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.
A transplant from the northeast, Martrese is a graphic designer who moved to the Mt. Tabor neighborhood in 2008. After falling in love with the park, she joined the board in 2014. Her FMTP work includes managing the group's social media presence and website, and designing brochures and newsletters. Martrese spends her free time running marathons (training in the park!), horseback riding (hunter/jumper), SCUBA diving, and lots of traveling.
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.
Mary's passion is the habitat restoration volunteer work of the Weed Warriors. She served as its program coordinator for several years and recently spearheaded the fundraising campaign to raise over $100,000 to fun our part-time Stewardship Coordinator position. She is a retired professor and administrator from Portland State University who currently enjoys golf, travel, time with family and friends, and most recently, joyful times with great granddaughter Elinor Jane.
After moving to Portland in 2006, retired programmer Suzanne enjoyed walking in Mt. Tabor Park for several years before joining FMTP. A member of the board since 2014, she took on the post of Membership Chair when it became vacant. Her other activities include volunteering at a local school, helping at church functions, and enjoying her grandchildren.
Dennis is Leader of the Foot Patrol since 2015, member of Friends of Mt. Tabor Park since 2007, and has been enjoying the beauty and fun of the park since 1954 when he ventured with young friends to the park. He also volunteers for Friends of Ladd's Addition Rose Gardens, and spends free time walking, hiking, riding his bicycle in the City of Roses (Portland). His professional career was in the telephone industry as a microwave radio engineer. Dennis is original Portland guy, born and raised on the South side of Mt Tabor.
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.
Gil relocated from the east coast to Portland in 1993 and runs frequently in the park. His interest in restoring native plants and habitats proved useful as a Weed Warrior crew leader, a post he's held since 2017. Gil retired from Oregon DEQ’s headquarters office in 2018 after 25 years as a project manager in its Cleanup Program. He loves nature, animals, nature/art photography, landscape design/gardening, and volunteer work of all kinds, and serves as our liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation.