Meet the ATA staff
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.
Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. ~ Mother Teresa
Director of Advocacy & Research
Jenn holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Hofstra University in New York. She joined the staff of ATA in 2006 and since then has headed the organization's efforts to persuade members of Congress and other policymakers to increase public funding for tinnitus research. She coordinates ATA's Action Alliance, a grassroots movement that enlists supporters to help raise money and tinnitus awareness. Additionally, Jenn is the editor of ATA's publication, Tinnitus Today. She has been published several industry-specific publications and has written the tinnitus article appearing in the The Veterans Independent Budget for the past six years. She enjoys biking, hiking, camping and traveling the world with her husband Ken, as well as spending time with their Golden Retriever, Beau and their cats, Junior and Chico.
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice, lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth. ~ William Faulkner
Director of Communications
Ben has nearly a decade of experience in communications and marketing, primarily in the non-profit and healthcare sectors. He is excited to work with ATA’s members to promote tinnitus research and treatment options for tinnitus patients. Prior to joining ATA, Ben was Sr. Director of Communications at the American Telemedicine Association. He has also previously coordinated international programs for YMCAs in the United States and Spain.
Ben has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Comparative Politics, both from American University in Washington, DC. He is an avid bicyclist and an aspiring painter. He and his wife have three bi-lingual cats.
"You never know how the past is going to turn out." ~ Bob Dylan
|Lynn Michael Allmeyer
Director of Development
Lynn has spent most of his professional life raising money for non-profit organizations. His background includes health related charities as well as affordable housing and human service organizations. He has taught fundraising classes to a variety of audiences and has served as a consultant to over 35 non-profits since moving to Oregon in 1985.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri. His volunteer service includes being a past president of the Willamette Valley Development Officers as well as a board member of the Teach the Children Foundation and the Oregon-Washington chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Lynn is married and has a son who is attending Oregon State University. He spends his free time reading, running his dog and laughing with his wife and son.
"Compassion is not complete if it does not include oneself." ~ Allan Lokos
Director of Support
Katie is a graduate from Oregon State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis on Human Services. She joined the ATA staff in 2005 and manages ATA's Support Network which consists of support group leaders and individual help network volunteers. She assists with group start-ups, resources and materials, education and promotion of meetings and events. In addition, Katie also helps coordinate development and operational efforts including membership programs, fundraising campaigns and various special projects. She enjoys bowling, "attempting" to golf and spending time with her husband, daughter, family, friends and two dogs.
I enjoy working for an organization that is driven by energy and passion for its cause.
Dion joined ATA in 2012 and handles donation entries, data entry and other general accounting duties. She holds an extensive professional background in retail buying, management and business and customer service. While not at ATA, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her two active middle-schoolers and the family’s black Labrador retriever. She also volunteers extensively on the Board of Directors for Columbia Dance in Vancouver, Washington.
Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Sonja joined ATA in 2012 and is in charge of ATA mailings, product shipments, and data entry. She works to make sure the distribution is fluid and flexible and orders are completed. Sonja received her Bachelors in Science in Art Practices in 2010 at Portland State University. When Sonja is not working to support the American Tinnitus Association's cause she is volunteering at local nonprofits, including Impact Northwest. She also enjoys crafting, pinning, reading, and spending time with her incredibly close family and very patient boyfriend.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. ~ Irish proverb