Community Advisory Board

Current Board Membership

The Community Advisory Board reviews applications for measurable outcomes that are most closely aligned with community needs and our focus areas, and that serve the communities in which we operate.

The Community Advisory Board includes leaders in the community with experience and passion for the focus areas of the fund. The advisory board was chosen for their care for, and involvement in, philanthropic opportunities within the area, and is comprised of the community members listed below.

Board members serve on a term basis. If you are interested in serving on the board of the Vancouver Energy Community Fund, email [email protected].

After 14 years as a Port of Vancouver employee, Nancy Baker was elected in November 2003 as the first female commissioner in the Port’s history. She is a graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School, she attended Portland State University and also attended classes at Clark College.

In 1996, Nancy was named one of Clark County’s Women of Achievement by Clark College and the YWCA. In 2006, she was awarded a Community Service Award by the SW Washington Labor Roundtable and Central Labor Council. And, in 2007, she was named by the Columbian Newspaper as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Clark County.

Nancy has served on the boards or been a member of the following organizations: the City of Vancouver International Affairs Commission; Joyo, Japan Sister City Commission; International Discovery Walks Core Committee; Columbian Newspaper’s Citizen Advisory Board; Partners in Careers; Dept. of Health Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission; Labor Roundtable of SW Washington.

She is also a mother of two and grandmother of four. She is married to Ray Barney.

Courtney Braddock is a student currently attending Washington State University, Vancouver in the entrepreneurship program. She has a passion for educating others, serving as an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International and on the Student Chancellor Advisory Board. She works at Partner in Careers as an administrative assistant where she works with the Vancouver community.

Courtney has lived in Vancouver for 20 years and enjoys hiking, teaching swim lessons and being out in the community. Courtney is excited to be a part of a board that is willing to help Vancouver prosper.


Michele Holen has been a proud member of Clark County since 1997. She works to enhance the quality of life in our community both professionally and through her volunteer activities. Michele is an active graduate of Leadership Clark County, having served on the Board of Directors and multiple committees. She attends and supports many charitable events and organizations throughout Clark County and enjoys developing a diverse network of colleagues and friends.  Through work, she serves on multiple state and national work groups focused on professional development, education and outreach. She promotes community among her neighbors as the proud steward of a Little Free Library. She stays busy raising two boys and enjoys hiking, running, cooking and reading.

As Partner and Digital and Creative Marketing Director with High Five Media, Noland Hoshino designs, develops and markets innovative community engagement campaigns for small businesses, nonprofits and civic issues. Noland is also the co-founder of Bcause Media where he specializes in social media communications and digital marketing.

Noland is a social good curator, avid volunteer and active community member. He serves on the Board of Directors at TisBest Philanthropy and YWCA Clark County, is the current President of the NW Neighborhood Association in Vancouver and is Secretary of the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance. Noland is a retired military veteran with 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and marketing. He is also one of the producers and a DJ at Hello Vancouver!, a live community talk show.

Noland is married to his partner Bryan Dainty. They have two dogs, Zoey and Lola, and have lived in Vancouver for 15 years.

Teresa is first a wife, mother and grandmother. She is also a proud advocate for children and women.  Having worked and volunteered for a variety of organizations, she is very good at understanding the importance of providing good resources and services to individuals and organizations that make a difference.  The organizations that she has worked and volunteered for have given her the network of experience and access to many community resources and partnerships that have enabled her to help make that difference.

Her skills have been honed and put to use serving on boards, volunteering, and working for organizations in the Vancouver community. She has lived and worked in Southwest Washington promoting and building relationships that benefit the community in an effort to make it better and helping it thrive. Her approach is to develop, nurture and maintain relationships in business, community and in her private life.

She tries to live her philosophy every day:  Before you assume, read the facts.  Before you judge, understand why.  Before you speak, think.

As Executive Director at Partners in Career, Sharon Persut has invested more than 20 years in nonprofit management in Vancouver and Venice, Florida. Prior to this, Sharon gained several years of classroom teaching experience and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso Univerty.

Her desire to teach others and become a lifelong learner has driven Sharon to study leadership and act as a mentor for others. She is a proud member of the Vancouver School District Management Task Force and the Vancouver Energy Community Fund Advisory Board, and is involved with Leadership Clark County.

Sharon has lived in Clark County for thirteen years, raising her three daughters. She enjoys the natural beauty of the area and the county’s personable, caring spirit.

Born and raised in Washington, The Evergreen State is home. Christie and her Family came to Clark County in 2001. After settling in and getting to know the area, they fell in love with all Southwest Washington has to offer. We bought a home of our own, intentionally making Clark County our forever home. Getting involved is how my fondness of this community grew. She balances raising 5 school-age children with being an active volunteer and community member, serving as President of the Sifton Neighborhood Association, President of the Heritage Neighborhood Association, Co-Chair for the Evergreen Citizens for Schools and Parent Representative with the newly-formed Connect Evergreen Coalition and more. She considers it a privilege to give back and thrives by helping others. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, gardening, animals and waterskiing.

As Regional Director for Public Affairs with BNSF Railway, Courtney Wallace manages special projects related to economic development, community relations and external communications for the railroad’s Pacific Northwest division, which includes British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. She has more than 15 years of experience in the communications field, focusing on the transportation sector.

Prior to her role with BNSF Railway, Courtney worked for almost a decade as a consultant for American Airlines and other aviation clients, helping with proactive communications and reputation management.

A University of North Texas graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Courtney currently lives in Seattle with her husband.