Land Use Plan Summary Report
In fall 2011, the Port of Portland, City of Portland, and City of Vancouver created the PDX Community Advisory Committee (PDX CAC). The creation of this diverse, regional advisory committee was a recommendation of the Airport Futures Plan District and PDX Master Plan adopted in April 2011. The 30-member PDX CAC, comprised of 20 voting members and 10 ex officio members, meets quarterly and is guided by an annual work plan developed by this body.
The mission of this ongoing advisory committee is to:
A key focus of the committee will be to work towards assuring that PDX and the Airport Plan District become the most sustainable in the world in recognition of the long-term, critical interconnection between economic development, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
Citywide Neighborhood Land Use Interests
Maryhelen is a native Oregonian. She retired in 2012 after 22 years with AAA Oregon/Idaho working in Travel Services, Accounting, and Project Management. Prior work included 3 years as a Customer Service Agent for Pacific Southwest Airlines and 15 years working in Aging Services in California and Portland. Maryhelen is involved in community activities related to land use issues, parks and community involvement. She serves on several committees, including the Development Review Advisory Committee, Public Works Appeal Panel, and the Levee Ready Columbia Partner Committee. When not in a meeting she spends time in her garden, and enjoys travelling to new places, visiting lighthouses, baseball parks and unique places.
Central Northeast Neighbors
Erwin Bergman retired from the U.S. Department of Energy where he worked for 31 years as an Environmental Specialist. From 1993 to 2009, Erwin was the Portland representative on the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee and its predecessor the Noise Abatement Advisory Committee. He served as a member of the 2000 PDX Master Plan planning advisory group, the Conditional Use Permit advisory committee, and the Airport Futures planning advisory group. Erwin is a charter member of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council as well as the Cully Neighborhood Association. He has a strong interest in quality of life, climate change and sustainability issues.
Clark County neighborhood representative (Camas/Washougal area)
Dr. Steven Mark Sachs is a resident of Washougal, Washington. He is Phi Beta Kappa and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Computer Applications Office Technology, and Counseling. He has taught for public, private, business, and government institutions over his 40-year career. Dr. Sachs is also a college/university faculty development consultant who has provided seminars in best teaching methods, optimizing student learning, and memory-improvement techniques. He is a Microsoft Master Instructor and former Microsoft Certified Trainer, and has developed a novel computer document-security protocol in his technology company.
Dr. Sachs’ aviation background includes his membership in the Camas-Washougal Aviation Association. He is an instrument-rated private pilot with additional advanced ground instructor and instrument ground instructor ratings. He has been flying for over 36 years.
A SAG-AFTRA actor, HAM radio operator specialized in emergency communications, and author, Dr. Sachs enjoys life with his wife, Lisa, an accomplished Karmann Ghia sports car restorer.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Adam Lyons is Executive Director at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. He provides overall management to the organization engages with Directors from the other six Neighborhood Coalitions and facilitates relationships with community partners. Born and raised in Northeast Portland, Adam spent the last seven years managing shelters and subsidized apartment buildings for both men and families with children throughout Portland. Service work has always been his passion. He is also a basketball, running and general outdoors enthusiast.
East Multnomah County Neighborhood
Dick Goldie was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and raised in Buena Park, California. His family moved to Oregon in 1980. He worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, then changed careers to employment in public works for the cities of Troutdale and Wood Village for almost 22 years. He has also worked at The Center for Advanced Learning in Gresham, as the Head of Security and Custodial Services.
Ana Muñoz is the Associate Director for Family & Community Engagement at Latino Network. Latino Network is a culturally- specific nonprofit organization based in Multnomah County. Ana has been at Latino Network since 2014 and she currently oversees the programing and services for adults and families, such as: Colegio de Padres, Mobile Lab, Immigration Services, Art & Culture, Aging Services, Ballet Folklorico and others.
Ana was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and moved to Oregon 24 years ago from Los Angeles, CA. She currently lives in Fairview, OR with her family. She graduated from Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University with a B.A. in History and a Masters in Education.
