Speaker's List

Arthur J. Curtis Children's Justice Center

Mary Blanchette Mary.blanchette@clark.wa.gov; 360.397.6002

We are a multi-disciplinary agency who investigate and prosecute felony and misdemeanor child sexual abuse cases under the age of 16 years, and felony physical abuse cases under the age of 16 years. We have sworn Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff and Detectives, Prosecuting Attorneys, Social Service Liaison and Child Protective staff assigned to our unit.

Attorney General of Washington Consumer Protection Division

Jim McAdams-1220 Main St., Ste. 549, Vancouver, WA 98660: 360.759.2150 or jimm1@atg.wa.gov.

Presentations on identity theft prevention, What the Attorney General’s Office Can Do For You and our informal mediation service, how to buy a car, cancelation rights, scams and others.

Bonneville Power Administration

Dawneen Dostert, Realty Specialist, P.O. Box 3621, TERR-3  Portland, OR  97208-3621: 503.230.5589.

“Keep the Way Safe”
Our presentation covers how landowners and BPA can work together to keep the transmission line rights-of-way clear for safety and service.  We explain the differences between BPA's transmission lines and local distribution lines; we describe the land rights BPA acquires; we clarify what uses of the rights-of-way may pose a safety hazard or interfere with BPA's use; and we provide examples of what uses may be compatible.  Our engineers also provide examples of public safety issues associated with high-voltage transmission lines.

Landowner's Guide for Compatible Use of BPA Rights-of-Way 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington

Erik Kramer, Director of Operations, 360.961.5468; erik@mybgc.org

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential, and productive, caring and responsible citizens. We do this by providing young people with a safe, positive place to go after school. Here locally, we have four Clubhouses across Vancouver. We serve young people from Kindergarten to 12th grade, and run structured programs in education and career development, health and life skills, sports fitness and recreation, character & leadership, and the arts. We currently serve over 3,000 kids each year in Vancouver. For more information visit www.mybgc.org.

Clark County Assessor’s Office

Peter VanNortwick, Clark County Assessor: 360.397.2391; peter.vannortwick@clark.wa.gov

Presentation on Property Tax 101 and Senior Citizen/Disabled Persons Exemption Program.

Clark County Gatekeeper Program - Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities

Lexie Bartunek and Leah Chisholm; Information and Assistance Specialists.  iaclark@dshs.wa.gov; 360.694.8144.
Gatekeeper Training available to teach community members and businesses to recognize signs that a vulnerable adult is in need of assistance and where to your concerns to.  Each session is 2 hours and limited to 20 people.

Clark County Public Health

Melody Scheer RDH, BSDH, Health Systems Program Coordinator; Center for Community Health, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98666-8825 360.397.8020; melody.scheer@clark.wa.gov

Learn more about how health care changes will affect you and your family. We’d be happy to attend your neighborhood meeting and answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act.

Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force

Sgt. Shane Gardner, PO Box 410, Vancouver, WA 98666; 360.256.5711; shane.gardner@clark.wa.gov
Methamphetamine lab recognition, drug identification. Have several detectives who will present information upon request.

 
Columbia River Mental Health Services 

Pat Stryker, Development and Community Relations Director, P.O. Box 1337 Vancouver, WA 98660: (360) 993.3049 or pats@crmhs.org.

Services provided by CRMHS. Note: Not including discussion of mental health topics.

 

Community Mediation Services

Nancy Pionk, Mediation Services Manager, 1610 C Street, P O Box 1053, Vancouver, WA 98666: (360) 334.5862 or cms.clarkcounty@gmail.com

Mediation provides a variety of conflict resolution services to business and residential neighbors throughout Clark County.  Services are low cost and confidential.  Any community member may call CMS and speak with a conflict specialist without making a commitment to proceed further.

