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Chair/Vice Chair

Bill Blosser

Bill Blosser is a consultant on land use and other public policy issues. He is one of five members of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission. He previously served as chair of the state Water Resources Commission, chair of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, interim director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, and member of the Oregon Sustainability Board. In addition, Bill helped create Oregon’s innovative Transportation Planning Rule. 

Dave Smith

Dave Smith has been a Vancouver resident since 1998 and currently lives in the Hough Neighborhood. Dave has had an accomplished career in aviation including service as a Naval Officer and Aviator from 1963-1969 where he flew carrier based reconnaissance aircraft (RF-8) including the Vietnam conflict. From 1969-2003, Dave worked for Delta Air Lines as flight engineer, pilot, captain, and line check airman. He is a past member of the Vancouver Aviation Advisory Committee, member of the Vancouver Rotary Club, board member of the Vancouver School District Foundation, and vice chair of the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee. In the course of the past few years, Dave has served the City of Vancouver through participation in numerous PDX planning initiatives. 


Lai-Lani Ovalles

City of Portland Planning Commission
Lai-Lani Ovalles was appointed to the Portland Planning Commission by Portland City Council in July 2008. As a Commission member, she is responsible for advising City Council on comprehensive policies and plans affecting future land use development, transportation options, economic and environmental vitality and livability of neighborhoods in the Portland community. Lai-Lani works with the Native American Youth and Family Center as the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator. She coordinates Native professional development, leadership initiatives and community engagement efforts, as well as the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable. Lai-Lani believes in the power of culture, creativity and indigenous knowledge to guide in the creation of a just and peaceful world.

Andy Cotugno
Metro Regional Government
Andy Cotugno has more than 25 years of professional experience in the transportation and planning fields.  He is manager of Metro’s Planning Department, which is charged with travel forecasting, light rail planning, transportation planning and financing, transit oriented development, Metro’s map center, and the Regional Land Information System, as well as the urban growth boundary, urban growth management and natural resource planning functions. Andy is chair of Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternative Committee and Metropolitan Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to his current position, he worked as a transportation planner for both Metro and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. 

Cam Gilmour
Clackamas County
Cam Gilmour is Director of the Department of Transportation and Development for Clackamas County. He began his career with the Oregon Highway Division (now known as the Oregon Department of Transportation - ODOT) in 1972. His experience includes being ODOT’s Environmental Program Manager, Manager of Program Services (State Transportation Improvement Program, federal-aid and local government programs) and ODOT’s Deputy Director of Finance and Administration. As Clackamas County’s Director of Transportation and Development, Cam administers transportation maintenance, engineering, land use, building codes, urban renewal and several other divisions.

Laura Hudson
City of Vancouver staff
Laura Hudson is the City of Vancouver’s Community Planning Manager. She has been with the City of Vancouver for four and a half years. Prior to working with City, Laura served as vice president of Professional Services with David Evans and Associates in their Portland off ice. She has over 25 years of land use and environmental planning experience.
Bruce Fisher
Bruce Fisher

Federal Aviation Administration
Bruce Fisher is the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new Airport Planner for the states of Oregon and Idaho. He was hired by the FAA Seattle Airports District Office (ADO) in December 2008. Bruce came to the ADO from the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region Office of Runway Safety as the senior pilot analyst and flight operations specialist. From 2004 until 2007, Bruce served as the Assistant Manager of Renton Airport in Washington. Bruce retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2004 and holds a Commercial Pilot’s certificate with Instrument rating. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Dennis Mulvihill
Washington County
Since 1988, Dennis Mulvihill has been the government relations manager for Washington County Board of Commissioners. Prior to his work at the county, Dennis worked for Metro as a waste reduction manager, for the state Oregon Commission on Indian Services, and for the Oregon legislature. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Mary Olson

Port of Portland Commission
Mary Olson has been a Port of Portland Commissioner since June 2001. She is a principal of Norris, Olson & Associates, a financial services firm. Prior to joining this firm, Mary served as the vice president for corporate banking at US National Bank of Oregon from 1971-1990. She served on the Finance Committee for Northwest Electrical Light and Power Association and as corporate co-chair of the U.S. Bancorp United Way Campaign. She is also the past president of the Clackamas County Community Planning Organization. Mary’s second term with the Port Commission expires in March 2011. 

Hector Roche
Multnomah County
Hector Roche is currently Community Liaison for Multnomah County chair Ted Wheeler. In that role he is responsible for enhancing the engagement of community members in the policy deliberations and work of the County. In addition to his work with internal and external community stakeholders, Hector is the chair’s liaison to the County’s Land Use Planning Department. Prior to joining the chair’s staff, Hector was the manager of Staff and Organizational Development for Multnomah County Health Department. He has served as Land Use Planning Chair for the Concordia Neighborhood Association, and was a board member of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.  

PDX User / Business

Tom Gerharter
Airline Industry
Tom Gerharter, Senior Vice President for Operations at Horizon Airlines was appointed to his position in August 1995. He is responsible for guiding the maintenance and flight operations divisions at Horizon. In this position, his responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of about 75 jet and turboprop aircraft. Prior to this appointment, he served Horizon as vice president, Flight Operations. Tom joined Horizon Air in 1983 as a pilot and maintained his flight currency as a Fokker F-28 captain until that aircraft was retired in 2002.

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart K. Mathew
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart K. Mathew entered the air force in 1986 and is now the 142d Civil Engineer Squadron Commander, Base Civil Engineer and Assistant United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Real Property at the Portland Air Base. As the Commander of the Civil Engineer Squadron, he is responsible for the training, preparation, and employment of 103 military personnel for world-wide contingencies. In his other capacities, he is responsible for all construction, maintenance, and operation of the real property at Portland Air Base and at one geographically separated unit on the Oregon Coast. Additionally, he is responsible for Fire Protection and Rescue, Airbase Readiness, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

John Mohlis

Business Association or Labor Group
John Mohlis is the executive secretary-treasurer of the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council. Recently appointed as a PDC commissioner. Mr. Mohlis has served as a trustee on the Northwest Bricklayers Pension Trust since 1990, overseeing a $75 million trust. He is a member of the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council, which is responsible for overseeing apprenticeship programs, especially for those in the building and construction trades. 

John has also served as a member of the Portland South Waterfront Apprenticeship Oversight Committee, the Eastside CSO Oversight Committee and the Construction Apprenticeship Workforces Solutions board. 

Brian Nelson
Large Business that Uses PDX  Freight and Passenger Services
As the Corporate Services Finance Manager for Intel Corporation, Brian Nelson leads the financial budgeting, planning and strategic decision making for all infrastructures related activities. His finance team provides analysis and financial support for real estate investments, building maintenance, utility consumption, and projects designed to optimize Intel’s environmental imprint. He is located at Intel’s Hillsboro, Oregon site but has management scope for Intel sites located through out the United States. He completed the Executive MBA program from Wake Forest University and upon graduation accepted a job at Intel’s Chandler, Arizona site. He spent fours years in Arizona and transferred to the Oregon site two years ago to accept his current Finance Manager role. 

John Frevola
Tenant at PDX
John Frevola is the Vice President and General Manager of Flightcraft, Inc. a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) with locations in Portland and Eugene. John represents PDX tenant interests on the Airport Futures Planning Advisory Group. John has more than 30 years experience is all aspects of FBO operations. Previously, he was President of Corporate Jets, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Niagara University and is a former U.S. Navy pilot. John also serves as an advisor to the Corporate Aircraft Association.

Veronica Rinard
Tourism Industry
Veronica Rinard is the Director of Community Relations for the Portland Oregon Visitors Association. Veronica works with POVA leadership to bring the voice of the Tourism/Hospitality industry to issues that impact Portland’s viability as a travel destination. In addition to serving on many committees and task forces herself, Veronica staffs POVA’s board-level Community Action Committee. In 2005, Veronica joined POVA as the Cultural Tourism manager; she was promoted in 2006 to her current position. 


Mark Clark
East County area
Mark Clark represents the four East County cities of Fairview, Gresham,Troutdale and Wood Village on the Airport Futures Planning Advisory Group. He is a Councilor for the City of Wood Village. Mark is currently employed as an engineer/electrician for Providence St. Vincent Hospital. Mark currently serves on the Wood Village Personnel Committee and Budget Committee, East Multnomah County Transportation Committee, Natural Resource and Sustainability Committee for Wood Village and Gresham, and Fairview/Wood Village Sewer Review Board. Mark has previously served on the Wood Village Planning Commission.

Prior to moving to Oregon in 2002, Mark worked as a city public works director in Texas for 13 years, owned a bed and breakfast inn, and served 10 years active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Over his lifetime, Mark has participated in numerous boards and committees and earned several honorary awards for his devotion to protecting waterways and airsheds.

Erwin Bergman
Central Northeast Neighborhoods
Erwin Bergman is now retired from the Department of Energy where he worked for 31 years as an Environmental Specialist. There he was the author or team member of assorted National Environmental Policy Act agency documents through the environmental impact statement level. Since 1993, Erwin has been the Portland representative on CNAC and its predecessor the Noise Abatement Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the 2000 PDX Master Plan planning advisory group, Conditional Use Permit advisory committee, and been involved in many other PDX planning efforts. Erwin is a Charter member of Airport Issues Roundtable and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council as well as the Cully Neighborhood Association and serves as its Quality of Life Chair. 

Alan Hargrave
Clark County Neighborhoods
Alan Hargrave, has been involved in the business community the past 35 years in Clark County, WA and is currently self-employed consultant for individuals, developers and excavation/underground utility companies for site work projects. Prior experience includes all aspects of the excavation/underground utilities industry, the last fifteen years his specific duties were as Estimator/Project Manager and General Manager for George Schmid & Sons, Inc. Alan serves as a board member of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), teaches part-time at the Northwest College of Construction and currently sits on the Columbia Economic Development Committee Board (CREDC) while serving his third elected term as Port Commissioner for the Port of Camas/Washougal.
Chris Hathaway
Chris Hathaway
Environmental Interests
Chris Hathaway is Director of Stewardship and Technical Programs for the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership. He oversees all Estuary Partnership environmental education and volunteer and community involvement programs as well as the Estuary Partnership’s restoration and ecosystem monitoring programs. Since 1998, he has worked on a variety of different Estuary Partnership programs including the Estuary Partnership’s stormwater management projects, public outreach materials, web site, and as the coordinator of the Estuary Partnership’s Lower Columbia River Water Trail. A native of Portland, he holds degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Oregon and a Master’s of Science in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up swimming, sailing, and skiing on the lower Columbia River and continues to enjoy those activities today.

Maryhelen Kincaid
North Portland Neighborhood Services
A native Oregonian, Maryhelen Kincaid attended Gonzaga University, University of Oregon and San Francisco State University. A diverse background, Maryhelen worked for 16 years in Senior Citizen programs in both California and Oregon as a manager/administrator. She also worked for Pacific Southwest Airlines and US Airways in various capacities. She has been employed at AAA Oregon/Idaho since 1989, currently working in the Information Technology Department. Maryhelen is currently land use chairperson, interim chairperson for the East Columbia Neighborhood Association and chairperson for the Citizen Noise Advisory Committee.

Patrick Metzger
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Patrick Metzger has been a Portland resident since 1997 and lived in the Concordia Neighborhood since 2002. He is employed with the City of Beaverton in their Urban Forestry and Landscape section. He has been an active member of the Concordia Neighborhood Association for the past four years and became involved in airport issues due to the concern he had regarding airport noise over his neighborhood. 
Alesia Reese
Alesia Reese
East Portland Neighborhood Office
Alesia Reese represents the 13 Portland neighborhoods of East Multnomah County. As chair of Woodland Park, Alesia has supported the neighborhood in its clean-up and Neighbor Night Out events. Alesia is a member of the Board of Directors of Parkrose School District, chair of the Facilities and Finance Committee, and a member of the Wellness Committee of the school district. Having co-founded the City Wide Parks Team, Alesia established the East Portland Parks Coalition. Alesia is an employee of the United States Postal Service and has extensive experience in workplace safety and health initiatives. As an East Portland resident for more than 30 years, Alesia has been involved in several organizations and is a member of the Gateway Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.

Lawrence Russell
Environmental Interests
Lawrence Russell has been a Portland resident since 1990 and currently lives in the Wilkes Neighborhood of East Portland (on the border of Gresham). Originally born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army for two tours in the U.S. and two tours overseas. Lawrence came to Portland to assist in growing a janitorial business for two years as a co-owner. He worked in the financial industry for over ten years for US Bank, Bank of America and Louisiana Pacific. His volunteer work for the community began in North Portland with Environmental Justice issues. Some of the projects he has worked on include: Delta Park I-5 Task Force and Columbia River Crossing Environmental Justice Work Action Group. Lawrence currently works for Metro as a procurement specialist and is enrolled at Portland Community College. His field of study is business.

