• Bond Accountability Committee Membership 

    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. Current term ends 12/2020.



    Tenzin Kalsang Gonta, Senior Management Auditor, Audit Services Division, City of Portland

    Tenzin Kalsang Gonta 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. Current term ends 12/2020.

    Tom Peterson

    Tom Peterson, Chief Engineer, Port of Portland  Retired

    Tom Peterson was with the Port of Portland for more than 26 years. During his tenure at the Port he was 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 managed over $800 million in capital construction projects.

    Tom will serve for an additional four-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee. Current term ends 12/2022.

    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. Current term ends 12/2020.

    Karen Weylandt

    Karen Weylandt, Retired Planning and Design Officer, Providence Health & Services

    Karen retired in March 2018 from Providence Health & Services after serving more than 29 years, most recently as the chief planning and design officer for the seven-state health system. She has worked in the building, construction and improvement of Providence hospitals, outpatient clinics, surgery centers and educational facilities from Alaska to California. Her leadership for the planning and construction of Providence Newberg Medical Center resulted in the first hospital in the country to earn a LEED Gold designation. She also directed the planning and construction for the Providence Cancer Center in Portland. Weylandt’s recent projects include a major expansion of services for Providence’s downtown Seattle facilities, and a master plan for the south campus expansion at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Weylandt earned a degree as a registered nurse and a master’s degree in health care administration. For the past seven years she has served on the Oregon Facility Authority Board, and she also served several years on the Oregon Humane Society Board. 

    Karen will serve for an initial four-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee.  Current term ends 12/2022.

     Dick Steinbrugge Richard L. (Dick) Steinbrugge P.E. (California); retired Chief Facilities Officer, Beaverton School District

    In 2017 Dick concluded his public service career after 11 years as the Executive Administrator for Facilities at the Beaverton School District in Beaverton, Oregon, the third largest and fastest growing K-12 school district in the state with 40,000 students and 52 schools. He led the development and was responsible for the execution of the District's $680 million capital bond program, which included planning, design, and construction of several new school buildings. He also directed all other school district facilities-related programs including maintenance, custodial services, and energy conservation. Dick previously served as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer for 26 years, achieving the rank of Captain. During his Navy career, he led several large organizations with major facilities construction and maintenance responsibilities. He was also Deputy Director of the U.S. Navy's environmental protection program in the Pentagon and served as the United States representative to a NATO environmental compliance special working group. He was twice awarded the Legion of Merit and received several other meritorious service decorations.

    Between his school district position and Navy service, he managed an environmental engineering consulting office, was the Finance Director for the City of Portland's Transportation Bureau, and Chief Engineer of the Portland Water Bureau. Dick holds BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Oregon State University, is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, a graduate of the Penn State Executive Management Program, and a registered civil engineer (California).

    Dick will serve for an initial three-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee.  Current term ends 12/2021.