Board & Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allison ChownAllison Chown (Board President & Promotions Committee Chair) is the Community Relations Director at Mimosa Studios and Operations Manager at The Portland Girl. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Allison has called Portland home since 2007 and appreciates the sense of community here in Portland. She loves hanging out on Alberta Street throughout the year especially with her family and friends. Allison has been a member of the Promotions Committee since January of 2014 and enjoys helping plan great events for the street.
James ArmstrongJames Armstrong (Board Vice President) and his wife Laura opened Alberta Eye Care in January 2013. James and Laura are committed to a strong Alberta Street. He is a firm believer that citizens can come together and affect positive change. He wants to see Alberta Street continue to grow as a place where business can succeed, community members can live, and the culture of the neighborhood remains intact. James is committed to making sure our district grows in a way that will make it an example of what growth through locally owned small business can look like.
Jenny LayJenny Lay (Board Treasurer) was born and raised in the Portland area. She is currently working at Neil Kelly, a design-build remodeling firm. Prior to that she worked at the Umpqua Bank on Alberta Street. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, her cat, and her dog. Jenny is excited to be a part of Alberta Main Street and and is committed to enriching the Alberta Neighborhood.
Meghan BeanMeghan Bean (Board Secretary) is a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst with Multnomah County's Department of Community Services where she conducts research to support a diverse set of county services including elections, animal welfare, transportation, and land use planning. Meghan and her husband Jonathan moved to the Concordia neighborhood in 2013 and began volunteering with Alberta Main Street soon after. You can usually find them out and about on Alberta Street with their foster and forever dogs.
Audrey AllenAudrey Allen is the general manager of Cruzroom on the corner of 24th and Alberta. She and her wife gathered their 3 kitties and moved from Richmond, VA to Portland in the summer of 2013. Audrey has over 10 years of experience in volunteer work. She is a former board member of VA Gay Pride, an active volunteer with United Way and joined forces with former classmates to raise awareness for domestic abuse. She recently graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Human Resource Management. Audrey strongly advocates for equality, unity, and opportunity for all.
Eric PaineEric Paine is the owner of the historic Rexall building located at NE Alberta and 24th. He has been in Portland for the last three years, living in NW Portland with his partner Kate and their son Emerson. Eric has been involved in real estate and redevelopment full time for the past 12 years (other than the 2-year sabbatical through South America from 2007-2009) and his company, Community Development Partners, develops and operates income restricted affordable housing. Eric is keen to assist with the Alberta Main Street efforts to retain Alberta's unique culture through responsible development.
Ira PasternackIra Pasternack owns Pasternack Marketing, a digital marketing agency located in North Portland. Ira is a resident of the nearby Woodlawn neighborhood, where he moved in 2007, and has been a regular Alberta visitor ever since. He grew up in Connecticut and lived in a variety of cities all within a day's drive of there, before discovering the wonders of Portland. Ira has been the coordinator of the Alberta Street Fair and a member of the Promotions Committee since 2010, and is excited to continue helping Alberta Street as it grows and evolves.
Leigh PerrettaBorn in NYC and raised in Chicago, Leigh Perretta moved to Portland in 2005, met her husband, and has called it home ever since. As a residential Realtor at Dwell Realty and a Concordia resident for 10 years, she is keenly aware of the nuances and needs of Portland's vibrant and unique neighborhoods. Fiercely passionate about animals and the environment, she's held fundraising volunteer positions at both The Freshwater Trust and Fences for Fido. Also committed to supporting local businesses and her cherished neighborhood, she is excited to bring her skill set to the Alberta Main Street board. When not selling houses, you can find Leigh and her Italian Greyhound playing at Fernhill Park, begging for treats at Healthy Pets, or begging for wine at Enzo's sidewalk patio.
Brian RhoneBrian Rhone is a native Oregonian (born and raised on the corner of NE 22nd Ave. and Alberta) who relocated back to Portland in 2015 from Washington, DC. Brian is the founder of the Diversity Workgroup, a management consulting firm that works with organizations throughout Oregon and the U.S. to help them understand the value of having an inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters growth and innovation by including women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Brian is a Graduate of the SBA MBA Program: Emerging Leaders USA, 2016.
Elise ScolnickP. Elise Scolnick, has lived in NE Portland for 45 years, and the Sabin neighborhood since 1979. She has 35+ years of experience in land use, transportation, urban design and historic preservation planning. Elise has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, BS in Geography and certificates in Urban Studies and Project Management from Portland State University as well as certification as a Sustainable Building Advisor. She is passionate about public engagement. Elise is currently a principal at Sustainable Planning Resource Innovation Group, LLC (SPRIG), as a planning and public engagement consultant. Elise is the former owner of Tribe of the Winds, LLC, a gallery/retail store on NE Alberta Street and remains active in revitalizing the neighborhood. She is an artist and craftsperson and loves to travel, hike, bike and be on the water.

Prosper Portland District Liaison

Damian CrowderDamian Crowder

STAFF

Sara WittenbergSara Wittenberg (Executive Director) brings 25 years of public service, community development and a love for the Alberta community to her role as the Alberta Main Street Executive Director. Throughout her professional and volunteer experiences, Sara cultivated a strong network of partnerships and relationships within the public and private sectors. Sara's personal goal to "make local habit" serves as her goal for the community as well. Sara has served as the Executive Director since 2010.