Board of Directors
James Armstrong (Board 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. Since graduating from the University of Oregon, James has spent the past six years working in the financial industry, specializing in forensic accounting and fraud investigation.
Angie Heiney (Board Vice President & Promotions Committee Chair), along with her business partner, Ali Wykhuis opened Frock in 2003 and continue to curate this fabulous and thriving retail establishment today. Angie has a Masters in Business, a background in photography, and a passion for fashion and the retail experience. Angie and Ali are also committed to making a difference in our community! One of the early Alberta Street settlers they’ve watched the Alberta Arts District grow from boarded up buildings to becoming one of the most thriving neighborhood business districts in Portland.
Celia Barlow (Secretary) is an attorney whose practice is located in the King neighborhood. She came to Portland in 1988 for law school and decided this is where she wanted to make her life. Originally from a small town outside Pittsburgh, Celia is drawn to the diversity and uniqueness of NE Portland. In her practice, Celia has helped small businesses and understands their unique challenges. She has also done public sector work in education law among diverse and disadvantaged youth. Celia has a passion for helping people reach their goals, whether in business or education, and wants to be a productive part of retaining the unique history and richness of Alberta Street while ensuring economic growth and opportunity for all neighbors in this community.
Jonnie Ling (Board Treasurer & Equity Committee Chair) manages the Community Cycling Center bike shop with mild mannered confidence and extensive bike knowledge. When he’s not at the shop you may find him working in the garden, baking bread, designing and building furniture or working on his next short story or of course riding his bike! The furthest Jonnie’s ever ridden his bike is from Portland to San Francisco in a mere nine days. Jonnie brings a strong knowledge of both retail and nonprofit management to Alberta Main Street.
Roslyn Hill a Portland native, was one of the original developers on Alberta Street. One of the first to see its potential to come back as a strong business community, Roslyn has been actively involved in the transformation of Alberta Street since the early 1990’s. A designer, landscape and interiors, with a strong business background, Roslyn bought a tax foreclosed building on the corner of NE 14th Place and Alberta Street in 1993. She rehabbed it and opened Roslyn’s Garden Coffee House (now the Tin Shed). She went on to buy and fix up a dozen buildings and leased to tenants with community based rules: no bars on windows, no locked doors during business hours (which must be posted) and they must interact with the community. In the past few years Roslyn has sold many properties to her tenants. The Pub Group LLC., of which Roslyn is a member, owns 1500-1538 NE Alberta Street (home to the Alberta Co-op, Everyday Wine, Portland Hemp Works, Tran Postal Central, The Wax Skin Spa, and Helser’s). Roslyn was one of AARP’s ten Inspire Awards 2008 Honorees. “People like Roslyn truly demonstrate how dedication, resolve and spirit catapult ordinary citizens to do extraordinary things that make a real difference and build better, more livable communities,” said Jerry Cohen, State Director of AARP Oregon. “Her work shows us that creating and improving our communities is more than just bricks and mortar. It is her passion!”
Dulcinea Myers-Newcomb is a Concordia Neighborhood resident and is currently an art educator for the Lake Oswego School District and a realtor with Living Room Realty. She is a former dancer/codirector/instructor with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company as well as creative director of Gemini Project Dance Company. She is co-chair of the Arts Committee at Vernon Elementary. She moved to the Alberta Arts District in 1999 and has watched its development. Both she and her husband are avid Alberta Street supporters!
Eric Ohlsen and his wife relocated to Portland from Washington, DC, in 2011. Eric owns Ohlsen Research, a small public records research firm catering primarily to political clients, and lives just off of Alberta Street in the Concordia Neighborhood. As both a business owner on Alberta Street and a local resident, Eric wants to use his political experience to help the neighborhood he decided to settle in grow responsibly.
Eric 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.
Preston Salami hails from the corner of 18th and Alberta at the Umpqua Bank. Preston has been in retail for 15 years and retail banking the last 8 years and knows without a doubt the only way to have a successful business is to have a successful thriving community and to have a successful community you need thriving businesses. That is why he choose to get involved in this community, he enjoys volunteering with children and construction projects as well. Preston was raised in North and Northeast Portland and is happy to be back in the community and doing his part to help business owners and neighbors continue to grow.
Jennifer Watson is a real estate broker at Living Room Realty and lives three blocks south of Alberta. She shops, banks, walks, runs and hangs out on Alberta and views it as an incredible area. Jennifer is interested in business development and neighborhood involvement to continue to make it a great and safe place to live for neighbors as well as a destination for locals and guest to Portland!
Sara Wittenberg (Executive Director) brings 20 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.
Sarah Celine Staben (AmeriCorps*VISTA) is serving one year with Alberta Main Street through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Sarah is a fledgling career non-profiteer who is skilled in social media marketing, human relations, research and organization. Before graduating in 2013 from Portland State University, she put her B.A. in Communication (and film minor) to work promoting the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Her vision for her VISTA year of service is to bring equity and untapped resources to Alberta Main Street.