ACCESS is excited to announce the appointment of Carrie Borgen as Executive Director. Carrie Borgen brings over 20 years’ experience as an executive for a nonprofit organization and various venture capital-backed start-ups and Fortune 100 healthcare companies to ACCESS. She draws on her experiences to lead organizations that serve vulnerable populations, maximizing available funding, and innovating programs. To achieve this objective, it is essential that the staff knows they are valued, can maintain a healthy life balance, and have opportunities to flourish in their careers.
Borgen has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Systems from California State University. She is an Arizona-state licensed CPA, beginning her career as an Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche consultant.
When Borgen learned about ACCESS’s leadership opportunity, she felt she would be in a perfect position. Knowing little about Jackson County, Borgen spent time meeting with the ACCESS Board and leadership team and exploring the area. “Relocating from Scottsdale, Arizona, to lead a well-respected organization that provides essential life-saving services to vulnerable populations as well as working with an outstanding leadership team and supportive Board, was an easy and exciting decision,” says Borgen.
“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone in the Rogue Valley, and ACCESS could not be more excited to have Carrie as our next leader.”, says J.R. Wheeler, Chair of the Board of Directors at ACCESS. “ACCESS plays a pivotal role in Jackson County, and we feel that Carrie’s solid background, in both for-profit and nonprofit fields, make her the type of leader ACCESS needs as it continues forward.”
Borgen’s vision for ACCESS is to expand currently successful programs, identify needs not fully addressed, and innovate to meet those needs. She is a loyal and committed advocate for building collaborative partnerships with area nonprofits, government agencies, donors, and other stakeholders. With ACCESS’ dedicated and talented team, supportive and experienced Board, and an incredibly generous community, she is excited about the possibilities.
Carrie enjoys her four rescue dogs ranging from a 10-pound chihuahua to a 100-pound lab/Rottweiler mix in her spare time. As an outdoor enthusiast, she looks forward to exploring all the beautiful places the Rogue Valley offers.
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Carlea started at ACCESS in April of 2004 as Program Administrator in the Housing Department.
She became the Human Resources Director in 2007. Her primary responsibilities include
compensation and benefits, recruiting, performance management, HR policies, and ensuring
compliance with federal and state employment regulations.
As Human Resources Director, Carlea has revised the organization’s Personnel Policies, built
and maintained a salary structure, and revamped employee benefits. Most recently, she
implemented an employee recognition program called Principles in Action.
She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) awarded by the HR Certification
Institute. The certification signifies that Carlea possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical
experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination
demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.
She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and an Oregon
Notary. She is currently serving on the steering committee for the 2011 MBL Non Profit Salary
and Benefits Survey.
“I love working at ACCESS because of the people I get to work with every day,” Carlea says.
“Our employees aren’t just here for the paycheck and benefits; they are here to help people. It is
their knowledge and caring that makes our community a better place for everyone. ACCESS is a
vital asset to the community, providing a safety net to those who might otherwise fall through the
cracks. We lead people in need toward a greater level of self sufficiency that helps them become
valuable assets to our community.”
Kellie Battaglia joins ACCESS with 19 years of experience in organizational leadership, resource and
business development, innovation, personal and performance management, program
development, budget management and stakeholder relations.
“We couldn’t be more happy to have found the high-energy, experienced, leading- edge
professional we were looking for in Kellie Battaglia,” says former ACCESS Executive Officer Pamela
Battaglia will be responsible for individual major gift fund raising and related activity on behalf
of ACCESS. She will have responsibility for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift
prospects, as well as developing a fund-raising planning process to accomplish development
goals. In addition, Battaglia will oversee events, endowment, planned giving and donor
recognition for ACCESS.
“I am thrilled to join the ACCESS team and become a part of this well-respected organization
providing essential food, shelter and warmth to those most in need in Jackson County. I’m
looking forward to getting to know our community partners and supporters in the coming
months,” says Battaglia.
Most recently, Battaglia was the Client Services Manager at the City of Salem Housing Authority
leading Oregon’s largest Housing First Initiative to provide permanent housing and intensive
case management to Salem’s most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals. Before that, she
was in Montana and Colorado with non-profit and government organizations involved with
developing affordable housing.
Food Programs Director
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board is made of members from our local community.
Current Board Roster As of July 1st 2020
J.R. Wheeler, Chair
Jonathan Bilden, Vice Chair
Brad Earl, Treasurer
Kathy Sperle, Secretary
Julie Brown, Past Chair