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.”


Tracy Abell


Kelaiah Erickson

Kelaiah Erickson, Family Service Supervisor, is a former family service counselor with experience atlocal combination funeral home and cemetery locations in the metro area, where she modeled customer service as the primary tool for creating relationships and building trust with client families. This resulted in phenomenal JD Powers Customer Satisfaction ratings for the cemetery. Kelaiah helps to create loyalty for her customers while supporting her team by serving with the belief of finding “right fit for the person/ family.” She has built many community bonds with local religious and cultural groups. Prior to her tenure in the death care field she had been with Roadmaster Inc. for nearly 20 years in the role of Regional Distribution Manager, this included managing a crew, inventory management, training, forklift operations, records management and accounting. Kelaiah is a resident of SE Portland who enjoys her family, pets, and participating in random volunteer efforts with the Great Willamette Clean Up as her favorite to date.


Erich Knipschild

Erich Knipschild serves as the member relations manager for march wellness & fitness center. Erich has over 20 years of experience in the fitness, wellness and education industry. He graduated magna cum laude and received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Walla Walla University where he was captain of the university ice hockey team, as well as on the men’s volleyball team. Erich has been an athletic director, physical education teacher, and personal trainer. He willingly claims three young, athletic, intelligent and good looking sons 9, 10 and 11 years old. He enjoys providing others with options on ways to get started on and stay motivated towards a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


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.

Past Board Presidents

  • Brian Alfano
  • Kevin Countryman
  • Brian Tanz
  • Richard Rizk