Board of Directors
Jane 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, 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 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.
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 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 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.
Ed Lawry PhD
Patricia Norris MD
Sandra Wu MD
Brian Demar Jones
Jenni Green Miller
Todd Van Voris
Karla 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.
Yasmin 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.