Center for Leadership & Ethics

Leadership Matters

Strong, smart, ethical leaders make all the difference. At NCU, we believe that all of our staff, faculty and students can be “Beacons” of integrity and agents of real change in the world. In 2010, the Center for Leadership and Ethics presented the first Exemplary Ethical Leader Awards,

Established in 2005, the NCU Center for Leadership and Ethics exists to equip and inspire ethical leaders by providing faith-integrated and values-based training for our University students, alumni, and surrounding community.

Exemplary Ethical Leader Awards

In 2010, the Center for Leadership and Ethics presented the first Exemplary Ethical Leader Awards, recognizing an outstanding individual and business who best exemplify the ideals of integrity and ethical leadership. The recipients of these awards can be nominated by anyone and are then voted on by the CLE Advisory Board. The awards are presented annually at Evening of TributeNCU’s premier recognition gala. Past winners of the award can be found on the Evening of Tribute page.

Nominations for Individual, Business, and Non-Profit leaders are accepted throughout the year. If you have an individual or a business you would like to nominate we would love to hear from you.

Ethical Leader Nomination Form

The Center for LEadership & Ethics Sponsors

2019 – 2020 Presenting Sponsor:

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CLE Advisory Board

Dr. Gustavo Balderas: Superintendent, 4J School District  

Mark Boren: Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator, Lane Fire Authority

Liz Cawood: CAWOOD Marketing

Susan Soon-Keum Cox: Vice President for Policy & External Affairs, Holt International

Peter DeLuca: General Manager, Industrial Finishes

Brittany D’Eliso ’15: Mental Health Coordinator for Lane County

Mike Duncan: Director of Marketing, Industrial Finishes

Pamela Rhee Elling ’86: Partner, Moss Adams LLP

Candi Glazebrook: Financial Advisor, Arkeo Financial Group

Vicki Gray: Senior Vice President, Oregon Pacific Bank 

Melaney Grenz: Speech Language Pathologist

Courtney Griesel: Economic Development Director, City of Springfield

Mitch HagstromRetired Bank Executive

Kara Holmes: Vice President/Commercial Banking Manager, Umpqua Bank

Benjamin Kearney: Shareholder, Arnold Gallagher P.C.

Bridget Baker-Kincaid: President, Baker Family Foundation

Jon Kloor: NW Natural

Pete Knight-Sheen: FASTSIGNS

Linda McKay Korth: Member Manager, McKay Investment Company LLC, Oakway Center

Dr. Ada O. L. Lee: Owner, B & A International

Sandra Mattson: Healthcare Volunteer

Glen Martz: Retired, Bethel School District (Administration)

Amy Newport: Community Relations Specialist, Kendall Auto Group

Juanita Metzler ’94: Convention Sales Manager, Travel Lane County

Sandy Park: Pastor, First Baptist Church

Kristina Payne ’99: Executive Director, Lane Workforce Partnership

Rory Robison ’96: Certified Financial Planner, Eagle Strategies LLC

Pat Turanski: Co-founder, GloryBee Foods

Mark TurchettoDirector of Sales, Phoenix Inn Suites

Caitlin Vargas ’15: Community Relations Director, Cornerstone Community Housing

Clayton Walker: Owner, C.W. Walker & Associates

Mentorship Opportunity:

The CLE Mentorship Program provides NCU students with a community leader and professional whose experience and expertise offers them the benefits of gaining a realistic perspective of the workplace, advice on how to set priorities and balance work and other responsibilities, confidence in dealing with professionals as well as individual recognition, encouragement, and support.

*To serve as a CLE Mentor, contact Rachel Morse at or call 541-684-7318.

Women’s Leadership Series:

Join us, ONLINE for a signature SHINE experience, Friday, May 15th from 12:00-1:00 pm. Once you register, an email with a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you. We will be discussing our professional and personal well being and mental health during times of transition and crisis. Register here.

Current CLE members:

Please use the CLE Members Form to complete your RSVP for the luncheons and indicate your mentorship interests.

Grace & Truth Forums

Our quarterly Grace & Truth Forums bring successful practitioners and inspiring leaders to NCU and our partner organizations. These Forums address the big questions of our day in transformative ways.