Our People

One of Hillsboro Downtown Partnership's current initiatives is to simultaneously support recovery efforts from both COVID-19 related shut downs and the Weil-Arcade fire (January 2022) while also assisting in the reopening of some of Downtown's beloved cultural celebrations. We recognize recovery support cannot be done using a one-size-fits all approach. As a result, we've connected directly with the Downtown community to understand their individual needs. We have found ourselves delivering resources, painting, hauling, translating, mediating partnerships and promoting initiatives among other tasks. We're working with high school and college advisors in offering internships to local students to support downtown programs and events as the rebound while also satisfying academic requirements. Our list of support is unending. As a small nonprofit, we are nimble and have tailored our work based on the needs of the Downtown Hillsboro community.

Elisa Joy ‘EJ’ Payne

Executive Director

Going from volunteering Downtown into her position as Executive Director was a smooth transition for EJ. As she will tell you, she lives, works, and loves Downtown Hillsboro. Her background includes small business ownership, community outreach, environmental education, and management of projects in a variety of industries. When she’s not in Downtown Hillsboro, which isn’t very often, you might find her at Portland Timbers matches or camping across Oregon with her husband Kelly and their two mutts.

Tess Carlin

Development Coordinator

Tess moved to Oregon in 2015 after falling in love with the green hills, cloudy skies, and friendly people. She graduated from PSU in 2019 with a BS in Environmental Science & Management. There, she cultivated her love for nature and conducted a study on campus bioswales while working as a groundskeeper. This project sparked her interest in uniting nature and urban environments for the good of the community as well as the planet. At HDP, she hopes to continue this work in providing green spaces in Downtown Hillsboro while forging connections with neighbors and visitors.

Sean Kornegay

Beautification Groundskeeping Specialist 

Sean grew up in North Plains and attended Glencoe High School, before taking landscape technology classes at Portland Community College and beginning his career in groundskeeping at a local golf course. He worked there for almost two decades but decided to transition to working in Downtown Hillsboro, which he now calls home. He’s become very passionate about keeping Downtown tidy and welcoming. His pride shows in his work and how much his teammates and our neighbors have come to love him.

Lorelei Ruiz

Business Outreach Assistant/Marketing

Lorelei started with HDP as an artist and maker in November, 2021, selling her hand-beaded jewelry and screen-printed goods and stickers. Lorelei got along well with the team and had ambitions bigger than the Temporium, eventually signing on as our intern, and then hired on for her savvy social media skills, DEI and cultural outreach.

Lorelei says, "I've always wanted to work for a non-profit that was about bettering and doing things for their community," and feels that her work helps to meet those goals. 

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Harrison Butler

Co-Executive Director

Harrison is honored to be a part of HDP. He is also currently the Artistic Director of HART Theatre just across the street. He moved to the area in the spring of 2022 from Los Angeles and immediately fell in love with downtown Hillsboro and the surrounding beauty of nature. He enjoys camping in the mountains, swimming in the ocean and skiing the slopes of Oregon's majestic mountains. Harrison has a MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Voice Studies from the University of Texas (UT)Austin, and a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO). While serving as adjunct faculty at UNCO, he received a Director’s Meritorious Award for his direction of Rice’s The Adding Machine. As an actor, his favorite television roles include feature roles in Go On and Arrested Development. Favorite acting roles at UT include Constantin in Big Love, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ganya in the premier adaptation of The Idiot by Dostoyevsky. Favorite roles at UNCO include Mitch in Tuesdays with Morrie, Jeremiah in God’s Man in Texas, and Jonathan Harker in the premier of Dracula, the Case of the Silver Scream. If you are looking for things to do downtown, try seeing a show at HART Theatre. You won't be disappointed.

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Tony Mendez

Beautification Coordinator

Tony joined our team in 2023 as a Beautification Coordinator, helping us to keep Hillsboro clean and safe. He grew up in Central California and spent time traveling the U.S. before settling in Oregon in 2017. After high school, Tony tried out a few different degrees at a few different colleges before finding where he fit in the world. He ended up finishing his degree in Enology and Viticulture in his late 20's. Tony describes himself as a jack of all trades and master of none, which he says he prefers to a singular focus. He has had well over 20 jobs since the age of 12, spanning everything from production work at various wineries all the way to corporate IT and project management. When he's not at The Hive, you can find Tony acting at local community theater, HART. You might recognize him from some of his past roles in Waiting for Godot, Native Gardens, and the upcoming Miss Reardon Drinks a Little. He loves animals, road trips, backpacking, video games, and disc golf. He is set apart from the rest of the Hive staff because of his lack of a sweet tooth (we don't get it either.)

Donna Satterlee

Business Outreach Coordinator 

A Hillsboro native, through and through, Donna brings her love of her community together with her extensive background in marketing. She began volunteering with HDP when the organization was first formed and we are proud to have her as part of our team. The amazing food and beautiful cut flowers that she often surprises us with a hint at the time she spends growing and creating at home. And when not in the garden, she is spending time with her family or the many people that are lucky to have her as a friend.

Maria I. Aguilar Alvarado

Business Outreach Assistant

Maria has lived her whole life in Hillsboro, so to see it grow alongside her has allowed her love for the city to flourish. Although she is studying at Willamette University down in Salem, she was not able to be away from helping her hometown and is back to be involved with HDP. With her constantly developing leadership and inclusive skills gained from M.E.Ch.A., TRIO, Link Crew, Hillsboro Soccer, IB, and the Hillsboro School District, she hopes to direct her efforts towards helping Downtown Hillsboro businesses in any way she can.

Roland Salas he's a Business Outreach Coordinator

Roland Salas

Business Outreach Specialist 

Bio coming soon...

Julie Harrison

Beautification Facilities Specialist 

Julie was born in Auburn, WA and has been a Hillsboro resident since 1987. Julie graduated from Western Business College and was certified in Travel and Hospitality which is fitting for someone so bubbly and kind. Before joining our team in 2021, Julie worked for Catlin Gable School as a facilities employee. Since joining HDP's Beautification Team, Julie has gone on to achiever her certification as a Master Recycler and has become our graffiti removal expert. In her spare time, Julie loves to kick back and watch movies or walk the trails at her local parks. She is the proud grandmother to nine amazing grandchildren.  

Jamin Tscharner

Beautification Assistant 

Bio coming soon

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Jesus Gonzales

Beautification Assistant

Jesus was born and raised in Hillsboro. He came to HDP as an intern and has graduated to beautification assistant. He enjoys playing basketball, football, and listening to music.  He takes a lot of pride in the work that he does with HDP, making downtown Hillsboro a beautiful place!

Jesus is excited about what the future holds and working with the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership has helped him realize that the possibilities are endless!

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Amy Akesson

Front Desk

Bio coming soon...

Chris Whitlow he's Front desk clerk

Chris Whitlow

Front Desk/Strategies & Results

Chris was born and raised in the Cornelius and Forest Grove areas for most of his life and moved to Hillsboro for five years after graduating Highschool before moving back to his home city. Local to the area, Chris is familiar with all things Downtown Hillsboro. After high school, Chris worked in a variety of Customer Service positions before transitioning fully to his dream job, Game Design which he has been doing for 20 years. When he's not working at The Downtown Hive, you can usually find him leading his own team designing a table game. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing video games and writing. Storytelling runs in the family, and Chris recalls his great grandfather's tales of his service in WWII, where he was part of the first company that arrived in Berlin. 

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Georgeena Nunley

Front Desk

Bio Coming soon...

Samuel Gonzalez

Beautification Assistant

Photo and bio coming soon...


The HDP Board of Directors are the governance side of the organization. This group of volunteers represent Downtown property owners, business owners, partners, and the community. The Board’s functions include strategic direction, financial accountability, leadership development, and resource development.

Adam Saffel


Evan Aldrete

Vice President

Michelle Smith


Karla Antonini

City of Hillsboro Liaison

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The Main Street Approach is built on four pillars, and that is how we have our program committees organized. Each committee meets monthly. 

Design Committee

  • Marcia Hale
  • Dmitri Wright
  • Kimberly Culbertson
  • Roger Newton
  • Sherri Meshke
  • Lori Prince
  • Michele McCall-Wallace
  • Tess Carlin, Staff Liaison

Economic Committee

  • Bailey Wilkerson, Chair
  • Kirra Krussman
  • Mary Bosch
  • Molly Moore
  • Dara Schumacher
  • Donna Satterlee, Staff Liaison
  • Karla Antonini, Board Liaison

Coming soon. To create a solid community organization and prevent decisions from becoming insular, we are partnering with advisors from a variety of perspectives. In addition to the groups that are Downtown specific, we also have open invitations to utilize the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s advisory councils.

Property Owners