Board of Directors

Meet the team of volunteers at the Intercultural Society of Vernonia. We are dreamers, visionaries, and individuals who love our small town!!! Every cultural event and festival we organize is essentially to bring the community together, to share in the collaborative spirit of the town, and to bring life to our streets! None of this would be possible without these hard-working individuals on our board!


Board of Directors


Nicole Larke

Nicole has been a stalwart in the community for many many years. She has worked in the financial industry for 20+ years. As a resident of Vernonia for over 19 years, she has been actively involved in the community since 2003 through various non-profit organizations. She absolutely loves being a part of the Intercultural Society, and most especially loves being an integral part of improving the quality of life for our community through providing events and festivals that bring the community together.


Stacey A Pelster

Stacey has been involved in the Intercultural Society and the former Chamber of Commerce since 2015. She brings technological saavy and inspiration to the team, along with a passion for the community. When she isn’t volunteering and enjoying being a part of the Intercultural Society’s events, she sits as Vice-Chairman of the Vernonia School District Board of Directors, and also helps run Mr. Electric of Hillsboro alongside her husband. If that weren’t enough, she also keeps busy raising her six children, and also maintains a beautiful hobby farm and gardens!!!


Dean L. Pearl

A lifelong resident of Vernonia, Dean is passionate about the smooth operation of a well-planned event. Dean has volunteered in the Vernonia community for a decade and a half, and is a founding Board Member of the Intercultural Society. Dean is a Real Estate Broker’s Assistant, and as such he enjoys helping with the Administrative functions of the Society and being an ad-hoc second in command during a couple of the Society-sponsored events as needed. When Dean is not working or volunteering, he can usually be found hanging out with a few of his many good friends or taking personal and spiritual development classes.


Tiffany McTaggart

Director 1

Shawn Gibson

Shawn moved to Vernonia in 2002, and immediately knew she would love it here! Being a realtor, she takes a lot of pride in working where she lives, and she loves that she has been able to form lasting friendships through the groups she has been a part of, friends she never would have otherwise met. “The Society encompasses so much for our town; it provides an excellent chance to be a part of something, and the chance to see the joy on the faces of friends and families that attend our events”. Shawn’s passion and commitment is what makes her such a special member of the Intercultural Society, and we wouldn’t be the same without her!

Director 2

Jeana Gump

Jeana has lived in Vernonia since 2003. She is a mom to four children and eight exchange students. (She and her husband have been hosting exchange students since 2012.) Jeana received a Bachelor of Arts in History in December of 2015 and very proudly completed her Master of Arts in Teaching in May of 2018! She is currently a substitute teacher for the Vernonia School District. She is very passionate about education as well as about books. “If you don’t love reading, you haven’t found your book”.  Jeana has made such a wonderful impact in our community and her participation as a member of the Intercultural Society has been fundamental to our success!

Director 3

Kim Byrem

Kim moved to Oregon just over two years ago from Colorado. Boy has it been an amazing ride! They finally settled in Vernonia and have firmly planted roots in our amazing little town. She became a member of the Vernonia Cultural Society as a way to learn more about Vernonia and to be apart of something exciting and new. She is married to her best friend, and has one daughter who has blessed her with two beautiful grandkids who call her Nana. She also is humble servant to 4 small dogs, 1 medium sized dog, two cat’s and one utterly adorable pig. So the next you see her out and about town, please come up and say hi and introduce yourself!

Director 4 – Vacant