Who We Are

We're an informal network of parents, educators, and community members focused on earthquake safety in schools. Most of us live in the Portland area, but some live elsewhere in the metro area or elsewhere in the region. We welcome those who want to take an active role in group leadership. All roles are voluntary.

P4P Co-Chairs (2019-2020)

Laura Hall is the parent of two kids. One is in preschool and the other attends Chief Joseph Elementary in North Portland. She's a Team Leader for the Arbor Lodge / Kenton Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). She does earthquake preparedness presentations throughout Portland and teaches classes at Portland Community College. She is a contract writer for the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, and she works as Communications Coordinator for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization, which is housed within the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

Lydia Ledgerwood-Eberlein is the parent of three kids who attend The Emerson School. She was working in humanitarian aid in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami hit. She and her husband Steve worked for a year in the disaster response and recovery before returning home to Oregon. In 2018, they started Tipping Point Resilience, an endeavor dedicated to helping create a preparedness culture in the Pacific Northwest. Lydia serves as Tipping Point's Director of Community Resilience. She is also a member of the Boise/Eliot/Humboldt Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET).

Special Advisers

Holly Cook leads the Seismic Safety Committee at Sunnyside Environmental. She helped initiate and coordinate a reunification drill and non-structural hazard mitigation (furniture strapping) at the school. Holly was Co-Chair of P4P for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.

Otto Schell is a former Portland Public Schools parent and a Legislative Advocate for the Oregon PTA. He contributed to Measure 26-193, a $790M bond, which passed in May 2017 and will contribute greatly to the seismic safety of Portland Public Schools. Otto's guidance is a great asset to P4P.

Susan Romanski is an Atkinson Elementary parent and co-founder of P4P. She helped initiate and coordinate a reunification drill for Aktinson and has worked in the preparedness field professionally. She is the US Director of Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience for Mercy Corps and a member of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC). Susan has worked in humanitarian relief operations in Iraq, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Darfur, Iran, and Pakistan.

Ted Wolf is a former PPS parent and and co-founder of P4P. He co-founded Oregon Parents for Quake-Resistant Schools, an initiative that lobbied for state investment in earthquake retrofits. His advocacy has aimed to strengthen Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, establish a statewide Office of School Facilities, pass local school bond measures (PPS in 2012 and 2017, Seaside in 2016), and raise awareness about natural hazard safety and schools (FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter, June 2017). Ted now lives in Bellingham and provides support from afar.