Heart of Washington County Award

The Washington County Museum’s  highest honor is the Heart of Washington County Award.  The award is bestowed annually to a friend of the Museum who has made a positive and significant impact on Washington County, Oregon, and whose character and actions are reflected throughout county.   Past recipients of the Heart of Washington County Award are…


2016: Denny Doyle

Denny Doyle has been Beaverton’s Mayor since  January 1, 2009.   Throughout his tenure, Mayor Doyle has championed the City’s effort to create a safe, livable and welcoming community.  His leadership resulted in purchasing and moving City Hall to The Beaverton Building at The Round; purchasing land for two affordable housing developments – La Scala and Barcelona; and working with Metro to bring 540 acres into the urban growth boundary in South Cooper Mountain, which will be home to the community’s newest high school, hundreds of homes and commercial development.

Denny Doyle has been a supporter of the Washington County Museum for more than two decades.  As Mayor of Beaverton, he has continued to advocate for the museum and support its mission to “ignite the imagination and bring to life the diverse cultures that so richly define this remarkable region.”   Through his efforts, the museum enjoys a strong relationship with the City of Beaverton.


Close-up photo of Karen Schouten in blue dress.2015: Karen Schouten

Karen Schouten was a long-time Washington County resident and active volunteer. She was not only a supporter of the Museum but very active in her Beaverton community as a volunteer for the Democratic Party, Beaverton Arts Council, Washington County Fair and Hillsboro International Airshow, as well as multiple other organizations. Friends describe her as someone who often worked behind the scenes quietly, bringing people together to build community. Karen worked at Intel, raised a family, and was wife to a loving husband with a flair for politics. Our county is a better place because she was here and she made a difference.


Photo of Winn Herrschaft, Heart of Washington County Award Winner- Hillsboro, Oregon2014: Winn Herrschaft

In 2013 Winn retired after serving as the museum’s passionate historian and librarian for over a decade and a half. Her inquisitive nature and passion in Washington County heritage and lineage has been an invaluable asset to hundreds of citizens and researchers over the years. Her dedication, gracious courtesy, inquisitiveness, and knowledge established the museum’s library as an invaluable resource to the county. Winn has a reputation as the “go to” person and people still seek her out when looking for information. She currently donates some of her time to the museum and in turn to the people of Washington County. Winn has been and continues to be the “heart” of the museum and the true “Heart of Washington County.”


Photo of Jerralyn Ness, Executive Director of Community Action- Hillsboro, Oregon2013: Jerralyn Ness

Jerralynn Ness worked for Community Action in Washington County, Oregon, beginning in 1973, serving as the Executive Director from 1984 to 2015.  She is a recognized leader in the larger Portland metropolitan area for her ability to bring the community together and facilitate positive change for those less fortunate. Jerralynn has dedicated her life to eradicating poverty, with the mission of helping struggling families achieve economic security.

Jerralynn has been very active in the larger Community Action network where she served on the national Community Action Partnership Board for twelve years.  In 2002 she achieved her certification as a Community Action Professional (CCAP) and has served as a commissioner on the national CCAP Board since 2006.  In 2010, she was elected to serve on the national CAPLAW Board of Directors.

Over the years, Jerralynn has held numerous leadership positions in her local community. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Vision Action Network, Hillsboro Community Foundation, and Community Action Partnership of Oregon (CAPO) as well as a member of a regional business Leadership Council organized by Metro.

Jerralynn has received numerous awards and honors.  In 2011 she received the “Emma C. McKinney Distinguished Citizen Award”, the highest honor bestowed by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. In 2003 Jerralynn received the “Oregon Community Action Spirit” Award from CAPO and was honored by the Oregon Commission for Women with their “Woman of Achievement” award. In 1993 she was recognized by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce as their “Professional of the Year” and by Soroptimist International of Hillsboro with their “Women of Distinction” honor. In 1995 Jerralynn was featured in a book titled “Redefining Success: Women’s Unique Paths” written by Nancy Johnson.


