Meet the RCPNA Board

Officers

Tamara DeRidder (Chair)

Tamara DeRidder serves as Principal of TDR & Associate – Land Use Planning and Public Engagement. She is also the Property Manager for D & C Rentals, managing four properties for her and her wife, Ayana Craven. She moved to Portland from Knoxville, TN., in 1985 and completed her Masters in Urban Planning at PSU. She has served as the Planning Director in the cities of Sandy, Oregon City, Vancouver (WA), and Fairview. In her own business Tamara has focused on public facility developments and designing pocket neighborhoods for smaller, fee-simple housing sites. She assists clients dealing with zoning and land use development throughout the Metro area.

Tamara is requesting consideration as Chairwoman for the RCPNA Board. She has served on the Board since 2008 and was elected Chairwoman in 2014. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with Kelly Davis. Over the past year she has led the Diversity Subcommittee in developing RCPNA’s Land Acknowledgement Statement and Neighborhood Agreements, honoring diversity. She is extremely concerned about Climate Change and daily implements measures to reduce her impact. Tamara believes we can work together to enhance safety, equity, and health of our community. It is her hope that the future RCPNA meetings will become hybrid, allowing for Zoom and in-person meetings to co-exist.

Zachary Lauritzen (Vice Chair)

Zachary is a father of two who loves to play with his kids, be outdoors backpacking and gardening, plays nerdy board games, and primarily gets around town by foot, bike, and transit. He is deeply aware of the environmental damage we humans cause and tries to do things–ditch the car, use less electricity, consume fewer things and avoid plastics, repair rather than rebuy, buy/trade second hand, eat fewer animal products, etc.–that will lessen his impact on the world around him. As a candidate for Vice Chair of the Board, Zachary's primary goal is creating safer streets and sidewalks that are safe for all, not just those in cars. He will also advocate for walkable neighborhoods where groceries, cafes/restaurants, and shops are accessible by walking and rolling. Zachary believes many hands make lighter work, and hopes his efforts with the RCPNA board, combined with those of his neighbors, can create a cleaner, greener, and safer 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.

Ian Davie (Secretary)

Around the house, Ian plays dad to a 2-year-old and 4-year-old. Outside the house, he has other titles including pusher of stroller, puller of bike trailer, and carrier of dandelions and interesting leaves.

This home reality has given Ian a great perspective for RCPNA Board engagement, and the broader community engagement that comes with it. And a lot of other life experiences have prepared Ian as well. He grew up in the foothills of the Coast Range, roughly between Eugene and Corvallis, and at 11 moved across the state to Eastern Oregon. College took him south to Los Angeles, and law school bounced him east to New York City. After nearly 12 years of long subway rides, delicious pizza, and a wonderful life education as a legal services attorney focused on eviction prevention, Ian and his wife moved to Portland to be closer to family.

Ian works for the local housing provider Home Forward, where he supports various departments including rent assistance, homelessness initiatives, property management, and safety. When not at work (read: in front of computer in basement), Ian plants hydrangeas and sneaks in bike rides, jogs, and scooter parties under the supervision and direction of the kids.

Members

Kelly Davis

Kelly moved into Rose City Park in 1981 and got involved in the neighborhood shortly thereafter under the urging of a co-worker who was actively involved in the Comprehensive Plan updates for RCP and other issues. As an Architect, Kelly naturally gravitated to Land Use and Transportation (LU&T) issues. He soon became close with the then Chairman of the RCPNA, George Walker. George and Kelly were co-chairs of the neighborhood for a couple of years before Kelly became Chair – the beginning of a 17-year run. In 2010, Kelly was transferred to his company’s Washington, DC office and ran that office until his return to Portland in 2017. He rejoined the Neighborhood Association and is currently Co-Chair of the LU&T Committee. Kelly lives in a 1907 Victorian (one of the first houses built in RCP) with his wife Jackie. He has two daughters – Kelsie who is the DA for Union County Oregon and Courtney who is a Structural Engineer in Portland. Kelsie and husband Kyle had his first granddaughter (Addie) in 2017, which pretty much accelerated his move back to PDX. Kelly retired in 2017 from ZGF Architects and is happy to be back in the Rose City.

Beth Faris

Beth Faris is a marketing leader with over 20 years of experience in tech, publishing, and e-commerce programs. Her expertise and passion lies with communications and event execution. She loves working with people to plan strategy and complete projects. Beth is currently the Marketing Director at a regional fire and life safety company located in Portland.

Personal Statement:
I moved to Portland in August 2019, just a few months before things started shutting down due to the pandemic. I feel like I'm still learning about my new home due to the lost year we all experienced. Because of my passion for marketing and events, the desire to get to know my neighbors, and to help my community—I am hoping to join an RCPNA Committee, ideally focused on communications or event planning. I hope to support and bring awareness to RCPNA projects and events.

