TWO BOARD CANDIDATE NOMINATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION, JUNE 6TH, FOR OPEN BOARD POSITIONS: 

BLAIR HILL:

My name is Blair Hill. I have been a Salemtowne resident since 2016. I am interested in a position on the Salemtowne Board of Directors. I am a retired Certified Financial Planner. I do, however, continue to work periodically for a US Department of Defense contractor as a financial counselor to military personnel. I have served as the President, and as the Treasurer, of the Salemtowne Men’s Golf Club. I have also served as the Chairman of the Salemtowne Golf Commitee.

Why would I like to be on the Salemtowne Board of Directors? It’s because I believe that much of what makes a community successful is a solid base of active and involved residents. I would like to be a part of keeping Salemtowne a successful community both now and into the future.  

VALERIE VOLLMAR:  

Valerie Vollmar is a native Oregonian who graduated from South Salem High School,  the University of Oregon, and Willamette University College of Law. After clerking for a  federal judge for two years, she joined a Salem law firm for seven years, where her  practice focused primarily on estate planning, pensions, real estate, and representing  professionals and small businesses. Valerie left private practice in 1984 to become a  law professor at Willamette until she retired 31 years later.  

During her career Valerie was very active in the legal profession. She is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and was the founding chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Elder Law Section. She is former chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Estate Planning and Administration Section and has served on the executive committees of the Taxation Section and the Business Law Section.  

Valerie has written and lectured extensively about estate planning and elder law.  Her will and trust forms have been used widely by Oregon lawyers since 1984. She  also served as co-chair of a committee whose work led to adoption of the Oregon  Uniform Trust Code. Valerie received the Oregon State Bar President’s Membership  Service Award in both 1989 and 2005, as well as Willamette University’s Jerry E.  Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.   

Valerie’s roots in Salemtowne are deep. Her maternal grandparents were among the original residents; her parents, Dick and Jean Knights, moved here in 1978; her older brother Rick lives on Oakcrest. Valerie bought her house on Walnut in 2020 and began writing the Resident Spotlight articles for the Salemtowne News soon after. She loves Salemtowne and looks forward to making more contributions to the community in the future.