Our Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Training and Development Manager, OCHIN, Inc.
TFR Board Chair
Heath currently serves as the Training and Development Manager at OCHIN in Portland, Oregon. With both an MBA and prior professional experience as an Executive Director of a start-up non-profit, Heath brings valuable insight and leadership to TFR’s Board. He has served as the Board Secretary since January 2015.
TFR Board Secretary
Nicole has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has a special interest in the neurobiology of trauma and working with traumatized individuals and families. She has prior professional experience in public relations for a large national non-profit. She offers both clinical insight to TFR’s Board as well as leadership in both community networking and fundraising. She has sat on TFR’s Board since January 2016.
Jerry Buzzard, MSW
Retired District Manager, Clackamas County DHS
TFR Board Consultant
Jerry has spent most of his adult life working to improve the lives of at-risk children. As an undergrad, Jerry was a “big brother” to twin boys for most of his freshman year. He helped form a play therapy group for infants and toddlers later in his undergrad years and then, after earning his bachelors degree, took a job as the day treatment coordinator at the local DARTS program for emotionally disturbed children. Jerry began his 25 year career with the Department of Human Services (DHS) in 1990 working as a permanency caseworker for eight years before becoming a branch supervisor, then a branch manager, a district child welfare program manager and finally the district manager in Clackamas County. He’s experienced the differing challenges of both rural and urban social work having worked in thirteen different counties throughout Oregon. Jerry, and his wife of 40 years, have four daughters, one adopted, and nine grandchildren. He understands the challenges of raising a special needs child and the stressors that impact all families, especially families with limited economic circumstances. While retirement is nice it remains important to be of service to others. As they say, you can take the man out of social work, but you can’t take social work out of the man.
In addition to Doug’s formidable professional experience in the business and management sector, he says his primary calling is to be attentive to the needs and invested in the lives of his family, neighbors, church and community. He feels the community as a whole has much at stake as we share in the challenges, opportunities and successes of our children — they need and deserve our best. He has served as a founding board member and past president of a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of youth — the Search Institute — and has also been a board member of a Boys and Girls Club. Currently, Doug volunteers his time teaching piano and guitar lessons to several adolescent youth and also teaches children’s Sunday school at his church. He is passionate about the Family Room because healthy families are a critical foundation for healthy youth. The vision of The Family Room toward the restoration of healthy relationships between parents and their children is inspiring to him. Doug has been a member of TFR’s Board of Directors since January 2018.
Senior Loan Officer, Guild Mortgage
Sara founded and built her own business — Guild Mortgage — as a young single mom to her amazing now teenaged daughter. She remembers many difficult and lonely times struggling to provide for her family and feels incredibly fortunate to have built a successful business and a comfortable life for her and her daughter. Sara was introduced to The Family Room through a totally “random” event that now feels truly providential to both her and TFR’s staff. She felt an immediate curiosity about TFR’s work and began volunteering right away. She feels that helping parents and their children reunite is close to her heart and is the right fit for her in giving back to her community. Sara began volunteering for TFR in June of 2017 and joined TFR’s Board of Directors five months later in November.