BUF SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

nancy hasan | committee co-chair

Nancy Hasan is a former teacher with over 45 years of experience where the majority of her teaching career has been with younger students at Irvington Grade School in Northeast Portland. After retiring from Irvington, Nancy taught as a substitute teacher at Holy Redeemer Catholic School. Her passion is to stay connected with former students, offering mentorship and other support as they progress through their life journeys from graduations, to their first professional job, to marriages and family growth. 

As a long time community member, Nancy has been involved in a variety of multicultural, equity, and social justice programs focused on improving the lives of all community members. 

Nancy is happy to be a part of the Black United Fund of Oregon Scholarship Program and finds the student essay and interviews very inspiring and personally touching. She looks forward to meeting and talking with all of the BUF Scholarship interviewees. 

renee anderson | co-chair

Renee Anderson is a retired mathematics teacher. She started teaching in 1974 in Compton, California, then taught math and science in Liberia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. When she returned home, she taught as Berkeley High School and began working as an EQUALS Associate at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. She conducted Professional Development Mathematics Workshops for teachers using EQUALS Family Math and Family Science curriculum in California, Washington, Florida, and Mississippi. 

Renee became the Director of Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program at San Francisco State in 1980. The goal of the program was to increase the numbers of historically underrepresented in mathematics and/or science based fields. In 1985, Renee was recruited to start a MESA Program in Portland, Oregon for Portland Public Schools. By 1990, the MESA program has significantly increased the number of African-American high school students in advanced mathematics and science classes. 

tamara kennedy-hill

Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP, MBA is Vice President of Diversity and Community Relations for Travel Portland. In her role at Travel Portland, Tamara seeks to bring the voice of the tourism/hospitality industry to a wide array of local community issues as well as advance the organization's work in building and strengthening relationships with diverse groups, organizations, and communities. 

Prior to her role at Travel Portland, Tamara served as the Executive Director for the Green Meeting Industry Council, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainability in the meetings and hospitality industry. 

Tamara is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, along with a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Maylhurst University. In 2015, Tamara received her MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland. Tamara is a native Oregonian, although raised in Anchorage, Alaska, is married and has one beautifully spirited daughter. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

jeanne becker | dr. ethel simon-mcwilliams fund

For 26 years, Jeanne Becker was the Personal Business Manager for Portland-area business leaders and philanthropists Ed & Sue Cooley. In 2012, at the behest of Sue Cooley, Jeanne helped create the Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams Scholarship in honor of Mrs. Cooley's great friend, which began a wonderful friendship of her own the amazing Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams. Jeanne has served on their Board ever since. 

Jeanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon. Currently, she manages three small private foundations and supports the Oregon City Year Round Farmers Market as a Board Member and volunteer. 

Ethan Lewellen