 

C-TRAN

Ronda Peck, Community Outreach Coordinator; (360) 906-7316 or rondap@c-tran.org

Katy Belokonny, CRC;  (360) 906-7318 or katyb@c-tran.org

Jim Quintana, Manager, Public Affairs; PO Box 2529 Vancouver, WA 98668-2529; (360) 906.743 or, (360)696.4494, or jimq@c-tran.org

C-TRAN maintains a speaker’s bureau that is equipped to present current information about C-TRAN service and public transportation in Clark County. We would welcome any invitation to do a formal presentation, answer participant questions, or to facilitate an informal community dialogue about specific C-TRAN services and performance, or the general role of public transportation in our region.

 

Council for the Homeless

Executive Director 2500 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660: (360) 993.9570 or director@icfth.com.

Homelessness is a complex issue with complex solutions. There are numerous causes of homelessness and numerous solutions; jobs, affordable housing, drug/alcohol dependency/treatment, livable wages etc. The Council for the Homeless mission is to end homelessness through prevention, advocacy, educating the community, comprehensive planning, coordination of programs and support to direct service providers.

 

Crime Victim Advocacy Program

Mindy Johnston, Program Coordinator & Crime Victim Advocate, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, 3600 Main Street, Ste. 200, Vancouver, WA  98663; 360-694-3644 x23; mjohnston@lcsnw.org

Brenda Huffstutler, M.S.W., Crime Victim Advocate, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, 360-694-3644 x35; bhuffstutler@lcsnw.org

Information about how the Crime Victim Advocacy Program with Lutheran Community Services Northwest works to support people and communities who have been victims of crime in Clark County.  Crimes include: Arson, Assault, Burglary, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Fraud, Identity Theft, Kidnapping, Missing Persons, Hate and Bias Crimes, Gang Violence, Human Trafficking, Drunk or Drugged Driving and Homicide.  We are able to do educational workshops to discuss ways people might prevent victimization (like learning about identity theft or human trafficking) and offer direct support or connect people to resources that will help them get stabilized after a crime has been committed.  We are also able to support victim/offender meetings if initiated by the victim and both parties are ready and willing to go through the process.

 

Economic Development

Chad Eiken, Community Development Director 415 W. 6th Street Vancouver, WA 98668-1995: (360) 487-7882 or chad.eiken@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver’s Economic Development Services is dedicated to improving, enhancing and diversifying Vancouver’s economic and business climate.  The department works to develop Vancouver’s economic base through business creation, expansion and retention efforts.   Services provided include technical support and assistance in the identification / packaging of private and  public resources that are intended to help Vancouver develop a diverse family-wage job base.

Family Caregiver Support Program

Christina Marneris, Program Coordinator, 201 NE 73rd St, #201, Vancouver, WA 98665-8343; (360) 735-5728 or MarneCR@dshs.wa.gov

The Family Caregiver Support Program provides support to families, partners, friends and neighbors taking care of a loved one at home. The program is offered through the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities, a public service agency that serves seniors, adults with disabilities and their families.

 

Fire Corps

See information under Vancouver Fire Department.

 

Fort Vancouver National Trust

Elson Strahan, President & CEO, 750 Anderson Street Vancouver, WA 98661: (360) 992-1800 or elson.strahan@fortvan.org

Cara Cantonwine, Director of Programs & Donor Relations, Celebrate Freedom programs and events, 360-992-1804 or cara.cantonwine@fortvan.org

Development projects at the Reserve, Celebrate Freedom, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day, Marshall Lecture, 4th of July, and other events at the Reserve.

 

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver WA 98663 - Communications Director Sue Vanlaanen - (360) 699-8815 or svanlaanen@fvrl.org  General District Phone Number: (360) 695-1561

Speakers are available on a wide of variety of topics -- including book talks, resources for businesses, doing genealogy and other research at the library, general information about using the library, the importance of encouraging and modeling reading for young children, and many more. Just let us know what your group is interested in, and we can tailor a presentation for you.

