Board of Directors
Homer Williams has been engaged in real estate development for more than forty years. He has been instrumental in the success of the Pearl District and South Waterfront redevelopment projects in Portland, Oregon, as well as numerous development projects in downtown Los Angeles, California. Over the past decade, Homer and his affiliated companies have developed over $2.5 Billion worth of real estate. Homer’s unique skills sets include the ability to form instrumental public/private partnerships. This includes the South Waterfront Central District partnership between North Macadam Investors, Oregon Health & Science University and the City of Portland, which has led to the largest urban development in the State of Oregon’s history. Homer also sits on the board of the Oregon Harbor of Hope, a non-profit organization created to address the rapidly raising population of homeless people in Portland. Homer was born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised in La Grande and Portland, Oregon.
Charlie Swindells earned his law degree from Northwest School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. He served as the staff attorney for 1,000 Friends of Oregon for a decade and proceeded to serve as a sole practitioner attorney specializing in land conservation and development. Additionally, he has served on multiple boards including the Portland Parks Foundation, Children’s Healing Project, Friends of Trees, and the Lewis and Clark Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Currently, Charlie is also serving as Board Vice-President for CASA for Children. Charlie is excited to become a part of the Home Share Oregon team to increase access to affordable housing and expand options for providing safe and secure housing for all Oregonians.
Stan Penkin is an accomplished senior executive, former business owner and consultant with over forty-five years of extensive hands-on experience in manufacturing, architectural design, business development, construction and real estate development. Stan graduated with a Master of Science, Urban Planning from Columbia University and maintains over 20 years’ experience serving on the Boards of some of Oregon’s largest non-profit organizations including Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage, the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and many more. Stan is passionate about increasing access to affordable housing and is happy to serve as a founding board member for Home Share Oregon.
Brad Perkins, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, is co-owner and President/CEO of Cascadia High Speed Rail, LLC. Since 2004 he has owned and operated Perkins Realty, a commercial real estate company that has amassed multiple properties for the development of public and private mixed-use projects. He previously owned Preservation Development Company, which specialized in facilitating the relocation and restoration of historic properties. Perkins is an Oregon native, U of O graduate in Architecture, and world traveler with a focus on photography, studying architecture, and diverse urban planning and transportation systems. He has over 40 years of leadership in land use, housing, bike and high-speed rail planning. Dedicated to community activism, he has either founded or been involved with dozens of non-profit organizations.
Merrill Liddicoat currently works as the Participation and Engagement Coordinator at The Rosewood Initiative, a community based nonprofit organization that serves outer East Portland. Her work at Rosewood began in coordinating homeownership preparedness programming, and her passion for affordable housing and equitable housing solutions grew throughout her time in that role, as she met more and more families who were experiencing housing stability and began compiling resources to support them. She is excited to be a part of building the creative solution that is Home Share Oregon.
David Groff is a retired college administrator and professor who has been involved with issues of houselessness, since 1992 when he began volunteering at Operation Night watch, a non-profit that provides hospitality for houseless and low-income people in downtown and southeast Portland. He is currently a member of the Night watch board of directors. He is also active in the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, a coalition of fourteen faith-based communities in Portland dedicated to addressing the systemic causes of poverty.
Toni Wallick dedicated 30 years in Social Services and spent several years working with the Housing Authority of Oregon as a Housing Specialist and understands first-hand the challenges working people have trying to get and stay housed. Tony is excited and honored to be on this growing board along with all the dedicated members and staff who are making a difference in people's lives. Toni and her husband currently reside in Eugene and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren as well as hiking, swimming, and paddle boarding. Toni is excited to spread the work about Home Share Oregon in the southern counties.
Sam Miller has served on numerous boards to include PSAC, DRAC, Providence Hospital, SDBA, Friends of the Children, Honor Thy Soldiers, Miracles Club and Portland Community Church. He is most passionate about service to his community. After military service Sam attended university where he studied economics and later he attended Marylhurst University. Having spent 25 years as an executive manager, finance director and eventually owner of his own automotive company, he learned how to successfully collaborate with others. Sam also worked for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N. providing food security for second and third world countries. Through this work Sam got to see how communities can thrive with cooperation and strong leadership. Sam is looking forward to Home Share providing many homeless citizens in Oregon the opportunity to begin a new way of life.
Teddy Roosevelt “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care….”
Dirksen is a founding board member of Homeshare Oregon. He lives with his wife Dana in Portland Oregon. They have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. James and Dana have traveled to over 40 countries and have lived longer in Portland than all the other places combined (6 states and 3 countries). They love their city and want the best for it. They have welcomed 19 people over the years to share their home. Some for as little as a few months, some for years. He believes in the transformative power of giving a place to call home and be safe to people living in transition or on the edge of society. James serves as the Chairman of the Board of Guidelight, a non-profit serving families impacted by severe disabilities. James is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Market Project which works with survivors of trafficking and severe trauma to offer them jobs. For fun James enjoys building, growing, and selling cybersecurity companies; and working in the garage. He has an unhealthy obsession with hand tools.