We know you are a grandma, but what have you been doing for your community?
While on city council I have been on or the liaison for the following committees, boards and commissions of the city:
The Budget Committee, four years
Development Review Commission, council liaison for two years
50+ Advisory Board, council liaison for one year
Historic Resources Advisory Board, council liaison one year
Planning Commission, council liaison one year
Transportation Advisory Board, council liaison two years
DEI task force and then liaison to the full task force, two years
District task force for the pool, one year
What have you been doing in regional leadership?
Since 2019, I have been the alternate or member on the following committees:
Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPAC)
Clackamas County Coordinating Committee (C4)
C4 Metro Subcommittee
Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation (R1ACT)
Further, I have been on:
League of Oregon Cities (LOC), specifically the Energy and Environment Committee, the Finance & Taxation Committee and the Transportation Committee
I have participated at the National League of Cities for nearly four years.
Outside of politics (and being a mom, grandma and wife) what do you or did you participate in?
As you know, I have been a lawyer for 40 years, and I graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School, 1980. I got my BA in English from Portland State in 1976. For further information see, http://www.northportlandattorney.com
I currently belong to the National Lawyers Guild.
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
I am on the Advisory Committee for the Avel Gordly Center for Healing.
Over the years I have belonged to and participated in numerous organizations from the Rotary to La Leche League.
I was the president of the Philomath Chamber of Commerce.
I volunteered at the Lake Oswego school district moot court preparation.
I have done volunteer work for the Oregon State Bar.
St. Andrews Legal Clinic
Roosevelt High School
Campaign for Equal Justice
Catholic Lawyers for Social Justice
National lawyers Guild
Until the pandemic I conducted free monthly legal clinics and seminars at my office.
I volunteered for the legislative committee of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association which analyzes and advises on proposed legislation.
I have made Continued Legal Education presentments on a variety of legal matters, as well as legal presentments to groups and schools.
As of January 1, 2012, I was elected by my peers for a four-year term to be on the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar, the governing body for the profession. In the final year, I was the chair of the Budget & Finance Committee.
Kohlhoff & Welch (to our knowledge the first exclusively mother-daughter law practice in Oregon) participated in local events like the St. John’s Parade and the St. Johns Farmers Market. I donate to local drives at Holy Cross and Holy Redeemer schools as well as the Metropolitan Learning Center. I was active in fundraising for one of my granddaughters who is disabled, having taken a leadership role in three major events. I helped my husband, Mike, when he was an official in the United States Tennis Association which allowed us to travel the world.
Over the years I have worked in and for a variety of groups and causes including political campaigns such as the recent one for health care, been on the board of Fear No Music, and volunteered for Planned Parenthood.
I was a 2015 graduate of EmergeOregon.
I have attended several other candidate specific programs including Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) in Washington DC.
I graduated from the Clackamas County Citizens Academy.
In August 2020 I graduated from the Leadership Lake Oswego course sponsored by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce.
But what do you actually DO with yourself other than knit sew garden and love on your grandkids who unfortunately are not listening to you and growing up entirely too fast?
I belonged to a Multnomah County Pageturners book club which is suspended due to COVID.
I have been a Senior Auditor at PSU.
I have been involved in the triathlon sports for many years. I did multiple marathons, including Big Sur, New York, and Portland, bike centuries including one through all the New York boroughs. One of the best weekends of my life was biking Seattle to Portland.
What do you hope to do more of in the future?
Relax in Bend at our condo at Mount Bachelor Village.
Get back to the gym for weightlifting and cross-fit when I don’t have to try to breathe with a mask.
I’m eyeing bike trips in Viet Nam and Ireland
But you didn’t help at the lobster feed and didn’t hang flower baskets or pull ivy?
(But I am the one that puts on Christmas every year for the family and all their friends.)
Posted on 14 Oct 2020, 10:55 - Category: My thoughts