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(Pictured L to R: Paul Litwinczuk, Kerr Governing Board Chair, Laurine Apolloni, Kerr Governing Board Chair-Elect, and David Lake, Kerr Governing Board Past Chair)

PORTLAND, OREGON (March 6, 2024) – Albertina Kerr, a leading Oregon nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self-determined lives, announces a recent transition within its Board of Directors. On February 23, 2024, Paul Litwinczuk was appointed as the new Chair of Albertina Kerr’s Governing Board of Directors, succeeding David Lake. Additionally, Laurine Apolloni will serve as Chair-Elect.

Past Chair David Lake is stepping down as he and his wife have been asked to lead a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kerr CEO Allison Stark says, “We are immensely grateful for David’s leadership and contributions to Albertina Kerr over the years. His dedication has helped shape our organization and position us for continued success.”

Lake, an integral part of Kerr’s Board since July 2019, served as Chair-Elect starting June 30, 2020, before assuming the role of Chair on July 13, 2021. With a distinguished career, including over a decade as Vice President of Health Plan Operations and Facilities at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan until his retirement in April 2022, he has brought invaluable expertise and dedication to Kerr. Lake says, “Under the leadership of Allison, her team, and the Board, Kerr has solidified its position as a leader in helping those with disabilities live self-determined lives. It has been my privilege to serve with this innovative and dynamic organization.”

Paul Litwinczuk, Senior Consultant—Retirement Services at OneDigital, steps into the role of Chair with a wealth of experience and a commitment to driving positive change. He joined Kerr’s Governing Board in June 2015, serving as Finance Committee Chair, and has been a Kerr Foundation Trustee since 2019. With an MBA from Portland State University and a B.S. from Drake University, Litwinczuk’s leadership style emphasizes collaboration and continuous improvement. “I am honored to accept the Chair role and excited to work alongside this dedicated and passionate team to make a difference in the lives of those Kerr serves,” he says.

Laurine Apolloni joined Kerr’s Board in May 2022 and is currently Chair of the Development Committee. With a background in engineering and a successful career in building and managing Apolloni Vineyards, she brings a unique blend of analytical rigor and creative problem-solving to her role. Apolloni says, “I am thrilled to be appointed Chair-Elect. I am committed to leveraging my skills and experiences to contribute to the organization’s continued success in serving our community.”

Stark notes, “As we welcome Paul as our new Chair and Laurine as Chair-Elect, I am confident their combined expertise and passion for our mission will propel Kerr to new heights.”

Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental health challenges to lead self-determined lives in their communities. As one of the largest and oldest nonprofit human services providers in the Pacific Northwest, Kerr offers 24-hour residential care for children, teens, and adults with I/DD, supported employment services for adults with I/DD, and inpatient crisis psychiatric care for youth. For more information, visit