MEMBER BIOS AND PHOTOS
East Portland supporter/activist since 1992. Arlene initially became involved through the neighborhood system with land use planning, transportation issues, including urban trails, and environmental concerns. As East Portland, has changed, Kimura has also become interested in health and economic development opportunities.
Douglas D Armstrong
Raised in the coastal range foothills of western Washington county on a small family farm situated on the Tualatin river. It was from this place and with the gentle teaching of my extended family that I learned how to take the wisdom of the past and meld it with the technology of the day. Having left home at a younger than average age I met the challenges before me with the same practical mind and work ethic instilled by the generations before me. My professional career has spanned a wide variety of settings from traveling nurse to former manager of the Governor hotel. My last profession before retirement was as a LMT / D.Hom. which I held for fifteen years prior to a free climbing accident which side lined me permanently.
I continue to live a conventional life unconventionally with my husband and partner of twenty five years on our small working farm where I experiment continuously on methods of year round food production with an eye on self sufficiency. This alone keeps me fairly well occupied I do however keep civically active volunteering for EPAP and holding a seat as Vice Chair for the Parkrose Neighborhood Association.
Long term plans include actual retirement to Northern Idaho where we will continue to fine tune our life in self sufficiency and independent living, until then however serving the city and neighborhoods of Portland which have afforded me so much success and personal growth opportunities is how Iintend to give back.
Elaine O’Keefe - Pedestrian Advisory Committee Representative
Elaine O’Keefe worked in local government for more than two decades. Including over a decade with Portland Fire and Rescue. Currently, she is a board member of the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE), a member of the SMILE Transportation Committee, and a member of the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Farrell Richartz is full time business Manager for Laborers Local 483. Local 483 – part of LiUNA’s public sector division represents about 1,000 workers at the City of Portland, Oregon Zoo and several other public employers.
Joanne M. Landry
Joanne M. Landry - MBA, PMP, has nearly 30 years of expertise in program and research management, business consulting, information technology, system integration, process re-engineering, program planning, curriculum development, and training. Ms. Landry launched Landry Consultants LLC (DBE, WBE, SBE), an aviation consulting firm, in 2008 specializing in aviation safety including the design, development, and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS). Recognized as an industry leader in Airport safety, Joanne’s in-depth understanding of regulatory requirements, practical development and deployment strategies, and data management has resulted in successful SMS implementations throughout the U.S. Additionally, Ms. Landry has facilitated safety assessments, developed ramp safety guides, implemented software systems, installed ramp tower systems, and authored safety manuals. Joanne has published multiple safety-related research papers, articles, and white papers and has presented SMS topics at national and international conferences and workshops.
Joanne is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and has been steadily working her way west and south with five years on the Washington peninsula, an 11-year stint in Seattle, Washington, and a recent move to Portland nearly two years ago. Joanne and her dog Bucket are a therapy dog team working with memory care patients for community and private organizations. Joanne scaled to the top of Kilimanjaro in 1996 and travels often to Europe, Africa, Asia, Arabia, Canada, and the U.S. for work and fun.
A resident of the Richmond neighborhood in SE Portland, Josh is currently an international development specialist with a focus on accountable governance, local advocacy, and election integrity. He is passionate about expanding safe, accessible, and affordable transportation options for all communities, and has previously served on neighborhood and regional advisory committees to advocate for multimodal infrastructure and equitable Vision Zero investments.
Kevin Vandemore is an experienced Certified Public Accountant who specializes in enhancing organizational value by providing risk based and objective assurance, advice and insight. His career includes work in public accounting and private industry, and he has experience working with a diverse set of companies from smaller entities to large public corporations. He earned a Masters of Science in Financial Analysis from Portland State University where he took the university’s motto to heart – let knowledge serve the city. In addition to volunteering and being active in the community he enjoys mountaineering, traveling and riding his bike.
Lauren Bates is an education researcher and evaluator with over 13 years of experience. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Lauren has relied on public transportation in many of the places she’s lived, including Portland, New York City, and Philadelphia, as well as Ireland and South Korea. Lauren’s priorities for transportation are shaped by her expertise in social science: she believes it is essential to consider not only physical but also social infrastructure in our transportation decisions. She is also deeply committed to environmental sustainability and the equitable expansion of transportation options. In her free time, Lauren loves to hike, garden, camp, and dance Argentine tango with her husband. She holds a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College-Columbia University.
Maria Hernandez Segoviano was born and raised in La Cruz de Aguilar, Guanajuato, México. She moved to Woodburn, Oregon at the age of 12, with her family, and has since considered Woodburn home. After acquiring a bachelor’s of science degree from Willamette University in Political Science and minoring in Sociology and Latin American Studies, Maria went on to do a Public Affairs Fellowship with CORO Northern California. Most recently, Maria was the Deputy Campaign Manager working to elect State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon, the first Indigenous Latina to represent a district in the state of Oregon.
Presently, Maria is the Advocacy Coordinator for OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. Maria leads OPAL’s statewide community-connecting, providing our partners access to solidarity networks and opportunities to build local power. She also serves on the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action Board.
A resident of Southeast Portland, Meesa Long is a Reading Specialist in an East County Middle School and is also passionate about serving her community and neighborhood. In her work with transportation issues in Portland, Long’s main goal has been to increase safe pedestrian travel for children and families within under-served neighborhoods, and to think outside the box to create positive and equitable transportation improvements within the city.
Molly Baer Kramer
Molly has worked in nonprofit fundraising and administration in Portland since 2001, primarily for conservation organizations. Most recently she served as Deputy Director for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. She is currently a consultant and holds a DPhil in history from the University of Oxford.
