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.

Lillyanne Pham, Community and Volunteer Engagement Liaison

Lillyanne is a Reed College 2020 graduate with a B.A. in Sociology from Columbus, Indiana. She was raised by Vietnamese refugees in a low-income household who taught her the power of radical care and learning. In her free time, she volunteers with Liberation Literacy, WomenFirst Transition & Referral Center, and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). Her passion for hyper-localized community engagement led her to serve at Historic Parkrose as part of the Mercy Corps Northwest AmeriCorps Vista 2020 cohort. You can find her roller skating or painting around Portland!

Seile Tekle, MBA, 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 seven years to helping entrepreneurs find their desired customer base, tap into new markets, and make informed business decisions by identifying trends within their respective industries.

Seile has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Economics from Lewis & Clark College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Willamette University.

Alex Gebreab, Secretary

Alex Gebreab is our newest board member. He lives in the Argay neighborhood and is the Branch Manager of U.S. Bank. Previously a member of the Executive Committee, Board Member, Treasurer of Our 42nd Ave NPI. We are thrilled to have Alex as a team member!

Drechelle McCray, Board Member

Drechelle McCray is a Portland native, lifelong learner, and educator. She is currently Vice Principal of Portland Adventist Academy. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oakwood University she returned to Portland and shortly after became a Parkrose resident. Realizing that she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of her craft she completed a Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction from Concordia University. She believes that education takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and actively works to foster growth in youth. Impacting the lives of youth and helping them have a voice is her passion. Drechelle believes in creating spaces where students can share their opinion and learn from experiences different than their own.

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.

JR Lilly, Board Member

JR Lilly was born in Fort Defiance, Ariz., as a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. As part of a new generation that straddles a cultural chasm, he leads efforts to further the conversation around defining the role of our generation for both Native and Non-Native communities.

Born and raised on the Navajo Nation amongst a rich culture of generosity, he learned the beauty that comes from centuries of resilience. With the help of his community he survived poverty, domestic violence, and other harsh realities during his childhood. It is this life experience that has created his passion and desire to do as others have done for him. JR wants to help create a preferred future for Native American families.

In his current role as the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) Advocate, he coordinates the ongoing community group charged to provide leadership and guidance to public agencies on how to strategically address community-identified issues and allocate resources to improve livability in East Portland.

Since an early age he has enjoyed participating in various volunteer and leadership roles that have taught him the value of service. Most recently he has had the pleasure to serve on several nonprofit Board of Directors and Public Advisory Committees, providing him with opportunity to use his skills and talents to address the issues he is most passionate about.

Always eager to seek new possibilities, JR is innovative, venturesome, decisive, trusting, and optimistic. He enjoys talking through tough problems and helping to identify the best solution. He thrives when helping others reach their goals and working towards a common mission.

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.  Maurer is thrilled to be working with Historic Parkrose to help develop and build the community of neighbors, businesses, and community officials in Parkrose.

Maurer is a canna-journalist and activist and is one of the owners of The Weed Blog, a cannabis news and information publication, where she serves as the Editorial Lead. She was very involved in cannabis legalization in Oregon, helping found New Approach Oregon, the organization responsible for drafting and campaigning for Measure 91. Additionally, in 2014 Maurer founded a group called Moms for YES on Measure 91 through grassroots efforts alone, which proved to be pivotal in the passage of the Measure, successfully legalizing recreational/adult-use cannabis in the State. While Maurer also does freelance writing, creative marketing consulting and has worn many hats in the cannabis industry, she is a social justice and cannabis activist at the core and hopes to see the prohibition of cannabis end on a federal level, and to see the cannabis conversation normalized across America and, someday, worldwide.

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.

Michelle DePass, Board Member

Michelle DePass is a Director on the Board of Education for Portland Public Schools. She is a working mom. Creative problem solver. Heart-centered. Organized. Philanthropic. Collaborative. Strategic. Competitive. An audit lover. Process lover, and Math geek.

Several years ago, Michelle DePass took a training from Emerge Oregon, a program that prepares Democratic women to run for office, with the intention of using the training to help other women get elected. But she ended up using what she learned on her own campaign for the PPS Board after she was inspired to try to help a school district she has deep roots in. Michelle works as the Business Lead for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She attended Portland State University (Community Development) and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Sustainable Business). She doesn’t have free time, but when she did, she enjoyed playing outside, reading, knitting and cooking for friends and family.

Samantha Montanaro, Board Member and 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 is the Founder and CEO of Prism House, a community event space located in SE Portland.

Samantha joined the board of Historic Parkrose in 2015 and has served in a variety of roles with the non profit. Samantha was the Historic Parkrose representative on the board of directors of Venture Portland from 2017-2019 and is passionate about helping create a greater sense of community and positivity in Portland – her favorite city in the world!

Terrence Paschal, Board Member

Terrence Paschal is Director for Real Estate and Facilities for Standard Insurance Company, a leading provider of insurance and financial products and services. Terrence leads and manages the activities of the real estate and corporate facilities staff for The Standard, managing capital improvement projects consistent with strategic property plans and directing all facilities activities to ensure optimal space utilization and standardization of all corporate facilities in the Portland home offices and in regional offices around the country.

Before joining The Standard in 2018, Terrence was facilities manager at Biamp Systems and facilities manager at Intel Corporation, positions that focused on managing workspaces designed for manufacturing. He holds the Facility Management Professional Certification from the International Facility Management Association. Terrence is active in the community, serving on the PBA Downtown Clean and Safe Board, The Oregon Business and Industry Transportation Committee and volunteering at the YMCA of Columbia – Willamette and at Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington.