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Talking Tigard

Carla Staedter, Project Coordinator for the City of Tigard
Carla discusses the importance of stormwater management in addressing erosion, water quality, and flooding. She describes how the stormwater fee allows the city to address these three areas.

She also talks about:

  • Restoring 'Drain-o' Creek to Fanno Creek
  • Responding to beaver concerns
  • Picking up after your pooch
  • Growing up in Wisconsin

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Episode #28 - Eduardo Ramos, En Contacto Podcast Host
Eduardo Ramos, the city's Digital Communications Coordinator and host of the En Contacto podcast, visits the studio to discuss the year in podcasting and shares details on the: 

  • Origins of the En Contacto podcast
  • Start-up costs of podcasting
  • Ways to measure the success of a podcast
  • Process for selecting guests

Eduardo also reveals exclusive details about Tigard's favorite feline, BureauCat. 

Additional Information
En Contacto on YouTube
Tigard AID
Tigard Espanol
Tigard Thanks!


Episode #27 - Michael Holton, Trail Blazers Radio Analyst
Michael Holton, former NBA player and current Trail Blazer radio analyst, discusses:

• Raising a family in Tigard
• Building a equitable and inclusive community
• Developing a recreation program
• Playing with Michael Jordan

Also, Michael answers questions from the community. 

Additional Reading

Episode #26 - Amber Bell and Joanne Bengtson
Amber Bell, Readers Services Manager & Joanne Bengtson, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, discuss the city's refreshed strategic plan to be "an equitable community that is walkable, healthy, and accessible for everyone." They also discuss the Library's Walk-Up Service Desk, Tigard Thanks!, Tigard Walks, and cats vs. dogs.

Additional Reading
A New Vision and Priorities
City Report Card
Holiday Lights Event
Tigard Thanks!

Episode #25 - Kimberly Moreland
Kimberly Moreland, member of the Oregon Black Pioneers and author of African Americans of Portland, talks about the impact of Oregon's black exclusionary laws, abolitionists in Tigard, and the racial equity work being done in Tigard. Also, Kimberly shares New Year's resolutions, COVID hobbies, and ideas for future podcast guests. 

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Episode #24 - Martin McKnight 
From Cook Park to Jack Park to everything in between, the community loves its park system. Martin McKnight, Parks Supervisor, talks about the staffing and funding needed to maintain these assets. He also shares information on:

  • Whether a splash pad is in Tigard's future
  • When playground equipment will be replaced at Cook Park
  • The importance of the Parks & Rec Fee

Additional Reading

Questions about Tigard parks? Contact Martin at

Episode #23 - Jimmy Brown 
Jimmy Brown, a 26-year resident of Tigard, talks about raising a Black family in Tigard, interactions with the Tigard Police Department, and goals for the Public Safety Advisory Board.

Also, Jimmy discusses:

  • Volunteer work with the Tigard-Tualatin School District
  • Being a 'hip and aware' parent 
  • Importance of putting an equity lens to all city services

Additional Materials
Community Caucus: Jimmy Brown
Community Policing: Jimmy Brown
Public Safety Advisory Board
Community for All

Episode #22 - Leadership Transition in Tigard

Interim City Manager Kathy Nyland and Interim Assistant City Manager/Police Chief Kathy McAlpine discuss the city's recent leadership transition, the role and responsibilities of a city manager, and the city's Anti-Racism Action Plan.

They also discuss:

  • Definition of success
  • Future podcast guests
  • Thanksgiving dinner
  • Women’s basketball

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Episode #21 - Creating a Community Space at Cooper Mountain Ale Works

Chris Sjolin, owner of Cooper Mountain Ale Works, talks about the decision to locate in the space formerly occupied by Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub. He also discusses the beer making process, the importance of a walkable downtown, and the Cooper Mountain experience.

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Episode #20 - Brandi Leos, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for the City of Tigard

Brandi discusses our approach to building a workforce that is representative of the community. She also discusses common mistakes made by applicants, questions to ask during an interview, salary negotiations, thank you note OR no thank you note

Additional Information

Questions? Contact Brandi at

Episode #19 - Dan Murphy, Broadway Rose Director
Dan Murphy, Managing Director of the Broadway Rose Theater, joins the podcast to talk about the beginning of his career in New York City, the origins of the Broadway Rose in Tigard, and the impact of COVID on its operations.

Learn more
Broadway Rose Theater website
How you can support the Broadway Rose Theater
Broadway Rose’s Dan Murphy Found a New Outlet for His Passion
Know a Theatre: Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Episode #18 - Dr. Marvin Lynn and His Son Naasei
Dr. Marvin Lynn, Dean of the College of Education at Portland State University and his son Naasei discuss the community's response to the murder of George Floyd, the history of racial discrimination in the Portland area, and how Tigard can become a more inclusive community.

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Episode #17 - Tigard Rep. Margaret Doherty

Rep. Margaret Doherty recaps 11 years in the Oregon legislature including advancing legislation on school nutrition. She also shares her favorite city (Portland or Tigard), the resources needed to run successful campaign, and the story of getting kicked out of the Joy Theatre.

Additional Reading
Doherty reflects on 11 years of House service
Tigard AID program

Episode #16 - Tigard Life: Behind the Scenes
Michael Antonelli, founder and publisher of Tigard Life, talks about his background in the newspaper business, the impetus behind starting Tigard Life, and the articles that resonate with the Tigard community.

Additional Info
Tigard Life website
Tigard Life Facebook page

Episode #15 - Tigard Rallies Around Packed with Pride

Ben Bowman, School Board Member for the Tigard-Tualatin School District and Margie Greene, Executive Director for the Tigard-Tualatin School District Foundation discuss the:

  • Origins of Packed with Pride 
  • Importance of addressing food insecurities 
  • Generosity of Tigard High School Principal Brian Bailey 
  • Need of volunteers and drivers 

The duo also offers up their suggestions for the next guest on the Talking Tigard podcast. 

