Our staff and Board of Directors have a strong commitment to enhancing the lives of our participants and their families. Their tireless devotion to ensuring the independence and dignity of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities helps guide us daily.
LEADING WITH STRENGTH AND VISION
A Professor Emeriti at Portland State Univerty, Jean was instrumental with introducing the concept of "normalization" to Oregon's Mental Health System and going on to establish one of the nation's first non-profit organizations devoted to helping adults with developmental disabilities reach their highest potential. Jean's first experiences with people born with developmental disabilities came at a young age, and would help lay the foundation of her life's work.
Diana has worked in accounting and finance as Chief Financial Officer in three different industries. She teaches accounting and finance classes at Portland Community College and in the recent past at the University of Portland. In Diana’s spare time, she serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation.
Ann brings a law degree and background in public accounting, as well as many years running an engineering business in Europe to her role as Board Member. She also serves as the Board representative from Edward’s Vox Committee family support network advisory group. Ann, whose sister was born with a developmental disability and is an Edwards' program participant, joined the Board to continue a family tradition. Her parents were pioneers in the 60’s and 70’s helping to improve the lives of developmentally disabled in Portland, including gaining access to public services such as special education.
Ken (of Bonita Pioneer) has the unique perspective of having seen it from both sides. As the father of an adult son with cerebral palsy, he’s seen the benefit his son has derived from support and activities, be it schooling, social or sporting events and as a Board Member with Edwards Center, he recognizes the kind of effort that goes into making those benefits possible.
Anne joins the Edwards Center's Board because of her sister, Marla, who, born with Down syndrome, is the heart of Anne’s family. Anne thinks Marla taught her and her siblings the art of compassion and that we would be hard pressed to find anyone happier than her sister.
Anne has spent her life in the Pacific Northwest having attended high school locally at St. Mary’s Academy and college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and went on to have a career in commercial real estate development. This career path led her to her husband, Steve Andersen of Andersen Construction. They share three college aged children.
Joe Black has worked as a primary care physician for Multnomah County Health Department, and OHSU, since the early 1980’s. He enjoys the relationships that develop over time in the health care setting. He dedicates his work for the Edwards Center to his good friend Amy, who has lived at one of the Edwards Center residences for many years. The Edwards Center brings fulfillment and security to the people it serves. This allows Amy and all the other clients to achieve maximal independence, enriching their lives and potential. The Edwards Center continues to seek out new, and innovative ways to provide services to its clientele. Serving on the Board of Directors will always be a wonderful way to help great people do better for everyone.
Kristi joined the Edward Center’s Board because of her relationship with Edwards’ Founder, Jean Edwards that began in the 70’s when she was a child. Her father taught Special Education in the North Clackamas School District and was the camp director for the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp from 1974-1979.
She has worked in the Beaverton School District for the past 21 years and it was because of Jean that she got a job at Aloha High School in 1996, directly out of grad school. She is currently one of the district’s Transition Specialists, working with youth that have special needs. She works heavily with families, preparing them for the transition from high school to post-high school services.
Sue joined the Board to continue a family tradition. “My father-in-law was one of Edwards Center’s original board members,” she says. Her years as a Vox representative have given her a unique insight into how Edwards Center fulfills its' mission.
Alex Lee, son of John and Heidi has two siblings who have lived in Portland for many years. On one visit, the Lees learned about the Edwards Center, met Jean Edwards and made it their mission to relocate from their home in a borough of NYC to make Edwards Place home for Alex, John and Heidi.
John retired in 2016, as an in-house attorney for large public companies and start-ups, all specializing in capital equipment lease and financing transactions. John and his family moved into the Edwards Place neighborhood in August 2017. His son, Alex, joined Edwards Enterprises shortly thereafter and John joined the Board of Directors in September.
Chris, with ReMax Equity Group joined the Edwards Board because of a long-time friendship with Jean Edwards. Chris has been a real estate agent and active community member for a number of years and provides Edwards with real estate transactional assistance where her expertise is needed. Chris' husband, Drew, has a local landscaping company and provides Edwards with significant donations to landscaping throughout the properties run by Edwards.
Randy Norgart serves as President of the Randall Group and has worked in real estate investment and management for over 30 years. Randy's younger sister, Sue, is a program participant with Edwards.
Joe has been advising Edwards Center and the Board of Directors for over 20 years and has brought significant legal experience to his work on behalf of Edwards Center as an attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer.