Our Leadership


Board of Directors

Jane VogelJane Vogel, Founding Executive Director, Board President, is an actor, an activist, and a clinical psychologist. She has an extensive history of championing for social justice issues. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon. She served on the Board for the Center for Community Counseling in Eugene, OR for fifteen years, including tenure as Board President. Jane was born in Indonesia, lived in the Netherlands and became a naturalized US citizen in 1967. Jane and her husband live in Portland. They have two grown children.

Whitney Vogel Whitney Vogel, Board Treasurer, is program director, consultant, and manager of high profile projects for the Executive Team of Angie’s List in Indianapolis, IN. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. Whitney is passionate about projects that benefit the greater good, and believes that Age and Gender Equity in the Arts is a means to positively impact women and men in the arts as well as the culture at large.

Peter PlattPeter Platt, Board Member, is the Founder and Family Co-Owner of Andina Restaurant, an award-winning Peruvian eatery in Portland, OR. In addition to serving on the Boards of Live Wire Radio and the Oregon Food Bank, Peter is a performing artist and proud to be part of the “start-up” team at AGE to ensure the free flow of artistic talent and opportunity, irrespective of origin. He is a graduate of Yale SOM, from which he received his MBA.

Arnie PerlsteinArnie Perlstein, Board Member, is a retired attorney and would-be author of literary sleuthing/analysis about Jane Austen’s feminist “shadow stories.” He was born in NYC, attended Williams College & Michigan Law School, practiced commercial real estate law for 30 years in South Florida, and moved to Portland with his wife two years ago. His commitment to revealing Austen’s feminism (suppressed for two centuries) helps fuel his passionate support for AGE’s goals for gender equity in the arts.

Josie SeidJosie Seid, Board Member, has acted in several shows regionally, including Lakewood Theater’s Nine the musical and Cottonwood in the Flood with the Vanport Mosiac Festival. Favorite roles include Viney in The Miracle Worker (Artists Rep), the Soothsayer in Antony and Cleopatra (Portland Actors Ensemble), Calpurnia and Mr. Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird (Public House), Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway Rose), and the Drammy Award-winning Brother Sister Plays with Portland Playhouse. As a playwright, Josie is associated with the LineStorm playwrights collective. Three of her plays, Petite Dames, Jordan’s Wisdom and Overdue, have had public readings. Directorial credits include Hazardous Beauty at Artists Rep, and the upcoming American Summer Squash as part of this year’s Vanport Mosiac Festival.

Advisory Council

Ronni Lacroute
Ed Lawry PhD
Jayne Lovell
Patricia Norris MD
Martha Richards
Mark Schlesinger
Carmen Suarez
Bryan Wasetis
Sandra Wu MD
Serena Zilliacus

Auxiliary Council

Paul Calandrino
Gretchen Corbett
Cai Emmons
Jane Fellows
Brian Demar Jones
Jenni Green Miller
Kayla Lian
Jacklyn Maddux
Rebecca Nachison
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Ithica Tell
Todd Van Voris


Karla Mason SmithKarla Mason Smith, Senior Project Consultant, has been a professional actor for over twenty years, working in stage, film and television. A freelance copywriter, editor, marketing consultant and former nonprofit arts administrator, she has provided her expertise to a number of nonprofit performing arts groups in the Portland area.

Lorelei CulbertsonLorelei Culbertson, Operations Associate, received a Bachelor’s of Science in Women’s Studies from Portland State University in Spring of 2015, with minors in Gender/Sexuality/Queer Studies and Psychology. In her studies she focused on the systemic and cultural issues that prevent our society from achieving gender equity.