Paula M. Grace, J.D., President/CEO. Paula grew up in Salem, and completed her Education degree at Oregon State University. Although she was credentialed to teach at the secondary school level, Paula's passion was the world of nonprofits. After moving to California in 1982, she founded and operated two public charities in San Diego County. To hone her skills as an advocate for charities, she earned a J.D. and was admitted to the California State Bar. Paula provided legal services to a diverse array of nonprofits during her 21 years of practice. In 2012, she returned to Oregon and began her role with BCF. Paula is an active Rotarian and enjoys beachcombing with her son, Shawn and daughter-in-law, Shanna.
Sarah Leskovec, Grants Officer. Sarah is fortunate to contribute to the community she has grown to admire and be part of the BCF team. Sarah comes to BCF with a diverse background in volunteer management and a passion for non-profits. Sarah graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelors of Arts degree; there she focused her studies on Business Administration she also earned her Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Organizational Management. Her experience working with scholarships and nonprofit Board of Directors will benefit the BCF efforts to make an impact in Benton County. Sarah, her husband, Dave, and their two boys enjoy all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Sarah is an avid runner, having completed two marathons, several half-marathons and contemplating what her next big goal should be.
Barbara Malloy, Operations Manager. Barbara brings to the busy BCF team both office and accounting database experience. Barbara comes with many years of dedication to the non-profit sector and admiration for this community’s commitment to all of its citizens. Barbara graduated from the University of California in San Diego and migrated to Oregon in 1995. Barbara’s focus for the past 18 years has been as a certified center director working for quality care in the early childhood education profession. She appreciates the many opportunities to volunteer in the community and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis. Barbara has two children and one grandchild. She enjoys white water rafting adventures with her husband throughout the Pacific Northwest and now has two trips down the Grand Canyon Colorado River.