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Some of our Board of Directors go upstairs and go home right after a meeting. That’s because most of our board members live here and are elected
by the members, themselves. The rest of the board members are local community professionals who lend their time and business expertise. You
can learn more about how self governance works, here. Let’s meet our board members.
Scott Philips, Board Chair, was President of the Resident Council in 2009 – 2010. Scott spent thirty years as a school band teacher and is currently active in square dancing. He co-chaired the 1998 convention of the International Association of Gay Square Dance clubs here in Portland, which hosted over 1,000 dancers. Continuing his strong leadership and organizational skills, Scott was also an officer of the IAGSDC for a decade and was on the Governing Board of the ARTS-Dance Foundation for eleven years, a group of ten national dance organizations. He served as an officer of that Board for six years. He has been on the Plaza Board since 2011.
Allen Dobbins, Vice Chair, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but served for many years as an Administrator for the Portland Public Schools. In the private sector, Allen founded a management and organizational development consulting firm that worked with individual schools, school districts, public service agencies and church organizations. He's also served on the Board of the Oregon Symphony, Pacific University, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and many more. Allen loves to play his cello and has taught various subjects at the high school, college, and graduate levels. Education includes Stanford University, Harvard University, and as an officer in the United States Navy.
Frances Ousley, Secretary, has been a member of Terwilliger Plaza for nearly nine years, having served on many committees and as President of the Terwilliger Plaza Foundation Board. She brings a wealth of experience from having served as the executive director of two 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations in her working years. In all her positions, she interacted with the larger Portland community, including the United Way, the Oregon State Legislature, local hospitals and many other organizations. Education includes Mt. Holyoke and Portland State University, where Fran fulfilled a youthful dream of completing a master's degree in English Literature.
Clifford Droke, Treasurer, has been in Portland since 1999 and was previously on the Foundation Board for nine years. A member of the City Club of Portland, Clifford has been active on many committees and is a mentor to young professionals. Currently an active member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, he previously served as a United Methodist pastor and was – after holding many other titles – elected General Secretary and Treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church. After twelve years of CFO (and other) services, Clifford retired to become actively involved in his local communities.
Jean Rogers, Director, has previously served on Boards ranging from a non-profit arts organization to school boards. With a background in Computer Science Education and Software Engineering, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at a number of universities and has run training departments for computer technology companies. She has degrees from Syracuse University and from the University of Oregon. While she grew up in Upstate New York and has lived many places since, she considers Portland to be home.
Roberta Taussig, Director, has served as Secretary of the Resident Council at Terwilliger Plaza. Additionally, she operates her own blog, is active with educating members about computer and technical issues, as well as is involved with Professor Harcourt’s “Inquiring Minds” class. For 30 years, Roberta was a software engineer/tester at Tektronix, Intel, and ADP. She is also the Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish and has also volunteered with the Trauma Intervention Program. Roberta has her BA in Psychology from Oberlin College, an MS in Computer Science, and also studied the Russian language.
Bernie Thurber, a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine, practices health law and councils clients on matters including government audits, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and licensure. Bernie appears before federal and state agencies and tribunals and also lobbies in the Oregon Legislature and in the U.S. Congress. Education includes Stanford University and Willamette University College of Law.
Dr. Diana White, a senior research associate at the Institute on Aging at Portland State University, works on education and evaluation projects related to long-term care. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and served as a Project Director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at OHSU. Dr. White has also been the deputy director or the Oregon Geriatric Education Center, taught at the School of Nursing and been a Research Sociologist. Education includes Ohio State University, Portland State University and Oregon State University.
Eric Wieland, a partner in Samuels Yoelin Kantor, practices law concentrating on trust and estate planning and administration, business planning, and taxation. He has been honored as an Oregon "Rising Star" for the last several years by "Super Lawyers" and spent his early years teaching. Education includes University of Portland, University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, and University of Washington School of Law.