CREW Portland

Member Profile

Kathleen Buono, Project Manager, Perlo Construction

Kathleen Buono is an Oregon native and was born and raised in Portland. In fact, she lived in the same house in the Eastmoreland neighborhood between the time she was six months old to when she moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. Kathleen spent five fantastic years in Austin, Texas, but, she missed the beautiful change of seasons in Oregon and returned to her roots. It was when she returned to Portland that she began her career in the commercial real estate sector as a commercial appraiser with Curtis Slocom (now Integra Realty Resources). Kathleen earned the prestigious MAI designation (Member of Appraisal Institute) in October, 2012. By then, she had been an appraiser for more than 15 years specializing in urban mixed-use, multi-family, retail and office properties. Some highlights to her appraisal career include the valuation of 200 Market, Riva on the Park, Machine Works Building, Grand Central Bowl, Montgomery Park, PacWest, the Commonwealth Building, and the Twelve West Building  (the one with the wind turbines).

In 2013, Kathleen decided to make a career change. She loved the real estate business and being an appraiser, but wanted to find a new challenge. After several months of soul searching and informational interviews, Kathleen found the perfect job as a Project Manager with Perlo Construction’s Special Projects Group. In this position she spends her days managing smaller projects ranging from the $500 repair to the $300,000 tenant improvement. Wide-ranging can sometimes be an understatement with the Special Projects Group. In her first month on the job, she helped a property owner with a damaged concrete panel after a train backed into it, helped a client upgrade restroom shelving, provided a local manufacturer with an estimate for a new clean room installation, and helped estimate the renovation of a former florist shop into a bakery. It is the variety of projects, the teamwork, and the focus on customer service that she enjoys most in her new role.

Kathleen has been a member of CREW for more than 10 years. She is currently finishing out her fourth year on the Board and is in her second year serving as our Treasurer. She has been on many CREW committees over the years, including golf and sponsorship, and is a current member of the programs committee.

Member Profile

Steve Smith, S.D. Deacon

Steve Smith was born in New Orleans and then moved to Oregon as an infant where he settled with his parents, two older brothers and younger sister in the West Hills of Portland. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a BS in journalism and advertising. His career took off with a variety of advertising sales jobs in radio, print, outdoor and direct mail.

After a long career in advertising he was recently employed by S.D. Deacon. His year and a half tenure with the “best construction company in the world”, has been a fast paced journey of hard work, fun, education, and golf. He was quoted as saying he really appreciates the opportunity to learn the business with such a great group of colleagues and has jumped feet first into the industry. He serves on the programs committee for both CREW and SMPS and was the co-chair of the Pacific Northwest Idea Exchange for the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Steve’s appreciation for the Pacific Northwest is evidenced by his indulgence of many outdoor activities including biking, golfing, tennis, camping, hiking and running. His favorite vacation destination is Hawaii or anywhere scuba diving, hiking and beaches are options. Please feel free to reach out to Steve. He is always willing to collaborate on ideas or lend a hand in most situations, or a round of golf.

Member Profile

Jeni Meyer, Attorney, Zupancic Rathbone Law Group P.C.

Jeni Meyer's practice focuses on real estate, business matters and related litigation. She enjoys learning about her clients' businesses and being part of their success.


Jeni is a native Oregonian who grew up in Portland.  After graduating from Cornell University, Jeni moved around the country and the world pursing new adventures and career goals.  Some of the things she did included working for Senator Ron Wyden in Washington, D.C. before law school, acting as a foreign attorney at the largest law firm in Tokyo, Japan, serving as assistant county counsel in rural Southern Oregon, and working at law firms in San Francisco and Portland.

Jeni joined Zupancic Rathbone Law Group in 2012 because of their expertise is real estate and development. They also share her commitment to client service.


Jeni is a member of the CREW Programs Committee. She said she is continually impressed with the expertise and collegiality  of her fellow CREW members.


Outside of the office, Jeni spends most of her time chasing her 2.5 year old son, Jack, and her mutt, Barkley. Jeni and her husband are expecting their second child at the end of August.

