Meet Our Board
Justin Harnish - PresidentVice President
I am a third generation Oregonian and Lake Oswego resident. I was raised on the Lake and am proud to be raising my own family here. After graduating from the University of San Diego, I eventually made my way back home and became an owner/partner in Harnish Properties, specializing in Lake Oswego residential real estate. Passionate about our Lake and community, I have served on the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board for the past 4 years. I have enjoyed the past few months as an interim appointment and look forward to continuing my service to the community.
Doug Woodcock - Vice PresidentVice President
Doug and Charlotte raised their family in the same house on Lake Oswego for the past 25 years. The original appeal of living on the lake, watersports, the natural beauty of the lake and the community of lake residents holds as much appeal for the Woodcock family now as it in 1993. As a long-time resident and avid lake user, I understand the critical importance of issues like water quality, boater safety and access. I am a passionate advocate for the lake and would be thrilled at the opportunity to serve on the LOC Board of Directors.
Amy Gaddis - SecretarySecretary
My husband Byron and I moved onto the lake in 2014 – we’d never been on it in 19 years of living in Lake Oswego. We enjoy cruising in our “classic” wood Chris Craft, exploring on our paddleboards, and swimming off our dock. With my background in chemistry, and engineering, I’m very interested in the overall lake ecosystem and am impressed with the water quality work that is being done. I would like the opportunity to be involved in future lake projects that maintain and improve water quality and the quality of life on the lake.
Rick Johnson - TreasurerTreasurer
Our family has lived in Lake Oswego since 1994, and we enjoyed the Lake Grove swim park until we moved to the Lake in 2007. We have 3 boys who have grown up in this community, with the youngest a senior in high school. As an Interim Board Member the last few months, I have been struck by how much work is involved in keeping the Lake in the condition that we enjoy, but so easily take for granted. I hope to work with other Board members and the LOC staff to preserve the quality of life we all value. With a degree in Geology, an MBA in Finance, and having started a company, I will be an effective Board member.
Members at Large
Jeff EdelsonDirector at Large
Jeff Edelson and his wife Jennifer have been on West Bay since 2010. Jeff is a partner at the Portland law firm of Markowitz Herbold PC, where he has practiced for over 25 years. Jennifer is a full time English and Math teacher at Madison High School, and part-time fitness instructor at Reed College. Jeff was voted onto the Lake Oswego Corporation Board to fill an early vacancy in 2016, and is running for reelection in 2017. His years of legal experience in litigation, client counselling, arbitration, mediation and business advice give the Board a pragmatic but deliberative voice. Jeff’s willingness to ask the tough questions in a collaborative and respectful framework adds an important dynamic to the Board.
Grant HansonDirector at Large
My family and I are active users of the lake - boating, paddle boarding and kayaking several days a week. As lakefront residents, we witness the daily caretaking of the lake by the Lake Corp staff - the responsive and courteous Lake Patrol, the conscientious water quality maintenance team and the friendly crew at the Lake Corp office. The Lake Corp Board and professional staff are charged with maintaining and improving our lake while protecting its value and quality for shareholders and easement members alike. These are responsibilities about which I feel strongly. I am confident that my expertise in strategic planning, problem solving and budgetary oversight developed over my 35+ years at Nike will be an asset to the board. I look forward to working with other community members to continue the tradition of effective and committed oversight of our lake.
John MedakDirector at Large
I was born and raised in Lake Oswego. After attending USD and starting my career as a commercial real estate broker in San Francisico, I moved back to LO where I met my wife and served on the Board of Mt. Park HOA. My wife, Kristie and our two daughters enjoy the lake in all its capacity. I am an avid, year round skier and wakeboarder. I have assisted with the Lake Corp Ski & Wakeboard Extravaganza for the last 5 years. It is one of my favorite days on the lake. I look forward to serving the members and keeping our unique lake just that...unique. It’s like being on vacation only in your own backyard.
Stuart SmithDirector at Large
My family and I have been fortunate to call Oswego Lake home since 2004. For the last year I have served as a member of the LOC development committee, which has given me an inside look into some of the challenges that we face. I have served on numerous boards over the years and pride myself in bringing a respectful and pragmatic approach to finding solutions. I would be honored to apply my legal and financial background to enhancing the lake experience for all of us as a member of the LOC Board.
Katharyn ThompsonDirector at Large
Our family moved to Lake Oswego 24 years ago and fell in love with the community. We enjoy spending time on our beautiful lake both in and on the water. I have served as President of the Blue Heron Easement Association for the last 10 years and am a board member on the Lake Oswego Easement Officers Association. My professional experience includes 34 years as a forensic accountant, of which I was a partner in an international CPA firm for more than 20 years. I am happy to serve on the LOC Board of Directors with a goal of ensuring that Oswego Lake remains the special gem that it is.
Larry ThompsonDirector at Large
Myself, my wife and two children absolutely love this community. We have called Lake Oswego our home for 14 years where I own an insurance insurance agency specializing in community associations, commercial and personal insurance. I am a retired army officer, an avid do-it-yourselfer and I enjoy participating in the kids school and sporting events. With my skill set in risk management, communication and decision making I believe I would serve the Lake Oswego Corporation well in helping preserve and better our community.
Scott WittenbergDirector at Large
I am proud to be a native Oregonian, born and raised in the Willamette Valley, my wife and I have lived on the main lake since 2009. My background in the technology industry brings a unique perspective to the board and the Lake Corporation’s processes and procedures. Preserving and protecting our beautiful lake's value and quality is something we can all agree is essential. In addition, I am the chair of the board's events committee. We are committed to providing family friendly, safe, and entertaining events for our shareholders. I look forward to working with our lake community to continue to preserve the lake's character and maintain our valued quality of life.
Katy TroftgrubenDirector at Large
After living in Lake Oswego for a decade, my family and I moved to the canal three years ago and treasure the glistening lake that serves as the centerpiece of our community. I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a board member and bring a mix of media and business experience to the role. Following a 20-year career in broadcasting – including 15 years locally at KATU-TV – I am currently a Brand Director at Evanta, a Gartner Company. I look forward to bringing my collaborative mindset to the Board as we work together in the best interest of our beautiful lake.