, marketing, and management. For 11 years he worked at IBM/Control Data where he managed three separate and distinct sales forces as well as support and production. Throughout his career he has lead sales and marketing departments for mid-size companies, including a print company for which he built an entirely new sales force. Dick has also managed various nationwide sales and marketing divisions which focused on medical and small business applications. He has taught sales and management and worked with financially troubled offices throughout the country. Dick currently works as a sales consultant and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Forms, Inc. Dick lives with his wife, Jane Fisher, in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys his 10 beautiful grandchildren.

Thaddeus Hanscom

Founder, Gritdown Consulting

Thaddeus Hanscom enojoys working with a fantastic team to develop a long-term sustainable model for great, local journalism.   Prior to his role with the Oregonian, Thaddeus worked with Expedia Inc, the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s leading online travel brands.  He held positions of successive responsibility that included Director of Operations; Director of Media Solutions, Expedia Europe, Sr. Director, International Markets, Media Solutions; Sr. Director, Global Operations and Analytics, Media Solutions; Vice President and General Manager, Expedia Affiliate Network, Americas.

Susan G. Harris

Secretary to the Board of Visitors, University of Virginia

Susan G. Harris is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  She is the Secretary to the Board of Visitors and Special Assistant to the President, and has served in this role since May 2009. Harris is the first woman to hold the position. Harris has served in the University’s administration for 25 years, initially in the Office of the General Counsel and then as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where she worked closely with specific units reporting to the EVP/COO including athletics, the Medical Center, police, emergency management, the University of Virginia Foundation, and the University of Virginia Investment Management Company. Harris is also a trustee and secretary/treasurer of the University of Virginia Alumni Board of Trustees, and secretary to the board for the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation, a graduate fellowship exchange program with Iceland. She is a member and former chair of the Charlottesville Salvation Army Advisory Board, and a member of the Association of Governing Boards, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Virginia State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

Holly Jimison, Ph.D.

Professor, Northeastern University

Holly Jimison holds a joint appointment as a professor of both the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Together with Misha Pavel, Holly is spearheading the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, which has been created to develop a technology infrastructure and interventions that support continuity of care outside a hospital setting and promote long-term health behavior change. Holly previously served as an Associate Professor of Medical Informatics at Oregon Health & Science University. While on temporary assignment, Holly was a technology advisor for the Behavioral and Social Science Research initiative of the National Institutes of Health. Holly is passionate about bringing relevant educational opportunities to disadvantaged children in Latin America. In her experiences with Child Aid in Guatemala, she has come to appreciate the importance of facilitating local talent in creating sustained and effective interventions and feels that Child Aid excels in this area. Holly holds a Ph.D. in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University.

Misha Pavel, Ph.D.

Professor, Northeastern University

Misha Pavel is currently a professor who holds a joint faculty appointment in the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Misha held a three-year appointment as the director for the National Science Foundation’s Smart Health and Wellbeing program. Together with Holly Jimison, Misha is spearheading the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, which has been created to develop a technology infrastructure and interventions that support continuity of care outside a hospital setting and promote long-term health behavior change. Misha’s previous experience includes a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University. Misha was born in what is now the Czech Republic and came to New York in his late teens. He has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from New York University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Dan Regan

Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente

Dan Regan is Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Business Systems. Before joining Child Aid’s board of directors, he cofounded the small nonprofit, The Indigenous Society, which provided computers and computer training to under privileged and economically disadvantaged communities. He currently also serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation. When he’s not working at Kaiser, he can usually be found helping his wife, Allison Regan, market her outstanding gluten-free bakery, Sweet Cake Bake Shop.

Tadeo Saenz-Thompson

Executive Director, Inspire Development Centers

Tadeo Saenz-Thompson is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Inspire Development Centers.  His past Head Start/Early Childhood Education positions and assignments include Director for Planning and Resource Development for the Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC); 2006-07 National Head Start Fellow; and lead for health and family services at OCDC. He served as Director of Planning and Programs for Centro Cultural of Washington County, Oregon; Director of the Northwest Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs, affiliated to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Region 8; and Director of Isaiah House of Hospitality in Santa Ana, CA. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.  He currently serves in several Boards dedicated to higher education, Child Development Organizations, Low Income Housing and Business and Chambers of Commerce.

Donald Sodo

Board President

Former CEO, America’s Charities

Don is retired from working in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. He most recently served as the CEO of America’s Charities, a position he held for 22 years. He also has extensive experience in management and fundraising through his involvement with the Pan American Development Foundation and other national organizations. Don has served on the Board of Child Aid since its inception and also serves on the board or volunteers with five other nonprofits. His commitment to Child Aid has continued and grown over the years because he believes strongly in the leadership, vision and passion of Child Aid founders, Rick Carroll and Nancy Press, and in the importance of developing sustainable literacy programs in Guatemala. Don’s other passions include his family, golf, Cleveland Indians and humor – the last three of which must be appreciated together.