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Mt. Tabor Reservoir Independent Review Panel

The following press release was issued by Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's office on December 23, 2003.

List of Independent Review Panel Members

Commissioner Dan Saltzman Nominees to the Mt. Tabor Open Reservoirs Independent Review Panel

Ogden Beeman is an independent maritime consultant and long time Northwest Portland resident and neighborhood advocate. He has served as a consultant to numerous agencies and private investors on the development and financing of navigation and port projects in the United States and abroad. Although semi-retired, he presently serves as one of a small group of international experts advising the Panama Canal Administration on possible expansion of the canal. Active in community affairs, Ogden is a past president of the City Club of Portland and of the Northwest District Association and is a former member of the City Planning Commission. He is a member and past national chairman of the Waterways Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Technological University of Delft, Netherlands where he studied hydraulic engineering.

Eileen Brady, Vice President at Ecotrust, manages the Ecotrust Food and Farms Program, GIS consulting business, and Salmon Nation public education initiatives. She has twenty years experience in the natural foods retail grocery business, developing sustainable agriculture based marketing and human resource programs. She sits on the Governor's Steering Committee for Oregon Solutions, the statewide effort to develop sustainable solutions to economic issues, and is a board member of Zenger Farm, the first urban agricultural park in the nation. She is a Board member of Celilo Group Media, publisher of the Sustainable Industries Journal and Chinook Book. In addition she is the co-founder of Community Food Matters, a region-wide food network of policy and business activists and speaks regularly on "Building Regional Food Economies."

Vanessa Gaston is the newly appointed President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland. She comes to this position after serving as the Associate Superintendent at Washington Soldiers Home & Colony in Orting, Washington, which is part of the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs. Prior to this position, she worked for Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services in Seattle, Washington. Vanessa Gaston served from 1987 until 1995 as Legal Specialist and Office Manager for the US Army - Staff Judge Advocate offices in Germany and at Fort Lewis, Washington on both Active and Reserve Duty. She graduated in 1990 with a Certificate in Law for Legal Specialists from the Army Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gaston completed her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development from Evergreen State College in 1995. She then earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington in 2001.

Dr. Glaze is the Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Advisory Board and a professor at the Oregon Graduate Institute by way of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was a professor and former chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Glaze was a pioneer in studying the integration of ecological sciences with human health sciences, and in exploring sustainable technologies applied to water treatment and the energy and transportation sectors. He is known throughout the environmental science community for his 15-year tenure as editor-in-chief of the field's pre-eminent journal, Environmental Science & Technology, published by the American Chemical Society. His education includes a Bachelor of Science from Southwestern University, a Masters of Science in Physical/Polymer Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin as well as a PH.D in Chemistry.

Steffeni Mendoza Gray is the Executive Director of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement--a private, non-profit organization serving Latino youth and their families. She has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. Her professional experience includes six years managing a small retail business and 18 years in executive non-profit management positions. Currently, Ms. Gray serves on a number of task forces, boards and committees including the Portland Parks Board and the State Department of Education Underrepresented Minority Students Advisory Committee.

Representative Steve March serves District 46, which covers portions of Northeast and Southeast Portland and includes the neighborhoods of Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, Center, Montavilla, Woodland Park, and parts of Powellhurst-Gilbert and Hazlewood. Recently, Steve has worked as a Policy Analyst for Multnomah County Commissioner Lisa Naito and as an adjunct professor in the Institute on Aging at Portland State University. As a Senior Management Auditor for Multnomah County during the 1990's, Steve conducted performance audits. Steve came to Oregon in 1986 and since moving to Portland has completed a Ph.D. as well as a Masters in Urban Studies at Portland State University, and received a Gerontology Certificate along the way.

Dave Mazza is editor of The Portland Alliance, the city's oldest progressive alternative newspaper. A former private investigator, Mazza is a long-time community activist who worked with the Sierra Club, helped build the Portland chapter of Jobs with Justice, and served as chief petitioner of the Police Accountability Campaign. He also served as an environmental representative on the citizen advisory committee for the Westside Bypass study and was a member of Mayor Katz's transition team.

Sandra McDonough is Vice President, External Affairs, for National Energy & Gas Transmission Inc. In that role, she is responsible for external relations activities supporting all of NEGT's assets in the United States, including legislative, community relations and regulatory support. She also is a Vice President of Gas Transmission Northwest Corporation. She has worked in the energy industry for about 20 years. Before joining NEGT, she was the federal affairs manager for PacifiCorp, working in Oregon and Washington, D.C. She later served as that company's communications director, handling programs in a seven-state service area. Earlier, she was a reporter for The Oregonian and Seattle Times. McDonough chairs the Portland Business Alliance's Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Oregon Zoo Foundation Board of Trustees. She is president of the Northwest Gas Association, a natural gas industry group, and is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum - Oregon. McDonough holds a Bachelors degree in journalism and German from the University of Oregon.

Dr. Oxman has served as Health Officer for the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland Oregon since 1987. From 1984 through 1987, he was Medical Director for Multnomah County Health Department. He was raised and educated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1978. Dr. Oxman served a flexible internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, then worked as a General/Family Practice physician in HMO and private practice settings for about five years before entering public health. He attended the University of Washington Extended Masters of Public Health Degree Program, and received an MPH with an emphasis in health services in 1990. Dr. Oxman is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health. During his career, he has been involved in a variety of public health issues including prevention and control of communicable diseases, access to health care, Emergency Medical Services, drug overdose deaths, environmental health, and many others. In recent years, he has worked extensively on local emergency preparedness and bioterrorism issues.

Frank Ray is a budget analyst for the City of Gresham. His responsibilities include analysis for the Police Department, Fire & Emergency Services Department and the Department of Environmental Services (Water, Sewer, Stormwater, Transportation, Parks). He is also a member of the Portland Utility Review Board and has had a long career in finance, which included a stint as Vice President/Regional Manager for Key Bank's loan servicing center in Milwaukie, OR. He has also worked for Western Savings, Crossland Mortgage, Nationsbank and U.S. Bank as well as being a co-owner/operator of a small business for 2 years in the wholesale building products industry. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Northern Arizona University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah.

Captain Spitzer has served as the Multnomah County Health Department's first Emergency Preparedness Manager since September, 2002. He is a leader of the Department's emergency response strategy, which is designed to improve public health's capacity for emergency management. He was raised in Wisconsin and New York. Captain Spitzer received his MBA degree from the University of Oregon in 2003 and his Masters of Science in Natural Resources Policy and Management from the University of Michigan in 1981. In 2002 he retired from a 27 year career in the U. S. Coast Guard, most recently as the Port Captain for Portland. He specialized in emergency management of major maritime casualties and oil and hazardous material spills; maritime operations and safety; and the national and international regulation of the maritime industry.

Tiffany Sweitzer is president of Hoyt Street Properties and has dedicated the last ten years to the development of the firm's 34-acre property in the Pearl District. Prior to this she was the event coordinator for the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Oregon. Sweitzer sits on the board of PICA, the Portland Parks Foundation, Portland Streetcar Inc., and the River District Steering Committee.

Tom Walsh is a Portland native, civic leader and businessman who is the former general manager of Tri-Met, the Portland metropolitan regional transit authority. He has served as chairman of the Oregon Board of Forestry and as vice chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission. He is also an affordable housing advocate responsible through his construction company for continuing to generate additional affordable housing units for the region.