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LNA Board Members

Sabina Urdes, Chair

I was born and raised in Romania, Europe, and I immigrated to Oregon in 2002. After working in newsrooms as producer and writer for about eight years, I decided to follow my passion for multimedia storytelling and strategic communication and enter the non-profit sector.

Over the last couple of years, I have used my personal story of maternity leave to influence Oregon representatives on decisions regarding proposed paid family leave legislation, which disproportionately impacts women, children, and ethnic streams.

My goal for the LNA is to empower Lents residents to be active and vocal in their community, to elevate the voices of minorities in East Portland, to eliminate barriers to engagement, and to promote a culture of inclusion for all. The main purposes that a neighborhood association should serve is community building, space making, and advocacy. But we need you to do all this. Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of every month for our general membership meeting so we can work together on our ideas and goals for Lents. Feel free to email me at sabina.lents.na@gmail.com.
Michael ‘Oli’ Collins, Vice Chair

I have lived in Lents for nearly 3 years now, and I’ve been on the LNA Board since 2016.  I moved here from Texas where I grew up on a small town on the Gulf Coast.  I love the small town feel of Lents, and am excited to watch Lents grow.  I love walking around Lents and taking bike rides down the spring water corridor.  I believe that, as a community, we need to start treating the Springwater Corridor and the Woody Guthry Multiuse Path (I-205 multiuse path) as assets, so that the city and state governments will start treating them as such.  I love Lents.

Christo Brehm, Transportation Chair

I’m new to Lents and joined the neighborhood association Board as a way of meeting neighbors and contributing to our community. My professional background is in regional planning and landscape architecture and I’m excited to meet, work with and support the diverse set of organizations and community members who live, work and are active in our neighborhood.

Most of the good things I see happening in the community are the result of all those sometimes organized, sometimes informal efforts made by people every day. Whether you think of yourselves as official LNA members or not, you are the active community.

As a member of the broader community first and foremost, I have lots of ideas and a vision for how I’d like to see Lents evolve in the near and long term future. But as a member of the LNA board of directors, my role is not to exercise authority and not even to assume positions of “leadership” in the usual sense. Our role as board members is one of service, encouragement, and support, ready to lay down our own agendas so that the common good might happen.

I am eager to meet more of my neighbors with an aim of finding common ground, appreciating and perhaps even being influenced by dissent, and working together to shape our neighborhood as a place we love and enjoy.

Cora Lee Potter, Land-use Chair

I have lived in Northwest Lents, near Lents Park for over a decade. At an early age, I learned a strong sense of civic duty from my grandmother and participated in fundraising and community building activities, benefiting elder services and children with disabilities throughout my childhood. My experience as a youth led me to a career in the non-profit sector and community engagement in all issues surrounding place-making, urban development and transportation infrastructure in Lents.

My educational background is in Anthropology and Art History and I have expertise in non-profit management, community-based transportation operations and planning, grant writing, ethnographic research, archaeological and historic services/ historic preservation, accessible transportation policy advocacy and public art. I served as the Chair of the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Advisory Committee for four years and on the Metro Regional Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee for four years. In addition, I have participated in an advisory role for many other city and regional transportation and land-use committees. I have a rescued puggle named Dale and three chickens named Bunny, Fannie and Nan.

Lacey Hamerin, Secretary

I am a Portland native and have been a Lents resident since 2009. I have a background in journalism and am currently working as a real estate agent and media freelancer.

My goal as Secretary of the Lents Neighborhood Association is to help the board stay organized and on track, but more importantly I want residents to know what’s happening in their neighborhood, from committee meetings to new development projects. A neighborhood association should help arm residents with information, and I hope to make that process a little easier.

For now, you can reach me at lents.secretary@gmail.com. You can also find me running on the SWC or MUP, at the bar at the Zoigl, or, in the summer time, front row at Portland Pickles games.


Barbara Bader, At Large


Ray Hites, Treasurer


LNA Committees


Scope of work: The goal of the Communication Committee is to support the Board through strategic communication practices in order to form strong relationships with outside entities, organizations, elected officials, and the LNA General Membership. We also work on LNA’s social media presence and promotional materials for activities and events. In 2017 we hosted a documentary screening at Kelly Elementary with the goal of engaging the community around a topic of concern. An upcoming project is a community listening forum. Please get in touch if you’d like to be involved!

Members: Sabina Urdes, Barbara Bader, Christo Brehm. We are newly formed and we welcome new members!

Typical meeting time and location: Fourth Sundays of the month, 1-3 PM, location TBD

Contact info: sabina.lents.na@gmail.com or lentsneighborhood@gmail.com

Equity and Inclusion

Scope of work: The Equity and Inclusion Committee aims to provide avenues for People of Color, New Portlanders, and People with Disabilities to engage in neighborhood activities and LNA meetings and events, as well as help LNA members meet diverse communities and engage with them in their own places and forums.

Chair: Cora Potter
Members: Adam Brunelle, Christopher Robin, Christopher Luchini, Hayley Graves, Kate Schwab, Joann Rees Luchini, Laurianne Kealiher, Leisl Wehmueller, William Graves
Typical meeting time and location: Third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM at Reedway Place Community Room 8940 SE Reedway
Contact info: cora.potter@gmail.com

Land Use

Scope of work: The Land Use Committee is authorized to respond to land-use cases on behalf of the association and to request input from the General Membership, as needed. They collaborate to respond to time-sensitive land-use cases and developer meeting requests. Each project is unique, so the scope of activities around that project vary based on the size, impacts and past neighborhood responses to similar projects.

Chair: Cora Potter

Members: Amanda Lunger,  Nick Christensen, Brian D’Agostine. Don Keinholz (technical advisory only). Other neighbors often participate based on their interest in and proximity to individual projects.

Typical meeting time and location: Meets on an ad hoc basis. Meetings occur when there is a time sensitive land-use case to review.

Contact info: cora.potter@gmail.com


Scope of work: The Livability Committee works as a liaison between agencies and residents who wish to share Livability concerns, such as crime/public safety, air quality, housing/houselessness, and equity.

Chair: TBD

Typical meeting time and location: TBD

Contact info: lentsneighborhood@gmail.com

Lents Street Fair

Scope of Work: Planning the annual Lents Street Fair, which takes place in August, focusing on inclusion and diversity through our vendors, talent, and service providers, as well as developing inclusionary partnership with groups around Southeast Portland and, specifically, within Lents. We strive for a cost-neutral event and request funds from our community to support us. We have a T-shirt contest and a music selection event. We have fun. We need you and your input!

Committee Chair: Robert Schultz

Board Liaison: Michael Collins

Members: TBD

Typical Meeting Frequency, Days, Times: We are on hold pending some research into alternative management of the event.


Done largely through sharing apps, E-mail, phone calls, in person meetings, at committee meetings, and the day of the event. If you have time to offer this event, we will find something for you to do that will support the event. All participants will be invited to a post-event gathering to provide feedback on the event and the process.

Contact: E-mail Robert Schultz Lentsfair@gmail.com or show up at a Street Fair or LNA meeting to speak in person.


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