BOD and Staff
Board of Directors
Dan Wieden, Founder (1996)
A longtime supporter of civic and charitable organizations, Dan has a major presence on the boards of the American Indian College Fund, the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Ecotrust. Dan’s presence at the camp and his relationship with the kids earned him the nickname “Papa Bear.”
Wes Lawrence, Chair (2007)
Wes currently serves as Managing Partner of Evensol, LLC, a company that produces environmentally friendly renewable energy. His previous work includes being the Regional President for Key Bank for six Western states. He has served on the board for many organizations, including the Portland Art Museum and Portland Business Alliance. In addition to his interest in art and finance, Wes has a huge passion for the development of our kids.
Rene Mitchell, Vice-Chair (2007)
René Mitchell is a creative convener and arts advocate with over two decades experience cultivating creative thinking and challenging perception. Following eighteen years co-leading Bend-based branding agency, tbd, in 2016 René took on the role of the Director of Marketing for former-client Humm Kombucha while continuing to promote arts, culture, and social change through her creative studio, René Mitchell Creative; as a Board of Director for Caldera, Art in Public Places, and ScaleHouse; and as the Director of the Bend Design Conference. René finds her inspiration from her two young daughters and their creative pursuits. She loves film festivals, far flung destinations, and spaghetti.
Cristy Lanfri, Past Board Co-Chair (2007)
After 15 years in Silicon Valley, Cristy brings her technology-driven mentorship to Oregon, working with arts organizations such as the High Desert Museum, Central Oregon for Oregon Community Foundation, and Art in Public Places.
Cindy Campbell, Board Member (2000)
Over the past 25 years, Cindy has helped shape the culture of the Portland area as director of giving for the Campbell Foundation, and by serving on the boards of Youth Resources, the Children’s Course, and Friends of the Children—Portland.
David Chen, Board Member (2010)
Driven by a commitment to financial and personal sustainability, David formed the Equilibrium Capital Group and Patton Valley Vineyards to promote the development of sustainable practices. This focus helps keep the development of Caldera’s land and programs environmentally efficient.
Karrelle Dixon, Board Member (2013)
Originally from the UK, Karrelle began his Wieden+Kennedy career at W+K London. Having spent five years as the Global Account Director for Nike at W+K Portland, working across the Nike brand (Run London, Olympics (Find Your Greatness), World Cup (Risk Everything), LeBron (Rise), Kobe (Black Mamba), Better World, and others, He is now based back in W+K London as the Director for Growth Markets. His role focuses on helping the key W+K offices in Asia fulfil their creative and global client partnership potential. He is also a former professional rugby player and gained his Oxford Blue, while studying for his second master’s in psychology (the first being from Brunel University).
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Emeritus Board Member (2009)
Since the ’70s, Myrlie has been a tireless activist for human rights. She wrote the book on gender politics at ARCO, ran two congressional campaigns and became the first African-American woman appointed as chairman of the NAACP. Through her work at the Medgar Evers Institute and at Caldera, she’s spread ideals of equality to new generations.
Joy Fowler, Board Member (2017)
Joy Fowler is the VP and Diversity Program Manager for Umpqua Bank. Both her banking career and undergraduate studies began in her home town of New York City. Upon graduation, Joy moved to Portland where she continued her banking career and completed a Masters of Business Administration at Portland State University with a focus in Human Resources. Joy is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and volunteers with Portland Workforce Alliance, Portland Youth Builders and the Nativity School in Portland. She also serves on the Portland Leadership Council of the United Negro College Fund. In her personal time, she is dedicated to spending time with her 3 grandsons, traveling, and serving as President and co-founder of A MIRacle Foundation, Inc., a foundation that supports children with special needs along with the families/caregivers and organizations that care for them.
