Executive Director & Governing Board
- John McCulloch - Chairman Of The Board
- Robert May – Vice Chair & Treasurer of the Board
- Eric Ballinger – Secretary of the Board
- Monica McQueen – Executive Director
With over 20 years of experience designing and remodeling historic homes in Portland and beyond, and a crew who can build anything, John is setting out to prove that we can preserve Portland’s most beautiful historic neighborhoods, culture, and livability – while also building higher-density affordable housing to combat homelessness.
John grew up in the shadow of Deepwood, a Victorian mansion, and its estate, Bush Park. Early on he developed a love of great houses and architecture, filling his bedroom, attic, and basement with models of period homes, villages, and castles. Raised on adventure and history, and inspired by his parents’ achievements in preservation and civic mindedness, he aspired to make a difference too.
After college, John taught literature, writing, psychology, Spanish, law, history, and art, and coached cross country, track and weight training. When he wasn’t teaching, he remodeled houses, learning as he went, often working 18-hour days, seven days a week.
His architectural design and remodeling business grew, and so John left teaching to operate McCulloch Construction full time, to help elevate people’s lives through timeless design, and also through philanthropy. By the end of his first year in his current home – an important historic house which he restored from near total ruin – he had hosted fundraising events for over 5,000 people. To date, John has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for worthy causes.
In 2016, McCulloch Construction helped stop fifteen infill projects, preserving historic places like Laurelhurst’s Markham House, the Emma Austin House, and the Ocobock Mansion. Over a one-year period, the company had contributed ten times what any other historic preservation organization had in Oregon. After 20 years of assisting over 40 charities and nonprofits, John focused his efforts and formed the McCulloch Foundation.
A fifth generation Oregonian and the fourth John McCulloch in a row to live in the Irvington neighborhood, John takes community seriously. He is committed to improving Portland by leaving a legacy of restoration and preservation of historically significant buildings, and development of more affordable housing. His ultimate goal is for the foundation to be self-sustaining, so that it will continue to serve the community for generations to come.
Rob May is an attorney at Kilmer Voorhees & Laurick, P.C. Early in his career, he lived in Houston, Texas, where he observed first-hand the strain of unbridled development on the local infrastructure. With each economic boom, new neighborhoods were built further away from the city, creating the need for more roads, schools, and utilities, while stripping the city of tax revenue desperately needed to maintain the roads, schools, and public services left behind. Historic Houston neighborhoods also fell victim to the “tear-down” epidemic, where older homes were demolished to make way for enormous “track mansions.” Compelled to bring a bit of Portland’s respect for the preservation of historic homes, Rob and his wife purchased and restored a 19th century farmhouse in Houston’s Heights.
Rob now lives with his wife and son in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood of Portland, and is honored to have the opportunity to work on issues he cares about through the McCulloch Foundation.
Eric is a fourth generation Oregonian with roots in Southern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. His early years spent in orchards, gardens, building sites, and piles of sawdust in his grandfather’s carpentry shop helped him develop a sense of Oregon’s rich cultural heritage, and the importance of preserving it. His perspective was not only shaped by growing up in timber country, but also by being part of a Japanese-American family. During World War II, his family was interned and lost all of their personal property, new home, and business. After the war, they had no home and had to rebuild everything. Based on his family’s experience, Eric understands how critical it is to have a place to call home.
Eric has lived and worked in Bend, Oregon for the past 21 years, after spending time in Eugene, Portland, Forest Grove and Corvallis. He is dedicated to serving his community in his career as a Physical Therapist specializing in neuromuscular rehabilitation, and as a board member of Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS). He also volunteers for the ALS Association and has been a speaker on the topic of Japanese-American internment. Eric is passionate about honoring the rich culture he grew up with in Oregon. Along with his wife and daughter, he tends a small orchard of fruit trees, has an annual cider pressing using an antique press, and continues to wander the woods for matsutake mushrooms.
A life-long Oregonian, Eric has witnessed the impact that dramatic growth has had on the communities of this state, particularly the lack of affordable and accessible housing. As more people move to Oregon, Eric is motivated to preserve, honor, and protect the history of this region, while undertaking thoughtful development of our neighborhoods and communities. He is humbled and honored to be on the Board of the McCulloch Foundation.
Monica recently returned to Oregon after 13 years in Europe, working in information for international schools. With a Masters in Library Science; a passion for building and design; and a background in research, program management, outreach, advocacy, event planning, and fundraising for international school libraries; she is excited to be part of the Foundation. Before moving to Europe, she and her husband renovated a 1907 Craftsman home in North Portland. Upon their return to the States, they were devastated to learn that they could no longer afford to live in Portland – and so affordable housing has become of central importance to them. Monica brings a European perspective on historic preservation and homelessness to the Foundation and is looking forward to finding creative solutions to the problems of affordability and preservation.