Bob Sallinger
Environmental Interests
Bob Sallinger is the Conservation Director for the Audubon Society of Portland. He has over 15 years experience working on urban conservation issues in the Portland Metropolitan Region. Bob has served on numerous city committees and task forces including the City of Portland Watershed Science Advisory Group, the Willamette North Reach River Health and Mitigation Working Groups, and the River Renaissance Strategy Citizens Advisory Group. Bob has also served on several Port of Portland Committees including the West Hayden Island Citizen's Advisory Committee and the PDX Wildlife Advisory Committee (on which he has served since its inception in 1996.) Bob has a strong background in urban natural resource management, urban wildlife issues and natural resource policy.

Michael Sloan
Vancouver Neighborhoods
Michael Sloan has been a resident of Vancouver since 1998.  He currently lives in the Dubois Park Neighborhood directly across from PDX. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron and worked in corporate marketing for 12 years prior to engaging in his current career as a self-employed Landscape Designer. Mike is the recently retired chair of the DuBois Park Neighborhood Association and has been a member of the association board since 2003. Michael represented Vancouver neighborhoods in the 2006 PDX Cargo Feeder Study.  he Vancouver Office of Neighborhoods recommended Mike Sloan for this appointment.

Dennis Stoecklin
Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Dennis “Denny” Stoecklin is a Certified Public Accountant and has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Concordia University since 1984. He has been in the Not-for-Profit financial services area for over 30 years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountant’s (CPA) and the Oregon Society of CPA’s. He has been involved with the Concordia Neighborhood Association during his entire tenure at the University and currently serves on the Concordia Neighborhood Association Board. Recently he participated in the Port of Portland’s Part 150 study and was involved in resolving issues relating to excess noise from turbo prop cargo aircraft.  

Fred Stovel
Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Fred Stovel graduated from Loyola University in Chicago.  He joined the Air Force in 1967. He served on active duty until 1973 and then joined the Reserve in Portland, attending PSU until 1975 when he accepted a full time job flying for the 304th Rescue Squadron at PDX. He holds a bachelors degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in business management. After he retired in 1996, he became interested in airport issues because of airport noise over his neighborhood. In 1998, he was a founding member of an advisory group, Airport Issues Roundtable, to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. This group seeks to inform the Portland city government about airport issues that could damage neighborhood livability. 

Vicki Thompson
Aircraft Noise Interest
Vicki Thompson served eight years on the City of Gresham Planning Commission and four years as an elected city councilor for the City of Gresham. In that capacity, she served on the Citizen Involvement Committee, City Transportation Committee, and various other committees. Vicki was an active participant in Gresham’s master plan for the Downtown Plan.  She also reviewed and approved the master plan for the Mt Hood Hospital campus and LSI campus. She has served five years on the Citizen Noise Advisory Committee to the Port of Portland and was a Legislative Assistant for four years.

John Weigant

Airport Issues Roundtable
John Weigant was the founding chair of AIR, a City of Portland advisory group and forum which was formed by several neighborhoods near PDX that found themselves all working to reduce excessive noise and planned growth by PDX. John was a late-comer to the 1997 (2000) Airport Master Plan Planning Advisory Committee and gave presentations to the Regional Air Transportation Demand Task Force that reexamined the projections of future growth at PDX. He was an AIR delegate to the Conditional Use Master Plan Permit (CUMP) Advisory Committee. John also was a member of the negotiating team that crafted the two intergovernmental agreements between the City and Port which provided the foundation for the current planning processes.

John is a native Portlander and has a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Education and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon. His Masters of Urban Planning thesis project was computer programs to project population growth. This background led him to question the growth projections for PDX traffic. The urban planning was followed by a career in computer consulting, where he taught software development, systems analysis, and project management to professional software engineers in North America, Europe, and India. Now retired, he advocates Systems Thinking for urban and airport planning in the region.

PAG Facilitator

Sam Imperati
Sam Imperati, JD, is the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc. (ICM). ICM is a Northwest-based, national provider of mediation, facilitation and training services. ICM has provided services to a diverse array of private and public organizations including state and federal courts, bar associations, trade associations, law schools, the National Association of Securities Dealers Dispute Resolution Program, and others. Sam has been an attorney for over twenty-eight years, and has managed more than 2,500 disputes. He has lectured nationally on mediation, negotiation, ethics, and conflict resolution. Sam has been highly effective in resolving complex disputes, public policy issues, multi-party cases, and matters where emotions run high. His background includes plaintiff and defense work, management and labor, along with litigation and appeals. He was formerly 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 as chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternate Dispute Resolution Section. His peers recently selected him for inclusion in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for mediation. Sam is a recipient of the 2007 Oregon Mediation Association, Sid Lezak Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Mediation in Oregon.