Our People


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

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 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.

Tess Carlin

Beautification 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.

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 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.

Roberta Sommer

Outreach Coordinator

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.

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 to help Downtown Hillsboro businesses in any way she can.

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


Evan Aldrete

Vice President

Michelle Smith


Beth Lewis


Karla Antonini

City of Hillsboro Liaison

Your name here!

Contact us if you’re interested in serving on the board.

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

  • Marcia Hale
  • Dmitri Wright
  • Kimberly Culbertson
  • Tyler Geel
  • 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

Promotions Committee

  • Hillary Ostland
  • Nick Triska
  • Cheryl Morrill
  • Rene Bennett
  • Bridie Harrington
  • Roberta Sommer, Staff Liaison
  • Michelle Smith, Board Liaison

Organization Committee

  • Elaine Baker
  • 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.

Property Owners




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