Meet the RCPNA Board

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Officers

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.

Kara Mumma (Secretary)

Kara Mumma is no stranger to community involvement, especially having moved throughout country growing up and managing 12 new schools, it was a way for her to connect with new people.  While not being originally from Oregon, Kara still considers herself a true Portlander. She adores the outdoors and all Portland has to offer. It was an easy decision to make Portland her forever home with her Husband, Kyle Mumma, who she met at Washington State University (Go Cougs!), and her fur-child,Jax, a Great Dane-Boxer mix.
Kara is dedicated to her community and has a passion for helping others. She is also involved with various organizations such as the Spark Project, Cancer Curesaders and the CCA to name a few. When she isn’t volunteering, she is a Real Estate Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty helping clients achieve their housing goals, whether that be buying or selling! Kara bought her own home here in Rose City Park in 2017 and couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this great community.

 

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.

 

Members

Neil Chodorow

Neil and his wife Susie moved to Portland in 2015 and bought a home in RCP in 2016.  Neil is a retired elementary school teacher and visual artist currently writing intellectual histories for children.  Before coming to Portland, Neil and Susie lived in NY City, Prince Edward Island (Canada), and Rochester NY.  Along the way, Neil was involved in community organizing and local governments in both urban and rural settings.

Kelly Davis

David Gates

Bora Harris

Terry Parker

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)

Jennifer Santhouse

Jennifer grew up on the East Coast and moved to Portland with her husband Bob Graham in 2008. While walking through the neighborhood, Bob and their chocolate lab, Bernie found their dream house and moved to Rose City Park in 2012 just in time to welcome their son.  Two years later, their home was filled with more joy with the arrival of their daughter.  Now Jennifer spends her free time gardening, running and attending sports events for their two young children.
In addition to her new role on the RCPNA Board, Jennifer volunteers as a member of the Communications Committee which publishes the Rose City Park Review and is working toward her Neighborhood Emergency Team certification.  Her other philanthropic endeavors include the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Association, Hollywood Rose City Little League, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization and various animal welfare organizations.

Joe Saraceno

 

 

 

 

 

A born and raised Oregonian, Joe has traced his Oregon roots back to the 1800’s. He graduated from Canby Union High School, earned his BFA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been a resident of Rose City Park since 2010.

Joe is a founder of the Rose City Park Revitalization Project. The goal of the RCPRP is to connect neighbors in an effort to revitalize the play area in Rose City Park. The group is building a coalition of support among the community and the city to help move this project forward. The current layout and design of the park has remained unchanged since its inception in the 1950’s. The road to revitalizing the park will be a long one, but with community support, we can get there.

In addition to Joe’s civic duties, he has worked professionally to support local nonprofits like the Hollywood Theatre, Friends of Trees, Boys and Girls Club of Portland, The Oregon Humane Society and several local area schools and youth organizations.