Chair Dr. Barbara Ramírez Spencer
Dr. Barbara Ramírez Spencer - Portland
Barbara Ramirez Spencer is a consultant for leadership and organizational
development with experience in the public, private and academic sectors.
She was responsible for leadership development in the New York insurance and
banking industries and was an assistant professor of organizational development
at Columbia University. After a career change, she worked in public
transportation for over 20 years, serving for 11 years as executive vice president,
the second person in charge of the mass transit system in New York City.
She has a BA in history from Lehman College and an MA and Ed.D. in adult/organizational
development from Columbia University.
2009 she left her transportation career and moved with her husband to Portland,
OR for a lifestyle and professional change. Presently she is actively
involved in women’s leadership development. She is the former AAUW
Portland Branch co-president (2012-2016).
Presently she serves as AAUW Portland’s college and university committee
chair, an advisory board member for PSU’s Center for Women’s Leadership, and an
Oregon delegate for Vision 2020. She is the former board vice-chair and
executive committee member for the Portland Streetcar (2010-2016) and served as
a member of the TriMet Budget Task Force (2011-2014).
Vice Chair Kimberly G. Olson
Kimberly G. Olson - Salem
Kimberly Olson was born in Colorado and raised in Salem, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2004, Kim’s passion for international affairs compelled her to serve the United States as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. Upon completing a master’s degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University, Kim served as a Thomas R. Pickering fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, and later as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, and as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
In 2014, Kim returned to Oregon to pursue a career in advocacy. She is passionate about women’s issues, particularly family leave and workplace equality. She currently serves as an operations and policy analyst for the Oregon State Treasury. In addition, Kim is a 2015 Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a 2016 participant in the Emerge Oregon program. Kim lives in Salem with her husband, Scott Olson, and their three-year-old daughter and six-month-old son.
Commissioner Clara Elena
Clara Elena Beas-Fitzgerald - Hermiston
I was born in San
Diego but raised across the border. I consider myself multicultural,
trilingual, and bi-national. I have been living in Eastern OR for more
than 16 years. I moved here after my nasty divorce. During this time I worked
hard in several jobs from food processing plants, to kitchens, newspapers, and
local pool. As I worked I raised three sons and attended school. I have a
Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in education with an endorsement
is ESOL and Bilingual Ed. I am a member of the Hispanic Advisory
Committee, the first Hispanic female in EO to be City Councilor in Hermiston. I
am the site Coordinator for the ELD Program at Sam Boardman Elementary School
where I have been working over ten years. About 75% of the population is ELL
and Migrant. We are a Title I school with an index of poverty and
mobility. My hobbies are kayaking, swimming, and cross and fit training.
I love coloring and listening to rock en Español. My mother, who is ill, lives
with me and I take care of her. I have a wonderful husband who I met here, we
have been together for 15 years. When I arrived to this side of the country I
always had in mind to return to southern California, but as time passes
responsibilities and opportunities just keep popping and growing. I strongly
believe that destiny intended me to be here and serve the underprivileged who
do not have a voice. I am referring to my young students and my field working
parents specially women. In this rural school there is so much need for
dissemination of the CORRECT information and services. I hope that
this position will take me to new situations and experiences, but most of all I
wish for an opportunity to grow as an individual serving the community!
Commissioner Doris Cancel-Tirado
Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado - Corvallis
Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado is an assistant professor of Community Health in the Division of Health and Exercise Science at Western Oregon University. She has more than 15 years of experience working with health and human services agencies and deeply values and engages in multidisciplinary efforts to improve family well-being in diverse and multicultural contexts. As a bilingual/bicultural professional and mother, she knows first hand the challenges faced by parents raising kids in a bicultural environment and by mothers juggling work and family. Her current research areas of interest include: sexual and reproductive health issues among Latinos, health disparities, maternal and child health, fatherhood, poverty, and diversity in higher education. Doris holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Master of Public Health from Oregon State University, and a doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences, also from Oregon State University.
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Commissioner Nikki Fisher
Nikki Fisher - Portland
Bio and photo coming soon.
Commissioner Dr. Adrienne Ochs
Dr. Adrienne Ochs - Tualatin
Adrienne Ochs holds a Ph.D. in Extension
Education from Penn State University with an emphasis in resiliency and youth
development. She has held positions at Oregon Health & Science University
including volunteer manager, operations manager, and supervisor for the
OHSU Hospital. Currently, she is the High School Equivalency Coordinator
for Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Office of
Community Colleges and Workforce Development.
She has over 20 years’ experience as an adult educator and curriculum
developer, having taught at Penn State University, Simpson College in
Indianola, Iowa and as a volunteer faith team leader at Coffee Creek
Correctional Facility for women in Wilsonville, Oregon. She enjoys using a
variety of methods to reach and teach unique audiences in impactful ways.
held several roles in various women’s organizations that focus on philanthropy,
personal, and community development.
Adrienne has been married to Ben for almost 25 years, they have 3 adult children,
and are enjoying their empty nest. For fun, she likes to travel, laugh with her
family and friends, eat good food, and share whatever she enjoys
Stephanie Vardavas - Portland
Bio coming soon.
Commissioner Stephanie Vardavas
|Oregon Legislative Assembly Representatives|
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, D - District 25
Laurie Monnes Anderson was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2004 after serving 2 terms as a Representative for District 50. She currently represents Senate District 25, which encompasses the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale & Wood Village. She is a long-time resident of Gresham and attended Gresham High School. She is a retired public health nurse and manager.
Outside of the Legislature, she serves on many boards, including the West Columbia Gorge Chamber, and the Human Solutions Board. She is a member of the Oregon League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Gresham United Methodist Church, the Oregon Child Care Commission and Stand for Children.
Representative Sheri Malstrom
Representative Sheri Malstrom, D - District 27
Sheri Malstrom has more than 30 years of experience as a public health nurse. She has spent a lifetime helping families in Oregon raise healthy children. Her expertise led her to be appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Commission on Women, where she can help shape family-friendly policies. She is a proud lifetime resident of Washington County, having settled in Beaverton to raise her three sons, all proud college graduates.
Helping families like hers not just get by but get ahead is the reason Sheri chose to serve as State Representative for her community. Her legislative priorities focus on community health, and human services.