Ana is a member of the statewide leadership development program UNI@S for Oregon. She is also a member of the Bridges alumni leadership project with Metro and the Coalition of Communities of Color. Her cultural roots, traditions, and customs are well- grounded as a native Mexicana living in Oregon.
Samuel Brooks is the founder and chair of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME). OAME was founded in 1987 and today is one of the nation’s premier non-profit organizations, providing outstanding services to minority, women, veterans and emerging small businesses. OAME offers businesses and entrepreneurs technical assistance, access to capital, administrative support, business incubation, networking opportunities and a youth entrepreneurship summer program.
Mr. Brooks recently retired from the company he began in 1981, Brooks Staffing. The company, which grew from one employee to 150 employees in six states, was selected as the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year by the Federal Highway Administration in 2005. Mr. Brooks received the Small Business Administration’s 2011 Portland District’s Financial Services Champion award. Mr. Brooks previously served on and chaired the National Advisory Board for Small Business Development Center (1986-1989) and the Portland Business Alliance (2007-2008). Additionally, he has served as the chair of Portland Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Board; member of the Oregon Governor’s Small Business Council; and treasurer of the National Community Reinvestment Fund.
Nickole is an equity practitioner for the City of Portland. She specializes in equity inclusion, centering disability and intersectionality with race and other identities. She holds two Master’s degrees- one in Public Administration and one in Conflict Resolution. She has worked at the City of Portland since 2006.
Angel Errett is the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director for Portland International Airport (PDX). In this role, Ms. Errett is responsible for oversight of the screening workforce and check point and checked baggage operations, including the scheduling and training of explosive and K9 specialists.
Ms. Errett started at PDX in 2004 as a part-time Training Specialist and Playbook Coordinator. In 2015 she became a Senior Transportation Security Leader. Prior to TSA, Ms. Errett worked for Lufthansa Cargo, at Los Angeles International Airport as a Regional Logistics Manager. She also managed an enhanced memory care unit as a Social Service Administrator.
She has been active in the community, volunteering with Shriners Children’s Hospital. She is a certified resiliency trainer and presenter and has volunteered time to the Federal Executive Board teaching resiliency courses throughout Portland. She is an avid gardener and enjoys life on her farm with her animals and grandson.
Colonel Chris Lantagne is the Commander of the 142d Maintenance Group, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon.
He is responsible for the safe execution of a 3,500-hour F-15 flying program and ensures the readiness of twenty-one F-15 aircraft and over 460 personnel. This program supports the F-15 Eagle mission defending the Pacific Northwest, worldwide deployments supporting national objectives, and domestic operations activities as directed by the Governor.
Col. Lantagne received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996 after having served for almost two years in the enlisted ranks as a crew chief on F-16 aircraft. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. After graduation, Col Lantagne attended Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base and received his pilot wings in October 1997. He obtained a Master of Science in Homeland Security from Colorado Technical University in 2017.
Prior to assuming his current position, Col Lantagne served as a member of the Director’s Action Group (DAG) at the Pentagon. Col Lantagne is a Senior Pilot with over 3,000 flying hours and has flown 119 combat and combat support missions.
Jeff works in TriMet’s Planning and Policy group as the Strategic Planning Coordinator. This involves planning and coordinating the development of TriMet’s strategic and long-range goals and policies, and working to implement those through federal, state, and regional partnerships and coordination. This includes environmental and performance-based planning and sustainability-related policies, and the development and implementation of a visionary mobility program and strategies that meet TriMet’s transportation and livability goals. Before joining TriMet, Jeff worked in transportation, land use and urban design in the public and private sector in Oregon, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Jeff has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning and a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture. Outside of work, Jeff can be found walking, hiking, biking, and cheering in the Timbers Army.
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Ben Bortolazzo has over 22 years of professional expertise that evolved from projects within the United States and internationally. He is a member of the International Association of the Amercian Institute of Architects. Drawing from his multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary academic and professional background in architecture, urban design, and planning, he combines his passion for designing great communities with his skills as a pragmatic and strategic thinker. Ben leads the Otak Portland Planning and Design Team, a group engaged in shaping healthy, livable communities, and provides leadership in master planning and community design projects at various scales, from singular sites to city constructs and regional initiatives. Ben’s understanding and dedication to today’s communities is also at the service of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, which advises the Portland City Council on long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability.
