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Conference Presenters

THANK YOU to our 2013 Cooperative Association Conference Presenters!

Erin Barnhart, Ph. D. | Engaging Communities Plenary Address

Meet Erin, a dynamic, innovative service superhero who wants to share her secrets about sustainably and effectively serving your community.

Photo by Jessica Watson PhotographyErin earned her Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2012 and is an internationally recognized expert in everything to do with volunteer engagement. She is a Fulbright Scholar, an AmeriCorps*NCCC alum, and carries an MPA in Public Policy as well as a Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management. Early in her career, Erin worked as as Director of Volunteerism Initiatives at Idealist.org where she wrote and developed three of their free online information centers on volunteer engagement, and developed the Idealist.org Global Volunteering Fairs.
In addition to her current role as Founder & President of Effective Altruism, LLC, Erin serves as Graduate Program Director for IPSL's Master of Arts in International Development and Service program. She also serves on the boards of the Building Bridges Coalition, Volunteer Positive, the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and was one of the founding board members of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE).

Erin has shared her wealth of knowledge at a number of regional, national, and international events and sends her guests away ready to serve - and save - the world. 


Chris Havel | Visitor Experiences Conversation

Meet Chris, our charismatic communicator. He is the brains behind Oregon State Parks' approach to providing quality and memorable experiences for all park visitors and wants to share his strategies with you.

Chris works in the director's office at OPRD as part of the communications and research division. He has been with the department since 1994, first as coordinator of the volunteer program, and then as a market research analyst, webmaster, marketing and public relations person before moving into strategic communications. To his unending shame, he has not yet visited every state park in Oregon, mostly because he is saving Succor Creek for a special occasion.

Rich Digirolamo | Permission To Speed Plenary Address

Meet Rich, our extra-qualified, success-saturated conference plenary presenter who will send you home inspired and ready to get stuff done!

Rich began his career in accounting and finance with companies such as Price Waterhouse, Avon and Carlson Companies. Aiming to make finance more like FUNance for others, he carried his career into teaching CPA review and recruiting for Robert Half International. Moving beyond the money field, Rich created Recess at Work Day, a fun opportunity to improve employee wellness, morale, and engagement that has since received international media coverage and attention from companies such as Keen. He is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Double D. Diner, is the Past President of the New England Chapter of the National Speakers Association, and has published three books!

Presently, Rich speaks internationally to groups ranging from the corporate sector to non-profits to governement. He approaches his audiences with a highly interactive and engaging demeanor, and the goal of sending them home energized and smiling.

Conference Presenters

Erin Barnhart
P.h. D.; Founder Effective Altruism, LLC
Advanced Volunteer Management
Lisa Creamer
Emma Agency
​Email Marketing: Making it work for you
​Chris Havel Assistant Director of Communications, OPRD Visitor Experiences Conversation
​Rich Digirolamo Founder, Recess At Work Day and Double D. Diner
Leadership/Nonprofit Board Development
Kuri Gill
Writing Golden Grants
John Hoffnagle
Executive Director, Oregon State Parks Foundation
Partnering with the Oregon State Parks Foundation
Lou and Sharon Kolkhorst
Friends of Shore Acres
Purchasing Power for Stores
​Jeremy Martin ​Park Ranger, National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
​Life as Joseph Meek during the fur trade
Sarah Kreisman and Deborah Hill
Friends of Tryon Creek Starting your own Interpretive Guide Program