107IST BOARD Elections

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Candidate Applications

The call for candidates ran from November 1 until 11:59pm on November 10, 2018.
Applicants must be 2018 107IST members.


Elections

Voting will run from December 3 through December 9, 2018 (exact times TBA).
2018 107IST members who joined by October 31 should watch their email for an electronic ballot by December 3. If you have not received a ballot by the start of the voting period and believe you should have, contact us at elections@107ist.org.

Live Candidate Forum

The in-person candidate forum will be held at Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison) on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Video will be posted after the event.

    Online Forum

    Ask the candidates questions before voting and read their responses.

    2019 forums will go up after the slate of candidates has been announced on November 11.

    Visit the online forums (members only) 

    2019 107IST Board of Directors Candidates

    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, 2019.

    Candidates are listed in alphabetical order:

    Candidate Name: Jennifer Ingraham 

    Email Address: jeniferi@comcast.net

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

    • 107IST weekly newsletter wrangler: 2015–present
    • 107IST Comms Committee: 2015–present
    • Cathedral Park Preschool: 2003–9; 2016–18 [501(c)3] Many roles; two years as president and three as an adviser
    • Parent Child Preschools Organization: 2008–17 [501(c)6] Many roles; conflict resolution committee chair for two years, and three years as president
    • Astor Elementary PTA: 2008–13; Many roles, mostly secretary and membership
    • Scholastic Book Fair chairperson (Astor and/or Skyline): 2006–17
    • Soccer team manager, cross-country coach, and myriad other committees, activities, and volunteer endeavors. I’m always signing up for something.

    Biographical information (107IST-related and professional):

    I was born and raised in Alaska — hockey country. College took me to Indiana, where I found myself completely surrounded by football, basketball, and NASCAR. Driving through Chicago one summer, we saw signs for the World Cup. “What’s that?!”

    When my boys started playing, I quickly fell in love with this fascinating and beautiful sport. We watched our first Timbers match at the same time as the rest of MLS: the 2011 season opener. I thought we had awesome seats in 120 but, looking over at the North End, I knew I was definitely in the wrong place. We moved for our next game, and we’ve been there since. I’d found my home and sport.

    I joined the 107IST. I painted a little tifo. I took the bus to Seattle. I started making friends. Lots of friends — a family. That was it: I was stuck in. Soon, I wanted to find a way to get more involved. My time was limited, so I offered to help with the newsletter since it was my skill, eventually taking it on completely in January 2015. (Never missing a week, no matter where I am in the world!)

    In my professional life, I’m a writer for a massive transportation company, and I’m also the manager of a small pool of copy editors for an e-learning development agency.

    State your objectives as a 107IST board member:

    My primary reason for running is because I want to go deep and work from inside the organization itself. I think many people see the Timbers Army and Riveters at game days and they think that’s all we are: chants and scarves and tifo. Indeed, that’s a big part of it, but we do SO much more. I’d like to focus on the things the organization does for our communities: scholarships, volunteering, OPI, donating, and so on. I’d like to help publicize our successes — to both our membership and the public at large.

    I believe in the mission of the 107IST, its people, and its initiatives, and I want to help make the organization as solid as it can be as it grows and moves to broader goals.

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

    I’ve spent the past 15 years working on nonprofit boards, and I pretty much enjoy everything about the experience. “Bored” meetings? Budget committees? Redoing the bylaws? Negotiating? I’m all in.

    I take being a board member very seriously and professionally. An organization can only be as good as its board, so I’m dedicated to making it work in the most collaborative and organized way possible. I am a careful and deliberate decision-maker, making sure I have ALL the viewpoints and information —from everyone — before making my vote. I tend to keep meetings on track and efficient and have been known to defuse some pretty heated conversations.

    Anyone who’s met me knows that I’m sociable, friendly, and an excellent listener. I hope that members — or even non-members — can feel comfortable talking with me and knowing that I have the absolute best intentions for the organization at heart.

    Conflicts of Interest: None

    Candidate Name: Joshua Lucas 

    Email Address: mrjlucas24@yahoo.com

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

    Outside of my work with the 107ist I have not worked with many other groups or committees. However, within the 107ist, I am heavily involved in Game Day Ops. I am one of the leads for TA tifo, I help with security, and I help run rigging crew for both supporters groups. I am also part of the GCSF committee. I bus captained for a couple of years, help merch occasionally with non-design work, run the tifo warehouse, work with the FO on scheduling time for rigging and test pulls for both supporters groups, some manual labor work for OPI and Friends of Trees, and have helped with Block Party cleanup several times.

