Griffin's Place Board
Ms. Berger is currently the owner and CEO of Berger Seed, a fifth generation agricultural business that engages in local and international business dealings. She has experience with finance, sales, and product development, and is currently responsible for making all major business decisions on behalf of Berger Seed. Ms. Berger's volunteer activities include serving on the Washington County Developmental Disabilities Council and the Hillsboro School District's Parent Advisory Council for Special Education. She also serves on the Oregon Grass Seed Bargaining Association Board and Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Advisory Council. She has an Associate of Applied Science in radiologic technology.
Ms. Zander currently works as the Chief Administrative Officer at Berger Seed, where she has worked for more than ten years. Prior to working at Berger Seed, she worked as a project manager for Ascentium Corporation, an interactive marketing and technology consulting firm where she managed a wide range of projects, including projects involving IT infrastructure and software development. Ms. Zander eamed a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in financial management from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Britteny is a founding board member and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice. Her passion is supporting individuals to have successful and full lives of their choosing. Britteny works with transition aged adults and older adults to build skills in communication, self-determination, Independence and interests. She has more than 25 years of experience working with individuals within all the environments we live, work and play.
Melanie has been practicing trust and estates law for 23 years. As part of her law practice, she works with families who have a loved one with a disability. She is the past chair of the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning Section. She is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Melanie has authored a number of published articles on special needs trusts and is a frequent speaker on this topic. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Irish studies from Boston College, her law degree from Seton Hall School of Law, and her Master of Law in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Schlottmann is an experienced volunteer and advocate for underserved populations. He currently serves as the executive director for the Mobility Impaired Golf Association. Mr. Schlottmann, currently works with the City of Hillsboro where he is excited to be developing a strategic plan for inclusion and accommodation for their Parks and Recreation department to better serve their participants experiencing disabilities. He received his Master’s of Public Health from Milken Institute at George Washington University in 2018. His passions are program planning and evaluation for underserved populations.
Deb is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has worked in the healthcare industry for over 12 years. She has a passion for working with seniors and ensuring quality care is delivered to this population with various cognitive and physical disabilities. Throughout her career she has also dedicated countless volunteer hours to such organizations as the Alzheimer's Association and Meals on Wheels. Specifically, she served as a committee member for the Portland Walk to End Alzheimer's for 8 years. Ms. Kolb obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from Oregon State University in Healthcare Administration and a Gerontology Certification.
Activity Coordinator & Instructor
Elyssa is our new Activity Coordinator and will be planning our activities from now on as well as leading Art Night. She comes to us with a long background of serving this population and currently works as the Manager of Team G (the awesome group of folks who support Griffin daily). She is passionate about promoting independence and building skills to allow individuals to engage fully in their community. When she is not working she loves spending time with her family who is so excited to be a part of supporting Griffin's Place as well.
Shannon Wagner, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director/ Interim Executive Director
Shannon Wagner is an Occupational Therapist, mom, and business owner. Shannon worked with Griffin’s Place during her graduate school training to help get it off the ground. She completed her doctoral work with a focus on non-profit program development. After graduating Shannon spent time working as a school based therapist before returning to Griffin’s Place in 2017 to focus on developing programs and continuing the shared vision of creating inclusive communities. Shannon is passionate about inclusion, self-determination, high expectations, and building skills that allow individuals to feel a strong sense of belonging in the school and community settings. She is honored to be able to do this work along side this wonderful community.
Game night Instructor
Hailey is a Speech- Language Pathologist who is passionate about social communication, language, and functional skill-building. She currently works with preschool- aged children at Willamette ESD. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University and a Master’s of Speech Language Pathology from University of South Florida. She loves Griffin’s Place because it provides participants with opportunities for communication, socialization, and fun!