Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine selects new executive director

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Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine’s Board of Directors on Jan. 4 announced a leadership transition for the nonprofit organization that runs the Clackamas Free Clinic.

Martha Spiers is retiring on Jan. 15, following five-and-a-half years of leadership as the organization’s executive director.

“I have had the honor to lead CVIM during a period of great change for our organization,” Spiers said. “I am excited for CVIM’s future with a strong foundation of amazing staff and volunteer team members, a mission-oriented culture, inspiring nonprofit and local government partners, and a supportive donor community.”

Spiers will be passing the torch to Auburn Marie, who comes to CVIM’s executive-director position with 14 years of experience developing nonprofits and providing consultation to nonprofit leaders.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to bring my love for small community-based organizations to Clackamas. We have a beautiful new clinic, and we hope to increase the number of patients we are seeing in 2024,” Marie said. “I am thrilled to be able to help lead this organization as we adjust to the ever-changing needs of residents, and to continue providing no-cost, high-quality medical services.”

During her tenure as CVIM’s executive director, Spiers oversaw a successful capital campaign that allowed the organization to renovate a new clinic. In 2021, the Clackamas Free Clinic moved to its newly renovated space at the Oregon City campus of Clackamas Community College.

As a part of the partnership with the college, the clinic is offering training experience to the college’s health sciences students seeking careers in health care and will provide accessible primary care services to eligible students. CVIM has provided free care to over 3,900 uninsured and low-income adults in Clackamas County since opening in 2012 and continues this mission in the new location.

“CVIM can play a crucial role in helping to close disparities in healthcare by providing accessible and quality primary and ancillary healthcare to underserved populations in our local community,” Spiers said. “Now is the right moment for us to make room for new leadership to bring a fresh vision and voice to realize this potential. Auburn Marie is a visionary, community-centered leader who embodies that potential.”

Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from City University in Bellevue, Washington and a master’s degree in writing from the University of Nevada. Auburn has a successful background in fund development and nonprofit management, including helping more than a dozen Oregon-based social service nonprofit organizations sustain and grow their missions by increasing their revenue and impact.

“The board congratulates and thanks Martha for the absolute dedication and love she has given to build, support and expand the capabilities of this clinic and make the most of a compelling partnership with Clackamas Community College,” said Marc Gonzales, incoming chair of CVIM’s Board of Directors. “We feel doubly fortunate to have an experienced leader like Auburn Marie step in and take our organization to the next level.”

To learn more about the Clackamas Free Clinic, visit clackamasvim.org.

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