Phone: 541-779-6691, Ext 334
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.”
ACCESS welcomes Kellie Battaglia as the new Development Director for the organization.
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 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
Support Services Director
Nutrition Programs Director
ACCESS welcomes Rachael Ward as their new Nutrition Programs Director. Ward joins ACCESS with
seven years of experience in the non-profit sector at the intersection of nutrition, public health, and
agriculture. She has been involved in community food systems from the ground up, with work
experience on small scale farms, managerial experience with large scale food security interventions, and
coursework in policy and global nutrition and agriculture.
“We are thrilled to have Rachael on board with her public health education, experience and interest.
This powerhouse combination is sure to have an outstanding impact on nutritional health in Jackson
County,” says ACCESS Executive Officer Pamela Norr.
Ward will be responsible for developing and overseeing programs, supervising and training staff,
managing contracts, budgeting and fiscal responsibility for the ACCESS Nutrition Programs.
Most recently, Rachael was the Director of Programs for Wholesome Wave Georgia, a statewide nonprofit organization that increases access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food for low-income families. At
Wholesome Wave Georgia, Rachael administered a healthy food incentives program that matched SNAP
dollars at local farmers markets, a fruit and vegetable prescription program, and several other projects
focused on addressing barriers to food access. She is passionate about connecting low-income families
with fresh, healthy, local food and supporting farmers and the local food system.
Pamela joins ACCESS with over 27 years of nonprofit agency and hospital leadership
experience, including multiple years in community-based organizations serving seniors and those
in need. Born and raised in Pasadena California, Pamela moved to Oregon 12 years ago and
has served at Central Oregon Council On Aging, Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network, and
Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.
Her expertise is strongly rooted in mission-based servant leadership, strategic planning,
marketing/communications and innovative and collaborative team leadership. She is a graduate
of the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS) and has two children attending Western Oregon
When asked why she decided to take the position at ACCESS, Norr states, “The mission of the
organization is something I am passionate about, but equally important, I was impressed by the
strong team I met, the passion for the organization by the Board members and the amazing
community support for those served. I am honored and excited about joining the team at
ACCESS and look forward to working together in support of the mission.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board is made of members from our local community.
Current Board Roster As of March 19, 2019
Julie Brown, Chair
J.R. Wheeler, Vice Chair
Eric Foster, Treasurer
Cathie Davis, Past Chair
Jonathan Bilden, Secretary