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The Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association is governed by a board of directors of civic and community volunteers who generously give of their time and energy to accomplish the missions of the Association.

StevenSteven Orcutt, President
Steve is a Portland lawyer in private practice, specializing in estate planning and administration and business law. He represents several Japanese clients regarding their investments in the Portland area, as well as Gakko Hoojin Hokkaido International School, a American-style K-thru-12 school in Sapporo. Steve studied in Japan while an undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College and was also stationed there while serving in the U.S. Navy. He has been an active member of the PSSCA board for more than 25 years and served as president from 1993 to 1997.
StephenStephen D. Bloom, Vice President
Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden. Under his leadership, the Garden has successfully developed a comprehensive master site plan, created a curatorial department, expanded and improved programming in culture, art, and education, formed an International Advisory Board, increased national and international visibility and recognition, implemented a fund development program, and seen strong organizational growth and increased financial stability. Steve was a 2008-09 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, and concurrently served as Visiting Scholar at Tokyo University of Agriculture. Following his fellowship in Japan, Steve led an effort to create the North American Japanese Garden Initiative and Association, now in its early stages.
MichaelMichael Bacon, Secretary
Michael works as the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Immersion Achievement Coordinator providing program, professional and curriculum development for 10 immersion programs in Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Russia and leads several major federal grant projects. He served as the President of the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon for several years and previously worked for eight years as a teacher and curriculum specialist for the PPS Japanese Magnet Program at Mt. Tabor Middle School teaching language arts and social studies in Japanese. Michael also taught Japanese at the high school level, and ESL in Japan to children and adults. He loves soccer, farming and spending time with his wife and kids.
MarilynMarilyn Clint, Treasurer
Marilyn is the Chief Operating Officer & Director of Events and Communications for Portland's Official Festival, the Portland Rose Festival. A 25-year veteran of the special events industry, certified as a Festivals and Events executive, she specializes in managing live, televised events (like the Grand Floral Parade) and in overall communications strategies, including media relations and social media marketing. In 2007 she was the Executive Producer of the award-winning motion picture, 'From One Rose.' She loves blogging, fiction writing and tennis.
RosannaRosanna Linnell, Assistant Treasurer
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ThomDr. Thompson Faller, Immediate Past President
Thom is a Professor of Philosophy and of the Ethics of Health Care at the University of Portland. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Faller joined the University of Portland in 1964 and has been a full professor since 1980. A noted medical ethicist, Thom has served on a variety of health care and education boards and committees including Oregon Government Ethics Commission, the Providence Health System Institutional Review Boards, the National Catholic Education Association Board of Directors, the National Association of Boards of Education Advisory Committee and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
AdamAdam Baker, Royal Rosarian Liaison
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JohnJohn Baumgardner II
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KristyKristy Conrad
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EricEric Franz
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YokoYoko Gulde
Yoko is a translator for Lane Powell. The historian of the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association, she was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and has lived in Portland since 1973. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1977.
ChiyokoChiyoko Honma
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JaniceJanice Quivey
Jan works for the Portland Art Museum assisting the Curator of Asian Art with travel, exhibitions, research and installations of Asian art. She also acts as liaison to the support councils (850 members belonging to groups with specific art interests), as well as organizing the volunteers for the Speakers Bureau she developed. She just completed a 12-year involvement with the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, where she was responsible for the Garden's guide training and the Speakers Bureau. Jan had a ten-year career teaching in public schools in California and New Jersey, utilizing her degree in Education and Speech & Hearing Therapy.
CharleyCharley Scott
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AjayAjay K. Sharma
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Noah Siegel, ex officio (Mayor's Office Liaison)

Chad Stover, ex-officio

Matt Weadick, ex-officio