Our People

Our People


Our staff oversees the management functions that provide the program activities and support to accomplish the HDP’s goal. They depend on the support of committees and volunteers to get their work done.

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.

Donna Satterlee

Marketing Coordinator

A Hillsboro native, through and through, Donna brings her love of her community together with her expensive 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 hint to 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.

Michelle Mitchell

Beautification Specialist

Gardening has been in her blood since she started her first job at a garden store while still in high school. Alongside her husband, she has been raising their two lovely daughters in NW Hillsboro, while also working as a private gardener for homeowners from Sherwood to Hillsboro. When she isn’t with her family or working you might find her riding horses or spending time in her own productive garden, always with her mini pack of rescue dogs along for the ride.

board of directors

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


Even Aldrete

Vice President

Travis Henry


Michelle Smith

Director Liaison to the Promotions Committee

Beth Lewis

Director Liaison to the Organization Committee

Karla Antonini

Appointed Director (City of Hillsboro)

Jeff Nelson


Gene Zurbrugg


Les Davis


Design Committee

  • Carol Reich, Committee Chair
  • Dmitri Wright
  • Kimberly Culbertson
  • Tyler Geel

Economic Committee

  • Molly Moore, Committee Chair
  • Kirra Krussman
  • Mary Bosch

Promotions Committee

  • Hillary Ostland
  • TS McCormick
  • Nick Triska

Organization Committee

  • Elaine Baker
  • Jaymee Martin
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