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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.
Clifford Droke, Chair, 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.
Roberta Taussig, Vice-Chair, 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.
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.
Linda Mather, Director, has been a Member of Terwilliger Plaza for 3 years. She has served on the Board nominating Committee, was a floor representative in 2015 and currently serves on the Values and Vision committee. Some of Linda’s past board experience includes the Princeton Transition Task Force, New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, and Princeton Community Housing, Inc. She continues to be involved with League of Women’s voters. Her most recent professional experience includes; President and Founding Executive Officer, Forums Institute for Public Policy, Interim Dean, School of the Arts and Communication, William Paterson University, and Associate Director, New Jersey Department of Higher Education. Linda received her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from U. Penn, an M.A. in English Literature from Purdue, and a B.A. in English from Marymount Manhattan College.
Liz, one of our newest Board members, grew up in Vancouver and attended the University of Chicago and the University of Oregon, graduating from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She and her husband became members of the Plaza in 2014 and have been active in the community from the start. Liz spent 11 years as an attorney in a small town general practice and enjoys some of the characteristics of a small town here at the Plaza. She is a proactive volunteer at the Plaza, an advocate for mental health and serves on the Board of the Homestead Neighborhood Association.
Mary Lou, a new member of our Board, grew up in McMinnville OR and attended Oregon State University (BA), Portland State University, (MA), and University College, Dublin, Ireland. She worked in public schools for many years, retiring from Beaverton Schools where she had been an English Teacher, Department Head, and Coordinator for the Talented and Gifted Program. After moving into the Plaza in 2013, Mary Lou initiated our Well Partners Group for spouses transitioning to a caregiver roll, and the Terwilliger Plaza Health Services Planning Team (now the Health Care Team). She has been active in our Ethics, Marketing, Nominating, and Breakfast Forum committees.
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.
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.
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.
Harley Spring, a vice president at The Standard, manages the retirement plan division for the company focused on 401k, 403b, 457 and Defined Benefit plans for small and medium size companies across the United States. Harley has over 20 years of senior management experience focused on continuous improvement across multiple business disciplines. Harley has a BA in Business from the University of Washington and a MBA from the University of Oregon.