Katariina Lehtonen brings to FFN years of experience with the Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter. She is a founding member of that chapter, sharing a mission of promoting Finnish culture and keeping the Finnish traditions alive. Some of her favorite contributions are helping with the yearly vappu celebration, the Midsummer Festival in June and the joulupukki booth in the ScanFair prior to Christmas.
Katariina was born and raised in Saarijärvi, Finland. After completing her accounting and marketing education in Jyväskylä, she moved to Sweden to practice her Swedish. Her planned three-month stay in Sweden turned into more than two decades after she met her Swedish husband, Ola Harrskog, in Stockholm. Wanting to experience something different, they decided to move with their three children—Karita, Oscar and Henrik—to the United States for one year. That one year has now become more than 18 years.
Katariina’s extensive accounting, business and financial background and her years of volunteer activities add a variety of expertise to the work of the FFN board.
She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.