    Biographical information (107IST-related and professional):

    I was born and raised in Colorado. I moved out to Portland 19 years ago. I am a teacher at a small private school in Portland. Over the years at this school I have taught several age groups, from preschoolers to 4th graders. Outside of my teaching responsibilities I also help train and observe new staff. I am relied upon to run parent volunteer days. I was also responsible for creating a teacher-driven fundraising project that raised funds for a new playground at my school.

    Besides work and soccer, I enjoy fly-fishing, spending time with friends, my partner, and my dog.

    State your objectives as a 107IST board member:

    I have several objectives in mind.

    First, I am excited about the prospect of using the new stadium renovations for possible tifo displays. I have already developed a good relationship working with some of the FO personnel, but would enjoy strengthening and expanding that partnership.

    Second, as someone who helps oversee and works hundreds of hours in the warehouse, I would like contribute to the goal of finding a permanent space for tifo. I was very happy that we were able to extend our lease on the garage, but I am very aware that at some point that space will be gone. While I don’t have a lot of experience in a capital campaign of this magnitude, I am a quick learner and might be able to offer insight into the needs of a new space.

    Third, with GCSF becoming a true non-profit, I would like to continue to expand our fundraising efforts. To this point most of our fundraising has come largely from members of our community. I would like to see us continue to work towards applying for grants and working with more local companies so that we may reach even more kids in need.

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

    My job and years of service to the 107ist have shown me to have many qualities that would benefit this organization. I have shown that I follow through with assigned projects to the best of my ability in a timely manner, can work well with a variety of people and personalities, and can adapt and change to what is needed. I have demonstrated to volunteers that I have worked with that I can be relied upon to handle tough and mentally stressful situations.

    I have shown to be trustworthy and responsible by being given access to, and running, the merch and tifo warehouse. Finally I have shown that I already put the time in, and believe that I am ready to now also have a voice.

    Conflicts of Interest: None

    Candidate Name: Steph Nova 

    Email Address: stef.noves@gmail.com

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

    I haven’t served on any boards.

    Biographical information (107IST-related and professional):

    With roots in the Portland area, I moved back in 2009 after living in Missoula, MT and Nacogdoches, TX for college. I began following the Timbers in 2011, and in the past have had season tickets for the Thorns as well as T2.

    My day job is helping manage a trucking company, so I’d like to think I’m adept at handling a wide variety of paperwork, herding cats, conflict resolution and taking on various jobs that pop up at a moment’s notice.

    My work with the Timbers Army thus far has been focused on matchday operations, but I’d like to branch out a bit and learn more about running events, working with the Independent Supporters’ Council, and community outreach. Going to board meetings has been an eye-opening experience when it comes to just how many things go into how our organization is run, the wide variety of committees and responsibilities that are taken on by board members, and how much delightful, crazy stuff this community is able to pull off. I also put myself in the dunk tank at the 2017 Block Party so I reckon I’ve done a decent job of displaying that willing to raise some funds for the 107IST without taking myself too seriously, ya know what I mean? I know I’m far from knowing the full scope of what being a board member entails, and I look forward to learning more about the day to day tasks that are required of the people who help lead our community.

    State your objectives as a 107IST board member:

    I’d work to make sure that day to day operations run smoothly, learn how to streamline communication, and bring concerns of members of the 107IST to the forefront.

    In my time here, I’ve noticed a wide variety of changes within our community, both for better and for worse.

    I’d like to retain our focus on being a positive force for the community not only within the 107IST, but the people around us as well.

    I believe we should maintain our good work while figuring out how to return to the original point of this organization -- supporting PTFC(s). I fear many of us have lost sight of that due to various schisms in the North End, and bringing ourselves back to the relentlessly positive and hopeful force we used to be is a goal we should work toward as a group.

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

    I’ve got a strong work ethic and when I start a task, I do what I can to finish it to the best of my ability. I learn from and take to heart the lessons I receive from others, and am willing to put in the legwork and elbow grease that comes with being a board member.

    I believe that I can bring in a fresh perspective while also knowing my history and working with the other members of the board as well as this community for the best experience that we can all share, and I’m more than willing to put in as much time as possible to help make this organization run as smoothly as possible.

    The time I’ve spent with the various matchday operations crews has taught me to work within teams, learn how to communicate with people outside of my circle, and be creative in finding solutions.

