Our staff oversees the management and some operational 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
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 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 Downtown Hillsboro, where he now calls home. He’s become very passsionate 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.
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.
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 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.
For the past 23 years, Roberta has lived and raised her family in the Hillsboro area. She uses her spunk and welcoming manner to create opportunities for sharing and learning. She enjoys helping people and organizations make meaningful connections. Her goal is to bring our community onto a path of sustainability where people, the planet, and profits can exist harmoniously.
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.
City of Hillsboro Liaison
The Main Street Approach is built on four pillars, and that is how we have our program committees organized. Each committee meets monthly.
- Carol Reich, Committee Chair
- Dmitri Wright
- Kimberly Culbertson
- Tyler Geel
- Jessica DeBord
- Michele McCall-Wallace
- Tess Carlin, Staff Liaison
- Molly Moore, Committee Chair
- Kirra Krussman
- Mary Bosch
- Bailey Wilkerson
- Dara Schumacher
- Donna Satterlee, Staff Liaison
- Karla Antonini, Board Liaison
- Hillary Ostland
- Nick Triska
- Alec Luego
- Rachael Potter
- Cheryl Morrill
- Roberta Sommer, Staff Liaison
- Michelle Smith, Board Liaison
- Elaine Baker
- Jaymee Martin
- Elisa Joy Payne, Staff Liaison
- Beth Lewis, 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.