Jeff Bissonnette is the Organizing Director for the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB), representing residential utility ratepayers in Oregon. In that role, he leads CUB’s legislative program and coalition work. He is a Public Utility Commission appointee to the Portfolio Options Committee, overseeing renewable energy products offered by regulated utilities to their customers. He also serves on the boards of the Northwest Energy Coalition and the Renewable Northwest Project. Jeff is a member of the Citizen Review Committee for Portland's Independent Police Review, providing community oversight of the Portland Police Bureau and he is a board member of the St. Johns Main Street Coalition. Jeff was formerly a board member of Portland Community Media and the Steering Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters’ Multnomah County chapter. Jeff was appointed to the Charter Commission by Mayor Adams.
Jan Campbell grew up with a disability and was denied the opportunity to teach because of this, before laws were enacted to protect persons with disabilities. Since then she has devoted her life to advocating for civil and human rights. In 2004 she retired, after 23 yrs. from the City of Portland, as the Disability Project Coordinator for the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Presently, she works for Aging and Disability Services and Oregon Health Sciences University. She has chaired and served on numerous Commissions, Boards and Committees, both locally and at the State Level. Currently she is Chair of the Committee on Accessible Transportation for Tri-Met and the Special Transportation Funds Advisory Committee, Vice-President of Disability Rights Oregon, member of the Executive Committee on the Portland Commission on Disabilities and the Oregon Disabilities Commission, and member of the Portland Habilitation Center Board, Connecting Communities Coalition and the POLST Advisory Committee. Jan was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Leonard.
Cassie Cohen is the Director of Groundwork Portland, a nonprofit organization partnered with low-income, communities of color to revitalize contaminated, vacant land into community assets. She is appointed to the Public Involvement Advisory Council and the Growing Opportunities Community Garden Commission. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Center for Intercultural Organizing and the Steering Committee for Vision into Action. Cassie was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fish.
Ann L Collins is a retired textbook editor who lives in NW Portland. She recently began calling Portland home after living for 26 years in Boston. Ann has a Master's Degree in Science Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from Smith College. She has one daughter. Ann serves on the Elders in Action board. She was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fish.
Justin Delaney is the Vice President for External Affairs at The Standard. The position includes oversight for legislative and regulatory affairs, community involvement and charitable giving. Justin joined Standard Insurance Company in 1997 and has served The Standard in various roles. Prior to his current position he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and the University of Arizona. His community service activities include: citizen Trustee, Portland Fire and Police Pension and Disability Fund; Board Member and Immediate Past Chair, Oregon Business Association; Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum; Chairman, Oregon Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association; Oregon Insurance Division Advisory Committee member; and Board member and Leadership Portland alumni, Portland Business Alliance. Justin was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Saltzman.
Sue Diciple is the principal facilitator with Sue Diciple Group. The focus of her practice is the design, facilitation, and project management of collaborative planning, organization development and issue resolution processes. Her professional mission is to facilitate positive change in communities and organizations. Over the course of her practice she has drafted approximately 50 charter documents for organizations, task groups, commissions and teams. Sue has served as a commissioner on the Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission for the past 13 years, including 3 years a Chair. She has served on the national board of directors for the Alliance for Community Media, at which she chaired the Personnel and Organization Development Committee. Sue was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Leonard.
Rev. Brian Heron is pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Outer NE Portland. He has served churches, non-profits and in public service during his twenty-year career. He is a member of and past co-chair of the East Portland Action Plan, sits on the Community Involvement Committee of the Portland Plan, and serves on the steering committee for the recently city-adopted Gateway Green. Brian lives in the North Tabor neighborhood close to his two adult children. His attraction to Portland is rooted in its entrepreneurial creativity, active volunteer spirit, cycling infrastructure, great food, and diverse expressions of spirituality. Brian has a particular interest in how the public sector and spiritual communities can contribute to the common welfare of all. Brian was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fritz.
Rebbecca Kirk is a senior in high school. She was the first president of the Native American Early College Academy and is on her fourth year carrying that title. Rebbecca is an undefeated champion at Native American royalty titles and is on her ninth preeminent position as “Miss Naimuma” representing united Indian students in higher education. Rebbecca feels strongly about keeping intact with her Native heritage and provides various Native cultural teachings. Rebbecca is a graduate of the Native Women’s Leadership Academy. She is also a member of: Portland Youth and Elders Council, Multnomah Youth Commission, and NAYA youth leadership program. She is the former president of a Toastmasters International youth group, and was selected to attend the Running Start young women’s leadership retreat in Washington D.C. for young woman in politics. After graduation, Rebbecca plans to earn a degree in communications and journalism. After college she would like to travel the U.S as a motivational speaker. Rebbecca was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fritz.
Tricia Knoll serves on Portland's Human Rights Commission. She retired in 2007 after twenty-three years of service for the City of Portland in two bureaus, serving under six city commissioners. In addition to work in public affairs, public relations, emergency response, and public information for the City, she advocated on behalf of people with disabilities for improved city services. She wrote a textbook used in college courses in race relations (now out-of-print): Becoming Americans: Asian Sojourners, Immigrants and Refugees in the Western United States (1982). She also taught high school English in Portland Public Schools for ten years. Tricia lives in SW Portland. She was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Leonard.
David Martinez, a native Oregonian, grew up in the town of Ontario. From a farm-worker background, he was the first member of his family to graduate high school and college. For most of his career, David has worked at Oregon colleges and universities, in the areas of Multicultural Affairs, Admissions, Residence Life, and Student Development. These include PSU, WOU, Willamette, and Linfield. From 2001 – 2008, David took a break from higher education to serve as the Policy and Constituent Relations Manager for Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey. Returning to education, he currently is the Coordinator of Outreach and Orientation, at Portland Community College – Rock Creek Campus. David serves on many boards and commissions, including Portland’s Human Right Commission, Outside In, and Latino Network. He is President of the Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference and Chair of the Annual Portland Latino Gay Pride Celebration. David was appointed to the Commission by Mayor Adams.
Bonny McKnight was born in Portland and has lived here all of her life. She is a political science and history graduate of Portland State University with graduate hours in the initial Urban Studies program. General interest is in the systems used to govern. Bonny believes those systems need to be carefully evaluated periodically for how well the public good is being served, how effectively the system builds faith with those being served, and whether communication systems between government and the electorate are effective in informing and involving both interests. She chaired the Mid-County Future Alternatives Committee that designed a desired new city for what is now East Portland. After annexation to Portland, she became very active in the city’s Neighborhood Association system, serving as Chair and Land Use Chair of the Russell Neighborhood Association. She is a member of the city’s Development Review Advisory Committee, and coordinates the Citywide Land Use Group. Bonny was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fritz.
Hank Miggins has lived in southwest Portland more than 25 years. Currently, he is a member of the City’s Citizen Review Committee for Police Oversight, and the Center for Airway Science. Hank has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon; the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs; the Board of Bar Governors of the Oregon State Bar; and other civil organizations. He was a former City Manager for the City of Spokane and is currently a mortgage broker. Hank has held positions with Multnomah County: Animal Control Director, Deputy County Auditor, Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Multnomah County Chair of County Commission and Interim Chair of the Multnomah County Commission. While City Manager in Spokane, the city changed to a strong mayor form of government, and he gained valuable knowledge observing the ‘freeholder‘ process, which will serve him well as a member of the 2011 Charter Review Commission. Hank was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Saltzman.
Lai-Lani Ovalles graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Her work experience includes over 10 years of community organizing to advocate and address social justice issues. She believes strongly in the power of civic engagement and helped the City of Seattle, in partnership with Metrocenter YMCA, to create a program called “Get Engaged: City Boards & Commissions”. Get Engaged places diverse young adults, 18-29 yrs., to serve on 12 city commissions to cultivate the next generation of leaders and highlighting the importance and value of young adults in community affairs. Currently, she is the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator at the Native American Youth and Family Center. She coordinates leadership initiatives, community engagement efforts and professional development at NAYA Family Center and in the Native American community. Lai-Lani has served on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission since July 2008. She was appointed to the Charter Commission by Mayor Adams.
