Staff
James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald

Executive Director

About

James Fitzgerald joined the FISH of Vancouver team as its first paid Executive Director in March 2018. He has spent the last 20 years in the food banking industry. He was a part of the tremendous growth of Clark County Food Bank helping them move from a small leased facility distributing 3 Million pounds, to their new building distributing over 6.5 Million pounds a year. James attended Multnomah Bible College, Clark College, and graduated from Western Business College. He is a Leadership Clark County Alumni, class of 2013. James and his wife Christy have been married for 25 years and they have 2 teenage daughters. James loves music and plays bass and acoustic guitar on different teams at his church. He loves the outdoors, camping, hiking, and kayaking. James has a passion for helping those in need and is excited to lend his talents to the FISH team.

Anina Estrem

Anina Estrem

Operations Manager

About

Anina joined the FISH team as Operations Manager in August 2020 with nearly a decade of experience working to ensure that everyone in her community has access to fresh, healthy food. She has served rural Montana communities by building school gardens as a FoodCorps Service Member, coordinated a Farm to School program in Eastern Oregon, supported immigrant vendors at a Portland farmers market, and implemented federal food access programs. Anina has managed three school-based food pantries in East Portland and dedicated two years to the Oregon Food Bank coordinating volunteer efforts repacking bulk food for partner agencies. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy specializing in food justice and is extremely passionate about implementing policy changes that improve long-term food access while making sure that our neighbors have plenty of good food to eat today. Anina is an adventurous cook who spends her free time rock climbing, hiking, and listening to live music.

Megan Brown

Megan Brown

Volunteer Coordinator

About

Megan Brown joined the Fish team in October 2021 as Volunteer Coordinator, bringing with her a passion for food justice and helping those in need. She earned her bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, with additional minors in Food Studies and Spanish. Megan’s dedication to food justice began while volunteering at a nonprofit community garden program and at her University’s Urban Farm Program. She has since been involved with the Sauvie Island Center in Portland, where she helped expand the Grow Lunch Garden and create accessible online learning materials for local elementary school students. Megan has also worked at several Portland farmers markets and as a phlebotomist for the American Red Cross. In her free time, Megan loves long bike rides, ceramics, and exchanging favorite recipes. She is an avid baker, hiker, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Board of Directors
Katlin Smith

Katlin Smith

President

About

Katlin Smith was elected President of the FISH Board in 2016. She is the retired Principal of UrbanWords Group, a Vancouver public relations firm that specialized in communications for nonprofit organizations. She has provided communications services for nonprofit groups for more than 30 years. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and is past President of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Along with volunteering for FISH, she is currently Leader of the Vancouver Chapter of Dining for Women and is actively involved with the Rotary Club of Vancouver.

Tom Lingo

Tom Lingo

Secretary

About

Tom Lingo has served on the FISH Board of Directors for three years, currently serving on the Budget and Finance Committee. A lifelong resident of Vancouver, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University. His professional career includes various sales positions for Freightliner Corp, TRW Automotive and Arconic (formerly Alcoa) all focused on supporting supply to the trucking industry. Thomas is a past member of the ACT1 Committee to the Truck Industry whose primary function was to identify specific industry needs and organize solutions to those problems. He and his wife Gayla have been married for 42 years and have three married children who have blessed them with seven grandchildren who all live in the Vancouver area. He is passionate about anything family and his interests include DIY home improvements and Gonzaga Basketball.

Alice Davies

Alice Davies

Treasurer

About

Alice Davies retired from Consolidated Freightways Inc after 36 years working in payroll accounting. She has volunteered for many years at FISH and is the current Treasurer. She also volunteers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. She also works with the infants and toddlers at her church. She has two married daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandsons. Her family is her most treasured blessing.

Bennett Brandenburg

Bennett Brandenburg

Board Member

About

Bennett Brandenburg grew up in Ridgefield, WA and graduated from George Fox University with a degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. After law school, he joined his father’s law practice to emphasize criminal defense and personal injury. Bennett also serves as the criminal defense attorney for participants in Clark County Superior Court’s Residential DOSA program, which offers treatment to criminal drug offenders over traditional incarceration. Additionally, Bennett serves on the Board for Clark County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. Bennett married his high school sweetheart, Crystal, and they live downtown Vancouver. Bennett and Crystal belong to Van City Church where they pursue missional outreach and community service opportunities.

Bob Durgan

Bob Durgan

Board Member

About

Bob Durgan is a lifelong resident and 5th generation Durgan/Nye pioneer family in Clark County. He is the retired Vice President, Development Services, for Andersen Construction. Bob is Past President and Board member St. Vincent DePaul Society (St James/St Joseph/Our Lady of Lourdes). He participated in setting the SVDP first food and clothing bank at the St. James Parish Hall. Bob and his wife, Debbie, are active donors to FISH and other local charities, focusing on food, clothing and shelter for people in need and were recognized by the Council for the Homeless in 2005 and received Oregon Associated General Contractor’s Bill Mc Nutt Award for volunteer advocacy roles.

Dr. John Greves

Dr. John Greves

Board Member

About

Dr. Greves has been a member of the FISH Board since 2014. He has practiced cardiology at The Vancouver Clinic for over 35 years and continues there part time. John helped in the development of the Heart and Vascular Unit at Peace Health Hospital and currently serves on the Peace Health Foundation Board. He is a past President of the state affiliate of the American Heart Association and has also served on the NW Board. For many years John has volunteered at the Free Clinic of SW Washington. John and his wife Mari attend First Presbyterian Church where they focus on mission and outreach needs in the community. They have six thriving granddaughters with lots of family activities.

Dr. Beth Lee

Dr. Beth Lee

Board Member

About

Beth Lee is a Family Medicine physician who has worked in Clark County for more than 25 years. Now retired from local practice, she and her husband Art are active in humanitarian medical relief, and have worked in Puerto Rico, South America, and following domestic hurricanes, among other places. She’s a field journalist for a local radio station, (KXRW) covering local political and environmental issues, and is a member of “Physicians For Social Responsibility”, a group that advocates on environmental issues from a public health perspective. She and Art volunteer weekly at FISH, (recently fork-lift certified!) and both are impressed by the dedication and skill of their fellow volunteers. Beth believes that no matter our political inclination, we can all agree that no one should go hungry – and that we all have the potential to change the world

George Laing

George Laing

Board Member

About

George Laing became a FISH Board member in 2017. He is a graduate of Clark College and Oregon State University. At OSU he received a BS degree in Social Studies Education and later received an MBA from the University of Portland. George taught four years for the Portland Public School District at Marshall High School then joined Clark Public Utilities where he retired as the Human Resources Manager after 25 years of service. George has served on the Clark County boards for the Salvation Army and American Cancer Society. He is a graduate of Leadership Clark County and has been involved in youth baseball for many years serving as manager, coach and umpire. George and his wife Kay attend New Heights Church, have two grandchildren and love to spend time with family.

Betty Sue Morris

Betty Sue Morris

Board Member

About

A 44-year resident of Clark County, Betty Sue Morris is best known for her 20 years in elected office: eight years as a Washington State Representative and 12 as a Clark County Commissioner. A graduate of the University of Missouri with an advanced degree from the University of Portland, Morris has also taught high school, been a news reporter for The Oregonian, a hospital community affairs director and served on U.S. Congressional staff. A wife and mother of two grown children, she has served on multiple non-profit boards in Clark County and joined the FISH Board in early 2015. She also serves on the boards of the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation of Legacy Medical Center, Community Home Health and Hospice Advisory Board, H-Roc women’s Political Action Committee and is a member of Rotary Club of Vancouver. In 2016 she was named one of Clark County’s “Founding Mothers” by the YWCA. “We’re blessed to live in a thriving and vibrant community. It breaks my heart to know there are still people who go hungry right in the middle of such prosperity,” she says.

Edward D. Odoms

Edward D. Odoms

Board Member

About

Eddie Odoms is a relationship builder, community philanthropist, Desert Storm Veteran and mentor to children in the communities of Vancouver & Portland. He is President of Odoms Home Mold Remediation. Eddie also serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Children an organization that mentors underserved children starting in kindergarten until and beyond high school graduation. Born in NE Portland to a single mother who did the best she could raising two children in the underserved neighborhood near Dawson Park. Eddie credits the communities of Portland and Vancouver for helping his mom raise him and his sister. FISH played a huge role starting in 1970 helping to feed his family. His company quickly has became the go-to mold solution for hundreds of Realtors in the Vancouver & Portland area. He credits the success of his small business once again the community that has always taken care of him.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Board Member

About

A 30 year resident of Vancouver, Larry Smith is a retired career Army officer having served in the infantry for over 26 years. He has had deployments in Vietnam, Korea and Germany as well as several stateside assignments. Upon retiring from the Army, he began working for the City of Vancouver. He was the Assistant to the City Manager for 5 years, then the Parks and Recreational Director for another 7 years. In 2003, he was elected as a city council member, 6 years as the Mayor Pro Tem, and served until 2015 upon retirement. Larry is a graduate of the Army War College. He has a BA from Clemson University. He also has Masters Degrees from the University of Missouri (Kansas City) and Pepperdine University. Larry is active is several non-profits which include Partners In Careers, Parks Foundation, The Historic Trust, Clark County Commission on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Clark County Historic Society, Military Community Appreciation Committee, and Rotary. He is married to Patti. They have one daughter and two grandkids that live in Vancouver.

Terry Murphy

Terry Murphy

Board Member

About

A native of Wyoming, Terry Murphy has lived in Clark County for more than 35 years and has been a business owner for most of that time. She has served on boards of non-profits as well as capital campaigns for many other non-profits including membership on the boards of Swift, the Y Housing Board, and the YMCA plus active an active member of multiple capital campaigns. She reports that her greatest achievement is being a grandmother to her five grandchildren!

Dr. Sandford Plant

Dr. Sandford Plant

Board Member

About

Born and raised in Napa, California, Sandford Plant went to college at Lewis and Clark in Portland. She graduated from medical school at OHSU in 1985. She practiced internal medicine at the Vancouver Clinic for 28 years, and during that time, served as the Medical Director of the Hospice program at PeaceHealth for 20 years. She has traveled all over the world throughout her working years and retired in June of 2020. She now is busy with travel, bike riding, other outdoor activities, and giving back to the community.

Bruce Paris

Bruce Paris

Board Member

About

Born and raised in Seattle, Bruce Paris is a graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School. He has lived in southwest Washington since 1980, has been married for more than 50 years, and has two sons and 9 grandchildren. Bruce was a commercial and private banker for 43 years before retiring. He has served on many boards including March of Dimes, Free Clinic of SW Washington, YMCA, Swift, Vancouver Rotary Club, and Vancouver Rotary Foundation, Clark College Foundation, and Clark County Historical Museum.

George Kaufer

George Kaufer

Board Member Emeritus and Past President

About

George Kaufer was the volunteer Manager of FISH since 2003 until his retirement in 2015 after the acquisition and move to our new building. He has been a member of our current Board of Directors since 2014. His career included 37 years as a CPA with the IRS, including two years of military service. The last seven years he was the Chief, Appeals Office in Portland, Oregon. George’s family includes three living children, six grandchildren and three step grandchildren. He has been married to Joe Ann, another long-time FISH volunteer, for 27 years.