Darlene Curran - Board Chairperson / Alumni Association
Darlene is a 1969 graduate of Parkrose High School. She and her husband Tim have been married for 21 years and have lived in Parkrose since 2003.
Darlene is a native grass seed specialist at Hobbs & Hopkins Ltd., Pro-Time Lawn Seed a local grass seed distributor. She also works part-time for the family business The Mid-County Memo neighborhood newspaper that serves Parkrose and the surrounding areas. The return to Parkrose has helped a renewed interest in the agricultural roots of the area and created the opportunity to explore local parks and green spaces. Darlene especially enjoys walking the Columbia Slough Trail and can occasionally be found paddling the slough as well. She is a fan of college athletics particularly football and basketball and loves the bowl season and March Madness. She describes herself as a lazy gardner, filling her yard with plants that require little or no care, but offer year round interest and habitat. Bird feeders, squirrel feeders and birdbaths supplement the natural environment.
Rod Martin - Board Member
Rod Martin and his wife, Colleen, have lived in Northeast Portland for 59 years and have resided in the Parkrose District for the past 21 years. Rod was elected to the Parkrose Board of Eduction, serving from 2000 to 2005. Rod also served three terms on the Parkrose Budget Committee.
Rod retired from the Portland Fire Bureau in 1994 as Deputy Chief after 33 years of service.
Ruby Falbo - Board Secretary / Auction Co-Chair Ruby Falbo was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and moved to Parkrose in 1999. Ruby has three sons, two of them graduating from Parkrose High School with the class of 2011. They were involved with track, cross country and band.
Ruby served previously as Parkrose Athletic Booster Secretary and was on the Parkrose District Budget Committee. Ruby and her husband Paul have, and continue to be, involved in volunteering for the annual Parkrose Educational Foundation Auction and at events at the Middle School and High School.
Ruby has worked at Automatic Data Processing for 24 years.
Londa Sundin - Board Member / Innovation Grant / Senior Scholarship
Parkrose has been home to Londa since 1983. She graduated from Marshall High School in Portland, Oregon and earned her degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading from Oregon College of Education in 1980. She has three children and a son-in-law who are Parkrose alums and currently has a grand daughter at Parkrose Middle School.
Londa spent nine years as a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell and then was a stay-at- home mom until she started as an Educational Assistant at Russell Academy in 2003, providing reading support and running the Rocket Writers Publishing Company. Londa was the yearbook coordinator at Russell for many years, a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and served seven years as Boostersecretary. She also enjoyed four years as an Elite Dance team helping mom and was the 2012 Senior All Night Party chair. This is her 3rd year on the Foundation Board.
Londa and her husband, Vern, enjoy camping in their motor home, visiting the Oregon Coast and spending time with family and friends. Besides all things Parkrose, Londa's passions are yoga, zumba, reading, puttering in her yard and Words with Friends.
Photo by Tim Curran
Karen Fisher-Gray - Board Member Born in New York City, New York and lived in California before moving to Oregon in 1990. Thirty-two years in public education, current superintendent of the Parkrose School District and former superintendent of the Coos Bay School District in Coos Bay, Oregon. BA and MA from Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California in Communicative Disorders (Speech Pathology) and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Policy and Management) from the University of Oregon in 2005.
Dr. Gray is currently the Chair of Oregon’s Education Enterprise Steering Committee. Karen is a member of the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council representing education, a Board member of the Classroom Law Project and Chair of the Board for the Academy of Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE). Karen Gray is on the Executive Council for the Cradle to Career Initiative and the winner of the Multnomah County John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award for 2012. Finally, Dr. Gray is a Commissioner on the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission.
Karen loves to work but when she is not working she likes to travel, have fun with her family, work out at the gym, read books and attend the theater. Karen was a concert violinist growing up and plays the piano. She was also an avid horsewoman. Karen Fischer Gray has three children, and three grandchildren who attend school in the Parkrose School District.
Vern Sundin - Treasurer
Vern is married to Londa Sundin and has lived in Parkrose since 1970. He is a 1965 graduate of Sunset High School and retired as a QA Foreman from Freightliner Corporation after 35 years.
He has been active in many Parkrose volunteer activities: high school band parent/chaperone, four years as a dance team prop dad, building theatre props, neighborhood association cleanups and is currently on his 6th year as a board member of the Russell Neighborhood Association.
Vern's hobbies include golf, camping, biking, old cars and motorcycles and remodeling. He also keeps all of his cars and his kids cars running by googling the symptoms. Yes, Google. He googles nearly everything and says it's amazing the wealth of information that's on the web.