Don Levine

Don Levine was raised and educated in Northeast Portland, attending Alameda Grade School and Grant High School.  His primary interests and work history are in Emergency Medicine, Education and Public Health.  His work history includes working as an EMS provider and 15 years training EMS volunteer groups in SE Alaska bush communities and developing and conducting medical and crisis intervention programs for groups in both the public and private sectors.  He spent 10 years teaching at Benson High School in Portland, and has worked at the local and state levels in education, civic government and community health.  His focus is in building capacity within communities by developing communication and networking among stakeholders, instead of relying on outside resources to resolve identified needs and concerns. 

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.

In the 1970's, Terry served on the four year Oregon Department of Transportation Banfield Transitway Citizens Advisory Committee. He chaired the committee in the last two years as the only elected chair. The committee recommended the region's first modern light rail system from Portland to Gresham coupled with widening the Banfield Freeway (now I-84) between I-5 and Gateway.

In the 1980's, Terry served as the Vice President followed by three years on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. Terry was involved with the Excursion Committee preparing budgets, trip guide booklets and hosting on charter Amtrak excursions; and on the Rolling Stock Committee helping with the restoration of various pieces of rail equipment including the Southern Pacific 4449 and the Spokane Portland and Seattle 700 - two of the steam locomotives now housed at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center near OMSI. One of Terry's fondest memories was flying to New Orleans in 1984, visiting the Worlds Fair and then staffing the return to Portland of the Louisiana World's Fair Daylight excursion train which included the special privilege of riding in the cab of the 4449 from El Paso, Texas to Deming, New Mexico.

Tayla McNasser

Talya grew up in Berkeley, California and moved to Portland in 2001 with her now husband, Daniel. Talya has lived in five different homes on the Portland east side, three of which were in Rose City Park. She loves this neighborhood for its easy access to so much of Portland, it’s small community vibe, and for its kid and dog-friendliness! Talya is a psychologist who works with chronically mentally ill and incarcerated individuals. She and her husband have two kids, one black lab puppy, and five chickens. She spends her free time gardening, reading, cooking, and trying to wear out her dog in the beautiful Oregon woods.

Dan Jaynes

Dan leads the business development efforts for Aker Offshore Wind in the United States where he is active in the floating offshore wind space. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Renewable Energy Research Lab. He has a combined 14 years of technical and commercial experience in the renewables industry. His background includes consulting with Garrad Hassan (currently DNV), wind turbine sales with Vestas, and utility-scale wind and solar M&A, project development, and energy origination with Avangrid Renewables.

Hollie Hemenway

Hollie has lived in the Rose City Park neighborhood for 23 years and in northeast Portland most of her life graduating from Grant High School and obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University. She worked in the field of Human Resources for over 40 years, most recently as the Director of Human Resources for OHSU Health from which she retired at the end of 2020. She has experience in the power, telecommunications, transportation and health care industries.

Marina Samaltanos

Marina grew up in the southeast, mainly Atlanta, GA, until a move in her mid-20s her rooted on the west-coast. After 25 years in Southern California, and a 2-year stint in London for work, her husband’s job moved them to Portland just over a year ago. They initially landed in Arbor Lodge, followed by purchasing a home in Rose City Park in October 2021.

Marina continues to remotely work for the University of California, Los Angeles as a program manager for a research facility. While living in Los Angeles, she spent nearly as much time on activism work as she did in the office by volunteering for various political campaigns, starting a newsletter with the sole purpose of making it easier for everyone to participate in democracy by distilling issues down to bite sized actions one could take. She also organized both civic and social events for her Los Angeles neighborhood. Now settled in a home in Portland, she hopes to refocus and dig into life where her feet are, get to know her new city better, build community, and do a bit of good. She's throwing her hat into the ring for the RCPNA.

Sanjeev Sekar

Sanjeev is an Engineering Manager for Amazon Care, a healthcare initiative to reliably connect patients and clinicians irregardless of location. As an engineering leader, he focuses on creating equitable and diverse culture within mission driven organizations. Previously, Sanjeev worked with the Downtown Portland Neighborhood Association, helping plan events for the local businesses and highlighting neighborhood gems. He is passionate about civic engagement and using his technology to help communities come closer, together.

Andrew Duchon

Andrew grew up in Oklahoma, went to college in Chicago and has lived and traveled all over the world.  He has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University, and spent 20 years on the East Coast in Providence, Philadelphia and Boston.  Andrew came to Portland from Spain in 2013 and settled in Rose City Park in 2017 with his wife Clara, a psychiatrist at Providence Portland. Andrew is the director of data science at a mid-sized global company and is focused on analyzing news data to improve sustainable corporate leadership.

Having lived all over the US and the world, Portland is the first city that I’ve found that I want to stay in, and I really enjoy walking through the quirky and beautiful garden that is this neighborhood.  Whatever our problems, we’re not the first city or neighborhood to encounter them.  There are success stories out there, and my hope is that we can learn from them and apply them to our situation.

Joe Anderson (Intern)