Mt Hood Community College
Director, Zone 1
Occupation: Oxbow LLC Development
Occupational Background: Multnomah County Commissioner; West Columbia Gorge Chamber Executive Director; Dental Hygienist
Educational Background: University of Oregon, Health Education, BS; Oregon Health and Sciences University, RDH
Prior Governmental Experience: Mt. Hood Community College Board of Directors, Multnomah County Commissioner, National Association of Counties Veterans Committee.
I am a candidate for re-election to the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Directors. It has been my honor to serve on this board for the past 4 years.
We have been through challenging times yet I am constantly impressed by my board colleagues, college leadership, faculty, staff, community and most of all our students. They are resilient, innovative and committed. We can all be proud of our talented and respected team at Mt. Hood Community College.
“Diane McKeel has brought a fresh and effective view to the Mt. Hood Community College board, making difficult decisions when needed to meet the challenges, all the while prioritizing what is important for student success.” Sue O’Halloran of KMO Real Estate
I believe education is more important than ever. Through these unprecedented challenges we face, we move forward. Community colleges are critical in providing opportunities for all students whether earning a certificate, an associate degree, transferring to a four-year school, or improving job skills or personal skills.
You have my commitment to keep Mt. Hood Community College affordable, accessible, and inclusive. Community colleges provide pathways to good paying jobs, partnerships, individual achievements, community and family stability. Mt. Hood Community College stands at the forefront, receiving awards and recognition for outstanding contributions.
I have been effective in working with my board colleagues developing our campus wide equity lens, updating our strategic plan and continued budget oversight all with a student supported focus.
“Diane McKeel has the interest of all students in mind. Diane has always worked hard for East County and will continue to work hard for the students of Mt. Hood Community College.” Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall
(This information furnished by Diane McKeel)
Director, Zone 2
Occupation: Principal Real Estate Broker
Occupational Background: Self Employed
Educational Background: Newberg High School, Grade 12, General Studies
Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon Trail School District Board Director (Odsd)(Present); Otsd Budget Committee, Oregon Trail Education Foundation Chair; Sandy Area Chamber Of Commerce; Sandy Area Buyers Pool; Trauma Intervention Program Volunteer; Sandy Tackle Football Board (Vp); Shs Booster Club President; Parent/Teacher Club Committees At Boring Middle, Naas Elementary
I have been very involved in our community in many capacities for 30+ years, primarily in the schools. 4 of my children went through the Oregon Trail School District. 3 of them continued their education at MHCC. I currently serve on the OTSD Board of Directors, which I have found to be interesting, challenging, educational and fulfilling. I am very proud to be part of this community that takes so much pride in our education system. This past year with the challenges COVID-19 has put on school districts nationwide, I am proud to see how hard our District Staff and parents are working to make this temporary situation work successfully for our students. It has truly added another dimension to the phrase “educational system.” Now more than ever it is vital to have folks you know and can reach out to representing our community.
Also in my profession, I have developed key communication and listening skills as well as strong relationships with many of you in our community. I have gained insight and perspective about what quality public education means for our children and our local economy. These key factors are important in continuing to advocate for our community, parents, students and staff on the MHCC Board of Education.
(This information furnished by Marie Teune)
Director, Zone 2
Occupational Background: Museum Curator (Emeritus), Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Educational Background: California State University at Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, Industrial Education; Santa Monica Community College, Associate of Arts, Pre- Secondary Education.
Prior Governmental Experience: Serving my second term as a trustee on the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education
It has been my honor to serve as the senior member of the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education. During my two terms of office (2013-2021), I have become a more competent and aware administrator, fully focused on the college’s educational promise and obligations. Nonetheless, serving the community as a member of the college’s Board of Education has proven to be a challenging and rewarding experience. In that regard, I would like to continue my institutional stewardship, and hope that the community will re-elect me to a third term of office (2021-2025), representing South Gresham and the Mt. Hood Corridor of North Clackamas County.
Community colleges continue to gain greater stature as providers of post-secondary education, particularly career and technical education (CTE). It is my sincere desire to continue promoting these educational opportunities.
Mt. Hood Community College is an East County jewel and deserves the support of the community it serves.
(This information furnished by James Zordich)
Director, Zone 4
Occupation: Elected Volunteer serving as Director, Mt. Hood Community College & Past President, Oregon Community College Association
Occupational Background: Government Affairs & Public Policy Specialist; Project Manager; Utility/Consumer Liaison; Customer Service Representative; Receptionist; Waitress
Educational Background: Warner Pacific College - Human Development, BS; Mt. Hood Community College – General Studies, AS
Prior Governmental Experience: MHCC Board – 4 years; OCCA Board – 3 years, President 2019; David Douglas Board - 18 years, Chair 3 years; Oregon School Board Association – 7 years, President 2009; Metro Policy Advisory Committee – 6 years; Powell Valley Road Water District Budget Committee - 2 years; Multnomah County Charter review committee – 1 year; Precinct Committee Person – about 20 years
Community Involvement: Current – Our Children Oregon & Gresham United Methodist Ministries Board; East Portland Action Plan; Past – Zenger Farm; Eastside Egg Co-op; Earl Boyles Early Learning Center Capitol Committee; David Douglas Citizens for Schools
Supported by your local leaders & organizations, including:
Representative Jeff Reardon
Multnomah County Auditor Jennifer McGuirk
Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales
Gresham Barlow Board member Carla Piluso
Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick
Democrat Activist Marcia Schneider
East County Rising
“Annette is devoted to equitable outcomes for all students.” Senator Kayse Jama
“Annette’s many years on a local school board makes her uniquely qualified to bridge the community college programs to the local high schools. This enables a higher quality education for those students.” Frieda Christopher – David Douglas School District Board Member
“From her past on the David Douglas board to her current time at MHCC, Annette believes in putting students first.” Stephanie Stephens – Board Member, David Douglas SD
“My priorities at MHCC are data driven decision making, effective use of tax and tuition dollars, and ensuring every decision is grounded in Equity. As a trustee I will continue to work to ensure MHCC is a safe, respectful, and supportive place for everyone. Quality post-secondary education is key to making a good living, achieving dreams, and protecting democracy.”
(This information furnished by Annette L Mattson)