Volunteer Spotlight

Get to know Naureen Khan, Senior Associate at Gard Communications

At Friends of Frog Ferry, we are fortunate to have many volunteers dedicate their professional expertise and personal passions to bringing a passenger ferry service to our region. This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features Naureen Khan, a communications associate with Gard Communications who also oversees Frog Ferry’s contact management and social media channels. Despite Frog Ferry compensating Naureen for her contact management work, many other countless hours are spent as a volunteer organizing our social posts, team events, and additional marketing initiatives.

Why were you drawn to Friends of Frog Ferry?

After my field study in Japan to learn more about earthquake preparedness and resiliency, I realized that the Metro-area is ill-prepared for when the “big one” strikes. Particularly, how to transport people when the bridges go down. In addition to my emergency preparedness lens, Frog Ferry also addresses issues important to me as an Oregon native such as improving transportation, sustainability, tourism and local cultural awareness.

 

What role do you play on the team?

After my field study in Japan to learn more about earthquake preparedness and resiliency, I realized that the Metro-area is ill-prepared for when the “big one” strikes. Particularly, how to transport people when the bridges go down. In addition to my emergency preparedness lens, Frog Ferry also addresses issues important to me as an Oregon native such as improving transportation, sustainability, tourism and local cultural awareness.

 

What are some of your personal interests and passions?

I enjoy learning about other cultures and customs, my degree from Portland State was in International Business. I have actually been to more places internationally than I have within the United States despite being born and raised here. I also try to live as low-waste and sustainable as possible while supporting local businesses.

 

Do you have a favorite ferry experience (other than Frog Ferry)?

I think my ferry experience in Hong Kong was a fun one. It was from Hong Kong to Macau, which at the time, was the only way to get to Macau. It was crazy to see how fast the ferry went and it was an hour long to get across. You really get a different view of the city when on the water. As a visitor, it was a great way to travel and see other parts of the area I wouldn’t otherwise see.

 

What are your hopes for the future of a ferry service in our region?

As the area become more and more busy and business grows, it would be great to have a sustainable and efficient way to travel while also reducing stress. Also ensuring our infrastructure is prepared for emergencies that are expected.

Our Volunteers

Maritime Operations
Captain Brett Bybee, Columbia River Launch Service
Captain Anne McIntyre, Columbia & Willamette Pilot Assn
John Sainsbury, Maritime Consulting Partners
Andy Jansky, Flowing Solutions dock engineering-design
Michael Doctor, Lime Consulting
Dan Yates, Portland Spirit
Sorin Garber, SGA
Paul Brodeur, King County Ferry
Mike Bomar, Port of Vancouver
Willem Polak, former Potomac Riverboat
Willie Levenson, Human Access Project
Sean Whalen, City of Portland Harbormaster

Strategy/Public Affairs
Linda Weston, Rapporto
Ginny Lang, Government Affairs specialist
Shannon Carney, City of Portland
Michelle Giguere, Summit Strategies
Elisa Dozono
Nina Byrd, EXP Consulting
Andrew Hoan/Jon Isaac, PBA
Marcelino Alvarez, Fresh Agency
Issac Kort Meade, legal project management

Engineering
Kevin Bross, High Tech Engineer, Chair
Captain Peter Wilcox, Decarb the Passage
Matt Markstaller, Daimler
Art Parker, Vigor
Ralph Duncan, BMT
Luke Whittemore, PGE
Abraham Mooney, transit engineer for public agency
ECONorthwest: Mike Wilkerson
Tara Obrien, Jacobs for environmental counsel

Public Agency Partners
Metro: Malu Wilkinson and Commission
City of Portland: PBOT Art Pearce, Mauricio LeClerc, Travel Portland
Parks, BES, BPS, Fire and Rescue, Prosper Portland, Emergency Management
TriMet: Tom Mills
C-Tran: Shawn Donaghy
ODOT: Marsha Hoskins, Karyn Criswell & Cooper Brown
City of Vancouver: Chad Eiken
Multnomah County: Sheriff, Engineering/Bridges

Financial
Scott South, Stevens Water
Jim Mark, Melvin Mark
Dan Bower, Portland Streetcar
Stephen Brooks, Community Partnership Fund
Laurie Harquail, Grants
Andre Petett, Aptly Focused
Nick Burnett, Wayfarer Studios
Charlene Zidell, Zidell Properties

Community Affairs
James Paulson, Bikeshare & Worksystems, Chair
Sunrise PDX
Jennifer Vitello, Cathedral Park Neighborhood
Mike Vial, St. Johns Neighborhood
30+ Neighborhood leaders along the route
Anatta Blackmarr, Oak Grove
Alan Bates, transit leader
Linda Baker, transportation journalist
Ken Wilson, OMSI
Rich Fry, River Responsibility (clean up)
Rachel Launchbury, Lake Oswego coordination

Private Sector Providers
Phil Sollers, Kingfisher Writing
Ron Laster, Print Results
Doug Morris, Miller Nash Law
Maren Calvert, Horenstein Law
Denise Waldron, Viva Events
Emily Draper, Waterleaf Architects
Suhail Khan, Northrup Corporation
John Bladholm, Green Barn Events
John Horvick, DHM Research
Tim Ralston, MLR Ventures

Marketing/Communications
Allison Tivnon, Beaverton City Council, Co-chair
Sue Van Brocklin, Coates Kokes, Co-chair
Heather Barta, Cuprum Creative
Andy Fraser & Pete Metz, Sockeye
Martin Stoll & Ashlynn Lowes, Sparkloft Media
Thom Walters
Amy Snyder, Blue Meadow Marketing, Chair

Customer Experience
Heather Linn, Digital Touchpoints
Todd Kimball, ADA compliance
Bee Feuless, health care best practices
Brian Thompson, Bytemark ticket integration
Geoff Green, Sterling Wi-Fi Connectivity
Alex McPhee
TeriAnne Yamauchi
Dave Barcos