Scott Howard, Board Member (2017)
Scott Howard is the co-founder of Kivel & Howard LLP, a Portland-based law firm. He works primarily in the areas of business planning and transactions, succession planning, estate planning, and charitable planning. Scott’s community involvement includes supporting Oregon non-profit organizations as an advisor and board member; he has supported many non-profits. Scott counts among his most meaningful successes the establishment of Park Academy, a school serving dyslexic children and as Chair of the directors of Concordia University.
John Jay, Board Member (1996)
As President of Global Creative at Fast Retailing, John’s creative and cultural influence has been recognized by magazines such as I.D. and American Photographer. A fascination with how youth culture can change and shape business drives John’s commitment to Caldera.
Keesha Jean-Baptiste, Board Member (2017)
Keesha Jean-Baptiste is currently the Senior Vice-President of the Talent Engagement and Inclusion practice at ad agency trade association, the 4A’s. After more than six years at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, where she led recruiting efforts and served as head of human resources, this position took Keesha and her family back to New York, where she started her agency career nearly 20 years ago. Keesha holds an M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a B.S. in Mass Communication, Corporate and Electronic Media Production from James Madison University.
Barbara McDougall, Board Member (2011)
Barbara is a Portland native and PSU alumna, class of 1975. She has served on the PSU Foundation, as a past president of Oregon Women’s Golf Association, and currently volunteers with Pathfinders in Rancho Mirage, CA to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs. Her volunteer work has been with the schools her children attended and with Tualatin Country Club, raising money for American Cancer Society’s Camp UKANDU. Prior to having children, Barbara worked in software development for Timberline Software. She has been married for 36 years to Duane, and they have 3 grown children.
Mary Normand, Board Secretary (1996)
Mary is a dedicated Portlander. She was born here, works at Wieden+Kennedy as an Executive Assistant, and she’s been volunteering for the Portland-area SMART program for more than a decade.
Dennis Wilde, Board Member (2004)
One of our leading supporters of sustainable design, Dennis helped found the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development, and has been involved with the Gerding/Edlen Development for more than a decade.
Bob Woodell, Board Member (2013)
During the 18 years that Bob worked at Nike, he held a variety of positions, including: Vice President; President; and member of the Board of Directors. He is also one of three founding partners of Rogue Ales and served as the Executive Director of the Port of Portland from 1987-1991.
In Memory of Nancy Wilgenbusch
Caldera mourns the loss of longtime Board Member Nancy Wilgenbusch, who passed away on February 4. Nancy joined Caldera’s Board of Directors in 2004, and in her years on the board made deep contributions to Caldera’s development. With her background in education and as President of Marylhurst University, she was instrumental in helping shape Caldera’s Youth Program as it grew from a summer program to a year-round program. Click here for information on how Caldera will continue to honor Nancy.
Brian Detman, Executive Director (Portland)
Brian joins Caldera with more than two decades of professional, civic, and volunteer experience working in the nonprofit, business, and public sectors both locally and nationally. His unique blend of youth development, nonprofit strategy and leadership, as well as passion for young people, nature, and the arts can be seen from his previous work experience at Multnomah County, Enhabit, Metropolitan Group, and the I Have A Dream Foundation-Oregon. Brian’s commitment to equity and empowerment is reflected throughout his career, and aligns squarely with Caldera’s values and goal of deepening its innovative programs for underserved communities.
Tiffany Vergara, Finance & Operations Director (Portland)
Hailing from California, Tiffany was fortunate enough to have been raised in a culturally diverse and highly artistic household and is thrilled to join Caldera’s work in this area. She is incredibly passionate about doing good well, volunteers often, and aims to use her extensive background in nonprofit finance, accounting, human capital, and process management to help Caldera move forward in its mission. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Francisco State and an M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship & Change from Pepperdine University. She loves to learn, bake, dance, and travel and can usually be found singing at her desk.