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Episode #14 - Supporting the Tigard Business Community
Maggie Reilly, Business Leader at Craft3 and Nita Shah, Executive Director at Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon discuss working with city staff to create Tigard Commercial Assistance and Relief for Economic Stability (Tigard CARES). Grants were awarded for assistance with rent, payroll, recurring costs and future inventory with a strong focus on resources for businesses that most need help accessing federal and state programs.

Supplemental Reading

Episode #13: Racial Unity Book Club Creation

Adrianne Driver, Tigard Library, Bruce Poinsette, Respond to Racism, and Denise Taylor, MLK2020: Healing the Divide discuss the creation of the Racial Unity Book Club. They also share resources for learning about racial justice.

Additional Resources

Episode #12: New Youth Councilor on Board
TIgard Youth Councilor Emilio Calderon talks about his recent appointment to the City Council, issues that are important to Tigard youth, and how we can create a more inclusive community.

Episode #11: Tigard High Students Have Mobilized
Tigard High School students Abdi Mohamoud and Sarah Gentry share how students have mobilized after the killing of George Floyd. They discuss drafting a anti-racism resolution for the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, the successful Student March for Black Lives, and what's next.

Episode #10: When Will the Playgrounds Open?
Marissa Grass, Community Engagement Coordinator for the City of Tigard, answers the questions that you've been asking - when will playgrounds open? Do I have to wear a mask? What will happen in Phase 2?

Episode #9: Just Compassion Offers Aid
Vernon Baker, Executive Director of Just Compassion, discusses how Just Compassion is using the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard to support Tigard community members who are experiencing houselessness. Also, Vernon offers insight into how the city can take steps to address racial inequities.

Learn more
Just Compassion -
Get involved -

Episode #8: Community Journalism During COVID-19 
Tigard Times Editor-in-Chief Mark Miller discusses covering the community that he grew up in. He also touches on the challenges of reporting during COVID-19 and the importance of maintaining quality community journalism.

Supplemental Reading
Tigard-Tualatin Times
Saving Community Journalism Campaign

Episode #7:  A Safe Home for Tigard Youth
Amy Brownell, Second Home, Katrin Dougherty, SupaFresh Youth Farm, and Morgan Bengel, HomePlate Youth Services share what their organizations are doing to help, and how they need the support of the community. 

HomePlate Youth Services
Learn more at 
Contact: Morgan Bengel,

Second Home
Learn more at
Contact: Amy Brownell, 

Oregon Human Development Corporation SupaFresh Youth Farm 
Refer a youth: or call 503-707-9115 
Sign up for the newsletter, make a donation, or fill out a CSA application at   
Contact: Katrin Dougherty,

Episode #6:  An Interview with Chief Kathy McAlpine
Chief Kathy McAlpine reflects on her career journey, keeping the Tigard community safe, and the increased challenges of policing because of COVID-19.

Episode #5:  An Interview with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Congresswoman Bonamici talks about staying connecting with business owners and community members in Tigard during COVID-19, addressing the disproportionate number cases of COVID-19 in the Latino community, and her favorite city in Washington County.

Episode #4: Talking Tigard with TVF&R Assistant Chief
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Kenny Frentress shares an inside look at how TVF&R is working to ensure the community is safe and healthy. He also answers the five most common questions being asked by the community.

  1. How did your prior work experiences prepare you for COVID-19?
  2. When did TVF&R realize COVID-19 was going to be a major event?
  3. Explain to our listeners the difference between the city’s and TVF&R emergency operations center. How do they work together?
  4. What are a couple of examples of the community helping during COVID-19?
  5. What does reopening mean for TVF&R?

Episode #3: Talking Tigard with the TTSD Superintendent
Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith, Tigard-Tualatin School District Superintendent, answers the five questions that the community is asking.

  1. How did your previous experience prepare you to lead during this event?
  2. When did you first realize that COVID-19 would have a major impact on TTSD?
  3. What was the tipping point in transitioning to distance learning for the remainder of the year?
  4. What's your advice for the parents of children in TTSD?
  5. How can we still honor the accomplishments of the seniors?

Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith became Tigard-Tualatin School District Superintendent on July 1, 2018. An experienced educational leader, Dr. Rieke-Smith has work at all three school levels. Since joining TTSD, Dr. Rieke-Smith says she has “found Tigard-Tualatin to be a great school district, full of people who are committed to making a positive difference for children.”

Episode #2: Inside the Emergency Operations Center
Police Commander Robert Rogers and Emergency Services Coordinator Mike Lueck answer the five questions that people in the community are asking.

  1. How did your experience prepare you for COVID-19?
  2. We recently launched a virtual Emergency Operations Center. What does this mean for our listeners? How will they be impacted? Why should they care?
  3. Take us inside the virtual EOC and walk us through the last 24 hours.
  4. What are a couple of stories that highlight how the community has come together to respond to COVID-19?
  5. How will we know when the virtual EOC is no longer needed?

Commander Rogers has over 25 years of public safety experience in Oregon and Arkansas, including 22 years with the city of Tigard. He has six years in the U.S. Army having served both stateside and abroad.

Mike Lueck is the city’s Emergency Services Coordinator. He’s served in this role for 16 years. 


Episode #1: Talkin' Tigard w/ Halsted Bernard, Tigard Library Director

In 2019, Halsted Bernard was selected as our next Director of Library Services. Halsted is a familiar face at the library. She has been our Circulation Manager for three years and served as one of the library’s interim co-directors for the past seven months.

Halsted’s library career has spanned 18 years, in both academic and public libraries in the San Francisco Bay area and abroad. She received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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