After volunteering in a kindergarten classroom during her high school years, Stacie knew at a young age, teaching would be part of her future. Stacie graduated from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) with her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1996 and began her educational career in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. In 2002 she graduated from the University of Phoenix-Las Vegas with a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She transitioned into a Curriculum Specialist position for the K-5 Math Department, overseeing an early intervention grant, and working with the federally funded National Science Foundation, Math and Science Enhancement (MASE) Grant. Stacie was appointed Assistant Principal working at four different elementary schools in Las Vegas, and eventually appointed Principal at R.E.Tobler Elementary School.
Stacie and her family relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she spent the last three years as the Campus College Chair over education at the local University of Phoenix Campus preparing pre-service teachers and administrators. Stacie recently left the University; however, she continues to stay active in education as a part-time faculty member for the University of Phoenix-Idaho Campus, along with supervising student teachers.
Stacie, and her husband Shane of 22 years, reside in Boise, Idaho with their two daughters Shayne and Maddison. In Stacie’s spare time she enjoys boating and camping with her family.
Shannon Inukai-Cuffee is carrying on family traditions in more ways than one. She is a second–generation dealer and President of Dick’s Auto Group which consists of four locations and more than 250 employees in Hillsboro. She started her career in the family business as a receptionist 30 years ago. Shannon along with her brother, Scott Inukai, work side-by-side in the day to day operations of the dealerships.
Through the automobile dealerships founded by their late father, Dick Inukai, the Inukai’s have been active sponsors of the local community, lending their support to groups like the Inukai Family Boys and Girls Club in Hillsboro, Self Enhancement Inc., and the Inukai Family Foundation.
Shannon is a 2013 Orchid Award winner and the 2014 Oregon Time Dealer of the Year nominee. She was also the first female president of the Oregon Automobile Dealers Association and recently joined the Circle of Red and Go Red For Women sponsored by the American Heart Association. She is currently the Board Chair for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, serves on the board of directors for The Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association and is the President of the Inukai Family Foundation. Shannon is a graduate of Portland State University.
Shannon is married to Cortlandt Cuffee and has one daughter, Kacie. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with friends, horseback riding and reading.
Cortlandt Cuffee is a native of Portland, Oregon and took to community involvement at a young age. As the student spokesperson for Project Second Wind Canned Food Drive as an eighth-grader, he teamed with then Mayor Bud Clark and other community leaders in coordinating to help raise awareness and alleviate hunger in the region. That experience laid the foundation of the importance of giving back and led to his involvement with several other local non-profits through the years.
A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Communications, Cortlandt has spent close to thirty years in media in the Northwest. While working toward graduation, Cortlandt was instrumental in launching a new city publication for the Seattle Times Company, before returning home to join The Oregonian. Cortlandt is currently Local Sales Manager for the properties of the KGW Media Group, which includes local NBC network affiliate KGW-TV, kgw.com, Spanish-language station Estrella-TV and regional cable news channel NWCN.
Cortlandt has previously served on the Blazers Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board, volunteered for the United Way, Oregon Food Bank, SMART, coached little league baseball and has led fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Washington. Cortlandt currently serves on the board of directors for Self-Enhancement, Inc. and is the chairman of the board for Portland Police Bureau’s Z-Man Scholarship Foundation.
Cortlandt is married to Shannon Inukai-Cuffee and has a step-daughter, Kacie. In his free time, Cortlandt enjoys golfing, eating sushi and traveling with his wife.