Have We Mentioned That We’re Committed to Serving Students?

That mission runs deep through the entire CHNW organization. You can feel it when you meet our team members – from resident ambassadors to the Board of Directors. And you can see it in our professional experience and community involvement. CHNW is a horizontal organization, with little regard for hierarchies or pecking orders. Sure, we have titles, but they’re just words on a business card. We walk our talk through collaboration, service and professional excellence.


David Garnand
Executive Director

The Board of Directors hired Dave in August 2010 to lead CHNW.  After attending the University of Oregon School of Architecture, Dave practiced architecture for 17 years in California and Oregon.  He was also a partner in the Portland-based architectural firm EEA Associates Architects, working with public schools on multimillion-dollar facility bond projects. Prior to joining, Dave was CEO of iComprehend and COO for Galois, both computer science companies operating in Portland.  He helped to grow Galois from a startup to an $8M, 40-person organization that works with NSA, the Navy, and the Air Force. Dave brings 20 years of organizational leadership to CHNW, with a penchant for shepherding diverse groups to achieve successful outcomes. He served for 20 years on the non-prfit board of Joy Fund and is currently a board member of the non-profit Tooth Troop, which brings dental care directly to under-served children.

Jed Spera
Director of Operations

Jed has 16 years of experience in the real-estate industry, specifically in residential housing and real estate valuation. After graduating from Colorado State University, Jed served as a college housing property manager for the Colorado State University Research Foundation and then, prior to coming to College Housing Northwest, for seven years as condominium and planned unit development community manager in Oregon. Jed has held positions on several non-profit Boards, and is currently Treasurer for the Oregon Chapter of Community Association Institute and the Oregon Gymnastics Academy.

Steven Davies
Director of Finance

Steve Davies is director of finance at CHNW. In this capacity, he leads all finance and accounting functions for the organization and reports to David Garnand, executive director. Previously Steve was manager of financial planning and analysis at Qorvo, a company formed by the merger of RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor. Prior to Qorvo, he held positions of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), Aon-Hewitt and Turner Broadcasting. He also spent a time as an entrepreneur, founding and operating Enroot Consulting, a firm offering strategic planning, advising and consulting services for early-stage and small businesses, as well as his own web-based company, IAS. Steve is passionate about mentoring and has volunteered with Portland State University’s business school to mentor undergraduate business students. He earned a bachelor of science finance degree from the University of South Alabama and an MBA from Mississippi State University.


CHNW Board of Directors

Jim Rader President
Mr. Rader has been a director since 2005.  His professional experience is primarily in banking, from managing lending units to operational functions and product groups. Mr. Rader was Regional Vice President at Bank of the West, where he oversaw the Treasury Management function and staff for offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.

Bill McCrae Treasurer
Mr. McCrae is currently the CFO for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. His professional resume includes 30 years in the financial areas of the real estate development industry. This work includes most types of products, and is predominantly in the Portland, Oregon area. Mr. McCrae received an MBA from the Atkinson School at Willamette University and formerly held a Certified Management Accountant designation.

Patty Blanchard Secretary
Ms. Blanchard works for Portland Public Schools as a Human Resource Director and has served on the board since 2016. Ms. Blanchard pursued coursework in HR, Business and Education at Lane and Portland Community College.

Michael Hall Member at Large
Michael Hall’s career was in student service at four institutions of higher education over a thirty-five year career. He has had an affiliation with CHNW since 1996 and managed a residence life program at the Goose Hollow facility for students of Pacific Northwest College of Art. Michael attended four undergraduate institutions and earned his graduate degree in Organizational Behavior. He became a CHNW director in 2016.

Laura Rosales Member at Large
Laura Rosales is currently an Industry Vendor with Apartment Guide. Laura was in the Apartment Industry for approximately 19 years. Earning her Real Estate License in Texas in 1994 and completing her CAM Courses in 2001, Laura worked for R.M.I. Property Management as a Property Manager from 2000–2002. From 2002–2004 Laura was the Regional Training Director for the Texas Region and from 2004–2007 she worked as a Regional Property Manager managing over 3500 units and over 10 communities. Laura moved to Washington State in 2007 where she continued her career as a Regional Property Management through 2011 with Aspen Square Management and with IPM as a Portfolio Manager.

Michael Lam Student Tenant Director
Michael Lam has been a student tenant director since early 2017. He earned his B.S. in computer engineering and applied math at the University of Washington and his M.S. in computer science at Oregon State University. He is currently finishing up his Ph.D. work in computer science at OSU. Michael has lived at the Gem and participated on resident council ever since he first moved to Corvallis in 2012. By participating on the board, the Gem’s resident council and being a student himself, he continues to play an active role in providing a voice for students at all levels of CHNW.

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