Aaron Brown, President
Aaron joined the Board of Oregon Walks as President in the summer of 2013. He is currently the Outreach Coordinator at the Bus Project and he’s previously worked with Metro, Groundwork Portland and The Intertwine Alliance. He became interested in livable streets after writing a fifth grade report on the Urban Growth Boundary and riding his bike to middle school while growing up in Washington County. He returned to Portland after graduating from Macalester College, where he studied Geography and the art of unhinging frozen U-Locks during cold Minnesotan winters. He spends his spare time accruing late fees from the Multnomah County Library, amassing a collection of Portland Timbers scarves and daydreaming about the Oregon Coast.
Dan Kaempff, Vice President
Dan joined the Oregon Walks Board in August 2013. is a Principal Transportation Planner in the Planning and Development department at Metro. Dan has over 20 years of experience in the transportation field, including management of transit operations and school transportation operations, and developing employee commuter programs. Dan's responsibilities at Metro include policy and planning work for the Regional Travel Options program, and the Regional Flexible Funds process. Prior to joining Metro, Dan worked in the Public Transit Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation, leading the state's TDM program for six years. Among his accomplishments were helping to create a vanpool funding project, developing the state's individualized marketing projects in Bend, Eugene and Salem, and helping to launch the Drive Less|Save More marketing campaign. A native Portlander, Dan is a former President of the Association for Commuter Transportation's Cascade chapter, and is a past board member of the Community Cycling Center. He is a graduate of Walla Walla University with a B.A. in Journalism. When he's not working, Dan is an avid bicyclist and walker, who loves to explore the NW by foot and bike.
Laura Becker, Secretary
Laura brings more than 14 years of nonprofit experience to her role at Oregon Walks. She is a governance guru with expertise in Board policies and procedures, corporate recrod keeping, grants maangement and administration. She was most recently Director of Operations at Venture Portland, which invests in the smart, strategic growth of Portland's unique neighborhood business districts. Her work strengthened the infrastructure of Portland's 50 nonprofit business district associations city-wide. Laura represents Oregon Walks on the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Budget Advisory Committee.
Heather Jackson, Treasurer
Heather joined the Oregon Walks Board in September 2014. Professionally, she has been affiliated with Kern & Thompson, LLC in 2013 and has been in public accounting since 1998. She is highly experienced in tax planning and preparation of tax returns for closely-held multi-state businesses and individuals, accounting services, preparation of compiled and reviewed financial statements, QuickBooks consulting, and overall business consulting. Heather is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a graduate of University of Portland.
Steve Bozzone joined the Oregon Walks Board of Directors in 2010. Steve is a website & communications consultant living in Northeast Portland. Steve has been active in multi-modal active transportation advocacy on local stakeholders committees, working groups and through the all-volunteer community group Active Right of Way (AROW). Steve strongly believes the right to walk safely is inextricably linked with other matters of social and environmental justice facing Oregonians. When not chained to a computer or sending in public comment on a local project, Steve can be found bike camping, shooting hoops and hanging out with his pet chickens.
Derek Ghan joined the Oregon Walks Board in July 2014. Derek has a law degree from the University of Connnecticut and served as a Legal intern for the Transportation Department in the Connecticut State Office of the Attorney General before moving to Portland. Derek now works in Portland as a Proposal Analyst for The Standard.
Scott Kocher joined the Oregon Walks Board in September 2014. He is a native Oregonian, and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. He worked as an attorney at Oregon's largest law firm from 2001 to 2006, when he became a partner of Vangelisti Kocher LLP. He established Forum Law Group in 2013. Scott also holds a top rating of 10.0 from the non-paid attorney rating site, avvo.com. Scott is also a member of Portland's Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Sara Morrissey, a recent graduate from the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University, Sara brings with her a wide breadth of knowledge about transportation planning and community involvement. From research for the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium and Oregon Modeling Collaborative, to work for the Oregon DOT and Parametrix, Sara is connected within the transportation industry as well as multiple transportation projects in the Portland region. She is interested in working with the Latino community and developing engaging models for public involvement instead of the standard open house model. The American Institute of Certified Planners named Sara the Outstanding Student of the Year at Portland State University in 2012 and Portland State named Sara the recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement. When she isn't volunteering, fundraising or planning you can find Sara backpacking in the Oregon woods or sipping on a refreshing pint of beer from Thunder Island Brewing.
Lidwien Rahman has been a Board member of Oregon Walks since 2003, first as Board Secretary and now as Board Member at Large and chair of the Plans and Projects Committee. Lidwien is a Principal Planner for the Oregon Department of Transportation, where she works on transportation and land use policy, transportation system plans, pedestrian plans, bicycle plans, transit oriented development plans, mixed use multimodal center plans, parking management plans, and streetscape plans, including the recently completed Metro Regional Active Transportation Plan. She previously worked for consulting firm David Evans and Associates, the City of Portland, and land use advocacy group 1000 Friends of Oregon. She and her husband Habib have lived in Portland since 1981, raising a son and a daughter who are now 28 and 30. Lidwien grew up in the Netherlands and regularly visits her family there. She rides her bike year around, and loves to travel, hike, volunteer at the Portland International Film Festival, cook Indian food, and of course walk.
Kari Schlosshauer joined the Oregon Walks Board in July 2014. Kari is the Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. She has more than ten years of experience advocating for safer and more walkable communities around the globe, including managing small-scale walking and bicycling grant projects at the Department of Transport in Melbourne, Australia; and in Seattle managing education and advocacy projects for Transportation Choices Coalition and Cascade Bicycle Club. She has also lived and worked in Copenhagen, Berlin, and Vienna, where she was able to experience first-hand results of excellent pedestrian-oriented urban design. Kari has lived in the northwest for more than 20 years and loves to spend her off time in pursuit of pine-tree ringed lakes, Pinot Grigio, finding new ways to carry large objects without the use of a car, in the kitchen and garden, and laughing a lot with her jazz-funk-physics-professor husband and two small boys.
Noel Mickelberry, Executive Director
Noel joined Oregon Walks as Executive Director in July 2014. Prior to this role, she had been a volunteer with Oregon Walks for over three years - providing support to the Plans and Projects Committee, coordinating the Walktober event series and serving as Board Vice President. She has a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from PSU, along with a BS in Philosophy from OSU. Her previous work has been at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Community Cycling Center and Outside In. Besides walking, she enjoys bike camping, garage saling, learning to sew and baking muffins.