Staff

Chris Quaka • President/CEO

For more than 18 years, Chris has partnered with nonprofits across the country to strengthen local communities. After graduating with a B.S. from Southern Illinois University in 2001, Chris joined a US based national service program called AmeriCorps NCCC. Hired as staff by the NCCC, Chris coordinated ongoing disaster recovery efforts in regions affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. In 2010, Chris moved with his family to Redmond, Oregon, and began his career in fund development at a regional non-profit offering support to children in Head Start, assistance to people using Food Bank resources, all the while creating community-based support for local anti-poverty programs. Chris moved to Corvallis four years later when he was hired as a Development Director for a local non-profit who provides wrap-around services and shelter to families with children, men, women, and young adults experiencing homelessness. In 2017, Chris was selected as the President and CEO of the Benton Community Foundation where he is fortunate to be surrounded by a talented team of community leaders who are focused on improving Benton County through philanthropy. Chris continues to give back today, volunteering as a Rotarian and serving on the Board of Directors for the Imagine Corvallis Action Network. Chris lives in Corvallis with his wife Emily and their three children Logan, Cady and Ellie.

Lisa Kaufmann • Director of Philanthropic Gifts

With twelve years of experience in the non-profit field, Lisa has worked to develop and implement successful strategic plans to raise funds in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner, build a strong development team, and oversee the management of individual, corporate, planned, and annual giving campaigns. From 2008 to 2020, Lisa worked to transform the non-profit community in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area through her role as Director of Development at Autism Tree Project Foundation, based in San Diego, California. During this time, Lisa helped develop partnerships with University of California Davis MIND Institute, Takeda, Stanford University, University of California San Diego, San Jose State University, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and the Salk Institute. Lisa has been married eleven years to her husband AJ, and they are proud parents of two boys, Breccan (3) and Calvin (6 months).

Brittany Kennedy • Grants Manager

Before arriving at BCF, Brittany was most recently employed at the City of Adair Village where for the past 8 years she focused on youth development, event coordination, volunteer management, and grant writing. Brittany first came to know Corvallis when she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Sciences from Oregon State University. After her husband Matt accepted a position at OSU in 2008, Brittany moved to Philomath where she, Matt and their children Easton (5) and Presleigh (2) still live today. Brittany is an avid baseball fan and enjoys spending spring and summer at ball games supporting the Beavers and Knights!

Bob Longo • Finance Manager

Bob Longo grew up in New Jersey and received his BS from Montclair State University and his MBA from Seton Hall University. He has worked at several Fortune 100-size companies and smaller businesses in the past. Bob has also taught at the local universities and community colleges for many years in the evenings. Currently he is teaching business classes at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. Bob moved to the area two years ago after spending twenty years working in Klamath Falls. Over the years, Bob has adopted eight teen boys out of the foster care system and now has seven grandchildren.

Steven Moore • Operations Manager

Steven brings experience in database management, writing, editing, and office operations. He holds a BA in English from the University of Iowa and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Oregon State University. He has previously worked in nonprofit development, teaching, and e-commerce. Steven also served for seven years as an infantryman in the Iowa Army National Guard, mobilizing in response to 2008’s historic flooding in the Midwest and deploying to Afghanistan in 2010. Steven and his wife Jessica have lived in Corvallis since 2014. In his spare time, Steven is an avid runner and has finished seven marathons.