Board of Directors

George Welsh

President

George is an accomplished building designer, pilot, aircraft fabricator and community leader in Vancouver, Washington. He’s devoted decades to the development of his beloved Clark College Foundation, CDM Care Giving Services, Southwest Washington’s largest not-for-profit in-home care service provider and several other community endeavors. George has been the heart of Specialized Housing, Inc’s. Board of Directors for 32 years, having served as Board President and Secretary. He’s guided SHI through the adaptive reuse of 35 existing homes for use by Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled residents and the ground-up development of 60 group homes, many of which he designed. George is a long-time member of the American Institute of Building Design, serving as National President and College of Fellows Chancellor.

Timothy V. Ramis

Treasurer

Tim is a shareholder and founder of the law firm of Jordan Ramis. For over 40 years his law practice has focused on the business of land development in the region. He has frequently been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of municipal and land use law. He has special expertise in planning, zoning, wetlands, transportation and in the interpretation of Oregon’s land use planning goals and guidelines. He has played a major role in several of the most prominent land use cases in Oregon including the Peterkort Property, Villebois, and Clackamas Town Center. Tim has been a dedicated member of the SHI Board of Directors for over 30 years having served as Board President, Treasurer and Secretary. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Oregon School of Law.

Daniel Rogers

Secretary

Dan is the Chief Financial Officer of Clark College Foundation in Vancouver, Washington. In that capacity, he is responsible for oversight for all administrative, financial and fiduciary matters and asset management including portfolio and real property activities. He directly manages budgeting, fiscal reporting and compliance, planned giving and trust administration. He has special expertise in nonprofit, governmental and higher education audit practices and serves on the Board of the Clark College Foundation, and other community organizations that assist families and individuals in becoming economically self-sufficient through job training, support services and job placement. Daniel joined the SHI Board of Directors in 2019 and serves as Board Secretary. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Washington State University in accounting and is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Our Staff

Lydia Whitaker

CPA, Director of Accounting

Lydia has been SHI Director of Accounting since 2015. She has extensive audit experience with private regional accounting firms and has worked with several non-profit organizations. In addition to the management of all financial accounting and reporting for SHI’s portfolio of 70 group homes and multifamily properties around Oregon, she manages SHI tax, human resource matters and works closely with the Executive Director and SHI Board of Directors. Lydia holds degrees in Business Management from Oregon State University and in Accounting from Portland State University. She earned her CPA designation in 2001.

Ben Wells

Senior Asset Manager

Ben manages all building assessment, repair and maintenance activities for SHI’s portfolio of 60 group homes around Oregon that provide a safe, decent and secure residential setting for 300 intellectually and developmentally disabled residents. He’s also SHI’s primary contact with 28 on site social service providers that lease SHI properties. Ben has ten years of progressive experience in private condominium association and multifamily property management in Oregon and California. He holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Providence and a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Brian McCarl

Executive Director

Brian has 40 years of public and private real estate development experience in Oregon and Washington. He’s a recognized leader for the development of affordable, special needs, senior and high-density urban housing. He was President & CEO of Brian McCarl & Co. for 25 years and served as Regional Vice President for Newland Communities for the acquisition of 4,500 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest entitled for 7,000 single family homes and 3,000 jobs. As a Development Manager for PacifiCorp and the Portland Development Commission he master planned and managed the development of 170 blocks of urban land in downtown Portland, Oregon. He is the recipient of awards for RiverPlace, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Waterfront Park, Pacific Tower and The Westshore Apartments. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.