Board of Governors
Board of Governors, 2014-2015
Karen Kervin, President
Karen Kervin is a 10-year member of City Club, and has served as chair of the Advocacy & Awareness Board, secretary of the Board of Governors, and chair of the 2012/13 executive director search committee. Karen and her family own two local businesses, Kervin Bros. Ornamental Iron and Pip’s Frozen Yogurt & Gelato. Karen is currently the community relations manager for US Bank in Portland. Prior to that she served as the chief marketing officer at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a Portland based law firm. Karen also serves as vice-chair of the board of Camp Fire Columbia.
Greg Macpherson, President-Elect
Greg Macpherson is a long-time City Club member and served on the Club board of governors in the 90s when he was chair of the Research Board. He is a partner at Stoel Rives where he practices in the field of employee benefits. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2003 until 2009, including two years as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He currently serves on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and is a past chair of the Multnomah County Planning Commission. He has a bachelor of arts from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
David Quisenberry, Secretary
David Quisenberry joined City Club in 2010, currently serves on the Club's Research Board and was most recently the research advisor to the property tax study committee. Past City Club involvement includes 2012/2013 executive director search committee, research advisor to the Casino Ballot Measure Study in 2012, and vice-chair of the Club's PERS Reform comprehensive study.
Professionally, David is an independent wealth advisor helping clients locally and nationally with fee-only financial planning, asset management, and comprehensive wealth advice. He is a graduate of Whitworth University.
Peter Ricoy, Treasurer
Peter D. Ricoy is a shareholder with the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt, PC, in Portland, Oregon where he focuses his legal practice in health care law, data security and privacy, insurance regulation, and corporate and business transactions. As a transactional health care attorney, Mr. Ricoy advises clients on a variety of matters, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes, HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA health plan matters. Mr. Ricoy previously served as Associate General Counsel with Regence Group where he helped advise clients on matters related to health reform and supported the Sales and Actuarial/Underwriting Departments. Additionally, Mr. Ricoy served as a Health Care Economist, and has a background in economics, policy analysis, and modeling. Mr. Ricoy is the former Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Health Law Section, and President of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Ricoy holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from University of Michigan, and a JD from Lewis & Clark College. He enjoys cycling and taekwon-do, and loves spending weekends with his wife Karen, and playing with their three children Isabella, Jeremy and Penelope.
Rob Aldisert is the managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Portland office. He chaired the Club's PERS study committee and led the advocacy efforts for the study's recommendations. Rob’s law practice focuses on the litigation, trial and appeal of business, commercial and product liability cases in the federal and state courts of Oregon, California and Washington. He is a graduate of Columbia University (A.B., History) and Loyola Law School.
La Toya Fick
Before she started as Executive Director, Toya was the Government Affairs Director at Stand Oregon for two years. She quickly established herself as a leader in Stand's community of members and partners, advancing one of Stand Oregon's most robust policy agendas. Her prior professional experience is deeply rooted in education and in policy. Toya came to Stand from OHSU, where she was the Associate Director of Local and Federal Relations. Her career includes three years as a teacher – two at Teach for America and one year as a middle school science teacher for KIPP, DC. She was a policy advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton where she was the primary author of three education bills. She has also worked on education policy with the DC-based Alliance for Excellent Education.
Toya currently serves on the City Club of Portland, Oregon Food Bank and Mt. Hood Regulatory Commission boards. She is a co-chair on the Portland Public Schools Citizen Budget Review Committee. Toya lives in NE Portland with her husband and two young children. She is a proud alum of the University of Chicago where she studied political science.
Nichole Maher is president of the Northwest Health Foundation. Previously she served as the executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland for over 11 years. She holds a masters in public health from the Mark Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and two bachelors of science, one in public health and another in American Indian studies from Oregon State University. She serves on a number of boards, including the Comcast/NBC National Philanthropic Board, the National Urban Indian Family Coalition and the Oregon Education Investment Board.
Kourtney Nelson was the chair of the New Leaders Council for two years and previously served as its events subcommittee chair. She works for Iberdrola Renewables and has been in the energy industry since 2000, with expertise in western renewable energy markets. She also owns The Growler Guys beer and cider filling station in SE Portland with her husband. Kourtney serves as the secretary for the Portland Chapter of the Women of Wind Energy. She is a graduate of the University of Portland.
Sel Nutor joined Bank of the Cascades in 2013 and prior to that was employed by JP Morgan Chase. He is responsible for branch operations, small business and retail banking in Portland. He has over 15 years of banking experience with a diverse background in commercial and retail banking, sales development, commercial lending and risk management. Sel has held several management and senior management positions with various financial institutions in the Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake and Park City markets. Sel has a passion for working on issues that affect homeless youth, equal rights for the LGBT community, and the effects of poverty on access to education.
Elana Pirtle-Guiney works for the Oregon AFL-CIO where she oversees the organization’s government and public affairs and research programs as the Legislative and Communications Director. Over eight years with the organization Elana has helped craft Oregon's healthcare reform legislation, passed first-in-the-nation policies on behalf of labor unions, and has been part of a team that has made Oregon's labor movement a national model for collaboration with community members to improve policies for working people.
She was appointed by the governor in 2012 to serve on MLAC, the State’s advisory committee for workers’ compensation program policy changes, and currently serves on the Oregon Bus Project's Policy Committee. She is a former member of the Our Oregon Board.
Elana recently chaired City Club’s research committee reviewing the GMO Labeling ballot measure and is looking forward to the release of the committee’s report this summer.
Elana and her wife live in NE Portland where they are active members of the Woodlawn Community Garden and take part in the ongoing process of updating a 100 year old house. Elana is an avid Giants baseball fan.
Jazzmin Reece was a member of the City Club’s Research Committee on Regional Transportation Governance and also served as a member of the Club’s Youth Summit planning committee. Jazzmin works as a business systems analyst for Nike, Inc. and is also the owner of a management consulting firm. When Jazzmin is not solving systems or process problems she can be found coaching high school track and field, or volunteering with the Urban League of Portland to mentor tomorrow’s future leaders and to empower the young professional jobs pipeline.
Born and raised in Bellingham, Washington, a graduate of Willamette University and a NCAA Academic All-American, Jazzmin lives in SW Portland with her husband Tyler Bellis.
As the Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, Zeke Smith leads the community impact strategy through grant making, volunteerism, community convening, and policy work. Previously Zeke served as the Chief of Staff to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith, as well as the Director of Community Engagement at All Hands Raised. He developed and implemented Connected-By-25, designed to connect every Portland teen and young adult to school, work and citizenship by age 25 through a coalition of public and private organizations.
As Vice President of Membership and Events for the Portland Business Alliance, David focuses on growing membership as well as engaging current members. He is also the lead Alliance staff member working on small business issues and serves as the organization's General Counsel. Prior to joining the Alliance, David was a labor and employment law attorney counseling public and private employers on a range of issues.
David has a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University. David also has a Masters in Business Administration from University of Oregon. He serves on the board of Morrison Child and Family Services as well as the Portland Parks Foundation, and he enjoys cooking, golf, music, and spending time with his family, Erin, Alex, and Clara.
Anita is principal & founder of the Multicultural Collaborative, a group of community development and equity consultants in the Portand area. She also is the Community and Program Assistance Manager at DEQ.
Anita is an active community member and has served in leadership positions as chair of the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council, co-Chair of the Portland Charter Review Commission, Co-Chair of the Portland Arts Oversight Commission, Board Treasurer at APANO, Jade District Steering Committee, United Way, Sisters of the Road Cafe as well as volunteer projects with East Portland Action Plan and Verde. She received several awards for her innovative projects, including the Governor’s Livability Award, Excellence in Downtown Award, Best Practices from IAP2, the Riffle Award from Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner from American Planning Association.
In addition, Anita is the co-founder of the Portland Metro Region’s Diversify the Workforce, a coalition of women of color to support and advocate for diversity and equity in the workforce.
She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelors in Forest Management and is a Fellow with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Anita and her husband Craig have four children and live in a small house in SE Portland with her organic garden and three honeybee hives.
Eric Zimmerman is the Chief-of-Staff to Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel and has been attending City Club Friday Forums since he was in high school. Eric first attended City Club because of a strong interest in education issues facing Oregon. Eric became a City Club member in 2013 and is involved in several issues facing our community today. As an employee at Multnomah County, Eric co-founded the Veterans Employee Resource Group and served on the Multnomah County Veterans and Military Task Force. Eric is currently the commanding officer of the Headquarters Company of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the Oregon Army National Guard. He is a veteran of the Iraq war, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge for his service. At Multnomah County, Eric focuses on public safety, economic development, anti-human trafficking, and education issues. Eric is a graduate of the University of Portland with both a B.S. (Organizational Communications) and an Executive Masters of Business Administration.
John Horvick, Past President
John Horvick was the first under-40 president in over 30 years. John brings the commitment of a new generation of Club members to his role as on the board. Since joining City Club in 2004, John has volunteered for two research committees and chaired the Research Board, chaired the New Leaders Council, co-created several Member-Led Forum events, and served on the Board of Governors. Professionally, he is vice president & director of research at DHM Research where he conducts public opinion research in a variety of policy areas, including health care, education reform, sustainability, land use planning, and water management. John previously served as a project director at the University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research and at the OHSU School of Nursing, where he managed a Phase III clinical trial related to family caregiving. He has a long-standing interest in conflict resolution and has been a volunteer mediator with Resolutions Northwest's neighborhood program. John graduated from the University of Minnesota with a sociology degree. John is also a devoted long-distance runner, competing in marathons and competitions across the country.