107ist Elections

107ist Board of Director Candidates

Update: Here is a link to the candidate forum video: http://vimeo.com/79625917

The following individuals have submitted applications to be on the ballot for the 107ist Board of Directors. If elected they will serve a three year term starting January 1st, 2014.

There will be a candidate forum on Saturday November 16th from 1-3pm at Artist Repertory Theater in Portland.  Following the live forum, additional questions can be asked via the 107ist online forums.

Ballots will be mailed out Sunday evening, and members will have until 11:59pm on the 24th to vote for up to four candidates of their choosing.

(candidates are listed in order of application submission)

Candidate Name: Jerry MakareJerry_Portrait_MMW

Email Address: jmakare@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

Timbers Army Game Day Operations:
Flag Crew
TA Security Liaison & Advocate
Tifo Crew & Project Manager

Timbers Army Football Club Committee

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I moved to Portland in 2004 from Reno, NV. On my first trip to find an apartment I was taken to my first Timbers match (5-0 drubbing of Puerto Rico), and I knew I had found home. For the better part of a decade now I have followed the Timbers and been an active member of the Timbers Army.

Upon completion of film school I landed a job at Intel where I manage video production for our software group. I hope one day to make it back into the film production world, but for the moment (at least until after sabbatical) I will be continuing my role out at our Jones Farm Campus. I do have an entrepreneurial itch that at some point I need to scratch, but until I figure out exactly what it is I need to do I’ll just keep on the Intel train.

I play soccer as often as I can, and manage the Cascade Rangers FC (originally Timbers Army FC). I’ll never be what anyone would call a great player, but I take a ton of joy running on the pitch with my team every week….I doubt they say the same of me.

I’ve set my roots deep in N. Portland, where I live with 2 dogs and my partner in ”non-criminal mischief” Heather who I met on an epic away day prior to MLS that I wish I could say I remember, but Kitsap away was….well, indescribable if you weren’t fortunate enough to be there.

If there is one thing you need to know about me it would be that I travel far and wide for work, but no matter how amazing the place is that I go to, Portland is and always be the place I call home.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

The community that has been built around the Timbers has become a keystone of my life. This is where I’ve made the greatest friends, had the most memorable experiences (mostly positive), and felt the joy of being involved with something that has the potential to affect the city I love in amazing ways.

The 107IST board does phenomenal work to bring a strong sense of community and ownership to the causes we connect with. When the triangle of TEAM-TOWN-TA was born it was with the specific idea that the Timbers Army had a civic duty to serve, and that through that service the PTFC and the TA could build a strong foundation for the beautiful game to thrive from the grassroots to the highest levels.

My principle objective is to continue the tradition of service, which to me exemplifies the best, and most lasting part of the Timbers Army.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I am an active member of many 107IST activities; most notably I am the Timbers Army liaison/advocate for security. I interact in a semi-official capacity with the 107IST board, the Timbers FO, and Coast-to-Coast security so that the Timbers Army is able to self-police our sections with minimal interference. Because of the communication, and trust that has been built we have cut down the amount of times that TA members have been ejected, or had to deal with Coast-to-Coast security. As the Timbers Army continues to grow, having lines of communication already established is important for the organization.

I am driven by a need to get things done, which is why I volunteer to manage tifo, help manage the flag crew, and step up to run security. It is the drive to get things done and to serve the community that I feel I can bring to the board.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: Garrett DittfurthGarrett Dittfurth

Email Address: blackedoutfriction@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

107ist Board of Directors 2011-Present
107ist Founding Board 2009
Timbers Army Liaisonairre 2009
Timbers Army member since 2006

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I have served on the 107ist Board of Directors as Communications Co-Chair and Communications Director for the past 3 years. I have a professional background in analytics, project management and PR. I’ve lived in Portland since 1997, have been attending Timbers matches since 2004 and have counted myself a member of the Timbers Army since 2006. Aided in the MLS2PDX campaign throughout in various fashions. As co-chair and director of the communications committee I have helped facilitate inroads with local and national press as well as fashioned positive brand association with the Timbers Army and 107ist.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

Our mission has always been to support soccer in and around Portland from the grassroots to the highest professional level and I think that will always be my primary focus as a board member. We have seen 107ist grow to almost 4,000 members and another objective of mine is to reach 8,000 members before 2020.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I believe I am able to provide a strategic communications angle needed for both our local market and the national market we often deal with. My project management and ability to juggle multiple projects would continue to serve the board well. Plus I have a pretty good sense of humor.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: William PackwoodWilliam Packwood

