December 4, 2017
The Tualatin Hills Park Foundation has added two Portland-area business professionals, Angelique Okeke and John Jones, to its board of trustees.
Okeke is Assistant General Counsel, Digital Commerce & Marketing at Nike, Inc., and Jones is responsible for digital marketing capabilities and the self-service customer experience for The Standard.
"It is a thrill to be involved with the Park Foundation and to be making a difference for our community by providing access to quality recreation for everyone," Okeke said.
"It’s about the children, all the children, and increasing the opportunities they have to recreate. I am excited to be involved with the Park Foundation," Jones said.
According to Dick Schouten, THPF Board chair and Washington County commissioner, the additions of the new trustees demonstrate that the nonprofit organization is on the move.
"Having community leaders like John and Angelique wanting to become involved and serve our community through the Park Foundation confirms our mission of Access for All: ensuring every member of our community has access to the benefits of recreation," Schouten said. “It’s wonderful to be growing as an organization and attracting leaders to help us accomplish our goals."
Others on the THPF Board are Sherre Calouri, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Doug Menke, Felicita Monteblanco, Randy Sell, and Todd Spear. Schouten said the group plans to increase the number of trustees to 12.
"We are recruiting community leaders, especially from Washington County-oriented businesses; people who have passion for parks and recreation, for serving the greater Beaverton community, for nonprofit board service, and who have a willingness to help us raise more resources for the Access for All initiative," he said.
The announcement tops off an impressive year for Tualatin Hills Park Foundation, which recently completed a capital campaign that raised over $1.5 million for the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s Mountain View Champions Park in Aloha. THPF’s fundraising paid for Champions Too, Oregon’s first sports field for athletes of all abilities, a 6,500-square-foot inclusive playground, and other amenities. The 21.5-acre, $14.5 million park was designed from its inception to be welcoming for all people, including those experiencing disabilities.
Formed in 1958, Tualatin Hills Park Foundation develops resources to ensure access to recreation for all residents of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 240,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The THPF mission is to provide resources for projects and programs THPRD cannot afford to fund alone. For more information, visit www.thpf.org/ or call 503-645-6433.
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