Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Board Members
Our organization is run entirely by hard working volunteers. Scroll down to learn more about our current board members, all of whom devote countless hours and personal effort to keep the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park (and the park itself) running smoothly.
Kathleen Cornett has lived on the east side of Mt. Tabor for 30 years and walks the park on most days. She is recently retired from a decades-long career in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations at The Oregon Community Foundation and The Oregon Food Bank. Her husband Steve Grove is a furniture maker; they have one adult son who lives in Portland.
A die-hard trail runner, Anne finds Mt. Tabor Park to be a wonderful alternative to running the streets. She's the organizer of a fundraising event that benefits the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park: a 5k walk/run and 10k run, The "Tar 'n' Trail" event. Anne has been a board member since 2011, and she and her husband live near Mt. Tabor. Anne has been employed with the Portland Development Commission for 4 years. Besides trail running, Anne enjoys spending time camping, hiking and kayaking with her husband and her dog Potomac.
A Mt. Tabor resident, Hannah joined the board in 2018 and visits the park weekly as a runner and walker. After returning from a year-long trip around the world she realized parks are at the centers of our communities and wanted to contribute to her own community. Since 2009 she has worked at Bonneville Power Administration in their Fish and Wildlife mitigation program, providing funds for salmon and river habitat restoration projects throughout the northwest. IN her spare time you can find her skiing, hiking, or gardening in her tiny front yard on the way up to Mount Tabor park.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, Linda began a career that would take her to jobs in journalism, public relations, higher-education fundraising and, finally, non-profit management. Linda retired in 2017 and settled in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. She and her husband joined the Mt. Tabor Foot Patrol and walk the park several times a week.
Brandon and his wife Jess moved to Portland in 2018 from San Antonio, Texas and immediately fell in love with Portland and their neighborhood near Mt. Tabor Park. He is an avid backpacker, trail runner, and overall adventurer, enjoying all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer! Professionally, Brandon is an Environmental Director, specializing in environmental policy, biological and cultural field studies, and compliance. On any given day, you are likely to catch him running in the park, walking his pups, or gardening in his front yard.
Steve has lived within walking distance of Mt. Tabor for 36 years, first in Montavilla and since 1991 in South Tabor, where he views the mountain from his living room window.
Over many years, Steve, his wife and their three children have relied on and treasured the park for hiking, biking, jogging, walking the dog, enjoying summer concerts, sledding and skiing.
He joined the board in 2020, months after retiring as an editor and reporter for the Portland Tribune. Steve enjoyed a 35-year career in Oregon newspapers, where he specialized in covering state and local government, the environment and real estate. Earlier, Steve was a radio reporter in Alaska, a volunteer coordinator for KBOO-FM in Portland and a secondary social studies and English teacher in inner-city Los Angeles. He graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Elected as Membership Chair in 2020, Marco and his wife moved to Portland in 2017 and he brings two decades of hospitality industry experience, including ten years as a small business owner. He enjoys cooking, hiking, writing, photography, walking with his dogs, taking care of his household, and spending time with family and friends.
Hap and his wife moved to the Portland area in 2004 to be close to their two children and their grandchildren. The move coincided with his retirement from a career at the EPA and a final three-year stint at the Danish National Environmental Research Laboratory where he was a senior research fellow. Retirement has allowed Hap to spend lots of time in his woodworking shop, to dabble with my model railroad in the basement, and to garden at his “mini-estate” in Southeast Portland.
Anka has lived next to Mt. Tabor Park for nine years and runs the stairs every day. She's been a Weed Warrior for four years, and last year had her home certified as a Backyard Habitat.
Elected as treasurer in 2019, Rachel and her husband have lived in the Mt. Tabor area for ten years. She spends many hours running, walking, biking, and picnicking in the park, and has also accompanied her son on bird walks there. Rachel is a science writer and works downtown for the research branch of the US Forest Service.
A native Oregonian, retired Medical Technologist Bing moved to the Mt. Tabor neighborhood in 1992 to be closer to Mt. Tabor Park's outstanding birding opportunities. He joined the board a few years ago to give a birder's perspective. He is also a board member of the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association since 1997, and serving as their treasurer from 1998. Other activities include membership with the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee, Friends of Tualatin and Malheur National Wildlife Refuges, Audubon member, and he volunteers as crew leader for FMTP Weed Warriors. In his spare time, Bing enjoys photography, golf, and traveling.