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Chair Dr. Barbara Ramirez Spencer

Dr. Barbara Ramirez Spencer - Portland

Dr. 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.
In 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

Vice Chair Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna

Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna - Portland
Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna was born and raised in Texas to Mexican immigrant parents. Jessica grew up traveling to Mexico throughout her life visiting her extended family, allowing her to understand and adapt to both cultures.

Jessica has a decade of experience working with non-profits and communities of color domestically and internationally. Her areas of focus have been on women’s rights issues, community development, conflict resolution and mediation, facilitation, and training development. Jessica served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and has lived and worked in China, Chile, and Nicaragua. Her additional experiences include working with Community Action Agencies in Texas to establish a unified legislative agenda and working across rural Oregon to facilitate collaborative project implementation.

Currently, Jessica is a Project Manager for Oregon Consensus at Portland State University, Oregon’s official program to help Oregonians work together to address contentious public policy issues. Jessica has an M.A. degree in Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute, and a double B.A. degree in Communications and Psychology from Dallas Baptist University.

Jessica lives in North Portland with her husband Scott Montegna and their young 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 Sheri Malstrom
Sheri Malstrom - Beaverton

Sheri Malstrom graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University with a BS in Nursing in 1981 and has been a public health nurse for Multnomah County Health Department for the last thirty years.  Specializing in maternal child health, Sheri has advocated for women and their children throughout her career.  
She is currently the President of the Oregon Nurses Association Political Action Committees, helping to advocate for candidates and policies important to nursing. Sheri has been active in her bargaining unit and has completed the Oregon Labor Candidate School.
Sheri is the also the Finance Chair for the Washington County Democrats and helps fundraise to promote the election of party supported candidates and positions.  She was recently selected to participate in the Emerge Program, which helps Democratic women prepare for election to leadership positions.
Sheri has three young adult sons and is a life long resident of the Portland metro area and currently lives in Beaverton.  She has a passion for traveling and tries to explore the world as much as possible.

Commissioner Kimberly 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 Stephanie Vardavas
Stephanie Vardavas - Portland

Stephanie Vardavas has enjoyed a varied career spanning more than 30 years in the sports business. She was one of the first two people hired in the Major League Baseball executive development program and spent ten years at MLB, then eight years in the sports agency ProServ and almost 14 years at Nike. She retired from Nike in 2011 and is now the principal of Irenic, LLC, engaged in mediation and arbitration.
Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree from Yale and is a graduate of Fordham Law School in New York City.
Stephanie was a cofounder of the Children’s Charities Foundation of Washington, DC and is an active volunteer in the Portland community, where she served two terms as President of the Friends of the Multnomah County Library. In recent years she has volunteered for EMERGE Oregon and the Classroom Law Project.
Her interests include reading, writing, traveling, photography, the arts, architecture, city walking, and other urban pursuits. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She lives in the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Northeast Portland with her husband Mike Radway.

Oregon Legislative Assembly Representatives
Representative Betty Komp 
Representative Betty Komp
Representative Betty Komp, D - Woodburn, District 22
Betty was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in November 2004 and sworn into office on January 10, 2005. “We’ve come a long way since I was elected, but there’s more work yet to be done,” she said.

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Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson 
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.