Tigard-Tualatin School Board Candidate Endorsements Announced

April 20th, 2021 – For Immediate Release

Contact Information:

Debi Mollahan

 

Ethan Frelly

 

CEO

Board Chair

 

503-639-1656

(503) 502-3330

 

Debi@TigardChamber.org

Ethan@beltranproperties.com

 

(Tigard, Oregon) – The Candidate Endorsement Committee (CEC) of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, has determined its list of endorsements for the upcoming Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) School Board race coming up in the May 18th, 2021 election. The Committee consisting of local business owners, community leaders, and members of the Chamber Board of Directors came together to go through a non-partisan process to consider candidates for endorsement who align with the Chambers’ core values/mission, legislative agenda and who support workforce development/education that strengthens the business community and our employment base.

“This is an unprecedented time for those running for public office” said Debi Mollahan, CEO of the Tigard Chamber. “These decisions, while never easy, need to be made in order to move forward in the best direction for Tigard-Tualatin School District and our business community. We looked for candidates who understood the role of the school board in terms of both the staff and student community as well as the intersection with the business community as educators of our future employees”.

The Candidate Endorsement Committee for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their unanimous endorsement of the following candidates for the 2021 General Election being held May 18th, 2021.

TTSD School Board Seat 3

Octavio
 

Octavio Gonzalez has been engaged with TTSD for at various levels including school committees and most recently as a member of the TTSD Budget Committee.  He has a passion for making sure the student voice/the customer informs what programs are needed within TTSD and that they are inclusive and meet the needs of all students.

 With his background in both banking and HOA Account Management, Octavio has first hand experience with how work experience and the trades can provide high quality employment for students who would not benefit from or select a 4 year college path.  The business community needs a wide variety of skills in their workforce and the trades is a growing, lucrative field. Not all students are college bound and need education and experiences to help them chart a meaningful path towards a career.

Octavaio has a passion for ensuring programs within TTSD meet all students needs as well as creative ideas for how business and the district can collaborate to enhance student skills to increase employability including plugging into the work already being done between the district and Tigard and Tualatin Chambers under the #WorkReady umbrella.   We find Octavio not only to be a great fit to meet the districts’ goals, but also to amplify the role and benefit of business within the district.

TTSD School Board Seat 5 

marvin lynn

Marvin Lynn has been an educator for over 30 years, starting as an elementary school and then middle school teacher, moving into post-secondary education roles as both a professor and an administrator.  Because of this experience he has a deep understanding of curriculum, teaching, and educational policy and has successfully managed budgets. In addition he has served in a variety of other board and leadership positions.  His experience in both equity and diversity are also extensive.   All of these are important skills for the key responsibilities of a TTSD board member and to meet district goals. 

Marvin believes that all students regardless of background, skill set or interests need to have their educational needs met through the school district whether college bound or moving in a direction of career ready when exiting the district.  He sees that business can play a role in the opportunity for advanced learning and experience for students through business internships, career days/fairs and exposure to more technical training and career experiences.  We find Marvin extremely well qualified for this board seat.

“We greatly appreciate all of the candidates that took the time to go through our confidential in-depth questionnaire and took time out of their busy schedules for our in-person interviews” said Ethan Frelly,  Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Committee and Chamber agree that voters need to do their due diligence and cast their votes in May.

 

About the Tigard Chamber of Commerce

Mission – Building & Connecting Businesses, Growing Leaders and Shaping Our Community

Vision – Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

 

Emilio Calderon Named 2021 Tigard Shining Stars Youth Volunteer of the Year

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Emilio Calderon has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Youth Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of former Mayor Jim Nicoli, who passed away in 2000. Mayor Nicoli’s dedication to the youth of our community was a fitting way to honor his name and recognize  a youth in our community who volunteers to make a difference. Many young people in Tigard are active in volunteer efforts and it is our pleasure to acknowledge their contributions of dedication, energy and community spirit. They are our future!

Emilio joined the Tigard Youth Advisory Council (TYAC) at the age of 13. He has remained an active TYAC member and leader, serving two-terms as secretary and one term as President. During his time as the President of TYAC, Emilio grew the group’s membership and led several projects. He organized multiple volunteer events to cook dinner for families at the Good Neighbor Center, hosted monthly adopt-a-highway cleanups, volunteered at city events, promoted youth voices with ‘social media takeovers; and assisted in surveying Tigard youth about mental health challenges.

Most recently, Emilio was appointed the Youth Councilor on the City Council. His leadership continues as he serves on the Public Safety Advisory Board, participates in discussions on COVID-19 support needs, is a voice for younger Tigard residents on issues like School Resource Officers and racial justice, promotes the role of Youth Councilor and shares the importance of city parks on the video series, “Let’s Talk… Parks!”.

He does Youth Councilor and TYAC all while still balancing his studies and activities as a high school student.

Please join us in congratulating Emilio on this well-deserved award. His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.

Marcia Solberg Named 2021 Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Marcia Solberg, Relationship Marketing Specialist with Send Out Cards & Greener Still, has been named the 2021 Tigard Shining Stars Chamber Volunteer of the Year.  This award honors a Chamber member who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Tigard Chamber.  Bert Tousey and his example of Chamber volunteerism is commitment at its best.  This person is an example of an active member who has sustained their efforts on behalf of the Chamber over a long period of time.  By their efforts, they have made this organization more effective in serving the Tigard community.

Marcia Solberg has been a Tigard Chamber member for almost 11 years and from day one quickly engaged with the Tigard Chamber.

Marica is known within the chamber community as the ultimate connector and truly represents relationship marketing. You will almost always see Marcia at chamber events making connections, learning, volunteering and promoting the Tigard Chamber. She is often seen welcoming visitors and connecting them to other members.

Over the years, Marcia has been a huge advocate for the chamber. She continually brought visitors to Good Morning Tigard. She has been a listening ear for not only the chamber staff but for the members as well. She is always one of the first people to check in and spotlight members on social media and give shout outs at Good Morning Tigard. Marcia is continually supporting other chamber members through word of mouth, attending events and so much more.

Marcia has also been a huge help for our Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards. She has helped with auction donations and volunteering at the event. She is always offering help and will step up when needed.

Marcia has also volunteered her time to assist the Tigard Chamber staff with our Send Out Cards account by making and sending cards for us.

Overall, Marcia is a true chamber champion and superstar! We cannot thank her enough for all she has done for the chamber.

Please join us in congratulating Marcia on this well-deserved award.  Her award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org

Ethan Frelly Named 2021 Tigard Chamber Young Professional of the Year

Young Professional of the Year

Ethan Frelly, Lead Buyers Agent with Beltran Property Groups – eXp Realty, has been named the first Tigard Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. This award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging professional of the Tigard community. They or their employer must be a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce in good standing. They demonstrate excellence, creativity, and show initiative in their company, profession and/ or community. Must be between the ages of 18 to 40 years old.

Ethan is a true standout in the Tigard Chamber of Commerce community. Not only is he making impacts in his career but also in his community locally. Over the years, we have seen Ethan grow as a young professional and as a community leader.

When Ethan first began with the Tigard Chamber nearly 8 years ago, he initiated the launch of the Tigard Young Professional program gathering like minded young professionals around him. Recently, he also assisted the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce to start the South Metro Young Professionals program.

Ethan has held many leadership roles within the Tigard Chamber. Soon after joining the chamber, he became a member of the Ambassador team and later become Co-Chair and Chair of the team. He then joined the Tigard Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is currently the Board Chair. Expanding his impact he is also a member of the chambers’ Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee, Candidate Endorsement Committee and  recently represented the Tigard Chamber on the Metro SW Corridor Advisory Committee.

Outside of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, Ethan is a board member for the Tigard Downtown Alliance. Years before he became a board member, Ethan volunteered at downtown community events like Tigard Street Fair, Trick Or Treat Main Street and Holiday Tree Lighting.

Another trait that Ethan has that makes him the Young Professional of the Year is his continued interest in learning. He self-selected and paid to go through the Leadership Tigard program.

In his career, Ethan has quickly grown to be a successful Lead Buyer’s Agent for Beltran properties Group, eXp Realty. He is consistently looking for ways to add extra value for his clients.

Please join us in congratulating Ethan on this well-deserved award.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org

Micah Dorr Named 2021 Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year

Ambassador of the Year

Micah Dorr, Certified Financial Planner with Inman Financial Services, has been named the 2021 Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year.  The Ambassador of the Year Award is presented to an Ambassador volunteer who significantly affects a positive perception of the Chamber through active participation, an optimistic attitude and solid business practices.  The recipient is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making the Tigard Chamber a great organization!  

The Tigard Chamber Ambassadors are a volunteer group of chamber members who manage weekly a.m. networking, Speed Networking and Holiday Happy Hour.  They extend the capabilities of the chamber to deliver services to members in addition to paid staff.  Without the Ambassadors, the chamber could not have the impact it does for its members. 

Micah has been on the Ambassador team for 1+ years. He always brings warm energy, a smile on his face and is really about connecting people. When the pandemic hit, he was quick to volunteer to help with check in calls with our members. He is a wonderful emcee for our virtual weekly networking, Good Morning Tigard with his cheerful and witty personality. Micah continually contributes solid and creative ideas at the Ambassador meetings. He is a proactive member of the team that is always willing to step up and give his time.

Please join us in congratulating Micah on this well-deserved award.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from  De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org