WNA Board Bios:
Andrée Culpepper has been a Woodlawn resident for over 14 years and run businesses from the Woodlawn neighborhood for over 7 years, including 5 years as a the owner of ReViva the neighborhood’s former consignment store. In addition, she also loves to teach dance exercise including senior dance fitness and Zumba classes. She serves as an Board Member At-Large for WNA.
Anjala Ehelebe is the neighborhood historian and Land Use & Transportation Chair for WNA. Currently a personal financial advisor, she focuses on long term care, disability, and caregiving issues. She is the vice-chair of NorthStar Village, which is part of the nonprofit Villages NW network that is building virtual communities so people can age in their own homes with comfort and dignity. She lives in a historic house on a double lot that she describes as a farm in the city, which is a certified platinum Backyard Habitat. Her background includes managerial and administrative work with community nonprofits, state agencies, and private companies.
Beth Heins moved to the Woodlawn neighborhood three years ago and serves as a Board Member At-Large and Communications Chair for WNA. She is a member of a neighborhood garden group, three book clubs, and spends good-weather days biking or hiking. Formerly a librarian in Sherwood, Beth now works for a software company in the Bay Area.
A few years ago, Woodlawn resident Byron Tennant was gaining notoriety among Portland rockers as a top fuzz pedal maker, when a vehicle accident caused a change of plans. Since 2013, he has sought opportunities to volunteer, working toward a community in which freedom and consideration are equally enjoyed. As a dedicated representative of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Safety and Livability Team, Byron has advocated for environmental justice. He has testified on behalf of NECN before Columbia River Gorge Commission, Oregon Transportation Commission, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, and Portland City Council. In the past, he has worked as a nonprofit community organizer and manager. His hobbies include gardening with native plants (gold-certified backyard habitat), person-powered woodworking, and helping out at the Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmers Market.
Jana Olsen has lived in Woodlawn for a little over a year. She jumped right into neighborhood involvement by planning the Easter egg hunt. She is now the Secretary and Events Chair for the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association. Jana spends her days raising her two children and attempting to weave. She is also a volunteer for the Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmer’s Market and is especially interested in making healthy food affordable for all.
Luke Groser is currently retired after spending 45 years as a H.S. social studies teacher and coach. He has served as the WNA Board Treasurer for six years and represented Woodlawn on the Board of Directors of NECN for five years. He also has served as community representative on the Woodlawn Elementary School Site Council for the past three years.
Maija Spencer is in her second year serving as WNA Board Chair and has been a resident of the Woodlawn neighborhood for nearly eight years. She also volunteers with the Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmer’s Market. A few of her favorite things about living in Woodlawn are the bike and pedestrian friendly streets, the small-town feel, the great local businesses, and the smell of brownies that often wafts through the neighborhood (coming from a factory on Columbia Boulevard). She works in community engagement with Portland Parks & Recreation and is passionate about involving neighbors in decision-making.
Martin Vandepas is a former Intel engineer turned local food advocate. Martin has a passion for creating a food system that supports local farmers and supplies regional, seasonal, delicious food to the community. He has volunteered or worked at numerous Portland area farms and community groups including: Urban Farm Collective, InTownAg, Sabin Community Orchard, Full Plate Farm, Blue House Greenhouse Farm, Side Yard Farm and City Repair. Martin brings strong technical computer skills and an insight into issues facing market farmers to the team at Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmers Market. Martin serves as Vice Chair and Assistant Treasurer for the WNA Board.
Megan Chambers moved to Woodlawn over a year ago and has been an active member since. She assisted with the founding of the Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmer’s Market and was elected as a Board Member-at-Large for WNA. Meg has worked for various nonprofits in Portland, including The Children’s Book Bank and United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. The skills she learned as a nonprofit worker are used in community outreach, event planning and grant writing efforts for the Farmers Market.
Shirley Minor was raised in the Woodlawn neighborhood, moved to Eugene, and moved back years later to the same area. She was asked by a neighbor to start attending WNA meetings. Along with other activities, she is on both the WNA as an At-Large member & the NECN Board as a Woodlawn representative. She has been a member of the Woodlawn School PTA and started the school site council along with negotiating the Sun School. She also has a plot and participates in the Woodlawn Community Garden activities.