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

You can access the 107IST bylaws here.

Board officers for 2016:

Mike Coleman Todd Diskin Garrett Dittfurth
Rachel Harrison Fernando Machicado Jerry Makare
Harper Morgan-Werner Bill Packwood Sherrilynn “Sheba” Rawson
Lexi Stern Scott Van Swearingen Past Members

Mike Coleman

Board member since: Jan 2013
Current Term: Jan 2016 – Dec 2018
Responsibilities: Board Vice President; Co-chair, Game Day Ops Committee; Chair, Technology Working Group

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.

Todd Diskin

Board member since: Jan 2015
Current Term: Jan 2015-Dec 2017
Responsibilities: Chair, Partnership, Regional Subgroups, & Booked! committees; Timbers Army FC and Community Outreach committees.

The journey started in late 70’s when as a player at North Salem High School, Todd and his pals would journey to Timbers matches, rooting for his favorite players, Graham Day and Willie Anderson. Soccer has been part of Todd’s life since, playing at Concordia University and now Old Growth FC which he helps manage.

Todd’s work includes stints with Multnomah County SUN Community Schools and Education Policy advisory to former City of Portland Mayor, Sam Adams. You will find him on matchday with his wife Susan, daughters ZoĆ« and Clare, and other Diskins (familial and honorary) in section 108.

Garrett Dittfurth

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. In general he now cultivates our content and social media strategy with several other trusted members. If you’re ever interested in generating content for the website please contact him at

Garrett comes from the American football hotbed of Texas, which only partially accounts for the throwback Houston Astros cap he’s often seen in. By day, he used to work for a global PR agency. He would still like the Astros to win a World Series but is used to feeling like a kicked dog. His favorite goal of all time was Takayuki Suzuki drilling the Sounders.

Rachel Harrison

Board member since: Jan 2014
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: Board Treasurer; Chair, Membership Committee; Technology Working Group

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 committee 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

Board member since: Jan 2010
Current Term: Jan 2015 – Dec 2017
Responsibilities: Co-chair, Game Day Ops Committee; Merchandise Committee; Community Outreach Committee; Board president, Gisele Currier Scholarship Fund

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

Board member since: Jan 2014
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: Co-chair, Game Day Ops Committee

Jerry moved to Portland in 2004 from Reno, NV. His first Timbers match was a 5-0 drubbing of Puerto Rico and he instantly knew he’d found home. He’s followed the Timbers and been an active member of the Timbers Army for the better part of a decade.

Driven by a need to get things done, he volunteers to manage tifo, help manage the flag crew, and is the Timbers Army liaison/advocate for security; interacting in a semi-official capacity with the the Timbers FO and Coast-to-Coast security so that the Timbers Army is able to self-police with minimal interference.

Jerry plays soccer as often as he can and manages the Cascade Rangers FC (originally Timbers Army FC), who are part of the TAFC family.

Harper Morgan-Werner

Board member since: Jan 2012
Current Term: Jan 2015 – Dec 2017
Responsibilities: Chair, Travel Committee

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

Board member since: Jan 2014
Current Term: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016
Responsibilities: Chair, TAFC 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.

Sherrilynn “Sheba” Rawson

Board member since: Aug 2011
Current Term: Jan 2016 – Dec 2018
Responsibilities: Chair, Community Outreach Committee; Communications Committee; Membership Committee; Technology Working Group; Board member, Gisele Currier Scholarship Fund

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

Season ticket holder in the west side stands for ten+ 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 Heritage Elementary School in Woodburn. Prior to her appointment to the 107IST Board, she served on the boards of other non-profits.

Lexi Stern

Board member since: Jan 2016
Current Term: Jan 2016 – Dec 2018
Responsibilities: Board Secretary; Co-Chair, Communications Committee; Board Liaison, Rose City Riveters

Originally a New York native, Lexi has been in Oregon since 2000, in the TA since 2010, and a Riveter since the SG’s inception. She has worn many hats in both SGs, including game day ops, community outreach, and drums.

Lexi has an MA in Applied Linguistics from PSU, works as a technical program manager for a software website, and plays a variety of instruments in a few bands.

Scott Van Swearingen

Board member since: Jan 2010
Current Term: Jan 2015 – Dec 2017
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.

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

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
  • Matt Talley
  • Jeremy Wright

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