MHCC Board – Position 7 At-Large
Dr. LaVerne Lewis was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has been an active advocate in education awareness campaigns on AIDS/HIV. As a single mother, she moved to Oregon in 1986 and developed two successful businesses. As an Enrolled Agent and Licensed Tax Consultant, she owns a small tax firm. As a community activist, she served as a board member and executive director with two Portland non-profit organizations that advocated for LGBTQIA rights. LaVerne was appointed to the Oregon Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights, working with the Anti-Violence Project, documenting hate crimes and violence against women. She worked closely with Portland Police Bureau to form the first ever Sexuality Minority Crisis Response Team.
LaVerne became a public servant in 1996 as a Corrections Deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. She received the “Corrections Office of the Year” award during this time. She also worked as an instructor at the Department of Public Safety and Training in Salem, retiring in 2016.
Her passion for teaching changed course when she received her Master’s in Education and began her adjunct instructor career at Mt. Hood Community College in 2011. She currently teaches in the Social Science and Business Administration departments. LaVerne received her doctorate in Education and Online Learning in 2018. She has traveled abroad to teach English in China, Peru, Brazil, Morocco, Thailand, Tanzania, and Greece.
LaVerne is known in the community as an avid volunteer with various organizations and in her church. She is currently Director of The Rockwood Center, a ministry center in the Rockwood area of Gresham.
As a safety advocate, LaVerne will work to ensure campus safety.
As an accountant, LaVerne will work to ensure wise use of tax dollars and affordable tuition.
As a dedicated educator, LaVerne will work to support and empower students.