Member Profile

Nancy Heer, Senior Real Estate Industry Specialist, Wells Fargo

Nancy grew up in Central California living on a ranch with horses, sheep, cattle, chickens and all the other farm animals.  She feels it was truly a great way of being raised, and with relatives nearby who all were great athletes she became involved in track, softball, volleyball & basketball at an early age.

Nancy moved to southern California after high school to attend California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where she participated on the track and field team.  After graduating with a Fine Arts BA degree & minor in Psychology in 1986, she moved to Huntington Beach to begin her career.  After a brief stint working at a gallery her commercial real estate career began after she moved to Honolulu, where she worked for a Property management company.


She moved to Oregon in January of 1991, and it was snowing at the time.  Nancy was not sure it was the right move at the time, but now she truly loves Oregon and it is home.  She began her banking career at Bank of America working in downtown Lake Oswego and has been in the industry ever since.  Nancy is active in continuing education and graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in 2005.


At Wells Fargo she serves as the Senior Real Estate Industry Specialist where she oversees the state of Oregon & Southwest Washington and supports the Business Banking Group.  She works with Relationship Managers and Business Development officers as a partner on Commercial real estate investor properties.  As the industry specialist she handles all facets of the financing and manages a portfolio of assets that include hotels, Multi-family, retail, office, industrial mix-use properties and construction lending.  Nancy truly enjoys working with local developers and investors on projects in the state and throughout the west coast.


Nancy is very active in the community and has acted as the past president of the board of directors of Serendipity Center, a therapeutic K-12 school.  She has been on the board for past four years serving on the executive committee, is the past chair of the annual gala dinner event and is a member of the capital projects committee and fundraising committee.  She has also been involved as a member and past president of CREW since 2000 serving on a variety of committees including golf chair, corkscrew committee and sponsorship committee and is currently a member of the programs committee along with the other fabulous committee members.


Nancy has been married to her husband Paul for 12 years( a native Oregonian) and they have a very fun and spoiled Lasha Apso, Tetley, who turned 8 years old on July 4th. They take him on as many trips as they can and he has definitely earned his doggie frequent flyer miles with over 25 flights.  Nancy and her husband love to travel to warm tropical places in the fall and winter and enjoy the Northwest summers golfing with their friends at WVCC.  She loves to garden and grows wonderful vegetables and flowers, as she enjoys making arrangements.  Cooking is a delight of Nancy’s that is a stress reliever, along with Pilates and jogging.  Nancy is a member of an investment club with wonderful ladies in Lake Oswego and enjoys her monthly meetings to go over their stock portfolio and catch up over a glass of wine.

Member Profile

Elissa Looney

Elissa Looney is a home-grown Oregonian who left briefly to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Montana, and then came right back to begin her construction career with Perlo Construction in 2008.    

Prior to working at Perlo, Elissa was a professional in the ice cream industry, spending three years at her first job with the Baskin Robbins in Aloha.  She then spent three college summers working as an assistant and intern with Perlo before joining their team full-time following graduation with a Bachelors in Business Administration with emphases’ in Management and International Business.  As the Project Manager for their Special Projects Group, Elissa is involved in a multitude of project types and works with a variety of people throughout the real estate industry, including brokers, property managers, and owner/users.  In addition to her everyday estimating and project management responsibilities, Elissa is actively growing her department to increase their annual volume, and is proud to say that her office staff is doubling with the addition of a new project manager for Special Projects this June, as well as new field crew members.  


Elissa most enjoys the business development aspects of her job, and building relationships with her field crews, clients, and subcontractors.  Working in Special Projects means that no two jobs are ever the same; there are always things to learn and ways to work around specific project challenges.  Most of her projects are in actively occupied spaces, which require great care to leave the tenants and owners happy at the end of every project.   


In addition to her Perlo responsibilities, Elissa is an active Board member of CREW Portland.  She is currently our National Delegate, as well as a member of the Sponsorship Committee.  In the past, she has been the Sponsorship Committee Chair, and member of the CorksCREW committee.  Elissa is also an active member of the IREM Forecast Breakfast committee, the FRESH board, and regularly attends CEIC meetings, among other associations.  


Elissa lives in Wilsonville on a half acre allowing her to exercise her three active dogs:  Daisy, a 7 year old lab/vizsla mix, Tug, a 4 year old Vizsla, and Lincoln, a 6 month old border collie/cattle dog cross.  She is an active member of the Columbia Agility Team and currently competes in various agility competitions around Oregon and Washington with Tug, and is training Lincoln as her next agility prospect.  When she is not playing with or training her dogs, Elissa will be found tackling DIY style home improvements, landscaping projects, or refinishing wood furniture in her garage.    

Member Profile

Jo Economaki

Jo Economaki grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University where she had prepared for a career in journalism.   After college she moved to the West Coast, and landed a job with a commercial mortgage company.  Finding that she enjoyed the work, she began a lifelong career in the commercial real estate industry.


Jo spent many years working in real estate loan administration at Bank of America and its predecessor banks, the Oregon Bank and Security Pacific.  More recently she has worked for Intervest Mortgage Investment Company, and she’s currently with US Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Group, whose focus is providing financing, deposit and payment solutions for commercial investors and developers.  In her current role, she manages the Loan Administration team.  This group handles all aspects of closing  transactions for clients, as well as being their bank liaison during construction and after the project is complete.


Jo enjoys the wide variety of projects that she is involved with on a day to day basis.   She works with clients on construction lending, affordable multifamily- housing and short term financing  and particularly enjoys learning about their businesses, and their visions for their real estate projects.  Particularly rewarding is seeing a creative  financing structure evolve that suits the uniqueness of an individual transaction  and then coordinating all of the pieces that  need to be finished to close the transaction on time!


In addition to her work at the bank, Jo has been a member of CREW since its inception.   She has served on the board for a number of years, and is currently the Board Secretary and liaison for CorksCREW and the Scholarship Committee; she’s also a member of the Economic Forecast committee which she has chaired in the past.   Formerly a member of OLMA, she helped to form the commercial closing committee for that organization.   Through her position at the bank, she also participates in various volunteer activities, such as supporting the Oregon Food Bank.  
In all aspects of her professional activities, Jo is grateful for the opportunity to become acquainted with, and inspired by, others in the industry.


Jo has two children, a son and a daughter, who she loves spending time with.  As a former runner, she’s very active focusing on walking and hiking in her free time.  She enjoys travel and has been to four continents so far, and closer to home, is an avid reader and book club member.

Member Profile

Trish Nixon


Trish Nixon was born in Columbus, Ohio, and spent most of her childhood moving around the country as her father was a pilot in the Air Force.  She graduated from Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas and then went on to get her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University.  She left Texas after college due to the down economy in the state and found a job working for a smaller architecture firm in Las Vegas, Nevada where most of her time was spent doing site planning for branch banks.  She then moved to the Portland area in 1989 after meeting her husband who is a Portland native.  She worked for a couple of different firms doing High Tech, commercial office, tenant improvement, and education facilities before landing at LRS Architects.

After spending 5 years at a firm that focused primarily on K-12 projects, Trish wanted to expand her knowledge and work for a firm with a more diverse project base.  A good friend of hers was an associate with LRS at the time and invited Trish to come in for an interview.  That was in 1996 and she’s been there ever since!  After a year, she was promoted to associate and then to principal in 2005.    Trish has enjoyed the variety of projects she has been involved with: Miramonte Point Senior Housing, Hillsboro Civic Center, Barbur Shops Retail, Fanno Creek Commercial Office Buildings, Port of Tillamook industrial projects, and Mason Williams Apartments, to name a few.


Trish finds the most interesting thing about architecture is the range of tasks and skill sets required.  On the surface, most would think that you have to be a really good designer, have artistic ability, and be great at math.  While those are important abilities, what Trish finds that she excels at is project management and general problem solving.  This requires not only the management of in-house staff on projects, but also overall coordination, communication, and direction to the broader project team which includes the engineers and other consultants, the clients, the general contractor, and the local jurisdictions.  As a principal, Trish is also involved with the day to day aspects of running the business as well as marketing and bringing in new work.


While Trish is not currently involved in any organizations beyond CREW, she previously was on the Clackamas County Design Review Board for 8 years (4 years as chair).  She also has a particular interest in both long term planning and sustainability and as such have been a part of the following:   The McLaughlin Area Plan Committee, Park Ave. Station Technical Advisory Committee, Clackamas County Sustainable Task Force, Clackamas County Trees Task Force, and the North Bank of the Clackamas River.  Advisory Committee.  Trish is a licensed architect in Oregon, Nevada, and Montana, NCARB certified, a LEED AP BD+C, and Sustainability Advisor.  She is currently the Director of Programs for CREW.


Trish has been married for 23 years and has 2 beautiful dogs; Ares a 9 year old Belgian Malinois, and Indira a 3 year old German Sheppard.  She likes to work out, shop, garden, scrapbook, and travel to warm tropical places where she can soak up some sun with a pineapple drink in hand!

Member Profile

Leslie Runckel


Leslie Runckel is an Oregon native and was born and raised in Lake Oswego.  She attended Lakeridge High School and eventually pursued a Business Degree at Oregon State University.   Since her time at OSU, Leslie has made quite an impression in the sales industry.   She first began her professional path in the high-tech industry, where she excelled working in both project management and sales.


After ten years in the high-tech industry, Leslie decided it was time for a change and wanted to pursue a more creative career.  Leslie was drawn to the signage industry as it focuses heavily on client interaction and innovation to create the perfect sign to act as the “face” of the company.


She began her career at Meyer Sign Company where she worked her way up to Sales Manager during her eight years spent with the company.  Leslie’s current company, Tube Art Group, took notice to Leslie’s skilled customer relationship management abilities, customer service solutions and recruited her to join the company in the summer of 2012. Some of Leslie’s recent large scale projects with Tube Art Group include the Outlet Collection in Auburn, WA, Jantzen Beach Shopping Center, Vancouver Village, and multiple AT&T Locations.


Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and frequently takes weekend trips to the coast to spend time at their lake house.  She also enjoys cooking with her husband, gardening, cross-training and spoiling her grand-daughter.


Leslie joined Crew in the fall of 2012 and currently holds the Chair position for New Membership.  She has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful and inspiring people and would love to chat with any potential new members about the many benefits of joining!

Member Profile

Marisol McAllister, J.D.


As an attorney active in CREW and other associations, as well as a busy mother of three young children, Marisol tries to squeeze the most out of every day.


While she has a broad practice that emphasizes real estate, banking, and business law, Marisol’s passion is real estate transactions and development projects. She especially enjoys working on complex commercial real estate transactions from beginning to end: financing to construction to ownership and all issues in between.


Before joining Farleigh Wada Witt in 2009, Marisol gained invaluable real estate experience at Ball Janik and boutique real estate firm Barg Tom.  A niche area Marisol has built over the years is development projects. She is on the Oregon Real Estate Agency’s approved list of condominium lawyers and was instrumental in assisting clients with the transition of apartments to condos and then back again.  If the market shifts again Marisol will be ready to guide clients through the transition to condominiums.


Marisol was born in Albuquerque but grew up all over the U.S. and Mexico.  She enjoyed moving frequently as it gave her the chance to experience different cultures. The youngest of five children, Marisol has now lived in Oregon for more than half her life and is thrilled two siblings call Oregon home so they take turns hosting family gatherings.


After receiving a degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, which comes in handy from time to time, Marisol embarked on a couple of travel adventures and different career paths before enrolling at Willamette University College of Law.  


It was during separate trips to Mexico and Central America that future anxiety set in and sent Marisol on two short career paths: non-profit work and journalism.  Always interested in helping others, Marisol decided to go to law school to pursue public interest law – and because it sounded more exciting than writing obituaries all day!  She earned her JD and a joint MBA, which also frequently comes in handy with her business clients, from Willamette in 2002.


