From the Newsroom: June, 2015

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Sponsors Hires new Deputy and Development Directors

Meet New Deputy Director Nick Crapser

Nick-thumbnailNick Crapser began his new position as Sponsors, Inc. Deputy Director in August. A licensed mental health and chemical dependency counselor, Nick says his passion in life is “to help facilitate change in people and to realize their full potential, especially individuals with addiction challenges, mental illnesses and criminal histories.”

Nick is a nationally certified counselor and clinical supervisor, as well as an adjunct psychology and addictions college professor. He is currently the president of an organization for jail/prison reentry in Washington State.

He has served on addiction advisory boards and on numerous community action committees aimed at reduction of drugs and recidivism. He has also worked with County Drug Courts, Family Treatment Courts, and jail reentry programs.

Nick’s impressive credentials include an Associate of Arts Degree in Chemical Dependency Studies, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision/Forensic Mental Health.

“I am very excited about transitioning into my new role and very excited about the opportunity to grow with Sponsors,” he says.

Meet New Development and Communications Director Aria Seligmann

10417552_4443254655965_655333769419236907_nAria Seligmann joined us as Development and Communications Director in June. Aria has a long track record of helping organizations grow in both public awareness and funding, garnering both national media attention and major donor support for programs and services.

As Senior Communications Advisor for Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), Aria helped develop the housing program that positioned Oregon as the leading state in helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. She was working at OHCS when Sponsors, Inc. broke ground at Roosevelt Crossing and publicized the new building and Sponsors programming throughout the state.

Aria also worked as a communications director for the University of Oregon and other non-profits. Prior to that, she was a journalist covering social issues and received awards and fellowships for her coverage of incarcerated youth and children who have experienced trauma.

Aria says she is “thrilled to be at Sponsors, where I can lend my efforts toward making a difference in people’s lives and spread the good news about Sponsors’ great work.”

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