Olivia Mitchell, Executive Assistant & Office Manager (Portland)
Olivia has benefited from incredible arts education her whole life. She credits her interest in poetry, visual culture, and social justice to these transformative experiences. After graduating from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Olivia was an intern at Wordstock and Hawthorne Books. Most recently, she worked as the Operations Coordinator for a local holistic nutrition company.
AiR & Youth Program
Elizabeth Quinn, Programs Director (Central Oregon)
Previous to her work at Caldera she was the Founding Editor of, High Desert Journal, a publication that strives for a deeper understanding of the interior West through arts and literature. She also helped found, Playa, a residency program in Summer Lake, Oregon, and was the Director of The Dalles Art Association. Having worked in a variety of areas, Elizabeth has developed in-depth knowledge of arts communities across the state and an understanding of the unique needs of artists from diverse backgrounds.
Karena Salmond, Youth Program Director (Portland)
Karena brings over a decade of arts education experience to Caldera, having worked with young people in out-of-school programs in the Midwest and the Bay Area. Prior to joining Caldera, she served as Program Director with San Francisco-based Performing Arts Workshop. Karena hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is proud to call Portland home after stints in Chicago and San Francisco. When not working, she can be found in neighborhood parks with her twins or at the occasional dance class. Karena believes in the power of art to create social change and Caldera’s strength in helping students develop their voice.
Kevin Ball, Middle School Mentor (Central Oregon)
Kevin takes the step into the Central Oregon Middle School Youth Mentor position after almost ten years of working with Caldera (most recently as our Portland Middle School Mentor) and our youth seasonally at camp. Along with those experiences, Kevin has also spent time working with Native American groups at University of Oregon where he studied Sociology and Ethnic Studies.
Meg Ball, Young Adult Advocate (Central Oregon)
After working in research at Oregon Social Learning Center and studying psychology, Meg began working with Caldera seven years ago as a Youth Advocate at camp. Meg exhibited extreme skill, compassion, and patience in her advocate role, which made her perfectly suited for the Elementary School Mentor at Peninsula K-8, where she is worked with 3rd–5th graders alongside teaching artist, Julie Keefe, funded through the Oregon Community Foundation’s Studios to School Initiative. Transitioning into the Young Adult Advocate role, Meg has now had the opportunity to work with our youth through all stages (3rd graders to young adults) of our youth programming. Meg understands that success looks differently to different people and loves supporting our youth into young adulthood with this in mind.
Aasha Benton, Middle School Mentor (Portland)
Born and raised in Portland, Aasha has been involved with Caldera for 10 years. Starting as a camper, she discovered her love of painting. After finishing high school, she returned as a Junior Advocate and while studying Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, she worked as a Youth Advocate. After graduating in 2012, Aasha worked for Portland Public Schools and in 2016, she brought her painting skills back to Caldera and served as a teaching artist at Weekend Intensives. Aasha values creating safe environments for students to share, grow, learn, and create. Being the Portland Middle School Mentor will allow her to use her talents in creativity and passion for serving the youth in the community.
Jessica Lovejoy, High School Mentor & Arts Curriculum Coordinator (Central Oregon)
Born in Arizona and raised in Washington and Oregon, Jessica brings over 12 years of experience working with youth as a classroom teacher, in foreign travel, and through the wilderness. She is a certified teacher and was previously the camp manager at Power of Hope in Washington. Additionally, she is a master gardener and a trained yoga teacher. Jessica believes that we are all artists and that everyone is born with creativity writhing in our veins.
Catón Lyles, Camp Manager (Seasonal)
Catón has been with Caldera since its founding as one of our original teaching artists and is now our Camp Manager. A passionate teacher, percussionist, and studio musician who believes in the power of creativity, Catón has worked alongside many artists, including The Supremes, The Gary Small Band, and Chris Parker, lending his stylistic expertise across many genres. Along with Caldera, Catón has worked with the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Young Musicians and Artists Inc, and Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe.