Marisol serves as chair of the CREW Marketing Committee and values all of the relationships she has built with CREW members over the years.  She also serves on the Oregon State Bar Real Estate & Land Use Legislative Committee, is a founding board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and has been selected to co-author a chapter on non-judicial foreclosures for the Oregon State Bar Real Estate Deskbook series. 


Marisol enjoys spending time with her husband and their three adorable young children, one of which was delivered in the hospital parking lot – another example of Marisol trying to squeeze the most out of her day... ;-) In addition, she loves to hike, dance and spend time with extended family.


Member Profile

Jennifer Beattie, RA


While Jennifer built her career in commercial architecture, she has found passion in the work she does for non-profit organizations. A licensed architect in Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii, Jennifer has, for the past 16 years, been instrumental in the growth and development of CIDA Architects & Engineers. She is an advocate for community involvement and generously volunteers her own time, in addition to encouraging others to do the same.


Jennifer became a principal at CIDA in 2007 and grew into increasing professional responsibilities; she has been managing CIDA’s direction and client services over the past two years. Earlier this year Jennifer was formally named CIDA’s president. She leads CIDA with an emphasis on providing exemplary client service: by carefully listening to client needs, maintaining excellence in design, and by placing the highest importance on clients’ and CIDA’s wellbeing.


Jennifer grew up in rural northern California where her parents built a house ‘off the grid’ - 3 miles from the nearest small town. Her introduction to construction and love of building came very early as she helped with the building of her parents’ house and the development of their property. In this setting, Jennifer was also able to surround herself with animals, developing a special love for dogs, cats, and horses. Her family later relocated to Lake Oswego, Oregon where Jennifer attended Lake Oswego High School. She then received a Bachelor of Science and Architecture from Washington State University in Pullman.


When Jennifer is not working hard, she enjoys being surrounded by her family and animals. Jennifer and her husband chose to expand their family through adoption; their now three year old son brings them immeasurable joy. In Jennifer’s opinion, the only thing better than a house full of family and halls rumbling with laughter is time spent with her family outside exploring our world. 


Member Profiles

Christina Chamberlain


Christina was born into the real estate industry.  As a child she spent more time making friends with real estate professionals while helping her parents at their real estate office than she spent at home. At six years old, she remembers accompanying her father on real estate sales seminar presentations. Just after high school, she became a California residential real estate agent, and during her years at UCLA, was elected president of the property management division of her parents’ company.  After a couple years working full-time with her dad, she went to law school and realized very quickly that she wanted to use her legal training to help clients build their businesses, not to litigate.


After graduating from Willamette University College of Law and passing the Oregon Bar Exam, Christina chose a career in making deals rather than billing hours.  She actually received her bar results the day she signed on as a Norris & Stevens retail broker.  She chose Norris & Stevens because it has developed a personality and role in Portland’s community that is very similar to the approach to real estate she learned growing up. Christina enjoys and values the kind of synergy and support among the brokers here.


Christina’s role at Norris & Stephens is discovering the perfect site for a hip new watering hole, helping businesses set up shop in a high traffic retail storefront, or navigating the complicated space requirements of a school or other unique enterprise. Christina finds a great deal of satisfaction providing her enthusiasm, dedication, and love for all things Portland.   


Christina currently has her Oregon Broker’s license and is working on getting her Oregon Principal Broker’s license and renewal of her California Agent license. She is also a member of Commercial Association of Brokers, ICSC, and the Oregon State Bar. 


When she’s not making deals she is enjoying all outdoor activities Portland has to offer with her family. She also is an avid supporter of Portland’s two awesome soccer teams: the Timbers and Thorns.  She says, “When we root, we root for the Timbers (and Thorns)!”



Rebecca Liddell, MAI


Rebecca Liddell , MAI, wants CREW to know that Kidder Mathews has a Valuation Advisory Services department in Portland.  She manages the three-person appraisal team that joined the company’s 30 appraisers in Washington in March 2010.


