PDX Community Advisory Committee

Committee Members


Erwin Bergman
Central Northeast Neighbors
Erwin Bergman retired from the U.S. Department of Energy where he worked for 31 years as an Environmental Specialist. From 1993 to 2009, Erwin was the Portland representative on the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee and its predecessor the Noise Abatement Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the 2000 PDX Master Plan planning advisory group, the Conditional Use Permit advisory committee, and the Airport Futures planning advisory group. Erwin is a charter member of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council as well as the Cully Neighborhood Association. He has a strong interest in quality of life, climate change and sustainability issues.


Beverly Bruender

Citywide Land Use Committee
Beverly Bruender is a retired nurse manager for home health and hospice. She is currently active in the Portland Citywide Land Use Committee, the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee and is a member of the League of Women Voters. Beverly has an interest in group dynamics, the art of persuasion and effective communication styles.

Tina Burke
Airport Employee
Tina Burke has been the Transportation Security Administration's Oregon Stakeholder and Customer Service Manager since September 2004. In this role, she serves as the TSA liaison to air carriers and airport management, as well as with other transportation partners throughout Oregon. Tina is TSA's primary liaison with local, state and federal elected officials; the media; and other business and industry stakeholders with an interest in transportation security. In addition, she manages the TSA's customer and passenger outreach and engagement activities throughout the state.

Prior to joining TSA, Tina lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for 16 years. She held a variety of positions on Capitol Hill and in non-profit organizations. Her last position was in the Office of Communications and Congressional Affairs at the Federal Transit Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tina was born and raised in Oregon. She enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally, and visits Oregon's wine country whenever she has an opportunity.

Randy Jones
East Multnomah County Neighborhood
Randy Jones served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Officer. He served aboard Navy Destroyers, High Endurance Coast Guard Cutters, a Coastal Buoy Tender and for four years was assigned to a Civil Engineering Unit.

He also served 17 years as thePublic Works Director for four cities in Washington and Oregon. He served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the East Metro Connections Plan, was a staff member for the East Multnomah County Transportation Committee and served with others in east Multnomah County management coordination efforts. He served on the Baker Watershed Council, participated in development of the Grays Harbor Estuary Management Plan, member of the Historic Baker City Board of Directors and other boards and committees.

He is a past member in the American Water Works Association, the American Public Works Association and the Washington Airport Managers Association. Other interests include family, fishing and RV “camping” trips.


Steven Cole
Northeast Coalition of Neighbors
Steven Cole has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Baker University and a J.D. from Washburn University in Kansas. He currently works for Lexis Nexis. Steven serves as an officer on, and participates in, numerous committees of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. He is also a board member of the Irvington Community Association. Steven has an interest in transportation and urban planning as well as livability issues involving Northeast Portland and the Greater Portland area.

Tony DeFalco
Environmental Justice
Tony DeFalco leads his own consulting firm focused on management consulting. Tony has 15 years of experience working in environmental advocacy and coalition building locally and nationally. He has five years experience working with environmental and sustainability institutions to create inclusive organizations which deliver equitable results, especially to communities of color.

His other committee involvements include: Metro's Technical Advisory Committee, Center for Diversity and the Environment (founding member and chair), Audubon Society of Portland, Earthjustice, and Verde Energy Advisors (co-founder). He recently served on Portland's Public Involvement Advisory Council.

Walt Evans
Business Organization
Walt Evans is an attorney in the Business and Corporate practice group of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. His practice focuses on federal administrative/regulatory proceedings and on legislation, particularly involving the Endangered Species Act and related resource laws that impact Pacific Northwest businesses and public entities.

Prior to working with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Walt worked in Washington, D.C. for 20 years. His client advocacy involved him with numerous federal departments and agencies and with Congress on behalf of clients ranging from Northwest ports and towboat companies to foreign embassies.

Walt is a founding board member of the International Sustainable Development Foundation and serves as chair of the Trade Policy Committee of Pacific Northwest International Trade Association. He is a former member and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee of Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust (now Ft. Vancouver National Trust).

Karen Gray
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Karen Gray has over 32 years in public education. She currently serves as the Superintendent of the Parkrose School District. She chairs the State of Oregon's Education Enterprise Steering Committee, is co-director of the Oregon Collaborative Administrative Mentor Program with Oregon Department of Education, and teaches educational leadership at both Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University. She is on the Doctoral Council for Lewis and Clark and is a board member of the Classroom Law Project.

Karen is a member of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission and Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council representing education interests. Her other interests include: exercise, theater, reading, piano, travel, and family.

Alan Hargrave
Clark County neighborhood representative (Camas/Washougal area)
Alan Hargrave is currently a project manager for the Port of Vancouver USA facilities staff overseeing the West Vancouver Freight Access project. Prior to joining the Port of Vancouver, he was a consultant for individuals, developers and excavation/underground utility companies for site work projects. Alan spent 28 years as Estimator/Project Manager and General Manager for George Schmid & Sons, Inc. His previous community service includes: 12 years as an elected port commissioner for the Port of Camas/Washougal, three years on the Airport Futures planning advisory group, and several years as a member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council.

Air Cargo
Ahmad Abed-Rabuh - bio coming soon.


Alan Lehto
Multi-Modal Transportation
Alan Lehto is currently the Director of Planning and Policy at TriMet. He has 17 years of experience in transit, working on both the public and private side. Alan holds Master's degrees in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University and Personality & Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.

His interests include: livability, transit, sustainability, and economic vitality of the region. Alan sits on the Metro Transportation Planning Advisory Committee, and several other advisory and steering committees for various regional planning efforts.

Colonel Paul T. Fitzgerald
Military
Colonel Paul T. Fitzgerald is assigned to the 142d Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon Air National Guard base as the commander of the 142d Mission Support Group.  The Mission Support Group is comprised of over 400 personnel supporting Civil Engineering, Communications, Contracting, Environmental, Security Forces, Logistics Readiness, and Force Support organizations.

Colonel Fitzgerald was commissioned in May of 1990 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colonel Fitzgerald separated from active duty in January of 2000 and joined the Oregon Air National Guard where he has served as a Maintenance Squadron Commander, an Instructor Pilot, Chief of Wing Safety, and Chief of Scheduling.

In 2009, Colonel Fitzgerald was selected for the Air National Guard Internship Program where he served as a member of the Plans and Programs Directorate at the National Guard Bureau. He was responsible for the programmatic actions affecting all Air National Guard Air Superiority program elements affecting over 4,500 Air National Guard personnel. He managed the integration and execution of over $2.8B in programmed funding into the Department of Defense Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution system across the Future Years Defense Program. 

Colonel Fitzgerald is a command pilot with over 2,200 flight hours in F-15 A-D fighter aircraft.  He is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States and the Allied Pilots Association of American Airlines.


Robert Pinedo
General Aviation
Robert Pinedo has 22 years of aviation experience varying from that of a helicopter pilot to Fixed Base Operator ownership in Stockton, CA. Robert is Atlantic Aviation's Regional Manager for Portland International, Reno, Sacramento Mather, Salt Lake City and Eugene Airports. His family is his passion; other interests include aviation, cars, music and being outdoors.

Alesia Reese
East Portland Neighborhood Office
Alesia Reese is an employee of the U.S. Postal Service and has extensive experience in workplace safety and health initiatives. She has been an East Portland resident for more than 30 years.

Alesia serves as chair of the Woodland Park Neighborhood Association and is active in the East Portland Neighborhood coalition. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Parkrose School District, chair of the Facilities and Finance Committee, a member of the school district Wellness Committee, and a member of the Parkrose Bond Oversight Committee. Alesia established the East Portland Parks Coalition and serves as its chair; she also co-founded the city-wide Parks Team.

Bob Sallinger
Environment/Wildlife/Natural Resources
Bob Sallinger is the Conservation Director for the Audubon Society of Portland. He has more than 20 years experience working on urban conservation issues in the Portland Metropolitan region. Bob is the elected director of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. He serves on the board of the Coalition for a Livable Future.

His other involvement in city committees and task forces includes: the Portland Parks Board, the City of Portland Watershed Science Advisory Group, the Willamette North Reach River Health and Mitigation Working Groups, and the River Renaissance Strategy Citizens Advisory Group.

Bob has also served on several Port of Portland Committees including the Airport Futures planning advisory group, the West Hayden Island Citizen's Advisory Committee and the PDX Wildlife Advisory Committee. Bob has a strong background and interest in urban natural resource management, urban wildlife issues and natural resource policy.

Passenger Airline
Vacant


Martin Slapikas
North Portland Neighborhood Services
Marty is a resident of Hayden Island and active in the North Portland Neighborhood Services coalition. His community involvement includes serving as a Board member of HiNoon and as Director of the Riverhouse Home Owner Association. He is also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Marty is a former chair of the Corbett/Terwilliger/Lair Hill Neighborhood Association and served on the association's Transportation and Land Use Committees. He is a former member of the Planning Committee for the National Defense Transportation Association.

Marty's professional career includes service with the U.S. Naval Reserve and, later, the U.S. Air Force as senior pilot, senior navigator, and radar observer. Marty has 2,000 hours in the F-4 Phantom and several FAA pilot designations (commercial pilot's license, airplane single- and multi-engine rating, instrument rating, and N-2 65 type rating). Marty was an Air Force Officer and Chief of Protocol for the Alaskan Command (comprised of Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel) and served as Executive Director of one of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Corporations. He spent 13 months in Casablanca, Morocco, and five months in the Sahara Desert. He also worked as a Financial Planner.

His passions are travel, racquetball, skiing, theatre, and the foster grandparent program.

Mike Sloan
Vancouver Neighborhood
Mike Sloan has been a resident of Vancouver since 1998. After relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike started his own landscaping design business which continues today. Originally from Ohio, Mike worked in corporate marketing for 12 years.

Mike served as chair of the Dubois Park Neighborhood Association for four years; represented his neighborhood in the 2006 PDX Cargo Feeder Study; and served on the Airport Futures planning advisory group from 2007 to 2010. Mike enjoys long-distance bike riding, is an avid gardener and an accomplished home chef.

Joe Smith
PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee
Joe Smith is a retired lawyer. He served as former elected District Attorney for Umatilla County for several years. He was Chief of Staff for former U.S. Congressman Al Ullman and former Speaker of the Oregon House Phil Lang. He was Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission.

Joe has a longstanding interest in good government, aviation and family. He is active in the Democratic Party of Oregon (he was a previous party chair and his wife Meredith is the current party chair) and his son Jefferson Smith's political pursuits (Jefferson is a member of the Oregon Legislature House District 47). Joe also serves on the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee. He has been a licensed pilot since 1963, was former president of the Oregon Pilots Association, and is a current member of the Oregon State Aviation Board.

Jane Van Dyke
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Jane Van Dyke has been executive director of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council since September 2006. She has more than 10 years experience working for non-profit organizations, including the Clark County Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyers Program and Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center. Jane is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in environmental studies and Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. She is a member of the Washington Bar Association.

Ex Officio Members (10)


Bruce Fisher
Federal Aviation Administration
Bruce Fisher is the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Planner for Oregon and Idaho. He was hired by the FAA Seattle Airports District Office in December 2008. Bruce came to the ADO from the FAA's Northwest Mountain Region Office of Runway Safety as the senior pilot analyst and flight operations specialist. From 2004 to 2007, Bruce served as the Assistant Manager of Renton Airport in Washington.

Bruce retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2004 and holds a commercial pilot's license with instrument rating. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and a master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Nick Atwell
PDX Wildlife Committee
Nick Atwell is the Portland International Airport Wildlife Manager. Nick started working for the Port of Portland in 1998 as a wildlife biologist and wetland scientist. Nick's current responsibilities at PDX include managing a full-time proactive aviation wildlife management program, conducting research into new non-lethal wildlife deterrents, and making habitat modification recommendations while focusing on environmental policy/regulations. He has degrees in Natural Resources and Organismal Biology.

Nick chairs the PDX Wildlife Advisory Committee and was former chair of the Mt. Hood Community College Wildlife/Natural Resources Committee.

Larry Ellis
Multnomah County
Larry Ellis is the Senior Vice President and Manager of Credit Products for the Western Region of Bank of America. He directs teams in the Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho markets. Larry joined Bank of America in 1995 as Market Manager for the Bank's Southwest Washington market, a position he held until moving to the regional market in 1999. Prior to his time at Bank of America, Larry worked as a corporate banker in Oregon, serving companies with sales up to $2 billion.

Larry has been active in the local community, serving as Board Member/Legislative Affairs Chairman for Identity Clark County, Board Member and Executive Committee member of Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon State University College of Business Advisory Council member, and as a member of the Governor's I-5 Trade Corridor Task Force. He has also served on the boards of the George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and the J.M. Murdock Aviation Museum at Pearson Field.

Barbara Cartmill
Clackamas County
Barbara Cartmill is Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation and Development for Clackamas County, and is currently serving as acting Director.  As Director of Transportation and Development, Barb administers transportation maintenance, engineering, land use planning, building codes, urban renewal and several other divisions. She began her career as a project manager for a mechanical engineering and construction firm in Portland and joined Clackamas County in 1996. 

Barbara has 25 years of experience in real property acquisition, development and financing negotiations and agreements, budget preparation and management, public involvement and coordination, and facilitation of strategic planning, program development and customer service. 


Chad Eiken
Vancouver Community Development
Chad Eiken is the City of Vancouver’s Director of Community and Economic Development, a position he has held since June 2012. The CED Department includes diverse programs such as the permit center, land use and environmental review, building review and inspection, code compliance, economic development, planning and transportation policy, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and downtown parking management.

Chad has over 24 years of professional planning and management experience in both the public and private sector, with 20 years at the City of Vancouver where he was previously a senior land use planner and manager of the City’s Planning Review Team. For the past 17 years Chad has been a city liaison to the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association.

Prior to coming to the City of Vancouver in 1992, Chad worked as a planning consultant and public agency planner in New York State. He has a Master’s Degree in Geography/Environmental Planning from Miami University of Ohio and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.


Vince Granato
Port Operations Division
Vince Granato is the Port of Portland's Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he is responsible for all operating functions for the Port, including Portland International Airport (PDX), a two-airport General Aviation reliever system, and all of the Port's marine terminals.

Vince has over 24 years of experience with the Port of Portland in various managerial and financial capacities, most recently serving as the Port's Chief Financial Officer and overseeing all financial and administrative activities related to the Port. He has negotiated multiple contracts with the airlines operating at PDX, that govern the operational and financial obligations of the airport and airlines, which are critical to the region's economic health.

Vince has been involved in a number of national initiatives in the aviation industry, including the Transportation Security Administration Baggage Screening Investment Study Group and other initiatives for Airports Council International. He also participates on the Advisory Board for FM Global Insurance Company and the Fundraising Board for the nonprofit Reaching and Empowering All Peoples (REAP).

Vince is a native of Portland, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University and graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance.


Kelly Sills
Clark County
Kelly Sills has worked for city and county governments in California, Oregon, and Washington since 1987. He is currently Economic Development Manager for the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Kelly serves on nine non-profit and governmental boards/committees and participates in bi-state economic development organizations. He periodically teaches political science courses at Washington State University and provides training in a wide variety of subject areas. His primary interests include change management, complexity theory, family, reading, hiking, and traveling.

Andrew Singelakis
Washington County
Andrew Singelakis is the Director of Land Use and Transportation for Washington County. He is a member of the board of directors for the Westside Transportation Alliance.

Prior to coming to Oregon, Andrew served as the deputy director of the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation, and deputy director of Tucson's Department of Urban Planning and Design. From 1997 to 2004, he was the executive director of the Nashua, New Hampshire, Regional Planning Commission (a 12-community metropolitan planning organization responsible for land use and transportation planning and environmental management). Earlier, he served as the director of planning for the Town of Brunswick, Maine, and as a planner for communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.

Deborah Stein
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Deborah Stein has been a senior manager in Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability since 1996 and has managed a variety of long-range planning programs and projects. As Principal Planner, Deborah currently oversees the city's District Liaison Program in which planners work collaboratively with community partners to conduct neighborhood assessments and develop community-driven action plans. She also manages the community engagement processes for the Portland Plan (the City's strategic plan) and the city's Comprehensive Plan Update.

Deborah thrives on collaborative problem-solving with community members and colleagues through her work for the City. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, travel and working in the garden.

Stacey Triplett
Metro
Stacey Triplett currently serves as Metro's Senior Managing Analyst in the Sustainability Center. She has more than six years experience with the regional government of the greater Portland metropolitan area. Her past work at Metro includes creation of an interdisciplinary team for urban habitat protection as well as start-up of organization-wide strategic initiatives. She is the lead for the Intertwine Alliance efforts in conservation education focused on service to educational program providers and the environmental literacy of residents.

Stacey is a part-time faculty member at Portland Community College's Southeast Center, teaching political science. Her past professional contributions focused on workplace health and safety, public transportation, public water and sewer system improvements and inventive recycling technology creation.

Stacey serves on various boards and task forces as a citizen volunteer. She is bilingual (Spanish/ English) and enjoys reading, wine-tasting, snowshoeing and hiking.

PDX CAC Staff


Sam Imperati
Facilitator
Sam Imperati, JD, is the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc. IMC provides mediation, facilitation and training services. Sam has been an attorney for over 32 years. He was assistant corporate counsel with Nike, worked in private practice, and has handled a broad range of litigation and mediation. Sam has served as a judge pro tem and chair of the Oregon State Bar Appropriate Dispute Resolution Section. He was on the State Bar's Ethics Committee, and chair of the Multnomah Local Professional Responsibility Committee. He serves on the Oregon Mediation Association's Standards and Practices Committee.

Sam received the 2007 Oregon Mediation Association's and 2010 State Bar's Association Dispute Resolution Section Lezak Award for outstanding service to the profession of mediation. He appears in the 2006 though 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for mediation.

Sean Loughran
Aviation Long Range Planning
Sean Loughran is the Port's interim aviation long-range planning manager. Sean has more than 18 years of experience in land use, transportation and park planning, property acquisition and airport management. Sean worked for the Port's Aviation Planning and Development department from 1996 to 1999 serving as senior staff on a variety of projects including PDX Light Rail, PDX Ground Access Strategy, Commercial Transportation Providers Facility, Horizon's Operations and Maintenance Center and the Federal Express Air Cargo Facility.

Prior to returning to the Port in 2007, Sean worked for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for five years serving as State Recreation Trails Coordinator and represented the agency on the State Scenic Byways Committee and the Governor's Oregon Solutions Team. For two and a half years, Sean worked for the City of Vancouver, Washington as airport manager for Pearson Field Airport.

He is a native Oregonian who enjoys outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, camping, gardening and soccer, and spending time with his family.

Christine White
Community Affairs
Christine White is the Port's community affairs manager. She has 18 years of experience in communication, marketing and citizen involvement, working both at Metro and the Port of Portland and in the legal and publishing fields. Chris has worked on a diverse variety of projects for the Port that focus on creating collaboration and community dialogue, including: aviation and marine planning and development outreach, advisory committee management, supervision of education and environmental outreach programs, and internal communications.

She serves on Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee as well as the City of Portland's Public Involvement Advisory Committee.

Chris enjoys music, reading and yoga.

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