Harold Goldstein, Chair
Owner and CEO of OPAD Consulting Firm (Organizational Planning, Analysis and Development) since 1981. Present Board positions: SIA Corporation, San Jose, CA; Bullen Semi-conductor, Dayton, OH. Not-for-profit Boards: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Board Vice Chair, Portland, Oregon; Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon; Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Past Board positions: Prevent Child Abuse, CA (President 14 yrs.); Magic Theatre, SF, CA (co-President 3 yrs.); California Symphony; Diablo Ballet (VP 10 yrs.); Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Oregon. Married to Carol Streeter and moved from California to Portland in November 2008.
Angela Freeman, Vice-Chair
Angela has lived in Portland for more than 20 years. She keeps herself busy with a husband, 3 kids and job as and elementary school principal. She worked as a teacher in Portland for 6 years and is currently enjoying her role in administration. In any spare time, she enjoys singing, acting, traveling, eating good food and spending quality time with friends and family.
Curt Jantz, Treasurer
Curt has an extensive background in the arts having lived in Portland for over 30 years. Aside from his involvement with Playhouse, he is President of Friends of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and a board member for Equity Foundation and the Pearl District Business Association. He ran a successful modern design furnishing business in the Pearl for many years and prior to this was President of TVH publications and a VP at TV Guide for 25 years. He is a single parent with a 13 year old son. Curt was drawn to Playhouse because of its fundamental values to produce plays that are of the highest quality, edgy, honest and pure, and accessible to all who wish to experience intimate theatre in a neighborhood community environment.
Mary Swartz, Secretary
Mary retired in July 2007 after 27 years in administrative roles at Virginia Commonwealth University and moved to Portland with her husband to be near their children and grandchildren. She also worked several years at New York University Medical Center, and has served in various volunteer roles including assisting in a Harlem Head Start program, mentoring in Richmond, Virginia schools, and serving on the Board of Ten Thousand Villages, a fairtrade store. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, volunteering at OMSI, and exploring the beautiful Northwest.
George 'Bing' Sheldon, Governance Chair
Bing Sheldon is the retired chairman and founder of SERA Architects. His experience in master planning, mixed-use facilities and adaptive reuse of historic structures has shaped the City of Portland since the 1970s. Bing received a Bachelor of Economics from Tufts University in 1956 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1961. Bing is a recognized authority in dealing with preservation and renovation challenges and is the recipient of a plethora of awards for community service, with local publications hailing him as a “visionary.” As former Chair of the City Planning Commission, he led the state’s largest citizen-driven planning effort to produce the Portland Downtown Plan, which encouraged density and reduced sprawl. Bing continues to be actively involved in community boards and advisory committees. He believes that Portlanders have a moral obligation to actively participate in the civic infrastructure which reflects our community values.
Linda is an unrepentant volunteer having learned early in life to “do a good turn daily.” She has been a Brownie, Girl Scout and Cub Scout den leader, a classroom volunteer, an art literacy volunteer, chaperoned youth trips, cut down blackberries and planted trees in greenway areas, painted rooms, cleaned out closets, lifeguarded river trips, organized events, bundled mailings, catered opening night parties, and is currently tutoring English as a Second Language. She is also a theatre junkie and looks forward to giving her energy and time to Portland Playhouse.
Originally from Virginia, Elizabeth moved to Portland in 1993 and currently practices medicine at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest. She is Chair of the Alumni Relations Committee for the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, is President of the University of Virginia Club of Oregon (the local alumni organization), and is chair of the Regional Selection Committee for the University’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation. For the latter Foundation, she has the pleasure of interviewing local high school seniors for this prestigious academic scholarship. She is a graduate from the University of Virginia with a B.A. with Distinction in Chemistry and followed that with a degree from the University’s School of Medicine.
Karol is the Executive Director of The Equity Foundation and has spent her career in public service. She started in politics at 21 in New Mexico, working first for Gore/Lieberman 2000 as African American outreach coordinator, then deputy director at the Democratic Party of New Mexico, development coordinator for Richard Romero for Congress in 2002 and finally at the State Capitol as a bill analyst. She moved to Oregon in 2003 to work for the American Heart Association. After that, she worked Pro-Choice Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon and Supreme Court Judge Virginia Linder.
