For more than 45 years, the Hollywood Senior Center has focused on offering a diverse range of services with the singular focus of empowering older adults to live their lives with independence, and a sense of fulfillment. Hollywood Senior Center is committed to addressing the social, cultural, environmental and economic needs that create barriers that impact the wellness of older adults.
Founded in 1973, the Hollywood Senior Center is a not for profit committed to enriching the lives of adults 50 and older by creating opportunities for social connection, health and wellness, independence and life-long learning.
The Hollywood Senior Center is committed to providing services, information, education and recreation for seniors, families and caregivers in Multnomah County. HSC evolves in response to a growing senior population with expanding and changing needs. We envision a caring and healthy community which encourages intergenerational relationships, recognizes the wisdom and experience of its elders and demonstrates awareness and respect for the aging process.
- Purpose & Involvement: Seniors are recognized as a valuable asset. Seniors strengthen our community and benefit personally by their involvement.
- Opportunity: Seniors have the opportunity to contribute and expand their talents and knowledge. Seniors have access to a full spectrum of services, including social, emotional, educational and recreational opportunities appropriate to their unique needs and interests.
- Respect & Value: Seniors are treated respectfully and with dignity. Organizational Integrity: we maintain financial strength and professional fulfillment in a lively team environment.
Meet Our Team
Amber Kern-Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in Southern Oregon and raised in Northern California, Amber has proudly called Portland home for the last 18 years. Amber is a strategic mission driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector with extensive experience in fundraising, community outreach, public speaking, strategic planning, advocacy, fiscal management, board relations, volunteer recruitment, innovation and program design. She has served as the Executive Director of the Hollywood Senior Center since 2010. She has a degree in Sociology a certificate in the Fundamentals of Gerontology, a Joint Certificate Program presented by The American Society on Aging and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She is mom to two teenager boys. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Community and Client Engagement Manager Angela Edwards email@example.com
Angela grew up in Georgia about 60 miles outside Atlanta and has lived in Portland almost 15 years. She has eight years of work experience in social services, most recently as a Case Manager with Multnomah County’s Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services division. Angela received her BA from Mary Baldwin, where she studied liberal arts with an emphasis on art history and philosophy. She earned an MA in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. Angela is also a storyteller and filmmaker and made a documentary about improvisation as a way of life. One of Angela’s favorite hobbies is traveling, especially to Switzerland and Germany, where she enjoys visiting family abroad.
Case Manager Tatsiana Taran,
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 Christine Taggart
Christine was born in California, but has lived in Alaska, Washington, Minnesota and Oregon. She first moved to Oregon in 2001, and after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Portland State University in 2003, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member serving the Portland community as part of the Coalition to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children. She found her calling of working with seniors when she started working as a private caregiver. She has since worked with seniors in a variety of roles including in- home care management, elder advocacy, and government work. Christine earned her Master’s degree in Gerontology from USC in 2011. In her free time Christine loves traveling with her husband, snuggling with her 3 orange cats, and binge watching true crime dramas on TV.
Information and Assistance Specialist Megan Doren
Megan, was born in Indiana, but grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. She has worked in the reproductive health field, as a 211 information and referral specialist, taught Intro to Queer Studies at the college level and worked with an employee assistance program. She provided national resource and referral services with a focus on the older adult population.
Volunteer and Center Manager
Sarah Barrettsarah.barrett@hollywoodsenior center.org
Sarah moved to Portland a few 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 earned a certificate in gerontology and is a state-certified activities director, Arthritis Foundation-certified Walk with Ease leader, and certified WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education) facilitator. She has worked at Hollywood Senior Center since 2014, and looks forward to working with volunteers–“the backbone of the organization”–in her new position. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, and fitness.
Finance Manager Anne Barrowsanne.barrows@hollywoodsenior center.org
Anne graduated from USC with a degree in finance. She worked in high tech for 16 years, first as a group controller and eventually leading merger and acquisition teams. After her twins were born, she shifted to not-for-profit work, most recently at Stanbridge Academy, a school for children on the spectrum in the Bay Area. She is currently the part-time finance manager at the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, Inc. In her free time, she watches her friends play college tennis, travels, and restores old homes. She also likes to cook and sew.
Administrative and Facilities Coordinator
Kathleen Sillonis firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen is a native Oregonian, who grew up in Eastern Oregon and moved west to attend college. Kathleen is a Arthritis Foundation-certified Walk with Ease leader. She enjoys a variety of crafts including, stained glass and sewing. She is active in hiking, cycling and softball.
Board of Directors – Officers
President: Lori Frank, director Pace Services, Providence ElderPlace
Vice- President: Linda Anderson, retired communications consultant/public relations
Secretary: Lois Martin, retired
Treasurer: William Daudistel, CPA, Gustafson Berg and Co., LLC
Board of Directors
Linda Anderson, retired communications consultant/public relations
Mary Casey, retired from financial advisor, Umpqua Investments
Paul Clark, owner/broker Township Properties
Harvey Garnett, retired business owner
Arlene Halvorson, retired from Sterling Savings
Kim McCulloch, assistant vice president, Umpqua Bank
Neal Naigus, retired from Assistant to the CLIMB Executive Director, Portland Community College, CLIMB Center
Whitney Yazzolino, attorney, Yazzolino, Lohuis & Edgel, LLP Heather Keisler Fornes, operations manager- Rose City Rollers
Chair: Kae Gaunt
Vice Chair: Jacqui Jackson
Secretary: Georjean Wilkerson