Email Address: whpackwo@yahoo.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

  • 107ist Travel Committee – member
  • 107ist Timbers Army Football Club (TAFC) Committee – member
  • 107ist Member Benefits Committee – member
  • Whipsaw – advertising director
  • Greater Portland Soccer District Board of Directors – executive committee
  • Rose City Athletic – manager

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

Portland native with deep family roots to his town. I currently work as a research biologist at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at OHSU where I specialize in surgical models and contrast echocardiography. Since moving back in 2005 my strongest social and avocational connection has been with the Timbers and the Timbers Army. Began watching matches in 2007 and have become more involved each passing season. I first attended First Thursdays in the 2009 off season, gradually getting to know my fellow TA. Over the last 4 years the natural progression has happened: Tailgates, occasionally relieving King Luis at the grill, Bachelor Auction (…good Lord); Friends of Trees, Harper’s PG, Pitch Invasion, tifo painting, Art Takeover and other volunteer opportunities. I attended my first away days in Seattle. Saw the Juice that We All Love. Went to Kitsap where I witnessed, erm other things. When the Sunshine Trailer met its untimely end, I suggested fundraiser plaques an d saw the project through to completion. 2011 and the MLS travel schedule saw me at 6 away trips. Win or lose, it was Glorious. Continue to travel today and enjoy good relationships with leaders in several SGs. I branched out into PLAYING team soccer again, becoming a founding member of Rose City Athletic. I now manage RCA and try to keep Peach Fuzz in check. This past year I have become much more active on the 107ist organizational level, serving on the Travel, TAFC, and Member Benefits Committees and organizing advertising in the Whipsaw.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

No space for full detail, but here are three. Ask me for more.

1) Leadership training plan: Our board has been fantastic, but no matter how competent each individual is, personal bandwidth has limits. A renewed commitment to training and mentoring is a sound way to guard against burn out and to recruit those who have demonstrated the continued interest and ability to further their involvement.

2) Membership engagement: Find even more effective ways to engage and deliver value to our members. Membership will exhibit increasing retention and recruitment.

3) TAFC committee: More teams and leagues in which they play (women’s, indoor, OG). More player events for socialization and volunteerism (e.g. OPI projects, youth coaching clinics). Strengthen good relations with organizations that provide us fields and refs. Long term plan a fundraising soccer tournament promoting the TAFC and 107ist brands in the soccer community and contributing to 107ist charitable causes.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

My 25 years in commercial and academic research biology has required tenacious focus and the ability to guide lengthy, complex, and often shifting projects. I have brought that to my committee work and would welcome the opportunity to continue in a board capacity. Flexibility and quick adaptation to tight timelines and new roles is also a research necessity. I see the same flexibility and aptitude for quick competence as keys for a successful board member. Finally, having worked for multiple bosses at once in the past, I understand how to balance proactivity with consensus. This skill is crucial in any complex organization with many competent leaders such as the 107ist. Finally, a more direct benefit is my desire to revisit not just the 107ist member recruitment or retention focus, but to explore new ways to enhance the level of engagement with our members: the driving force behind both these measures.

Conflicts of Interest: I serve as a board member to the Greater Portland Soccer District (GPSD). I receive no compensation for this position and do not believe it represents a conflict of interest with a position on the 107ist board. Should any conflict from this GPSD position arise in the future, I will recuse myself from any GPSD Board activity that is in conflict with a 107ist board position.

I have no other possible conflicts of interest

Candidate Name: Kris CarpenterKris Carpenter

Email Address: wastedgerbil@yahoo.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

Served on a board attempting to increase productivity and morale in the work place.
Served on a committee for Corporate Connections, a program that helped under privileged youth find professional employment, as a graduate of the program.

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I have been a 107ist since 2012. With the Timbers Army I have volunteered for Friends of Trees, Oregon Food Bank, Neighborhood Clean-up, Harper’s Playground, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Stand Together, painting tifo, and help with membership at the Fanladen. Volunteer work before the Timber’s Army include Trillium Artisans, Habitat for Humanity, and Free Geek. Received ”Scholarship for Service” for volunteered hours with Americorps when I was 17.

