Katie {Face of Fandom}

Just who are those people featured in the Portland Timbers Billboard Campaign? SLU’s very own Katie!

SLU's Katie - The Oregonian - Photo by Benjamin Brink

Come spring, don’t look for Dober’s bicycle in the racks during Timbers games at PGE Park. The 25-year-old drives a 3/4 ton, silver Chevy Silverado when she comes in from Gales Creek, near Forest Grove, where she was born, lives and works.

Her family has roots in real timber: Her grandfather owned a sawmill, her uncle logs and her dad’s construction company (her place of employment) builds logging roads. “They do some logging; but there’s no yard, so no big logging jobs,” says Dober, an experienced handler of the bucksaw she grips in her billboard.

Get this look: “(The Photographer) said give us strong – not mean – but your best tough look. ‘Smile through your eyes, but look strong.’ ”

The Message she’s aiming to project: “We’re standing here, we’re ready for you, bring it on.”

How long before we see a female professional women’s soccer player on a billboard? “The Women’s World Cup starts this June,” says Dober, who has played soccer since she was 7, and coached youth and high school soccer teams. “So I think pretty soon.”

(Article Courtesy of The Oregonian)