Directors

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    Kent Ziegler

    President

    A Founding Director of the Oregon City Business Alliance, Kent Ziegler is currently serving his sixth year as its President. In addition, Kent serves on the State Homebuilder's Association (HBA) Board of Directors and has been involved in the home building industry for over 35 years. Kent is a fourth generation Oregonian growing up and living in Clackamas County. He also has served on numerous local committees including the Willamette Falls Trust, Chair of the Beavercreek Employment Area, Economic and Legislative Steering Committee for the Clackamas County Business Alliance and several others. His diligent and committed community involvement continues today by moderating monthly Forum presentations at the OCBA which focus on community outreach and citizen education of critical and timely matters in our local region.

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    Dan Fowler

    Vice President

    Founding Director Dan Fowler, former Oregon City Mayor and active in community development, currently serves as the OCBA Vice President.

    Dan is committed to quality projects that improve the livability and economy of Oregon City. He has served as an Oregon City Commissioner, Chair of the South Board Water Board, Chair of the Urban Renewal Agency and Chair of the Historic Review Board. Dan currently serves as Co-Chair of the Homeless Solution Coalition of Clackamas County, Chair of Clackamas Heritage Partners and is a Board Member of the Providence Willamette Falls Foundation Board. Dan is co-owner of the Abernethy Center and his long-term business and community involvement brings a unique perspective and insight to the Oregon City Business Alliance Board.

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    Chris Storey

    Secretary

    Chris is the Assistant Director of Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES), the regional wastewater and surface water utility serving large portions of Clackamas County. His work is focused on protecting public health and the environment by ensuring the creation of clean water. From 2009 to 2019, Chris served on the Oregon City School Board as an elected member, including a nearly three- year term as Chair. In that capacity he met other members of the Oregon City Business Alliance and was impressed with their vision and dedication to making our community a better place to work and live. Eventually becoming an OCBA board member, he now serves as Secretary. Chris also serves as the congregational president for Oregon City Evangelical Church where he and his family attends. Prior to joining WES, Chris worked as an attorney for nearly 20 years in both private and public practice, representing banks, venture capital funds, real estate investors, and businesses from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He also formerly served as legal Counsel for Clackamas County.

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    Eren Starr

    Treasurer

    Director Eren Starr currently serves as the OCBA Treasurer and is a Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow (LUTCF). This is a professional designation that is given jointly by The American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Eren owns a Farmers Insurance and Financial Services agency on Main Street, downtown Oregon City, specializing in all lines of insurance coverage and financial services. She has been a licensed Insurance Agent since 1985, starting her agency with Farmers in 1990. She is also a director on the board of FEAPAC of Oregon; Farmers Employees and Agent Political Action Committee and a member of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce.

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    Robb Crocker

    Director

    Founding OCBA Director Robb Crocker has invested over twenty years as a multiple award-winning serial entrepreneur and real estate investor. During this time, Robb has started multiple video-related media companies to exploit the booming demand for video content across the globe and, since 2005, has been creating opportunities for rising communities and entrepreneurs through commercial real estate investment and development.

    Robb, always visionary, was an early investor in Oregon City’s Main Street renaissance. He holds a BFA in Media Arts from University of Arizona and is a long-time northwest resident and property owner.

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    William Gifford

    Director

    A Founding Director of the OCBA and Past President, Vice-President, and Secretary, William Gifford owns an e-commerce enterprise and is actively involved in Oregon City politics. He serves on the City’s Budget Committee and the Urban Renewal Budget Committee and is a long-standing Trustee of the City’s Enhancement Grant Program (EGP). As a county appointed member of the Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) Advisory Committee, he additionally serves on the WES Budget Committee. Further responsibilities include membership on the Clackamas Fire District Budget Committee and as an appointed Commissioner to the Clackamas Economic Development Commission. An over 15-year member of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, he is an active member and past Chair of their Government and Economic Affairs Committee (GEAC). Gifford also serves as his Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Chair.

    William is married to Joyce, who is also very active in the community, and the proud father of four adult children and two adult stepchildren, four grandchildren and three step grandchildren, and two great-grandsons – all living in the Willamette valley.

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    Sherrie Henson

    Director

    Sherrie Henson currently serves as the Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager at Columbia Bank. She is responsible for small business banking and lending in the region. Sherrie places an emphasis on maintaining strong relationships and is vigilant about consistent contact with her colleagues and clients so that she may easily identify opportunities to assist, while acting as a resource and proactive problem solver.

    Sherrie has been in the banking industry for 20 plus years. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, she held the position of a multi-site manager for 16 years at Bank of the West, and held various retail positions during her 20-year tenure at US Bank. Sherrie has served on many Boards including NARI Pacific NW, the Rotary Club of Oregon City, Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, the Oregon City Rotary Club Foundation and the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon City Business Alliance, Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies, Inc. and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation.

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    Brian Shaw

    Director

    Director Brian Shaw is a former City Commissioner for the City of Oregon City. He also served as an Urban Renewal Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and a Founding Member of the Oregon City Historic Review Board. 

    Brian currently is Board Member for the Clackamas County Homeless Solutions Coalition, serves on Oregon City Together (an organization dedicated to mitigating the use of drugs and alcohol in the school district), and serves on the Oregon City School District Budget Committee.

    Brian recently retired as an Application Engineer where for 30 years he worked mainly in the aerospace industry. He is now moving his former private practice as an architectural designer into a full-time operation. Brian has designed projects from Seal Rock, Oregon to Tokyo, Japan. He specializes in residential and passive solar projects.

    Having lived in Oregon City for over 45 years, Brian was raised on a farm in Eastern Oregon. He understands and respects our resources and continues to work toward the highest and best use of them. 

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    Nick Veroske

    Director

    A Founding Director of the OCBA, Nick Veroske is President of Willamette Equities, Inc., a real estate investment, development, and commercial brokerage firm, as well as a property owner in downtown Oregon City. Mr. Veroske has an MBA from UCLA, a BA from the University of Puget Sound and is a graduate of the Northwest Bank Directors College. He was a director of Premier Commercial Bancorp, Hillsboro, OR, from 2011 until the bank’s merger with Heritage Bank at a market cap of $100 million in 2018. He has been a Trustee for the YMCA of Portland since 2000. He has served Oregon City’s business community since 2006 in various capacities including committees of Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) at its founding, as a member of two Parking Advisory Committees and currently as a monthly sustaining member of the Willamette Falls Trust. Nick lives in the Bethany area of NW Portland.

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    Tim Wuest

    Director

    Tim served 36 years providing equipment and software to medical institutions in the northwest. Now retired, Tim has worked on multi-family housing and is currently working on retail real estate projects with an emphasis on business growth. Tim and his wife have lived in Oregon City for 34 years.  He is a member of the Oregon City Transportation Advisory Group and speaks up for cyclists and pedestrian safety. Tim also sits on the board of the Hillendale Pickleball Club who promote and encourage the participation of the sport at Oregon City’s Hillendale Park. As a proud Director of the OCBA, Tim wants to be a part of the smart growth of Oregon City.

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    Nick Dierckman

    Director Emeritus

    A Founding Director, now Emeritus, of the Oregon City Business Alliance, Nick Dierckman previously held the office of Secretary as well as Membership Chair. Nick continues to be active with the OCBA Marketing Committee and various community organizations.

    Blane Meier

    Director Emeritus

    A Founding OCBA Director, now Emeritus, Blane has been a long-time resident of unincorporated Oregon City. After many years of service to numerous organizations, he is currently taking a hiatus from those responsibilities.

    Don Slack

    Director Emeritus

    Founding Director of the Oregon City Business Alliance, now Emeritus, and Past-Treasurer for the OCBA, Don is an Oregon City property owner. His community involvement includes being first Chair of the Main Street organization now known as DOCA. He continues to be active with the OCBA Marketing Committee and various community organizations. Don is a former recipient of the Oregon City Citizen of the Year award.

    Maureen Parkin

    Director Emerita

    Maureen Parkin is retired Controller at Parkin Electric, here in Oregon City. As former Director, now Emeritus, Maureen served many years as the OCBA Treasurer and continues to support the Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations.

    Rose Holden

    Director Emerita

    An OCBA Founding Director, now Emeritus and Past-Secretary, Rose is a long-time community business leader and visionary property owner.

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    Sheri Imes

    Administrative Assistant

    Sheri Imes is the Oregon City Business Alliance Administrative Assistant. She works to provide support to the OBCA Directors and the daily working tasks of the Alliance. Some of these items include preparing flyers and monitoring the registration of the monthly luncheons. She also attends the monthly Board meetings and prepares the draft agenda and minutes. Sheri began working with the OCBA in August of 2017.

    Sheri has a love for downtown Oregon City. Her grandparents purchased the building at 900 Main Street in 2006. Sheri was offered the position of Accounting Manager in 2009 for that building and continued to work there until the building sold in 2019. Sheri also managed the office and accounting duties of two other office buildings, one in Beaverton and the other in Vancouver Washington. She began working with Bookworks Accounting and Consulting at the beginning of 2019. Sheri spent time in high school and her early college years working in an accounting department.

    Sheri holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Simpson University in Redding California.

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