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.
Larry Holmes (Board Vice President & Design Committee Chair) moved to the Vernon neighborhood in NE Portland six years ago from California and could easily have settled into a quiet new life in Portland. Instead mere months after his relocation, he rolled up his sleeves and became involved in his community as part of his Neighborhood Association. In July 2010, Alberta Main Street launched and Larry joined the Board of Directors. His commitment to a healthy community is unwavering.
Angie Heiney (Board Secretary & 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.
Jonnie Ling (Board Treasurer) 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.
Troy MacLarty owns a small business, Bollywood Theater, at the corner of NE Alberta and 21st. Bollywood Theater is a casual Indian restaurant, specializing in street food. Troy is a chef with 12 years experience in the restaurant industry, 7 of which have been in Portland. He has been the chef at Family Supper, Saucebox and Lovely Hula Hands, and have spent time at Simpatica, Laurelhurst Market, Ned Ludd and Grain and Gristle. Before working in restaurants, Troy was a biologist and worked for the University of California, Riverside as a research assistant. Troy is community oriented and interested in creating a stronger community.
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!
Justin Smithhisler is a Universal Associate at Umpqua Bank Alberta. Justin grew up in Roseburg before moving to Portland to attend the University of Portland. Since landing in Portland, he has spent a great deal of his free time on Alberta Street and enjoyed watching it evolve over the years. It is Justin’s hope to be able to use his skills to be an integral part in the continued growth and development of Alberta Street. His goal is that everyone will be able to experience the positive changes that he has seen on Alberta Street.
Dulcinea Myers-Newcomb is a Concordia Neighborhood resident and is currently an art educator for the Lake Oswego School District and a realtor with Realty Trust Group. 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 owns Ohlsen Research, a small public records research firm primarily for 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 hopes to be more involved and take a leadership role in helping the neighborhood he decided to settle in grow responsibly. Through Eric’s work, he has a a thorough understanding of the political climate and specific issues that face Portland and our neighborhood.
Eric Paine owns the Rexall building at NE 24th & Alberta Street. He is interested in helping Alberta Street preserve its culture and has committed to preserving the historical Rexall building. Eric splits his time between Portland and Southern California where he owns Community Development Partners, an affordable housing development company specializing in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). His projects offer subsidized rents and supportive services for residents and they are working to incorporate community generated art and resident gardens into each project.
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.
Geoff Gibson (AmeriCorps*VISTA) is serving one year with Alberta Main Street through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. He is committed to bringing perspective in order to make sound and responsible decisions. Geoff has past experience starting a small business and he worked as a Project Manager for a media company where he had to work with multiple groups of people to help market and bring products to market. Additionally, Geoff is a fanatic soccer/MLS/Portland Timbers fan!