Board of Directors

As a non-profit, senior community for people 62+, Terwilliger Plaza is distinctly unique. It is one of only three facilities in the nation that is self-governed. The Board of Directors is comprised of internal members elected by their peers and external local professionals who lend their business expertise. Our staff works for the members, so you always have direct input into the operations, finance and issues that affect your everyday life.

Resident Directors

Scott Philips, Board Chair, was President of the Resident Council in 2009 – 2010. Scott spend 30 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 1,000dancers. 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 11 years, a group of ten national dance organizations. He served as an office of that Board for 6 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 organization 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 401 C-3 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 whose activities touched the lives of Portland's families. 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 has been 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, Clif 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, Clif retired to become actively involved in his local communities.

Alan C. Goudy, Director, a Portland native, has served on a number of "for profit" boards as well as "not for profit boards, including Keep Oregon Green (President), National Particleboard Association (President), Oregon Independent College Foundation, YMCA of the Columbia Willamette and many more. Alan's currently on the Board of Friends to the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science OSU and has served two years as Terwilliger Plaza Resident Council President. Education includes Willamette University, The United States Navy as a destroyer officer and Yale University.

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. 

Virginia Burgess, Director, an attorney with executive experience, now chairs the Plaza 401(k) Pension Plan Committee. Before retirement from the Northwest Natural Gas Company, she was the Director of Information Management and wrote and administered a 401(k) plan. Virginia previously served on and chaired the Plaza Foundation Board.

Outside Directors

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.

Diana White, a senior research associate at the Institute on Aging at Portland State University, works on long-term care design, education, and evaluation projects. 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 The 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 The University of Portland, University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, and University of Washington School of Law.

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