Alan and Autumn Ray
Alan and Autumn Ray were married in 1970 and are the founding directors of MarriageTeam. Alan retired from the Air Force with his last assignment as the Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Portland, Oregon. He has a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development and Autumn has a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a Social Work emphasis. Alan left county government as the training manager in April 2007 to be the full time Executive Director for MarriageTeam. Autumn was the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Volunteer Manager prior to her retirement in 2012. They are a certified Marriage Enrichment leader couple, Seminar Directors for PREPARE/ENRICH, and skilled trainers. Together they train MarriageTeam coach couples and promote MarriageTeam through speaking events, workshops and seminars. Alan and Autumn have two married children and two grandchildren.
Doug Taylor is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and was already contributing his expertise even before his official start in October of 2010. Doug comes to us with a broad and eclectic background including experience in the graphic design/printing industry, Web site creation, public relations and marketing. He has worked for many non-profit organizations in his career including Fuller Theological Seminary, Christian Supply, Multnomah University, Medical Teams International and most recently, United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington. He has owned his own print brokering company with his wife Stacey, which included many clients in the non-profit realm including Teen Challenge, High Desert Christian College and East Hill Church. He holds a Master of Arts in Business Communication (MABC). He is a native of the Portland area, but has lived in Los Angeles as well as Central Oregon. He has been married to his wife Stacey for nearly 19 years and they have one son named Kaleb. Doug likes to joke that since he and Stacey are both only children and that it’s God’s sense of humor to give them only one child. When he’s not helping MarriageTeam grow, he enjoys time with his family.
Carol Perez grew up in Wisconsin and received a business degree from UW-Madison. After marrying Fernando, they moved to Florida where she worked for six years as a bank internal auditor. Carol and Fernando have two sons, Alex and Michael. After moving to Vancouver in 1993, Carol was a stay-at-home mom for 17 years. During that time, she kept busy with volunteer work at church, in children’s ministry, finance and leadership development. Carol enjoys biking and running and loves to try new recipes. Making jewelry provides a creative outlet for her when she can squeeze it in. Carol especially likes long walks and deep conversations. One of the great things about her current job is that she gets to offer hope and encouragement to others on a daily basis.
Assistant Program Manager
Layne Fish is the newest member at MarriageTeam and was hired in February, this year, in the capacity as Assistant Program Manager. She and her husband Steve founded the Vancouver Vineyard Church in 1992 and just retired this past December. She has served over 40 years as a Christian minister, pastor, church administrator, conference speaker, and has assisted in church planting and training pastors and leaders in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Layne and Steve have been married 45 years; have five grown children and 10 grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Michael R. Burgoyne (ChFC, CFP), Board President, is the President of Laurus Wealth Management, LLC. He works with personal and corporate clients to manage their investment portfolios and to define and refine their financial objectives. He has been in this field since 1981 and holds numerous financial industry licenses and designations including Certified Financial Planner. Michael’s degree is in business administration with an emphasis on accounting and economics from City University where he graduated with Presidential Honors. His professional affiliations past and present include: Financial Planning Association, Society of Financial Service Professionals, American Bankers Association, Western Independent Bankers, Association of Western Securities Management and Northwest Securities Management Association. Michael is also on the board of directors for DELTA Ministries International. Michael is married to Denise and they are the proud parents of twin boys, Andrew and Zachary.
Alan Ray, Vice President, Executive Director (See Above)
Autumn Ray, Secretary (See Above)
Vincson Green, Director – is the general manager of the CityTarget store in downtown Portland. His experience centers around helping and getting others involved. As a board member for SEI (Self Enhancement Inc.) he motivated the Target leadership team to get involved with this organization. He was able to convince his Group Director to join the board of directors and to support SEI financially through Target as well as with a personal commitment. He is highly motivated by helping others and saving marriages. He and his wife Linda are committed MarriageTeam coaches and love coaching. They were married in September 1986 and have 2 boys, Vincson ll and Tevin. Linda and Vincson attend Mt Olivet Baptist Church in Portland. Vincson loves to golf and he completed his first marathon in 2014.
Mark Hinton, Director – Mark is the owner of Hinton Development Corporation based in Vancouver and a native of SW Washington. He feels called to help struggling marriages and does so at his church with his wife Joni.
Cheri Perry, Director – Mrs. Cheri Perry owner of Total Merchant Concepts. Cheri lives in Vancouver, Washington and started Total Merchant Concepts from the ground up 20 years ago. TMC is a full service credit card processing company with a distinct difference: incredible customer service because they put integrity and service first!
Bill Meadowcroft, Director. Bill and his wife Diana have been married for more than 25 years. Bill is the Chief Operations Officer for Portland Rescue Mission in Portland, Oregon. They are long time coaches with MarriageTeam. Bill serves as MarriageTeam’s board treasurer.
Honorary Advisory Board
Dennis Blevins grew up in the south, learning from his parents about the truth of the Bible. After high school, he was accepted into Bible college in Chicago where he studied for a General Bible Degree. In 1968, he was inducted into the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict and was introduced to the Navigator Ministry. After the Navy, he completed a Degree in Business Administration at Point Loma College in San Diego and joined the staff of the Navigators. He served on the campus of San Diego State for six years and then the University of Oregon for seven years. In 1989, the Navigators formed a joint venture with Multnomah Bible College and began Mission Portland. Dennis came to oversee this ministry and continues to network with this ministry to this day. During the last 11 years, he has served with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Promise Keepers, Logos II, and the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association. More recently, he serves as Executive Pastor at Greater Portland Bible Church. Currently, Dennis coaches leaders and pastors across the country in over forty states. He also works with the Navigators, T-Net International and Ministry Coaching International. His wife of thirty years, Mary Jane, and Dennis live in Gladstone, Oregon. Their daughters, Regina and Rebecca, live in Portland, while another daughter, Andrea, serves in a ministry in Tennessee.
John Fortmeyer is publisher and editor of the Christian News Northwest newspaper which is based in Newberg, OR. A native of Seattle, he graduated in communications from Seattle Pacific University in 1977 and edited the campus paper there. He spent the next 17 years as an editor and reporter for several small daily and weekly newspapers in Washington and Oregon before launching Christian News Northwest in 1994. It has a monthly circulation of 32,000 copies throughout western and central Oregon and southwest Washington. Christian News Northwest tied with two other newspapers for second place among the nation’s best Christian newspapers in the 2005 Evangelical Press Association (EPA) contest. John is a member of the board for the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, a subgroup within EPA. He also spent several years as director of public information for George Fox University in Oregon. John and his wife, Sandy, were married in 1983 and have four children and one granddaughter. John and Sandy are members of Newberg Church of the Nazarene.
Dr. Linda Miller believes that successful organizations are supported by strong internal dynamics. Before becoming a coach, Linda worked for 12 years in the behavioral science field, specializing in building productive and collaborative relationships typically dealing with major sources of conflict. Today, Linda is known as an executive coach and facilitator. Her clients include leaders and teams from Alltel, Black and Decker, Boeing, Deloitte, Disney, Duke Energy, Franklin Templeton, KPMG, Newell Rubbermaid, Nissan, Otsuka, and WD40. She has delivered coach training at career resource centers affiliated with Thunderbird, the University of Washington and USC’s MBA programs. Linda co-wrote much of the coaching materials for Western Seminary. Currently, Linda serves as an Executive Coach and Global Liaison for Coaching with The Ken Blanchard Companies. She is a founding recipient of the Master Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation and has served on their board. In the not-for-profit arena, Linda and her husband have served on several church staffs, and Linda has coached a number of senior pastors and denominational leaders. In June 2009, Linda was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Western Seminary based on her contribution to the Christian coaching community. Linda lives and golfs in Phoenix, AZ with her husband. They have two married daughters.
Dr. Steve Stephens has a Masters in Counseling and Pastoral Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. He is a clinical member of American Psychological Association and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Steve is a licensed psychologist and has been working with marriages, families, and individuals for over 20 years. Steve is the author of 16 books including “20 Amazing Rules and Tools for a Great Marriage” and the “Lists to Live By” series, which currently has 750,000 copies in print. He has been an elder at his church for the past five years and has taught an Adult Sunday School class for the past 15 years. Steve was a radio talk show host, with approximately 1000 hours on air on KPDQ (the largest Christian radio station in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington). He interviewed guests such as Shirley Dobson, John Trent, Gary Chapman, Stormie O’Martian, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Joshua Harris, Steve Brown, Kevin Leman, Les Parrott, Norm Wright, Gary Smalley, Stu Weber, and Dennis Rainey. He is a popular seminar speaker on marriage and parenting and is the chairman of Every Marriage Matters, a Community Marriage Policy Committee for Clackamas County. Steve has been married for 20 years and has three children.