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:

No Small Potatoes

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


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



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.

Our trustees are: