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Our Board of Directors

Sarah Shipley
Board Chair
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College: University of Oklahoma
Previous Job: IT Project Manager for ExxonMobil (retired) 
Role at CASA: Sarah joined CASA in 2008 as a volunteer advocate. She then served for three years as the CASA Executive Director. After retiring from that role she has continued to serve Yamhill County as an advocate, a Peer Mentor, and on the board helping out where ever she is needed. She is currently the board chair.
What does Sarah do for fun? Sarah enjoys spending time with her eight grandchildren, knitting, reading and making a difference.

​Sarah is a retired IT Project Manager for ExxonMobil. She joined CASA in 2008 as a volunteer advocate, served 3 years as CASA Executive Director, and after retiring as Executive Director continued to serve kids of Yamhill County as an advocate, a Peer Mentor for CASA, and on the board helping where needed.  Sarah has eight grandchildren, loves kids, knitting, reading, and making a difference. 

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College: University of Oregon and the Pacific Coast Banking School graduate program
Current Job: SVP, Chief Credit Officer, First Federal Savings & Loan

Brent has been a member of SEDCOR, the Salem Chamber and has volunteered with Salem Leadership Foundation Community Homeless Connect Project. He is active with anything outdoors with his family, hiking, fishing, or just enjoying Oregon’s lakes & rivers.

Brent Murray
Treasurer
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Lee grew up in the mid-Willamette Valley, moved to Portland in 2001, and has called McMinnville home since 2016. Lee serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Visit McMinnville. When not being a champion for the great town of McMinnville, Oregon, Lee spends his time gardening, exploring Oregon’s countryside, cooking, and baking with his husband and three dogs. Lee co-owns a small wine brand in Portland, OR, called Augustina Cellars. He serves on the Edible Landscapes of Yamhill County Board of Directors, volunteers as a Yamhill County Court Appointed Special Advocate, and lends his creative talents to multiple other community-oriented organizations.

Lee McCollins
Board Member
Debra Lee Twenge
Vice Chair
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College: Portland State University 
Previous Job: Personnel/Insurance Manager (retired)
Role at CASA: Debbie joined CASA in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
What does Debbie do for fun? Debbie enjoys going to the gym with her husband Mike, spending time with her children and grandchildren, being an active member in both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society and travelling. 

​Debbie holds a B.S. in Business and Human Resources from Portland State University.  She is a retired Personnel/Insurance Manager.  She has also spent time as a stay-at-home mom.  Debbie became a CASA in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors in 2020.  Being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Mayflower Society also fits into her busy schedule.  Debbie and her husband Mike like to go to the gym, travel and spend time with their children and grandchildren. 

Kayla Noffsinger
Board Member

College: 
Current Job:
Licensed Real Estate Property Manager with Wild Haven Property Management
Role at CASA: CASA is near and dear to Michele’s heart. As a child, Michele was in the DHS system, which she believes would have been a different experience if she had a CASA in her case.
What does Michele do for fun? Michele has enjoyed assisting people find their home in the McMinnville area for the past 12 years,  

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Current Job: Forensic Interviewer for Juliette's House, previously a Crime Victim Advocate and caseworker for Oregon DHS.
Role at CASA: Kayla has seen firsthand the impact CASA can have in the life of a child and she is honored to be serving on the board.
What does Kayla do for fun? Kayla enjoys going on daytrips with her family, reading, and trying out new recipes.

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Vacant
Board Member
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Susan Dirks
Secretary

College: Portland State University 
Previous Job: Personnel/Insurance Manager (retired)
Role at CASA: Debbie joined CASA in 2014 and joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
What does Debbie do for fun? Debbie enjoys going to the gym with her husband Mike, spending time with her children and grandchildren, being an active member in both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society and travelling. 

​Susan moved to McMinnville from Austin, Texas, where she had a long career as an administrator at the University of Texas and at non-profit organizations. In Austin, she was a CASA and a volunteer reading tutor for adults and middle schoolers. In McMinnville, she has served as a member of the city Planning Commission, and as a volunteer for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) and Mac Habitat for Humanity. She currently volunteers as a member of the Yamhill County Citizen Review Board. 

Dianne Conniry
Board Member
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​Dianne lives in Newberg and has been married to her life-partner, Chuck Conniry, since 1982. Together they have three grown children, one daughter-in-law, and one adorable grandson. Dianne was the owner of a small cleaning business until retiring at the end of 2022. Dianne loves to travel with Chuck on many of his business trips, taking them to many exciting places near and far. Their youngest son’s illness opened the way for Dianne to teach for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) where she connected with many wonderful people who are struggling to learn how to cope and find some hope. If she isn’t working, exercising, reading, or entertaining, she loves to spend time at the coast. 

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