Find out how your citizen representatives are monitoring zoo planning, construction and spending.
When voters supported a bond for zoo improvements in 2008, they also approved forming a committee of citizens to monitor how their dollars are spent. Learn more about your citizen representatives.
In 2008, voters across the Portland metropolitan region supported a $125 million bond for Oregon Zoo improvements. The zoo is developing a master plan, six new animal exhibits, a conservation education center and a veterinary medical center, all designed to save water and energy and provide a better experience for visitors.
The Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee was created to provide a third-party review of the Oregon Zoo Infrastructure and Animal Welfare Bond Program to the Metro Council and citizens. The committee is looking at how decision-making occurs and how business is conducted, as well as determining whether the program is on the right path in terms of structure, management, expenditures, personnel and achievement of defined goals. Members include professionals with experience in construction, sustainability, animal welfare, labor, finance, public budgeting and auditing, and general business.
Committee chair: Deidra Krys-Rusoff
Deidra Krys-Rusoff is a portfolio manager and a member of the fixed income team at Ferguson Wellman Capital Management. A native of Idaho, Deidra earned her BA in zoology from the College of Idaho. She serves on Metro's Investment Advisory Committee, is an active member of the Columbia-Willamette YMCA Childcare Volunteer Board, and serves on committees at Franklin High School and Mt. Tabor Middle School. She is a past board member of the Mt. Tabor Parent Teacher Association, Northwest Taxable Bond Club and Junior League of Portland.
Committee vice chair: Bill Kabeiseman
Bill Kabeiseman is an attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer, specializing in land use and municipal law. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and later served as an adjunct professor teaching land use law at the school. He chaired the Oregon State Bar Task Force on Sustainability and is on the Multnomah County Planning Commission.
Noah Bishop is an attorney and the proud father of two young zoo enthusiasts. A graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, he has focused his practice on debtor-creditor law, and now runs his own law firm, Bishop Bankruptcy Law. He volunteers at The Bankruptcy Clinic, a free service provided by the lawyers of the Oregon State Bar.
Tony Butchart is a project manager for Neil Kelly with experience in LEED certification and sustainable and passive house building practices. He is supervising a massive re-pipe project in a 100-year-old historic register building in northwest Portland. Prior to working for Neil Kelly, he was a solo contractor for 20 years and a comptroller for a midsized, personal-injury law firm in Olympia, Washington. Butchart has a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College.
Executive director for the Oregon Humane society since 1998, Sharon Harmon has helped lead the organization for 24 years and been a professional in the field of animal care and welfare for more than 30 years. She holds a BS in zoology (pre-veterinarian medicine) from Oregon State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Business Administration and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University, and is a certified animal welfare administrator. She serves on advisory boards for Banfield Pet Hospital and Merck Pharmaceuticals. Recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Humane Award for 2008, she currently serves on the board and is past chairman of the National Federation of Humane Societies.
Deborah Herron is the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart in Oregon and several other Western states. Walmart has been a strong supporter of the Oregon Zoo, and Herron has been instrumental in ensuring this connection, including serving on the Oregon Zoo Foundation's Board of Trustees. Previous to her work at Walmart, she was a principal at Vox Public Relations in Portland. She is well known and connected in the public affairs community, bringing collaboration, curiosity, careful thinking, passion, enthusiasm and a solution-oriented approach to engage audiences.
Mickey Lee is a project manager with MPower Oregon, which offers a simple, integrated solution for lowering energy and water expenses at existing, affordable, multifamily properties. She has a background in project development and management, with an emphasis on environmental and social equity. She previously worked in health care, digital technologies, solar installations and overall carbon emission reductions, including six years with Carbon Concierge. She has been recognized nationally for helping to bridge the gap between private and public entities. She holds an MBA in sustainable development from Bainbridge Graduate Institute and is accredited through the national Building Performance Institute.
Carter MacNichol is a managing partner for local urban development and project management company, Shiels Obletz Johnsen, and a managing member for Sockeye Development. He has 31 years of experience in complex project management, and real estate management and development. MacNichol has worked as real estate director for the Port of Portland, project manager for the Portland Development Commission, and taught for the Oregon City School District. He has been active on several local boards, including the Oregon Zoo Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, "I Have a Dream" Foundation, Portland Children's Museum and Portland Community Land Trust.
Dr. Daniel Morris is Research Director for Our Oregon, studying government finances and budget priorities. Educated in Portland Public Schools, he went on to earn a master's degree in physics from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in public health from Saint Louis University. As an epidemiologist, Daniel led studies on topics ranging from tobacco tax evasion to tracking obesity with driver licenses.
Mike Schofield is the business manager for the Forest Grove School District, managing the school district's finances and $65.3 million worth of construction and school improvements included in a successful bond measure. Mike previously served as the chief financial officer of the Northwest Regional Education Service District. He has more than 25 years of managing finances for various public education entities. He is a graduate of Portland State University and holds a Certified Management Accountant.
An attorney with Stoel Rives, Penny Serrurier practices law in the areas of tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, estate planning and administration, business succession planning, and personal tax planning. She represents tax-exempt organizations and advises them on aspects of governance, compliance and tax-related matters. Serrurier has served on several local boards and is a past chair for the Oregon Zoo Foundation board of trustees.
Ruth Shelly is the Executive Director of the Portland Children's Museum, and a lifelong museum professional who has worked as an exhibit director and administrator in museums across the country. She previously served as executive director for Madison Children's Museum, leading the museum's move to a much larger facility. Shelly and her staff exceeded the $10 million capital campaign goal. Since opening in 2010, that museum has more than doubled its annual attendance, and nearly quadrupled its membership. It is anticipated to be the first LEED-certified Wisconsin museum, and in 2011 it won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service for its exemplary contributions to the community.
Bob Tackett serves as executive secretary-treasurer for the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He has been active in the labor movement for more than 39 years. His duties include proposing, supporting and promoting legislation favorable to the interest of workers and organized labor. Tackett serves on several boards, including Worksystems, a nonprofit agency that accelerates economic growth in the City of Portland and Multnomah and Washington counties by pursuing and investing resources to improve the quality of the workforce, particularly unemployed and underemployed people. Tackett also serves on the board of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.
Tom Turnbull specializes in providing business and legal advice to high-growth companies and entrepreneurs. He is a co-founder and vice president of business development with OpenSesame, the largest source for elearning content in the world with more than 20,000 online courses. Turnbull previously served on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry board of trustees for five years. He has an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial studies from New York University, a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Puget Sound.