HISTORIC PARKROSE TEAM
Seile Tekle, Executive Director
Seile Tekle is a business development professional with experience in small business market research and technical support. Prior to joining Historic Parkrose NPI, Seile managed a small business market research program and provided technical support to underserved Oregon based entrepreneurs at Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO).
She is passionate about economic development and believes that small businesses are essential in creating and maintaining vibrant neighborhoods. Leveraging data and market research, she has dedicated the last five years to helping entrepreneurs find their desired customer base, tap into new markets, and make informed business decision by identifying trends within their respective industries.
Annette Stanhope, Community Outreach Coordinator
Annette Stanhope has been involved in the Parkrose community for several years, first as Secretary and now as the Chair of the Parkrose Neighborhood Association. Her career path has taken her through many different kinds of communication and information jobs, ranging from technical writing to freelance writing to PR. She has deep roots in Parkrose – Annette bought her grandmother’s house in 2005 but has been visiting the neighborhood since her childhood. She is looking forward to building and strengthening the relationships that Historic Parkrose has with the businesses in the district and connecting them to important resources.
Samantha Montanaro, District Promoter
Samantha Montanaro is a chicken lovin’ multi-media artist, graphic designer, event coordinator, gardener, musician and mom. Samantha is a Parkrose resident who has been doing visual communications and marketing for over 15 years. Since moving to Parkrose in 2014, she has become a passionate advocate for the Parkrose Neighborhood and Historic Parkrose district. Samantha joined the board of Historic Parkrose in 2015 and became the Chair of Historic Parkrose in July of 2017. In February 2019, Samantha stepped down as Chair and was hired as District Promoter to help promote our local businesses. Samantha has been the Historic Parkrose representative on the board of directors of Venture Portland since 2017 and is passionate about helping create a greater sense of community and positivity in Portland – her favorite city in the world!
Leah Maurer, Chair
Leah Maurer has lived in Parkrose since 2009 where she resides with her husband and 3 children. She is very involved with both her neighbors as well as with the community overall. Leah is thrilled to be working with Historic Parkrose to help develop and build the community of neighbors, businesses, and community officials in Parkrose.
Mark La Croix, Treasurer
Mark La Croix is a general contractor and longtime Parkrose resident. After graduating from Marquette University, Mark moved back to Parkrose and started his construction business, City Center Construction Inc. Mark and his wife, Kim La Croix, live in the Russell neighborhood of Parkrose. They have two young daughters, Ella and Evelyn, who attend the Parkrose Montessori School. In his spare time Mark enjoys outdoor adventures including boating, golfing, camping and spending time with his family.
Kori Basquez, Vice Chair & Secretary
Kori Basquez is newly elected to the board as of April, 2017. Kori was born in Portland, Oregon, and is a lifelong resident of this beautiful state. She has worked in excess of eleven years in nonprofit community mental health and maintains a passion for community service and volunteerism. Kori is a supervisor with a nonprofit mental health agency working with adults who maintain severe and persistent mental health challenges. She also serves as a mental health investigator on contract with Washington County, Oregon.
Kori enjoys running, swimming, going to the coast, and spending quality time with her partner, son, and two miniature dachshunds.
Adam Vandehey, Board Member
Adam is the store manager of Parkrose Hardware. He enjoys helping our community, with a close attachment to Parkrose, having lived in the area for almost 15 years. He is the former store manager of Parkrose local Sears outlet, youth football coach for Parkrose for 6 yrs, indoor arena youth football coach for Parkrose. He has also spent 9 years in Masonry construction building brick, block, and stone builds all over the Portland metro, with a major focus on high-end new construction, from wood-burning fireplaces to veneer and structures. No matter what role Adam is in, he always strives to make a difference. In Adam’s free time he enjoys outdoor activities like snowboarding, kayaking, and water sports.
Alex Gebreab, Board Member
Ed Charles, Board Member
Ed Charles has been a long time Parkrose resident and business owner. As one of our longest serving board members, Ed brings knowledge of Parkrose, urban development and community. When Ed isn’t helping businesses in Parkrose, you can find him at the beach.
Michelle Kimble, Board Member
Michelle Kimble joined the board in 2016 and has lived in the Parkrose community since 2007. She has a background in land use planning, urban renewal, and public infrastructure and is also on the board of the Parkrose Neighborhood Association. She loves the Parkrose neighborhood and hopes that her work on the Historic Parkrose Board helps her community to continue to become safer and more walkable.