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.

Sean Kornegay

Beautification Specialist

Tess Carlin

Beautification Specialist

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

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


Ongoing committtees

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

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

Economic Committee

  • Molly Moore, Committee Chair
  • Kirra Krussman
  • Mary Bosch
  • Bailey Wilkerson
  • Annette Merrill
  • Donna Satterlee
  • Dara Schumacher

Promotions Committee

  • Hillary Ostland
  • Donna Satterlee
  • Jessi Aguilar
  • Nick Triska
  • Courtney Schwartz
  • Alec Luego
  • Rachael Potter
  • Cheryl Morrill

Organization Committee

  • Elaine Baker
  • Jaymee Martin


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




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