Board & Leadership


Marvin A. KaiserMarvin A. Kaiser, Ph.D* Chief Executive Officer

Marvin joined Mary’s Woods in 2011 as chief executive officer. As CEO of Mary’s Woods, Marvin focuses on resident affairs and community relations, building an expanding financial base for Mary’s Woods and leading its strategic visioning. He is dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he served from 1993 to 2011. Marvin also served as the executive director for the Society for Values in Higher Education. He received his doctorate in sociology with a focus on gerontology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979. He has been involved in social work, both in nursing homes and in clinical settings. Marvin serves on various community boards, including Oregon Mentors, the Right Brain Initiative, Campus Compact and Catholic Charities of Oregon. At the invitation of the mayor of Portland, Marvin co-chaired Portland’s Vision PDX, the project that developed the city’s vision through community engagement beginning in 2005. Recipient of several awards and honors, Marvin was awarded and served as a W.K. Kellogg National Fellow from 1985 to 1988. He was invited as a special guest to the United Nations General Assembly on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the World Assembly on Aging in 1992. Marvin, published extensively in the field of aging, has focused his scholarly efforts both on domestic and international aging issues and on community development. He has served in various consultative positions to the U.N. Office on Aging, the United Nations Office at Vienna, the Center for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, Health Division.

Diane HoodDiane Hood, CPA* Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Diane is a CPA and was named the chief operating officer for Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in April 2011. Ms. Hood has been the chief financial officer for Mary’s Woods since it opened in 2001. Prior to that time, in her role as CFO for the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Ms. Hood helped the religious community plan, develop, finance, and construct Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in 1999. After leaving public accounting, she began work with the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1993. Ms. Hood assisted the religious order in investments, accounting functions, retirement planning and financial projections, and eventually reconfigured their corporate structure. Prior to her work with the sisters, Ms. Hood worked for KPMG with middle market and nonprofit clients.

Ms. Hood has a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from the University of Oregon and a post baccalaureate degree in accounting from Portland State University. She serves on various nonprofit boards and finance committees in the Catholic nonprofit community.

Sister Roswitha FrawleySister Roswitha Frawley* Mission Director

Sister Roswitha, SNJM, has a master's in education and has been a teacher and principal in the Portland Archdiocese; adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College; and school consultant. Currently, she is a member of the board of trustees at Marylhurst University. As the mission director at Mary's Woods she serves as a member of the senior management team. As part of this team, she strives to further the understanding and integration of the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names and Mary's Woods into every aspect of the community.

Cheri Mussotto-ConyersCheri Mussotto-Conyers Director of Marketing & Client Relations

Cheri has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and property management, and extensive knowledge of marketing and selling in upscale, residential communities. She holds many awards for her sales achievements, and is also recognized for her genuine compassion, personalized service and discretion. Families have entrusted Cheri with all levels of their housing needs. She understands the challenges of life changes and embraces the opportunity to share the inviting “spirit of celebration” at Mary's Woods. Cheri and her team continue to generate innovative and culturally-rich activities and programs, both on campus and throughout the neighboring communities, including local and international travel opportunities for Mary’s Woods residents. In 2009, she was a fellow in the Leadership Alliance program through Leading Age Oregon, and has served on the marketing committee for the City of Lake Oswego. Cheri has served as director of marketing at Mary’s Woods since 2005.

Sister Joan HansenSister Joan Hansen, SNJM Director of Resident Services

Sister Joan Hansen, SNJM, has master's degrees in counseling/psychology and music performance. She oversees the library, transportation and Timberline Store on campus. She is the chair of the Resident Good Neighbor Committee. Sister Joan has many years of experience in teaching at all levels, including elementary, secondary and college.

Kimberly ScottKimberly Scott CPA Director of Finance

Kim has worked for the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since before Mary’s Woods opened its doors. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration accounting. She is a CPA with 20 plus years spent in both for profit and not for profit accounting. Kim also serves on several not for profit boards, including Namaste, a Sisters of the Holy Names sponsorship, and the St. Anthony Catholic School.

Lynn SzenderLynn Szender Director of Health Services

Lynn brings more than 36 years of dedication and proven experience in direct care, clinical management, and team building to all levels of service provided in the Marie Rose Center and to the Mary's Woods community at large. Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Portland in 1978 and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Marylhurst University in 2004. In 2007 she was a leadership AAHSA fellow. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and in 2009 was a fellow in the inaugural class of their Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. Lynn is certified as an administrator of assisted living and residential care facilities and licensed as a nursing home administrator. Using the knowledge gleaned from these accomplishments, three decades as a director of nursing and active pursuit of continuing education, she continually strives to spark excellence in delivery of holistic services, developing caring relationships and advocating for person-directed care. Lynn currently serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services with specific work on the leadership alliance program. She is active in nursing workforce development by serving as a resource and maintaining partnerships between Mary's Woods and the Schools of Nursing at University of Portland, Oregon Health & Science University, Linfield College, Clackamas Community College and the Oregon Center for Nursing.

Linell NeviusLinell Nevius Director of Human Resources

Linell has worked in business management and executive level human resources for the past ten years. Prior to that, her first career was as an RN and a nurse manager for Group Health Hospitals in Seattle. She believes that one of the exciting things about her position with Mary's Woods is that it incorporates the human resources functions of organizational development, recruiting, motivating and retaining top employees, in addition to developing training programs with active involvement in the healthcare field.

Kerry Ruff-HarcourtKerry Ruff-Harcourt Director of Dining

Kerry has 28 years of experience in the restaurant, hotel and contract food service. Over the years he has worn many hats in and around the kitchen, including those of chef, banquet chef, executive chef, chef consultant and now, director of dining services. At the age of 16, he started working at his father’s Polynesian restaurant doing everything from washing dishes to cooking. Kerry attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Next, he worked at a number of restaurants and hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area. After living and working there for 23 years with his wife and son, Kerry and his family moved to Oregon, specifically to live in Lake Oswego. Before Mary’s Woods, Kerry worked for Sodexho Senior Services, where he was the executive chef at Calaroga Terrace and was the regional support manager and chef for the Western United States.

Kevin HabermanKevin Haberman Director of Environmental Services

Kevin has 24 years of experience in facility maintenance, including six years in the army with training in communications. Kevin has been with Mary’s Woods since November of 2000. He is a member of the Columbia Region of Hospital Engineers. He has experience with training individuals for the development of communications used in big business. Kevin is HVAC certified for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and has had extensive training for disaster and emergency preparedness.

Mary George-WhittleMary George-Whittle Director of Pastoral Services

Mary is a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Capital University and a Master of Arts degree in theology from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. She has five units of clinical pastoral education (CPE), and interned at a level one trauma center. Mary has worked in both hospital and long-term care settings and feels called to provide spiritual care with older adults. Mary's sincere acceptance of cultural and faith diversity in people are core to her values and she fully appreciates the living spirit within each person and what they bring to the Mary's Woods community.


Board of Directors

Thérèse AbramsThérèse Abrams

Thérèse is the revenue manager at Schrödinger Inc, a scientific leader in computational chemistry and drug discovery software in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Schrödinger in 2013, Thérèse managed the revenue and operations for Jive Software, a leader in social enterprise software solutions based in Portland, Oregon. She initially began her career in public accounting with KPMG LLP, focusing on audit and accounting for both public and privately held companies, primarily in the healthcare, software and manufacturing industries. She also participated in and led the annual financial statement audit of Mary's Woods from 2005 to 2009.

Thérèse is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. Thérèse graduated with honors from Oregon State University with her bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an option in accounting. She currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with her husband and young son.

James Arp

James is currently the chief executive at Providence Home & Community Services. He is a senior healthcare executive with over twenty years of operations experience, including ten years as a chief executive officer. James has a successful advancement record with for-profit and non-profit healthcare companies. He also has a history of achieving positive board, community, patient, physician and employee relations.

James attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a Master of Business Administration in 1991, a Master of Healthcare Administration in 1990 and a Bachelor of Science, Health Services Management (Cum Laude) in 1988.

Mary BreilingMary Breiling, SNJM

Sister Mary worked in education as a teacher and principal for 24 years. While in education, she served for several years on the Governor’s Advisory Committee, ECIA, Chapter II. In 1991, Sister Mary moved into business management, serving as treasurer on the leadership team of the Oregon Province, Sisters of the Holy Names, for fourteen years. During this time, Sister Mary participated with the leadership of the Sisters to plan, develop and build Mary’s Woods as well as other development and renovation projects on the Marylhurst campus. Sister Mary holds master's degrees in science and business administration as well as a certificate in telecommunications management. Currently, Sister Mary serves as co-chair of the Clackamas County Aging Services Advisory Committee.

Sister Mary is a strong advocate of sustainable building and environmental sustainability. Recently, she built a guest house following the Living Building Challenge Guidelines.

Kandis Brewer Nunn

Kandis is a veteran of the issues management and communications industry, having worked with several leading public relations and marketing communications firms, PacifiCorp’s real estate subsidiary, Pacific Development, Inc., and for Harold, Arlene and Jordan Schnitzer and their Harsch Investment Properties, LLC for their real estate and philanthropic interests. She established Strategic Resources, LLC, broadening her advisory practice serving nonprofit, public and private sector clients on strategic planning, governance, marketing communications and public policy matters. She assists in better managing challenging issues, refining organizational functionality and positioning, and straitening long-range planning and communications. Disciplines over the course of her career thus far include the following: entrepreneurial enterprises, services and venture investments, energy, crisis management, real estate development, healthcare, airline industry, retail, legal and accounting firms, Native American tribal interests, nonprofit and philanthropic programs, political initiatives, general public policy issues and nonprofit mergers.

Among her 40-plus years of community and business contributions, she has served in a leadership capacity for a number of civic, professional and business organizations, including but not limited to chairing the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, the then Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward), Oregon's Women in Communications, Inc., the national Public Relations Network, Ambassadors Public Relations Network and the City Club of Portland. Other past board service includes the Professional Liability Fund of Oregon, the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, and serving as a member of the Oregon Community Foundation Nominating Advisory Group. She currently serves on the following boards: Mary's Woods, Architecture Foundation of Oregon, the Evergreen Fund (Home Forward's 501(c)3 affiliate), Multnomah Athletic Foundation and privately held Consolidated Supply, Inc.

Margaret Murphy CarleyMargaret Murphy Carley, RN, JD

Margaret is an independent consultant to long-term care facilities, state agencies, and patient safety organizations. From 1991 to 2007, she held the position of legal counsel and deputy director for the Oregon Health Care Association. Prior to that, Margaret was in private legal practice in both the Washington, D.C. area and in Oregon. From 2010 to 2013, Margaret served as the associate director of OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care. There she served as the executive director of the National POLST Paradigm Program and the chair of the Oregon POLST Task Force.

Margaret is currently on the board of the Touchmark Foundation. Margaret also serves on the board of directors for Mary’s Woods CCRC and Pinnacle Healthcare. Margaret serves as NCAL representative on the AHCA Legal Committee and has worked with the NCAL Quality Committee to create a patient safety organization for residential and assisted living facilities. Margaret received bachelor’s degrees in nursing and history from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1980 and her law degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1986.

She and her husband Tom have three sons. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, skiing and hiking.

Michael DeShane, Ph.D

Michael is currently president of Concepts in Community Living, Inc. (CCL), a management and consulting firm specializing in assisted living. CCL was formed in 1989 to develop and operate assisted living facilities within the northwest with a concentration on smaller facilities in smaller, rural communities.

Dr. DeShane was a principal in the development of Beaverton’s Park Place Living Center, which opened in 1984 and was to become the model for the development of Assisted Living Regulations in Oregon. CCL currently operates or is developing about twenty assisted living facilities, many of which are sponsored by not-for-profit organizations.

He has been active in housing and long-term care services for many years, holding leadership positions at Oregon Association of Homes for the Aging (now Leading Age Oregon) and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now Leading Age.) Dr. DeShane received AAHSA’s Distinguished Service Award for his work leading the development of the Retirement Housing Professional (RHP) certification program. For AAHSA he has chaired the RHP committee and co-chaired the Assisted Living Committee. He remains active in Leading Age Oregon and continues to support a number of educational and retirement programs in Oregon. In addition to the Mary’s Woods board, he currently serves on the Clackamas Community College Foundation executive board.

Dr. DeShane received his Ph.D from Portland State University in 1977 and has taught at the university and community college levels since 1971.

Mike Diamond

Mike is a co-founder and partner in Real Estate Investment Group, a full service commercial real estate firm established in 1979. With more than 34 years of experience, Mr. Diamond has been involved in all areas of commercial real estate, including land and investment sales, acquisitions and landlord/tenant representation for office and retail leasing. In addition to brokerage, Mr. Diamond has been actively involved in the development of new retail, office and multifamily properties, and the renovation and re-purposing of existing buildings in Portland and Lake Oswego.

Mr. Diamond is a Portland native. He received a Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon in political science.Mr. Diamond’s volunteer experience is extensive, as is his list of board service. He is a founding and active director of Bank of Oswego. Currently, he is serving as the chairman of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Endowment Fund. Mr. Diamond has many years of involvement with Mary’s Woods, having served on the land use committee to determine the highest and best use for the SNJM property. When Mary’s Woods was complete he served on the original board.

Mr. Diamond and his wife Mari Lou, residents of Lake Oswego, have two daughters.He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, gardening and traveling.

Bob Dwyer Resident Representative to Board of Directors

Bob is a native of Portland, Oregon. He attended the University of Notre Dame, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Portland State University. Much of his career has been in the lumber industry. His early experience was in the family sawmill and plywood plant in Portland. He later was an importer of foreign timber. In this capacity he traveled to Russia and extensively in Southeast Asia.

He and his father co-founded Dwyer Memorial Hospital, a full-service general hospital in Milwaukie, Oregon. After operating it successfully for several years, they sold the hospital to a not-for-profit corporation. Today that hospital operates as Providence Milwaukie Hospital where Bob is a member and past president of their foundation board. After retiring, Bob enrolled in Portland State’s post baccalaureate accounting program, passed the CPA exam and spent four years as a tax preparer for a local CPA firm.

He has been a member of Jesuit High School’s board of directors and has been active with the Oregon State Bar as a lay member of their disciplinary review board and their fee dispute arbitration panel.

Bob and his wife Lynne have been married for fifty years and have resided at Mary’s Woods since 2010. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Dennis M. Finnigan Sr.

Dennis is a retired management consultant. He spent 28 years with SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) where he retired as vice president of operations for the International, Management, and Economics Group. A second career spanned more than 25 years as an independent consultant. During this period he provided management advisory services to several hundred public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations worldwide. He specialized in the service sector e.g. the hospitality industry with emphasis on airlines, hotels, restaurants and destination resorts. He continues to work with select organizations as an adviser on management, organization, personnel and strategy. Finnigan has been honored for his work on several occasions. In 1982, he was Knighted by the King of Sweden for many years of work in that country, specifically for "helping build good and useful institutions and in the identification and development of promising men and women." In 2002, he received SRI's most coveted prize – the Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions that have had a noteworthy impact on the standard of living and peace and prosperity of society and have added special luster to the reputation of SRI." He is also a charter member of the SRI Hall of Fame which recognized his pioneering work in computers and data processing. Finnigan has served on more than 30 boards in all capacities. These included two local organizations: the Heathman (Hotels) Management Group and Encounter Collaborative (web conferencing). Dennis is a graduate of Stanford University (Class of 1953) and also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dennis and his wife Barbara reside in West Linn. Their 9 children, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren reside in Oregon, Washington and California.

Jaki GalloJacki Gallo

Jacki lives in Beavercreek, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Jacki earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Lewis and Clark College with a major in political science and a minor in communications. She received her juris doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law. In addition, Jacki has a master's in tax law (LLM) from the University of Washington School of Law.

Ms. Gallo began her career at Deloitte & Touche in the Private Client Advisor group, where she specialized in tax work for high-net worth individuals, trusts, gifts, estates and nonprofit organizations. She then became a trust advisor at U.S. Bank where she specialized in high-net worth trust clients and families. Jacki then worked as the family office director for a prominent corporate family in Portland, Oregon for nearly five years. Currently, Jacki is the founder and CEO of The Gallo Group, LLC, which provides comprehensive family office consulting services to high-net worth families, as well as to private charitable foundations.

Her other interests include marathons for cancer awareness, water sports and spending time with her family.

David GaltDavid Galt

Mary Ellen HolohanMary Ellen Holohan, SNJM

Sister Mary Ellen, SNJM is the province leader for the U.S.-Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names. Their administrative offices are here on the Marylhurst campus. Before moving to Oregon in 2006, she worked as a secondary school educator and administrator in Albany, NY, Silver Spring, MD and Key West, Florida. She has been on other leadership teams for the Sisters in Longueuil in Quebec, Canada and in Albany, NY, and has served on boards of SNJM ministries. Before coming to Oregon, she worked in senior and outreach ministry in a parish setting. In accompanying her mother both in independent living and in a care setting during the years leading up to her 100th birthday, Sister Mary Ellen learned firsthand the many challenges of growing old gracefully, as well as the creative solutions seniors invent as they network with one another and with their care providers. Sister Mary Ellen completed a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics at Medaille College, Buffalo, NY; a Master of Science in education at the University of Dayton; and a Master of Arts in theology at the Catholic University of America. She also has several units in clinical pastoral education.

Judith Mayer, SNJM

Sister Judith is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Currently she provides consultation, coordination and advocacy to her Sister members in the areas of healthcare and social services.

Sister Judith recently completed her membership of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province. During her five year term, she designed and implemented a health and well-being system of care and services for the SNJM community which includes Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Maryland, Florida and Ontario, Canada.

Throughout her career she has worked in the original Sisters Care Center out of which Mary’s Woods has grown. She later worked on the first hospice home health program in the Portland Metro Area and in a health center with volunteer healthcare professionals to provide outpatient care to persons with no or low income.

Her life took a change when she and another Sister took in two children, siblings ages seven and eight through the state foster system. The children were raised by them and now she enjoys being a grandparent to five young children. Building on her experience with children, she worked at the Multnomah County Office of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in program development and service integration projects. She later worked in advocacy for children with the Juvenile Rights Program, and developed a program for youth aging out of foster care, called Powerhouse. Most of her career has been in the development of new programs or the restructuring of programs specifically with elders and children. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at University of Portland and her master's in social work at Portland State University with a specialty in social service administration and program development.

Sister Judith enjoys exercising with Take It Outside Fitness participants, anything outdoors and being with her grandchildren. She recently taught her granddaughter’s first grade class Yoga Calm for Children.

Moe OliverMaureen “Moe” Oliver, SNJM

Sister Moe is currently volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank in Development, specifically focused on events planning. In addition, she teaches spirituality classes at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Prior to her volunteer work, she was an elementary school principal for 27 years in the Portland Archdiocese.

Sister Moe graduated from Marylhurst University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and a master’s degree in administration from the University of San Francisco. Sister Moe enjoys being with family, babysitting grand nieces and nephews, and playing an occasional round of golf. She has been a Sister of the Holy Names for the past 48 years.

Donald S. RushmerDonald S. Rushmer, Ph.D

Don is a principal of NXT Consulting Group LLC, focusing on strategic issues identification, strategic planning and organizational positioning, and development for organizations involved with education, healthcare delivery and research.

With a Bachelor of Science in biology from Antioch College and a Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of Rochester, Dr. Rushmer served as executive director and senior scientist at the Neurological Sciences Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland from 1969 – 1988.

In 1988, Dr. Rushmer became vice president for academic affairs and provost at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. As provost, he was involved in all aspects of the university, including academic program planning and development, enrollment management, financial aid, information services, budgeting, support and student services. From 1999 – 2009, Dr. Rushmer was executive director of the Artz Center for Developmental Health. He led the reinvention of the center to better provide developmental pediatrics and multidisciplinary health services for children and families.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rushmer has served and chaired on a number of professional, peer review and nonprofit boards. He and his wife, Janet, live in the Stafford area outside Lake Oswego and enjoy spending time in Bellingham and the San Juan Islands with their three children and two grandchildren.

Lynda ThompsonLynda Thompson, SNJM

Sister Lynda has held positions in leadership and administration with the Sisters of the Holy Names at the congregational level in Montreal, at the local province level in the Northwest and with Catholic Health Care Systems. With her educational background she specializes in organizational transformation, strategic planning, program development and pastoral formation. She earned Master of Arts degrees from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN and the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Sister Lynda was centrally involved with the initiation, planning and realization of the Mary’s Woods ministry since the 1980s, from pre-development and financing through her present role as board trustee.

During the past twenty years she has served with the Catholic Health Corporation (CHC), Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and currently works with Providence Health and Services as a member of the executive leadership team at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.



Marvin A. Kaiser, Ph.D* Chief Executive Officer

Diane Hood, CPA* Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Sister Roswitha Frawley* Mission Director


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