John has served as the Executive Director of RPA since October of 2016. Immediately prior to his appointment to this position, John served as a consultant to the school and the Managing Director of the company that secured the campus on which the school currently is located.
John was born and raised in southeast Portland, Oregon. He graduated from David Douglas High School and Mount Hood Community College and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portland State University. Married since 1983, Mr. Nelsen and his wife Vicky raised their four children in the Rockwood community of east Multnomah County Oregon. Today John and Vicky have three grandchildren and live near 202nd & SE Division in Gresham.
John's hobbies are playing guitar (45 years), clowning, and “learning about everything."
John's “service” orientation started at an early age. John worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant serving the elderly and disabled while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. These years were lean financially but they also fostered a commitment to serving others that continues to this day.
Today, in addition to serving the Rockwood Prep team, John serves as an officer at the Kiwanis Club of Rockwood, Secretary of the Rockwood Neighborhood Association, and a primary force behind the I ROCKWOOD Festival!