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

Alan C. Goudy, Board Chair, 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. 

Scott Philips, Vice Chair, has been President of the Resident Council since 2009. Scott spent 30 years as a school band teacher and is currently active in square dancing. He co-chaired the 1998 square dancing convention in Portland, which hosted over 1,000 dancers. Continuing his strong leadership and organizational skills, Scott was also an officer of an international dance organization for a decade and is on the Governing Board of the ARTS-Dance Foundation, a group of ten national dance organizations.

Allen Dobbins, Secretary, 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 found ed 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 Boards 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.

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.

Frances Ousley, Director, 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 of 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.

B.J. Wittwer, Director, has been an active member of Terwilliger Plaza for the past several years. Previously, she taught business subjects at the College of San Mateo for twenty-four years and ran the campaign to bring computer labs to the Business Division. In the community, B.J. helped organize procedures and operations for the 2010 Operation School Bell for the Assistance League of Portland. Education includes a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Business Administration.

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

Gerard DeBlois, a partner in McDonald Jacobs, concentrates on non-profits, including low-income housing entities and health care organizations. He provides auditing and consulting services in strategic planning, internal control and compliance. He serves on an Oregon Society of CPA's committee that designs training and enrichment for nonprofit boards and executives.

Bernie Thurber, a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine, practices health law and councils clients on matters including government audits, HIPAAA (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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