Susan Pearce lives in South East Portland. She is a member of Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development Association (HAND) and represents that board on the Central Eastside Urban Renewal Area Advisory Committee, Central Eastside Industrial Council Land Use and Transportation Committee, and Parking Study Committee; the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Citizens’ Advisory Committee; and the Oregon Rail Historic Foundation Board. She serves on the City of Portland Street Car Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the City of Portland Noise Review Board. A registered nurse with a BSN from the University of Oregon School of Nursing (now OHSU), Susan has worked in a variety of settings over the course of her career. She recently retired after many years as a hospice, home infusion and home health nurse. She enjoys civic involvement because it provides a way to learn how a city works and is a means to give back to the community. Susan was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fritz.
Ayoob Ramjan is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Africa. Ayoob believes that civic and community involvement is a powerful way to bridge the gap of understanding amongst Portland’s diverse communities. He currently serves on the Portland Citizen Review Committee, a police oversight committee under the Independent Police Review division of the City Auditors office. He volunteers and serves on the board of ISoS, a community social service organization. His past involvements include board member of Immigration Counseling Service, member of the Department of Homeland security Portland office Immigration roundtable forum, co-chair on the Arab & Muslim Police Advisory Committee (AMPAC) for the city of Portland’s Police Bureau and 3 years as a citizen member of the City of Portland Budget Committee. Ayoob, an employee of Hewlett-Packard inkjet printer division, is married, has two married children and three grandsons, and lives in SW Portland (Markham Elementary school district). He was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Saltzman.
Shelli Romero was raised in urban, rural and suburban Oregon. Currently, she works as the Public Policy and Community Affairs Manager with the Oregon Department of Transportation. Shelli is an advocate for civil and human rights and believes in equity in all its forms. She serves on the Housing Authority of Portland and the Portland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Shelli was also formerly appointed by Governor Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Shelli received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Program from the Center for Creative Leadership; the Executive Leadership Institute from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; the National Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the American Leadership Forum. She has lived in the Foster/Powell neighborhood of Southeast Portland for fifteen years. Shelli was appointed to the Charter Commission by Mayor Adams.
Latricia Tillman became Administrator for the Oregon Office of Multicultural Health in May 2009. Tricia graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, received her bachelor’s degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her master’s in public health from Boston University. She returned to Oregon to work at Multnomah County Health Department and initiated the Health Equity Initiative and the African American Sexual Health Equity Program. Her work improved support for policies and programs that reduce avoidable health inequities experienced by communities of color, immigrants and refugees. As Administrator of the Office of Multicultural Health, Tricia has increased opportunities for communities of color, immigrants and refugees to promote health and influence policy, and advanced the creation and implementation of policies that promote health and human services equity. Tricia is a member of the Portland Parks Board and enjoys dancing salsa, supporting urban farming, and watching her son play sports. She was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Saltzman.
Steve Weiss has lived in SE Portland for the last 19 years. He is retired and currently board president of the Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens, board president of Independent Living Resources and board president of the Community Alliance of Tenants. He is also chair of the Department of County Human Services Citizen Budget Advisory Committee, chair of the Housing Authority of Portland’s 504 Disability Advisory Board, vice-chair of the Elders in Action Commission and chair of its Senior Hunger and Poverty Workgroup, a board member of United Seniors of Oregon, a member of the Commission on Children, Families and Community’s Poverty Action Council, a member of Commissioner Nick Fish’s Section 8 Task Force, a member of the Multnomah Healthy Aging Coalition, and serves on Jobs with Justice’s Healthcare Committee. Steve was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fish.
Mark White is the President of the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association. He is a member of the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, the East Portland Action Plan, the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council, and the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation. He is one of four Neighborhood-Based Consultants supporting the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium, a national collaboration of researchers and scientists seeking to address poverty and its collateral effects through evidenced-based practices, especially as it pertains to children. He is also on the Board of Directors for SE Works and is the creator and primary planner for the East Portland Exposition, a two day community and multicultural event held in East Portland each July. Mark and his partner Billy live in Powellhurst-Gilbert with their two dogs Ari and Dani. He was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Leonard.
Anita Yap was born and raised in Portland Oregon, attending Parkrose and Reynolds Schools. She currently is the Chair of the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council, Board member of Portland Habilitation Center, President of the Board for City Planning Directors of Oregon and an active community volunteer. Anita has over 20 years of experience working in municipal government in Oregon. She currently is the Community Development Director for the City of Damascus. Anita holds a Bachelors degree in Forestry from Oregon State University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Anita and her family lives in southeast Portland. She was appointed to the Charter Commission by Commissioner Fish.