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Leadership and Governance

Northeast Village PDX was formed and developed by volunteers and is managed by a volunteer Governing Council. All Village members and volunteers are welcome to attend monthly GovCo meetings and should check the Village calendar on this web site for dates, times and location. 

Governing Council members serve 2-year terms, and are elected in our annual meeting by Northeast Village PDX members. At least two-thirds of those on the Governing Council must be members of the Village. Currently there are 14 elected GovCo members, including a representative from our hub, Villages Northwest.

Governing Council

Chair: Todd Coward

Todd Coward moved to Portland in 2001 from Cincinnati after a long career with Proctor & Gamble, followed by several years managing an Internet Service Provider company. He was president of his Neighborhood Association in Cincinnati as well as the city-wide Coalition of Neighborhoods. In Portland he plays saxophone in the Carroll Raaum Swing orchestra, which serenades seniors in retirement facilities throughout the metro area. In addition to serving as chair of GovCo, Todd served for several years as the Northeast Village PDX webmaster. 

Treasurer: Neil Malling

Neil Malling worked in engineering, accounting and management positions in international heavy construction, as well as real estate development in Portland and on the Oregon coast. Later, he worked in financial services and finished his career working on software development for the mutual fund industry. He was active in Portland Neighborhood Association organizations for a number of years. Currently serving as Treasurer.

Secretary: Jean Robinson

Jean Robinson was a high school business teacher with Portland Public Schools for 29 years, beginning her career in her late 30’s.  She enjoys painting with friends, the movie group and her book group which is celebrating 30 years together.  She has lived in Northeast Portland since she was 12 years old except for college in Colorado.  Jean is a charter member of Northeast Village PDX and describes herself as “a heavy user” of Village volunteers. She is very grateful to the fabulous volunteers who have helped her stay in her home and she wants to give back to this wonderful organization. Jean also participated in the work group that recently reviewed and updated village service guidelines and definitions.

Other Governing Council Members

Nan Artman

Nan Artman moved to Portland from Bandon and points east in 1979. After teaching English as a foreign language in Laos, she worked with the National Student Association’s inner city tutorial project in Washington, D.C. A succession of miscellaneous indoor jobs followed, and she began celebrating her retirement in 2006. She has served on boards of two other non-profits, and joined the Village scene as a volunteer in 2016. She’s the one who mails newsletters to members who prefer hard copies, picks up incoming mail at the Post Office, makes new volunteer name badges, and is data manager for the Membership Committee.  

Susan Bach
Before beginning a 34-year career at Portland Community College Susan Bach taught high school English in Salem. After retiring in 2005, she spent several years as a part time consultant, which gave her the flexibility to manage care for aging parents here in Portland and a grandmother in Iowa. The Village concept resonates strongly for her because of this experience, and she is committed to helping Northeast Village PDX grow and thrive—so it will be there when she needs it!  Susan is currently on the board of Portland Baroque Orchestra and co-teaches a class in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention with her husband, Doug Egan.  She is a past co-chair of GovCo and has led the Media Working Group.  

Nick Bouwes
Nicholaas (Nick) Bouwes, PhD, is retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he served as an economics Branch Chief in the Office of Water.  Since moving from D.C. to Portland in 2005, he served on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Portland Area Toxic Solution Committee that reassessed the benchmark levels of 19 airborne carcinogens. He is also a board member for Neighbors for Clean Air which strives to make air quality improvements in Oregon, and he is an avid golfer who will never shoot his age! In addition to serving on GovCo, Nick is a volunteer driver for the Village.  With his wife (and fellow Village member) Joan Bouwes, he often assists with preparation and clean up for Village gatherings.  
Nancy Donehower
Nancy Donehower is an educator and writer.  For 30+ years she has helped students and their families navigate the college admissions process – as a chief admissions officer at Reed College and Duke University, and as a college counselor at independent secondary schools in Oregon and California. She joined the Northeast Village PDX GovCo in 2017, and has also served on the Program Committee and on various Media and Communications Work Groups. 

Anne Lindsay
A federal civil servant for over 30 years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC, Anne Lindsay moved to Portland in 2010 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Since retiring from the EPA, she spends much of her time doing volunteer tax preparation with AARP/CASHOREGON and Medicare counseling with Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services. In addition to serving on GovCo, Anne is one of two Northeast Village PDX delegates to the Villages Northwest Council of Representatives.  

Rebecca Saltonstall
Rebecca Saltonstall is a retired physician who worked with children and families in the Seattle area for over 30 years and taught on the clinical faculty at University of Washington School of Medicine. After retiring she moved to Colorado where hiking, photography, choir singing, learning to play cello, and volunteering with a raptor center and the Humane Society occupied her full-time. After moving to Portland in 2014 to be near family and grandchildren, she continued these activities and in addition sought out participation in Northeast Village PDX in an effort to build connections with other seniors. She joined as a full member in fall 2019 and since then has greatly enjoyed participating in the Village Square, movie group, the dining out (until covid) group, and most recently a newly evolving book group. She has both become a volunteer and, after surgery, received services from Village volunteers. As a result of these experiences she is interested in participating more fully in the evolution of the Village through committee work in the future.

Stephanie Sameh
Stephanie Sameh is a native of Wyoming and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 40 years. She is a retired R.N. having worked the last twelve years of her career for the Providence Health System here in Portland. Stephanie is interested in social justice issues and spent two years working on the Mexican-American border, which she describes as a humbling and satisfying experience. She is an avid reader and has belonged to a book club for years. Stephanie volunteers at the St. Andrew food pantry and is able to use her Spanish language skills there. In addition to serving on GovCo, Stephanie currently co-chairs the movie group with another member, Dorothy Cox. 

Pat Vivian

Pat Vivian was born in Detroit, Michigan but has been a resident of Portland for more than 40 years. She works for the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University and has served on the board of Northwest Writers, a local nonprofit. She is a professional writer and published poet. Between freelance gigs, she has been a forest fire lookout, hospice caregiver, literary magazine editor and instructional assistant to children with disabilities. She loves to sing folk music, especially old Celtic ballads and drinking songs. In addition to serving on GovCo, Pat writes for and edits the Northeast Village PDX newsletter, and she is a member of the Development Committee.  

Nancy Doty serves as the representative from Villages Northwest, and is a voting member of the Northeast Village PDX Governing Council.

Village Infrastructure

Governing Council
Communication, Marketing & Outreach Committee
Development Committee
Membership Committee
Office Support
Volunteer Recruitment & Training

Northeast Village PDX Governing Documents

GovCo Minutes

Please send any questions or comments to the Governing Council at