Overview

In fall 2011, the Port of Portland, City of Portland, and City of Vancouver created the PDX Community Advisory Committee (PDX CAC). The creation of this diverse, regional advisory committee was a recommendation of the Airport Futures Plan District and PDX Master Plan adopted in April 2011. The 30-member PDX CAC, comprised of 20 voting members and 10 ex officio members, meets quarterly and is guided by an annual work plan developed by this body.
The mission of this ongoing advisory committee is to:
  • Support meaningful and collaborative public dialogue and engagement on airport related planning and development;
  • Provide an opportunity for the community to inform the decision-making related to the airport of the Port, the City of Portland and other jurisdictions/organizations in the region; and
  • Raise public knowledge about the airport and impacted communities.
A key focus of the committee will be to work towards assuring that PDX and the Airport Plan District become the most sustainable in the world in recognition of the long-term, critical interconnection between economic development, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
Committee Members

Citywide Land Use Group

Maryhelen is a native Oregonian. She retired in 2012 after 22 years with AAA Oregon/Idaho working in Travel Services, Accounting, and Project Management. Prior work included 3 years as a Customer Service Agent for Pacific Southwest Airlines, 15 years working in Aging Services in California and Portland, and also time as an electric meter reader, a paralegal, and a lifeguard.

Maryhelen is involved in community activities related to land use issues, parks and community involvement. She serves on a number of committees, including the Development Review Advisory Committee, Public Works Appeal Panel, Public Involvement Advisory Committee, and the Oregon Solutions Marine Drive Levee Certification Committee. Maryhelen serves as the co-chair and land use chair of the East Columbia Neighborhood. When not in a meeting she spends time in her garden, and enjoys travelling to new places, visiting lighthouses, baseball parks and unique places.

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.

Clark County neighborhood representative (Camas/Washougal area)

Dr. Steven Mark Sachs is a resident of Washougal, Washington. He is Phi Beta Kappa and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Computer Applications Office Technology, and Counseling. He has taught for public, private, business, and government institutions over his 40-year career. Dr. Sachs is also a college/university faculty development consultant who has provided seminars in best teaching methods, optimizing student learning, and memory-improvement techniques. He is a Microsoft Master Instructor and former Microsoft Certified Trainer, and has developed a novel computer document-security protocol in his technology company.

Dr. Sachs’ aviation background includes his membership in the Camas-Washougal Aviation Association. He is an instrument-rated private pilot with additional advanced ground instructor and instrument ground instructor ratings. He has been flying for over 36 years.

A SAG-AFTRA actor, HAM radio operator specialized in emergency communications, and author, Dr. Sachs enjoys life with his wife, Lisa, an accomplished Karmann Ghia sports car restorer.

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods

Adam Lyons is Executive Director at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. He provides overall management to the organization engages with Directors from the other six Neighborhood Coalitions and facilitates relationships with community partners. Born and raised in Northeast Portland, Adam spent the last seven years managing shelters and subsidized apartment buildings for both men and families with children throughout Portland. Service work has always been his passion. He is also a basketball, running and general outdoors enthusiast.

Airport Employee

Tina A. Burke is the Assistant Federal Security Director – Mission Support for Team Oregon, in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). She oversees business management activities throughout Oregon, including human resources, payroll, scheduling, budget, real estate and finance activities. The business management programs cover Portland International Airport and four smaller airports.

Tina joined the TSA as Stakeholder Manager at Portland International Airport in September 2004, after relocating to Portland from Washington, D.C. In October 2005, she assumed TSA stakeholder/outreach responsibilities for the state of Oregon, and in December 2006, she added the statewide Customer Service Manager responsibilities to her portfolio.

As Stakeholder and Customer Service Manager for the state of Oregon, Tina served as the TSA liaison to air carriers and airport management at airports throughout Oregon; local, state and federal elected officials; the media; and other business and industry stakeholders with an interest in transportation security. She also managed the TSA’s customer and passenger outreach and engagement activities throughout the state.

While in Washington, D.C., Tina held a variety of positions on Capitol Hill, including working for former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (OR), with the American Red Cross National Headquarters, at a trade association, at the Federal Transit Administration and at an advertising agency.

East Multnomah County Neighborhood

Dick Goldie was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and raised in Buena Park, California. His family moved to Oregon in 1980. He worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, then changed careers to employment in public works for the cities of Troutdale and Wood Village for almost 22 years. He has also worked at The Center for Advanced Learning in Gresham, as the Head of Security and Custodial Services.

Environmental Justice

Tony DeFalco is the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator at Verde, coordinating the nation’s first equity driven ecodistrict designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. His current focus includes redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland and strengthening communities of color and low income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments.

He is a founding board member of the Center for Diversity and the Environment and serves as a trustee of Earthjustice. He also serves on the Port of Portland’s Citizen Advisory Committee and the Portland Development Commission’s Neighborhood Economic Development Council.

Tony holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University and a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tony is an avid birdwatcher and leads Feathers of Color, a birding group for people of color. He lives in Portland with his partner Molly.

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).

Military

Colonel Jenifer E. Pardy is the deputy commander of the Mission Support Group for 142d Fighter Wing Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon. The Mission Support Group is comprised of over 400 personnel supporting Civil Engineering, Communications, Contracting, Environmental, Security Forces, Logistics Readiness, and Force Support organizations. Lieutenant Colonel Pardy graduated from Portland State University in December 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education.

Multi-Modal Transportation

Jeff Owen is TriMet’s Active Transportation Planner, focusing on improving access to transit throughout the Portland metropolitan region for biking and walking. His work includes planning, development and implementation of active transportation projects, as well as strengthening partnerships with other jurisdictions, advocates and the private sector to ensure growing investment in Active Transportation and access to transit. Before joining TriMet, Jeff has worked in a similar role at the City of Wilsonville/SMART Transit, and in private sector land use and mobility planning firms in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Rev. Katie Larsell is the Executive Director for Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. She is active in east Portland community life formerly as a Parkrose school board member and chair and then as co-chair for the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP). EPAP advocates for equity in east Portland and brings together neighbors from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Currently she serves on the Planning and Sustainability Commission for the city of Portland.

Air Cargo

Ahmad Abed-Rabuh is currently the Controller at Jet Expedited Transport, Inc. He is also a managing partner for AR Management Group, LLC. a local property management firm representing properties in the airport corridor. He has extensive background in restaurant management, banking, debt negotiation and finance prospecting. He is a CompTIA+ certified project manager. Ahmad attended Portland Community College and Portland State University business program, and is currently enrolled at Govern University Washington MSA program. He is excited to contribute to the PDX Community Advisory Committee, and to use his experience to bring value to the committee.

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.

East Portland Neighborhood Office

Ron Glanville is a semi-retired classically trained Chef de Cuisine and instructor who has taught at Western Culinary Institute and various cooking schools, and served as a consultant for restaurants and food producers, in various publications and on television. He currently teaches occasionally and cooks for friends. “Love of cooking has shaped my world. My desire to feed people has become my passion.”

Ron serves on many nonprofits and boards, which currently include East Portland Neighbors, Russell Neighborhood Association, East Portland Neighborhood Association News, Parkrose Community Church, Parkrose Community Orchard, and The Portland Kitchen. His current focus is in the East Portland area, and his ongoing commitment to civil rights causes, helping the homeless, and food security drives his work within the community.

Environment/Wildlife/Natural Resources

Micah Meskel is the conservation assistant at the Audubon Society of Portland. Micah started at Audubon in 2011, working to help manage the wildlife care center and later transitioning into a broader role within the conservation department. He was born and raised in Portland, leaving town only briefly to attend the University of Oregon where he received a degree in Economics and Business. Micah serves on the board of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, one seven neighborhood coalitions in the City of Portland, in addition to chairing his own neighborhood association. Micah also sits on the Port of Portland's slough enhancement stakeholder group.

Passenger Airline

Brendan Korsgren has been with Southwest Airlines for 15 years serving as station manager here in PDX since February 2011. He started his career with Southwest as a ramp agent in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1999. In his current role, Brendan is responsible for overall station operations including the ticket counter, ramp, operations and cargo departments. Prior to coming to PDX in 2011, Brendan worked in a number of other Southwest Airlines’ stations in a variety of customer service and ramp positions.

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.

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.

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.

Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Corrina Chase is the Executive Director of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. She brings ten years of background with the Tryon Creek and Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Councils. Her work experience also includes organic biogeochemistry with both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in support of paleoclimate research, marine invasive species research and estuary restoration planning. She has served on multiple non-profit boards and advisory committees including the Cascade Head Marine Reserve Advisory Committee. She earned a Bachelor’s in Geobiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. She is a passionate social justice advocate. Playing music, hiking, sailing, kayaking, chanterelle hunting and gardening compete for her limited free time. Corrina lives in north Portland and was born and raised on the Oregon coast.

Ex Officio Members

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.

Clackamas County

Barbara Cartmill is Director of the Department of Transportation and Development for Clackamas County. 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.

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.

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.

Clark County

Gordon Euler’s background is in fisheries and wildlife management, and he has 30 years of public sector experience. He received a master's degree in marine resources management early in his career and spent twelve years in Alaska working for the state and the U.S. Department of the Interior. In the 1980’s Gordon returned to Portland and obtained a master’s degree in urban planning and a PhD in public administration and policy from Portland State University. He was the planning director for the city of Molalla for several years and has been with Clark County Community Planning since 2000. Gordon is currently the Deputy Director of Community Planning for Clark County. He is a native Oregonian and resides with his wife in north Portland.

Multnomah County

John Wasiutynski is a Portlander by choice, relocating from the east coast in 2011. Before moving to Portland John lived Washington DC where he worked as a watershed planner, and helped to implement DC's five-cent-per-a-disposable-bag-fee, and other litter reduction strategies designed to keep rivers trash-free. John has also worked cleaning and greening community gardens and neighborhood parks in NYC; the same city where he graduated with a BS in Biology from Fordham University. John also received an MPA from American University. John has worked for Multnomah County since 2011 and has served as the Office of Sustainability Director since 2014. John and his family live in NE Portland, are active in their community, and enjoy sailing in the Columbia, hiking in the George, and in general enjoying the NW outdoors.

Washington County

Melissa is the communications coordinator for Washington County Land Use & Transportation (LUT), overseeing all communication, media relations and marketing. Prior to joining LUT, she was the communications specialist for OHSU Department of Family Medicine. A Wisconsin native, Melissa spent more than 15 years in print journalism, before joining the University of Wisconsin University Relations department. She has served on numerous nonprofit and not-for-profit boards, mostly in a marketing/graphics/communications capacity. She is interested in sustainability, patient satisfaction, literacy, the arts, land use and government.

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Tom Armstrong is a Supervising Planner for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He coordinates the Bureau’s intergovernmental relations program for regional planning and sustainability initiatives. He also manages the Bureau’s housing/demographics and economic development analysis section. He is also serves as part of the Bureau’s project management team for the update of the City’s comprehensive plan to guide growth and development for the next 25 years. Mr. Armstrong has 26 years of experience as an urban planner and policy analyst. He joined the Bureau in 2007, following 14 years as an urban planning consultant in Portland, where his work focused on preparing specific area plans and growth management strategies emphasizing smart growth practices, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly development for communities across the Portland region. Mr. Armstrong holds a BA degree in Environmental Science from the University of California Berkeley and a MS degree in Environment Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Metro

Dan Moeller is the Conservation Program director for Metro’s Parks and Nature Department, where he leads a team who acquire and restore natural areas. Dan oversees a $227 million bond measure, which has expanded Metro’s portfolio to 17,000 acres of voter-protected land – spanning the forests, prairies, wetlands and streams that bring people to Oregon or persuade them to stay. For the past 20 years Dan has worked on plant and land conservation in the Midwest, Southwest and most recently Pacific Northwest. When he’s not working with Metro’s parks and nature system he enjoys running and hiking trails throughout the west coast with his wife, son and dog.

PDX CAC Staff

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.

Aviation Long Range Planning

Sean Loughran is the Port's interim aviation Long Range Planning Senior 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.

Community Affairs

Christine White is the Port's community affairs director. 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 board of the Oregon volunteer organization SOLVE as well as the City of Portland's Public Involvement Advisory Committee.

Chris enjoys music, reading and yoga.

Meeting Materials

April 5, 2012

Contacts
Chris White, Director, Community Affairs - 503.415.6056
Steve Johnson, Media Relations Manager - 503.415.6591
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