Board & Advisors

We are currently looking for DCA board members! Board applications are open to all and we encourage you to apply! If you are interested, you can find an online form here. We work hard but also have a lot of fun together!

DCA Board Members

Marilyn Boerke

DCA Board President/Camas School District Talent Development Director

I’ve lived in Camas for 35 years, and have tremendous appreciation for the “small town” feel we are able to maintain even though our citizenship has grown markedly during that time. I was elected to the Camas City Council and joined the team on January 1, 2022. Through my roles with the Camas School District, and our City, I bring the perspective of the parents, students and Council Members to the DCA, helping to ensure our programming addresses both the needs and desires of our community.

Randy Curtis

DCA Board Vice President

DCA Liaison to the City of Camas
Retired, but always seeking Kaizen. Randy has a background in Land Use Planning, Project Management and Organizational Development. Randy previously served as chairperson of the Camas Parks & Recreation Commission and has served on several city committees.

Sarah Laughlin

DCA Board Secretary / Fuel Medical HR Director

Sarah has spent her 25+ year career in Human Resources working in diverse business sectors as healthcare, higher education, apparel, and banking. Sarah works in downtown Camas for Fuel Medical Group, a company devoted to supporting the business side of ENT and Audiology practices so that they can focus on patient care in their community. Fun Fact: Sarah also spent 5 years in the Air Force working on fighter jets.

Caroline Mercury

DCA Ex Officio Executive Board Member/ Georgia Pacific (Retired)

I started as a Crown Zellerbach employee and spent the last 25 years at the Camas Mill. Always a supporter of downtown as the heart of Camas, I have been proud to serve as an active board member since 2009, currently Design committee chair. The strong partnerships and community spirit towards creating a vibrant downtown are easy to see when you spend time here, whether shopping and dining or attending a wonderful event.

Debbi Reaves

Reaves & Co, CPA
Debbi has lived in the Camas area for 26 years. Her 3 children were raised and went to school in Camas and she has a passion for Camas. She is a local CPA, and financial advisor, that brings many aspects of business and family knowledge to the board.

Maria Gonser

Co-Owner Attic Gallery
I am a co-owner of the Attic Gallery, now located in Downtown Camas. My mother started the gallery in 1973 in the attic of our home. My husband and I moved from Portland, OR to Camas in 2015. I joined the board because I believe strongly that it is the reason why the city of Camas is as successful as it is. It is an active board with members who genuinely care for the well-being of the city, businesses, and the community.

Shawn Parker

Fuel Medical Group, Founder/Co-Owner
April Berlin

April Berlin

US Bank
Hello, I’m April Berlin, the Project Manager at US Bank. I bring a proven track record of overseeing complex IT projects, offering a wealth of experience to our team. My collaborative approach ensures smooth execution within the bank, aligning with our broader mission of being a positive force in the community. My dedication to a vibrant Main Street reflects my commitment to building a thriving and interconnected community. I’m honored to contribute to our organization and the community we serve.

Jennifer Senescu

Chamber of Commerce Liaison

I’m a lifelong City of Camas resident. I grew up here and graduated from Camas High School. I love this community, so I made my permanent home here. After graduating from Washington State University—Pullman with a bachelor’s degree in political science, I returned to Camas. I met my husband, Jim Senescu, and we’ve been married for 22 years. We’re raising our family here because we love being part of this community. Our son, Connor, is a graduate of Camas High School.

I serve as Executive Director of the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. It’s an honor to serve the businesses in our community and advocate on their behalf.

Grant Gilson

Grant Gilson

Coastal Conservation Association Washington

Grant Gilson, deeply rooted in Camas, is a dedicated professional with a strong bond to the city’s history. Currently serving as Assistant Director at Coastal Conservation Association Washington since December 2023, Grant’s journey includes impactful roles like Communications Manager at ESD112 and Marketing & Development Manager at E.O.C.F. Beyond his professional endeavors, Grant actively engages with the community. He serves as PTO President at Liberty Middle School and held various positions within the Camas Educational Foundation. Grant co-founded the Apple Cup Food Fight and contributed as a Board of Director Liaison at E.O.C.F. His commitment to professional growth and community involvement reflects his deep connection to the vibrant fabric of Camas.

Allie Janelle

Allie Janelle

Caffe Piccolo

I have worked in Downtown Camas since 2011 and I love being a part of this supportive community. I am the Community Relations Manager at Caffe Piccolo and I teach Yoga at LiveWell Camas, also in downtown. My daughter is in the Camas School District, so I have a unique perspective as a young parent. I care passionately about creating a lively, welcoming, and fun downtown atmosphere!

Kelly O'Rourke

Principal, Camas High School

Kelly (KO) O’Rourke is the Camas High School principal. She retired July 2022 from the fifth largest school district in the country, Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV after 25 years of service. During her tenure in Las Vegas, she served as a secondary mathematics teacher, an elementary school principal, a middle school principal, a high school principal and an assistant superintendent. She is thrilled to be serving the community of Camas as the Papermaker principal and is dedicated to maintaining the rich traditions while enhancing the academic and social culture of Camas High School.

Staff and Consultants

Steve Hogan

Mayor
I am currently the Mayor of the City of Camas. Prior to elected office, I worked as a senior manager in industrial manufacturing and distribution industries. I enjoy volunteering in nonprofit organizations and serving on the Columbia River Economic Development Council Board of Directors.

Alan Peters

Community Development Director

I was appointed City of Camas Community Development Director in December 2022. I have 12 years of experience in local government, including seven years in Skamania County, Washington where I served as Assistant Planning Director and Community Development Director. Previously, I also worked in planning for Provo, Utah, and Bluffdale, Utah.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Brigham Young University and am a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Originally from Chicago, I now live in Camas with his wife and daughter and enjoy spending my workdays and weekends in Downtown Camas.

Carrie Schulstad

Executive Director, director@downtowncamas.com
I opened a small business in Downtown Camas in 2004 and quickly caught the community development bug! I was on the founding DCA Board in 2009 and have been the Executive Director since 2014. I absolutely love the transformation that has happened in Downtown Camas, and I’m empowered by working with others and creating change in our community. I also sit on our Camas Farmer’s Market Board and appreciate the opportunity to increase food access, health education and chances to meaningfully connect in our town.
director@downtowncamas.com

Jan Carter

Marketing & Voulunteer Coordinator, events@downtowncamas.com

Jan has lived in Camas for nearly eight years with her husband and two sons and has loved every minute of it. She has been involved in nonprofit work for 20+ years and currently serves as the DCA Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator. Jan and her family enjoy working, living and being a part of the amazing Camas community!
events@downtowncamas.com

Leah Nichelson

Events and Project Manager, promotions@downtowncamas.com
Leah Nichelson
Event and Project Manager, promotions@downtowncamas.com
I’m a lifetime Camas/Washougal resident who started my career in Downtown Camas in 2020 as a staff member at the Camas Farmer’s Market. Prior to that, I worked as a chef, and my passion for equity and food access for all led me to look for work with nonprofits. I was invited to join the DCA staff in 2022 after contracting with them to manage vendors at the Camas Plant and Garden Fair. I love the work, the friendship, the community, and the costumes! I’m grateful for my role with the DCA, and I look forward to working with the board and staff to continue the growth and development they’ve worked so hard to establish.
promotions@downtowncamas.com

DCA Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm. If you wish to attend a meeting and address the DCA Board of Directors, please send a request to director@downtowncamas.com and indicate the topic of your address. A time frame to address the board will be provided and you will be notified of the scheduled time and date. Thank you for your interest in the DCA.