Richard D. Akerman has been an Oregonian since 1968, when he came to University of Oregon to play football. He and his wife, Peggy, have been residents of Lake Oswego for 36 years and have two children who attended LOSD. Rich was President of Northwest Landscape Industries until his retirement in 1999.
Rich is very active in the community. He served on the Lake Oswego School Board from 2001-2009, is on the board of Aptus, Inc., is Chairman of the University of Oregon Athletic Department Mentorship Program and board member, serves on the U of O Portland Council, is an assistant football coach for Lake Oswego High School and has served as Chairman of the Oregon Chapter of Young Presidents Organization.
In his spare time, Rich enjoys gardening, coaching and watching football, and watching the Ducks in any sport (though he’s also a Beaver fan when they aren’t playing the Ducks!).
Rick and his wife Claudia relocated to Lake Oswego in 1995, seeking a community that could offer great schools, a safe environment in which to raise children, and a terrific quality of life.
Their experience has been unique, having children that range in age from 29 to 10 that have attended schools throughout the district. They have owned homes on both of the so-called “sides of the Lake” and on it – and view Lake Oswego as one vibrant community.
Rick is a marketing professional who helped build the largest domestic direct response television advertising agency known as Havas Edge. Today he provides freelance creative services from his studio in Lake Oswego. He has a BA from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and an MBA from Marylhurst University.
LOCAL’s focus on good governance that will ensure our unique community remains a fabulous place for generations to come resonates deeply with Rick and his family.
Cheryl Salamie, her husband Ralph, and three sons are 16 year residents of Lake Oswego. Cheryl is a retired designer with a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. They relocated to our community for the fine schools and quality of life in a small town setting. Her three sons graduated from LOSD where she was a frequent volunteer in the schools and with lacrosse. Cheryl is a member of L.O. Stewards and has been the treasurer for LOCAL since it’s inception. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys gardening, hiking and watching college lacrosse.
Gerry and his wife, Esther, and their two dogs have lived in Lake Oswego since 2012. Gerry is currently a member of the Citizens Budget Committee which reviews Lake Oswego’s budget each year and is also a regular contributor to the Lake Oswego Review.
Gerry Good attended the University of North Carolina on a Navy scholarship. After graduation, Gerry served in the Navy for 5 years including 1 year as a Swift Boat commander in Vietnam where he earned a Navy Commendation Medal.
After leaving the Navy Gerry attended Harvard Business School earning an MBA with distinction. Gerry then worked as a consultant and business executive. Most of Gerry’s career was spent working in service and distribution businesses including health care and food distribution/retailing. Gerry was CEO of several companies along the way.