    Conflicts of Interest: None

    Candidate Name: Sherrilynn "Sheba" Rawson 

    Email Address: srawson@gmail.com

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

    • Current co-president, 107 Independent Supporters Trust
    • Current board member, Gisele Currier Scholarship Fund
    • Current 107IST committees: community outreach, membership, communications
    • Past board member, SunGarden Montessori board of directors 

    Biographical information (107IST-related and professional):

    Fell in love with the Timbers sometime in 2004, have been coming to matches ever since. Have resisted falling for the Thorns because of the time and heart commitment but I fear I am losing that battle and will likely be in the stands for even more Thorns matches in 2019. Served in a variety of capacities on the 107IST board since August 2011, primarily focused on community outreach, volunteering and membership.

    In my professional life I am a bilingual principal in Marion County at a trilingual (English, Spanish, and Russian) elementary school.

    State your objectives as a 107IST board member:

    To ensure that the board remains true to our mission and vision: to support soccer in and around Portland, Oregon, from the grassroots to the highest professional level, in a time of tremendous potential and challenge. With the stadium expansion and thousands of new season ticket holders, we have the potential to expand our membership and bring more Timbers and Thorns supporters into the fold in numbers not seen since the move to MLS. Inviting new members, we will focus on team (undying support with world-class tifo & passionate songs & chants from before the kick to after the whistle); town (dedicated to community outreach, good works, & fundamental human rights); and TA & Riveters (we take care of each other as individuals and as supporter groups). At the same time, we need to keep our focus on our core mission even as we face the eventual need to move our physical operations when our fanladen & warehouse leases run out, which will almost certainly mean an ambitious capital campaign.

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

    My professional life has given me the opportunity to develop skills that are essential in working with large organizations. As a building principal, I manage a building budget for a school with over 950 students and approximately 100 employees. I am comfortable with delegating work to others, and am also comfortable with accepting responsibility as a leader when things don't go as planned. I am also able to give a tactful yet straight answer, which can be important when inevitable hard conversations and disagreements arise between & among individuals in large organizations, or when we as an organization disagree with the front office.

    My experience with and passion for serving the 107 Independent Supporters Trust has given me significant institutional and operational knowledge of how the organization functions, and what I can offer in support; and I am pretty sure I bleed green and gold.

    Conflicts of Interest: None

    Candidate Name: Maggie Williams 

    Email Address: mwilliams42@gmail.com

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

    Current:

    • 107IST Travel Committee
    • 107IST Regional Supporters Group Committee
    • Sunstone Montessori Board of Trustees

    Previous:

    • Volunteer for various organizations and events
    • Led tifo/game day ops for numerous Eastern Conference Away Days
    • Kennedy School Student Government - Vice President of Student Activities / Executive Vice President

    Biographical information (107IST-related and professional):

    Though I’m a native Oregonian, my first Timbers matches weren’t until the last year of USL, and I didn’t get truly stuck in until a friend brought me to the US Open Cup match in March 2011, up at Merlo Field. I was sent the chants to study – complete with youtube videos – and I haven’t looked back since, aided by my colleagues in the Mayor’s Office who I hang out with at 107IST events to this day.

    I moved to Massachusetts for grad school just a year and a half later, and to DC after graduation to work for an education consulting firm. Though I’d attend Timbers and Thorns matches every chance I could make it home, I’ve spent most of my time in the Timbers Army/Rose City Riveters far from Portland. I’ve spent years fighting with MLS Live, or getting together with friends (often way too late on a weeknight) begging a bar to find the match on TV.

    Soccer became my main tie to my hometown, and I stepped up to become a leader of the East Coast Platoon and DC Federal Reserves. I’ve spent entirely too much time and money traveling to cities up and down the East Coast/throughout the Midwest for the Timbers and Thorns. Though I moved back to Portland last year, let’s be honest – I still spend way too much time and money traveling for my teams, and now getting to participate in committee work. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    State your objectives as a 107IST board member:

    - Locally: Break down the barriers that make 107IST function like a black box – creating more points of entry into involvement in the organization to get more people stuck in, helping to contend with burnout and creating more capacity for the organization

    - Outside Portland: Work with regional supporters groups to better support hosting away days, grow our cross-country support for the Thorns, and encourage community outreach across the country/world 


    - Above All: Ensure 107IST is creating a supportive, welcoming environment everywhere we are, especially for those who are minorities in our community

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

    I have years of experience as a project manager and event planner and am happy to pitch in wherever I can to keep an organization moving. I’ve worked with and organized groups of various sizes, using a variety of communication tools (although admittedly I haven’t used Asana in a few years). My first instinct is to organize information and people, and document as I go – spreadsheets and project coordinating are things I do both for work and for fun.


    I also obviously know what it’s like to be a 107IST member both in Portland and thousands of miles away. I am dedicated to making sure we serve all of our members, and creating value for 107IST members no matter where they live.


    Conflicts of Interest: None

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