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


Joel Madsen, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Executive Director

Joel Madsen's career has been dedicated to public service and the affordable housing industry. Mr. Madsen now serves as the Executive Director of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (MCHA) and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC). Since January of 2014 he has led MCHA and CCHC in promoting adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment throughout the Mid-Columbia region which includes Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon as well as Klickitat and Skamania Counties in Washington. He also is a board member of Neighborhood Partnerships and the Housing Authority Risk Retention Pool. In his spare time Joel loves to get outside with his wife and two daughters - often enjoying the sports and natural beauty the Gorge offers.


Marty Miller, Executive Director, Office of Rural Farmworker Housing

Marty has been a valuable member of ORFH since 1993 and became ORFH’s Executive Director in 2004 after serving as the Director of Housing Development. He has directly participated in the development of hundreds of units in rural Washington State serving thousands of farmworkers and other low-income residents. Marty is a strong advocate at the federal, state and local level and works to bring positive change to policy issues affecting farmworkers and their families.            

He serves as the Chair of the National Farmworker Director’s Association, is on the Board of the National Rural Housing Coalition and serves on their Farmworker Housing Committee. Marty participates on the State of Washington’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Subcommittee on Farmworker Housing in addition to the Policy Advisory Team of the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and the Washington State Farmworker Housing Trust. Marty holds a Master of Science in Economic Development from Eastern University and a BA from Whitworth University.




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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