Board of Directors

Our board members help shape the organization and work to make the Timbers supporter experience bigger and better, as well as contribute to initiatives in the Portland soccer community. The 107ist Board can be contacted at board@107ist.org.

Board officers for 2014:

Mike Coleman Garrett Dittfurth Rachel Harrison
Fernando Machicado Jerry Makare Harper Morgan-Werner
Bill Packwood Sherrilynn “Sheba” Rawson Scott Van Swearingen
Matt Talley Jeremy Wright Past Members

Mike Coleman

Email: mike.coleman@107ist.org
Board member since: Jan 2013
Current Term: Jan 2013 – Dec 2015
Responsibilities: Co-chair, Game Day Ops Committee; Co-chair, Communications Committee

Mike joined the TA early in the 2011 season, attending most home matches and some aways and helped out with the general call for volunteers. By 2012 he was regularly involved as a volunteer, working with game day operations (tifo and flag crew, a bit of internal security, helping with wristbands), as well as with partners and marketing and in community outreach, including working with OPI, Harper’s Playground, OFB, and so on.

On match days, you can usually find Mike and his family standing in 108.

Mike’s professional career is in high tech. Currently he works for a software company defining and managing development projects.


Garrett Dittfurth

Email: garrett.dittfurth@107ist.org
Board member since: Jan 2011
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: Co-chair, Communications Committee

Garrett has been a Timbers fan since 2004. He was part of the founding board of 107ist, and has filled all sorts of roles as a volunteer – serving on both the marketing and communications committees, and working as the primary media contact for press inquiries about the Army and 107ist. His TA resume also includes painting and setting up tifo displays and working the concourse table.

Garrett comes from the pointyball hotbed of Texas, which only partially accounts for the throwback Houston Astros cap he’s often seen in. By day, he works with a global PR agency.


Rachel Harrison

Email: rachel.harrison@107ist.orgRachel
Board member since: Jan 2014
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: Treasurer

The Portland Timbers are a women’s softball team. Or at least that’s what Rachel thought when she first moved to the Portland area in 2008. Lucky for us, some friends and coworkers convinced her to attend a match and get stuck in, and she immediately fell in love with the sport, the team, and the TA. To Rachel, support meant more than screaming her lungs out for ninety minutes—it meant getting involved in away trips, volunteer activities, and good old fashioned friend-making. That’s why she’s painted tifo, planted trees, helped build a playground, picked up Goose Hollow cigarette butts, lugged flags, and participated on the Community Outreach, Communications, and Gisele Currier Memorial Fund committees. Among other board responsibilities, she currently serves on the Membership and Rose City Riveters committees as well as being our Treasurer.

Raised in Eastern Washington with higher-learning stops at Western Washington University and the University of Idaho, Rachel now works as a business analyst for a local strategic communications agency.


Fernando Machicado

Email: fernando.machicado@107ist.org
Board member since: Jan 2010
Current Term: Jan 2012 – Dec 2014
Responsibilities: Co-chair, Game Day Ops Committee; Co-chair, Community Outreach Committee

A founding board member of 107ist, Nando is the go-to source for smoke and tifo details and oversees the design and sale of our merchandise. He is also the president of the Operation Pitch Invasion board.

A native of Bolivia, he came to Portland in 1996 via Washington, D.C. He’s been TA since 2003.


Jerry Makare

Email: jerry.makare@107ist.orgJerry
Board member since: Jan 2014
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: TBD


Harper Morgan-Werner

Email: harper.morgan-werner@107ist.org
Harper
Board member since: Jan 2012
Current Term: Jan 2012 – Dec 2014
Responsibilities: Co-Chair, Travel Committee; Membership Team

Harper has been hanging out in the North End since 2007 and from the beginning has been active in volunteering for various things: capoing, being a bus captain for Seattle away, painting tifo and assembling flags are just a few.

A native Oregonian, Harper grew up in Central Oregon and made her way to Portland in 1987 (after a 2 year layover in Eugene). She currently works for a large managed care company as a Customer Configuration Specialist.


Bill Packwood

Email: william.packwood@107ist.org
Bill
Board member since: Jan 2014
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: Chair, TAFC Committee; Chair, Membership committee; Co-Chair, Member Services Committee

Bill is a Portland native and returned home in 2004. He works as a research biologist and has enjoyed being a member of the Timbers Army since 2009. Most match days you will find him near the front of section 105. Bill has had a role in shaping the development of the Timbers Army Football Club (TAFC) – a collection of Portland adult soccer recreational teams under the TA banner – and now chairs that committee. He also chairs the Membership committee.


Sherrilynn “Sheba” Rawson

Email: sherrilynn.rawson@107ist.org
Board member since:Aug 2011
Current Term: Jan 2013 – Dec 2015
Responsibilities: Board Secretary; Co-chair, Community Outreach Committee; Chair, Gisele Currier Memorial Scholarship Fund Task Force

107ist delegate from the West Side stands; alternatively, the 107ist delegate from Clackamas County.

Season ticket holder in the west side stands for seven+ years, happy to find and bond with the 116 ultras. She was a bona fide soccer mom long before that.

Sheba is a lifelong bilingual educator, and currently the principal at Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn. Prior to her recent appointment to the 107ist Board, she served on the boards of other non-profits.


Scott Van Swearingen

Email: scott.swearingen@107ist.org
Board member since: Jan 2010
Current Term: Jan 2012 – Dec 2014
Responsibilities: Board President; Chair, Merchandise Committee

A founding board member of 107ist, and in addition to being the Board President, Scott plays a key role in both Merchandise and Game-Day Ops. He also developed the TAFC program for the TA’s amateur clubs.

Born in Southern Oregon, Scott attended both Oregon State and the University of Portland. He now works for Energy Trust of Oregon.


Matt Talley

Email: matt.talley@107ist.org
Talley
Board member since: Jan 2012
Current Term: Jan 2012-Dec 2014
Responsibilities: Co-Chair, Member Services Committee

A native Portlander who somehow neglected to become a full-time member of the TA until 2009, Matt serves as the events coordinator for the 107ist, helping to put on away match viewings, offseason events, and other gatherings. Matt also recently joined the 107ist’s travel committee, and will be working with that group to aid traveling TA and TA in exile with ticketing, transportation, and get-togethers in foreign lands.

On match days, you can find Matt in the capo bucket in the far east of the TA, between sections 102/103.


Jeremy Wright

Email: Jeremy.Wright@107ist.org
Board member since: Jan 2010
Current Term: Jan 2013 – Dec 2015
Responsibilities: Board Vice President; Co-chair, Travel Committee

A founding board member of 107ist, Jeremy is originally from Washington D.C. He moved to Portland in 1995 on a whim and fell in love at first sight. Jeremy was one of the TA pioneers when the club returned to pro soccer in 2001. He also led the grass-roots MLS-to-PDX initiative in 2009.

Jeremy now runs his own consulting firm: Wright Communications and Public Affairs. His work has included managing a number of statewide political campaigns and serving as the executive director of several non-profits.


Many thanks to our past Board Members for their service:

  • Roger Anthony
  • Eric Berg
  • Joanne Couchman
  • Bruce ‘Obi’ Eaton
  • Abram Goldman-Armstrong
  • Dave Hoyt
  • Laurie Jane
  • Bob Kellett
  • Stephan Lewis
  • Sean Moran
  • Lauren Prince
  • Devlyn Swenson