Professionally I have worked customer service and manual labor. I enjoyed interacting with people while I spent 4 years in customer service, and the act of getting things finished with a hands-on approach while working in manual labor.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

Help the 107ist continue the work they have done with volunteering and helping the community in the Pacific Northwest area. Produce and help implement ideas on how to continue membership growth. Possibly provide a unique perspective for discussions and decisions.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I believe very strongly in the goals and message of the 107ist. From supporting the Timbers and soccer culture as a whole in Portland to helping the community and people in need, it’s an organization that I can proudly stand behind. Because of this, I will put my heart into the work I do for the 107ist.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: Kelly DewsKelly Dews

Email Address: Kdsparky@hotmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

President and founder of the Timbers Army Northern Alliance.

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I grew to love football later in life. In 2009, when the Timbers were announced as the 18th club in MLS, I started getting interested and began attending matches. I only made it to a handful of matches during the USL days but I was fortunate enough to be on hand for the Sunflower Goal at the end of 2010. By that point I was truly sucked in and jumped at the chance to get season tickets to the inaugural MLS season. Mid-way through the 2011 season, a few folks from SW Washington and myself formed the Timbers Army Northern Alliance. During the last 3 seasons we have done 3 runs of scarves, held frequent Timbers viewing parties in partnership with Dublin Down, worked on many charity endeavors, and on December 14th, we will be holding our 3rd annual Year End Celebration. One year ago, I moved to Portland and after this season I plan to step down as president, leaving the NA in the hands of those who live in Vancouver. I’m also one of the Portland admins on the Cascadia Trife cta Facebook group. Out of discussions on that group page, I took up the initiative to create Cascadia Kit 1.0. On the forthcoming second run of these kits I’ve worked with the Cascadia Associations Football Federation , designers from the TA merch crew, and Looptworks to create what should be a very special kit. The kits are scheduled to arrive soon and will be sported by the CAFF National Team themselves. On both of these Cascadia Kit projects I’ve worked with rival supporters from the other Cascadian supporters’ groups to handle sales and distribution in their markets. As for my personal life, I’m an electrician of ten years. When the Fanladen began construction I was one of the many who donated time, in my case electrical work, to making it a reality. I am looking forward to expanding both my experience and commitment to the Timbers Army as a whole.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

Overall, I feel like the 107ist does an amazing job. That being said, I’ve heard calls for more transparency from the 107ist but all I can say to that is I will continue to try my best to be as open as I’ve always been. One thing I’d be interested in building is stronger relationships with supporters’ groups around the country and organizing more meetups with visiting SG’s. In August, when we played hosts to Vancouver, I organized a meet up at the Bullpen using connections developed with both the Southsiders and the Rain City Brigade. Again in October, I arranged a meet up the Friday before our match at Doolin’s in Vancouver, BC. On both those occasions I feel the outcome was successful. It is my opinion that we have a lot to gain from close relations with SG’s around the country.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I feel I have shown I’m willing to take initiative when the time comes. Through my work with the Cascadia Kits, I believe I’ve shown an ability to work with our rivals when it is mutually beneficial. In those interactions, I’ve been able to gain a level of respect from those with even the worst taste in professional football clubs. In summation, I would like to continue what I have already accomplished in a more official capacity and I feel I have what it takes to step up for the 107ist concerning anything that may be needed of me.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: Joe JohnsonJoe Johnson

Email Address: jjdc76@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

2007-2009 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (non-partisan elected official representing neighborhood of ~2,000 voters in Washington, DC)

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

Relocated to Portland in late 2012, and newly joined member of the Army in 2013.
After 12+years in US Air Force and civilian Federal Government (working policy, intelligence, technology, etc.) I returned to Portland to be closer to family and become an IT Project Manager for a large, local sportswear company.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

Most importantly, I’d want to become immersed into the Portland Timbers community and work to uphold the overall, official vision of the 107ist and help it continue to grow into the fun, community-oriented organization that it is.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

As a new, returning resident of Portland, and a completely new member of the Timbers family and the 107ist, I think I could bring the perspective of the existing casual fans and those new fans that want to become more involved in the 107ist organization and associated activities. I’ve worked hard to become educated about all aspects of the organization and believe I could bring ideas that could continue to help us grow.

