We strive to promote the health, independence and well-being for adults 55 and older. We provide services and activities for all older adults across a full spectrum of interests and needs.
Executive Director Amber Kern-Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in Southern Oregon and raised in Northern California, she’s proudly called Portland home for the last 18 years. Amber has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has served as the Hollywood Senior Center’s Executive Director since 2009. Amber graduated from Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, with a degree in Sociology and Community Studies. Amber and her husband are the proud parents of two young boys who keep her busy on her days off. She enjoys travel, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Program Manager Renee Bogin Curtis, email@example.com
Renee comes to us most recently from the PSU School of Urban Studies. She has a Public Administration Certification in Nonprofit Management, Master’s in Urban Studies, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Urban Studies. She has extensive experience in grants, contract management, research and evaluation, and community development in the context of social, economic, and environmental urban studies with the goal of advocacy and community resilience for under-represented groups.
Case manager Tatsiana Taran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatsiana has been providing senior social services for more more than eight years and recently earned a STAR-C certificate from the University of Washington. She holds a masters degree in teaching from Belarus State University. She speaks several Slavic languages and teaches elementary-aged children to read and write Russian. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercise and practicing a healthy diet.
Case manager Wendy Avalos, email@example.com
Wendy graduated from Gresham (Oregon) High School and grew up around senior citizens since her parents operated adult foster homes. At the age of 20 she opened her own adult foster care home, which she operated for seven years. She was a case manager for the YWCA Senior Services for 10 years prior to joining the Hollywood Senior Center in 2014. Wendy and her family enjoying spending their spare time on Oregon’s beaches.
Case manager Melissa Starr
Born in Southern California and raised in both California and Oregon, Melissa’s interest in the oldest among us has been ongoing, eventually leading to formal study in sociology/social science, gerontology, aging services, guardian and conservator training, and dispute resolution at Boise State University, Portland State University, and Portland Community College. She joined the Hollywood Senior Center in November 2014. Previous work experience includes direct personal care of vulnerable adults, small claims mediation, human resources/organizational development and retirement benefits, personal and mortgage banking, and workshop facilitation for the Arthritis Foundation Utah/Idaho Chapter and Oregon Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys gardening, Scrabble, sewing formal apparel, creating special occasion cakes, long-distance bike rides, music, and especially spending time with family.
Information & assistance specialist Michelle Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle joined the Center in July 2014 and is a graduate of Portland State University and Clackamas Community College. She spent two years working at Clackamas County, Oregon, in the Oregon Project Independence program and as a case manager aide in the program. During college she served internships with Elders in Action and the state department of human services. She enjoys traveling, and especially watching her San Francisco Giants baseball team with her Bay Area family.
Center coordinator Vivian Foster, email@example.com
Vivian Foster began her professional career as an educator, teaching bilingual elementary students. As she continued to progress through different age groups and schools, one thing was a constant: working with volunteers. She moved to Oregon in 1990 and worked as a talented and gifted instructor in Portland Public Schools. She opened her own tutoring business and assisted young clients and families to successful outcomes in education. Retiring from education in 2008, she worked as a volunteer coordinator for OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program. Working with older adults to make the world a better place is her focus as she engages the community at the Hollywood Senior Center.
Finance manager Mihaela Dimitriu, mihaela.dimitriu@hollywoodsenior center.org
Mihaela has worked in the accounting and taxation field since 1993 when she graduated from the Economic Academy of Bucharest, Romania. She worked as a chartered accountant for five years before coming to the United States in 2005, where she became a certified bookkeeper in 2008 and a licensed tax consultant in 2010. She started working at the Hollywood Senior Center in 2012 , and stays busy raising her son, and traveling, camping, attending music festivals and cooking.
Development Associate Sarah Barrett
Sarah moved to Portland three years ago from Massachusetts, where she had a 20-plus-year career in marketing and communications in higher education. Deciding to pursue a second career in aging services, Sarah recently earned a certificate in gerontology. Her responsibilities at the Hollywood Senior Center include social media, the website, and donor relations. She works closely with the center coordinator assisting with volunteer management, event planning, and outreach. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and fitness.
Board of Directors – Officers
President: Lori Frank, director Pace Services, Providence ElderPlace
Vice- President: Jim Harper, broker, RE/MAX Equity Group
Secretary: Neal Naigus, Assistant to the CLIMB Executive Director, Portland Community College, CLIMB Center
Treasurer: William Daudistel, CPA, Gustafson Berg and Co., LLC
Linda Anderson, retired communications consultant/public relations
Mary Casey, financial advisor, LPL Financial
Paul Clark, owner/broker Township Properties
Harvey Garnett, retired business owner
Monika Gartner, owner, Care Service Options, Inc.
Arlene Halvorson, retired from Sterling Savings
Preston Roth, owner, Home Instead
Whitney Yazzolino, attorney, Yazzolino, Lohuis & Edgel, LLP
Chair: Jane Josselyn
Secretary: Georjean Wilkerson
Vice Chair: Jerry Milner