Our Leadership


Board of Directors

Jane VogelJane Vogel, Founder, 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 a founding AGE Board member. She is currently working on her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Portland State University. Whitney served most recently as director of continuous improvement at Angie’s List in Indianapolis, IN where she led enterprise-wide project management and business process improvement initiatives. 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 can positively impact women in the arts and help create healthier communities.

Peter PlattPeter Platt, Board Secretary, is a founding AGE Board member. He 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.

Rositsa (Rosi) Nikolaeva, Board Member, is a business consultant, as well as a manager and tax preparer at H&R Block. She has an MBA from the University of Oregon with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. Rositsa is also a performing artist and event planner, and co-founder and director of Son Latino Dance and Event Company. As a female artist and entrepreneur Rositsa is closely familiar with many of the challenges women face in business and in the arts, and she truly believes in Age & Gender Equity in the Arts’ mission of redefining women’s role in the arts community nationwide.

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, is an actor, playwright and director.  She is also a human resource specialist. Josie has acted in several shows regionally. Her favorite roles include Viney in The Miracle Worker (Artists Rep), and the Drammy Award-winning Brother Sister Plays with Portland Playhouse. As a playwright, Josie is associated with the LineStorm playwrights collective. Josie brings her expertise as an artist and an HR specialist to AGE. She is passionate and outspoken about EDI work in all facets of the arts and culture.

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 and founding AGE team member, has been a professional actor for over twenty years, working on stage and in film and television both regionally and locally. A freelance copywriter, editor, marketing consultant and former nonprofit arts administrator, she has most recently provided her expertise to a number of nonprofit performing arts groups in the Portland area.

Yasmin RuvalcabaYasmin Ruvalcaba, Community Engagement Coordinator, is a recent graduate from Williams College where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. While at Williams she was also active in the theatre community, directing and acting in plays for the student run Cap&Bells. She has been an advocate for increasing diversity and representation in the theatre community and is excited to continue this important task with AGE and the Portland community.