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Oregon Board

Community leaders serve on Youth Villages’ Oregon Board to actively promote and support our mission to help children and families live successfully and advocate proven solutions for the foster care/child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Board members play a significant role at the local level establishing Youth Villages as the leading provider of effective programs for troubled children and their families.


  • Bethany Bounds – Portland
    Community Advocate

  • Adam Crowell – Portland
    MetLife Insurance

  • Nicholas Ehlen* – Portland
    Melvin Mark Companies

  • Alistair Firmin – Lake Oswego (Chairman)
    Community Advocate

  • Ian Galloway – Portland
    Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco

  • Joanne Horstkotte – Portland
    Emeritus Member, Community Advocate

  • H. Patterson Ritz* – Tualatin
    Footwear Specialties Intl.

  • Claudia Valderrama – Portland

*Member of Youth Villages National Board of Directors

About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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