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.


Ben ForstagBen Forstag
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. Ben and his wife have the world's cutest toddler and three bilingual cats. And, even after 35 futile years, he is still an avid (albeit beleaguered) fan of the Cleveland Indians.


 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. 


No Photo AvailableKimberly Russell
Membership and Administrative Associate

After more than 20 years working as a stage manager in the theatre in NYC, Kim is happy to be working with the ATA team in Portland.  Before moving to Oregon, Kim worked with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She enjoys reading, walking and quilting with her crafty friends.