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My goal is to see the organization continue to move forward in its mission of researching the history of African American in Oregon; working to insure that this history is captured and made available to the broader public in accessible forms such as exhibits, travel tours, virtual museum, etc.; and that it is included in the telling of the Oregon story. Another goal is to continue to work toward increasing our sources of stable and ongoing financial support.
I envision a board that is diverse and where every member is productive, using his/her talent, skills and expertise in doing something to advance the cause and mission of the organization.
Retired Business Owner
Gwen is currently Secretary of the Board of the Oregon Black Pioneers and serves on the Programming Committee.
She contributes voluminously through historical research honoring the lives of African Americans who have contributed to the historical development of Oregon.
In her role, she develops exhibits, displays, publications and makes presentations to schools, colleges, historical societies, and civic organizations. She has served as the Project Manager for the organizations newly published book on black history in Marion and Polk counties entitled: Perseverance: A History of African Americans in Marion and Polk County Oregon.
She was born and raised in Los Angeles California and attended college at California Lutheran University and Long Beach State University. She moved to Oregon in 1980 where she worked for over 20 years as an Information Systems Program Manager for SAIF Corporation, specializing in change management and business process improvement, retiring in 2003. Since retiring she has been able to pursue her passion of learning and educating others about Oregon’s rich black history.
Chair, Research and Education Committee
"Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places."
"Even if it's just an old story, it could give us some clues about a building still standing," said Moreland during a recent interview.
Moreland, a former City of Portland planner, said that she was working on a supplement for the city's Albina Community Plan when she became interested in going deeper into the history of African Americans in the region.
One thing led to another and she has been on the board of the Oregon Black Pioneers since 2007.
The hope behind the current project, she said, is to eventually gather enough documentation to be able to nominate at least five locations around the state for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places But to do that, there's a lot of detective work still to be done by the deadline for submissions, which is has been extended.
And that's where the general public comes in. Moreland and others working on the project want people to notify them of stories they've heard by submitting information
Chair: Oregon African American Historical Places
Phone: 503-430-5347 (w) 503-380-1241(c)
Chair: Marketing Committeezoe@oregonblackpioneers.org
Aside from managing Oregon Black Pioneers website and Facebook page, Zoe works with small to medium sized businesses around the country.
Because most of her work is web-based, her client base is nationwide including the Chicago area, Detroit, Portland, Salem and Eugene, Oregon. She has been a member of the Better Business Bureau since 2015.
Having grown her own business from a part-time concern to a full time career, Zoe goal is to help businesses focus and simplify many aspects of their own practices. She integrates digital concepts to Organize, Prioritize and Optimize her client's time and resources.
Owner, Zoe Morrison Digital Business Solutions
Chair: Marketing Committee
Janet Jacquier lives in Salem, OR and works for Willamette University.
"As a new member of OBP I am working to support projects that are already in place. I will be working with Willie on the poster hanging of the posters from the national African American museum and plan to work with Kim on this years bus tour."
"My goal is to support planning, development, and research of high impact programs that support spreading unknown information to communities across the state of Oregon."
"I have worked at many college and university multicultural centers. As a graduate student I studied racial identity development of college students. I have always had a passion for exploring racial history."
"I enjoy being a part of a common goal of spreading unknown histories of folks that have lived in this state for much longer than people expect. "
"With Oregon Black Pioneers the amazing work is of stories that must be told. As a non native Oregonian I did not know the racial history of the state."
"I was quick to learn this history and know the board is capable of reaching more folks. "
Janet received her master's degree from Oregon State University in College Student Services Administration with a focus on social justice.
Janet has a passion for exploring the racial history of Oregon and especially in relation to the experience of college students in the state. She is working closely with the coordination of an OBP internship program.
Please contact her if you are interested in learning more.
Treasurer and Chair: Fund Committee
Suesann is an Agent for MassMutual Financial Group in Salem. Her work provides an analysis of your current financial situation and helps you:
Identify financial goals and concern
Illustrate what is being done to reach those goals and deal with concerns
Identify gaps, if present, and offer solutions to fill them
A graduate of Oregon State University Suesann has enjoyed supporting her community to raise awareness for diverse groups through equality. She is honored to have been chosen by the board to provide the specific duties assigned to her.
Natalia serves as Archivist and adviser for the Oregon Black Pioneer materials and digital collection.
"As a board member, I serve on the Program Committee, specifically to manage the OBPs collections including artifacts, archival documents, and exhibit materials such as props and panels. I am also a member of the 2018 Exhibit Committee curating an exhibit to be hosted by the Oregon Historical Society."
"As part of my collections management role with the board, I need to ensure that all of the OBP collections materials are documented using our collections management system. My goals are to make sure that all physical and digital items are properly stored and cared for as well as organized for easy access; to include all the relevant information needed for all OBP materials in our collections management system; to develop policies regarding the donation, organization, description, and care of all OBPs materials; and to train other board members on the processes developed. And of course, an ongoing goal is and will continue to be to provide maintenance and support of collections management related activities."
"In my current position I serve as the curator and archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) at Oregon State University The mission of the OMA is to assist in preserving the histories and sharing the stories that document Oregon's African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American communities. A large part of my position through the OMA is collections development and management – this means I work with community members, both as individuals and organization representatives, to archive their materials. As part of the archival process, I arrange and describe materials, ensure their long term preservation, and provide access to the collections content for the general public. I also curate a number of exhibits and lead several oral history projects."
"In the years prior to joining the OBP board, I worked indirectly with the OBP by offering OMA materials for display, attending OBP events and exhibits, as well as reading the books published through the organization. I was always impressed with the incredible amount of information the OBP gathered and most importantly, made accessible to the public. It is now an absolute pleasure and career highlight for me to be a part of the board! I love the work that I do through the Oregon Multicultural Archives and very much enjoy being able to apply my knowledge supporting the mission and accomplishing the goals set forth by the OBP."
Natalia's wish list for an intern with OBP: "In order to assist with the OBP collections management needs, an intern or volunteer could work on the process of physically organizing the materials and/or compiling the necessary data for the collections management system. The skills required include a strong attention to detail as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and work independently."
Natalia provided assistance and supported Kim Moreland in coordinating the 2016 Back Roads to Black History” bus tour.
Natalia wrote the report for the 2016 bus tour.
Having attended Oregon Black Pioneers events and exhibits for many
years, Elise was happy to have the opportunity to join its board of
directors this year. “Oregon Black Pioneers has done an enormous
amount of terrific work, and I hope to be able to assist in some way
as a board member,” she said. “I felt honored to help collect
artifacts for Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years, and I
look forward to our offering a traveling version of the exhibit to
venues throughout Oregon.”
Born and reared in Mississippi, Elise moved to Portland in 1990, after
ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works as a freelance
editor and for the past 20 years has been an active volunteer in work
to prevent gun violence.