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Board of Directors


Executive Board of Directors

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Helen Wand
  • THS President (2022 - present); ​Board Member (2021); THS Member Since 2003

  • Local Author; Where the Eagles Nest & Echoes of Forgotten Places

  • Marylhurst University, Medical Technology, B.S. and Trained at St. Vincent hospital post grad 

  • Clinical Lab Science & Microbiology Specialist, 40 years

  • Clackamas Community College-Instructor/Program Director/Clinical Lab Assistant Program, 16 years - retired

  • East Multnomah Pioneer Association, Secretary

  • Hobbies: History, gardening, writing

  • Resident of Gresham since 1971

Dave Ripma
  • THS Vice President (2022 - present)

  • President Emeritus (1993-2003; 2011-2014); Board Member (1991-1992; 2003-2008; 2021); THS Member since 1991

  • Patent Lawyer; Electrical Engineer 

  • ​Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • ​Volunteers for the City of Troutdale City Council, Position #1; Council President

Marilee Thompson
  • Treasurer (2022 - present)

  • Treasurer (2014 - 2021); Board Member (2014); THS Member Prior to 2003

  • BS, Washington State University

  • Double T Tax Associates, Enrolled Agent (Retired)

  • Troutdale Town Center Committee (2017-2020)

  • Resident of Troutdale, Oregon since 1984

Jason Cawood
  • ​Secretary (2021 - present); Board Member (2018); THS Member Since 2017

  • Computer Programmer; Business Analyst

  • Marketing, Clio, and Barnyard Concert Committees

  • Hobbies: Jeweler, Leather Craftsman, Outdoorsman, Runner, Cyclist

  • Resident of Troutdale, Oregon since 2014

President Emeritus

Norman Thomas
  • President (2021-2022); Vice President (2019 - 2021); Secretary (2017-2019); Board Member (2016); THS Member Since 2015

  • A.A.S Computer Application Programming; US Army Staff Sergeant (1972-1981); ADP Computer Application Programmer (Retired)

  • ​Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission Finance Committee Chair (2000-present)

Board Members

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Joy Beldin
  • Treasurer (2021); Board Member (2018); THS Member Since 2016

  • Wilkes/Glenfair Elementary; Reynolds High School; HR Management Certification, PCC

  • 30 years as HR Manager; PDX Made In Oregon & California Closets Showroom Manager (Retired)

  • Volunteering for HOA as a  Board Member, retail volunteer for Cycle Oregon Tours, THS Volunteer since 2015

  • Resident of Portland, Troutdale, Seaside, Oregon since 1944

Kelly Broomall 
  • Board Member (2017); THS Member Since 2015

  • Veteran USMC: Journeyman Machinist: Boeing Industrial Engineer; Boeing - 35 years, retired

  • Community: Red Cross, School House Supplies Volunteer

  • Hobbies: Wood Worker

  • Resident of Troutdale since October 1978

Diane Castill0-White
  • Board Member (2015-2021, 2022); THS Member Since 2017

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Jean Ice 
  • Board Member (2021); THS Member Since 2004 - 2020

  • Realtor with ERA Freeman & Associates

Erin Janssens​ 
  • President Emeritus (2019 - 2021); Board Member (2017); THS Member Since 2006 

  • Studied at the National Fire Academy, Eastern Oregon University, Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College;

  • Chief, Portland Fire & Rescue (Retired)

  • Volunteers for the City of Troutdale Historic Landmarks Commission (2013-present); Red Cross Cascades Region Board Member (2014-present); Troutdale Town Center Committee (2017-2020)

  • Hobbies & Interests: Dog/cat mom, hiking/biking, gardening, various artistic pursuits, home maintenance - including Old Church, Troutdale's oldest historic building.

  • Resident of Corbett since 1995 

Sharon Nesbit
  • President Emeritus (2016-2017); Vice President (1994-1995; 2015-2016); Secretary (1968-1970); Executive Director (1990-1991); Historian (1968 to present); THS Charter Member (1968)

  • Historian; Co-Author: McMenamins Vintage Edgefield, (2002); Author: It Could Have Been Carpdale (2007) and Sunny with Occasional Tirades (2011); Columnist-Gresham Outlook Newspaper; Public Speaker

  • ​Volunteers for the City of Troutdale Historic Landmarks Commissioner, Position #3; Member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board

  • Charter Member of the Troutdale Historical Society (1968); Founding member of Zimmerman Farm Heritage Park, The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, East County Historical Organization, and the Troutdale Historical Society.

  • Awarded: March of Dimes Woman of Achievement, 1998; National Federation of Press Women Sweepstakes Writing Award (twice); Troutdale Citizen of the Year (2000); and Troutdale Historical Society Preservationist Award.

  • Resident of Troutdale, Oregon since 1968

Len Otto
  • President Emeritus (2015-2016); Board Member (1993-1995; 2011-2014); THS Member since 1986 or 1988. 

  • Grew up on the Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale, Oregon; attended K-7th Grade at Troutdale Elementary, 8th Grade at the new Columbia View Middle School (now H.B. Lee), and Reynolds High School, 1970 (now Reynolds Middle School).

  • Portland State, BA Psychology, 1974; Portland State, MS Education, 1980s; Elementary Teacher, Kindergarten - 5th Grade at Troutdale, Fairview, and Sweetbriar Schools; Talented and Gifted (TAG) program for Reynolds School District.

  • Hobbies and interests include fishing and woodworking, especially on a lathe making platters and bowls. 

  • ​Resident of Troutdale and Gresham areas since 1952

Bruce Stannard
  • Board Member (2022); THS Member Since 2006

  • Teacher & Construction

  • Multnomah County Sheriffs Department, Corrections Dept-24 years, retired  

  • Spokane Falls Community College; Eastern Washington State University

  • Resident of Troutdale since 1975

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