She is a community activist, volunteering with Basic Rights Oregon, Hands on Greater Portland, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and a year-long experiment hosting progressive dinner parties for small non-profits like Schoolhouse Supplies and P:ear.
Born in NYC, Lori is now an Oregonian at heart. She graduated from Portland State University with her MSW in 2000 and is currently licensed as a clinical social worker, providing executive coaching and professional development. Her career has taught her the courage of truth-telling and the power of story. Her children teach her, daily, about the importance of play and curiosity. The Portland Playhouse connects those four elements and creates a rich and supportive community of people that enrich her life.
Andy runs the Portland and Colorado offices of Pure Environmental Solutions. He was born in Palermo, Sicily, moving to the US at age 14. He farmed in Virginia through high school and went on to commercial fishing in Alaska. He met his future wife Christina in 1995; they moved to Oregon in 1998. Spending time with friends and family, going to the mountains, playing soccer, good food and drink – these are a few of his favorite things.
Marge has a Mayflower heritage. That ship was either very large or its passengers were exceptionally fertile, because Margeʼs husband Stephen and their son-in-law Nik also claim Mayflower connections. After time in Honolulu and Spokane — two very different venues — Marge moved to Portland where she has lived for over 40 years. She has been engaged in political issues for most of her adult life, as a campaign supporter, elected official, and staff professional. Marge was the City of Portlandʼs government relations director for 19 years and was an elected member of the Metro council for 6 years. Sheʼs now a government relations consultant representing clients with Oregon legislative interests. Margeʼs two major volunteer activities are Portland Playhouse and the City Club of Portland as chair of the Friday Forum Committee. She loves traveling, drinking good red wine, dear friends, and great books.
Born in the southeastern Washington, Wendy returned to the northwest, moving to Portland in 2007 after having been away for more than 30 years. Home-based in Arlington, VA during those years, she also lived in Algiers, Paris, Madrid, Bern, and London. In Arlington, she taught English at Marymount University. She was active in the DC area arts world, serving 6 years on Signature Theatre’s board (Secretary); on the Arlington Arts Commission (6 years, chair for 2 years); on arts grant panels for Arlington County (Virginia), Montgomery County (Maryland), and for the Virginia Arts Commission; and as a DC-area Helen Hayes Awards nominator for five years. She also served on the Arlington Committee of 100 Board, Ballston-VA Square Partnership Board, Shirlington Site Plan Review Committee (Arlington County Board appointment), and on the Crystal City Task Force (Arlington County Board appointment). She is also a past board member of Artist Repertory Theater. She is married to Richard (Dick) Rahm.
Brian is the founding Artistic Director at Portland Playhouse where he’s directed: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Angels in America, Gem of the Ocean, Dying City,The Missing Pieces, Radio Golf, bobrauschenbergamerica, Fiction, and After Ashley; and acted in Bingo with the Indians (Wilson), and Mauritius (Dennis). Regional credits include– Third Rail Repertory: American Buffalo (Bobby). Intiman Theatre Company: Scapin (Octave) and Titus Andronicus (Alarbus). Shakespeare & Company: Ice Glen (Denby), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo). Berkshire Theatre Festival: Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone (Tommy Flowers), The Illusion (Amanuensis). Brian is also a founding member of New World Theatre, and directed the U.S. premiere of the Spanish translation of Jose Rivera’s play, Marisol.
Born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. I moved to Portland 11 years ago to start a new job with Washington Mutual Bank. I’m currently employed by First Republic Bank as a Business Development Banker and before that I was an AVP Business Banker for JP Morgan Chase. Since relocating to Portland we have added three children to our family, Zoelie, Azalea, and Windsor. My wife Sophie is originally from Toulouse, France and we met in Marlow, England.
I chose to be involved with the Portland Playhouse because I love the arts and have personally participated in plays, dance productions, musicals and sang in swing/church choirs. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, work out, jog, read, model and travel.