Meet Our Leadership Team

Every day, our Executive Team and Board of Directors make a difference in helping children prepare better for life's challenging moments.

The Executive Team

Jenny Thompson

PAL Board President

Executive Director

(360) 487-7487

Jenny joined PAL the summer of 2015, just as she was graduating from the University of Portland with her MBA in Nonprofit Management. She brings over 10 years of youth development experience coupled with a passion to giving back to her community. Prior to joining our team she was with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington where she started their College Prep program and was an AmeriCorps member in Denver, Colorado where she worked with foster youth emancipating out of the system. Beyond her experience in the nonprofit world she has also worked as a retail manager, banking customer service representative, and with local small businesses.

Amy Bristow

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

(360) 487-7453

Amy joined PAL as their new Program Coordinator in August 2017. She’s worked with youth for a few years as an activity leader, camp leader, and a teacher assistant at a Learning Tree day school. She has always loved working with children, youth and families. PAL has a close place near her heart; she did attend the PAL facility in Rockwood in Portland, Oregon when she was a kid. Amy is close to graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Child and Family studies; she plans to pursue a career in Youth Work helping youth with untapped potential in low income communities. Amy believes this is a great way to start her career, helping children build positive relationships with law enforcement through educational programs and sports!

Jesse Jimenez

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

(360) 397-2211 ext. 3303

Jesse joined PAL as a Program Coordinator in February of 2018. Jesse has worked with PAL in the past as both a volunteer and an employee. Jesse was a Summer Recreational Assistant with PAL in the summer of 2017. Jesse has been an Explorer with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Explorer post #893 since May of 2015 and currently serves as the Post Captain. He currently attends Portland Community College where he is getting his transfer degree in hopes of transferring to Washington State University Vancouver Campus to study Public Affairs. Jesse is very excited to bring his passion for youth and appreciation for law enforcement together by working with PAL.

Madi Reagan

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

(360) 487-7453

Madi joined PAL as a program coordinator in October 2019. She has worked with children for the past few years as a Summer Camp Assistant with PAL, as well as in many classrooms and daycares. She attends Clark College, and soon will be transferring to Washington State to be a part of their Elementary Education program. She plans to teach kindergarten, and aspires to be a principal one day. Madi is very excited to be a new member of the PAL team, and looks forward to working with the youth, families, and law enforcement.

2020 Board of Directors

Brian Potter

Operations Superintendent, City of Vancouver

Brian Stone

Vice President
Branch Manager, PNW Loans

Sandi Glandon

Certified Accountant/Owner, Glandon Business Management Services

Pat Janik

Retired Executive Director

Bill Oman

Past President
Chief Academic Officer, Evergreen School District

Chuck Atkins

Honorary Board Member
Sheriff, Clark County Sheriff's Office

Brett Blechschmidt

Board Member
Chief Financial Officer, Vancouver Public Schools

Alia Breon

Board Member
Emergency Room Doctor, PeaceHealth

Tyler Chavers

Board Member
Officer, Vancouver Police Department

Phillip Cianni

Board Member
General Manager, McCord's Vancouver Toyota & Reserve Washougal Police Officer

Jeff Firstenburg

Board Member
Senior Vice President, NW Equity Holdings

Pat Jollota

Board Member
Retired Professional

Doug Luse

Board Member
Lieutenant, Vancouver Police Department

James McElvain

Honorary Board Member
Chief, Vancouver Police Department

Anne McEnery-Ogle

Honorary Board Member
Mayor, City of Vancouver

Jeff Olson

Board Member
Sergeant, Vancouver Police Department

Doug Paulson

Board Member
Deputy, Clark County Sheriff's Office

A.D. Simmons

Board Member
Owner & Personal Concierge, Aligned Lifestyle Concierge

Phil Sample

Board Member
Commander, Clark County Sheriff's Office

Jeffrey Tennant

Board Member
Branch Manager, TwinStar Credit Union