Meet the ATA staff

Cara JamesCara James
Executive Director

Cara brings a decade of nonprofit management and marketing experience to ATA. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication Design from California State University, Chico, she went on to found an international development nonprofit working in Southern Africa. She has a history of building successful organizations and businesses, particularly health-related, and is excited to use these experiences to shape ATA. Outside of the office, Cara enjoys traveling to sunny places (as often as possible), hiking along waterfalls, and creating block print art.


Paul MorrisPaul Morris
Development Director

Paul has worked in fund development for 20 years, securing the support needed for a wide spectrum of not-for-profit organizations. He has led successful development efforts in direct health services, regional theatre, architectural preservation, one of Washington’s largest institutions of higher education, a statewide direct health service organization dedicated to sight and hearing assistance and a statewide organization offering chess to low-income students. Paul is one of 5,600 individuals worldwide to hold the CFRE credential, awarded in 2000. He lives with his wife and daughter in Beaverton, Oregon.


 Dion GutkindDion Gutkind
Donor Support

Dion has been with ATA since 2011. She provides donor support along with a multitude of accounting duties. She holds an extensive professional background in retail buying, management, business and customer service. While not at ATA, Dion enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband, her two teenagers and the family’s black labrador retriever.