• Bond Accountability Committee Membership

    Kevin Spellman
    Tenzin Kalsang Gonta
    Charlie Johnson
    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. 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.


    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. 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 two-year term on the Bond Accountability Committee. Current term ends 12/2018.

    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.