Gary is an artist, illustrator, improviser, and co-founder of On Your Feet- a consultancy that collides improv with business to help companies relate, create and collaborate, all while having a ridiculously good time.
Susan is currently the Executive Director of The Obo Addy Legacy Project. With her husband, Obo, she founded the nonprofit organization to present and preserve African music and dance in the Portland area and throughout the country in 1986. Susan has worked for a number of nonprofits in the Portland area including: Young Audiences, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Hillsboro Community Arts. She served as visual arts coordinator for Artquake for several years and for ten years was the coordinator for the Blue Lake Park Concert Series. Susan produced the Homowo Festival of African Arts for 15 years.
Obo Addy is the creator and inspiration behind a group of men who perform some of the traditional music and dance from Ghana. He passed away in September of 2012 after introducing African music to Oregon and working here for over 38 years. Obo brought over 30 musicians and dancers to this country to start new lives for themselves and share their culture through the arts. This group includes Obo’s son and grandson as well as other master performers from Ghana.
Obo not only performed but also composed music from jazz to classical. He was a taskmaster who spent a lifetime preserving the music of his country. In his time in Oregon he either performed or taught over one million people, frequently providing a first introduction to the music of Africa. In 1996 Addy was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor a traditional artist can receive in this country.
Cynthia made her first film at age eleven, the print of which was tragically lost. After searching for her soul in an academic career and sharpening her barista skills while doing video work on the side, she experienced an old-school epiphany at an academic conference that involved burning ears, dizziness, and a somersaulting stomach and dropped everything to focus on filmmaking. No one has broken it to Cynthia that the epiphany was actually a mild case of the flu. Cynthia has written, produced, directed, shot and edited both documentary and narrative fiction projects since 1998.
Juvie Hall (aka Diana Fedoroff) is a study in wackiness. A born goofball with a penchant for academia, she’s been known to win both karaoke and national oral argument competitions. She’s a lover and a fighter, a gentlewoman and a scholar. Her favorite activities include collecting letters to follow her name (including B.S., B.A., and J.D.), rollerskating in the counter clockwise direction, and striving to overcome both roller derby opponents and outmoded ideas. She is currently a freelance writer, editor, and budding documentary filmmaker.
Mohammad was born Zabul Province, Afghanistan and up to the age of seven lived in a nomadic caravan until his parents settled on land in Helmand Province. A year later he did something no one else in his village had ever done - he started primary school.
His education continued in Lebanon and at Coe College in the US before he returned to Afghanistan for medical school. He worked as a general surgeon in Lashkar Gah until 1987 when he was forced to flee with his family to Pakistan. There he worked for Mercy Corps and the American Consulate treating wounded Mjuahideen and Afghan refugees.
In 1989 he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon where he retraining as a Nuclear Medicine Technician and worked in this capacity until his retirement in 2011.
A community of medical staff and patients helped Mohammad start an NGO, Green Village Schools, to build a school in Shin Kalay where he was raised. The school grew to 1200 students, including 400 girls, by 2008 when it was destroyed. While continuing reconstruction of the school with the help of Afghan Appeal in London, he has started an Advanced Education Center in Lashkar Gah to improve English language and computer literacy of Afghan students and teachers. He will devote the rest of his life to these projects.
Stephen claims that when he was growing up, his musical interests were divided between his father's record collection, devoted to '70s singer/songwriters like Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, and his sister's rock & roll discs, dominated by hair metal acts like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. In a curious way, Kellogg's music represents a meeting point between these two styles, with songs that delve deep into the personal, but make room for a sense of fun, while the music, which is intelligent and intimate, is also full of passion and electricity.
With his long-time band The Sixers on hiatus, Stephen is currently working on a solo album to be released in 2013.
Jim’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. As executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate the adoption of Linux and support the future of computing. Zemlin works with the world’s largest technology companies to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices.
Zemlin has been recognized as a top Linux and open source blogger and is widely quoted in the press on Linux and the changing economics of the technology industry. Zemlin also advises a variety of startups, and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.
Roxie grew up in Los Angeles in a big Armenian family where everyone, regardless of relation, is either "Auntie" or "Uncle." Her family and Armenian heritage are a huge inspiration on her art making and philosophy on how she lives her life. Roxie moved to Portland in 1996, met her husband within a week of her move, and cant imagine living anywhere else! She has a BFA in printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is currently the Executive Director of Children's Healing Art Project. Roxie has first hand experience with the process of art making being a healing tool, and continues to make work about her grandfather's survival of the Armenian genocide, her father's battle with cancer, and her grandmother's passing from Leukemia. She loves that working with kids enables her to channel her 5-year-old self every day.