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East Portland Neighborhood Office, Vice Chair
Ron Glanville is a semi-retired classically trained Chef de Cuisine and instructor who has taught at Western Culinary Institute and various cooking schools, and served as a consultant for restaurants and food producers, in various publications and on television. He currently teaches occasionally and cooks for friends. “Love of cooking has shaped my world. My desire to feed people has become my passion.”
Ron serves on many nonprofits and boards, which currently include East Portland Neighbors, Russell Neighborhood Association, East Portland Neighborhood Association News, Parkrose Community Church, Parkrose Community Orchard, and The Portland Kitchen. His current focus is in the East Portland area, and his ongoing commitment to civil rights causes, helping the homeless, and food security drives his work within the community.
Micah Meskel is the activist program manager at the Audubon Society of Portland. Micah started at Audubon in 2011, working to help manage the wildlife care center and later transitioning into a broader role within the conservation department. He was born and raised in Portland, leaving town only briefly to attend the University of Oregon where he received a degree in Economics and Business. Micah serves on the board of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, one of seven neighborhood coalitions in the City of Portland, in addition to chairing his own neighborhood association. Micah also sits on the PDX CAC’s natural resources ad hoc committee.
Gavin Graham is the General Manager for the Alaska Airlines hub at PDX. He has responsibility for all aspects of their operations here from operational safety and performance, vendor partner oversight, financial planning and execution, and operational relations with the TSA, Port, and other airlines to working with our communities as the official airline of the Rose Festival and Portland Timbers and the jersey sponsor of the Portland Timbers.
Gavin joined the Alaska team in 1997 on the front line in Seattle as part of their Ramp Service Team. In his time with the airline he has held several positions from Operational Supervisor to managing their local weight and balance team, to Station Duty Manager in Anchorage, Station Manager in Chicago, Manager of Ground Operations and then Passenger Service in LAX and his current role as the General Manager of the Alaska Airlines HUB at PDX.
North Portland Neighborhood Services
Marty is a resident of Hayden Island and active in the North Portland Neighborhood Services coalition. His current community involvement includes serving as a Board member and Vice Chair of the Hayden Island Neighborhood Network (aka HiNooN).
Marty is a former chair of the Corbett/Terwilliger/Lair Hill Neighborhood Association and served on the association's Transportation and Land Use Committees. He is a former member of the Planning Committee for the National Defense Transportation Association.
Marty's professional career includes service with the U.S. Naval Reserve and, later, the U.S. Air Force as senior pilot, senior navigator, and radar observer. Marty has 2,000 hours in the F-4 Phantom and several FAA pilot designations. Marty was an Air Force Officer and Chief of Protocol for the Alaskan Command. He spent 13 months in Casablanca, Morocco, and five months in the Sahara Desert. Upon leaving the Air Force, he served as Executive Director of Tyonek Native Corporation formed during the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. He also worked as a Financial Planner. He has an MBA, MPA and a Certificate of Urban Planning.
His passions are travel, racquetball, skiing, theatre, and the foster grandparent program.
Mike Sloan has been a resident of Vancouver since 1998. After relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike started his own landscaping design business which continues today. Originally from Ohio, Mike worked in corporate marketing for 12 years.
Mike served as chair of the Dubois Park Neighborhood Association for four years; represented his neighborhood in the 2006 PDX Cargo Feeder Study; and served on the Airport Futures planning advisory group from 2007 to 2010. Mike enjoys long-distance bike riding, is an avid gardener and an accomplished home chef.
PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee
Joe Smith is a retired lawyer. He served as former elected District Attorney for Umatilla County for several years. He was Chief of Staff for former U.S. Congressman Al Ullman and former Speaker of the Oregon House Phil Lang. He was Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission. Joe has a longstanding interest in good government, aviation and family. He is active in the Democratic Party of Oregon and his son Jefferson Smith's political pursuits. Joe also serves on the PDX Citizen Noise Advisory Committee. He has been a licensed pilot since 1963 and was former president of the Oregon Pilots Association.
