Meet Our Team

View a list of Community Roots Collaborative’s board of directors and senior leadership staff.

Who We Are


A life long resident of Vancouver, WA. Dan is an owner of an Executive Search Firm. A.L. Merryman Company.

Dan is actively involved on several boards throughout the community. He is married and the proud father of two.

He has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Washington State University.


Hector is the founder of Community Roots Collaborative and is a community leader and mainstay for social activism. 

He also founded and directs Stone Soup Community Meal, has received the Ryan Woods Community Award, is the Immediate Past President of the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens Council 47013 (SW WA LULAC), and is a 16-year member of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market and past board director there. 

He is involved in several more service organizations.


Chris grew up on a small farm in Ohio. He spent 8 years in the Marine Corp and is still active with the reserves. A business owner/supply chain consultant improving local and global processes. He is married and proud father of 4.

He has a B.S. degree in Political Science from Miami Univ. and a M.S. degree in Supply Chain Management from Syracuse Univ.


Peggy has lived in Vancouver for over forty years and is currently working for Prestige Development.  She is very proud to have had a long career in local government. She is actively involved in other organizations including Outsiders Inn and is a proud supporter of Journey Theatre Group.  Peggy is married and has two grown children and three amazing grandchildren.  


Executive leader in the industrial construction industry with 25 years in all aspects of construction, business and marketing.

After graduating from the IBEW apprenticeship program, he has multiple State RMI/RME, Electrical Administrator, Electrical Supervisor, and Engineering licenses.

His greatest success in life has been his two children. 


LeeAnn O’Neil grew up and raised her own children in Vancouver. She’s been an avid volunteer throughout the community and has worked with and alongside many of our local non-profits for almost 20 years. She’s also on the Advisory Board for Salvation Army- Longview Temple Corps and the SWACH HealthConnect Advisory Board. She currently works for Amerigroup, WA, an Apple Health Managed Care Organization, and knows stable housing is crucial to health and well-being. 


A 20+ year resident of Vancouver, Ben and his family are active members in the community through their neighborhood, schools, church, civic service and volunteering.  Ben is a graduate of Leadership Clark County, (2021), and currently serves as Board Member of YWCA Clark County; a member of the City of Vancouver – Strategic Planning Advisory Committee Member, and a partner in many other efforts in education, faith, volunteering and leadership.

As Founder and President of Still Creek Insight, Ben provides consulting, strategy, data analytics, and web services by leveraging leadership, vision and strategic planning, grant support, research/surveying, data analysis and policy to help local and national organizations expand and flourish.


Rick was raised in Buffalo, NY and has been a resident of
Vancouver, WA since 2004. He has been an owner of a medical practice and converted a building into a professional office space in Orchards. He merged his practice into Seamar Community Health Centers and currently is the Clinic Director of the Women’s Health Center in Salmon Creek and on the Medical Staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. His wife, Sabine Falkenberg is a Program Assistant with Disability
Support Services at Clark College, helping students requiring accommodations to get their needs met. The loss of quality affordable housing and the impact on people has led then to become strong supporters of Community Roots. In their off time, they enjoy cycling and winter sports with their three adult children.

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Community Roots Collaborative is a community-centric focused non-profit developer. We depend on our community to help support us. All dollars will go to the cause of helping put permanent roofs over the heads of our community members who are experiencing homelessness.
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