Jane Reid is involved with many projects around Estacada and Clackamas County, but one of her main focuses is arts advocacy.
"It was always a part of my life, and when my sons were in school, I saw how important it was for all kids to be exposed to a variety of art," she said. "Art touches something in everybody and brings people together."
In addition to art, Reid is also inspired by Estacada.
"We're a small town, but we're very diverse," she said. "Different kinds of people can come together to make things happen. I love how people in this community really care about what goes on here."
The Estacada News spoke to Reid about her family, travels and work with the newspaper's predecessor, the Clackamas County News.
How would you describe yourself to someone who had never met you?
I'm a pretty happy and grateful person. I see the positive side of things and humor in a lot of stuff.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Virginia and West Virginia. I moved to Connecticut to go to school at the University of Connecticut. I majored in English and minored in history and art history.
Why did you move from the East Coast to the West Coast?
The person who I was with at the time took a job with the Forest Service in Estacada.
What are some jobs you've had over the years?
I worked for UNICEF as an editor, I owned a toy store in New York City, I worked as a fire lookout, I did copy editing and typesetting for the Clackamas County News, I worked at Willamette Week and I worked on grant writing for arts education at Young Audiences.
What's your family like?
My husband Gary is my rock. He's the most amazingly wonderful person in the world. We've been married for 35 years and have two sons. Will works as a chemist for Chevron in Richmond, Calif., and Matt lives in New Jersey. He's getting married in March. It's hard not having them here, but we manage to see each other often.
What are all of the groups you're involved with around town and in the county?
I'm involved with the Summer Celebration, the Estacada Alternative Lodging Network, Estacada Together, Estacada Connect, the Clackamas County Arts Alliance Board of Directors and the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. I'm on several statewide groups with the Ford Leadership Foundation as a representative of Estacada. I was on the Estacada Arts commission for many years. Next year, I'll be chair of the Clackamas Community College Board of Education, and I'm the co-chair of the college's citizens oversight committee for the bond. I'm also one of the School Community Outreach Coordinators at the Estacada School District.
Did you ever expect that you would be as involved with the community as you are today?
I didn't expect to be so involved. It evolved over the years, especially with coming to Estacada and seeing how individuals can really make a difference. Even if only a few people have a good idea, big things can happen.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to travel, read, do things with friends and go to plays and concerts.
Where do you like to travel?
I mostly go back to the East Coast, where a lot of my family is. I'm fortunate to know both coasts. Gary and I went to Italy, and I just spent two weeks in Burma with a friend.
What was your favorite part about Burma?
Being somewhere totally out of familiar elements. Everything is different, and you have to figure it all out. You're really present, and you're not worrying about other things.
Is there anything people would be surprised to know about you?
I went to Woodstock, but a lot of people already know that. I'm an open book. I have very few secrets.