John Swanson
Board President



Darcie Emmerson
Board Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator

Darcie has been wanting to be a racer and has been exceeding the Derby’s expectations since 2009!


Crystal Potter
Board Secretary


Jen Raynak
Board Treasurer


Jason de Parrie-Turner Rewind: Play

Jason de Parrie-Turner
Board Member and PR Director

Co-founder of Heliorana Filmworks, joined the team in 2014 as PR director. He was hooked on Soap Box Derby after filming for his upcoming documentary Rewind: Play.


Dennis Roth
Board Member

Aaron Foster
Board Member

Louis Todd
Board Member

Dawn Adams
Chicken Whisperer and Toddler Wrangler

(aka Racer Coordinator)

I’ve been a part of Soapbox Derby for over 15 years. I’ve been the photographer, a racer, volunteer coordinator, tow chief, merchandise seller, megaphone meanie, director and everything in between.  I’ve been in Colorado for a few years but always thought of PDX on Derby day!! I’m excited to be back and ready to help make this 20th year the best PDX Adult Soapbox Derby yet!


Jeanne de Parrie Turner Heliorana Filmworks

Jeanne de Parrie-Turner
Marketing Director

In 2015, Jeanne enthusiastically became the Marketing Director. She brings honed skills from her Portland based production company, Heliorana Filmworks, to Soap Box.


Joel Pickard
Pit Boss / Racer Coordinator since 2012.  Joel is an excellent replacement pit boss.  He is authoritative, keeps the racers in check and queues them up a timely manner.  He also shows off his creative muscle building the derby’s trophy creations.

Thank you to you all.  The derby could not exist without all of us!

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