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.




AmberExecutive Director
Amber Kern-Johnson, amber.kern-johnson@hollywoodseniorcenter.org
Born in Southern Oregon and raised in Northern California, Amber has proudly called Portland home for the last 18 years. She 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.

Community and Client Engagement Manager    Angela Edwards angelah.edwards@hollywoodseniorcenter.org
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.

TatianaCase 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 Gina Ramson
Gina recently returned to Oregon from Arizona where she lived in Tucson and worked with formerly homeless Veterans through a nonprofit organization there. She is a native of Pennsylvania and now knows for sure she prefers the rain to the heat. Her career in social work began in 2008 working in North Portland and she earned AIRS A Certification in 2011 while working as an Information and Assistance Specialist with the North Portland Senior Services through YWCA and Impact Northwest. She has two grown sons and a grown daughter and five grandchildren. She enjoys her free time playing and training her dog Scout and visiting with family members who are now also living in Oregon.

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.



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Volunteer and Center Manager
Sarah Barrett
sarah.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.

AnneFinance Manager Anne Barrows
anne.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 kathleen.sillonis@hollywoodseniorcenter.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 members
Linda Anderson
, retired communications consultant/public relations
Mary Casey, 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, Assistant to the CLIMB Executive Director, Portland Community College, CLIMB Center
Whitney Yazzolino, attorney, Yazzolino, Lohuis & Edgel, LLP

Advisory Board
Chair: Kae Gaunt
Vice Chair: Jacqui Jackson
Secretary: Georjean Wilkerson
Phu Nguyen
Harvey Garnett

Maxine Slifer
Frances Spak
Tom Getts
Barbara Fields
Jacqui Jackson
Lois Martin
William Scheb
Sherri Osburn
Turella Woods
Peter Sysyn
Teri Knesal