ORCCA Board of Directors 2020
Appointed or Elected Public Officials
Megan Simms; Board Member
Megan has been with Coos County since October of 2012, starting as a Tax/Accounting Specialist and the Deputy Treasurer. She became the Finance Director in February of 2016 and was elected Treasurer in November of 2016. She also serves as the County’s Budget Officer and Tax Collector. She started out in accounting at the age of 13 and truly enjoys what she does. Originally from Clovis, California, she has lived in North Bend/Coos Bay area since 2006. She loves the Coos County area and is happy to be raising a family here.
Mayor Tamie Kaufman; Board Member
Mayor Tamie Kaufman is a property manager by trade and has served on several committees for the City of Gold Beach and was elected Mayor in 2020. Kaufman is almost a native to Gold Beach and also volunteers on the Citizens Review Board and the CCD Business Development Board. Appointed to the ORCCA Board in late August 2021 she hopes to be helpful in problem solving issues that face the organization and to people in poverty. Elevating people out of poverty is the best long term solution, in the meantime providing help whenever possible is important to the community.
Anna Huit; Board Chairperson
Anna has lived here on the Oregon Coast for 22 years and joined the ORCCA Board 13 years ago as a Head Start Policy Council member. When asked why she joined the Board, Anna said it was “to empower folks of all social/economic backgrounds”. As a mom of special needs children, Anna is a passionate advocate for awareness, inclusion, and acceptance. Besides her role as Board Chairperson, Anna serves on the Finance, Executive, Housing, and Development committees and is also a Board member of the local United Way.
Monica Florez; Secretary
Head Start Policy Council Representative
Monica joined the Board in November of 2018 as a Head Start Policy Council Representative and continues to serve on Policy Council today. Monica has lived on the Oregon Coast for 8 years and “loves the community”. She also loves to watch her kids play sports and her favorite food is the Head Start Taco bake! Monica serves on the Executive and Finance committees.
Amanda Habell; Board Member
Head Start Policy Council Representative
Amanda joined the board in February 2021 as a Head Start Policy Council Representative. Amanda is passionate about increasing the social-emotional health of all children and their families. Amanda has worked in mental health, education, and is currently a resource (previously known as foster) parent.
Laura Williams; Board Member
Laura joined the ORCCA Board in 2018 as a representative of the South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub Steering Committee. As the Director of Community Engagement with Advanced Health, Laura devotes her time to serving her community in both a professional and volunteer capacity. Laura also serves on the Executive and Personnel committees.
Jacob Knudsen; Board Member
Curry County Representative
Jacob is our southernmost located Board member and frequently travels from Brookings to attend Board and committee meetings. He joined the ORCCA Board in January of 2018 to “give back to (his) community by volunteering at a nonprofit”. Jacob has contributed greatly to ORCCA’s Energy Assistance program in his time on the Board and serves on the Executive and Finance committees.
Scott Cooper, Board Member
Scott is a new addition to the Board, having joined in January of 2020, but he is not new to community service in Coos County. Scott is the current Executive Director at Alternative Youth Activities, and one of the founders of the New Community Coalition.
Julie Sugano-O'Reilly, Vice Chairperson
Julie joined the Board in August 2020. She joined the Board in hopes of continuing and expanding necessary services to the community. Julie currently serves on the Housing Committee. In her spare time, she loves running, cooking, and traveling with her husband (when they can).
Pastor Don, Board Member
I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in PE and Math. Voted into the U of Redlands athletic Hall of Fame for Football and Track and Field.
Following two training season with the Oakland Raiders, I have been in sales in one form or another until at age 45 when I received a call to ministry. This year makes the 29 year in ministry with the United Methodist Church. We, Barbara my wife of 38 years, have served Methodist Churches in Paonia, CO, Pagosa Springs, CO, Methow Valley, WA North Mason, WA and finally Coos Bay. During those years I have tried to live by Matthew 25:31-46. I retired officially in 2018 yet serve half time at Harmony UMC. We love the area and have purchased a home here. We call our home “Done Movin’” I believe that all agencies that can work together for the betterment of others, can accomplish more than a single person or one institution.
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Updated Sept 9, 2021