Rebecca grew up in Stayton, Oregon, and attended the University of Oregon, studying for a semester at Arizona State and abroad at the Universidad de Queretaro, Mexico.  After a summer internship with an appraisal firm in Salem, she secured a position as a commercial real estate appraiser in sunny San Diego after she graduated from college.  Now, Rebecca has come to enjoy the hard work, flexibility and complexity of doing appraisal work.  She especially likes “compiling abstract information and turning it into   a comprehensive, logical report.”  Ten years after getting into the industry, she is a newly minted company shareholder at Kidder Mathews.


Rebecca’s appraisal services cover a wide range of property types, including apartments, churches, shopping centers, office and industrial properties, condominiums, parking garages, medical clinics, mortuaries, residential subdivisions, vacant land and numerous special-purpose and single-use properties.  She has provided valuations of leasehold interests, condemnation compensation and consulting services.


One memorable assignment has been determining the retrospective values of temporary easements on 11 dredge disposal sites along the Columbia River corridor for the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Portland.  She is currently working on several interesting projects including a market rent analysis of the Port of Portland’s headquarters.


Rebecca authors Kidder Mathews’ quarterly real estate reports for the greater Portland markets.  She enjoys spending time with her new husband, her family and her friends. Rebecca is a pilates enthusiast and enjoys cooking and travel.



Randall (Randy) Boese


Randall (Randy) Boese joined BB&A Environmental in 1990 and became a partner with Ron Bergeson. Prior to joining BB&A Environmental, Randy spent several years performing material testing and environmental consulting services for companies in the Eugene area. In 1996, Randy relocated and opened BB&A Environmental’s Portland office. Randy is married to his wife Kelly and they have three children. Randy has enjoyed coaching his children in little league baseball and basketball. Randy loves the Pacific Northwest and all of the recreational activities the area provides. Randy enjoys playing basketball and spinning (indoor cycling) to stay fit. But when it comes to the outdoors, salmon fishing has become his passion. Randy says “Once you have fought and landed a 30 pound Chinook salmon, you are hooked.” Randy also enjoys golf and over the past several years have taken staff on white water rafting trips down the Deschutes River.


Randy is a principal of BB&A Environmental and has over 24 years of professional experience involving comprehensive management of environmental projects, including assessment, remediation, compliance, technical review and oversight, and expert testimony. Projects managed by Randy have included characterization and investigation of hazardous substance releases to soil and groundwater, assessment of hydrogeology, contaminant transport modeling including risk assessment, operation and management of remediation systems, and groundwater monitoring. Randy is highly specialized in characterization of aquifer systems and the behavior of adsorbed and dissolved contaminants. Environmental compliance work has included preparation of Phase I and II ESAs, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), National Pollution Elimination Discharge System (NPDES) permitting, asbestos surveys, hazardous waste audits, manifesting, and disposal. Randy has prepared numerous Corrective Action Plans which have outlined designs for ex-situ and in-situ soil and groundwater remediation systems. Functional ex-situ and in-situ remediation systems have employed bioremediation, groundwater extraction and treatment, chemical oxidation, soil vapor extraction (SVE), bioventing, and air-sparging technologies.



Elaine Aye


Elaine relates, “Years ago when I lived in Sacramento, I was an active member of SWICRE, now known as CREW. Through membership, I improved my golf game and also met many great professional women, some of whom are still in my network. I now find myself re-involved with the organization many years later and I have quickly seen the warmth and support that CREW provides its members. I am happy to be involved again and look forward to getting to know more members.”


Elaine has worked in commercial architectural firms for 20 years and ran a successful interior design practice prior to joining Green Building Services, Inc. (GBS) in 2000. As a GBS Principal, she brings strong leadership to the firm's work on sustainable, high performance buildings. Her passion for energy efficiency and occupant welfare has translated into over 150 LEED certifications of existing buildings. She was honored in 2012 with an Orchid Award for Women of Influence in Portland and a BetterBricks Award in 2011 for energy efficiency advocacy.


Elaine is an avid cyclist, a hot yoga enthusiast, and proud mother of two. She advocates for sustainability as a model for how to live a greener life at work and at home.