 

Friends of Trees

Ian Bonham, Public Outreach (360) 487-8327; ianb@friendsoftrees.org

  • Neighborhood Plantings with Friends of Trees: Friends of Trees organizes annual planting events in any neighborhood interested in participating.  Volunteers help homeowners plant discounted trees to beautify the neighborhood.  There are year round volunteer opportunities available.
  • Vancouver Urban Forestry: learn about volunteer opportunities and upcoming educational events.

 

Gardening – Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center 

Amy Carpenter, Environmental Education Outreach (360) 882-0936; eeo@columbiasprings.org

The Naturally Beautiful Backyard Program promotes six primary earth-friendly gardening techniques:
• Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests.
• Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and "natural" soil amendments.
• Use chemicals as a last resort. There is usually an alternative!
• Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests.
• Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollinization and decrease harmful pests.
• Conserve water by using responsible watering methods, rain barrels, and rain gardens.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Josh Townsley, Executive Director, 521 E 33rd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663: (360) 737.1759 or info@Ehsh.org  For presentations, contact Angie Lyons angie@ehfh.org  or 360.737.1759.

Areas that we can cover include: Habitat for Humanity’s work in Clark County; Habitat for Humanity’s work globally; the need for affordable housing; and volunteers.

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Mark Haley, Clark County ReStore Manager, 5000 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661: (360) 213-1313 or mark@pdxrestore.org

Kathleen, Clark County ReStore Outreach Coordinator; (360) 213-1313 or kathleen@pdxrestore.org

ReStores raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity Affliliates in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan areas while keeping usable materials out of the landfill. The funds raised help build affordable homes for local low income families. The materials sold are donated new and used building materials that would otherwise have been discarded.

 

Home Ownership Center

Kevin Gillette, Program Manager, 3801-A Main St. Vancouver, WA  98663: (360) 690.4496 ext 101 or kevin@homecen.org

An overview of the program services provided by the Center, reverse mortgages for seniors, homeownership programs for first time home buyers, multiple financial topics such as refinancing, equity lending, predatory lending, debt management, credit, creating a savings and spending plan.

Opportunities in our community (Habitat for Humanity and other organizations).

 

Human Services Council

Colleen Kuhn, Executive Director, 201 NE 73 St., Suite 101, Vancouver, WA 98665-8345: (360) 735.5711 or colleenk@hsc-wa.org

The Human Services Council is a local non-profit agency that provides volunteer, transportation and interpreting services to the community. The mission of the Human Services Council is to improve people’s lives by connecting them to information services and resources to serve their individual & family needs.

 

Know Your Neighborhood to Strengthen the Association Volunteer Roster

Leonard Bauhs, Past President NW Neighborhood Association,  Leonard.NWNA@Mac.com (360) 513-9301

People can feel disassociated from each other even though they live next door or down the street.  Networking within a neighborhood can bring a diversity of interests to light.  Association leaders can channel the knowledge and experience that come with those interests into neighborhood activities and communications.  In this 20-minute presentation, learn how others have done just that!

 

Map Your Neighborhood: Neighborhoods Prepared for Disaster Response

Knowing what to do in the first hours of a disaster may help save lives, reduce the severity of injuries, and reduce the amount of damage the neighborhood sustains. To assist neighborhoods, the City of Vancouver provides training at the association level to help neighborhoods become mapped and prepared to face the unexpected.

If you would like to have a presentation at an association meeting please contact Judi Bailey, Neighborhoods Program Manager at 360.487.8608 or judi.bailey@cityofvancouver.us.

Please check out these websites for more information: www.emd.wa.gov

 

Neighbors On Watch (NOW)

See information under Vancouver Police Department.

 

Office of Neighborhoods & Community Outreach

Judi Bailey, Neighborhoods Program Manager, 415 W 6th St., Vancouver, WA 98668-1995: (360) 487.8608 or judi.bailey@cityofvancouver.us

The Office of Neighborhoods and Community Outreach provides city residents, staff and City Council with responsive, coordinated service that promotes collaboration and communication among residents and city government through recognized neighborhood associations.

