The Vaux Board of Directors

Board members  are volunteers, elected to office for two-year terms at the Annual Owners Meeting. 


Janet Schaefer, Chairperson, has a background in health care, having worked 20+ years in hospice.  She and her husband, Jonathan West, moved to The Vaux in 2015.  They share their condo with Reilly, a Golden Retriever from Beijing via the Golden Bond rescue.


Matt SpathasVice-Chairperson, is a founder of the SENTRE real estate investment and development firm and sits on the company’s Board of Directors.  Matt has over 35 years of real estate experience. Matt & his wife Kris are both Oregon State Beavers and have been part of the Vaux community since 2007. 

Ehsan Iran-Nejad, Secretary, is an ex-architect who currently focuses on making software for architects. Originally from Iran, he moved to Houston in 2010, then to Portland four years later, and finally into The Vaux in December 2020. He likes meeting people and making new connections, so feel free to reach out using preferred social media at

Hal Barwood, Treasurer, has lived @ The Vaux with his wife Barbara for almost 15 years, and is grateful for the chance to serve the community he loves. He’s a writer and designer by trade, with experience in movies, video games, and books. You can find out all about him @ his website,

Paul Block, Director, is a retired talent agent, talent coordinator and segment producer (for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson}, a TV producer, and executive producer. He lives at The Vaux with his wife Gila Lane (of the nearby Lane Gallery).