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.
Jill is originally from Massachusetts and made a zig zag across the states, ultimately landing in beautiful Portland. Along that path, she earned several degrees ranging from political science and urban policy to fine arts. Jill carved her management skills working for U.S. Agency for International Development and LAIKA film studio. She’s currently working with Swift, a creative agency. Jill’s love of creative ventures and her interest in urban development led her right to Portland Playhouse’s door. In her free time, you’ll find Jill out in her garden checking on the state of the greens, in a yoga class, painting or enjoying time with her husband and their two furry daughters.
Born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, Mark moved to Portland 11 years ago to start a new job with Washington Mutual Bank. He is currently employed by First Republic Bank as a Business Development Banker and before that he was an AVP Business Banker for JP Morgan Chase. Since relocating to Portland, Mark and his wife Sophie have added three children to the family, Zoelie, Azalea, and Windsor. Sophie is originally from Toulouse, France, and they met in Marlow, England. Mark chose to be involved with the Portland Playhouse because he loves the arts and has personally participated in plays, dance productions, musicals and sung in swing/church choirs. In his free time he likes to spend time with his family, work out, jog, read, model and travel.
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.
Michael is a native Californian and ordained Methodist minister (retired). He lived in New York for a number of years, working as executive director of a progressive bar association, and as development director in various social service, non-profit organizations as well as pastor of Katonah United Methodist Church. He and his wife Sandy returned West in 2002, settling in Portland to be near Sandy’s extended family. Michael developed a love of live theater in New York and a commitment to social justice in the 60s–and was delighted to discover Portland Playhouse, which he feels has a similar commitment to both.
As a first generation native Oregonian since 1978, Andrew lives in the King neighborhood where the Portland Playhouse is located, so it is easy for him and his family or friends to walk over and take in a play during the season. Andrew keeps himself busy with his work, which consists of being a managing partner of Hugh Development a commercial real estate development company and Hugh Realty, a real estate brokerage company. Andrew also serves on a few committees at Concordia University that deal with strategic planning as well as their Vic Atiyeh Leadership Awards committee which is tasked with organizing an annual fundraiser at the Portland Art Museum that raises over $600,000 annually for scholarships. Andrew is involved with his community by his service on the King Neighborhood Associations Land Use Committee. Andrew lives in the neighborhood with his four children and two Parson Russell terriers.
Angela has lived in Portland for more than 20 years. She keeps herself busy with a husband, three kids and job as an elementary school principal. She worked as a teacher in Portland for six 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.
Fred moved to Portland with his wife Cheryl to be near their two adult children. He has lived in Portland for six years. Fred works as a pain psychologist. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, hiking and spending time with family.
Joan has been working in costume shops up and down the west coast for over twenty years. She moved to Portland in 1989 after accepting a position as design assistant/wardrobe mistress with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Portland, which later became Portland Center Stage. Prior to her move north she spent seven seasons at the Sacramento Theatre Company and two really fun summers at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Joan took a break from the business after her daughter was born. She has spent the last decade being a professional volunteer. After spending and embarrassing number of years as a room parent, she is very excited to focus her time and energy promoting Portland Playhouse. Her daughter Natalie currently attends Central Catholic High School and her husband, Jeff Hansen, is an attorney.
President of Mentor Graphics Corporation, Oregon’s largest tech company, since 1999. In 2011 he was named Oregon’s Technology Executive of the Year. Present and past corporate board positions: S-I Bone, Inc.; Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.; Amkor Technology, Inc.; Intermec Corporation and Super Micro Computer, Inc. Not-for-profit Boards: Claremont McKenna College, Portland Opera Association and the advisory board of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University. Education includes a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Claremont McKenna College, a M.S. in applied physics from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He studied applied mathematics as a Fulbright Fellow at Nottingham University in England in the late 1960’s and received an honorary professorship in electrical and electronic engineering from the Nottingham University of Ningbo, China in 2013. Married to Mary Chomenko Hinckley, an artist, and moved from California to Portland in 1997.
Kimberly Howard heads Education Initiatives as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team at Portland General Election and serves as Program Officer for the PGE Foundation. Prior to coming to PGE Kimberly was the Trust manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust for five years, managing director at Portland’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center before that and education/outreach director for Artists Repertory Theatre. Howard is an accomplished actress, with credits in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and several Portland theaters. She is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre and received a Drammy Award (Portland’s version of the Tony Award) for her work in its production of Tartuffe: The Visitor. After attending Wellesley College, Howard received her BA from Pacific Union College, where she majored in political economic history. She holds an MFA in acting from Columbia University and has taught theater at Walla Walla University.
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.
