Our board members represent local businesses throughout the South Portland area. Their positions are vital to the South Portland Business Association and its members, as they make important decisions which affect the whole community.


Mark W. Eves


Cathy Newman

Cathy Newman earned a B.S. in education at Illinois State University and spent a year in public schools in the north suburbs of Chicago before heading to Chicago to begin work as an assistant in a large Montessori school. After her elementary-level training in Bergamo, Italy, Cathy returned to Near North Montessori and worked as a guide in a 6-9 class for three years. Heeding the call of the Pacific Northwest, she relocated in 1990 to guide a small elementary program at SunGarden Montessori in West Linn, Oregon.

When SunGarden expanded its operations into Portland, Cathy became the 9-12-year-old classroom guide for six years at Two Rivers until she refocused her energies on her own family. In 2002, she joined Odyssey Montessori’s Board of Directors, and then served as one of the school’s co-administrators. In 2003, Cathy officially became Odyssey’s Head of School, working closely with staff and parents to support Odyssey’s mission of excellence.

Now, as Head of School for Sunstone Montessori, Cathy will continue to foster excellence from the Children’s House through elementary. Cathy has been a board member since 2012.

Event Chair


Malea has been actively involved with the South Portland Business Association since 2008 and a Board Member since 2009. As the Events Coordinator, Malea strives to bring residents and businesses together for fun events in a positive atmosphere and introduce each other as a means to build communication and success within the community.

Malea enjoys living, working and playing in the John’s Landing area. Her “A.I.T.W.” fitness & dance studio is easly located off of Corbett & Vermont St. When not training clients she can be found busy in her garden or biking, walking, running, shopping & dining in the neighborhood. Malea is also an active singer who performs at various venues/restaurant’/café’s in the South Waterfront & John’s Landing area as well as throughout the Northwest.

Malea believes she and her husband, Philip and their persian cat, Mozart live in one of the best “neighborhood gems” the Northwest has to offer!

Director & Past President

Kevin Countryman

After 18 years business experience within Portland’s Semiconductor industry, Kevin is able to bring another level of organizational understanding to our valued membership. He’s been an active participant in the recreation of the SPBA; the oldest/newest business association within Portland, Oregon. He considers himself very fortunate to own Rilassi Coffee House & Tea, located within Portland new South Waterfront District; and co-own Pizza a fetta, located in Cannon Beach, Oregon. “Together we can learn and share knowledge to improve our businesses and our business district.”

Director & Past President

Brian Tanz

Brian Tanz, CBA & CVA is the principle member of Centric Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm focused on business advisory, financial consulting and valuation services. With over 30 years of accounting and financial experience while working with a wide variety of small and middle market businesses, Brian has developed a comprehensive background in which to draw upon. Prior to starting Centric Strategies, LLC, he was Director of Verity Accountancy, PC for 17 years. In addition, Mr. Tanz maintains fifteen years’ experience in business and commercial banking, finance and client relations. Brian is a graduate from Oregon State University earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration (finance concentration) and Political Science. He is an active member of the Risk Management Association (RMA), The Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Brian earned the Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) and the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) credentials. The IBA and NACVA are individual associations dedicated to supporting business valuation and finance professionals. Brian maintains a broad understanding of business operations and management in addition to acting as a trusted adviser to numerous enterprises.


Brad Nase

Bio coming soon.


Chris Hatfield

Bio coming soon.

Executive Director

Pam Lemire

As a lifelong resident of Portland, Pam Lemire is passionate about the evolution of our city. After having lived in several other neighborhoods she has returned to the John’s Landing area and is committed to participating in the continued growth of the area both for business and residential issues. Pam has a 40 year career in the Portland business community ranging from International companies to locally owned businesses as well as participation in the start up of several small business ventures. Her varied background in these areas uniquely qualifies her to be of great value to our organization. Networking on a personal level as well as a professional level come naturally to her.

Web Designer & Developer

Joseph Krahn

Best described as passionately curious, Joseph, an entrepreneurial web developer, sees opportunity in different places to grow client brands. Joseph is a Web UI/UX designer, SEO Specialist, and Front-End Web Developer. He has a background starting small businesses, and grinding through hard work to create new things. His passion is to develop products that are incredibly useful in our daily lives. Lastly, Joseph believes creativity is essential to business.