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 in her third term as a director representing Zone 1. She has served as Board Chair from 2008-09 and again from 2012-14. She has served as the Board's representative on the PCC Foundation Board and Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) Board, the Board liaison to the successful 2008 PCC Bond Campaign, and as a member of the Board's Audit Committee. She has also served on ACCT (the national organization's association's) governance and policy committees.
In 2014, Denise received the OCCA's Howard Cherry Award for Outstanding Board Member.
Her background is as an attorney with a focus on land use and government law, and her career has included serving as director of the Lake Oswego Community Development Department and the Planning and Building Departments, as well as executive director of a nonprofit, Statewide Organization for Schools, and as the Government and Community liaison for Lake Oswego School District, along with a variety of community and school-related volunteer roles.
Denise holds a JD from Lewis and Clark's Northwestern School of Law, and a Bachelor's degree from Smith College. Denise and her husband and family enjoy the Northwest's out-of-doors offerings of hiking, bicycling, whitewater canoeing and skiing.
Kali Thorne-Ladd, Vice Chair
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.
Michael retired from 27 years of full-time teaching at Portland Community College in 2015, having taught Political Science courses on all four PCC Campuses – and became the first PCC teacher ever to serve on the PCC Board. He long-served on the PCC Educational Advisory Council (EAC) and its Academic Standards and Policy (ASAP) Committee, on the Internationalization Steering Committee, and as Co-Creator & Chair of the PCC PACS (Peace and Conflict Studies Program). His work with PCC student leaders has ranged from facilitating creation of the District Student Council to helping organize Salem Legislative Internship Programs. A Fulbright Scholar in India in 2010, Michael's publications mostly relate to Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Frantz Fanon, and issues regarding Violence, Nonviolence, and Social Change. In PCC's Zone 3, Michael currently serves on the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board and SE Uplift (a coalition of twenty neighborhood associations) while volunteering with other groups concerned about affordable housing, immigration reform, and other social justice issues. Michael holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Whitman College B.A. with credits from Fisk University. He especially enjoys bicycling, vegetarian cooking, and multicultural experiences in the U.S. and abroad.
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 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.
Gene Pitts, Chair
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.
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.