As Save First grew into this unique social enterprise of Catholic Charities of Oregon, we formed an advisory council to assist in the development process.

Advisory Council

John Sheils (2017-)

Now CEO of Pine Crest Fabrics, John has deep experience building businesses that target clear market opportunities. Pine Crest Fabrics sells to a niche market segment of sportswear apparel manufacturers using spandex blended fabric (such markets as swimwear, Dancewear, and Activewear), maintaining sales offices in both Portland, Oregon and Chatsworth, California. The company employs thirteen, four of whom work in the California office.

In 1995 Pine Crest Fabrics was designated by the Portland Business Journal as the 97th fastest growing business in Oregon and nominated as one of the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. Mr. Sheils was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as its 1999 Oregon Small Business Person of the Year.

John Colosimo (2018-)

John is a founder and principal of FOCUS POINT, a Portland based management consulting firm (1990 − present). From 1989 to 1998 he was the Portland chairman of The Executive Committee (TEC), an international organization for CEOs and presidents of mid-market companies.

He has extensive experience as a consultant/coach to CEOs on issues of business strategy, managing growth, negotiation, and related organization and management issues and has been a board member of several emerging and mid-market businesses. In the last ten years, he worked directly as an executive coach to over 40 CEOs from a wide variety of industries and has logged over 700 hours leading CEO advisory groups on issues related to virtually all aspects of growing, managing and transitioning businesses. He has been retained by several businesses to develop and guide their strategic business planning processes and has worked extensively in the development of senior-level management teams and in the resolution of high impact management and leadership issues.

His consulting specialties include strategic planning, executive coaching, negotiation and mediation, and team development. He holds a master’s degree in management, with an emphasis on organizational behavior.

Alan Horton (2018-)

Alan is the founder and principal of Horton Consulting, a Portland-based management consulting firm for nonprofit organizations and social enterprise. Alan brings over two decades of executive management experience, with specific expertise in developing, launching and running entrepreneurial approaches to mission-based work. Now a strategic consultant helping organizations launch their own social enterprises, Horton previously served as Managing Director for The Freshwater Trust for 12 years. During his tenure, The Freshwater Trust grew from 10 staff and a $1 million budget in Portland, Oregon, to 50 staff and a $10 million budget operating in Oregon, California and Idaho. Horton oversaw The Freshwater Trust’s own social enterprise activities, including its StreamBank program and highly successful water quality trading and ecosystem analytics departments. Horton was the architect of The Freshwater Trust’s unique $5 million growth capital investment initiative, in partnership with Packard, Moore, and Kresge Foundations.

Prior to The Freshwater Trust, Alan was executive director of Sedona Cultural Park in Sedona, Arizona, General Manager of Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, and Director of Finance and Operations for ArtsFund in Seattle.

Joan Kapowich (2018-)

Recently retired ACO Executive (Oregon) for Providence Health System, and long-term advocate for Save First and financial wellness programs generally.

Kathy Swift (2018-)

Currently an executive at Heritage Bank, Kathy serves as Board Treasure for Catholic Charities of Oregon. Kathy is a strong ally of Save First and will serve as a liaison to the Catholic Charities Board of Directors during the expansion.

Tom Keenan (2019-)

Recently retired CEO of Portland Bottling Company.