Board of Directors

Individuals are needed who are interested in supporting the behavioral and mental health of residents in Central Oregon by serving on New Priorities Family Services’ Board of Directors. The board currently meets quarterly throughout the year, but some committees formed by the Board may meet more often. We are looking for caring community & business members who have the knowledge or willingness to work on fundraising, media, budgets, and accounting. Individuals who have resources in the community that might be helpful in obtaining funds, supplies, and equipment for the outpatient treatment office or have experience working as a part of a healthy and functioning board are highly desired.

New Priorities Family Services is a substance and discrimination-free workplace. Background checks and substance use screenings must be completed for anyone volunteering to serve on the board or work with the program.

Clifford Evelyn

Clifford is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended U.S. Naval Management school in Algiers, LA. He was honorably discharged from the U.S Navy as a 2nd Class Petty Officer. Clifford is a former Clark County Sheriff’s Office Commander in Vancouver, Washington employed with them for 20 years. During that time held the position of Correctional Officer, Training Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant and Commander. He has also coached at risk youth in basketball, baseball and boxing. Clifford is also a motivational speaker and focusing on being active as an Incarceration Activist.

John Seitter

John and his wife Lois moved here from Ohio in 2006 when they both retired. He served in the Air Force for 4 years and spent most of his working career managing the accounting department for a community hospital. He is currently on the board of Jericho Road and is also serving as the bookkeeper/accountant for Cascade View Estates HOA. John’s favorite hobbies are reading and RV traveling in the summer

Chris Nielsen

Chris graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a BS in Business Administration. He worked as a Contract Specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers and then later as a Supervisory Contract Specialist for the Bonneville Power Administration. Additionally, he served in the US Air Force from 1972-1977 and then in the Air National Guard, retiring in 2002. He believes in volunteerism and giving back to his community. He has served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT and continues to give back, building affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity and delivering nutritious meals for Meals on Wheels. Chris likes to stay busy and is an avid “do-it-yourselfer” and enjoys all kinds of home improvement projects. In his spare time, he likes to golf, hike, kayak and snowshoe. He and his wife enjoy traveling in their RV as well as travel abroad, learning about other cultures.

Leslie Carrell

Lesley graduated from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon with a BS in Marketing. She worked 36 years in the Credit Union industry, retiring as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Community Development at Fibre Federal Credit Union in Longview, WA. She served on numerous industry Boards and worked closely with Community Organizations to bring banking services to the unbanked. Since retiring she has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the SW Washington Humane Society, Friends of the La Center Library, and the Clark County YWCA, where she volunteered as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Since relocating to Central Oregon in 2018, she volunteers for the Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) program, connecting reading, kids and volunteers with a love for reading, the Sisters Folk Festival, and delivers Meals on Wheels. In her spare time, Lesley gets outside as much as possible She loves hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. At home she gardens, reads, and loves to cook for friends and family. She loves to travel and has visited every continent except Antarctica.