Our People

Staff

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

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 Carlin

Beautification Specialist

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.

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

President

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

Ex-officio

Gene Zurbrugg

Ex-officio

Les Davis

Ex-officio

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

Advisory COUNCILS

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

Businesses

Residents

Youth

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