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I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up just outside of the city in Upper Darby, PA, graduating from Springfield High School in 2012. After graduation, I attended Ithaca College where I majored in Environmental Studies, minored in African Diaspora Studies and was a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program. A scholarship program which focuses on social justice and the teachings of Rev. King. This program equipped me to critically assess matters of inequality and oppression. Through this program I was blessed to travel to Accra, Ghana, and London, England. Personally, I studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand.
I came to Oregon through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps program, managed by the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center. While in the RARE program, I served in Independence, OR assisting the Independence Downtown Association and the City of Independence in revitalizing its downtown. It was in this role that I met former Salem Leadership Foundation’s board member Gregg Peterson, owner of the Independence Grill, and Sam Skillern (SLF Executive Director). Together they encouraged me to apply for a staff position at SLF and help the ministry expand its capacity to serve Salem.
As a Lightning Rod in North Salem, I’ll be shadowing Sam Skillern to learn about the Salem community and build relationships in North Salem, growing to facilitate more relationships between people of faith and people of good will in the North Salem high school feeder area.
While I have been here at SLF, I finally heard what God wants me to do and that’s to become a middle school math teacher here in Salem Oregon! I have completed my Associates at Chemeketa CC this year, June 2017. This fall, I will be an AmeriCorps member stationed at the Boys and Girls Club of Salem on Summer Street for 2017-18. After that I will be attending Western Oregon University to obtain my teaching degree. Did I forget to mention I’m getting married this August 2017 to Danny Navarro? It’s been seven years and we are ready! I’m sure you will still see me around to volunteer and help SLF just as they have helped me. 🙂
First and foremost, I get to be Aaron’s wife. We have two boys, Andrew & Jonathan, and they don’t fall far from our tree: they love reading, music, adventures and laughter. I originally came to Salem (from Kauai, HI then Pacific City, OR) to study and play at Willamette… and I haven’t left this great city! My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Exercise Science and teaching, and while I use them seldomly, the Willamette experience has been invaluable. I held a teaching position at Stephens Middle School (2003) for 10 wonderful years before I “retired” to do youth ministry and media work at Calvary Chapel Salem (2013). From there, I transitioned to Salem Leadership Foundation (2017). My work as CaN Centers Coordinator at SLF is continually widening my view of this incredible city, the churches and brothers & sisters that serve it, and the one true God who loves everyone.
Carrie Maheu currently serves as Missional Field Support for the Salem Leadership Foundation. Her first assignment in 2007 was as the McKay Area Lightning Rod as part of the “City-as-Neighborhood Initiative.” With the generous support of the Collins Foundation and Murdock Trust she was one of four Lightning Rods serving the Community.
In 1976 Carrie moved to Salem where she met and married her husband Michael. Their daughter Katie attended school in Salem and graduated from McKay High in 1995. They have attended the Salem First Free Methodist Church for 22 years where she serves as the CaN Center Director supervising free after school programming – with a focus on Neighborhood Outreach.
Carrie enjoys being a part of the Community her past and current affiliations are: McKay Area Coalition for Student Success (MACCS), McKay CPT, No Meth Campaign, Reading for All Initiative, Fostering Hope Initiative, Coordinator of the East Salem Community Dinner, Friends of La Casita and Community and Partners of East Salem (CaPES) Treasurer. During her previous career in retail management she served as a Softline Manager, Corporate College Recruiter, Administrative Assistant and Regional Competition Price Coordinator.
Her favorite thing to do is babysit her grandson.
Husband to Julie for 17 years with two children (Riley 13 and Logan 10). I moved to Salem in 2004 as part of a church-planting team in South Salem, and then moved to West Salem in 2008 to pastor Soma Church. I started working at the Salem Leadership Foundation as West Salem Lightning Rod in 2015.
• B.A. Psychology from Western Oregon University
• Masters in Divinity from Abilene Christian University
Lightening Rod Work:
• Chair of Edgewater Partnership
• Serving on West Salem Urban Redevelopment Advisory Board
• Site Coordinator with Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s After-School Enrichment Academy at Walker Middle School
• Serving on Salem Missional Communities Board
• Serving as Kairos Church Planting Coach
• Served as Basketball Coach with West Salem Youth Basketball, Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, YMCA, and Skyball
• Served on Western Oregon University Alumni Board
• Supporting the West Salem CaN Centers (Soma Church, Salem Dream Center, West Salem Foursquare Church) and West Salem Churches/Ministries (West Salem Baptist Church, West Salem United Methodist Church, Kingwood Bible Church, Life Church, City Vibe, Connection Life Church)
Husband to Marsha Boes for 49 years. We have four adult children and eight grandchildren. I’ve been a Salem Leadership Foundation Lighting Rod Associate since 2007.
