Advisory Council members
Governor Barbara Roberts, who in 1991 was elected Oregon’s first woman governor, is a fourth-generation descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers. A longtime resident of east Portland, she served on the Multnomah County Commission and has a respected record in advocacy for issues involving mental illness, women’s leadership, and hospice. She also has many adopted grandchildren from China.
Don Porth is a retired Portland firefighter. He became familiar with the Lone Fir Cemetery through the Fireman’s Cemetery located within Lone Fir. During his work developing the Historic Belmont Firehouse and through researching the history of the fire department, Don recognized the significant relationship between the cemetery, the fire department, and the community. As a long time public educator,Don believes in engaging the public in the lessons offered from our past to create a safer community today.
JC (Jean-Christophe) Aubry joined the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation’s Advisory Council in 2013. Born and raised in France, he moved to the United States in 1999. JC has worked in the funeral profession since 2002 and presently serves as the Oregon marketing director at Dignity Memorial, which has more than eighteen hundred funeral, cremation, and cemetery service providers across North America, including sixteen locations in Oregon.
Stanley Clarke became involved with Lone Fir’s Block 14 early on, after news broke about the potential for the land to be sold for development. He is an Oregon historian, co-author of the “Oregon Burial Site Guide,” and author of several cemetery books and articles. He’s a life member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, the Clark County Genealogical Society, the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, and the National Genealogical Society. Stan has also served on the State of Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.
Mary Faulkner is a founding board member, the board chair, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation. Her involvement with Lone Fir began in 2004, when she joined the board of Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery, eventually serving as treasurer, vice-chair, and then chair. In 2008, with Kate Sokoloff, she co-managed the “(D)early Departed” music CD project; the CD included original songs from local artists, and proceeds from its sale went to support development of the Cultural Heritage Garden. Since 2006, Mary has been vice-president of marketing for Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, an investment firm that serves individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and unions with portfolios of $2 million or more. She is past board chair for the Center for Women, Politics & Policy at Portland State University, and a foundation committee member of the University Club.
John Laursen joined the Foundation board at its founding in the spring of 2011. A writer, editor, and graphic designer, he has for more than four decades owned and operated Press-22, a Portland studio specializing in the design and production of high-quality books and text-based public art projects. His work in public art includes the creation of commemorative installations for the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and serving on the design team for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. John is the co-author of Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957, and the executive director of the Northwest Photography Archive. His parents and one of his closest friends are buried at Lone Fir.
Marcus Lee is also a founding member of the Foundation board. He is a member of the board of the Oregon Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association (CCBA), and since 2009 has served as chair of the CCBA’s history committee. He is engaged in ongoing development of the CCBA Chinese-American History Museum, and is also undertaking the archiving of the CCBA’s historic resources. Marcus authored the chapter ”Snake River Massacre” in the book “Dreams of the West: A History of the Chinese in Oregon, 1850-1950,” a joint project between the CCBA and Portland State University. He is a long-term member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, where he specializes in Chinese family history. His family roots in Portland date back the 1800s, when his great-grandfather arrived here from China.
Rebecca Liu is the president of the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation and has invested many years in gaining recognition for Block 14’s hallowed ground. In 1986, Rebecca and her husband helped raise awareness and funds for the Portland China Gate. Together they also helped established the Portland–Koahsung Sister City relationship, and in 1988 brought dragon boat racing to Portland from Taiwan Republic of China. For 25 years, Rebecca has been a member of Soroptimist International Club of Portland, chairing various committees and serving as club treasurer and as club president. She has been an active leader in the Oregon Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association (CCBA), including serving on the school board and as principal of the CCBA Chinese Language School. For more than three decades Rebecca has owned and operated Lung Fung restaurant in North Portland.
Patrick Malone joined the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation board in 2012. A Portland native, Pat holds a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon. He served as the CFO for a number of Portland companies in a variety of industries over a 35-year career; during the eight years before his retirement in 2012, he served as the senior financial manager for two large local nonprofits. Pat was attracted to the Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation by his interest in Portland history and by the beauty and historical significance of Lone Fir. Pat also serves on the boards of the First Unitarian Church of Portland and the First Unitarian Foundation.