Molly’s key focus as a member of PBOT’s BBAC will be to represent the interests of disabled communities. She is able-bodied but her long-term partner is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair. She will utilize her connections with disability-rights organizations, including the Portland Commission on Disability, to ensure that the needs of the disabled are understood and integrated into PBOT’s planning and budgeting.
Momoko Saunders - BBAC Cochair
Momoko Saunders is a software engineer and resident of East Portland. She is on the board of the non-profit Bike Farm, which she co-founded in 2007. Momoko is also an active volunteer for App Camp 4 Girls and board member of Portland Society.
Olufemi (Femi) Oluwafemi
Olufemi (Femi) Oluwafemi is a Principal Engineer and Solutions Architect in the Datacenter Group (DCG) at Intel Corporation. He is currently working on, architecting the hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence, in-car and privacy solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles. Previously, he was the Technical lead and Engineering manager of the Next User Experiences Venture, where he led his team on coming up with technological ideas and turning them into potential products and businesses. Prior to that, he was a Platform Architect and Systems Engineer working on wearables, like smart glasses.
Femi was also the lead Signal Integrity engineer responsible for design of high speed interconnects in Xeon servers and in the Knights family of products.
He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from The University of South Carolina, a MS in Applied Physics from Pittsburg State University, Kansas and a BS in Physics from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. Femi has ten patents and patent pending applications.
In his spare time, he likes to hang out with family and friends, play soccer and watch movies.
Pia Welch - Freight Advisory Committee Representative
Pia Welch began her career with Flying Tigers in California which was later acquired by FedEx Express. She has since worked for FedEx for close to three decades. Welch has served as President of Portland Air Cargo Association, Board Member American Association of University Women, and member and Vice Chair of the Portland Freight Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Freight Committee. She has been involved in city projects including; The Comprehensive Plan, Airport Way Project and various sub-committee groups when topics required more in-depth study.
Rob Martineau - President of AFSCME Local 189 Executive Board
Ruthanne Bennett - PTE Local 17 Representative
An civil engineer with PBOT, Ruthanne Bennett represents PTE Local 17/COPPEA Chapter. She has been a union member for 20 years and a COPPEA Steward for five years. She has consistently advocated for transportation priorities, including supporting the Fix Our Streets package and the COPPEA Value Capture program. She was instrumental in creating the COPPEA Value Capture program, which is an innovative program to encourage and fund the construction of safe street infrastructure during development projects. In addition to her B.S. in Civil Engineering she has a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Portland State University.
Ryan Hashagen is a volunteer with Better Block PDX. A Professional Tricyclist, he has founded and run several tricycle based businesses in Canada & the U.S. Hashagen won the Cargo Messenger World Championship in 2003 & 2004 in Seattle & Edmonton. He enjoys working to connect, collaborate, and facilitate tactical urbanism projects with a wide range of organizations, businesses, and agencies.
Sage Geiselman has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University. After graduating, he interned with the City of Lake Oswego on a committee driven process to update the city tree code, and currently works as a Transportation Services Representative with the Oregon Department of Transportation. In his current role, he is also an internal change agent with the ODOT Service Transformation Project and is a power-user for their new licensing and registration software. He spends his weekends enjoying the city, admiring artwork, attending concerts, finding exciting new restaurants and social gathering places, or roaming the state experiencing the amazing beauty of Oregon.
Sage is excited to serve on the Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee for the Portland Bureau of Transportation. He hopes to help promote a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable transportation system in the City of Portland. He looks forward to working with his peers on the Committee, Portland city officials and employees, and engaged citizens in order to serve all residents and visitors to our city.
Sam Gollah has over a decade of experience in entitlement processing, including land use and permit compliance as a public and private planner throughout the Willamette Valley. Gollah has also provided zoning and equity consulting services for the City of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan update (2035). He currently serves as a member of the City of Portland’s Transportation Expert Group (TEG).
Sarah Iannarone is Director of Learning First Stop Portland, an executive-level best practices exchange housed at Portland State University. She hosts civic leaders from cities and regions around the world who visit Portland seeking ideas for making their places more equitable, inclusive, and resilient.
In addition to brokering knowledge exchanges in Portland, Sarah travels internationally to speak on Portland’s sustainable urban planning and development efforts. At home, she is active in local planning and politics, where she organizes her community around issues of social justice and equity, placemaking, smart cities, transportation, climate action, and housing and urban development. Sarah is a representative for the Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Shani Marie Harris-Bagwel
Shani Marie Harris-Bagwell is an Early Education Consultant, Theater DEI Consultant, and local performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Contemporary Commercial Music. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Locally she has worked with PassinArt Theater, Fuse Theater Ensemble, Original Practice Shakespeare, and Portland Actors Ensemble. She currently serves on the Portland Area Theater Alliance Board as Individual Membership Chair and on the Drammy Awards Committee as Policies Chair.
Tony Lamb - BBAC Cochair
Tony is a graduate of Portland State University’s Community Development program with a focus on community empowerment, economic development and the creation of a livable community for all without displacement. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Portland State University Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program.
Tony has served on numerous social justice and economic development initiatives including the following: Social Justice and Civic Leadership Cohort with the Urban League of Portland, East Portland Action Plan Economic Development Subcommittee, PBOT Transportation Expert Group, Multnomah County Digital Inclusion member, Steering Committee for McLennan County Reintegration Round Table, City of Waco Poverty Reduction Committee and Open-Table Anti-Poverty Program International Tech Committee.