Also, I have a great job with many extracurricular activities, however, I have the time/ambition to be an incredibly reliable member of the board to help out whenever needed. I even have good customer skills and enough IT savvy to add value as well.

Conflicts of Interest: none whatsoever.

Candidate Name: Mike GwaltneyMike Gwaltney

Email Address: mike@mikegwaltney.net

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

I have served on many boards and committees. Here are some:
From 2005-2008 I served as a Board Member and Director of Training for the L.A. Tri Club, the largest triathlon club in North America.
I was elected to and served on the Board of the Mid City West Neighborhood Council of Los Angeles for one term through 2010 when I moved to Portland.
In 2011, I co-founded EdCampPDX – an education ’unconference’ in Portland – and have since served on the Organizing Committee.
Since 2012 I have served on the Organizing Committee for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference.

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

Soccer has been the most consistent thread running through my life. Growing up as part of the 1970s soccer explosion, I played daily, and can recall going to NASL games and seeing the Timbers and the magical Clyde Best play. Over the decades that have followed, I’ve played, coached, and cheered soccer up and down the west coast, and since settling in Portland I’ve come full circle and am a true Timbers fan! I have regularly gone to PGE/Jeld-Wen to passionately and loudly support our beloved Timbers, who I fell in love with when I joined the Timbers Army for a U.S. Open Cup game in 2010. Recently I’ve been found most often in the curve, in section 110.
Professionally, I’m a teacher and education consultant, with expertise in Project- and Inquiry-based Learning, eLearning (Blended / Online Learning), Digital Humanities, Curriculum Design, Technology Integration, History, and Government. I chair the History Department and teach high school courses here in Portland, and I also teach Social Science and Professional Development courses for a non-profit online school.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

I am running for a position on 107ist Board because I want to help guide the future of the soccer support in and around the city of Portland. As a committed Timbers fan and Portland community member, I will work tirelessly to represent 107ist members and the Timbers Army to residents of the city and metro area. Our supporters group is a force for good – a full-throated example of the camaraderie of our community – and I will team with Board members to grow our influence in the city. We all know that ”Team, Town, Timbers Army” is more than just a slogan, and I will commit to growing the philanthropic work and service that107ist does through existing programs like Operation Pitch Invasion and by identifying other opportunities in our community.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

107ist members can expect to get committed and thoughtful service from me. I have a good deal of experience working on boards and committees and understand how to help ensure they are effective. I work well with others, and know when to lead and when to partner and follow. I have excellent communication and creative abilities, and know how to manage a project from start to finish. In my work on the Board, I would always put the members of our community first above all else and support our “Team, Town, Timbers Army” ethos. I have the time and expertise to help make 107ist the organization we all hope it can be.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: Irek WielgoszIrek Wielgosz

Email Address: irek.wielgosz@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

Present:
King Neighborhood Association – Co Chair
Friends of Trees – King Neighborhood Coordinator and Crew Leader

Past:
Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area Stakeholder Advisory Committee
North Williams Traffic Safety and Operations Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Streetcar System Plan Advisory Committee- District Working Group Coordinator
Polish Library Association – Board of Directors
Polish Library Association – Board of Supervisors

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I grew up playing soccer in my hometown of Torun, Poland. I’ve learned what support means following the ups and much more frequent downs of Elana, our local club (2nd to 4th division and at times up again). I’ve madly cheered on the Polish national team to a 3rd place finish at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Since moving to Portland in 1986, I’ve played in a couple of indoor leagues, had season tickets to both the Pride and Pythons indoor teams and I volunteered with FIFA during the 1999 Women’s World Cup matches.
My history with the Timbers started in 2001 only if it was for 3 or 4 matches for the first four years. By 2005 I made it to most home games, but going to the 2006 World Cup convinced me to become a season ticket holder.

I created the partnership between the Timbers Army and Friends of Trees by inviting the TA to participate in a neighborhood planting. This has in time developed into the partnership between the Timbers and Friends of Trees that culminated in the “Score a goal, plant a tree” campaign. In the MLS era I have volunteered with the game day crew with creating and deploying tifo, and at times worked with the merch crew.

Professionally I have spent my entire working life in construction industry; currently I am an estimator for a small company.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

We have seen growth in membership numbers, but when it comes to volunteer opportunities it’s often the same people who do the heavy lifting. I would like to work on increasing participation in TA sponsored projects as well as encouraging members to seek out volunteer opportunities on their own.

