Board of Governors, 2013-2014
John Horvick, President
John Horvick will be the first under-40 president in over 30 years. John brings the commitment of a new generation of Club members to the role of president-elect. 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 as a research associate 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, where he focused on tobacco policy, and at the OHSU School of Nursing, where he managed a Phase III clinical trial related to family caregiving. John graduated from the University of Minnesota with a sociology degree. He has a long-standing interest in conflict resolution and has been a volunteer mediator with Resolutions Northwest's neighborhood program. John is also a devoted long-distance runner, competing in marathons and competitions across the country.
Karen Kervin, President-Elect
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.
David Quisenberry, Secretary
David Quisenberry joined City Club in 2010, currently serves on the Club's Research Board and is 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 and also serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of The Dougy Center.
Bill Holmer, Treasurer
Bill Holmer has been a member of City Club for over 10 years and has served as Treasurer since 2011. Prior City Club service includes membership on the Friday Forum Committee, the Finance Committee, and serving on the City Club study on the Business Environment in Portland. Following graduation from Princeton University with a degree in Economics, Bill served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador before receiving an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Bill works as an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation with the First Princeton Corporation, a business he formed in 1983. Bill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, where he sings in the choir, and is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Portland.
Rob Aldisert is the managing partner at Perkins Coie. He recently chaired the Club's PERS study committee and is leading the advocacy efforts for the study's recommendations. He has practiced law for 20 years and focuses on the trial and litigation 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.
Jeanne Crouch is the Director of Sustainable Growth at Charter Construction where she focuses on business development, community outreach and steering the company’s activities in an ever more sustainable direction. Prior to her work at Charter, Jeanne was a management consultant, guiding owners and executives of mid-sized companies in growing their businesses to the next level of performance. Earlier in her career she held various management and senior positions at Callanetics Franchise Corporation, CoBank and the Browning Corporation, served as a policy advisor to the South African government, co-founded Environmental Training and Consulting International and served in the International Executive Service Corps. In 2011 Jeanne received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Oregon Community Associations Institute (CAI) and in 2012, CAI Oregon received a national award for the program she developed with Habitat for Humanity. Jeanne has been a City Club member since 2006 and has served on the Friday Forum committee.
La Toya Fick
Toya Fick is the associate director of local and federal relations with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In this capacity, she manages OHSU's work with local elected officials and the Oregon congressional delegation. Her previous experience includes serving as the senior legislative associate for the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she served as a legislative aide to then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on education, affordable housing, and other issues affecting children and families. She received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago.
Deane Funk, governor, is manager of local government affairs for Portland General Electric, overseeing the local government function in the six county territory served by PGE. In 1988, six years after graduating from the University of Southern California, Dean went to PGE to propose a technology transfer project which would introduce Swedish energy-efficiency and secondary wood products manufacturing to Oregon’s transitioning economy. This ultimately led to the founding of Pacific Century Homes in 1990. His interest was in public policy, so he remained with PGE, managing government affairs issues. He managed PGE’s anti-Public Utility District (PUD) campaign in Multnomah County in 2003, and oversaw the on-going anti-PUD campaigns in several counties.
Deane has served on an array of public policy boards throughout the Willamette Valley, including the METRO 2040 Means Business committee, the Basic Rights Oregon board and the Policy Council for the Oregon Childcare Resource and Referral Network. Currently Deane serves on the boards of Travel Portland and the East Metro Economic Alliance.
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.
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.
Pat McCormick, Past President
Pat McCormick is a partner in AM:PM PR, a Portland public relations firm he founded in 2010 with his daughter, Allison. For the prior 20 years, Pat was a partner in Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, a public affairs, research and public relations firm with offices in Portland, Salem and Washington, D.C. He brings 40 years of experience in Oregon public policy and communications to the counsel he offers clients and colleagues. In 1999 his Portland PR peers honored him with the prestigious William Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat’s public policy role began as chief of staff to Oregon House Majority Leader Les AuCoin, then as Oregon staff director after AuCoin was elected to Congress. Pat returned to the state capitol as chief of staff to House Speaker Hardy Myers. He then founded his own public affairs firm and directed the state’s high tech trade association. He later managed state affairs for Tektronix and served as senior VP at Pihas Schmidt Westerdahl advertising and PR agency before joining CFM in 1991. Pat has been a City Club member since 1969.
Su is the Managing Partner of Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, Inc. (DHM Research), a non-partisan and independent public opinion research firm specializing in public policy issues and social causes. Su has been in her field for close to 15 years and feels privileged to work on important reform issues like education, health and wellness, alternative transportation and renewable energy. She strives to bring more awareness of the values and beliefs of 18-24 and 12-17 year-olds on these issues. Su came to the US from South Korea to take advantage of our great public education, eventually graduating from the University of Tennessee in Marketing and Psychology, before finding her home in Portland. Su has been a City Club member since 2008.
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. Kourtney serves as the secretary for the Portland Chapter of the Women of Wind Energy and has supported various organizations in Portland, including the Oregon Food Bank. She is a graduate of the University of Portland.
Jazzmin Reece moved to Oregon in 1999 to pursue a college degree and the experience of a college athlete. Since graduating from Willamette University, she has held many roles related to real estate development, planning, policy, education and technology. Today she works for Nike as a business systems analyst and is also the owner of a certified Minority Woman Emerging Small Business (MWESB) that is focused on project management, business analysis and system support for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Jazzmin is passionate about civic engagement and served on the City Club's research study committee on regional transportation governance. As the current president of the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals, she understands the importance of community advocacy, outreach and education on policymaking and decisions that impact an entire community and its residents.