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Portland Public Schools

 
Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

Bond Accountability Committee Membership

Kevin Spellman
Louis Fontenot
Tenzin Choephel
Charlie Johnson
Willy Paul
Tom Peterson
Cheryl Twete

The Citizens Bond Accountability Committee is a mix of individuals with a reputation for fairness and transparency and experience in building design, construction, public contracting, budgeting, and/or auditing. Charter members include:

Kevin Spellman

Kevin Spellman, Retired Construction Contractor
Kevin Spellman is a management consultant and trainer for construction owners, contractors and industry professionals. He retired after a 30-year career with Portland-based building construction contractor Emerick Construction, including 18 years as president. His construction experience includes working with federal, state and local government agencies, school districts and major private sector clients. His consulting practice includes training in contract management tools and techniques, training in risk assessment and mitigation, and development of effective operational and procedures. He has been an adjunct instructor in the Civil Engineering Department at Oregon State University, and at Portland Community College. Kevin has a Masters in Construction Management from Reading University in the U.K., and a BA in Business Finance from City of London College. He serves on the board of Multnomah Education Service District, and served on the PPS Long Range Facilities Planning Committee as representative of Associated General Contractors. He is married to Carol, a retired teacher, and has two grown children who both graduated from the PPS system.
Kevin serves as chair of the Bond Accountability Committee. He will serve an additional four-year term.

Louis Fontenot

Louis Fontenot, Development Manager, Trammell Crow Company
Louis Fontenot is responsible for all aspects of development and construction of industrial and mixed use developments throughout the Portland metropolitan area for Trammell Crow. He manages the design process including coordination of architects, engineers, consultants and sustainable practices and administers projects from initial concept planning stages to procurement and completion of construction. He also maintains interface with clients ensuring total contract compliance with all criteria and reaching all performance specifications. He has worked for the Portland Development Commission and the Northeast Community Development Corporation. Fontenot has a Masters in City Planning from Texas Southern University and a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate from Morehouse College. He served on the Bond Development Committee and currently serves on the board of the Portland Schools Real Estate Trust.
Louis will serve for an additional four-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee. 

Tenzin

Tenzin Choephel, Senior Management Auditor, Audit Services Division, City of Portland Tenzin Choephel is a senior management auditor with experience leading complex performance audits. Her past audits have included reviews of procurement activities at the state and local levels of government, including regional education service districts. Tenzin is a Certified Internal Auditor, and a board member for the Institute of Internal Auditor’s Portland chapter. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College. Prior to her career in government, Tenzin held positions in the nonprofit sector at organizations of local and national scope. In graduate school, Tenzin researched public-nonprofit partnerships and supported programs that developed nonprofit leaders of color in Oregon. She currently serves on the board for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization.
Tenzin will serve for an initial four-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee. 

Charlie

Charlie Johnson, Business Manager/FST-Sheet Metal Local #16, Board Member-Oregon State Building Trades Council
Charlie Johnson is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer for the Sheet Metal Worker Local Union #16 representing nearly 2000 members. Charlie is also an Executive Board Member for the Oregon State Building Trades Council that represents approximately 30,000 union construction workers. Charlie has been very interested in education for many years, he has taught many different courses since the early 1990’s and has a BA in Labor Education and History. Charlie has worked in a variety of capacities on small and large construction sites from Craftsperson to Project Superintendent.
Charlie will serve for an initial four-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee. 

Willy Paul

Willy Paul, Executive Director, Kaiser National Facilities Services
Willy Paul is responsible for the Real Estate and Capital Projects operations in Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region. Kaiser Permanente owns and operates approximately 3.6 million square feet of medical and administrative space in the Northwest Region and executes an approximately $150 million capital plan each year. Willy’s team is responsible for the real estate, design and construction activities, including the recently completed construction of the new $359 million Westside Medical Center Campus in Hillsboro. Willy’s career began to focus on healthcare in the mid 1980’s as a licensed architect for a leading healthcare architectural firm in California. In 2000, Willy joined Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, leading the development of capital projects in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. He then transitioned to a national role, leading the implementation of the infrastructure for the internationally recognized electronic medical records system known as KP HealthConnect. His responsibilities then broadened nationally to also lead the development and expansion of Kaiser Permanente’s data centers. Willy was an instructor at University of California Los Angeles for 12 years in the Interior Design Department where his instructional focus was on healthcare facility design. Willy received both a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a business degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He is a licensed architect, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Willy served on the PPS Long Range Facilities Planning Committee.
Willy will serve for an additional two-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee. 

Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson, Chief Engineer, Port of Portland
Tom Peterson has been with the Port of Portland for more than 26 years. During his tenure at the Port he has been involved in a wide variety of projects, ranging from airfield runway and taxiway construction projects, complex electrical and control systems, major terminal building expansion and renovations, to procuring new container handling cranes. As a project manager, Tom managed the $380 million Terminal Expansion South project. This complex airport project replaced Concourse C, expanded the Terminal building, rerouted the aircraft fueling system, expanded the central utility plant, constructed the airport light rail station, and new taxiway and aircraft parking aprons to facilitate the new concourse, while maintaining airport operations and the safe movement of passengers through the construction site. Prior to his current position, as the Engineering Project Development Manager he managed the Airport’s construction program, overseeing the engineering project managers that support the Port’s Aviation construction program. In his current role as Chief Engineer, Tom is responsible for the Engineering department that includes a multi disciplined engineering staff of 75, and overall responsibility for management of the Port’s capital construction program. During Tom’s role as Chief Engineer the Port Engineering department has managed over $800 million in capital construction projects.
Tom will serve for an additional two-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee.

Cheryl Twete, Community Development Director, City of Beaverton
Cheryl Twete currently works for the City of Beaverton as Director of the Community Development Department starting in May 2014. Her responsibilities include Planning, Urban Redevelopment, Transportation, Building, and Sustainability functions. She graduated from Minnesota State University and holds a Master in Urban Planning degree from the University of Oregon. Early in her development career, Cheryl worked for the real estate consulting firm of Leland and Hobson conducting market studies, development programming analyses, and working with entitlement staff in various jurisdictions. Cheryl enjoyed a long career at the Portland Development Commission including serving as Director of Development for four years. She led a wide range of urban renewal and neighborhood development projects and programs, working in most urban renewal areas throughout Portland. Highlights include: the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area (URA), in which she served as senior manager for creation of a new district plan and the URA (1999), followed by negotiation of the South Waterfront District Development Agreement among the City of Portland, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), private developers and PDC, resulting in over $1 billion in private and $100 million in public investment. She also managed the creation of the Gateway (URA) in 2001 and dozens of central city revitalization initiatives, transit oriented development, area development strategies, economic development projects, and affordable housing and mixed-¬use property developments. Prior to starting the CDD Director position, Cheryl served as a Senior Development Advisor at Metro/MERC.
Cheryl will serve for an additional four-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee.

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