Ray has spent the last two decades helping organizations approach opportunities from the perspective of resource development and growth. Ray and his family answered God's call to serve at the Canby Center in September 2015. Ray has served in positions of increasing responsibility at Multnomah University, Arrow Leadership, SMART – Start Making A Reader Today, and Birch Community Services. Ray received a Masters degree in Business Administration from The University of Portland and a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Speech Communication and Biblical Theology from Multnomah University. He is one of 6,300 Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE) in the world, he possesses a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University, and is an Arrow Leader. Ray is a member of The Rotary Club of Canby, The Canby Suicide Prevention Taskforce, and is Board President of The Dr. Richard Davies First Responder Fund. Ray, his wife Rachel, and their three children (Elisheba, Josiah, and Selah) enjoy spending summers around the Northwest and winters playing in the snow.
Senior Program Manager
Linda joined The Canby Center in May of 2009 as our volunteer coordinator and worked in that position for over a year before God opened a door for her to become our Office Manager before transitioning to roles of greater responsibility. In the summer of 2012 she also became our Case Manager. In 2017, Linda was promoted to give oversight to all Canby Center programs as Program Manager. She enjoys building relationships with our clients and helping them meet their basic needs. It brings her joy to be a listening ear, sharing God’s love and being the hands and feet of Christ. Linda was born and raised in Oregon. She graduated from George Fox College in 1991 earning a Business/Economics degree. Before joining The Canby Center she was a stay at home mom for 14 years. Kurt and Linda have been married since 1993 and have 4 children. Taylor Jane, Luke, Evan, and Joshua. Kurt and Linda enjoy mentoring all of the young lives that they encounter in their various coaching positions, it is such a privilege to teach them life lessons. The Rasor family attends Canby Alliance Church and loves coming along side those in need.
Steve Nelson, MBA
Steve began his role as the Development Manager in August 2018. Steve came to the Canby Center from a successful business background in inventory management services. His professional experience includes business development and account management roles with multi-national retailers as well as over fifteen years of operations management experience. Steve is excited to bring his talents and love for building relationships onto the team at TCC. Steve received a Masters degree in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Biola University. Steve and his wife Nancy, are active in leadership roles in their home church, and enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren. They enjoy kayaking on the rivers and lakes around the Northwest and listening to live music.
Thriving Together Coordinator
Christina started at the Canby Center in Spring 2020 as the Thriving Together program
coordinator. Originally from Southern California, she received a Bachelors in Sociology from California State University Long Beach with a concentration in Group Relations. Christina comes from a successful business marketing background spanning almost a decade. Prior to moving, she helped serve the Hispanic community through her home church in Ontario California. She is passionate about helping others and being a faithful servant of God. She now lives in Oregon City, where she attends Oregon City Christian Church and enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two dogs.
Eva Flores Estrada
Eva loves interacting and helping people. She finds importance in serving the Lord through showing His love to everyone through word and action. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in business and serves faithfully in her church in Aurora. She worked at Camp Tilikum for one year before beginning to work at The Canby Center. In her free time, she loves to play piano; she plays for the worship team at her church and loves it. She also loves to interact with youth, helping them find Jesus through youth events, and finding ways to strengthen and build community. Her priority is to serve God and love people just as Jesus does.
Axel was born and raised by a loving family in Canby. He loves listening to other peoples stories, and he longs for a better understanding of the world around him. Since being a part of The Canby Center staff, Axel has met so many kind and encouraging people, including his co-workers, and he feels truly blessed. In his free time Axel loves practicing his passions for music (singing, song-writing, piano, leading worship) and art (drawing, character design). He plans to pursue a career in music, and trusts whatever God calls him to do. Axel has a deep love for his savior Jesus Christ, and in his walk with Jesus, he has learned that the practice of kindness is fully worth living out.
Development Administrative Assistant
Macaela joined The Canby Center team in July 2020 as Development Administrative Assistant. After working in Richmond, Virginia in nonprofit event management for several years, Macaela transitioned to account management at a commercial photography studio in Portland. She has flourished in academic, non-profit, and corporate environments over the last ten years. Macaela’s eye for detail and aptitude for creative solutions have helped transform problems into opportunities for youth leaders, national organizations, and local companies.
