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 Development
Steve began his role as the Director of Development 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.
Director of Programs
Joy joined The Canby Center as the Director of Programs in February 2022. She received a Bachelor of Science in Educational Ministries and Biblical Theology from Multnomah University, and a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, from The University of Portland. Joy has a strong history of serving children and families in churches, nonprofits and small business settings. She is passionate about being a voice for the voiceless and seeing mercy triumph over judgement. Joy enjoys spending time with family and friends, flying to new destinations and watching gardens grow.
Director of Expansion
Mark joined the team in February, 2022. He brings 20 years of cross-cultural work experience as well as a passion for teamwork and strategies that enrich people’s lives. Although Mark's non-profit work experience has taken him around the world, his recent work as a pastor has deepened his love for the local community. His background is in Communications and Biblical studies and he received his Masters degree in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Mark is married to his best friend and high school sweetheart, Ashley. Together with their three kids (Trey, Tru and Zadok), Mark led a team in Cambodia for seven years where he positioned the community’s most vulnerable to receive training, dignity, and tangible relief. During his time there he helped to lead a multi-million dollar campus expansion and capital campaign. Now a Canby resident, Mark enjoys weekly coffee dates with his wife, being with his family, and outdoor activities including camping, biking, road trips, and working on projects around their home
Thriving Together Coordinator
Christina started at the Canby Center in Spring 2020 as the Thriving Together Coordinator. She earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University Long Beach in Sociology with an emphasis in Group Relations. With over five years of business marketing experience, Christina's ability to lead teams and execute plans enables her persistent and creative work to help others. She enjoys new experiences and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
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 large 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.
Capital Campaign Manager
Hannah joined The Canby Center team as Capital Campaign Manager in April 2021. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Business Management from Corban University and brings a strong background in non-profit partnership development and program administration. Coming from a role that focused on recruiting and equipping young adults for global outreach, she is passionate about seeing individuals transformed in relationships with Christ and community. After more than five years in Colorado, Hannah has returned to her Pacific Northwest roots and can be found enjoying time with her family and exploring new hiking trails.
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 at her local church. Before beginning work at The Canby Center, Eva helped youth and families build community, find refuge, and encounter God at Camp Tilikum. Eva plays piano and loves developing meaningful relationships with youth who need a friend, helping them connect with Jesus through community events. Her priorities are serving God and loving people.
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.
Mimi joined The Canby Center team in September 2020 and is the first smiling face to welcome you inside. She works eagerly to provide youth and families with tangible help every day and she enjoys learning new things about people and creating meaningful connections. Prior to her work at The Canby Center, Mimi excelled as a bank teller for several years. She spends her free time going and walks and other outdoor adventures with her son, Matteo. Mimi feels very blessed by her work here and to be part of a family who serves the Lord with all their hearts.
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.
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.
Dr. John Burnham
John and his wife, Lynn, moved to Canby in 1991. John earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, has 15 years of experience in energy services and oil & gas exploration, and retired after 23 years as Director of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety at OHSU. Since then, John has assisted Portland Public Schools with the creation, passing & implementation of a $150M health & safety capital bond. John and Lynn raised their three children in Canby and are also proud grandparents. Lynn and John enjoy attending Oregon City Church of Christ.