Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Jane Vogel Mantiri, 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 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.

Arnie Perlstein, Board Secretary, 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.

Dayna Corwin, Board Member, is in attorney who recently produced her first play. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College of Law and has been a litigator for over 25 years. She believes strongly that art is the best medium to move our culture/society to higher levels of understanding, tolerance, curiosity and social justice through inspiration (versus confrontation).  She joined AGE because of its advocacy; it provides the structure and opportunity to put these beliefs into practice.

Dr. Leroy E. Bynum Jr, Board Member, is the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Portland State University.  He began his position at PSU in Fall 2017. Dr. Bynum is a performing artist, appearing in operatic roles, as featured soloist, and in solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He has maintained a vibrant voice studio which launched students into successful careers as performers and pedagogues.  Dr. Bynum was recently honored by the University of Georgia as one of its Graduate Alumni of Distinction. This award recognized graduate alumni who excelled in their respective fields.

Angela Smith-Lund, Board Member, brings a varied skill set to the AGE Board. She has a degree in French and Literature, and has competed in collegiate Track & Field. She currently works in accounting at Arnerich Massena. Angela served as a legislative aid and correspondent for a member of the US House of Representatives. She moved to Portland in 2006 to work as a sports and fashion model. Her life motto is “Be fearless. Be crazy. Win big.” and describes herself as a “fearless contrarian”, Angela has joined AGE because she believes in the mission to effect social change through the beauty of the arts.

Vicki Guinn, Board Member, a native Oregonian, is a healthcare public relations professional for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, an urban hospital and Level 1 trauma where she is responsible for media relations, community engagement, issues management/PIO duties, social media and crisis management. Guinn previously worked as a marketing manager for a small Medicare provider and in media, community relations and organizational development for Kaiser Permanente. She is a part-time communication instructor at a local community college. Throughout her career, she’s gained experience and a passion for engaging with diverse audiences on issues related to health. Guinn holds a BS in broadcast communication from Oregon State University and an MS in communication theory from the University of Portland. She has served on numerous boards. Her proudest accomplishment is her daughter, a third-year medical school student.

Leah Altman (Oglala Lakota/Persian), Board Member,  grew up as a member of the Portland urban Indian community. Leah is the development manager for the Native Arts and Culture Foundation. She has a background in Portland-area social service and environmental justice nonprofits, primarily in grant writing and donor development. Leah holds an MA in writing and is an alum of the Portland Emerging Arts Leaders mentorship program and the Coalition of Communities of Color’s Bridges program. Her passions include beadwork, poetry, cooking, and playing pool. She has two daughters. Leah is eager to put her fundraising and strategic development skills to use to dismantle barriers and promote equity in the arts.

Eleanor Gil-Kashiwabara, Board Member is a licensed psychologist and an actor.  As a bilingual, Latina psychologist of Puerto Rican and Cuban descents, Dr. Gil-Kashiwabara has a passion for providing culturally-responsive mental health care. Much of her work has addressed service inequities and culturally-specific service provision in Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.  She is Past-President of the Oregon Psychological Association (OPA) and currently serves as the Oregon delegate on the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives. She is the first Latina to serve as president of OPA and founded the OPA Diversity Committee. She was awarded the  2019 American Psychological Association Presidential Citation.  Her private practice provides psychological consultation and training for cultural competency.

Eleanor is the mother to two inspiring daughters, ages 8 and 14 who are both actors. It is her hope that they, along with all other women in the arts, will benefit from the amazing work being done by AGE. Eleanor is thrilled to serve on the AGE Board, merging her skills and passions as a social justice psychologist and an actor.

Serena Zilliacus, Board Member, brings a variegated background to the AGE Board. She was born in Australia, is married to a Frenchman, and her daughter and son were born in Holland.  Serena has British and American citizenships. Other nationalities and religions in her immediate family, cover the globe from Finland to Egypt; Quakers to Islam. She started her career in theatre and television between London and Sydney and Paris, working as an actress, stage manager, producer and director. When her daughter was born in Amsterdam in ‘98, Serena changed careers and became a Homeopath. She travelled to Boukombé, Bénin, West Africa, with Homeopaths Without Borders, to teach local people how to prescribe remedies for diarrhea to 3rd degree burns to childbirth. Serena contracted a serious form of Malaria in 2010 and changed careers again. She has served as Board Member and Chair on the Board for Portland based Northwest Dance Company. Serena is excited at the prospect of helping AGE to further their mission with women in the arts.

Pamela O’Hare, Board Member, is an actor and an advocate for social justice with a background in business management and tax analysis. She holds a B.S. in Business and Leadership from Marylhurst University, and believes that genuine curiosity and kindness are her superpower.Her mother is from the Caribbean island of Dominica, and her father is from Minnesota. Pam is a Military Brat who mostly grew up in San Jose, California before relocating with her employer to Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. After moving thirteen times in twelve years she returned to Oregon, and fully unpacked in the Portland area in 2000.An early supporter of AGE, Pam is inspired by its simple, efficient, effective strategy, and she is honored to help navigate the future of AGE as a board member. 

Team

Yasmin Ruvalcaba, Program Manager, is a Portland based director, writer, and arts advocate. She centers her work around advancing equity, honoring mentorship and education, and promoting community outreach and engagement. Yasmin is currently working at AGE as the Program Manager. In partnership with AGE she founded The AGE Theatre Collective. Her time is also spent working with Portland Center Stage as a teaching artist. Yasmin has also engaged with her community through directing. Most recently she was also honored to be the assistant director for La Ruta (Artists Repertory Theatre) and La Isla En Inviero/The Island in Winter (Bag&Baggage Productions). Yasmin is also an active writer in the community. Two of her monologues are currently featured in Theatre Diaspora’s Here on This Bridge: The -ism Project. The most current project Yasmin is working on is a Dia de los Muertos performance in partnership with Bag&Baggage and Centro Cultural.

Advisory Council

Ronni Lacroute
Jayne Lovell
Dr. Patricia Norris
Jocelyn Seid
Peter Platt
Phyllis Yes
Francene Blythe