Meet our new board members!
This month, we are onboarding 4 new board members to our team! Join us in welcoming Kathy, Coya, Phil and Chris to the SJCO family!
Kathy loves living in St. Johns and is excited about the newly expanded mission of the St. Johns Center for Opportunity. She is looking forward to being more involved in her community in ways that strengthen our neighborhood. She holds a BA in Consumer Studies from the University of Utah and a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University. Her career is in higher education as a Systems Analyst for an ERP Software company, Ellucian. Kathy also recently completed the NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) training and is now an active NET. During her down time she loves spending time with her husband and their dog and looking for unique photography of the St. Johns Bridge.
Coya has lived in the St. Johns area for 7 years and firmly believes in uniting with her fellow renters to work for a greater good. She currently works at Community Alliance of Tenants, as a member of the Grassroots Organizing Team. In addition to going to school part time, she is a currently working on a fellowship with Organizing for Action. In her spare time, she enjoys chilling with her two children, who are her Sun & Moon, and eating tasty food.
Phil is an Oregon kid by way of California and has called Portland home for almost 10 years. He fell in love with the St. Johns neighborhood while house hunting with his wife a few years ago. Phil's passion for helping others has always manifested itself through his career in management, sales and customer service. His genuine interest in giving back to the community was developed while pounding the pavement and assisting on a senate campaign in Colorado 3 years ago. He earned his diploma from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Psychology. In addition to being on the Business Resource Team, he also is an animal lover and spends time volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society. In his spare time, you can find Phil at West Coast Fitness, out on the running paths, trying new Portland restaurants (and the wines and craft cocktails to go with it), watching his favorite teams (Ducks, Giants, 49ers) and spending quality time in his lovely St. Johns home with his wife Rachel and OHS rescue cat, Gouda.
Chris Robasky is a first generation college student from rural Pennyslvania, graduating from Penn State and Loyola Chicago School of Law. She happily sold all her belongings and moved to Portland in 1999, and soon after bought a house near Pier Park where she lived until recently with huge dogs (Stella and Ghost still live there with nice renters who take care of them). Chris still lives in North Portland and regularly visits and loves St. Johns.
Chris has worked as in-house attorney and in employee/labor/HR professional positions for large employers including Nike and Providence Oregon Region. She currently is a labor relations manager at Multnomah County. Chris enjoys most things that don’t involve too much exercise, and likes to think about traveling.