Board of Directors
Jim Gilroy, President
Jim is the Branch Manager of Siuslaw Bank in Cottage Grove, where he also served as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor and city council member, and recipient of the First Citizen Award. He served 32 years with an electrical utility company where he held a wide variety of management roles. He holds a B.S. in Business from Boston College and M.A. from Oakland University.
Fred Colgan retired from a long career as a contractor and homebuilder, and found a way to combine his construction know-how with his passion for humanitarian work.
Nathan Kemalyan, Executive Director Pro Tem
Nathan studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. He has been a practicing physician for 26 years, is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons and is the director of the Oregon Burn Center at the Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Following several visits to Africa, Nathan’s focus shifted to burn prevention in the developing world. Nathan joined our board in 2013 after attending winter stove camp.
John G. “Tom” Tomlinson, Jr.
Mr. Tomlinson holds a B.A. from the University of Redlands; his Ph.D. in modern European history comes from the University of Southern California. He has spent his working life in higher education, both as a professor and as a manager of fundraising operations. He spent 30 years at the University of Southern California, 15 of those years as Associate Dean for USC’s Gould School of Law. He retired from academic administration in 2010 as Vice President of Advancement for Occidental College.
Retired, Tomlinson now does a bit of adjunct teaching at USC and the Claremont Graduate University where he offers classes in the history of Los Angeles and the history of American and European philanthropy. His professional life includes volunteer trustee service for the University of Redlands, the Japanese American National Museum and California Trout among other institutions.
Miel is an international development specialist with over fifteen years leadership, management, and operations experience. Based out of Washington, DC for 11 years, Miel has spent 7 years living abroad, on five continents and in sixty countries, including international development work in some of the roughest places on earth (Afghanistan, DR Congo, Somalia, etc). She holds a Bachelors Degree from Lewis and Clark College, and a Master’s in Public Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland.