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Tamara DeRidder (Chair)
I am second generation immigrant from Belgium on my Dad’s side and my Mom has Scottish heritage. Both parents are educators from Michigan that raised a large family south of Knoxville, Tennessee. I moved out to Portland in 1985 with my partner and soon began my graduate program in Urban Planning. We moved to Rose City Park in 1986. I have served as a land use planner in the Portland-Metro area since 1990: Planning Director/Manager in Cities of Sandy, Oregon City, and Fairview, Oregon; Long Range Manager of Vancouver, Wa; and my own practice as TDR & Associates since 2007. I have been a member of the RCPNA Board twice. Once for a brief period while working at the City of Sandy and then again starting in 2008. I have served on the Land Use and Transportation Committee this whole time and am currently the Chair of that Committee. I was elected as the Chairwoman of RCPNA in 2014.
Since I began on the RCPNA Board in 2008 I have seen it as my role to empower members of our community by teaching them the tools they need to respond to local issues – primarily having to do with land use activity. I led the 3+-year planning and implementation of our Community Garden at Frazer Park that opened in 2012 with my goal in 2008 to provide those without land a place to raise food during the depression that began that year. Since I began on the Board the number of participants on the Board has grown from 9 to 15 members. I supplied the first 350 email addresses gathered from land use meeting participants over the years as the basis for our MailChimp e-Updates. I am very excited about the work of our committees and continually impressed by improvements made by our Communication’s team to the RCPNA.org website, newsletters, and signage. It is my hope that through our expanded use of the NextDoor blog site, invitation postcards, and event signage we will be able to expand our communications platform to become more inclusive of both businesses and residents of our wonderful community.
Ed Gorman (Vice Chair)
Ed and wife Sheri have lived in, and raised three children, Rose City Park since 1986. The children all attended Rose City Park Elementary School, Gregory (Roseway) Heights Middle School, and Grant ( 2 sons 4 years each; daughter 2 years) and Madison (daughter 2 years) HS. Over that span of time Ed had the opportunity to coach years of boys and girls youth soccer and basketball. He served as the President of the Rose City Youth Soccer Club for four years. He was the President of the Rose City Park School Foundation fundraising organization, and was on the School Site Councils of Rose City Park Elementary School, Gregory Heights Middle School, and Madison High School. He recently retired from Portland General Electric after 39 years of employment with the utility. He returned to the RCPNA Board and Land Use and Transportation Committee after a several year absence that was the result of the demands of employment. He has been appointed the RCPNA representative to the Central Northeast Neighbors Land Use Transportation and Open Places committee. During his initial period of membership on the RCPNA Board and LUTC he found it very rewarding to work with quality persons who were vitally interested in their neighborhood and striving to improve the neighborhood across a spectrum of issues and events. He anticipates his second period of membership on the RCPNA Board and associated committees will provide meaningful and rewarding experiences during retirement.
Steve Effros (Secretary)
Steve Effros and his wife and two daughters have lived in the Rose City Park neighborhood since 2013, when they moved from SE Portland to be closer to family and their kids’ school. With a background in architecture, Steve works as a project manager on capital projects for Portland Public Schools. He joined the board in 2016 after getting involved in the City’s Comprehensive Plan review process. He is currently the board meeting notes-taker and serves as chair of the Clean Up event committee. He is enjoying learning more about the history of this vibrant neighborhood and is excited to be able to help shape its future.
Richard Crockett (Treasurer)
Richard and wife Jeanette have lived in Rose City Park for over 30 years. A retired middle school math teacher, Richard serves as the treasurer of RCPNA and also does the same for The Rose City Timberliners, a local male barbershop singing chorus and for the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. He is a long- time volunteer and supporter of All Classical radio (89.9). He currently works as the Program Operations Director for Chess for Success, a leading non-profit provider of after school programming in Oregon and southwest Washington.
Deborah and her husband John have been residents and business owners in the Rose City Park neighborhood for over 7 years. They own Paperjam Press on Fremont at 48th and live next door to their business. They have been in the printing and design business for over 25 years. Prior to entering the business world, she spend 15 years as a corporate financial and tax accountant working for a multi-national corporation, a regional Portland based company and a local woman-owned company. She comes from an Oregon Trail family and is very proud of her deep Oregon roots which are full of small business owners, loggers, and educators. She has always been active and involved in her community from running the Buckman Art Show, to leading the efforts to raise money for the Grant High School Foundation, to reactivating the Beaumont Business Association. She currently leads the Local Business committee on the RCPNA Board. She believes that helping keep our local community healthy and thriving is one of the best ways she can be of service and make a difference.
Born in Portland and starting at the age of four, Terry grew up in the Rose City Park Neighborhood attending Charles Rice, Rose City Park and Madison High schools. Continuously living in the neighborhood, now retired and serving as Rose City Park Neighborhood Association Board member and on the Land Use and Transportation Committee; most of Terry’s career was in the yellow page industry as a National Account Representative working with Customer Marketing Representatives hired by national corporations to place advertising in up to 300 yellow page directories within a 14 state region. Terry also has held positions in automotive related fields and as a Supply Center Manager for a three state savings and loan… (Click to View Full Bio)
Ramona Reule is a native Rose City Park resident – she attended Charles Rice and Rose City Park Elementary and Madison High School. After graduating from the U of O with a BA in Journalism and German, she moved back to Portland, married and raised her son in the same neighborhood in which she grew up. She has more than 30 years of professional communications and human resources experience in the for-and non-profit sector and is currently the HR Manager for Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. Ramona serves on the Communications and Homeless committees and delivers the RCPNA newsletter. She serves on the Board because she wants to help keep her neighborhood informed and continue to be a safe and welcoming community for all ages.