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.
Director of Programs
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 with 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 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 Coordinator. Originally from Southern California, she studied Sociology with an emphasis in Group Relations at California State University Long Beach. Christina comes from a business marketing background helping lead teams to succeed in product awareness and sales. 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 enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two dogs.
Noemi (Mimi) Flores
Mimi joined The Canby Center team in September 2020. She is blessed to be part of a family who serves the Lord with all their hearts. She is also the mom to a wonderful three year old named Matteo who is also developing a love to help those around him. She serves on the worship team alongside her amazing sister Eva Flores and is involved in several ministries in her home church in Aurora. She worked at a bank as a teller for almost two years before starting at The Canby Center and within that time, she felt God was calling her to work in a different field where she could freely express her faith and serve others to a greater extent. She enjoys learning about others and wants to create meaningful connections with those she comes in contact with at The Canby Center.
Development Administrative Assistant
Macaela joined our team in July 2020 as Development Administrative Assistant and transitioned to Executive Assistant in April 2021. Prior to her work a The Canby Center, she flourished in nonprofit event management and client account coordination. 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 in Canby, raising sheep and enjoying spontaneous adventures with her three sisters. Macaela delights in fresh flowers, thrifted treasures, and hiking the Pacific Northwest's many trails.
Ivan, whose passion is helping others, joined The Canby Center team in October 2020. He has served the Canby Community as a soccer coach, mentor, boys council member, and as a diversion program coordinator for organizations including Todos Juntos Inc., Parrot Creek Child and Family Services, and Canby High School. Ivan has two children who he is excited to raise and teach his love for sports and God. He is also very involved at Beaverton International Christian Church. Ivan is enthusiastic about his work at the Canby Center where he helps families and youth.
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.
Board of Directors
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.
Immediate Past Board Chairman
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.
Board Spiritual Advisor
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.
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.
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.