2012: Tom Brian

Longtime Tigard resident and public servant Tom Brian was the 2012 recipient of the Heart of Washington County Award.  Tom  represented the people of Washington County in at all levels of government for more than 30 years.  He served 10 years on the Tigard City Council and as Tigard’s mayor before he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1989, where he served 10 years. He took office as Chairman of the Washington County Commission in 1999.  He retired from public service in 2010 to spend more time with his family and to travel.

Known as a consensus builder, Tom was instrumental in a number of projects and policies that have benefited Washington County communities — from roads to rail transportation, public safety and economic development, to name a few. It was his vision that helped establish the L.L. Stub Stewart State Park in northwest Washington County, and he was a pivotal player in bringing commuter rail to the county.

“We are honoring Tom Brian with the Heart of Washington County Award for his many years of leadership,” said Betty Atteberry, chairwoman of the Taste Committee.  “Tom’s collaborative style and dedicated effort has resulted in creating and maintaining a strong, healthy Washington County community for all of us. It is our privilege to present him with this award.”


2011: Pat Reser

Born in Canada in 1938, Pat Reser moved to Portland during her high school years and then attended Portland State University.  She transferred to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  She later returned to Portland State to earn a master’s in special education. She taught in Forest Grove and Hillsboro before retiring from the Beaverton School District office in 1995.  Serving as the corporate secretary for 13 years, Pat currently serves as board chair of Reser’s Fine Foods.

Curiosity and a desire to make a difference have been hallmarks of Pat’s life. Having been married to Al for 52 years, raising five creative and successful children, and enjoying 14 grandchildren continue to provide many opportunities for both. Whether walking the ancient roadways in Petra, viewing the majestic Terra Cotta Warriors, visiting with penguins on Antarctica or walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, Pat’s passports reflect that curiosity.

One of her special joys is experiencing the interaction of her family as they work and play together and seeing their commitment to supporting one another’s interests. A long-held goal of establishing a Reser Family Foundation was realized this spring with the full participation of the family.

Through their philanthropy and volunteer service, the Reser family has made a profound impact community organizations like the Washington County Museum and public instititons like Oregon State University, such as their support of the university’s football stadium, the Linus Pauling Science Center and the new College of Business building.   Serving on several boards, commissions and task forces, 20 years in education and a recent trip to Guatemala with Medical Teams International have nurtured her desire to make a difference.  She is active in supporting the arts, the Beaverton Education Foundation, St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the Washington County Museum, where she serves as a Steward. Her Labyrinth is listed on the worldwide labyrinth locator and is available to any who wish to walk.


Vic Atiyeh_opt2010: Vic Atiyeh

As a young man, Gov. Atiyeh worked in the rug and carpet business, Atiyeh Brothers, established by his father, an immigrant from Syria, at the turn of the 20th century. He served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1959 to 1964 and in the Oregon State Senate from 1965 to 1978. When state residents began losing food stamp benefits in 1979, Atiyeh was instrumental in establishing Oregon Food Share, the nation’s first statewide food bank. Since leaving office, Atiyeh has been an international trade consultant. In 2006, Atiyeh co-chaired the “Yes on 49” campaign, supporting Ballot Measure 49, along with Democratic former governors Barbara Roberts, John Kitzhaber, and current governor Ted Kulongoski. He solicited a $100,000 donation to the campaign from Phil Knight, CEO of Nike. Atiyeh was a member of the Republican Party who served as the 32nd Governor of Oregon from 1979 to 1987.


Woman (Barbara Peck) reading a thank you card. 2009: Barbara Peck

Barbara was a very determined woman who lived a life of service and dedication to others. She is perhaps best known for leading the effort to save the Pittock Mansion in 1964. She was actively involved in PTA at both the local and state level, led Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and volunteered for almost 60 years with the Red Cross. Barbara also helped found what is now known as the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. She and her husband pledged much support to OSU, where scholarships in engineering and health and human services are offered in their names. In the late 1980s, Barbara and Norton founded the Norton and Barbara Peck Family Foundation, which continues to carry on their philanthropic works.




Award Nominations

The Museum’s Board of Directors welcome nominations from the community for the Heart of Washington County Award. Nominees should have strong ties to Washington County, Oregon; made a postive and significant impact on the county; and whose character and actions reflect positively on the County.   Nominations can be emailed to Director@WashingtonCountyMuseum.org.