NPNS Staff

Pamela Plance

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Program Assistant

W-Th 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., F 9:00 a.m. to noon

Pamela Plance coordinates the Historic Kenton Firehouse and assists with NPNS programs. Pamela is a longtime activist in St Johns. She was a driving force in the development of the ground breaking St Johns Mainstreet program.

Doretta Schrock

Doretta 2015Project Manager


Doretta Schrock is a longtime activist who served as the chair of Kenton Neighborhood Association before becoming a member of the NPNS staff. She currently serves as project manager for the Historic Kenton Firehouse, NPNS/City budget policy, and new community building initiatives. She provides staff support to the North Portland Parks Committee and to North Portland Clean-ups.

Tom Griffin-Valade

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Director NPNS

M-Th 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m./variable

Tom Griffin-Valade serves as the Director of NPNS serving 11 North/Northeast Neighborhood Associations, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Inc., and North Portland Community Works and its Family of Community Building Programs. He has spent over 30 years serving community groups and has been with North Portland Neighborhood Services from its inception over 21 years ago.

Mary Jaron Kelley

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Associate Program Director

M-Th 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m./variable

Mary Jaron Kelley serves as the Associate Program Director for NPNS. She began her work with NPNS fifteen years ago as a University Park resident engaged in combatting graffiti and has since facilitated many of the NPNS district’s most important projects. She provides staff support to the district wide land-use committee, North Portland Land-Use Group and to the NPNS Grant Program.

Marci Macfarlane

photoNorth Portland Tool Library Coordinator

Tues 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Marci Macfarlane is the face that greets the 4500 members of the North Portland Tool Library community. As the North Portland Tool Library Coordinator, she can be found checking out tools, organizing, cleaning tools, and giving members advice.

Arolia McSwain


Program Assistant

M/T 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Arolia McSwain served as the North Portland Tool Library Coordinator before taking on special project work for NPNS. Her flexibility has allowed her to head up projects from archival work to outreach to underrepresented groups.

Cindy Robbins

Cindy 2015HKFH Event Staff

Variable hours/part-time

Cindy Robbins is the onsite staff for events at the Historic Kenton Firehouse. She is on hand to welcome Firehouse renters and helps ensure that the events at the Historic Kenton Firehouse meet good neighbor standards.