Make an Impact – Apply for Leadership Tigard


Aug 12th, 2020

For Immediate Release:  Tigard, Oregon

Leadership Tigard: Your Backstage Pass to Community and Opportunity

Now accepting 2020 2021 Applications
Left to Right – Mayor Jason Snider, Tigard Chamber CEO, Debi Mollahan, 2020 Graduates – Kelly Marks, Justina Williamson, Carol Krager, Leah Voit, Dolly Specht, Ryan Mohr, John Goodhouse, Pam Leavitt., Katherine Wiley, Kyle Arnhart, Richard Crokin, Patty Lofgren – Not pictured, Amber Bell, Kimberly Cederholm, Wes Charley, Annie Sprague

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce is seeking curious, collaborative, constructive, compassionate, and connected adults who are: business owners, government, non-profit, or academic professionals and volunteers.

Are you interested in gaining more knowledge about the community you live, work and play in? How about a deeper understanding of how it all fits together between business, government, non-profits, and community?  Would you like to impact the community of Tigard and help make it even better?  Then consider Leadership Tigard! Not into reading, go to our video page here

Leadership Tigard is a 1 day/month, 9 month program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.  The goal of the program is to educate and inspire adult leaders to participate in the life of our community at a variety of levels.  The purpose of Leadership Tigard is to create knowledgeable, connected, skilled, involved and passionate business and community members/leaders.

Participants in Leadership Tigard become part of local solutions as more informed and engaged citizens.  What some previous participants say about Leadership Tigard

  • Karen Emerson, current Tigard School Board member stated: “Leadership Tigard helped me find the confidence to represent my neighbors on the school board.”
  • Halsted Bernard, Director of Tigard Public Library stated: “Leadership Tigard has given me the tools to engage more deeply with the Tigard Community and the resources to collaborate with other leaders.”
  • Michelle Cheney, health care professional: ”I’ve lived in Tigard for 15 years and worked here for 7 and almost everything we learned was new.  I was delighted with how much Tigard has to offer, and I learned about important ways I can contribute to my community.”

Leadership Tigard graduates have impacted the local community through service projects over the last four years of the program in the following ways:

  • 2020 – Site preparation, assembly and installation of play structure for Family Promise of Tualatin Valley, a non profit that serves homeless children and their families.
  • 2019 – Raised over $6,000 for the Chelsea Hicks Foundation who provides play and laughter to children fighting cancer.
  • 2018 – Assembled 300 “Fresh Start” kits with essential health, hygiene and other necessities for the city’s most needy residents distributed through local agencies.
  • 2017 – Raised $5,000 for Project Homeless Connect Tigard – One Day Event, serving some of our most vulnerable community members.

Applications are now being accepted for the Leadership Tigard class of 2020/21. The program runs October 12th 2020 through June15th, 2021. Applications are due by September 24th, 2020. To learn more and/or apply visit: or email

Leadership Tigard is a program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Connect with us on, and Twitter @LeadersTigard

For more information contact Debi Mollahan: or (503) 639-1683


2020 Tigard Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

2020 High School Scholarship Reciptients

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Westside Professional Business Associates (WPBA), Pride Disposal, and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/ or work activities, scholastic achievement and letters of recommendation.

Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:

  • Luc Ta, Tigard High School
  • Maria Delgado, Tigard High School
  • Teddy Fronczak, Tualatin High School
Luc Ta Tigard High

Luc Ta is a self-taught musician that has been a part of the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Marching and Pep Band and Tigard Wind Quintet at Tigard High School. He was also the Co-President of the Philosophy Club and the President of the Teen Library Council at the Tigard Public Library. His volunteer efforts include assisting the Tigard Band Boosters, giving free math and physics tutoring and performing at retirement homes. With all his extracurricular activities and volunteering, he maintained a 4.0 GPA with IB classes.

One of Luc’s teachers stated, “While Luc clearly stands out academically, even amongst our “best and brightest.” He was also the most positive and supportive student I had as well.”

Maria Delgado Tigard High School

Maria Delgado is a graduate from Tigard High School. She has been a member of the Mecha Club and the Key Club. She has also volunteered for the Tigard Public Library, Northwest Children’s Outreach and at the Cinco de Mayo fair. While managing schoolwork, clubs, and volunteering, she also worked at BareMinerals and is currently working at Taco Bell.

Maria’s teacher at Tigard High School, says “I have been thoroughly impressed with her as a student and as a role model to her peers. Maria is an outstanding individual with the drive to excel academically.”


Teddy Fronczak is a heavily involved graduate from Tualatin High School. He has been on Student Council as an officer, was the Student Body President and has been a student representative to the TTSD school board. He has also been involved in the high school newspaper called “The Wolf”, Drama Club, and the Future Business Leaders of America. He was on the Soccer team and track team as well.

Along with his extracurriculars, he has worked at Panera Bread and Dutch Bros Coffee. He also volunteered for the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Key Club.

On top of all of this, he was able to maintain a 3.8 GPA with IB classes.

Matt Unis, Activities Director/ Student Council Advisor, says “In his (Teddy) time here at Tualatin he has helped to change our culture towards inclusiveness amongst our student population. His warm smile and genuine caring have been obvious and infectious.”

Our congratulation again to all three recipients. The scholarships will formally be given out in a special live streamed award ceremony on August 26 at 3 PM. Tune in on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page or YouTube channel to hear from each of our recipients.  We will be discussing favorite classes, college plans and career goals.

For further details about the Tigard Chamber Scholarship Award Ceremony, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at

H.R. 7671 – Small Business Comeback Act – A Joint Letter to Our Federal Delegation

Breaking News – The Washington County Chambers of Commerce partnership today has sent the following letter to all 3 members of our federal delegation who represent us:  Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Bonamici.  The letter sent to Merkley will show you the request that was sent to all 3 asking for support of the Small Business Comeback Act.  

WCCCP Small Business Comeback Act Letter to Feds

Click the image to read the full letter in PDF format.  Click the delegation last names for their individual letters

You can find a summary H.R. 7671 here.

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