Founders. Executive Director – Alan C. 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 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.
Development and Marketing Director
Martin Miller has many years of experience in fundraising events, donor partner cultivation and care, developing and maintaining champion donor relationships, and instituting Mission Increase training for Good Samaritan Ministries. He is a natural teacher and serving marriages and families is a passion for Martin and his wife Candace. Together they have coached dozens of couples over the years. Martin has officiated weddings, and sees marriage as one of the most amazing gifts God gives us. He and Candace were married in November 1989. Martin has served as an Associate Pastor and Elder at his church.
Carol Perez grew up in Wisconsin and received a business degree from UW-Madison. After marrying Fernando in 1988, 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 joined the team in February 2016 as Assistant Program Manager. She and her husband Steve founded the Vancouver Vineyard Church in 1992 and just retired in December 2015.
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
Alan Ray, President,
Autumn Ray, Secretary
Bill Meadowcroft, Treasurer. 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.
Vincson Green, Director – is the general manager of the City Target 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.
Scott and Therese Hampton have lived in the Vancouver, WA area for the last 15 years. Scott has spent all that time working for a local utility. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Scott was an independent consultant implementing financial systems for New York based clients such as Goldman Sachs.
Therese is passionate about MarriageTeam and its emphasis on building effective communication skills to strengthen marriages. Therese is a trained facilitator and mediator. She developed her skills in the electric utility industry and applies them in public, private and non-profit settings as part of her consulting business.
Therese was born in Tacoma, WA and raised in the Vancouver area.
Scott and Therese and have two adult children. In their spare time they enjoy fly fishing, golfing, bike riding and hiking in Southern Utah.
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. He is also active with Young Life and East West Ministries out of Dallas, TX.
Previous Board Members
Michael R. Burgoyne – Laurus Wealth Management
Charlie Granade – Pastor, Rogue River Baptist
Steve Hensley – Elder, CrossPointe Baptist Church
Linda Noah – Pastor, Portland Christian Center
Cheri Perry – Total Merchant Concepts
Mike Sellers – Elder, Vancouver Church of Christ
Doug TenKley (deceased) – Columbia Bank
Mike Wendling – Columbia Machine
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.