BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lori Baumann, Board Chair
Lori supports the work of Oregon Tradeswomen because it's the only way she knows where women from all walks of life can rise up and join together to learn, teach,and empower each other. It's feminism at its BEST!!! In her opinion, the Oregon Tradeswomen community is a sisterhood that is unshakable and fiercely in its own category. Lori has been a lifetime vegetarian, loves to grow her own vegetables, and raise chickens. She is also very active with the recovery and Queer communities in Portland.
Michael A. Burch is a native Oregonian. He attended K – 8th grade at Highland, now King, Elementary School. Michael graduated from Benson High and earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. He also served six years in the Air Force Reserves during the Vietnam war era.
Michael has worked for almost 30 years in the nonprofit and alternative school arena. In his last position, Michael served as a Community Relations and Outreach Representative for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, responsible for Oregon and SW Washington. He was actively involved in educating the community about the opportunities and benefits of a career in organized labor, and more specifically working in the construction trades as a Carpenter. His target population was the underserved communities of low-income women and ethnic minorities.
Michael currently sits on numerous boards and commissions. To name few, he sits on a Joint Apprenticeship Training committee for the Carpenters, he is on the Board of Directors for Portland YouthBuilders, Constructing Hope and is past Board Director for All Hands Raised. He was most recently appointed OSAT, the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council for a 4-year term by Governor Brown.
Executive Secretary, Oregon BCTC
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Laborers Local 483
Vice Chair of DEEP (Diverse Empowerment Employees of Portland)
Originally from Central America, Zuleyma emigrated from El Salvador to the United States at age 15. She attended Tigard High School and later earned a Bachelors Degree at Portland State University.
Zuleyma worked as a Portland Public Schools teacher for 15 years before starting her career in trades. After learning electrical, carpentry, and facility maintenance skills in trade school, she worked as a hazmat technician cleaning chemical and biohazard spills.
Zuleyma performed seasonal work for PBOT before starting in her current role as a full-time Utility Worker. As a Utility Worker, Zuleyma maintains streetcar platforms and ensures a clean environment on and around the streetcar alignment. She truly enjoys helping community members get around the city using the Portland Streetcar. Zuleyma also serves as a shop steward for Laborer's Local 483.
Zuleyma participates in DEEP and WE Lead to learn from other women in the City of Portland as well as build on her leadership skills.
Outside of work, Zuleyma enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family in the outdoors. At home, she has a tabby cat named Snoopy.
Sheet Metal Worker, Local 16
Jinnie is an Oregon Tradeswomen alumni and a new addition to the Board of Directors. She strongly believes in increasing diversity in the work force, workers rights, and improving construction culture.
Jinnie participates in the Local 16 Diversity Committee and works to encourage the younger generations to seek a career in the trades.
In her down time, Jinnie enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks with her dog, taking pictures of wild mushrooms, and comedy.
Pile Driver, Local 196
Monica attended the Women in Trades Career Fair in 2005, which impacted her life in such a positive way. With relief, confidence and hope, she started her career in construction and has never looked back. When she’s not at work, Monica loves searching Pinterest for DIY projects and ideas.
Special Projects Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute
Charlene was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant, after serving eight years in the Marine Corps. She discovered a love for training as she graduated number one in every military class she attended including non-commissioned officer school.
Building on the military foundation of discipline and hard-word, plus pro-union values, Charlene recalled her childhood dream of becoming a carpenter and joined the Carpenters Union in the Chicago area in 1996. Frequent visits to Portland convinced her to move, and she completed her apprenticeship as a general carpenter in Portland in 2000.
In 2014, Charlene accepted a teaching position at the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute. This position is the culmination of her life’s experiences, her love of learning and teaching. Teaching, to her, is an exciting challenge in exchanging ideas and information which have an effect to improve not only the quality of life for people, but also serve as an inspiration to pursue new construction technologies and a desire for life-long learning.
Charlene was soon promoted to a hybrid position, where in addition to teaching Math, Blueprint, Leveling and Layout, and Roof Framing apprenticeship classes, she also teaches the Forklift (Industrial and All Terrain), Aerial Boom Lift, Scissor Lift, OSHA, CPR/First Aid continuing education classes., she became the Multi-media/Special projects coordinator. She is responsible for producing, editing and publishing videos, still photos and outreach materials to further the mission of PNCI.
Business Representative, IBEW Local 48
Donna Hammond is a seasoned trades professional with over 40 years of experience as a licensed union electrician. Donna’s passion and value for the Union movement grew out of having been raised by two active union member parents. Her parents directed her education and skills for numerous career opportunities with two caveats- you must love what you do and it must be a union job!
Donna is a Portland native and started her career in her hometown as an electrical apprentice with the IBEW Local Union 48 in 1978. As a journeyman, she “journeyed” and traveled from Oregon to South Carolina to New York and worked and honed her skills.
During her 20 year career with the City of Portland as a maintenance electrician, foreman, and electrical planner, she was granted two sabbaticals for project management: one with the Columbia Pacific Building Trades and then another with Oregon Tradeswomen. Donna has served on many community and civic boards and is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, National Training Institute - Electrical Training Alliance. Donna has now gone full circle and is currently a Business Representative with IBEW Local Union 48, where her journey started. She loves working in the electrical trades and working for the union! Donna currently resides in Vancouver, Washington, and is the proud mother of Yusuf Word and his wife, Danielle Sims.
Electrician, IBEW Local 48
Isis joined Oregon Tradeswomen’s Board of Directors in December 2018. Isis also sits on the board of MercyCorp NW and on the Advisory Council of the Women’s Justice Project. She has served as the VP of the electrical workers minority caucus, and is on the East Metro STEAM Equity and Empowerment team.
Dr. Roberta Hunte
Professor, Portland State University
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AMTechnical Solutions - Construction Coordinator
Sara graduated from Oregon Tradeswomen’s pre-apprenticeship training program in 2005 and immediately joined the Laborers Local 737 where she focused on mass excavation, several area tunnel projects, and the Sellwood Bridge. Sara spends most of her free time volunteering & mentoring with with Oregon Tradeswomen, Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, ACE Mentorship, and Skanska Community Committee organizing, as well as promoting various outreach and fundraiser events. Favorite quote: “One day you will thank yourself for never giving up.”
Ali O’Neill, Treasurer
O’Neill Construction Group, Inc.
Ali has been inspired throughout her life by many strong women family members and friends. She joined Oregon Tradeswomen’s Board of Directors in May 2016 because of our unparalleled work to diversify the construction industry. Ali is excited to be welcoming and nurturing more women in this field because construction is an exciting and challenging
Molly serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC-OR). NAMC-OR is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for the inclusion of BIPOC contractors on construction projects, with the goal of achieving economic justice. Molly was formerly a construction and transactions attorney who previously served as in-house counsel for the City of Portland, focusing on construction, procurement, and equity analysis. She currently serves on the Boards of the Native American Youth and Family Center, the NAYA Action Fund, the Safe From Hate Contractor Coalition Steering Committee and the AGC DEI Committee. Molly graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008. She is married to Rakeem Washington and they have three children together, Emmanuelle, Marcellus, and Moses.