Officers and Executive Committee
Brantley Dettmer, President
Director of Risk Adjustments Analytics for Kaiser Permanente
Brantley Dettmer is the director of Risk Adjustment Analytics for Kaiser Permanente. Prior to this, he was the chief operating officer and hospital administrator of Kaiser Permanente's Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California Los Angeles, Brantley is a 20-year healthcare industry veteran. He joined KP Northwest in 2007 and served as Finance Director for the Westside and Sunnyside hospitals. Prior to joining Kaiser, Brantley was Finance Director for Providence's Long-Term Care programs. He has been a resident of Oregon since 2004 and is an avid swimmer. He and his family live in Lake Oswego.
Randy Ealy, Vice President
Manager of Local Government Affairs for Portland General Electric
Randy currently serves as the Manager of Local Government Affairs for Portland General Electric. His service territory includes 52 cities and six counties. Prior to joining PGE, Randy served for nine years as Chief Administrative Officer and Mayor Pro Tem to the City of Beaverton, Oregon. His duties included Mayor’s Office Department Head; City Council communications; local, state and federal government affairs; and interim department head during vacancies. Randy also represented the city with the Mayor in most externally facing strategic interests and partnerships. Prior to Beaverton, Randy served as City Manager of Estacada, Oregon for eight years.
Previously Randy served as the City Manager of Wheeler, Oregon (1998-2001) and Estacada, Oregon (2001-2009). Randy served as the president of the Oregon City and County Manager’s Association in 2005, and was a member of the League of Oregon Cities Board of Directors from 2008-10.
Mike Morey, Treasurer
Assistant Vice President, Real Estate Finance at StanCorp Mortgage Investors
Mike Morey is a past president of Westside Economic Alliance. He has been active in the commercial real estate finance and investment industry for more than 20 years. In 2010, he rejoined StanCorp Mortgage Investors after more than five years as vice president & regional manager at Intervest Mortgage. At StanCorp, he is responsible for all loan production. Mike has extensive experience in arranging debt financing for all types of commercial properties from all types of lending sources. He is also on the board of directors of the Oregon Mortgage Lenders Association. Mike is also a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Jack Orchard, Secretary
Partner with Ball Janik LLP
Jack Orchard is the Secretary for the Westside Economic Alliance Board of Directors. He is founding partner of Ball Janik LLP and has practiced law for more than 35 years. His principal areas of practice are transactional real estate, real estate development, and land use law. Jack has represented clients on some of the region’s most important land use and real estate development projects including: Oregon’s largest, single-owner, mixed-use development (Tanasbourne); Hawthorn Farm Industrial Park, anchored by an Intel facility; and several major residential developments. He has provided ongoing representation to a 19-acre retirement community (Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst) financed with tax-exempt revenue bonds, and he continues to assist one of Oregon’s fastest growing and largest public school districts (Beaverton Schools) in acquiring multiple school sites.
Jack’s real estate work has expanded to include significant property tax appeal cases before the Oregon Tax Court, as well as representing clients in condemnation matters. In his land use practice, he has successfully argued cases before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, Oregon Court of Appeals, and Oregon Supreme Court, and he has represented clients before virtually every metropolitan Portland government. Jack was recognized as a “2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning."
Norm Eder, Past President
Partner with CFM Strategic Communications
Norm Eder was the president of Westside Economic Alliance for four years (2012-2015). He joined CFM in 1999. He specializes in helping clients thoughtfully manage complex and, at times, controversial challenges. He uses his deep knowledge of our region and its communities to develop winning strategies for large public infrastructure, economic development and higher education initiatives. Norm is a Portland native, who attended Cleveland High School. He earned degrees from the University of Puget Sound, Portland State University, and ultimately a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980. Norm launched his public affairs and communications career under the tutelage of Don Clark, a Multnomah County Executive. In 1982, he went to work for the Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI). During his 17 years at OGI, he managed all aspects of public affairs and communications.
Ed Trompke, Past President
Attorney with Jordan Ramis PC
Ed Trompke is a past president of Westside Economic Alliance for two years (2007-2008) and is currently the Chair of the Government Relations Committee. His 30-year career has included extensive work in real estate, construction, and development, including formation of development entities; negotiating and arranging financing (including tax advantaged financing); structuring 1031 and 1033 Exchanges; removing clouds on title; strategic foreclosures; creation of easements; CC&Rs (residential and commercial); development, variance, and conditional use approvals; co-tenancy agreements; commercial and industrial leases; and options.
Jeff Borlaug, Executive Committee Member At-Large
Managing Director, Felton Properties
Jeff Borlaug is responsible for all aspects of the operation and growth of the Felton Properties. Prior to joining Felton Properties, Jeff spent over 12 years as a principal at NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson, where he specialized in the sale and leasing of office and flex properties. Acknowledgements include the Commercial Association of Brokers "Humanitarian of the Year," First Runner-Up for "Office Broker of the Year," and the Oregon Association of Realtors 2010 and 2011 "Commerical Realtor of the Year." Additionally, Jeff is the Co-Founder & President of the Brody Borlaug Foundation and a Board Member of Doernbecher Children's Hospital as well as the Westside Economic Alliance. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in both Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon.
Carly Riter, Executive Committee Member At-Large
NW Region Government Affairs Manager for Intel
Carly Riter is a past vice president of Westside Economic Alliance. She joined Intel in 2013 as the northwest region government affairs manager. Prior to this, she was the director of government relations for the Portland Business Alliance. She is also a graduate of Reed College.
Principal of Angelo Planning Group
Frank Angelo is the chairman of the Westside Economic Alliance Transportation Committee. He is a principal of Angelo Planning Group with extensive experience in public and private sector land use and transportation planning. Frank and his business partners formed Angelo Planning Group (APG) in 1999. The firm specializes in complex land use, transportation, and growth management issues in the Pacific Northwest. The firm’s staff of planners and project managers have considerable expertise in the policy and implementation aspects of land use and transportation planning, including plan and policy review, land use analysis, public outreach, and the development of planning implementation measures such as comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances,administrative rules, Environmental documentation, and land use permitting. APG’s success comes from a deep knowledge of Oregon’s land use and transportation planning framework linked with a focus on implementation.
Betty joined the WEA Board again in 2015. She was the executive director of the Sunset Corridor Association, which merged with Tualatin Valley Economic Development Corporation in 1998 to form Westside Economic Alliance, making Betty the first executive director of WEA. She retired from the organization in 2004 but continued her work in economic development as the executive director of Portland Regional Partners for Economic Development. Betty retired in 2006, but she remains active in WEA and the Washington County Museum.
VP, Director of Leasing for Harsch Investment Properties
As Regional Leasing Director, Steve Barragar is responsible for leasing efforts in the 3.3 million square feet of office and industrial buildings that make up the diverse Portland Region Portfolio. With 16 years of commercial real estate experience, Steve was an industrial real estate broker with Colliers International and previously Grubb & Ellis. He was ranked by Co-Star Group among Portland's 2004 top 20 brokers based upon industrial leasing transaction volume prior to joining Harsch Investment Properties in 2005. Steve received his Bachelors degree from the University of Puget Sound. He is President of the NAIOP Oregon Chapter and is a licensed principal real estate broker in the State of Oregon.
Partner at Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP
David Bennett is the Chair of Westside Economic Alliance's Membership Committee. He is the senior member of the real estate department at Landye Bennett Blumstein, where he has practiced since graduating from law school in 1971. He has extensive experience representing clients in real estate transactions and in real estate-related business matters, including residential and commercial real estate development, real estate financing, income taxation affecting real estate transactions, acquisitions, sales, and leasing. One of the first lawyers in Oregon to devote a substantial part of his practice to representing the developers of condominiums, David has long played a leading role in efforts to modernize and improve Oregon’s Condominium and Planned Community Acts. In addition to his work representing developers, David is an active member of the firm’s condominium and homeowner association practice group. David has written or co-authored numerous articles on real estate-related matters, including key portions of the Oregon State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education publications on condominiums, planned unit developments, and homeowner associations.
Vice President of Leasing for PacTrust
As Vice President of Leasing, Sam is responsible for leasing industrial, flex, and office properties in the Portland Metro area. Prior to joining PacTrust in 1984, Sam began his career with the Union Oil Company of California, where he had operational responsibility for the company's portfolio of properties in Southern Oregon. Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and in English from Lewis and Clark College in 1979 and a professional degree in architecture from the Oregon School of Design in 1986. He is also a past president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP).
Mayor Frank Bubenik
City of Tualatin
Mayor Frank Bubenik was elected to the Tualatin City Council in November of 2010 and re-elected in November 2014. He was elected as mayor in 2018, taking office in January 2019. “Tualatin is a beautiful city and a thriving economic hub. It is also a safe family community with access to nature, clean water, good schools and jobs. These are the things residents value and are at the core of what I stand for and will continue to uphold.” Frank is committed to the safety of all our varied neighborhoods, understanding the economics of a well-run city, and is dedicated to the well-being of all residents. Frank wants the city to be socially cohesive and inclusive and wants to make sure that no section of the community is left behind as we grow.
He has served on the following committees: Tualatin Library Advisory Committee as both chair and a member, chair of the Tualatin Tomorrow Steering Committee, the Tualatin Centennial Committee, the Arts Advisory Committee, the America’s Best Communities Committee, and Washington County Commission on Children & Families. He currently is serving as Council Liaison to several regional water committees and is the Council representative and chair of the Policy Advisory Board (PAB) for the Washington County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investments Partnerships Program. He is a board member of Neighbors Nourishing Communities and Tualatin Historical Society.
Mayor Steve Callaway
City of Hillsboro
On January 3, 2017, Steve Callaway became the 50th Mayor of Hillsboro. Mayor Callaway was first elected to the City Council in November 2010. He appreciates Hillsboro as being a great place to raise a family. Callaway ran for City Council because he wanted to continue his involvement in and service to Hillsboro in a position that would allow him to blend his experience gained while serving on the Budget Committee, the Hillsboro 2020 Vison Implementation Committee, the Planning Commission, and more.
Steve has lived in Hillsboro since 1995. He feels it is important to live, shop and volunteer in the community where he is earning his living. Additional community involvement includes the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Board, the Library Foundation, Oregon International Airshow, Boys and Girls Club, Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church, the 53rd Avenue Park Task Force, and the Hillsboro Schools Foundation.
He graduated from Oroville High School in California and obtained his undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Callaway obtained his master's degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and has retired from his position as a principal at Tobias Elementary School. He and his wife Joan have two children.
Government and Community Affairs Liaison for NW Natural
Nina Carlson started her career as a local real estate agent, selling homes and negotiating land sales for the family building and development business, after graduating from the University of Washington. Her career expanded into marketing and clients relations representing several builders and managing multiple new construction neighborhoods. She has represented the business community on the Clackamas County Affordable Housing and Homelessness Policy Task Force, the Hillsboro School District Budget Committee for the past nine years, served as Board Director of Rivermark Community Credit Union, as well as serving on various other local nonprofit boards. She currently works in the Metro region as the government and community affairs liaison for NW Natural and serves as a member of various economic development organizations and policy boards region-wide.
Director of Government Affairs for Legacy Health
Gina Cole is director of government affairs for Legacy Health. She joined Legacy Health in 2006. Gina manages Legacy’s relationships with elected officials in Oregon and Washington and directs Legacy’s public policy work at the federal, state and local levels in both states.
She has 30 years of experience in government relations, public relations, communications, community relations and association management. Prior to Legacy, Gina was a lobbyist with two separate public affairs firms: Nan Heim Associates and Legislative Performance Group; public relations director for the Westside Economic Alliance; and economic development program manager at the City of Beaverton.
Gina is chair of the Oregon Hospital Political Action Committee board of directors; a member of the Washington State Hospital Association Policy Advisory Committee, Oregon Hospital Association Government Relations Policy Advisory Committee, Oregon Business and Industry Health Policy Committee, and the Westside Economic Alliance Government Relations Committee. She is a native Oregonian and a graduate of the University of Oregon.
Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen represents District 3, which includes portions of Washington and Clackamas counties and the cities of Beaverton, Durham, King City, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. Prior to being elected to the Metro Council in 2012, Councilor Craig Dirksen served as the Mayor of Tigard for nine years. In the past 30 years, his public sector and engineering experience included serving as a Tigard City Councilor, owner of Oregon X-Treme Electric Bicycles and Scooters, mechanical designer for CH2M Hill and industrial designer for Bergaila & Associates.
He has served on JPACT, MPAC, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee and Washington County Coordinating Committee; his volunteer experience includes serving on the Tigard Soccer Club board, Tigard Park board and Tigard budget committee.
Councilor Dirksen advocates for a complete, balanced transportation system with a focus on supporting projects on the region’s west side. He suggested administering a vehicle mileage tax with a focus on non-gasoline powered vehicles to fund transportation projects. He envisions a region governed by a tight but flexible urban growth boundary to support economic growth.
Dirksen earned an A.A. in mechanical engineering from Clark College. He lives in Tigard with his wife Jackie and has three sons and seven grandsons.
President of Peterkort Towne Square
Lois Ditmars is one of the founders of J. Peterkort and Company and president of Peterkort Management Co., the managing partner of J. Peterkort and Company. Peterkort Towne Square, formed in 1994, ( WEA member) is a subsidiary of J. Peterkort and Company. In the 1920’s Lois' parents started a horticultural business (J. Peterkort and Company) on only 2 acres. The business grew over time to include 250 acres near Highway 26 and between Highway 217 and Cedar Hills Blvd. In 1997, Washington County’s Comprehensive Plan designated the 250 acres transit oriented. In the 2000’s, the property was annexed into the City of Beaverton. Today the Peterkort property is home to Peterkort Towne Square, 3 office buildings and a 506 unit apartment complex thanks to the management of Lois, her siblings, and the next generation of the family.
Planning Project Manager at AKS Engineering and Forestry
Mimi is the Chair of WEA's Land Use & Housing Committee. She has been with AKS Engineering and Forestry since 2014. Prior to this, she was a project manager for Stone Bridge Homes NW; and principal, director of planning and landscape architecture for Cardno WRG; and a planning/designer for Landplan Engineering. Mimi is a graduate of the Univerity of Kansas, where she earned her Masters in Urban Planning, and Kansas State University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture.
Mayor Denny Doyle
City of Beaverton
Denny Doyle became Beaverton’s Mayor on January 1, 2009, and was re-elected to another four year term ending in 2016. Prior to being Mayor, Denny spent 14 years serving Beaverton as a City Councilor.
Mayor Doyle currently serves on a variety of local, regional, and national boards and committees. In 2015, the Mayor was appointed to serve as a Member of the National League of Cities Board and Treasurer of the League of Oregon Cities Board. In 2013, the Mayor was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s.
The City of Beaverton has a strong Mayor form of government. Mayor Doyle serves as, not only the Mayor, but as the City Manager, managing the day-to-day operations of the City.
Denny earned his B.A. in Political Science from Illinois State University with a minor in Physical Education. Denny and his wife, Ann, have been married for 39 years. They have two grown daughters: Erin and Keri. Keri is mother to the Mayor’s three granddaughters: Isabelle, Annalise, and Emerson.
SVP Manager, Umpqua Bank
Rich has been with Umpqua Bank for the past 19 years. Prior to this, he worked for Wells Fargo Bank. His focus is on middle market companies that have a need for loans, lines of credit, and depository products. Rich also works with clients that have commercial real estate needs, either owner-occupied or investor style.
President of Pamplin Media Group's newspaper division
Since June 2011, Mark Garber has served as president of the Pamplin Media Group's newspaper division. For 10 years prior to that, he was vice president and executive editor of the company. The Pamplin group is Oregon’s largest source of local news and includes the Portland Tribune and 24 community newspapers. Previously, Mark was publisher of the daily East Oregonian in Pendleton, with responsibility for several publications owned by the East Oregonian Publishing Co. He also has served as publisher of the Springfield News and affiliated publications in Lane County. He has been a reporter, editor or publisher at various newspaper companies since 1979.
In a volunteer capacity, Mark serves as a board member for the Westside Economic Alliance, the East Metro Economic Alliance, the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Home Builders Foundation. He also is a member of the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Prior volunteer positions include the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board, the Multnomah County Charter Review Committee, the Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature, the Leadership Council for the Portland area's Community Investment Initiative and a term as president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mark lives in Gresham with his wife, Janet Pardo, who is a teacher in the Reynolds School District. Their daughter, Marie, is pursuing a degree in the computer field and works at Digital Trends in Portland.
Managing Director for Oregon and SW Washington, CBRE
Jason Green is Managing Director for Oregon and SW Washington, where he leads 125 people for the local presence of the largest commercial real estate services company in the world. A 20-year commercial real estate veteran who has been with CBRE since 2004, Jason is an established expert in the Portland commercial real estate market. He is well known in the local business community, and is an active participant in civic and community activities.
Jason began his career with Grubb & Ellis in 1995 after graduating from UCLA, followed by four years at Studley before joining CBRE. In his 10-year stint as a top broker in the CBRE Portland office, Jason was involved in the sale or lease of over 3.4 million square feet of office space.
Jason's proven track record of success, active leadership roles in the business community, and focus on client-centric solutions makes him a great leader for CBRE’s local market.
Senior Manager, Macerich-Washington Square
Maria Halstead joined Washington Square as senior property manager in 2017. Halstead has more than 27 years of experience in the shopping center industry, including the last 20 years with Macerich at both super regional centers and mixed use properties in Oregon, Washington, California, and Arizona.
Prior to arriving at Washington Square, Halstead oversaw the redevelopment of Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, AZ. The 1.2 million square foot property serves as one of the fastest-growing trade areas in all of Arizona.
Halstead has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of California Berkeley and holds Certified Shopper Center Management and Marketing Designations from the International Council of Shopping Center. She is also the proud mother of three children, including a current Oregon State University freshman.
Washington County Chair
Chair of Washington County's five-member governing Board, Kathryn Harrington represents all of Washington County.
With an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Chair Harrington enjoyed a 22-year career in the tech industry. She is experienced in leading teams and business units that develop and sell new software products, including experience at Wang Laboratories, Central Point Software and at Intel in Hillsboro, where she worked for 10 years. In 2004, Chair Harrington left industry to give back to her community full time, working as a community advocate with Community Participation Organization 7 and several transportation planning committees. For 12 years from 2007 through 2018, Chair Harrington served as the elected District 4 councilor at Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area, representing the urban areas of northern and western Washington County. She has served on multiple leadership committees including the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, among others.
Chair Harrington is passionate about improving the Washington County community, pushing for more effective land use and citizen input on county issues. In addition to livability, economic prosperity and improving transportation, Chair Harrington is focused on improving access to government for people of color and improving safety and quality of life for elders and the young.
Chief Executive of Ambulatory Services for Oregon/SW Washington Region, Providence Health & Services
Brad Henry joined Providence Health and Services in 2000 as a physical therapist. After eight years in clinical care and management, he transitioned into the Ambulatory Services division. For the past 12 years, Brad has worked to grow and enhance the ambulatory assets within the Oregon region. He currently has leadership accountability for diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services, sports medicine, sleep medicine, educational operations, and fitness services across the state. Brad is also responsible for the continued growth and development of the joint venture opportunities in the region including imaging, surgical and other JVs.
Brad holds a Masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound, and a master's degree in health administration from the University of Washington.
He enjoys spending time in the community with his wife and four children.
Principal, Director of Portland Production, Real Estate Finance Norris Beggs & Simpson
J. Blake Hering Jr. has originated loans valued at more than $1.3 billion for a wide variety of property types during his tenure with NBS Financial Services. Blake joined the company in 1999 as an Associate Vice President, and became a partner in 2007. He took on a greater management role when he was promoted to Principal, Director of Portland Production, in 2011. Blake earned a B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is a member of the National Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), NAIOP and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Blake was NBS Financial’s 2010 Finance Officer of the Year, and has been repeatedly recognized by life insurance company lenders, including State Farm Life Insurance Company and Nationwide Life Insurance Company, for his high levels of production.
Senior Vice President, Regional Director of KG Investment Properties
Kyle joined KG Investment in October, 2005 as the Project Director for Scholls Business Center, Rivergate Logistics Center and Cascade Distribution Center. Kyle has a strong background in office and retail leasing and management and retail development.
Prior to joining KG, Kyle worked on the three person development team for Regency Centers in the Pacific Northwest. He was responsible for completing and analyzing development proformas and budgets, supervision of consultants involved in the development process, regular meetings with city/county staff and providing public testimony in front of planning commissions/city councils, lease negotiation with retail tenants, identification of potential retail development opportunities, acquisitions and more. In previous roles, he also managed an office, retail, and industrial portfolio of 750,000 square feet in the Portland metro area, along with managing leasing Class A office buildings in downtown Portland.
Kyle earned a degree in business administration from Washington State University and holds an Oregon Brokers License as well as a Washington Salesperson License.
Senior Counsel for Nike, Inc.
Shannon has been with NIKE for more than five years during which time her practice has focused on retail and non-retail real estate and construction matters, both within North America as well as across the globe. She has been a real estate attorney for about 15 years and during that time, in addition to NIKE, has worked in-house for PacifiCorp in Portland and also worked at a redevelopment law firm in Los Angeles. Shannon attended law school at Loyola Law School and completed her undergraduate degreeat Scripps College.
Vice President of Melvin Mark Companies
Understanding that corporations come in all shapes and sizes, Tim Parker prides himself on being flexible while never losing sight of his client’s short and long term commercial real estate needs. Tim’s approach helps a company sell or lease its space at optimal rates by creating a competitive negotiating environment with buyers, tenants and their agents. Tim has over 20 years of experience marketing properties for sellers and representing buyers. He knows how to manage the process and obtain the highest values for both and best prices for commercial real estate.
Mayor Jason Snider
City of Tigard
Mayor Jason Snider has been a Tigard resident since 1999. He is the administrator of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Regional General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Departments, and began his career as a clinical manager at American Medical Response.
Mayor Snider was drawn to public service early in life; he worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) his senior year of high school and served two years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board, in Southern California, during his junior and senior years of high school. In college, Mayor Snider took a semester off to attend paramedic school in Los Angeles, and he maintains his paramedic certification to this day.
Jason has been a volunteer coach for Tigard Youth Soccer and Tigard Youth Football. He also served as a Tigard Reserve Police Officer from 2001 to 2004, and was a member and chair of the City of Tigard Budget Committee from May 2005 to December 2009. First elected to the Tigard City Council in 2013, he served as City Council President from 2015 to 2018.
Mayor Snider has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Biology from Willamette University in Salem, and a Master of Science in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.
Jason and his wife, Jodi, have three children—two attend Durham Elementary and one attends Twality Middle School. His personal interests include poker and remote-controlled helicopters.
Executive Director of Westside Economic Alliance
Pam has been a key player in regional economic development activities for many years. Prior to joining WEA, she served as a consultant to Greater Portland Inc. and is the former director of the Association of Regional Partners. She also served as vice president of Oregon External Affairs for PacifiCorp. Pam is a native Oregonian. She received her undergraduate degree from Portland State University and her masters degree from Lewis & Clark College.