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Cathy P. Kellon has over 18 years of experience developing and applying strategic approaches to improve habitat for native fish and wildlife, expand public awareness about the value of nature’s services, and increase community access to clean water. Prior to joining the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Cathy was the Working Waters Program Director at The Geos Institute where she co-founded the Drinking Water Providers Partnership, the first private-public grant-making collaboration dedicated to enhancing drinking water supplies and native fish habitat. She previously also worked at the nonprofit, Ecotrust, and with NOAA Fisheries and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Cathy earned her Masters degree in Geography, with a minor in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, from Oregon State University.
PDX Wildlife Committee
Nick Atwell is the Portland International Airport Wildlife Manager. Nick started working for the Port of Portland in 1998 as a wildlife biologist and wetland scientist. Nick's current responsibilities at PDX include managing a full-time proactive aviation wildlife management program, conducting research into new non-lethal wildlife deterrents, and making habitat modification recommendations while focusing on environmental policy/regulations. He has degrees in Natural Resources and Organismal Biology.
Nick chairs the PDX Wildlife Advisory Committee and was former chair of the Mt. Hood Community College Wildlife/Natural Resources Committee.
Dan Johnson is the Assistant Director of Development for the Clackamas Country Department of Transportation and Development. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of urban and rural development: land use policy planning, civil/structural permitting, resource conservation, solid waste, code enforcement, and septic and on-site waste water. In addition, he manages the street lighting and urban renewal authorities for Clackamas County.
With a firm foundation in land use policy planning, engineering, and finance, Dan has managed a wide range of projects over his 23 years with the County.
Vancouver Community Development
Chad Eiken is the City of Vancouver’s Director of Community and Economic Development, a position he has held since June 2012. The CED Department includes diverse programs such as the permit center, land use and environmental review, building review and inspection, code compliance, economic development, planning and transportation policy, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and downtown parking management.
Chad has over 24 years of professional planning and management experience in both the public and private sector, with 20 years at the City of Vancouver where he was previously a senior land use planner and manager of the City’s Planning Review Team. For the past 17 years Chad has been a city liaison to the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association.
Prior to coming to the City of Vancouver in 1992, Chad worked as a planning consultant and public agency planner in New York State. He has a Master’s Degree in Geography/Environmental Planning from Miami University of Ohio and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Port Operations Division
Vince Granato was named the Port of Portland’s Chief Operating Officer in February of 2012. In this role he is responsible for all operating functions for the Port, including Portland International Airport (PDX), a two-airport General Aviation reliever system, and all the Port’s marine terminals.
Vince has 29 years of experience with the Port of Portland in various managerial and financial capacities, most recently serving as the Port’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role he was responsible for all financial activities related to the Port, as well as all the administrative functions including Risk Management, Internal Audit, Contracts & Procurement, and Research. He has negotiated multiple contracts with the airlines operating at PDX, that govern the operational and financial obligations of the airport and airlines, which are critical to the region’s economic health.
Vince has participated in many national initiatives in the aviation industry including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Baggage Screening Investment Study Group and various other initiatives for Airports Council International. He is also a member of the Oregon State Aviation Board, and the Oregon Sports Authority.
Vince is a native of Portland, Oregon and attended Oregon State University and graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Matt Hermen is a transportation planner for Clark County’s Community Planning Department, a position he has held since June 2014. He conducts analysis of future transportation demands, prepares capital facilities plans and implements circulation plans to meet future needs of the growing community. Ensuring and improving Clark County’s long-term quality of life, Community Planning is responsible for the development and administration of the County’s comprehensive plan. The department also provides support and direction to citizens and community leaders as they guide the development of the county.
Matt has over 13 years of professional planning and experience in Oregon and Washington. He holds an accreditation by the American Planning Association as a certified planner and certified transportation planner. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Transportation from University of Washington and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.
