Board of Directors

Thomas Bland- Treasurer

Tom has a BS in Genetics from the University of California and a MS in genetics from the University of Arizona. He is also a licensed CPA with over 30 years experience in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as well as in taxation. He owns Sequoia Financial Consulting, PC. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for the International Living Future Institute, a not-for-profit organization promoting the Living Building Challenge, the next generation of green building beyond LEED. A life-long gardener, he is past president of the local North American Rock Garden society chapter, and a member of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and The Ruth Bancroft Garden, as well as a number of conservation and environmental organizations. He is a collector of Primulas, Rhododendrons, Hellebores, rock garden plants and orchids as well as dry land plants such as euphorbias, cactus and other succulents.

Irene Bowers - Vice President

Over twenty years experience as a project manager in landscape architecture. Currently employed at Portland Development Commission. Projects include Eastbank Esplanade, Willamette National Cemetery and Reed College Heritage Master Plan.

Mary LK Davis

Mary retired after 40 years of working in the three areas of public service, the private profit sector, and the private, non-profit sector. During her working career, she switched her social work, community organization vocation with her apparel design and development, finally settling into being a neighborhood activist and micro-business owner turning salvaged natural fiber fabric into table and kitchen linens. Since moving into Portland, Mary has served on the Mid-County Sewer Project Citizens Advisory Committee for Portland’s Bureau of Development Services, the Lents Urban Renewal Citizens Advisory Committee for the Portland Development Commission, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Board, and the Rose Community Development Board of Directors, to name a few activities.

Gay Greger- Secretary

Retired from Portland Parks & Recreation and a career in community relations, public involvement, and volunteer coordination. Was involved with the Garden in that capacity in the early 1980s and is pleased to be back now as a volunteer. 

Michael McKeel

A practicing dentist and real estate developer, Mike is active in the Gresham community and in 1996 was honored as Gresham Area Citizen of the Year. He has served as a member of the Gresham School Board, is past-president of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on a number of boards including ODS and Portland State University Foundation.

Amy Miller-Dowell 

An architect with expertise in community redevelopment, urban design and housing.  She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Oregon and previously served as President of American Institute of Architects, Portland Chapter.

Linda Morrow

Earned a BA in English and an MBA. Worked over a decade in marketing and strategic planning. Currently pursuing horticultural interests through involvement in Portland Garden Club and other organizations.

Sue O'Halloran- President

Co-owner and President of Kohler Meyers O’Halloran, Inc., a real estate company offering commercial, residential and management services, Sue has worked with the City of Portland for many years in the acquisition of properties in the Johnson Creek Watershed for the restoration of this natural resource. Involvement in Leach Botanical Garden is an extension of this understanding of the important relationship between the natural environment and our quality of life. Sue has been actively involved in her Gresham community, being recognized as its Citizen of the year in 1995 and Outstanding Volunteer in 2006 and 2008. Other special honors are Distinguished Service Award from the Oregon Association of Realtors and East Metro Association of Realtors, as well as Realtor of the Year in 1987 and 2013. She currently serves as the President of Gresham’s Center for the Arts Foundation and as President-Elect for the East Metro Economic Alliance, as well as participating in other City committees, service and industry organizations.

CiCi Polson

Born in the Pacific Northwest, CiCi attended OHSU earning a BSN and MN.  She also holds a BS in Neuroscience. She is a Nurse-Midwife by profession.  She and her husband moved to Illinois after graduating.  She was the first Nurse-Midwife to be employed in the area where they lived.  She and her husband have two children and reside in southwest Portland.  She graduated from Master Gardener training at OSU.  She has designed and created school gardens as a volunteer, and also volunteers at Doernbecher and Pittock Mansion.  Her passion is educating children about the natural world, especially trees and insects.


Georgia Schell

Georgia has a BS in Political Science and History from the University of Oregon, taught junior high in the David Douglas school district, served in the Peace Corps in India and in Washington D.C.   She has taught in places as varied as the Philippines and Louisville Kentucky.  She completed an MA program in Human Resources and Training which she pursued professionally at Intel before retiring in 2003.   She has served on the board of the Portland Garden Club in various leadership capacities and has been particularly active in Garden Clubs of America’s “Partners for Plants” program.  In 2014 she was awarded the PGC Garden Clubs of America Club Conservation Award.  “I am especially interested in Leach Garden because it is located in East Portland and serves an underserved demographic that does not have proportional park and garden space easily accessible to them.”

Dale Shetler

Dale has an Associate of Arts Degree from Clark College, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Western Washington State University, a Master's Degree in Music Education - Choral Conducting from Eastern Washington University, a Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD) in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and is currently Adjunct Professor at Park University, Parkville, Missouri. He has forty years' teaching experience, and his lifelong desire to promote education at all levels is expressed through his service on the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association, the Leach Garden Friends' Board, and the Leach Education Committee.  

Marina Yudin

Marina Yudin has been a neighbor of the Garden for 25 years.  Her family lives close enough that her daughters come to the Garden regularly.   Marina has a BA in Business Administration from PSU and an Associate of Arts degree from Mt. Hood Community College.   She is the owner of Greenwood Builders, Inc. and co-owner with her husband of WFJ Realty, LLC.  She previously worked for U.S. Bank  and the Wild Salmon Center.  Originally from the Ukraine , Marina brings her broader world perspective to the challenges of modern urban life.  She feels passionate about preserving the Garden and supporting its mission.