The essence of the Village concept is that a Village is formed, developed, and managed by volunteer residents organized as a “Governing Council”, which meets once a month.

Governing Council members serve 2-year terms, and are elected annually by Village members.

Members and their roles are as follows:

Susan Bach taught high school English in Salem before beginning a 34-year career at Portland Community College.  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 NE Village PDX open, grow and thrive—so it will be there when she needs it!  Susan is also 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. Currently serving as Chair of the Governing Council.

Margaret Baldwin retired from a career teaching French and English as a Second Language and moved to Portland in 2012. She also served on the board of the Alliance Française de Berkeley for many years, and worked as their office administrator for ten years. She has been interested in the Village movement for several years and is committed to helping to build and sustain Northeast Village PDX and Villages NW. Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Governing Council, and co-chair of the Volunteer Committee.

Jane Braunger is a retired English teacher and teacher educator who has lived in Portland since 1978.  She has been a volunteer at North by Northeast Community Health Center and currently volunteers at the Emergency Services Center at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Piano lessons are a retirement treat. She has been involved in the coordinating council of Northeast Village PDX since 2014 and looks forward to its successful launch. Currently serving as Secretary, and chair of the Outreach and Marketing Committee.

Vonnie Condon retired from public education after 42 years teaching young children and serving as an administrator.  She was a Speech/Language Pathologist, teacher, Special Education Administrator, and Principal.  After retirement, she worked part time in Portland Schools in curriculum and school improvement. Vonnie’s interests in retirement now center on aging and services available as adults enter a new life passage. Currently serving as chair of the Membership Committee.

Todd Coward moved to Portland in 2001 from Cincinnati, after a long career with Procter & 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, and in Portland plays saxophone in the Carroll Raaum Swing Orchestra which serenades seniors in retirement facilities throughout the metro area. Currently serving as webmaster and member of the Budget Committee.

Ron Laster, member at large, is the owner/operator of a 22 year old Portland based business, PrintResults, focusing on print communications and marketing. His service on non-profit Boards: 22 years as Board member of NorthEast Coalition of Neighborhoods, serving as Treasurer (7 years), Vice President (5 years) and Board President (3 years); North Northeast Business Association (4 years) and Grant Park Neighborhood Association (23 years, inclusive of 5 years as Board President).

Anne Lindsay was a federal civil servant for over 30 years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC.  She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010 to be closer to her children and grandchildren who live in Portland and Seattle. Since retiring from 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. Currently serving as chair of the Resources Committee.

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.

Helen Richardson, newly elected in September 2017, is currently serving as co-chair of the Volunteer Committee.  Helen worked in the addictions field with adults and youth.  Her career spanned education, treatment and administration.  She took a turn as an aide in the Oregon legislature and co-authored a book on treatment strategies.  Currently she tries to balance her life between volunteer activities and visiting her far flung family of 7 children and their progeny, with her husband.

Nancy Donahue, newly elected in September 2017, is currently serving on the Program Committee.  Nancy 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 last summer.

Diane Fode,  newly elected in September 2017, member at large.  Diane has been a NE Portland resident since 1982 (with a break overseas in the Netherlands).  She retired in 2016 from a public school counselor and school psychologist, and most recently worked at the middle school level with the special education program as a team leader.

She has coordinated care for her father and partner for both short and long term periods.  She has a “personal village” of friends/family on NE 35th that have supported each other since 1985.

She is a volunteer for the Columbia Slough Watershed Council as a paddle team member where she is able to get outdoors.  Dianne hopes to “pay it forward” by volunteering with the NE Village.  She has been serving in the office (nearly) weekly since the Village opened in November 2016.  She has also served as a driver, and contributed to the volunteer manual committee for the Village.

Julie Lewis serves as the representative from Northwest Villages, and as such is a voting member of the Governing Council.

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