Katie Riley, President of Washington County Kids, is an Oregon native who has been active in county and state public health, and education. She retired from OHSU as a faculty member and Director of Education for the Public Health and Preventive Medicine department where she directed their Master of Public Health track, taught classes on Women’s Health Epidemiology and Adolescent Risky Behavior Epidemiology, and conducted research on substance abuse treatment.
Katie received her doctorate from UCLA where she worked as an administrator before returning to Oregon. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband State Senator Chuck Riley.
Katie is a community leader. She served on the Washington County Commission on Children and Families and as Chair. Past service includes President of the Oregon Public Health Association, board member of the Northwest Regional Education Service District, Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health, Hillsboro Empowers Youth, Family Promise of Washington County, and member of Oregon Insurance Division’s Advisory Committee. In addition to chairing Washington County Kids, she currently is a board member of Sequoia Mental Health Services, the Northwest Regional ESD Foundation, and the Hillsboro Inukai Family Boys and Girls Club. She also enjoys oil painting and travel.
The magnificent Pacific Northwest was the starting point for Claire, having grown up in Bend, Oregon. As the eldest of eight children, she was exposed to the delights of working with children, and eventually it became her career.
After graduating from Marylhurst University she found her dream job of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade students. In retirement, after 32 years as an educator, Claire had time to explore many activities: Racewalking Team (Portland-to-Coast and Cascade Lakes relays — 14 years),Toastmasters International (4 years), Inside/Out Group at MacLaren Juvenile Correction Facility (mentoring and developing life skills presentations — 19 years), and co-chair of the Hillsboro chapter of Stand for Children (lobbying for education — 5 years).
In late 2015 she discovered Washington County Kids. Having taught younger children, and as a parent and grandparent, Claire knew firsthand the necessity of these programs and their value for children and their parents. The children realize opportunities to gather new knowledge and experiences, and their parents have the assurance of diligent care.
In her free time, Claire and her husband are fond of exploring museums, spending time with their two grandchildren, and traveling.
Maureen Barnhart is a retired teacher who is honored to be on the Board for the Washington County Kids. In her 37 years of experience (28 of them in the West Union and then Hillsboro Unified School District), Maureen appreciates the WCK dedication to developing structures of support for out-of-school programs. We have experienced a diminishment of resources for education, and our children and youth—indeed our community as a whole–deserve both the return of support for schools and the enrichment opportunities of these programs to develop our future citizens and work force.
A resident of Oregon since 1976 and of Unincorporated Washington County since 1980, she lives on 12 acres of forest and wetlands north of PCC Rock Creek, where she and her spouse Jim are dedicated to increasing and maintaining habitat for the wildlife of Rock Creek.
Labor Relations Specialist for AFT Local 2277 and 3922 for Portland Community College, representing both the Faculty & Academic Professionals and Classified workers at all campuses
Vincent Blanco, Jr. graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science to gain an understanding of politics and governments and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology to comprehend the development, structure, and functioning of human social relationships. After graduating from SDSU, Vincent attended Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he successfully earned his Juris Doctorate Law Degree. There he focused and sharpened his skills in Labor Law, Business Law and Negotiations.
Vincent has worked in the capacity of a Labor Representative for the Teamsters Union in Chicago where he represented the private soft drink industry workers of Pepsi Americas and Coca Cola Refreshments, as the Labor Representative for AFSCME San Diego where he represented the city workers of San Diego, and is currently the Labor Relations Specialist for AFT Local 2277 and 3922 for Portland Community College, representing both the Faculty & Academic Professionals and Classified workers at all campuses.
As a Labor Representative, Vincent acquired experience in private and public-sector unionism, collective bargaining, agency shop, dispute resolution, political affairs, restructuring organizations, drafting bylaws, grievances, conducting administrative hearings and arbitration.
Vincent is a fighter for racial and economic equality and women’s rights. He is an advocate for universal healthcare for all and served as a Board Member for Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO).
Member, Board of Directors, Kinship House; Director of Regional Equity Initiatives and Partnerships for the Multnomah Education Service District