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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

Growing Together

I like a lot of you have been watching what has been unfolding locally and nationally with regard to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  We have a serious and systemic issue with equity across many of our institutions and systems.  This impacts people, communities and businesses.

The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors decided we as a business organization needed to add our voice to raise awareness to the issue and released the following statement on our social media channels

June 3rd, 2020

At a time like this, it is hard to find the right words.

Words to express our sadness, frustration and anger about the injustice people of color face daily in our communities. 

We stand for equity, prosperity and systemic change.

We stand against police brutality and racism in all forms. 

We support the City of Tigard’s refreshed vision

“To be an equitable community for everyone.”

The Tigard Chamber is listening, open to learning and is committed to being part of the solution. 

Who will join us?

I am very proud of our organization and the Board of Directors for having the courage to speak into the issue.  Four or five years ago this might not have happened.  We as an organization are evolving as I hope we all are with increasing awareness of unconscious biases we may have and how many of our systems don’t deliver equity.

Our work actually began about a year and half ago as we looked at what we needed to do as an organization to better reflect our community and be welcoming to all.  The first result was an updated vision statement

Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

Since then we have worked behind the scenes to gain a better understanding of the culture around us in Tigard, listening and learning and beginning to partner with relevant organizations.

These are all just beginning steps, we have a long ways to go and we have to continue this work.  If you would like to join us on this journey please contact myself or Katherine Wiley at or

Debi Mollahan

CEO, Tigard Chamber

Now accepting 2020 Tigard Shining Stars Nominations

Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Tigard Shining Stars

The 46th annual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration recognizes and honors Tigard citizens who demonstrate excellence and community leadership in volunteerism, educational achievement and business. The fun, semi-formal dinner event and silent auction held at Embassy Suites Washington Square, celebrates our vibrant Tigard community and the individuals who make it so with awards, dinner and silent auction. 

Awards include the Jim Nicoli Youth Volunteer Award, John E. Cook Tigard’s First Citizen, a “From the Heart” Volunteerism Award (in honor of Jim Hartman), $3,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and Chamber awards for Chamber Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the year.  

This is the chance for Tigard residents to recognize, celebrate and say thank you to the people who work so hard all year long to enhance the community that we live and do business in and truly make Tigard “A Place to Call Home”. Nomination criteria and form download links are outlined below.

Tigard’s First Citizen –

Named in honor of John E. Cook, this award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving to improve the Tigard Area.

From the Heart –

This award honors a person who has dedicated their time and energy to a specific cause in the Tigard community.  Jim Hartman set the standard for this award by his example of giving from the heart to his community.  This person gives willingly, energetically and consistently.  This person might be well known or might be a “quiet” volunteer, unrecognized until now, but always gives “from the heart”!  This person may have worked on the same project for many years. 

Tigard Youth Volunteer Award – 

This award is given in honor of former Mayor, Jim Nicoli, who passed away in 2000.  His dedication to the youth of our community was a fitting way to honor his name and award 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 the future!  

Tigard’s Chamber Business of the Year –

This award recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community through their business. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about continuing to make Tigard a destination of choice for local business. Nominee must be a chamber member in good standing.

Outstanding Chamber Volunteer 

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. 

Ambassador of the Year

Being an Ambassador for the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce is no small task!  The Ambassador of the Year Award should be presented to a 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 to be a part of!

Any individual or organization can make a nomination with the exception of Ambassador of the Year. All Nominations are due by March 6, 2020.   

Thank you for supporting the 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala May 1, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. being held at Embassy Suites – Washington Square with your nominations.  If you have questions or need assistance please contact us at or call 503-639-1656.

Leadership Tigard Class of 2019 Hosts Chelsea’s Closet Fundraiser for Service Project

Chelseas Closet


For Immediate Release
April 18, 2019

Lauren Scott
Leadership Tigard Class of 2019

Tigard, Ore. – Tigard Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Tigard’s program goal is to inspire rising leaders to participate in the life of their community through education and experience in a broad range of activities.  This year’s Leadership Class, made up of local entrepreneurs, downtown business owners, government employees and residents, has chosen the Chelsea Hicks Foundation as their service project.

What: Chelsea’s Closet Fundraiser
Where: Beach Hut Deli (12436 SW Main St. Tigard, OR 97223)
When: 5-9pm
About: Serving up food and beverages with 20% of the proceeds from sales, and 100% of all backyard beers, raffle prizes and sponsorship dollars benefiting Chelsea’s Closet programs. The event will also feature raffle prizes (tickets for purchase) including a weekend trip to Palm Springs, bespoke eyewear designed by downtown business and Leadership Tigard participant EDA Frames (Frameabl), restaurant gift cards, and more. 

Tigard-based Chelsea’s Closet works to transform lives of children and families facing illness by including therapeutic dress-up and play with their hospital experience.

“After learning about the work Chelsea’s Closet was doing and hearing Allison’s story about her own daughter’s illness,” said Kris Barrett, Fairway Independent Mortgage Loan Officer and 2019 Leadership Tigard class member, “it became clear that this was a cause we wanted to support.”

After spending volunteer hours at the costume storage warehouse at Chelsea’s Closet, this year’s class decided to host a fundraiser in order to fund a needed computerized barcode inventory system. Making it easier for staff and volunteers to find specific costumes and accessories requested by hospitalized children.

“It was important to our Leadership Tigard Class that we not just volunteer for a day, but that we were able to make a lasting impact on this organization.” – Taylor Sarman, Chief of Staff for State Rep. Margaret Doherty and 2019 Leadership Tigard Class member. 

Tigard-based Chelsea’s Closet works to transform lives of children and families facing illness by including therapeutic dress-up and play with their hospital experience. They do this by offering children and their siblings the chance to select a costume and accessories from its mobile costume closet at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Research shows that active therapeutic play can promote normal development and significantly reduce the psychological and physiological stress for children facing serious medical challenges.

“Because of my own daughter’s illness, I know first-hand the horrors of watching a child go through numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery only to see it dampen their spirits and change their body,” says Alison Hicks, Chelsea’s Closet Co-Founder and CEO. “Remembering that they are children before they are patients, Chelsea’s Closet empowers them to be anything they want to be – transforming them with costumes, play, and imagination into the Superhero or Princess to combat their disease.”

The Leadership Tigard Class of 2019 hopes that others will come out and support this cause at their fundraiser on Friday, April 26th from 5-9pm at Beach Hut Deli.

About Leadership Tigard

Leadership Tigard is a program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce and educates rising leaders on the issues impacting business and their community and on the resources in the community, allowing one to become part of solutions as a more informed and engaged citizen. When you invest in Leadership Tigard you invest in the community and our future.

Chelsea’s Closet

Media Contact: Alison Hicks