Ron Hays

A native Oregonian, Ron resides with his wife Linda in their home that was originally his grandparents’ home in the rural Mt. Angel-Scotts Mills area.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University and an Executive Masters’ degree in Business Administration from George Fox University. He has served as an adjunct professor in the George Fox University MBA Program and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Ron held his paramedic license for over 35 years and worked in emergency medical care and international disaster relief and development work in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa prior to entering nonprofit management. Ron’s disaster relief work included the refugee camps in Rwanda immediately after the holocaust, working in the rescue at Ground Zero in NYC immediately following 9/11, and working both in Sri Lanka and Indonesia following the devastating tsunami that occurred December 26th, 2004. Ron has worked in the nonprofit community of the Salem area since 2005.


Beth Hays

Beth leads, assists, oversees and manages a variety of nonprofit and charitable projects for Community Resource Trust, which focuses on children, the aging population and families. Beth earned her BS degree in Education through Western Oregon University and her MS in Child and Adolescent Development through Capella University. Beth also holds a Property Management license with the State of Oregon. She taught grade levels K-12, served as a school district tutor, and coordinated a college-readiness grant in the 8 years prior to joining Community Resource Trust.

Throughout her time with Community Resource Trust, Beth has successfully brought in grant monies for nonprofits in the community. In addition to private grants, she has experience in low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), HOME, and Urban Renewal Area (URA) applications, successfully bringing in approximately $6 million to build low income housing in the city of Salem.

Beth’s personal interests include music theory, history, and human development. She immensely enjoys free time with her family and her two young boys.

Gerald Pygott

Gerald is a United States Navy Vietnam Era Veteran. He settled in the Willamette Valley in 1984. Gerald graduated from Western Oregon State University with a BS Degree in Business Administration and a BA Degree in International Marketing. He ran several successful businesses after graduation until 2003.

In 2003, Gerald saw the needs of the homelessness in our community and felt it was time to start addressing these needs. He became a case manager helping our homeless to address their issues and transition from the streets. Because of his military service, Gerald had the “can do” attitude and developed a strong passion for veterans. In 2013, Gerald co-founded Home of the Brave—a transitional home for veterans living on the streets. Gerald has earned the trust of veterans and the homeless in our community through his work with this population since 2003. Gerald is very active in legislative issues affecting veterans and the homeless. Recently, Gerald was highly involved in getting Measure 96 passed.

Gerald is passionate about fishing and coin collecting. He spends his spare time with his 8 grandchildren and his five children. He Married Cara Mikkelson in 2006, and she is the love of his life.