Over the last 6 months, St. Johns Main Street Coalition has been hard at work expanding and strengthening its Board of Directors. Several passionate and dedicated leaders in the St. Johns business community have stepped up alongside residents to continue to lead the organization. Read more about them below.
St. Johns Main Street Coalition remains dedicated to engaging residents, business owners, and property owners to support the revitalization of the downtown business district. As an independent, community-driven organization, its Board of Directors is critical for shaping the organization’s vision and overseeing its work.
In March of 2013, volunteers, business owners, property owners, and residents voted in the organization’s annual election to amend the bylaws to expand the board of directors from 9 to 13 members. This expansion allowed the organization to continue to increase the skills, diversity, representation, and scope of the board. Since then, SJMSC has said goodbye to 3 long-serving board members and welcomed on an impressive 9 new board members, with a total of 11 standing board members.
Recent additions to the St. Johns Main Street Coalition include:
Amanda Morgan, Assoc. AIA, lived in St. Johns and was a volunteer with the design committee before stepping up to join the board. In addition to her board membership, Amanda also provides leadership for the design committee, serving as the new committee chair.
Reggie Guyton has worked in North Portland as a State Farm insurance agent for over 20 years, and is happy to serve St. Johns from his office in the St. Johns Storage building. Reggie has extensive non-profit experience, having worked at his own non-profit and served as president of Self Enhancement, Inc.
John Palmeri has been branch manager for the St. Johns Albina Community Bank for 5 years. John came to manage Albina Community Bank’s St Johns branch after 16 years at a large national bank to be able to work more closely with my neighbors and small businesses. John is currently serving as treasurer of the SJMSC.
Shamaine Coffee is the proud owner of Coffee Kids, a children’s store located in downtown St. Johns. In addition to her board membership, Shamaine serves on the promotions committee, planning events, sales, and marketing to bring people into St. Johns. Coffee Kids just celebrated its first year anniversary in St. Johns, and Shamaine invites everyone to visit their new and expanded location at 8836 N Lombard St.
Nicole Blanchette is the co-owner of Leisure Public House, which she helped open with her husband almost 6 years ago. Nicole loves living and working in St. Johns, and is excited to give her time energy to improving St. Johns.
Nicole Lennol is a Realtor at Farrell Realty, a locally owned firm that has been in North Portland for 30 years. She is a homeowner, an investor in local real estate, and a talented graphic artist. Nicole sits on the board of a nationally recognized breast cancer awareness non-profit campaign and has extensive experience in marketing and public relations from previous careers in technology and fashion.
John Huckfeldt works at Marie’s Restaurant and Bar in the heart of St. Johns, and has lived in the fair village of St. Johns since 2005. John brings a balanced, bridge-building perspective to community work, and is interested in fostering the growing music scene and supporting the promotion of St. Johns.
Tom Stubblefield has owned businesses in St. Johns since 1962, and is currently the owner of Stubblefield Painting. Tom brings years of working and volunteering in the community, and is excited to bring his knowledge, passion, and connections to bear on the work of SJMSC.
Gilbert Luzader is a long time resident and volunteer in St. Johns. Gilbert works at the St. Johns Storage center, and serves on the board for the St. Johns Neighborhood Association. In addition to his board membership, Gilbert is the dedicated leader of the St. Johns Foot Patrol, which goes out every other Friday evening to pick-up trash, clean graffiti, and report suspicious activity.
For more information on how to become involved with the St. Johns Main Street Coalition, visit www. stjohnsmainstreet.org.