About Us

The Alano Club of Portland has been a leading source of recovery support in our community for 60 years and counting.

In addition to over 100 weekly mutual aid support meetings, the Alano Club offers other recovery resources, like weekly recovery yoga and mindful meditation classes, monthly seminars on topics like brain chemistry and addiction and relationships and recovery, and regular workshops on topics ranging from recovery advocacy to mindful-based relapse prevention. The Alano Club also hosts large-scale sober social events, like our Recovery Art Walk, Recovery Talent Show and holiday community dinners.

Our Mission

To provide a welcoming, compassionate and accessible recovery support environment for individuals and families recovering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other addictive disorders.

What We Do

By owning and operating a beautiful, historic community center that hosts the largest and most diverse offering of mutual-aid support meetings and recovery services in Oregon, the Alano Club of Portland is able to bring healing, hope and solutions to more than 10,000 visitors each month. There’s no other recovery support center of its kind in the area, where recovering individuals can go—free of charge—to receive the level of life-long support they need in their journey to addiction recovery.

Ours is a safe, loving and inviting home for more than 100 weekly recovery support meetings, recovery seminars and workshops, yoga and meditation classes, sobriety-based social events, information and referral services for treatment resources, and holiday celebrations for the recovery community.

Who We Help

We serve thousands of recovering men, women and families across 20 distinct mutual aid programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon family groups, Gamblers Anonymous, Food Addicts Anonymous, Wellbriety, Refuge Recovery and nearly everything in between!

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Our Leadership

Brent Canode
Executive Director

Brent Canode became the Club’s Executive Director in 2006. From 2006-2008 he designed and implemented the capital campaign that made possible the recent restoration of the Club’s historic support center. Brent brings to the Club more than ten years of experience in policy analysis, program development, fundraising and non-profit management. He has worked for a diverse mix of elected officials, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Brent completed his Masters Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Oregon, concentrating his final project on a review of national program research on prison-based drug treatment programs and their impacts on criminal recidivism. Brent currently serves as Treasurer on the board of the recovery advocacy organization, Hands Across the Bridge and is a board member on the Oregon Consumer Advisory Council For Addictions and Mental Health. In the recent past Brent also served as Treasurer on the board of Partnership for Safety and Justice and was also a board member of Partnership for Safety and Justice’s affiliated 501c4 advocacy organization, the Safety and Justice Action Fund.

Jim Coshow
Board Chair

Jim Coshow is a fourth generation Oregonian with local pioneer roots. He spent much of his career working for large companies in the area of finance and administration. In 2005 he and his wife Ruth purchased a small locally based drug and alcohol testing company which they have transformed into Labworks USA, a nationwide company serving thousands of employers coast to coast. Today his schedule allows sufficient time to pursue many passions including traveling the USA in a motor home and finding new places to chase his hiking companions, a pair of dogs named Bella and Watson. A proud member of the Portland Alano Club since 2003 he has a burning desire to see the club remain a vibrant, healthy and enduring part of the Portland recovery community.

Board Members:
Annalise Briggs

Annalise works for Lewis Kennedy Associates, a fundraising and communications consulting firm where she helps nonprofits locally and nationally raise funds to support their missions. Prior to joining LKA, Annalise worked for the Portland-based international relief and development organization, Mercy Corps, where she managed multiple direct response programs. During her seven-year tenure, she oversaw sustained giving, direct mail renewal and acquisition, telefundraising, and responded to global emergencies including: the Haiti earthquake, Japan tsunami, Philippines typhoon, and Syrian conflict. Selected for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, a mini-MBA curriculum with Portland State University’s graduate school of business, she travelled to Thailand and Tunisia to focus on nonprofit strategy, business development and leadership. Prior to her accomplishments in the nonprofit sector, Annalise worked at advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy in broadcast production and business affairs and spearheaded campaigns for Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Electronic Arts, and Nike. Annalise joined the Alano Club board in 2010 and in her spare time she enjoys climbing temples in Bali, conquering cooking classes in Vietnam, touring museums in France, swimming in Singapore and visiting family in San Francisco.

Jon Wadman

Jon has lived in Portland for the past 20 years, inching ever so close to “near-native” status. Jon joined the board in 2010, bringing with him more than 8 years of volunteer experience with Portland’s recovery community. An avid outdoorsman, Jon is passionate about Oregon’s natural environment and all it has to offer. You can often find Jon hiking in the Gorge, alpine skiing throughout the Northwest, rafting Oregon’s scenic rivers and exploring Portland’s unique cultural landscape. Jon spends his time volunteering at several non-profits and believes strongly that doing so is the most effective (and rewarding) way to make our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and play. On the more serious side of life, Jon currently splits his time between real estate and private asset management.

Robert Brand
Bob Brand has been on the Alano Board since 2007 and President since January, 2009. Bob retired to Portland following a 24 year career with International Paper, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, where he was a Corporate Director of Human Resources and had responsibility for areas such as Executive Development, Recruiting, Compensation and Benefits, Labor Relations, Communications and Training. He has served in leadership positions in several for-profit as well as non-profit organizations over the years. His service experience began with the Boy Scouts of America where he became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster at the age of 16, and continued through military service, managerial positions in business and in retirement with work on boards and committees in several organizations. Bob was born in New York City and received his B.A. degree in 1963 from The City College of New York. He is married and has two grown children and grandchildren.
Dr. Ron Schutz
Ronald W. Schutz, MD, FACC has been a practicing cardiologist in Portland since 1980.  He is President of Heart Sounds, Inc., Medical Director of Heart Centers of America, LLC, and Chairman Emeritus and director of Sonivate Medical Inc., having founded each entity. He was Medical Director of The Oregon Heart Institute 1987-1991, and The Legacy Heart Institute 2004-2006. He has served on the board of Alano Club of Portland since 2004. He served on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee of Multnomah County 2004-2009.  Ron’s previous volunteer board memberships include the Oregon Affiliate of the American Heart Association, The Jewish Federation of Portland, and Jewish Family and Child Services. He is a private pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings, an avid swimmer, horseback rider, and aspiring ukulele player.
Frances Lynch
Frances Lynch, PhD, MSPH is a public health researcher and has been working at the Center for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente for 17 years. Frances’ work is funded by the National Institutes of Health and focuses on the organization and financing of mental health and substance abuse services, and in particular on the economic impact on families of mental health and substance abuse problems. She has been a member of the board for the Center for Health Research for 17 years, and has been a member of a variety of committees and teams for the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine, and the Mental Health Research Network.  Frances has been a member of the Alano Club for many years.  She spends her free time enjoying caring for her 10 year old son and hiking and bicycling whenever possible.
David Colton
David Colton is a retired high school counselor who spent much of his career providing support and guidance to students severely challenged by poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, homophobia and learning disabilities. David came to counseling from a teaching background in theatre, English and speech.  An active member of Salem’s Pentacle Theatre, David performed on stage, served on Pentacle’s board and taught and directed in public school.  While teaching and doing graduate work in counseling, David was an active volunteer and board member with The Shanti Project, a non-profit in Eugene, OR offering services and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.  David continues to work with the challenges of marginalized people volunteering as a tutor of English to recent immigrants to the United States.   David is a father, biker, reader, gardener and emerging mosaic artist.  As a new board member he is excited to bring his enthusiasm for community and fellowship to The Alano Club.