Portland Playhouse is doing fresh new work like Scarlet and superb performances like Fences. I wanted to be involved because I love theater and I have more time now to indulge that love since I am retired. I have served on the boards of Portland Center Stage and other arts organizations in town, and now I have the chance to volunteer for an arts organization that hits all the marks of artistic excellence and community spirit. As a young person, I did not have enough talent to make a living in the arts, so I’m thrilled to be able to apply a little of the background from my many years of over-education in theater and literature to an actual working theater.
Kenneth Lewis was born in 1934 in New York, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1955, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1958. He clerked for a U.S. Federal judge in New York after graduation from Law School, and then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he practiced law. In 1963 he joined Lasco Shipping Co., which operated a fleet of ocean-going vessels carrying cargoes throughout the world.
Mr. Lewis was President of Lasco Shipping Co., from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. He served on the Board of Directors of two international marine insurance organizations: the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association, Ltd., of London, England (1986-1994); and the Swedish Club (of which he was Deputy Chairman) of Gothenburg, Sweden (1987-1989). He has traveled extensively in Asia, beginning in 1963 to Japan and Korea and in 1979 to the People’s Republic of China, making over a hundred visits to these countries.
He previously served on the Presidential Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy (appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1996). He is past president of the Port of Portland Commission to which he was appointed by both Republican and Democratic Governors.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of Pacific University, the Board of Visitors of the University of Oregon School of Law and the Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was the national Chairman of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of New York, and was the founding Chairman of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation in Oregon. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, of which he was Chairman and President, and the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, of which he was President. He previously served on the Board of the Oregon Community Foundation.
Mr. Lewis received the President’s Public Service Award in 1991 from the Oregon State Bar Association, and the Equal Opportunity Award from the Urban League of Portland in 1997.
Michelle Mark owns and operates MKM Design, a graphic design studio in Portland, where she gets to be creative daily as she develops visual identities, campaigns, and websites for companies that range from startups to national brands. In 2009 she graduated with honors in Fine Arts & Marketing from the University of Southern California. As a Portland native she was drawn back to the city because of 1.) The walkability 2.) The high quality of life derived from great people, the creative energy, and of course the unparalleled food (and coffee!) Currently, Michelle lives in northwest Portland with her husband, Michael and their feisty little gray cat, Marlow and the ever-enthused border collie/retriever, Griff.
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.
Stephen Robinson is a writer for the political blog Wonkette. When not documenting the fall of civilization, he remains upbeat through his work in the arts. He’s been a proud supporter of the Playhouse since seeing its production of Angels in America (one of his favorite plays) in 2011. Most recently, he worked with Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre on its production of The Maltese Falcon, and he also co-adapted the world premiere production of the Tom Robbins epic, Jitterbug Perfume, for Cafe Nordo.
Pancho Savery is professor of English, humanities, and American studies at Reed College, where he teaches courses in American literature post-1850, African American literature, and modern and contemporary American and European drama. He also teaches in Reed’s freshman humanities program on the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing on Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt, Persia, Palestine, and Rome. He has given theater talks at Profile Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Portland Playhouse; directed Delve Reading Seminars through Literary Arts in Portland; and has published essays on Robert Creeley, Ezra Pound, Saunders Redding, Ralph Ellison, Cecil Brown, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Robert Farris Thompson, Albert Murray, and others. He currently also serves on the boards of PETE, Boom Arts, Profile Theatre, Coho Theatre, and the Portland Jazz Festival. Recent poems appear in Hubbub.
Jennifer Watson grew up in Portland. She currently lives in NE Portland in the King neighborhood with her family consisting of 4 children and two Parson Russel terriers. Portland Playhouse is a short walk from her house and has become a part of her family’s holiday tradition when they attend A Christmas Carol each year. Jennifer is a local top producing realtor and owns Hugh Realty located in NE Portland. Jennifer enjoys being involved in the community and has been on the Alberta Main St. board, Concordia VALE committee as well as the Alberta business development committee.
GEORGE 'BING' SHELDON (IN MEMORIAM)
Bing Sheldon (1934-2016) served on the Portland Playhouse Board from 2012-2016, and his vision, advocacy, and heart helped guide Portland Playhouse from a small arts start-up to an embedded community asset with deep roots and resilience. His wife Carolyn continues to support the Playhouse as well as serving as the President of the Northwest Children’s Theatre. Bing was the loving father of three children, Jonathan (“Yon”), Graham and Lory; and five grandchildren. He was a founding principle of SERA Architects. His experience in master planning, mixed-use facilities and adaptive reuse of historic structures 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. He believed that Portlanders have a moral obligation to actively participate in the civic infrastructure which reflects our community values.