Director, Position 6, At-Large

Photo of Diane C NoriegaDiane C Noriega

Occupation: Retired. What I will bring to The Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education is 27 years of experience in higher education, experience as a former education board member, and current member of the MHCC Foundation Board. Our local community college is the foundation for the education of our workforce and ultimately the economic development of our region.

Occupational Background: Interim President, California State University Monterey Bay, Provost and Academic Vice President Monterey Bay, Dean of the College of Education, Sacramento State University, Professor, California State University Monterey Bay. Coordinated and launched a regional business/education compact, Sacramento

Educational Background: PhD University of California, Santa Barbara (Education), MA UC Davis (Spanish), BA UCSB (Spanish).

Prior Governmental Experience: Currently, accreditation reviewer for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Formerly, appointed Member, Committee on Accreditation, Commission for Teacher Credentialing, State of California.

Community Involvement: Previously served on the board of Education for Mt. Hood Community College (2011-2015). Current Vice President of The Foundation Board of Mt. Hood Community College. 2015-present) Also District Governor Elect for Rotary District 5100 and member of The Rotary Club of Gresham. Formerly Member of the Board of Trustees for the Monterey College of Law, Chairman of the Board for United Way of Monterey County, Secretary for the Executive Board of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Chair of the Literacy Campaign for Monterey County.

Diane will work to:

  • Provide oversight, transparency and accountability in all fiscal matters
  • Continue building strong relationships with local area high schools
  • Insure all students have the opportunity to pursue further education
  • Continue to help the college build career and technical education programs
  • Assure that MHCC provides technologically current learning opportunities
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with regional businesses
  • Assess existing programs to assure they meet current needs
  • Build trust among all college groups
  • Support the mission, vision, goals and values of MHCC

Diane is endorsed by

  • Shane Bemis, Mayor of Gresham:
  • Justin Hwang, CEO Joy Teriyaki
  • Stan Hymel, CFP
  • Staci Sigala, Educator
  • Sue Piazza, Business Woman

(This information furnished by Diane C. Noriega.)

The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.

Director, Position 6, At-Large

Photo of Courtney HelsteinCourtney Helstein

Occupation: Government Relations

Occupational Background: Deputy Director, Senate Democratic Leadership Fund; Chief of Staff, Representative Carla Piluso; Small Business Advocate, Mainstreet Alliance of Oregon; MHCC and PSU Student Organizer, Oregon Student Association

Educational Background: University of Oregon, BA, Sociology

Prior Governmental Experience: Open and Accountable Elections Commission; Multnomah County Department of Community Justice Budget Advisory Committee

Community Involvement: City Club of Portland GED Advocacy and Public Policy Committees; Co-Chair of the Oregon Women’s Campaign School; Volunteer, New Leaders Council

Courtney Helstein: Moving Mountains for MHCC

“Courtney is a public servant through and through. She has committed her professional and personal life to advocating for legislation to help Oregon’s students and working families.” -Representative Carla Piluso

“Courtney’s experience as a working student who is still paying hundreds in student loans every month is exactly the voice we need. Couple that perspective with her experience in advocacy and government, it’s clear Courtney is the best choice.” -Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales

Courtney is a tireless advocate for East County’s students, teachers, and working families. Her advocacy resulted in policies like Oregon’s Tuition Equity and the Oregon Promise, enabling students to attend community college for as little as $50 a term. Decisions impacting students should be made by someone like Courtney who personally understands the implications and who is committed to bringing student and faculty voices to the table.

Proudly Standing with Courtney:
Senator Shemia Fagan - Representative Diego Hernandez
Representative & MHCC Faculty Chris Gorsek
Mult. County Auditor Jennifer McGuirk
Wood Village Mayor Scott Harden
Gresham City Councilor Mario Palmero
Mt. Hood Community College Board Member Kenney Polson
Gresham-Barlow School Board Member Mayra Gomez
David Douglas School Board Member Andrea Valderrama
East County Rising
Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon
Oregon Working Families Party

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(This information furnished by Friends of Courtney Helstein.)

The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.