Alisha Orefice, Youth Program Operations Manager (Portland)
After eight years in the Membership Department of the Portland Art Museum, Alisha came to Caldera as the Development Associate. During her time in that role, she single-handedly wrangled our Raiser’s Edge database, created and maintained our annual development calendar, supported our foundation proposals and reports program, coordinated with our Finance Director on audits, and was a key coordinator of our events. In December 2012, Alisha transitioned to the Education Operations Manager position and is enjoying working more directly with students and families in her new role.
Bryan Ortega, High School Mentor (Portland)
Bryan joins Caldera with extensive experience mentoring and working with Latinx families and communities. He has worked at Providence, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and De La Salle North Catholic High School. Additionally, Bryan has an degree in anthropology from Portland State University and was a part of M.E.Ch.A. Bryan was born in Mexico, grew up in Wisconsin, and has called Oregon home for the past 16 years. He feels passionately about equity and empowerment through education, the discovery of self, and creativity.
Maesie Speer, Arts Center Programs Manager (Central Oregon)
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Maesie Speer has been working at the intersections of education, the arts, and public health for over ten years. Prior to Caldera, she worked at the Oregon Community Foundation where she administered the foundation’s arts and culture initiatives and scholarship program. A life-long performance-maker, Maesie is a company member with Hand2Mouth Theatre and has co-created many productions with the company, touring regionally and nationally. Other passions include botany, plant-based medicine, and cooking. Maesie holds a BA from Carleton College.
Tony Salomone, Arts Center Maintenance Coordinator (Central Oregon)
Tony comes to Caldera with experience as a business owner, construction contractor, commercial fisherman, and wilderness guide. With this wide range of skills, in his job as Facility Assistant Manager, Tony helps to keep things running smoothly at camp. He also works hard at keeping guests and campers happy.
Jason Whalen, Arts Center Maintenance Associate (Central Oregon) Jason’s story with Blue Lake began as a child. He started camping at Blue Lake in the early 90’s and has had a special connection to the lake for almost 30 years. Jason co-founded Armature, a creative co-working art space in Bend with photographer Tambi Lane in 2013 and also built custom furniture as a welder and woodworker. He has a deep seeded interest in education and preservation of the wilderness in Oregon.
Elia Unverzagt, Communications Director (Portland)
Prior to joining the Caldera team, Elia completed her Masters in Public Administration at Portland State with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She has nearly a decade of communications management experience, including previous work at TriMet, Oregon Mentors, and the Lake County, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau. She also spent a year working in Budapest, Hungary. Elia is a native Oregonian and an avid volunteer. She is currently on the Board of Directors at My Voice Music, a Caldera partner program. Elia is also a huge live music fan and supporter of the arts.
Michelle Meyer, Development Director (Portland)
Michelle brings over twenty years of experience working with non-profits in fundraising, organizational management and strategic planning to her position of Development Director at Caldera. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the German American School of Portland and the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center. She has worked for a number of arts and environmental organizations and is thrilled to bring it all together to help serve the youth of Caldera.
Alley (Pezanoski-) Browne, Grants & Communications Manager (Portland)
Alley grew up in a family dedicated to the arts, education, and social justice, which lead her to Northwestern where she earned a B.S. in Film/Video and Sociological Studies. For the next decade, she worked as a producer and coordinator for various documentaries, media non-profits, projects and events, with a stopover in Hong Kong as a Fulbright Scholar. She later received her master’s in Critical Theory & Creative Research from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Alley has been a past instructor at Camp Caldera, and looks forward to supporting the youth and programs in a new capacity.
Natalie Whitlock, Annual Giving Manager (Portland)
Natalie is passionate about ensuring that every child has access to inspiring learning experiences. Before joining Caldera, she worked for Portland YouthBuilders, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, and Elevate Oregon. Natalie holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland. In her free time, she loves hiking up steep trails, reading, printmaking, and painting.
Staff can all be emailed individually at FirstName.LastName@CalderaArts.org.