Bruce was born during the time between the invasions of Poland and Pearl Harbor and served in the US Army from 1959 to 1961 then graduated Reed College in 1965. He has spend time in Iran with the Farsimadan tribe in the Zagros Mountains, studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago, demonstrated in anti-Vietnam war activities, volunteered in Sammy Rayner’s ‘68 congressional campaign against the Daley machine candidate, and lived with the Tsilqot’in of central British Columbia. After eight years in the restaurant business, he was a chef in exotic locations including Alaska’s Katmai Coast, around Haida Gwaii, the Pacha River in western Siberia. In 1996, Bruce wrote a play for a child in the Haven Project and a new door opened. He founded PlayWrite in 2003.
Tony is a native of Portland, Oregon, resides in the Northeast community, and is a respected neighborhood and community leader. From 1977 to 1985, Hopson taught, counseled and coached for Portland Public Schools and in 1981 Hopson founded Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) as a one-week summer camp committed to improving collegiate and employment opportunities for high school students. The initial camp served 80 students. In 1988, SEI became a year-around program and during a capital campaign that began in 1989, SEI raised over $10 million to build the 62,000 sq. ft. Center for Self Enhancement which opened its doors in 1997. The Center offers a variety of activities and services for youth and families in inner-Portland and is a hub of the community. Self Enhancement employs 120 people, most of whom live in Northeast Portland.
Brian Lindstrom is a filmmaker in Portland, Oregon. His documentary Alien Boy: the life and death of James Chasse premiered at the Portland International Film Festival in February, and was selected for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Finding Normal, his 2007 documentary on long time heroin and crack addicts trying to rebuild their lives, was picked by Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy as one of the top 10 films of the year. Other works include Writing Myself (2012), a documentary about PlayWrite, Inc. included in the Astoria International Film Festival.
Mathew is of the opinion that the future needs better instructions. An artist and designer working in technology development and education, he splits his time between creating low-cost science kits and restroom reform. A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), and MDML design, Mathew's recent life highlights include his Balloon Mapping Kickstarter being listed as one of the 10 best projects of 2012, MDML's Sewer Catastrophe Companion being exhibited at the Center for Disease Control and approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and developing signage for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle.
Dmae is a Peabody Award and Oregon Book Award-winning writer/radio artist who has created ground-breaking personal and multicultural documentaries on NPR and PRI. Her indie documentary projects have earned two Peabody awards: Mei Mei, a Daughter's Song, a harrowing account of her mother's childhood in Taiwan during WWII and Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio. Her writing has been published by Oregon Humanities magazine, The Sun, Temple University and UNC Press. She produces a weekly arts show on KBOO and KZME and is a columnist for The Asian Reporter. She is a USA Rockefeller fellow and is working on her memoir, Lady Buddha and the Temple of Ma.
Lillian is a Pacific Northwest Native American artist whose ancestors lived in and near the Columbia River Gorge for over 10,000 years. Called simply the Big River or the Nch'i-Wana by her ancestors, the Columbia River was the backbone of one of the largest trade networks in all of Native America. Lillian's focus is on creating contemporary works of fine art that delight today’s art lovers, and at the same time, honor the history and legends of her people. Primarily a sculptor and mixed media artist, Lillian’s lifetime of works include artistic expressions in clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, and most recently, glass. Her works have been exhibited and reviewed throughout the Pacific Northwest, nationally and internationally, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions.
Toma, of the Yakama Nation, is a young artist who does murals throughout the Pacific Northwest, casts iron all over the world and is currently working with Lillian in the schools in the Columbia River Gorge as a teacher in art, the history of the Celilo Falls, salmon fishing and the Tribal culture.
Jensine is an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist is the founder of World Pulse, an action media network powered by 50,000 women from 190 countries. Jensine has pioneered World Pulse magazine, grassroots women’s citizen journalism training, and an interactive website that enables women on the ground to speak for themselves and connect to solve global problems – including those using internet cafes and cell phones from rural villages and conflict zones.
With her finger on the pulse of women's voices globally, Jensine speaks around the world, appearing in media and on stages from NPR to TED. In his best selling book, “Half the Sky” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recommends joining World Pulse as one of the top 4 things you can do in 10 minutes to support women globally.
Tyler Jones, and his wife Alicia, own and run a 106 acre sustainable livestock farm in Corvallis Oregon called Afton Field Farm. Ten years ago Tyler apprenticed with World renown farmer, author, and speaker Joel Salatin for a year at Polyface Farm in Virginia. Using the multi-species, managed intensive, rotational grazing methods learned from Joel, Tyler has grown Afton Field Farm to be one of the leaders in Oregon’s sustainable farming movement.