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NEV: GovCo Elections 2020

Lindsey D Oldani  | Published on 8/31/2020

NE Village PDX will hold Governing Council elections at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m.via Zoom.


The slate presented below includes two current GovCo members who have agreed to serve an additional term (Incumbent) and four individuals who will serve a first term on the Council.  Nominations “from the floor” will also be accepted at the meeting. Election of this slate will produce a total GovCo voting membership of 13. (Maximum is 16.)



Village members must be present at the Annual meeting, via Zoom, to vote.


Governing Council Slate for 2020

All positions are for 2-year terms

(September 2020- September 2022)



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 innercity 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.


Todd Coward (Incumbent) 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 a co-chair of GovCo, Todd has been the Northeast Village PDX webmaster. 


Eileen Dennis has been a volunteer at NEV almost from its inception.   While accounting is her profession, animal rescue is her passion.  When she is not working as an accountant in the movie industry, you will find her often volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society. She also spendsher free time volunteering with other organizations such as Fences for Fido, the ASPCA, Meals on Wheels, and she is on Concordia's Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). 

When assisting the NEV, she has enjoyed volunteering at garden parties, pet sitting for members, walking with members, and, during the pandemic, grocery shopping for members.   When not volunteering she enjoys hiking, yoga and reading murder mystery novels. She shares her home with husband Don and their beautiful chi-weenie dog Sophie.  Since she is getting closer to retirement, she has been searching for other ways that she can help our city and our neighborhoods.  She is honored to beconsidered for a position on the NEV Governing Council.  Thank you!!


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.



Pat Vivian (Incumbent)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 the Northeast Village PDX newsletter, and she is a member of the Development Committee.

Gov Co Elections 2020