Board Members

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Willie Richardson

President
Willie@oregonblackpioneers.org

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
Phone: 503-269-1023

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Willie Richardson

Willie Richardson

President

Gwen Carr

Secretary
gwen@oregonblackpioneers.org

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
Phone: 503-949-5142

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Gwen Carr

Gwen Carr

Secretary

Kim Moreland

Vice President
kim@oregonblackpioneers.org

"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)

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Kim Moreland

Kim Moreland

Vice President

Martha Rutherford

Chair: Board Development
martha@oregonblackpioneers.org

 

Recruiting board members and working with my committee to clarify by-laws, etc.. Martha's goal is to build the board to capacity with people who are willing to work to make the organization sustainable and financially sound.

"I have owned 2 small businesses and served on non-profit boards since the mid-70s......I manage and market my husband's art business, have handled legal and financial issues for agencies as a board member."

Retired Business Owner
Phone: (458) 201-7802

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Martha Rutherford

Martha Rutherford

Chair: Board Development

Zoe Morrison

Chair: Marketing Committee
zoe@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.

503-719-5444

Owner, Zoe Morrison Digital Business Solutions

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Zoe Morrison

Zoe Morrison

Chair: Marketing Committee

Janet Jacquier

Board Member
janet@oregonblackpioneers.org

Janet Jacquier lives in Salem, OR and works for Willamette University.

She 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.

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Janet Jacquier

Janet Jacquier

Board Member

Suesann Abdelrasul

Board Member
suesann@oregonblackpioneers.org

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 concerns
  • 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.

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    Suesann Abdelrasul

    Suesann Abdelrasul

    Board Member

    Fred Stewart

    Board Member
    fred@oregonblackpioneers.org

    I am a black man who has sold real estate in Portland for most of the past 30 years, and I’ve sold more real estate in Inner North and Northeast Portland than anyone alive today. I just recently closed on my 760th address, and I have well over 1,000 transactions just in Inner North and Northeast Portland (the area you call Albina). I have personally walked into more homes in that area than probably anyone else.

    As of this week, I have lived in Albina for 40 years. I was President of King Neighborhood for nearly a decade. I come from a family that can trace its Portland roots back to 1935, so I know a lot of about the city’s black history.

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    Fred Stewart

    Fred Stewart

    Board Member

    Tatiana Bryant

    Board Member
    tatiana@oregonblackpioneers.org

     

    Tatiana Bryant, MPA, MSLIS, has over ten years of experience in libraries, archives, museums and nonprofits

    Tatiana is passionate about cultural heritage preservation and dissemination. She has served as a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America.

    As a Board Member, Tatiana supports OPB public education initiatives, including virtual museum development and public history exhibitions and talks.

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    Tatiana Bryant

    Tatiana Bryant

    Board Member

    Jonathan Cain

    Board Member
    jonathan@oregonblackpioneers.org

    Jonathan Cain earned his MLIS at Pratt Institute in New York. As Government Information Librarian, he is the libraries’ primary liaison with the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, providing in-depth consultative reference services, collection development, and course-integrated instruction.

    He has previous professional experience with the libraries of Hunter College (CUNY), New York University, and the College of New Rochelle.

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    Jonathan Cain

    Jonathan Cain

    Board Member

    Natalia Fernandez

    Board Member
    natalia@oregonblackpioneers.org

    Natalia  serves as Archivist and adviser for the Oregon Black Pioneer materials and digital collection.

    She provides the research and gives direction as the organization develops it’s plan for preserving the collection.

    She works at the The Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA)  Natalia ” assists in preserving the histories and sharing the stories that document Oregon’s Latino/a communities. My work involves developing relationships with community organizations and individuals to collect, archive, and make accessible their histories. My areas of expertise include archival and historical research, oral history project coordination and implementation, and exhibit curation. OMA website:http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oma/Library and archives research pertaining to Oregon’s multicultural communities”

    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.

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    Natalia Fernandez

    Natalia Fernandez

    Board Member