About the Helvetia Community Association
We owe our formation to the vigilance of the many community groups who came before us: The Helvetia-Mountaindale Preservation Coalition, The Tualatin Plains Land Coalition, the Bendemeer neighborhood committee, the Valley Vista neighborhood committee, Keep Helvetia Safe and Livable, and Save Helvetia. The commitment of these residents over the past 30 years, along with support and donations from people from all over Oregon, help us keep the Greater Helvetia area a place that residents from all over the region can treasure.
Board of Directors
Role and Function
As a non-profit organization, HCA is governed by a board of directors, one third of whom are elected each year at our annual meeting. The HCA board meets 4 times per year to set budget, policy, and program plans and to review and approve specific funding applications. The board also maintains a number of standing committees that conduct the business of the board and provide advice and oversight for projects. The composition of the board is carefully monitored by the board Governance Committee. While the HCA board does not actively attempt to follow a consensus model of decision making, support of decisions once reached is encouraged.
Cherry Amabisca, President
Cherry is an active volunteer for community causes in the Helvetia area, focusing on efforts to protect the cultural heritage and historic farmland of the area. Her previous volunteer experience includes: Washington County 4H leader; member, Board of Directors for Oregon Gymnastic Academy, a non-profit athletic school for youth; president of the non-profit West Union Community Club, and chair of Save Helvetia. Cherry was a substitute teacher for the Hillsboro School District, teaching bilingual and special education youth. Prior to that, Cherry worked for twenty years as a program manager for various high-tech firms. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Education/Spanish and an M.B.A. In 2012, Cherry was awarded the Washington County Harold Haynes Award for outstanding citizen service and leadership. She has lived in Helvetia for over 25 years with her husband, daughters, and cows.
Faun Hosey, Vice President
Faun is descended from farmers and activists who came to the fertile Willamette and Tualatin Valleys in the 1840s. Faun has contributed her time to numerous community projects in Washington County: co-founder of The Friends of Imbrie Farmstead, the Friends of Jackson Bottom, and the Heart of Hillsboro Neighborhood Association; co-chair of Art Literacy at West Union Elementary School; member of Metro Greenspaces Policy Advisory Committee and Save Helvetia steering committee; campaign treasurer for Greg Mecklem for County Commission, and founding member of the Washington County Citizens Action Network. She currently represents CPO 8 on the Washington County Transportation Plan Update committee. After completing her B.S. in Art at Portland State University, Faun illustrated the book “Oregon Indians” and created desserts at Papa Haydn. Currently, Faun is the pastry chef at Reedville Cafe in Hillsboro, grows edible flowers for desserts and restores native habitat on her small farm in Helvetia.
Robert Bailey, Secretary
Robert is a former Facility Administrator for ColumbiaCare Services, administering psychiatric residential care and treatment to residential treatment homes under contract from the State of Oregon and Multnomah County. Prior to holding this position, Robert worked since 1972 in increasingly responsible positions in the mental health field. Robert’s educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Social Work from Portland State University in Portland, OR. He has extensive experience as a community volunteer in Washington County, Oregon: Chair of the Washington County Noise Control Task Force; Commissioner of the Children and Youth Services Commission; Member, Great Start Task Force; President of the Board, Oregon Chapter, National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse; Chair, Washington County Family Violence Coalition; Co-Chair, Helvetia-Mountaindale Preservation Coalition; Save Helvetia Steering Committee. Robert is a past recipient of the Washington County Harold Haynes Award for outstanding citizen service and leadership. Robert and his wife Patti reside on Helvetia Road, the gateway to historic Helvetia.
Allen Amabisca, Treasurer
Throughout his 20-year career as a financial analyst at Intel Corporation, Allen enjoyed building electronic commerce, implementing new systems and enhancing global accounting programs. In addition, Allen has volunteered his accounting and organizational expertise to several community organizations. He was on the School Board for West Union Elementary School, serving as the last Chair prior to unification. As treasurer of West Union Community Club, he completed the successful application for non-profit status and later served as treasurer of Oregon Gymnastics Academy, a non-profit athletic school. At present, Allen is the treasurer for two non-profit organizations: Save Helvetia and Helvetia Community Association as well as the HCA board representative to the Land Trust Committee. His educational background includes a B.S. in Financial Accounting and a B.A. in Botany. When not working or volunteering, Allen enjoys growing things in his gardens and gold prospecting. Raised on a farm in Oregon, Allen has lived in Helvetia for over 25 years with his wife and daughters.
Elizabeth Furse, Board Member
Elizabeth has dedicated her life to public service: as a volunteer, as an educator and as a Congresswoman. Elizabeth fought for Indian rights during stints as co-founder of Citizens for Indian Rights and at the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services. She was instrumental in obtaining congressional approval that restored federal recognition and rights of several tribes in Oregon. She subsequently co-founded the Oregon Peace Institute. In 1992 she was elected to represent the First Congressional District in Oregon, and served three terms. She subsequently founded the Institute for Tribal Government at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Elizabeth serves on numerous boards throughout Oregon and has lived in Helvetia for over forty years.
Pam Gates, Board Member
Pam and husband Spencer own and operate a 309-acre historic Century Farm in Helvetia. Employed as an accountant, Pam graduated from Portland State University. Pam is an active volunteer in her children’s school activities at West Union Elementary and Liberty High School, most recently serving as president of the Liberty Lacrosse Boosters. Pam and Spencer (with children Duncan and Allie) were the focus of an award-winning documentary, “Century Farm”, filmed by a Northwest filmmaker and screened in Portland two years in a row. Committed to farmland preservation, Pam and Spencer host farm tours in the Helvetia area for interested legislators in the interest of providing the farming perspective on legislation.
Kevin Mapes, Board Member
Kevin is a life-long resident of Helvetia, where he lives with his wife and two children. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration/Communication from Pacific Lutheran University. Kevin is a Principal broker for Keller Williams Realty licensed in Oregon and Washington. There he runs the Oregon territory for the largest short-sale team in America, Home Helper Consultants. He has a passion for rural housing and country living. In his free time, he enjoys camping with the family, Cub Scouts, fishing, motorcycles and all outdoor activities. Kevin also volunteers at West Union Elementary School, Washington County Adopt-a-Road, and with Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.
Linda Peters, Board Member
A long-time educator in her first career, Linda was also active in regional groups such as Oregon Women’s Political Caucus, Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, and the City Club of Portland, chairing its Standing Committee on Land Use and Transportation during the 1980s. Closer to home, she revived CPO8 in the 1980s, chaired the county’s Committee for Citizen Involvement, co-founded and led the Helvetia Mountaindale Preservation Association, and represented Washington County citizens on Metro’s first urban planning advisory committee. She was elected Washington County Commissioner for District 4 (Western Washington County) in 1990, coining the term “Smart Growth” for her campaign. She was elected county-wide to serve as Washington County Commission Chair from 1995 to 1999. Linda serves on the Save Helvetia Steering Committee, and founded and chairs the Washington County Citizen Action Network. When not volunteering, Linda enjoys spending quality time with her four daughters, seven grandchildren, and longtime spouse/companion Gary La Haie.
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