 

Parks Foundation of Vancouver and Clark County

Cheri Martin—610 Esther St., PO Box 2379, Vancouver, WA  98666; 360-487- 8370, cheri.martin@parksfoundation.us

The Parks Foundation serves to provide resources in support of parks, trails, and recreational programs throughout Clark County.  The Parks Foundation is interested in partnering with neighborhood associations in promoting park and trail projects and providing fundraising information and advice. As a 501© 3 organization, the Parks Foundation is able to accept donations for projects sanctioned by Vancouver Parks and Recreation and provide appropriate receipting and accounting reports on behalf of recognized neighborhood associations.

 

Pearson Field

Frederick (Willy) Williamson, Pearson Airport Manager, Contact Address: 415 W 6th Street Vancouver, WA 98668-1995. Physical Address: 101 E Reserve Street Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 487-8619  or willy.williamson@cityofvancouver.us

The Pearson Field program provides administration and management over America’s oldest operating airfield. Services provide general aviation users storage space in T-hangars or tie downs and the use of a 3,275 foot all-weather lighted runway. City maintains runway, taxiways, runway lights and electrical systems, airport-owned buildings, and provides grounds maintenance. Additionally, Willy negotiates T-Hangars, tie-downs building and land leases and handles all questions regarding aviation, the airport and airplane noise for the City of Vancouver.

 

Port of Portland

Port of Portland employees are available to do presentations on topics of interest. To schedule a speaker for your group or organization, please contact Abby Mullins at (503) 415-6051 or abby.mullins@portofportland.com. Mailing Address: PO Box 3529 Portland, OR  97208 Physical Address: 7200 NE Airport Way Portland, OR  97218

Airport Futures (Portland International Airport Master Plan), Sean Loughran: (503) 415-6067 or sean.loughran@portofportland.com;  or Lise Glancy: (503) 415-6519 or lise.glancy@portofportland.com

Port of Portland Facility Tours, Brooke Berglund (503) 415-6532 or brooke.berglund@portofportland.com 

Rachael Hoy is the contact for West Hayden Island at (503) 823-9715 or Phil Nameny at (503) 823-7709.

Port Noise Management, Phil Stentstrom (503) 415-6063 or phil.stenstrom@portofportland.com. Information about the noise management program and questions or concerns about aircraft noise may be submitted through the website at http://www.portofportland.com/Noise_Mgmt_Home.aspx  You may also call the Noise Hotline at: (503) 460-4100 or (800) 938-6647.

Port of Portland - Citizens Noise Advisory Committee (CNAC)

Robert "Kelly" Sweeney: (503) 720-1668 or ksweeney@easystreet.net

The Citizen Noise Advisory Committee (CNAC) is the official forum to address the community's aircraft noise concerns. Local jurisdictions (including the City of Vancouver) and the Port of Portland appoint the 15-member committee to represent residential and business concerns. CNAC was organized in 1998 as an official Port of Portland advisory committee on aircraft noise issues.

 

Port of Vancouver

Katy Brooks, Community Affairs Manager, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA  98660: 360.992.1128 or kbrooks@PortVanUSA.com

Julie Rawls, 360.992.1137 or jrawls@portvanusa.com.

Present information on the numerous changes at the Port and future development.

 

Restorative Community Services

Sean Scrivner, 500 W. 11th St. Vancouver, WA  98666: (360) 397.2201 Ext. 4057 sean.scrivner@clark.wa.gov

Restorative Community Services provides: Accountability, Integration & Change. Holding offenders accountable for their crimes, Restorative CS provides them with the opportunity to be integrated into the community as people capable of making a positive contribution. This integration creates change in both the offender and the community.

 

Safe Communities Task Force

P O Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666; (360) 397-2130, Ext. 5204

The Safe Communities Task Force seeks to help at risk youth and prevent gang affiliation by providing education, increasing communication and coordination among community agencies, and disseminating resources available to parents.

