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UCP Management


Ann Coffey, MA, Executive Director

Ann Coffey came to UCP in 2003 as Community Services Director; she says she was very pleased to have found an organization that aligned with her personal values and beliefs.  In 2010, she was promoted to Executive Director when UCP's long-time Executive Director, Bud Thoune, retired.

Ann has an extensive background in psychology, and also has years of experience working with the elderly, the terminally ill, children with psychiatric diagnoses, and adults with developmental disabilities.   As the self-titled “puzzle master”, Ann gathers all the pieces of UCP together and moves them around until they can join in a productive, positive and pleasing manner.  Ann describes herself as spontaneous, fair and a good judge of character.  She lives in a rural community but stays active in the Portland community as well.


Suzannah Newman, JD, PHR, Human Resource Director


Suzannah came to UCP in 2016 from a civil legal services nonprofit where she gained considerable experience in human resource management. She has a strong commitment to serving her community and is delighted to have joined a staff of like-minded people.

Suzannah has a law degree from Lewis & Clark College and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources. She is responsible for overseeing nearly all aspects of employee relations, employment and recruitment at UCP. She is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Portland Human Resource Management Association and an informal Portland Nonprofit HR group.

A resident Portlander for several years, Suzannah spends her spare time working on improving her horticultural skills and enjoying all of the scenic beauty that Oregon has to offer.


 John Goff, Community Services Director

John Goff joined UCP in 2013. As Community Services Director, he oversees UCP's supported living, community inclusion (Choices) and children's in-home (Building Blocks) services.

John came to us from the east coast, where he served as the Executive Director of a large non-profit that supports adults with disabilities through residential, recreational, and individualized supported employment services. Prior to his work on the east coast, John spent 10 years in Oregon, where he served adults and youth with disabilities in different capacities.

John first became interested in disability issues as a teenager while volunteering at a UCP affiliate in New York. He has dedicated his career to empowering people with disabilities ever since.

John is committed to the mission and values of UCP, and is very excited to have returned to the Northwest community. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Oregon’s outdoor spaces with his wife and two sons, and rock climbing whenever he gets the chance.


Sarah Noack, Brokerage Director

Sarah joined UCP in November 2010 to open Connections, a Support Services Brokerage.  She has worked in the brokerage system fulfilling every type of role including administrative support, being a Personal Agent, and working with providers.  She is strongly committed to honoring the principles of self-determination and to respecting the choices that the people who are served by Connections  make in their lives.  She enjoys being involved in her community, problem-solving, and supporting co-workers so everyone can do their very best work.  She finds UCP a perfect fit for her own idea of a professional work environment and the brokerage philosophy.

Susan Cushman, Family Support Director

Susan has been involved with UCP, receiving invaluable support, since 1992 when her daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.  She joined the UCP staff in 2006 when the current Family Support Director offered Susan the position.  Being a parent of a child with CP herself, a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, and with over 30 years of volunteer experience, Susan was able to step into the role with ease.  Susan’s primary function at UCP is to support families by being available by phone or in person to help a parent solve problems, discuss emotional issues, find resources, and get connected.

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