Our Story

The Reser Family Foundation was formed in 2010 to honor the legacy of family values cherished by Al and Pat Reser.

Watch the video of Al Reser’s American Dream (filmed in 2009):

No Small Potatoes

You can also read Al Reser’s book No Small Potatoes, which tells the Reser’s Fine Foods story.

Since Al’s passing, Pat Reser, along with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, guide the work of The Reser Family Foundation through its mission of supporting our communities. In 2018, Pat Reser was an honoree for the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation’s Ageless Award:


The Foundation makes charitable contributions in the areas of the arts, education, environment and health that will result in broad public benefit, primarily in Oregon.

Mari Jo Prlain, Executive Director

MariJo@TheReserFamilyFoundation.org - 503.526.5716

Mari Jo Prlain In addition to her responsibilities as Foundation Director of The Reser Family Foundation, Mari Jo Prlain is Corporate Director at Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. She joined Reser’s Fine Foods as Director of Human Resources in 1990 and was named Corporate Director in 2002. She became The Reser Family Foundation Director in 2010.

Mari Jo was raised in Astoria and graduated from Oregon State University. Her work in the non-profit sector reflects the importance she places on family. She was Treasurer of The Sauvie Island Elementary School, on the PTA Board at Alice Ott Middle School and served on a variety of committees at David Douglas High School. She also provided leadership as a Team Parent, Treasurer, and President of the Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club. She continues to be passionate about helping support and strengthen non-profit organizations in neighborhoods and communities throughout Oregon.

Lacey Sortman, Grant and Program Coordinator

Lacey@TheReserFamilyFoundation.org - 503.526.5793

Lacey Sortman joined The Reser Family Foundation in 2018. She holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies from University of Nebraska-Omaha’s School of Public Administration. Lacey was recruited to Oregon in 2016 as a Hatfield Resident Fellow for Portland State University. Her nonprofit experience includes positions administering disaster relief funds, and supporting foundation program teams.

Lacey is passionate about people and community building. She has worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate through Tulsa CASA and is a previous director for Green Drinks Tulsa. Outside of the office, you will probably find her at the dog park, or on a roadtrip with her family. (In 2015, they completed the big adventure of visiting all 50 States in one year.)

Our Trustees are:

Unless initiated by the Foundation Director, personal communication with individual Foundation Trustees by representatives of the organization is not encouraged.