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 55 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, Executive Director
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 teenage boys. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Douglas Samuels, Deputy Director
Douglas Samuels hails from the east coast and has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest for 19 years. Douglas attended the State University of New York College at Buffalo for his B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in African American Studies and M.S. in Counseling and Student Development. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on Diversity, Equality, Equity, and Inclusion for Women Leaders of Color at the University of Vermont. Douglas has worked across the country as a senior-level college and university student affairs and enrollment management administrator, a professor, and consultant teaching Racism and American Law, Women and the Law, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, questioning and the law, Trauma-informed Diversity, Equity, Equality, and Inclusion workshops. He has served as a certified Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsperson for six years, Washington State Long-Term Care State Ombudsman Education Specialist and Program Lead for the Victims of Crimes advocacy, trauma-informed outreach programs, and trauma-informed training for over 300 staff and volunteers supporting vulnerable residents residing in Long-Term Care Homes in the State of Washington. Douglas is the chair of the Southwest Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsperson Advisory Board.
Veronica Hyde, Lead Case Manager
Veronica grew up in Connecticut and has lived in several different parts of the country prior to finding her home in Portland. Veronica has provided case management and health education to older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers since 2014. She is passionate about holistic healthy aging and empowering others to achieve a high quality of life. Veronica holds a BA in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University and is completing a graduate degree in public health. In her free time, Veronica loves to read, spend time in nature, and try new recipes.
Michael Murphy, Center Activity & Event Manager
Michael grew up in the Pacific Northwest and loves the outdoors and, before Covid, spent a lot of time getting out into it – hiking, biking, and running. He is married and have a (soon to be) three year old daughter, who he absolutely adores playing with and chasing around. He comes from a big family, so loves being around people, and talking about every issue under the sun. He is really excited to join the Hollywood Senior Center team. Please contact Michael with any questions about HSC’s virtual programming, or if you need assistance registering for any events.
Julie Ann Barowski, Volunteer Program Manager
Julie Ann grew up in Michigan, graduating from Michigan State University. Before deciding to join Hollywood Senior Center and relocate to Portland, she lived in the Seattle and Denver areas where she worked in volunteer program management at non-profit organizations for more than 13 years. She is passionate about improving communities through volunteerism and mission-based work. Julie Ann holds a current Certificate in Volunteer Administration and is experienced in strategic planning and best practices for volunteer engagement. She enjoys reading, spending time in nature, and world travel.
Tatsiana Taran, Case Manager
Tatsiana has been providing senior social services for 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.
Megan Doren, Information and Assistance Specialist
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.
Anne Barrows, Finance Manager
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.
Kathleen Sillonis, Administrative and Facilities Coordinator
Kathleen is a native Oregonian, who grew up in Eastern Oregon and moved west to attend college. Kathleen is an 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.
Hollywood Senior Center Board of Directors
President: Lori Frank, Director Pace Services, Providence ElderPlace
Vice-President: Linda Anderson, Retired communications consultant/public relations
Secretary: Lois Martin, Retired administrative associate
Treasurer: Mary Casey, Retired Investment Manager
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, Executive Director, Portland Fruit Tree Project
Chair: Peter Sysyn
Vice-Chair: Jacqui Jackson
Secretary: Lois Martin