Liz joined Incite Inc in February 2017 through the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s executive transition services team. She is an organizational consultant who specializes in leadership transition, organizational assessment and development. She has served in an interim leadership role in several nonprofits including Portland Community College Foundation, Children First for Oregon, and Incite (when it was Job Growers, Inc), has led executive search processes, and has consulted on a range of governance, strategy, and management issues. Earlier in her career, Liz was employed by the World Bank and, before that, at an international agricultural research institute in West Africa. She has a B.A. from Amherst College and M.B.A from Yale University.
Incite is excited to have Ami as a part of our team and Director of Adult Impact. Ami started at Incite as an Essential Skills Specialist focused on recruiting and retention for the Career Achievement Network. She came to us with a background in social work and a passion to help others struggling with homelessness and poverty. Ami has more than ten years experience in problem-solving around the issues of impoverished lifestyles and advocates for teaching self-sustainability and tools to combat community issues. Originally from Modesto, California, Ami moved up to the Portland, Oregon area early in her career and received her Bachelors of Science in Social Work. She is one of the original founders of the Cherry City Derby Girls and is a proud mama of a little boy and two Boston terriers.
Carol has worked closely with Salem’s businesses and Incite since 2012 as an Assistant to On-the-Job Trainings. Carol recently made the switch to becoming an Administrative Associate for Incite and is loving the new job! She will be the one that answers your phone calls, takes messages and is our in-office communication connection point.
Gary joined Incite in early 2017 as Interim Finance Director. Most recently, he contracted with Oregon’s four newest Workforce Boards setting up fiscal systems, developing policies, assisting with recruitment of permanent fiscal leadership, supporting and training the new Finance Directors, and advising on fiscal compliance. Prior to that, Gary served as Incite’s Finance Director from 2007 through 2015. Earlier in his career, Gary spent 20 years in financial leadership roles in a variety of private sector industries, with companies ranging in size and structure from a family owned tech start-up to a publicly traded publishing corporation. Gary holds a BS in Business Administration/Finance from Colorado State University.
Georgia Conrad has been employed with the Incite, Inc., since October of 2014 as the Director of Promotion. In 2015, she completed her MBA from George Fox University and is currently co-managing the organization’s Workforce Innovation Fund grant, Rethinking Job Search. Georgia has eight years+ experience in non-profit development and management and has a background in project management, program coordination, administration, and strategic project planning and implementation. Her undergraduate degree is in graphic design with minors in international studies and mass media.
Julianne has many years of bookkeeping experience behind her, previously working for Les Schwab and a local mill in the accounting offices. Julianne has learned the ins and outs of accounting from on-the-job training and self describes herself as a “hands-on learner.” She was raised in, and still resides in, Aumsville. Her second full time job, involves raising 2 teenage boys and a 5 year old (boy), along with her husband, Nathan. Julianne also keeps busy with her home business called ReJul’d, involving refurbishing furniture and a cleaning business. Any available spare time, is spent tinkering around at home, scrapbooking, gardening and enjoying her family.
Kendall was hired in August 2010 to engage business. Kendall describes her job as allowing us to “have a pulse in the business community so we know how to address workforce development issues and connect employers to the right resources.” Born in Santa Rosa, California, Kendall ventured up to Oregon at 19 and fell in love…with Oregon. She focused in archeology and theatre in junior college and loves to read. She is an avid writer and is currently working on a young adult trilogy novel titled Blue Roses.
Leslie joined Incite in August of 2016. She is an OSU graduate with a degree in speech communication. Previously, Leslie worked for 4 years as a paralegal which fostered her passion for finding the best solutions to the most difficult problems through discourse and collaboration. Prior to working in the legal field, Leslie worked with local non-profits HOST, a homeless youth shelter, and TRiO, a federally funded program assisting students to overcome barriers to higher education. She has held internships at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Health and the Legislature. Leslie has an interest in public policy and is excited to work for an employer that aims to “bring people together for a common and noble purpose.”
Nicole joined the Incite team in August 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA through Mercy Corps Northwest. She has been instrumental in moving the initiative forward in promotion, fundraising, and sustainability for the Career Achievement Network. Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in Politics and Spanish from Willamette University and has previously provided direct service for dementia patients, children with special needs, and teen parents. Nicole now does resource development for Incite full-time. Originally from Reno, Nevada, she frequents local Spanish conversation groups, bookstores, and the beautiful hiking trails in the Willamette Valley.
Susan Barksdale has extensive experience developing, maintaining, and evaluating training and development programs. She has published numerous articles and books and presented at international conferences. Susan has been the Director of Human Potential at Incite, Inc., Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Workforce Board, for 6+ years. She is also the Cognitive Behavioral Specialist for Rethinking Job Search and developed the curriculum used in the project. In addition to her 20+ year consulting career, she has held senior management positions at two training and development firms. Susan holds Masters Degrees in the behavioral sciences from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
Suzie has worked 10 years as a recruiter prior to being hired to Incite as a business training specialist in 2009. Suzie is now our On-the-Job Training (OJT) Specialist and has brought the program up over the years from accommodating 1 OJT per month at the start of 2009 to 50 currently. Off the job, Suzie says that she’s very busy with her teenage kids and spends a lot of her free time cleaning up after them and their 3 dogs, a macaw, a bunny and a hawk!
Veronica originally interned for Incite in 2010, shortly after finishing her Associates degree in general studies. In addition, she holds a special certificate in juvenile Correction, and is considering pursuing further education in nonprofit studies. She thoroughly enjoys her job here at Incite and says that her favorite part is the environment and the people she works with. Outside of work Veronica can be found shopping, dancing or just out with her friends.
Karen Litvin, owner of Project Masters, is providing technical assistance in workforce operations to Incite during the leadership transition. Karen has consulted extensively in the workforce development field to clients that have included the Oregon Workforce Partnership and local workforce boards, among others, and is highly knowledgeable regarding workforce strategy, policy, programs, and regulations. Karen has more than 20 years of experience in project and program management, and is a certified trainer and project management professional. She has successfully managed over $75 million of projects and programs in her career, working for government entities, education systems, business, and nonprofit organizations to help clients implement beneficial changes. Karen has a B.A. from Western Oregon University.