2018 FHC Moderator Biographies

Peter Hainley, Exective Director, CASA of Oregon

Peter Hainley is executive director of Community and Shelter Assistance Corp. (CASA of
Oregon). He has been the director since 1998 and has been with the organization since
1992. Prior to joining CASA, he worked as an accountant, auditor and consultant. Peter
graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Business, emphasis Accounting.
He was (briefly) a CPA.

Peter met the love of his life, Leocadia, while serving in the Peace Corps in the
Dominican Republic. They married in 1997 and they have three sons ages 14, 16 and 18.
Peter has served on the boards of numerous non-profits over the years and in many
capacities. Currently, he serves on the boards of:

  • Community Housing Fund of Washington County
  • Network for Oregon Affordable Housing
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • National Farmworker Housing Directors Association



Rob Prasch,  Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) Preservation Director  

Rob Prasch is the Preservation Director with the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH). NOAH is an Oregon non-profit financial institution offering a broad range of products and services to affordable housing developers. Rob manages the Oregon Housing Preservation Project (OHPP), a collaboration of state and local governments, charitable foundations and housing industry leaders from the private sector.

The goal of the OHPP is to preserve Oregon’s federally subsidized rental housing at risk of conversion to market units. As of July 1, 2018, the OHPP partners have preserved 212 HUD and Rural Development assisted properties and 20 manufactured home parks with a combined 10,841 units - 8,953 units with project based rental assistance.

Rob has over 25 years in the affordable housing industry. Before joining NOAH, Rob worked for the Housing Development Center (HDC). Prior to that he was the Preservation Coordinator in the Oregon HUD field office from 1991-1997. 


Lisa Rogers, Deputy Director, CASA of Oregon

Lisa Rogers is Deputy Director at CASA of Oregon and has been with the agency since 1999. She
is responsible for the day to day operations of the agency to ensure that the CASA purpose and
values are implemented. Lisa has demonstrated accomplishments in financial management,
administration, program and project development, supervision, analysis and problem-solving.
She serves on the Oregon Opportunity Network Board of Directors and the Chehalem Parks and
Recreation District Board of Directors and the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Government
Board of Directors.

Prior to CASA Lisa worked for 10 years as a float manager, business manager and housing
manager. She spent 2 years in Brazil working at an American Brazilian school as their business
manager and one year in Guinea Bissau working with United States Agency for International
Development. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Washington and has
completed the Achieving Excellence Program sponsored by NeighborWorks America and
Harvard University.


Senator Chuck Thomsen, State Senator for Oregon's 26th district

Chuck Thomsen graduated from Hood River High School in 1975, and Willamette University in 1979 (BA Political Science, Economics).He and his wife, Kristi, live on the family farm in Hood River. They raised two daughters, Meagan and Mallory; have a son-in-law, David; and granddaughter, Aven.

Chuck recently retired from the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department after 31 years of service.  He was a longtime youth athletics coach, referee, and frequent volunteer throughout the community.Chuck was appointed to the Hood River Planning Commission in 1990 for four years. He then served on the Hood River County Commission for 16 years, developing a nonpartisan, problem-solving approach to budgets and planning.Chuck Thomsen was first elected to the Oregon Senate in 2010. He has served tirelessly ever since, representing much of East Multnomah, Clackamas, and Hood River Counties. As a pear farmer and former 16-year county commissioner, Thomsen brings a much-needed perspective to Salem.

Chuck quickly earned the reputation of an effective problem solver, and hard worker for his district. He freely hands out his cell phone number (below) and encourages any constituent to contact him with ideas or concerns they have – many issues solved through Sen. Thomsen's office began with a quick call or email.

If you are resident of Senate District 26, Please do not hesitate to give Sen. Thomsen a call at (541) 490-4641.


*Moderators listed alphabetically by last name


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