Celebration of Giving Award Winners

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Celebration of Giving Award Winners

The Terry Award

Autio Family at the Celebration of Giving Event

The Autio Family

Michael A. Autio is the current chair of the CMH Foundation Board. Mike has been involved with the Foundation for over 15 years and has played a significant role in its growth and success. Mike is a native of Clatsop County, Oregon. He and his wife Kate have two children, Alex and Grace, and live on a 73 acre farm in Brownsmead outside of Astoria. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Autio is also involved in his family
manufacturing business, Autio Company, near Astoria.

Mike is an active community supporter and, in addition to his service to Columbia Memorial Hospital, he also serves on the boards of the Clatsop Community College Foundation, the United Way of Clatsop County,
Knappa Schools Foundation, and the Knappa Water Association. Previously, he donated his time and talent
as an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at Clatsop Community College, the Clatsop County Bar Association, and the Coastal Community Tennis Association.

Mike has been in private law practice since 1991. His legal practice has included extensive experience in estate planning as well as business transactions, with an emphasis on closely held businesses and their owners. He received his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Washington Law School, his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law, a Master of Business Administration from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, a Certificate from the London Law Programme (International Law) at the University of Notre Dame Law School in London, England and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration/Political Science from Oregon State University.

Mike has been instrumental in building philanthropic resources through his commitment and willingness to engage others on its behalf. Most recently he has helped to raise funds for the new CMH/OHSU Cancer Center.

The President’s Award

President's Award winner

Jeanette Schacher

This new award has been established to recognize employees who go above and beyond to advance philanthropy and mission at Columbia Memorial Hospital and in the community. The President’s Award is named in honor of our current President/ CEO, Erik Thorsen. The award is inspired by Erik’s example of leadership and dedication to mission.

This year we are extremely honored to present the President’s Award to Jeanette Schacher. Jeanette has worked at Columbia Memorial Hospital since 2007 and is currently the Manager of the CMH Hospice program which was named a Hospice Honors Recipient in 2014 by Deyta. The award recognizes hospices that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction. Jeanette also established the highly popular and successful event, Race to the Bar, which raises funds to benefit Lower Columbia Hospice patients and programs.

Jeanette prides herself on the hospice team she has put together and their ability to provide patient centered care and work as a team. Her mission has been to make sure that the residents of Clatsop County know about the hospice program and have access to all of great things that are accomplished through this program.
She has a BS in Health & Human Performance from the University of Montana and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University. Jeanette has lived in Astoria since 2001. She and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Sam and Paul, and a yellow lab, Jaylo.

Because of her vast experience and friendly demeanor, she serves as a valuable resource for everyone at the Hospital and in the community. Jeanette’s can do attitude and willingness to help change the world for her patients makes her a perfect choice as the first recipient of the President’s Award at Columbia Memorial Hospital.