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About Kerr

We offer a wide range of services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges in Portland, the Northwest and beyond.

Our WorkGive


Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential.


All people thrive in nurturing and inclusive communities.


The values of our expert caregivers remain constant: compassion, commitment, collaboration, and advocacy.

Serving the community for over 110 years

Kerr provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers by:


  • Serving over 53% of the youth in IDD group homes in Oregon.
  • Leading the creation of employment and community living opportunities for adults with IDD.
  • Operating the only standalone subacute children’s crisis psychiatric facility in Oregon.
  • Providing leadership in statewide policy discussions related to disability and mental health care.
  • Leading industry discussion, training, and innovation of best practices in programs for children with dual diagnosis.
  • Practicing evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

Staff & Board


Mary Ann “Miki” Herman – Chief Executive Officer – Interim

Ann Ferguson, CPA – Chief Financial Officer – Interim

Owen Gibson, MA, CHC – Chief Compliance Officer

Derrick Perry – Chief Program Officer

Craig Rusch – Chief Information Officer

Matthew Warner, MBA, SPHR – Chief Human Resources Officer

Governing Board

CHAIR: David Lake
Vice President of Health Plan Operations and Strategy, Kaiser Permanente Northwest


Laurine Apolloni
Owner & General Manager, Apolloni Vineyards

Chris Beaulieu
Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, The Standard

David Connell, J.D.
Partner, Buchalter Ater Wynne LLP

Jeffrey Cronn
Partner, Tonkon Torp

Kimberly “Kim” Curry
Principal Strategist & Founder, Curry & Collective

Dennis Gilliam
Community Volunteer

Susan Hobbel
Senior Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

Paul Litwinczuk, MBA
Senior Associate, Point B, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Mark McIlraith
Senior Pastor, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church

Jill Nickerson, MBA
Chief Financial Officer, The Math Learning Center

Craig Payne
Senior Vice President, Construction & Real Estate Practice, Brown & Brown Northwest

Lisa Powell, MBA, SPHR
Chief Human Resources Officer, Providence Health and Services, Oregon

Karen Rasmussen, CPA, CHC
Consultant, The Rasmussen Group, LLC

Nadine Smith
Owner, Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC

Heidi Steeves
Executive Director, Oregon Patient Safety Commission

Dennis Warneke
Principal, The Warneke Group, LLC

David L. Wilson, DMD


Ken & Ginger Harrison

Peter Jacobsen


Fritz Bartsch

Peter Bhatia

Mary Borghorst

Christine Brown, J.D.

Marsha Buono

Roger Cooke, J.D.

Andy F. Dignan

Helen H. Lindgren

Robert Mesher, CPA

Greg Mottau

Anthony J. Seashore

Victor Stibolt, J.D.

Ken Thrasher

Jim Trolinger

Connie West


Mary Ann “Miki” Herman, Chief Executive Officer – Interim

Open, Corporate Treasurer

Christine Andersen, Corporate Secretary


Foundation Trustees

CHAIR: Terry Donahe
Principal & Co-Founder, Springwater Wealth Management

Aaron Cilek
Attorney, Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg LLC

Mary Lago, CFP®, CTFA
Principal, Wealth Management Chair, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Paul Litwinczuk
Senior Associate, Point B, Inc.

Melissa May, J.D.
Estate Planning Attorney, Duffy Kekel LLP

Keith Meyers, CPA, ABV, CFF
Principal (semi-retired), Perkins & Co.

Craig Payne
Senior Vice President, Construction & Real Estate Practice, Brown & Brown Northwest

Sarah Robinson
Financial Advisor, Hines Warner Wealth Management

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