 

Senior Information and Assistance

Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities
Lexie Bartunek and Leah Chisholm; Information and Assistance Specialists. iaclark@dshs.wa.gov  or 360-694-8144.

Presentation on services provided by Senior Information and Assistance and the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities.  Senior Information and Assistance is the main access point in the community for services and information for seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers.

Presentations can also be given on additional topics relating to seniors, adults with disabilities and their family caregivers.  Please contact I&A for more information and details. Presentations are flexible depending on audience members and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.

 

Southwest Air Pollution Control Authority/Southwest Clean Air Agency

Traci Arnold, 11815 NE 99th Street Suite 1294, Vancouver, WA  98682: (360) 574.3058, Ext. 111 Open Burn Line Info, Traci@swcleanair.org

Air pollution issues for our region, outdoor burning and asbestos. If there are specific issues to be addressed, the talk can be tailored to the group’s needs and concerns.

 

Southwest Washington Chapter of the Red Cross  

VeAnne Virgin, Emergency Services Director, 3114 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661; Phone: 360-693-5821 x105 or veannev@swwashington.redcross.org

Community Disaster Education program provides speakers for preparedness presentations.  Learn how to create a disaster plan for both work and home, and how to put together your own 72-hour kit. 

 

Stream Team - Clark Public Utilities District (PUD)

Lisa Beranke, Coordinator   StreamTeam@clarkpud.com 360-992-8585   www.StreamTeam.net

The Stream Team is a volunteer driven stream restoration and environmental education program of Clark Public Utilities. Since 1992 the team has planted over 600,000 native trees to bring salmon back to Salmon Creek. Annually over 800 team members come together to do everything from planting trees and removing non-native plants to monitoring wildlife and stream quality. Enjoy an engaging presentation about the team and learn easy ways that you can save salmon in your own backyard!

 

Vancouver - Clark Parks and Recreation Department

Julie Hannon, Director, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995: (360) 487-8309 or julie.hannon@cityofvancouver.us  Julie is available to talk about the city's system of parks and recreation program opportunities.

 

Vancouver Parks and Recreation - Firstenburg Community Center

The Center Director is available to give an overview of the eight year odyssey experienced from the early master plan days in 1998 to the grand opening of the new community center in February 2006; a description of the green architecture/sustainable design practices utilized at FCC.; three times each year, August, December & May update current program catalog and talk about new program opportunities at FCC for customers of all ages and abilities.

Angela Brosius, Center Director, PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA  98668-1995: (360) 487-7003 or angela.brosius@cityofvancouver.us

Firstenburg Community Center Recreation services include: sports, fitness, dance, music, access to recreation, enrichment classes, teen center, Trapedero II, birthday parties, aquatics, indoor track, climbing wall and more. We also have meeting rooms, party rooms and reception rooms available for rent. Firstenburg is great for large functions such as graduation parties.

 

Vancouver Parks and Recreation - Marshall Community Center

Andy Meade, Center Director, PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995: (360) 487-7098 or andy.meade@cityofvancouver.us

The Center Director is available to give a presentation regarding the 2007 renovation/expansion of the Marshall Center and to offer an overview of the recreational program opportunities at Marshall Center and the Luepke Senior Center for all ages and abilities. May, August and December are perfect months for a presentation because the staff could share copies of the current program guide, which is published three times each year.

 

Vancouver Code Compliance and Development Review

Sree Thirunagari, Building Inspector & Code Compliance Supervisor, 415 W 6th Street Vancouver, WA (360) 487-7838.

Minimum property maintenance standards, abandoned or junk vehicles, parking on unimproved surfaces. Code Enforcement staff can help a community improve livability through teamwork with neighbors. Abandoned vehicles on public streets and how to get rid of them. Parking on unimproved surfaces, how to report.

 

Vancouver Department of Public Works

Loretta Callahan, Community Relations Specialist, P O Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, (360) 487.7731, or loretta.callahan@cityofvancouver.us

The City of Vancouver Department of Public Works is responsible for the administration of all planning, engineering and operation of the city’s multi-modal Transportation system.

