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Karin, a native of the Bronx, New York, has over thirty years of experience in higher education administration and is Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus President. She’s worked at public and private four-year colleges and universities, as well as, two-year community colleges. Karin earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and her Doctorate from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Most recently, Karin served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut where she was actively engaged in the Southeastern Connecticut community. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the William W. Backus Hospital, served as treasurer for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund, a mentor for the Southeastern Connecticut Debutante Program, active on the education committee of the Norwich Branch of the NAACP and a deaconess at Shiloh Baptist Church New London.
Karin is married to Raymond Edwards. Together, they have two adult children and a 6 -year old granddaughter. Karin and Ray moved to Portland in July 2014 and reside in the Bridgeton area of North Portland.
Mr. Cotugno has 40 years of professional experience in the transportation and land use planning fields.
He was appointed as Metro’s Transportation Director in 1980. In 2000, the Transportation and Growth Management Services departments were merged into one, the Planning Department which Mr. Cotugno had responsibility of managing until 2008. In 2008, Mr. Cotugno was appointed to the position of Senior Policy Advisor to the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Metro, he worked as a transportation planner for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio.
Metro is a regional government encompassing the urban portions of the tri-county Portland metropolitan area. Metro’s home rule charter states that Metro will provide “planning and policy making to preserve and enhance the quality of life and the environment for ourselves and future generations. . .”
Mr. Cotugno received his bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California in 1974, and has done graduate work in public administration at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
We’re proud to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors, Lisa Holt.
As a PCRI resident, Ms. Holt understands first-hand the challenges residents face and the opportunities that affordable housing can provide. Living in a PCRI home, she has been able to offer stability and opportunity to help her children succeed. And recently, with the support of PCRI’s Homeownership Program, the dream of owning her own home is within reach.
“I have been able to raise my children as a single parent in … a beautiful house and a safe neighborhood,” she said, adding, “with the help of the many programs and staff at PCRI, I am now on my way to being a homeowner.”
Ms. Holt is also looking forward to helping shape those opportunities for other residents, both current and future.
“I will be able to help others in this community move towards making their dreams a reality,” she said.
Now a bus operator for TriMet, Ms. Holt has an extensive resume as an entrepreneur. She is a licensed massage therapist, has owned her own salon and spa, worked as an independent sales representative, and has held a variety of clerical and office positions.
We’re proud to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors, Damien R. Hall.
Mr. Hall is actively engaged in community development and is an attorney at Ball Janik LLP practicing with the Land Use and Real Estate groups. With a background in urban planning and development, he regularly assists clients with land use matters, real estate transactions, natural resources law, municipal law, and formation and organization of business entities.
On joining the PCRI Board of Directors, Mr. Hall said, “I am honored to serve on the PCRI board and assist the organization in its goals of avoiding community displacement by providing quality housing options.”
He is also presently Chairperson for the Portland Development Commission’s (PDC) Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area Advisory Committee, and has served on the commission since 2007. Mr. Hall is a member of the Young Leaders group of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Oregon and SW Washington, and he is a member of the Developing Leaders Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). He participated in the PDC’s N/NE Economic Development Initiative Advisory Committee from 2010-2011 and in the City of Portland’s North/Northeast Quadrant of I-5 Broadway/Weidler Stakeholder Advisory Committee from 2011-2012.
In addition to his active professional engagements, Mr. Hall serves as a Board Member of Groundwork Portland. He also represented “Verde – Let Us Build Cully Park!” as pro bono counsel. Hall received his J.D. from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law in 2008 and his B.S. in Public Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Southern California in 2005.
Hermann Colas, Jr. was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1948. His father owned a successful distillery. In 1969, Hermann moved to New York because his mother was fearful for his safety in Haiti’s unstable political environment. Within a short time, he voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Hermann moved to Portland, Oregon in 1974 and married his wife, Roberta, the following year.
Hermann Colas, Jr. worked over 20 years in various roles at USWEST Communications. He managed large budgets for equipment planning in the Portland metro area and later became a regional manager for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) deployment in the region.
In the early 1980’s, Hermann began purchasing, renovating, and managing rental properties. After a negative experience with a private contractor on a project, he decided to start his own company, Colas Construction, Inc. in 1997.
The company has seen the industry at its best and at its worst in the past six years. Just before the recession, Colas Construction, Inc. employed over 20 workers. When the economic down turn took place, Colas had to make several labor reductions that at one point reduced the company to only six employees. To the credit of the company’s reputation and resiliency, it currently has 16 employees.
Today, the company is very much a family business. Andrew, Hermann’s eldest son, is President of Colas Construction, his daughter, Aneshka, is CFO, and his youngest son, Alexander, has recently joined the company as Project Coordinator. Hermann is the Founder of Colas Construction. This year, Colas Construction, Inc. anticipates further growth. Currently, it is working on several significant jobs, including a $32 million housing development project owned by Home Forward, and the Glisan Commons, a project with Human Solutions, Ride Connection and Reach CDC, a $20 million mixed-use development.
These projects and other pursuits taken on by the younger management team have given Hermann the latitude to become more engaged in the community. Currently, he is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Gresham and serves on multiple committees to advance the community benefits that are important to him. As a new member of the PCRI board, Hermann looks forward to contributing to an organization that provides a unique service in the housing market and for the community. PCRI’s long contribution to affordable housing and upright standing in its service approach is why he accepted to serve on the PCRI board.
For more information about Colas Construction, Inc., visit: http://www.colasconstruction.com/home
Dr. Algie Gatewood, Cascade Campus President of Portland Community College and PCRI Board Member, shares the following story with PCRI staff, residents and neighbors. All are invited to join this neighborhood National Night Out celebration:
Once again, the Humboldt Neighborhood Association and Portland Community College – Cascade Campus are joining forces to throw a party for the people of North Portland. The two organizations are teaming up to put on the 2011 Cascade Campus Open House and National Night Out celebration, set for 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Campus’ Borthwick Mall, 705 N. Killingsworth St.
“This year, our event is shaping up to be fun and educational for everyone,” said PCC’s Suzette Pump, chair of the event’s planning committee. “This event allows us to provide a safe environment for local residents to learn about community resources, neighborhood safety, and have fun while doing it.”
The featured performer for this year’s festivities will be a longtime Portland favorite – Ghanaian master drummer Obo Addy and his ensemble, Okropong (pictured at left). The group will play two sets, at 5:15p.m. and 7:15p.m. The evening’s entertainment will also include performances from the Usual Suspects – a jazz band headed by Cascade Professional Music department chair Allen Jones – as well as an interactive dance session with the campus’ Zumba class and an appearance from the dragon dancers of the Northwest Chinese Cultural Association.
The celebration has something to offer for visitors of all ages. Good stuff to eat and drink will of course be available, and for the kids, there will be fun, games, face painting, hands-on art activities and a drawing for two children’s bicycles. Representatives from a range of campus academic programs will be on hand with demonstrations, and information will also be available for those visitors who are interested in attending classes at the campus.
In keeping with National Night Out’s theme, “a going-away party for crime and drugs,” a host of community organizations and government agencies will provide demonstrations and information on how to be safe at home and in the neighborhood. The Portland Police Bureau will be on hand to echo this message.
Staff and students from the Campus’ Emergency Services programs – Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Protection Technology – will showcase their skills as they perform a live simulated rescue of victims from a staged DUI accident. This activity will encompass the different stages of an accident rescue, from the initial call to 9-1-1 through patient transport on an ambulance.
“When people come together in a spirit of unity, it’s always a good thing for a community,” said Cascade Campus President Algie Gatewood. “I’m excited to partner with our neighbors to show our appreciation for the richness and diversity of our neighborhood.”
Participating organizations include Target, THA Architecture, Zipcar, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, the Florida Room, Leonard Adams Insurance Co., Eddie’s Flatiron Pizza, Pacific NW Federal Credit Union, Hillsboro Auto Wrecking and many more.
Dr. Algie Gatewood is not only president of the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College, he is also a member of PCRI’s Board of Directors. He has served on PRCI’s board for three years and as campus president for over six years. Dr. Gatewood was attracted to PCRI because of the core mission of providing decent housing to low to moderate income families.
“If people are worried about housing, they aren’t going to do well. Everybody is entitled to a decent place to live. It’s important for me to see all sectors of society succeed.”
As campus president, Dr. Gatewood strives to expand PCC’s “open door” enrollment policy. “We want to provide greater access to under-represented groups, especially those who are from communities of color, those who speak English as a second language, those with disabilities, and those who are economically disenfranchised.”
As a campus of the community, Dr. Gatewood refers to his vision as a “Chautauqua.” He goes on to explain that PCC Cascade Campus is not just a place for learning; it is a meeting place, a place for dialogue and discussion, an aid to facing challenges, and a network that can link us to new opportunities. In short, he sees Cascade Campus as a beacon of hope in our area and an institution people look to in order to improve their lives.
Dr. Gatewood’s hope for anyone enrolled at PCC is “to increase their ability to earn a decent salary, find careers and have good lives.” He knows that in order to succeed in the job market with the economy the way it is, education is key. He says PCC Cascade can educate and prepare students for a new economy by providing education in information and technology, as well as the services provided by the Middle College Program and the Margaret Carter Skill Center.
Dr. Gatewood expressed several challenges as well. PCC Cascade Campus is serving more students with less money. When they completed the current fiscal year that ended on June 30th, 2010, the campus had the highest enrollment in the history of the college with 20,091 unduplicated students who had attended classes on PCC Cascade campus.
“The challenge is: how do you keep the cost of tuition and fees affordable so the Open Door [open access and open enrollment] does not become a Closed Door.”
Another challenge the college faces is related to parking—”a great opportunity for co-existence between the college, residents in the community and business organizations exists, an opportunity to work together.”
PCRI and PCC Cascade campus share the same goals when it comes to helping you, as residents of PCRI. We want to see every family continue to improve and keep in step with changes and advancements in employment as well as other facets of your life. As Dr. Gatewood jokingly says, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I like to keep one in my back pocket as well.”Prior to serving at Portland Community College, Gatewood was the Director of Health, Education and Welfare and Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, under jurisdiction of the University of North Carolina system, from 1997 to 2004. He received his Ed.D. from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994.