I enjoy serving Salem and Polk County in the following ways:
• Co-Chaired West Salem Neighborhood Association
• Received Salem’s Vern Miller Award
• Co-Chair of Community Homeless Connect in Salem, OR
• Founded and Co-Chaired Polk Community Connect in Dallas, OR
• Served on and Chaired Polk County Commission of Children and Families board
• Serving on Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Exec. Board
• Served on Salem Net pastors fellowship Leadership Team
• Served as Salem Dream Center Board Chair
• Chaired Emergency Food and Shelter Board for Marion and Polk County
Other background information about me:
• West Salem Resident since 1992
• Pastor from 1983 – 2006 in Portland and Salem
• Diesel Technician 1968 – 1982
• Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion with a minor in Greek language
• Master of Divinity Degree
I was born and raised in Seattle Washington. I grew up in the Richmond Beach neighborhood, North of Seattle. I have a Bachelor of Science in Clothing and Textiles from Seattle Pacific University and an Associate of Arts and Science from State University of New York/Fashion Institute of Technology in Advertising and Journalism.
Sam and I moved to Salem in 1996, answering God’s calling for Sam to be the Executive Director of the Salem Leadership Foundation. Sam and I have been married for almost 30 years. We have two college age sons, Samuel Charles IV, & Andrew McLean.
We currently worship at Salem Alliance Church and live in a 100 year old home in the Grant Neighborhood.
We are passionate about neighborhoods, advocating for the underserved, servanthood and old house restorations.
I have been on staff at SLF since June of 2015.
Texas Native, who moved to Salem in 2008. Graduated from Corban University in 2011. Married to Kristine Herring in 2011. Has two sons, James Dean and Jordan Kent, with another one due in March, 2017. Attends and serves at the Salem First Free Methodist Church. On staff with SLF as full time Lightning Rod since 2015.
Serves the McKay Area:
• After School Programs at Salem First Free Methodist Church.
• Partners and Coaches for Grass Roots After School Soccer Program, GRASSP.
• Co-Chairs Communities and Partners of East Salem, CaPES.
• Parks Co-Chair for North Lancaster Neighborhood Association.
• Younglife McKay Adult Support Team
• Younglives childcare volunteer
• Interfaith Hospitality Network Coordinator for Salem First Free Methodist Church
• Community of Gardeners Coordinator at Brown Rd Park
• Supports the McKay Area CaN Centers: Salem First Free Methodist, Calvary Chapel Salem, New Hope Foursquare, Holy Cross Lutheran, Grace Community, New Harvest.
Married to Jerry Dolar, and we have two young adult children (Josh & Laura). Originally from Montana, but have lived in Salem since 1992. I live in the South Gateway Neighborhood, our kids attended schools at Sumpter, Judson and Sprague. I worked as Parish Administrator at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in South Salem for 12 years. I volunteer with Interfaith Hospitality Network, Battlecreek Elementary, and SKIT theatre. Enjoy playing the piano, hiking, family reunions, and OSU sports!
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Husband to Gabrielle (Gabi) for 16 years with two children (Kaden and Clara). I moved to Salem in 2003 to pastor and pursue my masters degree through George Fox Evangelical Seminary. I founded the Salem Missional Community Network; which has planted, coached and cultivated a dozen unique disciple-making churches in the past 10 years. I started working at the Salem Leadership Foundation as the South Area Lightning Rod in 2008. Here is a snapshot of the People, Projects, and Partnerships I am currently involved with on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis through SLF:
• Chair of South Salem Connect (SSC) a Community Partnership Team (CPT) increasing neighbor livability through partnerships, one time projects and weekly programs.
• Team leader at Leslie Middle School and monthly events coordinator for Salem area Wyldlife.
• Founder and leader of the Salem Missional Community Network seeking out the broken and marginalized through forming families of missionary servants.
• President of the Co-Active Connections Board supporting its work to educate and advocate to promote awareness of the poverty experience.
• Poverty awareness coach and volunteer trainer for Community Connect, Salem Warming Center, and the annual Homeless Count.
• 10 year board member with Isaac’s Room supporting their work to help divested youth rise to the challenges of life through the IKE Box, IKE Quest and IKE House.
• Providing clubs and recruiting instructors for the After School Program at Leslie Middle School
• Champion for the Church @the Park & Room in the Inn efforts
• Supporting the South/Sprague CaN Centers: Emmaus Community Church, Capital Park Weslyan, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Trinity Covenant Church, Morningside United Methodist Church, and Gateway Foursquare Church.
Sam Skillern is the executive director of the Salem Leadership Foundation, a faith-based community-impact organization that was founded in 1996. SLF is well-known for its work building bridges between the faith community and the community at large, especially schools, government, business, the human services and law enforcement. SLF is also active working across the denominations and between different religions, helping people-of-faith practice the Sacred Art of Servanthood, as modeled in the ministry of Jesus. SLF is a strong partner in the Churches as Neighborhood (CaN) Centers Project, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Fantastic Fridays at Grant School, Reading Buddies at Highland, the North Neighborhoods Community Project Team (CPT), and the Marion County Children and Families Commission, among many other initiatives.
Sam is a Salem son who graduated from South High (1977) and Oregon State (1982) before heading to Seattle for a 14-year career in consulting and community-building ministry. Sam and his family live in a historic 1916 Crafstman home and worship (Salem Alliance Church) in the Grant neighborhood of north-central Salem, which is also the location of SLF’s offices.
Sam serves on the Marion County Children & Families Commission and chairs both the Grant Neighborhood Association and the North Neighborhood-N2 Community Progress Team (CPT). In March 2005, Sam was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Salem Chamber of Commerce and City officials.