• Meet the Board of Education


  • Diane Noriega
    At-Large, 2019-2023

    Diane Noriega
    Diane Noriega

    Diane Noriega was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2019 to a four-year term as an at-large member. Having previously spent four years between 2011 and 2015 on the board, this will be her second time serving. Most recently, Noriega was vice president of the MHCC Foundation Board. Her professional background includes experience as the interim president, provost and academic vice president and professor at California State University Monterey Bay, and dean of the College of Education at Sacramento State University. She holds a doctorate from the University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in Spanish language and literature from The University of California, Davis and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara.

    Diane Noriega can be reached by e-mail at Diane.Noriega@mhcc.edu.

    LaVerne Lewis
    At-Large, 2019-2023

    LaVerne Lewis
    LaVerne Lewis

    LaVerne Lewis was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2019 to a four-year term as an at-large member. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice and accounting for the college. In addition to her background as an educator, Lewis has experience in taxation, accounting, small business development and law enforcement. She holds a doctorate in education from Northcentral University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting, adult and workforce education.

    LaVerne Lewis can be reached by e-mail at Laverne.Lewis@mhcc.edu.

    Diane McKeel
    Board Chair
    Zone 1, 2017-2021

    Diane McKeel
    Diane McKeel

    Diane was elected to a four-year terms on the MHCCD Board of Education representing Zone 1 in 2017. Her background in service to her community dates back many years both as a volunteer and as an elected official. Diane served two full terms as the Multnomah County commissioner representing East County. She also served 10 years as the executive director of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and is currently a partner in her family’s development Oxbow LLC. Her interests and leadership at the local, state and national levels has been invaluable to veteran’s programs, human trafficking prevention programs, our libraries and the economic development of our area. Diane holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a graduate certificate in dental hygiene from Oregon Health and Science University. Diane and her husband, Mike, are longtime residents of East Multnomah County where they raised their three grown children.

    Diane McKeel may be reached by email at Diane.McKeel@mhcc.edu.

    James Zordich
    Vice Chair
    Zone 2, 2013-2021

    James Zordich
    James Zordich

    James Zordich was re-elected to a second four-year term of the MHCCD Board of Education representing Zone 2 in 2017. James holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial education from California State University at Los Angeles. He is a curator (emeritus) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, with a specialty in Technological History. He was also a president of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and a member of the Southern California Historical Society Board of Directors.

    James Zordich may be reached by email at Jim.Zordich@mhcc.edu.

    Andrew Speer
    Zone 3, 2019-2023

    Andrew Speer
    Andrew Speer

    Andrew Speer was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2019 to a four-year term representing Zone 3. He is an economist by profession and has a background in economic modeling and financial analysis. He proudly served as an infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and is an alumnus of MHCC, having graduated with his associate degree in economics before transferring to Portland State University to earn his bachelor’s and then master’s degrees in the same discipline.

    Andrew Speer can be reached by e-mail at Andrew.Speer@mhcc.edu.

    Annette Mattson
    Zone 4, 2017-2021

    Annette Mattson2
    Annette Mattson

    Annette Mattson was elected to a four-year term on the MHCCD Board of Education in 2017, representing Zone 4. She is also president of the Oregon Community College Association, a board member of Children First for Oregon and Gresham United Methodist Ministries. Her past service in elected office includes 18 years on the David Douglas School Board, 7 years on the Oregon School Boards Association board and serving as OSBA president in 2009. Annette recently retired from Portland General Electric where she worked as a local government affairs and public policy manager and connected with the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission and the Clackamas County Business Alliance – and she has chaired the board of directors for each of these organizations. Annette has an associate degree in general studies from MHCC and a bachelor's degree in human development from Warner Pacific College.

    Annette Mattson may be reached by e-mail at Annette.Mattson@mhcc.edu.

    Kenney Polson
    Zone 5, 2019-2023

    Kenney Polson
    Kenney Polson

    Kenney Polson was re-elected to a second four-year term of the MHCCD Board of Education representing Zone 5 in 2019. Kenney works as a music teacher and is a professional jazz musician. His background in music education includes stops at Marylhurst University, Merced College, the International School of Beijing, Howard University and the American School of Rio de Janeiro. He has an associates of arts degree from Fresno City College, a master’s degree in jazz composition from Howard University and a master’s degree in education administration from Lewis and Clark College.

    Kenney Polson may be reached by email at Kenney.Polson@mhcc.edu.