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.
Kate Coenen, Economic Opportunity Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA
Kate Coenen has served as Historic Parkrose’s Economic Opportunity Coordinator since September 2015. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan. She is excited to have the opportunity to apply her community and economic development knowledge to serve the people of Parkrose.
Samantha Montanaro, Chair
Samantha Montanaro is a chicken lovin’ multi-media artist, graphic designer, event coordinator, gardener, musician and mom. After moving to Parkrose in 2014, Samantha opened her home business, Prism House, which offers a variety of services including full spectrum graphic design, event coordination and urban farming. Vegetables, fruits, eggs and flowers from the grounds of Prism House personalize and enhance her events and her love of the local community make all feel welcome. As a medical cannabis patient and plant medicine advocate, Sam is passionate about normalizing plant medicine. Samantha joined the board of Historic Parkrose in 2015 and became the Chair of Historic Parkrose in July of 2017. Samantha is the Historic Parkrose representative on the board of directors of Venture Portland as of 2017 and is passionate about helping create a greater sense of community and positivity in Portland – her favorite city in the world!
Leah Maurer, Vice 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, 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.
Bryan Atkinson, Board Member
Bryan Atkinson moved to Argay Terrace in 2016 and wanted to join in with whatever good things people were already doing in the area. Naturally, that included Historic Parkrose, and he also became a board member of the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association. He is a real estate agent who works with homeowners and investors. He also plays percussion for folk rock band Chasing Ebenezer and promotes jazz artist Eldon “T” Jones & N Touch. Bryan enjoys applying his experience in music event planning and real estate to create a more enjoyable and safer Parkrose.
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.
Dan West, Board Member
Dan West is the Operations Manager for Parkrose Hardware, a landmark hardware store in the Parkrose neighborhood with four locations serving Portland and SW Washington. Dan is heavily involved in the Taste of Parkrose and has a vision to turn it into a signature event of Portland bringing in attendees from far and near. Dan joined the board of Historic Parkrose to provide some additional perspective of the business community with hopes to positively impact the Parkrose neighborhood. Dan and his wife Ann have two daughters and currently reside in Happy Valley. In his spare time Dan enjoys fishing and discovering new and unique dining experiences in Portland.