Board of Directors

Meet the Red Dress Party PDX board of directors. Our board is 100% volunteer-based. They roll up their sleeves and get a little (sometimes more than a little) dirty and sticky to make this party happen!

Karl Rohde, Board President

With some trepidation, Karl attended his first Red Dress Party in 2004 and has never missed one since. He began volunteering for the party in 2008, and joined the Board of Directors in 2012 (he has many stories.) Karl has done MarCom in the hi-tech industry, owned his own event coordination company, served on the Lake Oswego City Council, and has been very involved in public affairs for the last decade. You may have met Karl promoting the party at some of the numerous bar crawls we do leading up to the event. 

Rhonda Henderson, Board Vice President & Volunteer Coordinator

Rhonda works in IT, but her real passion lies in the creativity and organization of the annual Red Dress Party. She has volunteered with Red Dress PDX since 2014’s Red Wedding, and quickly earned the respect of the board. She served as lead volunteer coordinator for the 2015 Red Top party and was elected to the board that year. In 2017 the role of Vice President was added to her role of Cat Herder... err Volunteer Coordinator. She’s kicking butt, taking names and making the red magic happen!

Rochelle Miller, Board Secretary & Marketing Director

Rochelle’s day job keeps her busy in the marketing world, but after hours she loves to use those skills for a good cause. She began going to Red Dress PDX in 2015 and was voted onto the board in 2017. Her background in marketing, public relations and event planning allows her to help with the planning and promotions of the Red Dress party. Armed with cute heels and lipstick, she’s ready to take on the world!

Chris Straube, Board Member

Chris has volunteered with Red Dress PDX for over four years and was voted onto the board of directors in 2020. Chris is an IT wiz during the day, and does counteless things to assist in making the party happen each year.

Dax Balzer, Board Member

Dax has never been happy with simple explanations or the status quo. As a  child, he'd maim himself as he searched for answers to complex questions and embarrassed his parents as he tested the boundaries of self-expression. No one knew where to direct this hyperactive creativity until the Red Dress Party came along. Acting as a high school teacher during the day for the past nine years in subjects such as Automotive Repair, Graphic Arts, Chemistry, Physics and even Theater, Dax’s eclectic knowledge and skills have been an excellent addition to the design team for the Red Dress Party.

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