Dancers | 2015

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February 13, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Stars

2015 Gala DancersPCRI’s 2015 Dancing with the Stars Gala featured four prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top left): Pamela Weatherspoon, Gunther Oakey, Jenelle Isaacson, and Ian Parker, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Read on for more information the dancers shared prior to competing in the 2015 event:

Pamela Weatherspoon—Diversity and Community Engagement Program Manager, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Pamela Weatherspoon was born in Southern California and was raised in Southern Oregon. She received her bachelor degree in Communications with a minor in Black Studies from Portland State University.

Currently, Pamela is responsible for Diversity and Community Engagement programs at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Prior to that, she worked as the Community Relations Director and African American Mentoring Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest.

She is currently engaged in the community in numerous ways including being a volunteer big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, board member of the Make it Better Foundation for the Portland Trail Blazers, advisory board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Commissioner of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and board member of the Eliot Neighborhood Association.

In 2009, she graduated from leadership Clark County and in 2010, she finished a 13-month leadership program with the National Urban League. She also graduated from the American Leadership Forum in January of 2014.

Gunther Oakey—Corporate Counsel, NovaTech

Gunther Oakey is corporate counsel for NovaTech, a private software engineering and automation solutions company where he focuses on contracts, service agreements and partnerships as well as managing outside counsel. This role has given him a broad perspective on legal, business and management issues.

Gunther is also well versed in  public and social issues, having acted as a legislative correspondent for the U.S. House of Representatives and as  a student organizer and campaign office director for MASSPIRG. At MASSPIRG, he recruited and trained students to lobby state legislature and congress on issues including environmental concerns, student loans and homelessness.

Outside of corporate and legislative environments, Gunther is also working with Wiglbot, a Portland company that has developed an interactive educational robot controlled by musical instruments. Wiglbot dances (like the gala stars!) and lights up to help children learn a variety of skills from math, to engineering, to music.

Gunther also enjoys Oregon’s great outdoors and ballroom dance. He’s excited to put on his dancing shoes for this year’s gala and is looking forward to supporting PCRI’s work to provide affordable housing as a tool for families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Jenelle Isaacson—Founder and Owner, Living Room Realty

Jenelle Isaacson is a Portland native and founder and owner of Living Room Realty. Living Room Realty is a full service real estate brokerage and property management firm that serves Portland’s urban neighborhoods and Oregon’s North Coast.  They are the first West Coast real estate brokerage to receive B-Corp Status, a recipient of the Oregonian’s 2014 Top Workplace Award and winner of the 2014 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards.

In 2012, Jenelle was named one of Portland’s 40 up and coming business leaders under 40 by the Portland Business Journal, and in 2013, was one of 25 women who received the Orchid Award for being a woman of influence for her business and civic contributions. Jenelle got her start in business by performing in and managing an all girls punk band. She is excited to bring that energy and creativity to PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars gala.

“At Living Room we are committed to the ideal that each person within our community and on our planet have Living Room. The room to make a fair living and sufficient income, to live a life rich in experience and the ability to occupy a home. The room to exhibit vigor, gusto and enthusiasm and a space for living where there is opportunity for all. I am thrilled to be able to support PCRI because they work everyday towards this vision for our community. I’m thrilled they asked me to dance for this great cause. My Living Room is definitely the dance floor!”

Jenelle serves as Co-chair of the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls Board of Directors. She is an active member of Portland’s Entrepreneur Organization and a mentor for their Accelerator program.  Jenelle is the mother of two daughters and when not working; Jenelle loves; running, swimming holes, impromptu dance parties, skiing, movies and crafting the perfect playlist.

Ian Parker—Producer and Reporter, KATU

Ian Parker is a producer and reporter for KATU, Portland’s Channel 2. He grew up in the Portland metro area and attended the University of Oregon.

After graduating from the University of Oregon, Ian worked as a producer, reporter and weekend weathercaster in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He then moved to Oklahoma City to report full-time, where he was he was honored by the United States Military for his reporting on military issues.

Ian returned to Oregon in 2013 and joined the KATU news team as a producer and reporter. He produces KATU’s Everyday Heroes program.

Ian is excited to show off his currently non-existent, but hopefully soon-to-be-exceptional dancing skills.

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