She grew up loving the fresh air, wide fields, and deep woods surrounding Canby. Raising sheep and building tree forts with her sisters, Macaela delights in fresh flowers, thrifted treasures, and is an eager participant in spontaneous adventures. It is Macaela’s earnest hope that her Development Administrative Assistant role will empower the community toward the inward and outward renewal found in Jesus.
Board of Directors
John has lived in Canby for 23 years. After college, he served in many places as an officer in the Army (including time in Germany, Korea and West Point where John has taught). He has worked in financial services and run a consulting office as well. He has experience in organizational effectiveness – how to help an organization improve over time.
John believes strongly in the Mission, Vision and Values of The Canby Center, “In God’s love, we renew dignity and inspire learning for youth and families”. He is very honored to serve on TCC’s Board of Directors. He has a heart for people in need and feels that this role provides an opportunity for him as a Christian to “live sideways” in our community. John and his wife, Monaree attend New Life Foursquare and have 3 kids and 5 grandkids.
Janel is a longtime resident of Canby where 5 generations of her family have attended Canby Schools. She is retired after working for the Oregon Department of Human Services as Human Resource Analyst. She is passionate about feeding hungry kids and actively participates in packing and delivering lunches for our Backpack Buddy program. She attends Canby Christian Church and serves as ministry head for Funeral Receptions.
Angela Navarro, a Canby native who graduated from Canby High School, serves as the principal of Trost Elementary School in Canby. Trost’s innovative Dual Language Immersion program has been in place since Fall 2004. The program begins in kinder and goes up through sixth grade. In September of 2013 Trost opened their school as a district magnet program. This means that instead of serving only as a neighborhood school they are a K-6 program open to all students across the Canby School District. Angela and her husband Jesus are delighted to be raising their children in Canby.
Brooks joined the Canby Center Board in June 2019. His family has deep roots in Canby through generations of generosity and service. Brooks brings significant experience with property development and management to our board. He attends Athey Creek Church.
Lt. Jorge Tro
Officer Jorge Tro joined the Canby Center Board in 2019. Jorge is a part of the senior leadership team for the Canby Police Department, an active member of the Rotary Club of Canby, and has raised his children in the Canby School District. He brings a number of skills and resources to his service on the board including a good relationship with the Hispanic community and strong connectivity to Canby's businesses. Jorge and his wife attend Zion Mennonite Church.
Frank is a 3rd generation Canby citizen. He is the current owner of Cutsforth's Thriftway which employs over 100 people. Glenn and Elsie's Cutsforth's son, he started working for the market in 1957. Frank and his wife Kathe have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. He is an active member of The Rotary Club of Canby and Canby Alliance Church. Frank organizes and sponsors the Cutsforth's Cruise-In annually in August hosting over 500 classic cars. Those who know him will tell you he is one of the most generous people you will be blessed to meet.
Char Chase earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University and Master of Science (Nursing) from University of Portland. Char is retired with her most recent position as RN, Nurse Manager at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, Oregon City. She is an active member of the Oregon City Evangelical Church where she serves on Women’s Missions Committee and has been a member of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Chase is a member of the Rotary Club of Canby and served as its President 2008-2009.
Tim grew up in Canby, was married to his high school sweetheart in Canby, and has raised three daughters in Canby. He serves as the Lead Pastor at Christ the King Community Church. This is a ministry that he and his wife, Kamela Davis, founded together over a decade ago. His favorite verse from the Bible is the words of Jesus: “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Tim sees the mission and work of The Canby Center as a way in which he can be a part of bringing a life to the people in his community.
Charlie is proud to be a lifelong resident of Canby. After high school graduation he served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years and graduated from the University of Colorado, eventually moving back to Canby to raise a family with his wife Denise. Charlie is a registered Petroleum Engineer who recently retired from NW Natural after 32 years of service and currently provides consulting services to the natural gas industry. He is active in Canby Rotary and the Canby Educational Foundation, serving in leadership roles in both organizations. Charlie and Denise attend Canby Alliance Church.