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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Trish Underwood
Trish earned an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Mental Health and Human Services from Mt. Hood Community College in 2010. She has continued taking courses at Concordia as well as Oregon State University to expand her knowledge base, and hopes to one day earn her Bachelor’s Degree. While Trish was completing her final internship at YWCA Senior Services in East County, she realized what she wanted to do with the rest of her career: work with older adults. Some of her greatest accomplishments include serving in the Marine Corps right out of high school, becoming a mom at 23, raising two boys with learning challenges, earning her degree while working, and becoming a two-time home buyer. Trish enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, gardening, hiking in the spring and summer time, traveling (especially to Hawaii, where she hopes to move some day), laughing with friends or shopping.
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 Anne Barrows
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.
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. She also leads the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease class for center participants. 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
Kim McCulloch, assistant vice president, Umpqua Bank
Preston Roth, owner, Home Instead
Whitney Yazzolino, attorney, Yazzolino, Lohuis & Edgel, LLP
Chair: Kae Gaunt
Secretary: Georjean Wilkerson
Vice Chair: Francis Spak