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.

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. ~ Mother Teresa

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. 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 

 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. 

Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. ~ Theodore Roosevelt 

Sonja JorgensonSonja Jorgenson
Fulfillment Coordinator

Sonja joined ATA in 2012 and is in charge of ATA mailings, shipments, data entry, credit card donations, our health professional listing and support groups. In 2010, Sonja received her BS in Art Practices from 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 and YWCA. She just recently took up running and cannot wait to get moving at the Jack Vernon's Walk to Silence Tinnitus in Portland, Oregon!

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. ~ Irish proverb