John Wasiutynski is a Portlander by choice, relocating from the east coast in 2011. Before moving to Portland, John lived in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a watershed planner, and helped to implement DC's five-cent-per-disposable-bag-fee, and other litter reduction strategies designed to keep rivers trash-free. John has also worked cleaning and greening community gardens and neighborhood parks in NYC; the same city where he graduated with a BS in Biology from Fordham University. John also received an MPA from American University. John has worked for Multnomah County since 2011 and has served as the Office of Sustainability Director since 2014. John and his family live in NE Portland, are active in their community, and enjoy sailing in the Columbia, hiking in the George, and in general enjoying the NW outdoors.
Christina Deffebach is a Policy Analyst with the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation. She is part of the leadership team, developing county-wide positions on regional and state land use and transportation issues. Prior to joining Washington County, Chris was a planning manager and principal planner at Metro regional government.
Chris has been an urban planner for more than 30 years, which has given her a unique perspective on changing land use patterns, which she has used to benefit local and regional communities. Chris has also gained experience from her work for local government, transit agencies in Seattle and London and as a consultant in the private sector. Her experience includes managing high-profile planning projects resulting in significant new land use and transportation investments. Most recently, Chris managed a transportation study, directed by the Oregon Legislature, which identified transportation strategies for Washington County for the next 40- 50 years.
In all her work, Chris brings a collaborative approach, strategic thinking and strong analytic skills. She is a member of APA and WTS and is a past president of WTS Portland Chapter. Chris holds a Master of Arts Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
She lives in Portland with her husband, Mark, and has two adult children.
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Tom Armstrong is a Supervising Planner for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He coordinates the Bureau’s intergovernmental relations program for regional planning and sustainability initiatives. He also manages the Bureau’s housing/demographics and economic development analysis section. He is also serves as part of the Bureau’s project management team for the update of the City’s comprehensive plan to guide growth and development for the next 25 years. Mr. Armstrong has 26 years of experience as an urban planner and policy analyst. He joined the Bureau in 2007, following 14 years as an urban planning consultant in Portland, where his work focused on preparing specific area plans and growth management strategies emphasizing smart growth practices, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly development for communities across the Portland region. Mr. Armstrong holds a BA degree in Environmental Science from the University of California Berkeley and a MS degree in Environment Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Dan Moeller is the Conservation Program director for Metro’s Parks and Nature Department, where he leads a team who acquire and restore natural areas. Dan oversees a $227 million bond measure, which has expanded Metro’s portfolio to 17,000 acres of voter-protected land – spanning the forests, prairies, wetlands and streams that bring people to Oregon or persuade them to stay. For the past 20 years Dan has worked on plant and land conservation in the Midwest, Southwest and most recently Pacific Northwest. When he’s not working with Metro’s parks and nature system he enjoys running and hiking trails throughout the west coast with his wife, son and dog.
Sam Imperati, JD, is the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc. IMC provides mediation, facilitation and training services. Sam has been an attorney for over 32 years. He was 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 team and chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He was on the State Bar's Ethics Committee, and chair of the Multnomah Local Professional Responsibility Committee. He serves on the Oregon Mediation Association's Standards and Practices Committee.
Sam received the 2007 Oregon Mediation Association's and 2010 State Bar's Association Dispute Resolution Section Lezak Award for outstanding service to the profession of mediation. He appears in the 2006 though 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for mediation.
Aviation Long Range Planning
Sean Loughran is the Port's Aviation Long Range Planning Senior Manager. Sean has more than 20 years of experience in land use, transportation and park planning, property acquisition and airport management. Sean worked for the Port's Aviation Planning and Development department from 1996 to 1999 serving as senior staff on a variety of projects including PDX Light Rail, PDX Ground Access Strategy, Commercial Transportation Providers Facility, Horizon's Operations and Maintenance Center and the Federal Express Air Cargo Facility.
Prior to returning to the Port in 2007, Sean worked for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for five years serving as State Recreation Trails Coordinator and represented the agency on the State Scenic Byways Committee and the Governor's Oregon Solutions Team. For two and a half years, Sean worked for the City of Vancouver, Washington as airport manager for Pearson Field Airport.
He is a native Oregonian who enjoys outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, camping, gardening, soccer, and spending time with his family.