Meet Our New Board Members!
We are so excited to announce our incredible new board members who will be joining the organization this summer! It is our honor to welcome the following incredible leaders to the St. Johns Center for Opportunity board:
Landon Crowell has been in the property rental business for almost 30 years. He first started working on his parents rentals at 14. He purchased his first rental house on contract at 18. Since then he went on to buy, build and sell several more houses and multiplexes. Today he is a little more diversified with commercial and residential property in Portland and the Oregon Coast.
While managing his rental portfolio, Landon has been a business owner in the beauty industry since 1993, when he and his brother opened their first salon called Pieces of a Dream. He then went solo in 1999 and opened his own salon called A New Place.
His entrepreneurial spirit continued to seek new opportunities. In 2000, he started developing his line of relaxers and styling aids (shampoos, conditioners, polishes and pomades). He was motivated by the lack of quality products for the multicultural community. To date he has 13 core products, none of which contain animal by-products. Additionally, his Landon’s Own product line has gained popularity in professional circles.
In addition to A New Place and Landon’s Own, Landon has authored four books used as curriculum in beauty schools and is also a visiting instructor at beauty schools throughout Oregon and Washington.
Anna (they/their/theirs) has lectured on inclusion, race, and social justice on four continents, with the aim of affecting institutional and organizational change. A native Vietnamese speaker, Anna is an experienced youth worker, programmer and educator focused on the empowerment of young people, students and People of Color. In the three years they have resided in the US, they have professionally trained staff from over 100 organizations in Oregon around Inclusion, Trauma-Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Inter-cultural Communication, and STEM and Art Practices.
Anna brings with them a rich, varied background, having lived in 8 countries and previously taught workshops, regarding cultural inclusion and working with asylum seekers, at the Alice Salomon University for Social Work in Berlin, Germany. Anna has years of experience of advocacy and social justice work and such, understands that race and ethnicity play a defining role in one’s life experiences and outcomes and these deeply-rooted inequities have vastly negative social and health outcomes for people of color, and need to be at the forefront of how we shape our policies and our direct work with clients in need.
Jessica grew up in Salem, OR and fell in love with St. Johns 2 years ago when she married her husband at The Colony. They were drawn to the warmth, walkability and greenery that St. Johns has become known for. And when they decided to buy their first home last March, this was where they chose to lay their roots. Jessica is a leader in the hospitality recruitment industry; and is also able to draw on years of sales, event planning, and project management experience to best serve our community. When Jessica leaves work (which happens to also be at her home in St. Johns) you can find her in her garden, at a concert or sipping a beer with her husband at one of the local breweries.
Gabriela is a Midwest transplant who loves all things Pacific Northwest. She moved to Portland in 2009 and is the proud owner of a mid century ranch in St Johns. She holds degrees in history and geography from Michigan State University with concentrations in urban planning and global studies. In addition to serving on our board, Gabriela also serves on the Developing Leaders board for Oregon's commercial real estate development association, NAIOP. She brings expertise in community planning and organizing and economic development and real estate. Gabriela works at a local architecture firm in downtown Portland and when she is not at work, you can find her hanging out around town, cheering on her Spartans, and setting her Fantasy Football lineup. She has a love of travel and adventure both near and far. As a recent new homeowner, she and her husband have a never ending home improvement project list along with an endless supply of fruit grown from their yard.
Hailing from Long Island, NY, Cindy has found a lot to love about Portland since she and her husband moved here 12 years ago. St. John's friendly vibe, access to wilderness and wildlife – like the verdant greens and nesting birds found on Sauvie Island, wonderful weather and close proximity miles of bike trails, are just some of the many reasons they call St. Johns home. In her current position a Senior Project Manager for Charter School Capital, Cindy ensures that charter schools throughout the United States have the best facilities available, so they can focus on their goal of bringing the best education possible to their students. She brings expertise in real estate law, construction, corporate governance, and finance. When not at work, Cindy can be found cooking, cycling, taking long walks throughout the community, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Nicole has been lucky to call St Johns, Portland, and Oregon home since the summer of 2015. She joined the St Johns Center for Opportunity Board in July of 2018 with experience in leadership and non-profit organizations. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a Professional Engineer licensed in the states of Oregon and California. In her free time, Nicole can be found walking with her husband and their dog through the streets of St Johns, getting lost running the trails in Forest Park, and finding new ways to stay on the move.
Katie has extensive experience at analyzing business impact, creating the narrative around it, and presenting recommendations based on fact-driven data to executive leadership. She brings a strong background to the team in the areas of short and long-term strategy development, transition management, and tackling complex cross-functional challenges. Katie has 10 years’ experience working in global business management across public, private and non-profit sectors. Katie worked at Hitachi Consulting prior to joining Nike, where she supported various projects aimed at optimizing technology and resource management programs. Prior to her consulting experience, Katie worked in an economic development organization where she led projects that tackled food security issues and access to market initiatives for cocoa and coffee value chains. She build all of this experience on the backbone of being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama focused on environmental conservation and community development.
Katie received an MBA and Sustainable Enterprise Certificate from Willamette University, and BS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Katie loves living in Oregon, surrounded by mountains, coastline and vineyards. She can be found most weekends hiking with her highly energetic dog, Dharma, or cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers, Minnesota Vikings, or Portland Trailblazers. Katie is always looking forward to new adventures, be it through sport, travel, or spending time with family and friends.
Josh has lived in Portland since 2003, when he returned to Oregon after attending college in New York on a fencing scholarship and spending two years volunteering with Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, traveling around the country and completing a multitude of short projects with different non-profits and government agencies. The most impactful of those assignments was working at a summer camp for people with special needs. So when he came back to Portland, Josh got a job in a supported living program for adults with developmental disabilities, which evolved into a career in case management.
For the majority of the time he has been in Portland, Josh has considered St Johns to be home. Being involved locally has always been important, so he sought out a variety of ways to be active in community. Josh served on the neighborhood association for two years as the Land Use chair. He has volunteered to help organize the St Johns Bizarre, coordinating with the city to ensure that the streets were closed for the event. He became certified with Portland NET to be a member of the neighborhood emergency team. In his free time, Josh enjoys one off volunteer projects with his partner, having a pint at a local pub, and staying active with multiple gaming groups with his friends.