Topics Include:

•Specific Street Improvement Projects
•Traffic Signals & Traffic System Management
•Traffic Safety Corridors
•Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
•Alternative Modes of Transportation
•Regional Commute Trip Reduction
•Pavement Management
•System Planning and Policy Development
•Transportation System Plan (TSP)
•Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

 

Vancouver Farmers Market

Market Master, Jordan Boldt: (360) 737-8298 or info@vancouverfarmersmarket.com

Vancouver Farmers Market at 6th & Esther in downtown Vancouver, offers  an outdoor market from April through October. In its 17th year, the market has become a gathering spot for people of all ages and interests.

 

Vancouver Fire Department

7110 NE 63rd St. Vancouver, WA  98661 (360) 487-7212 or VANFMO@cityofvancouver.us  Presentations available on request as resources allow.

Vancouver Fire Corps; email: vanfmo@cityofvancouver.us.

 

Vancouver Police Department- West & East Precincts

Each precinct has two Neighborhood Police Officers who provide crime prevention and safety education and information to citizens within their district.

To locate your Neighborhood Police Officer and contact information go to: Neighborhood Police Officers

Neighbors On Watch (NOW); Kelly Cheney, Volunteer Coordinator,  2800 Stapleton Road, Vancouver, WA (360) 487.7467 or kelly.cheney@cityofvancouver.us

Additional information is available on the Vancouver Police Department website at www.vanpolice.org

Crime prevention on the Vancouver Police Department website is located at: www.cityofvancouver.us/police

 

Vancouver Urban Forestry Program & Urban Forestry Commission

Charles Ray, Urban Forester, PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA  98668-1995: (360) 487-8328 or charles.ray@cityofvancouver.us

Jessica Antoine, Urban Forestry Coordinator, PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995 (360) 487-8308 jessica.antoine@cityofvancouver.us

Potential topics: Environmental, social and economic benefits of trees; the current status of our urban forest; proper tree care; neighborhood tree planting opportunities; Heritage trees; incorporating urban forestry & trees into Neighborhood Action Plans; funding tree planting projects; planting trees in natural areas and on school grounds; services provided by Urban Forestry; street tree ordinance and any other topic relating to trees in our community.

 

Volunteer Opportunities at the City of Vancouver

Hailey Heath, Volunteer Coordinator, PO Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995; (360) 487-8316; hailey.heath@cityofvancouver.us

How you can make a difference in your community when you volunteer! A broad range of volunteer opportunities are available, including Adopt-a-Park, Fire Corps, Neighbors On Watch, Neighborwoods Stewards, and more.

 

Waste Connections Waste Reduction Educators

Josy Wright: 360-449-8384  or the group's email: recyclehelp@wasteconnections.com  or website:  www.wcnorthwest.com

Speaker topics include:

  • Waste reduction, how to take out the trash less
  • What is recyclable in the City of Vancouver?
  • How to assess your home, apartment complex's waste
  • Landfills 101
  • Where is away?

 

YWCA Clark County

YWCA Clark County's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA speakers can address all topics related to our mission statement. More specifically, we can provide insight on sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, social change, youth transitioning out of foster care, healthy relationships for teens, and homelessness. Speakers are also available to give a general overview of all the programs offered at the YWCA. Please contact any of the people listed to arrange for a speaking engagement.

• Sherri Bennett, Executive Director sbennet@ywcaclarkcounty.org
• Jennifer Werdel, Director of Development & Communications jwerdel@ywcaclarkcouty.org.
• Sharon Svec, Communications Specialist, 360-906-9153, ssvec@ywcaclarkcounty.org.
• Joan Renner, Director, Sexual Assault Program 360-906-9114 or jrenner@ywcaclarkcounty.org.
• Natalie Wood, Programs Director, 360-906-9137, nwood@ywcaclarkcounty.org