I will also work on increasing the value of 107ist partnerships both to our members and to the participating businesses.

Lastly, I want to support our members and advocate for them in their dealings with the front office, the league and other entities.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

My involvement in several committees and having been a member of a couple of boards made me realize that I enjoy the process of coming up with solutions to complex problems. I guess I am a bit of policy wonk; the political science minor still rears its head at times. I have worked closely with people from all walks of life and I tend to get along with most of them. I listen to all sides and only make decisions after I feel that everyone has been heard. Sometimes tough questions have to be asked and I am not afraid to stand up to groupthink. If an independent “devil’s advocate” is something you feel is needed I am your candidate. Finally, I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and am an early riser so when a volunteering opportunity will take place early on a Saturday morning, I will be the one to get the coffee and donuts beforehand.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: Eric Tonsfeldt (Erock)Eric Tonsfeldt (Erock)

Email Address: punkrockeric@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

I have served on the Pacific University and Portland VA Medical Center’s Research Committees.

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I have been an active TA member for many years, and a Timbers supporter for longer. When my band, Amadan, performed at PGE Park during the half on a Thirsty Thursday in 2002, I fell in love with the team and the supporters (some more than others, and a few more than once). When I stopped touring heavily, I became able to attend regular matches and attend or perform music at TA events.

I am a native Oregonian, mediocre futsal player, semi-retired rock-and-roller, professional medicolegal death investigator for a nearby county and consulting forensic scientist. Since 2009, I’ve worked on the game day ops crew acting as the primary rigger for all tifo displays, project manager of tifo displays, participated in game day internal security (keeping the peace) and might have already gone to bat for you with the front office. I also have the distinct record of having never been mean to anybody on SCUSA or Twitter.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

My objectives as a 107ist board member will revolve primarily around the maintenance of our unique view of football supporters’ culture in Portland and the increased cohesion among the multitude of disparate groups and individuals in our beloved curva. The Timbers Army has always been about the balance between a chaotic gathering of passion-driven all-comers and organizing just enough to become recognized as an effective unit. As the TA grows, especially following recent team success, maintaining that balance will continue to be an important challenge. I see representing the interests of the 107ist members at the same time as effectively representing the TA to the world as my primary focus, whether I am elected to the board or not.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I feel that the members of the 107ist would benefit from my experience working for the TA out of my love for the PTFC. I have already given many hours of many years producing tifo displays, assisting with gameday operations, towing the merch trailer back and forth to matches, and helping to get the Fanladen up and running. Also, I’ve experienced several major TA growth spurts, and feel that my perspective would be a helpful contribution to the already vast experience of current and new board members as the TA continues to build its member base and worldwide reputation. I have a lot of energy, a passion to have an amazing football supporters culture here, and a track record of getting things done. Also, I play well with others.

Conflicts of Interest: None.

Candidate Name: Tim HowardTim Howard

Email Address: tim.howard@earthlink.net

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

107ist Member since 2009. Member of the Portland Small Business Networking Group. Formally a member of the Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton, Clackamas and Gresham Chambers of Commerce. TA Member since 2003, Winterhawks Booster since 1994. Creator of The Family Facebook page, Owner of Blind Coffee Roasters.

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

I am the owner and primary Roaster of Blind Coffee Roasters and I am a Postage Equipment vendor. In addition to formally supplying equipment to the Timbers/Beavers, I have also worked with the Portland Rockies, U of P, Forrest Dragons and Winterhawks. I am a former Major League Baseball employee with the SF Giants and Oakland A’s (’89 -’92), and I currently live in Clackamas with my wife Holly who is also a proud 107ist member.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

To keep the 107ist representing the best of the independent thinking, creative and community minded groups in Portland. To continue the sense of community and pride that comes with being a member of the finest supporters groups in the world.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I bring an independent entrepreneurial spirit to the group. My experience as a supporter will help focus the efforts of the 107ist in providing an environment that allows the continued growth of the game and team to new heights without losing our creativity.

Conflicts of Interest: I hold Winterhawks and U of P season tickets. I am traveling for work at least once per year.

Candidate Name: Holly MarshHolly Marsh

Email Address: hollymarshmueller@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

  • PDX Etsy Team (Leader) – August 2012-present
  • Spearheads social media, Fabric Depot – October 2013-present
  • She Owns It Featured Contributor (website geared to support female entrepreneurs) September 2013 – March 2014
  • Editor, ”Shop Talk,” digital newsletter for Buying group at Fred Meyer Corporate Office – September 2011 – August 2013

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

TA Related: My first match was in 2009, thanks to winning tickets to the Fred Meyer Suite. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful game, and all I wanted was to be down with the TA instead of in a stuffy suite. In 2010 we attended as many matches as we could, and ended up on the Season Ticket Waiting List in 2011 because we decided to be responsible parents and buy a stroller and crib, as we were pregnant with our son, who was born in 2011. We painfully bought FO-price tickets to almost every match in 2012. We finally acquired season tickets this year. We typically stand in 208 (aka Del Boca Vista), and love our Timbers family. We have traveled to Seattle and Vancouver for matches, and I captained my first bus up to Seattle in October of this year. I take photos when I can, especially when traveling with the TA, or marching with them in the Portland Pride Parade.

Professional: I am the new Buyer of cotton fabric at Fabric Depot. If you haven’t been there, it’s like the size of a Home Depot. I have a background in Buying, Product Development, Branding and Packaging. I also run a small handmade business where I design and sew accessories for mamas and babies.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

  • Increase 107ist memberships. What’s the ratio of TA tickets vs 107ist members? Let’s set a goal to grow it by X% each year.
  • Create *some* family-friendly volunteer opportunities. I’m not talking about turning OPI outings into a daycare, but many 107ist members have families. It’s an opportunity for child labor.*

*What I mean by child labor are the parents. Many of us with young children don’t want to break up family time by one parent volunteering, the other staying with the child. We also don’t want to interrupt the workflow by bringing a 2-year-old. Occasionally, it would be awesome to create opportunities for families to pitch in. We’re already raising them in the TA, why not instill volunteering early on**?

**I do not condone child labor in any way, but once my guy gets old enough to put his laundry away, all bets are off.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

With my experience as a professional, I have the ability to delegate and solve complex problems in a creative and efficient manner.

With my experience as a small business owner, I have the ability to wear multiple hats at once and still make a profit.

With my experience as a bus captain, I have the ability to herd 50 intoxicated cats and clean up vomit without getting a drop on me.

With my experience as a parent of a toddler, I have the ability to have a sense of humor and practice patience. Also cleaning up vomit. Damn the vomit.

Conflicts of Interest: None

Candidate Name: Stephan LewisStephan Lewis

Email Address: stephanjlewis@gmail.com

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

107ist Board of Directors- Currently serving an interim appointment over this last year.

107ist Community Outreach Committee- I write the newsletter, help coordinate volunteer events, and work to build relationships in the community.

Goose Hollow Foothills League Board of Directors- Currently serve as the “sole representative” of the 107ist in support of our interests as they relate to the neighborhood.

In the past, I have served on numerous boards, committees, and task forces pertaining mostly to urban planning and community development.

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

Portland born and mostly raised, I grew up playing the beautiful game in the parks of Portland. As much as I love the sport, I knew my future was in another field. At 16 I assisted a local architect working primarily on churches and continued in the field for 12 years.

 

My love of Portland got me involved in my local community when working on a master plan for Multnomah Village in the late 90’s. The strength of active communities and their impact on this town spurred me to go back to school to study community development at PSU. This education gave me many tools to effect positive change within our local communities.

In 2001, I moved to Goose Hollow so I could walk to school and be close to Timbers matches. My love for the PTFC developed over subsequent years. Eventually, we traded the view from 219 and made it down to stand with the TA. There I found a group who loved both the team and the town as much as I do. I was home. The next year I was working the TA table and going to all the volunteer activities I could.

Unfortunately, I went into exile while my wife was in grad school and wasn’t here to help with the work done during the push into MLS. Now that I have been back, I am dedicated to doing all I can to make the TA truly the greatest football supporters the world has ever seen.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

My main objective is to continue to grow the 107ist through our greatest asset, our members. I feel that when many refer to the 107ist they are referring to the board and not themselves as members collectively. This needs to change. It is through member involvement that we have become what we are and is integral to our continued growth in strength well into the future. It still remains, all the work the 107ist does for Team, Town, and TA is done by a small fraction of the membership. Our volunteer events provide an entry point for members to become more involved, become familiar faces, prove their work ethic, and develop the trust of others to be able to handle other tasks. It could be as simple as walking flags up to the cage, showing up for tifo or, attending the many other things we do in the community.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

Many of the things I do for the 107ist will continue regardless of election: I will still be active in the outreach committee; the outreach newsletter still needs to be written; I will continue to represent our interests in the community. However, I feel that I provide a unique insight to the board based on my experience. While working with the FO, I am confident about sticking to our guns on issues that truly matter to our long term interests. We get along very well on the majority of issues but, I discovered this past year that I have the ability to make the veins in Golub’s head pop up like an anime character when I’ve contested claims I view as false or misleading.

