Cindy Brown

CFM Office Manager Elected VP for ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center

Cindy Brown hanging out after the annual ROCKSOLID holiday luncheon where teens cooked, served, sang Christmas carols and shared reasons why they like coming to a safe place, with a caring staff and everyone is accepted. Cindy is ROCKSOLID’S new vice president and enjoys volunteering at the after-school teen center in Clark County.

Cindy Brown hanging out after the annual ROCKSOLID holiday luncheon where teens cooked, served, sang Christmas carols and shared reasons why they like coming to a safe place, with a caring staff and everyone is accepted. Cindy is ROCKSOLID’S new vice president and enjoys volunteering at the after-school teen center in Clark County.

Office Manager Cindy Brown keeps CFM on solid ground and she volunteers her time to give Clark County teenagers a rock-solid place to go after school.

Brown and her husband Jon attended their first fundraiser seven years ago for ROCKSOLID, a nonprofit that began in 2002 and operates a Community Teen Center offering after-school activities and opportunities to build positive relationships with caring adults. Cindy started volunteering in 2013, the couple joined the ROCKSOLID board in 2013 and Cindy was just elected vice president.

“CFM encourages its staff to volunteer and I found ROCKSOLID was the perfect fit for me,” Cindy says. “I love kids and it gives me an opportunity to listen, mentor, support and hang out with the kids in our community. Sometimes kids want to talk, play games and interact and others want to do homework or read – just ‘being there’ for kids that would otherwise go home to an empty house, is important to me.”

Teen activities emphasize life skill development, good homework habits, healthy eating, sports, the arts and community service. The teens are served a healthy snack, but also can buy additional food at a small café in the center.

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Eighty-four teens are enrolled in the ROCKSOLID program and 45 to 50 teens show up daily after school at the center. The nonprofit owns two vans that transport teens from 14 schools in the Battle Ground and Hockinson school districts to the center.

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Cindy joined CFM in 2011 after working for 26 years for law firms. Her ever-expanding duties at CFM range from ensuring state lobby clients are registered with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to reviewing and renewing insurance policies to updating the firm’s Facebook page and posting blogs.

“She is a steadying influence at CFM,” says President Gary Conkling. “And she is a great mentor for the young people who come to the ROCKSOLID Teen Community Center. We are lucky to have her and proud of her volunteer work.”

ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center is located at 12919 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, Washington 98606.

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Cindy representing her table in the Dessert Dash at the annual Lucky Shamrock Auction, ROCKSOLID's largest fundraiser of the year.

Cindy representing her table in the Dessert Dash at the annual Lucky Shamrock Auction, ROCKSOLID's largest fundraiser of the year.

ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center is located at 12919 NE 159th Street, Brush Prairie, Washington 98606.

Cindy Brown Named CFM Office Manager

Office Manager Cindy BrownA veteran with more than 25 years experience as a legal assistant and office manager, Cindy Brown has joined CFM as its Office Manager. She follows in the footsteps of Donna McClelland, long-time Office Manager, who is one of the original members of the firm and will continue to work part-time on special projects.

Among other responsibilities, Cindy’s experience includes managing duties such as staff development, training and budget oversight. At CFM she is responsible for supervision of personnel issues, billing, bookkeeping, regulatory compliance for CFM’s state and federal lobbying practices and other duties.

“She’s been with us since September and has done a great job taking over the reins from Donna,” says CFM President Gary Conkling. “We are lucky to have her on board.”

Prior to CFM, Cindy worked with the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C. from 1997 to 2011 in its Vancouver, Washington office. Before Bullivant, she was employed from 1985 to 1997 at the law firm of Williams & Troutwine, P.C in Portland.

Cindy is a lifelong resident of the Portland-Vancouver area. Married for nearly 25 years, she has a daughter attending the University of Washington. Her Interests include cooking, health and wellness, hiking and entertaining.

CFM Bookkeeper Beverly Melven

Donna will continue with CFM in a part-time role. She was CFM’s first Office Manger, starting on Day 1 in 1990 and retiring in 2007, only to resume her position at the start of 2011.

Also joining the CFM administrative team is Beverly Melven as Bookkeeper/Administrative Support. She is a former editorial assistant for Alaska magazine and The Milepost, with more than 10 years experience in bookkeeping and banking operations. She brings a broad range of work experience in addition to her bookkeeping skills.