Directors and Advisory Board
Healthy Democracy Oregon is fortunate to have such a great team of dedicated and talented individuals serving on its Advisory Committee and Board of Directors.
Healthy Democracy Oregon's Advisory Committee
KAPPY EATON, Eugene, is a University of Oregon Associate Professor Emerita, and has served in leadership positions with the League of Women Voters of Oregon and American Association of University Women. She worked with the United States State Department as University Women Supervisor of Bosnia Elections (1997, 2000), as well as a member of the Voter Education Team training of Hungarian officials prior to 1994 free elections. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to democracy and public service.
DAVE FROHNMAYER, Eugene, served as President of the University of Oregon from 1994 until 2009 and was previously the dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. He served as Oregon’s Attorney General, as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, and as a law professor and legal counsel to the president of the University of Oregon. As attorney general, he won six of seven cases before the United States Supreme Court, the most cases and best record of any contemporary state attorney general. He is also a national prize-winning author on the United States Constitution.
JEFF GOLDEN, Ashland, has spent the last 25 years in politics, broadcasting, editorial journalism, and organizational consulting. His political career includes service as a Commissioner inJackson County, Chief of Staff to the Oregon Senate President, and Environmental Policy Aide to the City of Portland. He hosted The Jefferson Exchange, a popular daily NPR talk-show on a network of northwest stations for ten years.
MIKE GREENFIELD, Portland, serves on the Oregon Inmate Work Program Advisory Committee, the Department of Justice Internal Audit Committee, and the City of Portland Budget and Management Advisory Committee. He has been the Director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Deputy Secretary of State, Legislative Administrator, and Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Education. He also sat on Oregon’s Progress Board as an ex officio member, and served as the chair of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families.
PHIL KEISLING, Portland, is the Director of the Center of Public Service at Portland State University. He served as Oregon Secretary of State, where he focused on expanding performance auditing, campaign finance reform, and making Oregon the nation’s first all Vote By Mail election system. He also served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, as a Legislative Staff Assistant to the Oregon House Speaker and as a campaign aide to former Governor Tom McCall. He was an investigative reporter and editor for Portland’s Willamette Week, and also reported for the Washington Monthly Magazine in Washington D.C.
ANDI MILLER, Portland, heads a firm providing affordable public relations services to non-profits. She previously served as Director of Public Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter, Executive Director of Common Cause Oregon and Senior Policy Analyst for Oregon Business Association, all of which provided her with expertise in the areas of health policy, education, good government and transportation. She also serves on the board of Community Health Advocates of Oregon (CHAO), the Saling Foundation Board and the City Club of Portland’s Advocacy & Awareness Board.
FRED NEAL, Portland, has held various government-related positions in Oregon over a 32-year period, including campaign finance manager for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office-Elections Division, Deputy Legislative Counsel for the Oregon legislature, Executive Director of the Sate Court Finance Action Committee, and Legal Counsel for the League of Oregon Cities. He is the Oregon ACLU Affiliate's representative on the American Civil Liberties Union national board. He has also served on the boards of the National Association of Counties, the Agri-Business Council of Oregon, and the Right to Privacy PAC.
NORMA PAULUS, Portland, became the first woman to hold a statewide elected office in Oregon when she became Secretary of State. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives, and as Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was appointed to National Assessment Governing Board and as Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. She serves on the Boards of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, the High Desert Museum, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and the City Club of Portland. She has received honorary degrees and awards from five Oregon colleges and universities.
HARVEY PLATT, Portland, is the Chairman of Platt Electric Supply. His community involvement includes the Oregon Business Association, Citizen’s Crime Commission, Portland Business Alliance, Beaverton Education Foundation, Portland Community College Foundation the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Broadway Rose Theatre Company, the Clackamas County Fire District Foundation, the Portland Baseball Group, the Beaverton Police Chief's Advisory Board, and the Sunset Legacy Project.
JACK ROBERTS, Eugene, is Executive Director for Lane Metro Partnership, providing the leadership necessary for economic development efforts throughout Lane County. He was elected to the Lane County Board of Commissioners, and as Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries. His board service includes the Oregon Environmental Council and Lane Workforce Partnership.
RON SAXTON, Portland, is an Executive Vice-President at JELD-WEN, Oregon's second largest company, and was his party’s nominee for governor in 2006. He was the founding president of the Portland Schools Foundation, and served on the Portland Public Schools Board. He serves on several business boards, including the Associated Oregon Industries and Oregon Business Council, as well as the boards of a variety of non-profit organizations, including Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Healthy Democracy Oregon’s Board of Directors
MICK MORTLOCK (Board President) has been actively working to build a better democracy since he was a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives in the early 1970’s. After leaving a position as a corporate executive, Mick co-founded Democracy Talking where he continues to serve on the board. Mick is married to Ann Scott and they are the parents of four grown children.
PATRICIA BENN is a former teacher of German and French. She served as president of her union (the Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers) from 1976-78. In 1991, she helped create Shared Decisions Minnesota, an effort to create collaborative decisions in Minnesota schools involving students, parents, teachers and administrators. Since 1999 Pat has worked with her husband, Ned Crosby, to promote the Citizens Initiative Review, a method for bringing trustworthy information to voters on initiatives.
SCOTT BORDUIN, bio coming soon...
NED CROSBY received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He is the inventor of the Citizens Jury process, one of the leading new democratic processes invented in the 20th century. Since 1999 Ned and his wife, Pat Benn, have been seeking to find a way to get the Citizens Initiative Review established in Washington state or Oregon.
SUSAN EDWARDS is a computer instructor at a community college in Oregon for the past nine years. For more than 40 years, she has been an educator in public and private schools, teaching preschoolers, seniors and everyone in between. Susan is also an indexer for technical publications and was an organizational consultant to individuals and businesses for several years. She has been actively involved in social activism and community organizing for the past four years. Susan grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and then lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 26 years prior to moving to Oregon in 1991.
TYRONE REITMAN has a professional background in political reform work in Oregon, and has been a dedicated advocate for increased transparency and accountability in government and politics. He has worked for and volunteered with a number of ballot initiative campaigns, acquiring a first-hand understanding of Oregon’s initiative process. Tyrone graduated with a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Oregon with a focus on political reform and decision-making in volunteer-based organizations. Tyrone is co-founder of Health Democracy Oregon.