Ultimately, each member of the board has strengths and weaknesses. I hope you all find my strengths valuable as a member of the board.

Conflicts of Interest: More of a potential conflict of loyalty than one of interest, it has been very important for me to be careful when addressing controversial issues in my role as a board member of the Goose Hollow Foothills League (GHFL). If I take a stand on a controversial issue that the 107ist doesn’t have an interest in, I run the risk of misrepresenting this constituency. I am very conscious of this and have abstained from particular actions to avoid this potential conflict. Ultimately, my loyalty is with the 107ist and the neighborhood understands this. The GHFL views the value of having our organization represented as worth this balancing act of mine.

Candidate Name: Rachel HarrisonRachel Harrison

Email Address: rachelh@vandals.uidaho.edu

Please list boards and committees that you serve on, or have served on: 

  • Community Outreach Committee, 107IST (present)
  • Communications Committee, 107IST (present)
  • TA Flag Crew, 107IST (present)
  • Rose City Riveters Game Day Ops and Merch Crew, 107IST (present)
  • Gisele Currier Memorial Fund Task Force, 107IST (present)
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer, Nez Perce National Historical Park, Spalding, ID (past)
  • Renaissance Fair Board, Moscow, ID (past)
  • ACLU Student Representative, Pullman, WA (past)

Biographical information (Timbers Army related and professional):

TA/RCR related: From my first match back in the USL era, I fell head over heels in love with the Portland Timbers and the TA. While that love is sometimes mixed with frustration, it has only grown stronger and more committed with time. Over the years I’ve steadily increased my involvement, from supporting our boys at matches both home and away, to signing up for every volunteer opportunity that came my way (earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012), to joining several planning committees associated with the 107IST, to working on tifo and merch for the Rose City Riveters. I am one of those usual suspects that the board reaches out to when they need someone they can depend on to get a job done. I give team, town, and TA my all and am ready to evolve this support beyond participating to leading and organizing. We have something truly remarkable here and it will only continue if committed, experienced, and passionate members step up to the next level of service.
Professional: When I’m not running stairs at Jeld-Wen, I’m collecting, analyzing and synthesizing information as a business analyst at a creative communications firm. I look at data, figure out what’s noise and what’s real insight, sort out how we can act on that information, and then develop processes to make that action efficient and effective. I have extensive experience in project management and my coworkers frequently come to me for advice in that area.

State your objectives as a 107ist board member:

Naturally, I want to support soccer in and around Portland, fuel the Army and Riveters, and support soccer charities and events. I’d like to do that by increasing the quality of experience of membership—meaning engaging and activating current members, providing them with opportunities to support team, town and TA/RCR in ways that feel successful, rewarding, and appreciated.
I’d also like to make sure the face of the TA and Rose City Riveters is not just that of the crazy fan we see on the news from time to time, but that of the community member who channels passion for team and town into action and who makes living in this area better for everyone. I’d like to brag more about all we do outside of Jeld-Wen and help all of Portland understand that we are a force to be reckoned with, not just in the stands, but on the streets, making significant contributions to our community.

How do you feel 107ist members would benefit from your involvement with the board:

I believe when joining any committee as a new member, the word “should” should not cross one’s lips for the first few months. I’ll be looking to learn from the current board first, and then bring my skills and opinions to the problems they face. It’s my strong desire to maintain the great things about the culture of the TA as we grow and to share our values with newer members.
That said, I’m definitely opinionated and will be a strong voice for those who want to be more involved but who struggle to find a way to get in the door. My years of experience as a proven, committed volunteer are a great asset as I can speak to that experience. I can voice some of the frustrations and desires of those wanting to get more involved, while understanding the struggles faced by the board in the risks of letting others take responsibility.

Conflicts of Interest: None