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Empowering children and adults with disabilities

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Welcomes
Ken Cowdery as Interim Executive Director

September 18, 2019. Portland, OR. --- Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, which for 85 years has empowered children and adults with disabilities in the Portland area by providing overnight recreational programming, is pleased to welcome nonprofit leader and strategic visionary Ken Cowdery as its new interim executive director.

Cowdery joins MHKC after decades of accomplishment as a leader in nonprofit management, strategic development and organizational growth in Oregon. Cowdery served as the Executive Director of the Home Builders Foundation from 2012-2018, where he led the organization to become one of the region’s largest developers of transitional housing and shelters for those experiencing homelessness. As Executive Director of New Avenues for Youth from 2000-2012, he led endowment and capital campaigns that allowed the organization to grow its culturally competent programs for at-risk and homeless youth.

“I have been drawn to the passion of the MHKC community and its unique programs since I first encountered the organization,” said Cowdery. “I look forward to working in partnership with the board, staff, volunteers, and camper families to provide ever more opportunities for our campers and constituents.”

Cowdery has previously served as the Board President of the Oregon Association of Children’s Programs, as a Board Member of HomeAid America, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Portland.

“The MHKC Board of Directors is proud to welcome Ken to the organization,” said Board Member Jason Behunin. “His expertise in nonprofit management and organizational strategy will be invaluable to us moving forward.”

Cowdery joins MHKC following the departure of Kaleen Deatherage, who served as MHKC Executive Director since 2009. In her time with MHKC, she served the organization with vision and passion, overseeing a period of organizational growth and fiscal stability. In her tenure, MHKC served over 4,500 campers and further developed partnerships with Portland State University, the US Forest Service, and Kiwanis International.

“All of us at MHKC are grateful for Kaleen’s commitment and service to the organization, the campers and the wider MHKC community,” said MHKC Board Member Andy Jones. “Her contributions to the camp are indelible and will live on as long as the camp itself.”

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp will commence an executive search in the coming weeks. More information about that opportunity will be made available on our website at the appropriate time.