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-)

CEO of Pine Crest Fabrics, John has deep experience building businesses that target clear market opportunities. Pine Crest Fabrics, founded in 1978, sells to branded sportswear apparel manufacturers, with print development and fashion trending spandex blended stretch fabrics, serving markets including swimwear, Dancewear, and Activewear. The company maintains sales offices in both Portland, Oregon and Oceanside, California and employs a staff of 19 for both locations.

The firm has been recognized within the State of Oregon for outstanding achievement. In 1995 Pine Crest Fabrics was designated by the Portland Business Journal as the 97th fastest growing business in Oregon and as one of the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. Additionally, 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-)

Before joining Providence Health System, Joan was the administrator of the Public Employees’ and Oregon Educators Benefit Boards. The boards administered health benefits for over 280,000 members, dependents and early retirees. Health Affairs published her article in November 2010 on Oregon’s value based insurance designs. The benefit designs were the first in the nation to feature low and high co-payments to encourage preventive care and discourage care based on the value of the services to health outcomes. The value based designs expanded to encompass successful health engagement, wellness and financial wellness programs. Improvement in health outcomes and reductions in healthcare costs were documented by researchers from MIT, Temple University and the Center for Outcomes Research. Prior executive management experience included the Program and Policy Division of the Oregon Health Plan and the Medical Services Division at SAIF Corporation. She was selected as a member of the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP), and the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Public Sector Advisory Council. Ms. Kapowich has a degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a nursing degree from Lane Community College. After retiring she became a certified Senior Health Insurance Program counselor in Washington County and a full time advocate and for financial health programs.

Kathy Swift (2018-)

Kathy Swift is a banker with 30 years of experience, more than a decade of which has been centered in the nonprofit and affordable housing financing efforts. As the Chair of Catholic Charities and in her board memberships of four other nonprofit social service organizations, she brings both finance expertise and knowledge of what can be accomplished by nonprofits who are trying to break the cycle of poverty and income inequality in Oregon. She works for Heritage Bank in Portland, and serves on the boards of Catholic Charities, El Programa Hispano Catolico, PCRI, the Parish Trust Fund and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. Additionally, she has served on committees with Impact NW, Community Vision, and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.

Tom Keenan (2019-)

Tom is a highly accomplished Senior Executive with more than 50 years of success within the beverage and entertainment industries. Retired as President/CEO of Portland Bottling in 2018, Tom continues as a consultant to the beverage industry. He has extensive Board experience in chairman and advisory roles, leverages experience with proven ability to maximize profitability and organizational growth. Broad areas of expertise include turnarounds, finance, cost reduction and audits. Past positions include Executive Vice President with West Coast Hospitality (Red Lion Hotels), Managing Director of Fastixx (computerized event ticketing) and Founder, President and CEO of Everybody’s Records (chain of stores from Seattle to Eugene). Currently sits on the Boards of Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation and Willamette Valley Country Club. Previous Boards include Central Eastside Industrial Council, Pamplin School of Business at University of Portland, Canby Kids, Video Software Dealers Association and National Association of Record Merchandisers. Was awarded “75 Significant Business Alumni” by the University of Portland and Volunteer of the Year by Canby Kids.

Matthew Colley (2020-)

Matthew Colley is an attorney at Black Helterline LLP in Portland. Matthew’s practice focuses on contract disputes and commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, and personal injury matters. He has provided multiple presentations on litigation strategy and effective written advocacy. He has also presented to high school students on First Amendment issues in schools. Matthew is a co-author of sections in the Oregon State Bar’s Arbitration and Mediation, Insurance Law, and the forthcoming Oregon Civil Pleading and Litigation.

Matthew currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Oregon, and as the Chairperson of the Oregon State Bar’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. He has served on the OWLS Working Parents Committee and wrote an article on collaboratively managing family and work obligations for the Winter 2016 OWLS Advance Sheet. Before becoming a lawyer, Matthew taught high school English in Pasco, Washington for several years. During that time he chaired his school’s Advanced Placement Department, served on the Professional Educator Advisory Board for Washington State University, and was a member of the executive board of the Pasco Association of Educators.

Jane Stenson (2020-)

Jane Stenson currently serves as the Vice President for Food and Nutrition and Poverty Reduction Strategies for Catholic Charities USA, the national office for the 168 member agencies in the United States.In this role, Ms. Stenson is responsible for leading the organization’s strategic priority on Food and Nutrition and supporting agencies identify and implement best practice in multiple program areas including poverty reduction, asset development and aging services. Ms. Stenson staffs the CCUSA Asset Development Section which provides leadership and direction to member agencies on building pathways to financial security for those served by the network. Ms. Stenson also provides networking support and consultation with agencies in selective areas.

Ms. Stenson has serves on the Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition Executive Committee, and the Sponsor Council of the Council on Accreditation.

Ms. Stenson received a B.A. from Trinity College, Washington, DC and a Masters in Social Work, MSW from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.