The PCC Board of Directors consist of seven members elected by zones to four-year terms. The board members govern the college which includes selecting the president, approving the hiring of other staff and faculty, approving the college budget and establishing policies that govern the operation of the college.
Denise Frisbee is an attorney and Director for the Department of Planning and Building Services, City of Lake Oswego. She has an extensive community service background, including serving as Board liaison for Portland Community College’s 2008 bond campaign.
Frisbee has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1976. She has worked as an attorney and consultant for the Natural Resources Law Institute, assistant counsel for the Multnomah County Counsel's Office, assistant attorney for the City of Portland Attorney's Office, land use hearings officer for Deschutes County, city attorney for Sisters, a consultant on projects for the Metropolitan Service District, Tri-Met and Lake Oswego School District, and has worked with several private practices. Frisbee earned a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School and a bachelor's degree from Smith College in Massachusetts.
Kali Thorne Ladd
Kali Thorne Ladd is co-founder of KairosPDX a non-profit organization focused on equity and access to quality early learning opportunities. Kali founded KairosPDX after 4 ½ of years of being in the City of Portland's Mayor's Office as the Education Strategies Director overseeing policy and direction for the Mayor's key education initiatives including the Summer Youth Connect and Future Connect program. Her involvement in Future Connect — a partnership that has been very successful at PCC, is where Ladd was first introduced to the college and prompted her to submit for a Board position with PCC. Ladd holds a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and is a board member with Camp Fire USA, is a board member of the Portland Leadership Foundation and is a steering committee member with the Cradle to Career Initiative.
Courtney Wilton is CFO for the Energy Trust of Oregon. He holds a CPA license (retired) and has worked both in for profit and nonprofit environments. Past employers include the Oregon Bank, Coopers and Lybrand, CPA’s, and more recently a number of Oregon local governments including the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission where he served as executive director, the David Douglas School District where he served as director of administrative services and Clackamas Community College where he served as vice president of College Services/CFO. Courtney is a native Oregonian and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics. When not writing tuition checks for two college-age children, he enjoys outdoor pursuits including hiking, skiing and whitewater kayaking. Courtney currently volunteers on the boards of the Oregon Facility Authority and American Whitewater.
Jim Harper has spent more than 40 years with PCC. He has been a student, a volunteer and a corporate user of the many quality services PCC provides. He has sat on the PCC Foundation Board for the last 26 years, including serving as the Board Chair from 1990 to 1992.
Director Harper is a realtor for RE/MAX Equity Group in Hillsboro. He is currently on the Board of the Association of Community Colleges and is Chair of their Pacific Region. He is the Secretary of the Board of Gateway to College National Network and is a Past President of Oregon Community College Association. He has also served as Vice President of Administration for Morrison Child and Family Services, Executive Director for Arras Inc., School-To-Career Liaison for Multnomah County, Director of Human Resources at Wacker Siltronic Corp, and Division Manager for Tektronix, Inc.. Director Harper has been an active member of the PCC Budget Committee, is a Member of the Governor's School Transformation Advisory Council, the Mayor of Portland's Business Round Table, the Regional Strategies Board for Multnomah and Washington Counties, and is a Past Chair of the Region Two Workforce Development Committee. Director Harper holds a bachelor's degree in education from Portland State University.
Ken Madden, Vice Chair
Ken Madden has overall responsibility for supporting the sales and recruiting efforts of all Madden Industrial locations. He has extensive experience in the temporary services industry and has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Madden Industrial since its inception in 1988. Prior to joining Madden, Ken was a sales representative for a major food distributor and a long distance telephone carrier where he was recognized for excellence in sales and customer support.
Ken is very active in the staffing industry and served as President of the Staffing Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington and on the Portland Community College Foundation Board. He is Chair of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Ken has also served as an Advisory Member for the Committee for Welding Technology and Construction Management at Portland Community College, as an Advisor to the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, and serves on the Oregon Workforce Investment Board.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University and is a Certified Personnel Consultant & Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist. In addition to his responsibilities at Madden, you might encounter him driving his 1962 MGA Roadster, which he fully restored with the help of his son Evan.
Pitts was elected to the board in May and will oversee east Washington County and southwest Portland. He has been with Intel Corp. since 1988, and is a senior leader as Technical Marketing Director in Hillsboro. Prior to that, Pitts worked at Westinghouse Electric in Asheville, N.C., and Milliken and Co. in Spartanburg, S.C. Pitts graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech sector working with some of Intel's largest server and workstation customers across the globe. “I value our education system and the value that it brings to the community, and I want to see technology help bolster the value proposition that PCC brings to the education pipeline,” Pitts said.
Deanna Palm, Chair
A former PCC student in the early 1980s, Deanna Palm assumes represents Zone 7, which covers western Washington County. The lifetime Washington County resident has been president of the Greater Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce since 2001. Palm leads the chamber in establishing relationships with the businesses, community and local governments as well as implement all of the chamber board’s polices, administering the budget and participates and promotes the chamber. “As a PCC alum, I know first hand what a positive impact an education at PCC can have on your career and in my position at the Hillsboro Chamber I have seen how responsive and adaptable PCC can be to rapidly changing workforce development requirements,” Palm said.