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Oregon RISE (OR PTI) Doors Closed Due to Financial Irregularities

Oregon RISE (Respect, Inspire, Support & Educate), previously Oregon PTI (Parent Training & Information Center) and COPE has shuttered its doors as the Executive Director and all board members quit due to "reports of unpaid bills and questionable finances."

The $128,000 per year Executive Director, Janice Roberts, resigned after finding that she was having financial difficulties and loaning herself money. This is a big no-no in the world of nonprofits. The board followed suite by all quitting.

Of interest is the funding of the organization - $264,000 per year from Oregon Department of Education and $700,000 per year from the Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). With a combined income of just under $1,000,000 a year it was understood that several years ago this non profit paid the people that did the actual work throughout the state low wages without any benefits.