Friday, January 14, 2011

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Andy Kunkler
Board Treasurer

Thomas Manley
Board President

Dr. Tom Manley has served as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) since 2003. Under his leadership the College has more than doubled enrollment, quadrupled its endowment and positioned itself prominently in a national/international conversation around the important issues facing art and design practice and education. Regarded as a leading creative institution in a city of creative enterprises, PNCA has developed innovative programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and recently brought the Museum of Contemporary Craft under its umbrella. Tom serves on the boards of a number of organizations, but none more important than p:ear.

Justin Oswald
Board Secretary

Justin has always had big dreams, but what distinguishes him from others is his ability to take the actions necessary to make those dreams - be it climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to running a contemporary art gallery - into realities.

Justin currently lives in Portland, OR where he could be considered the unofficial official mayor of Bothwick Street.  An active supporter of the arts since his time spent at Lewis Clark College, Justin is in his sixth year on the board of directors at p:ear, an organization that serves disadvantaged youth in Portland. During his spare time Justin works as an event planner, specializing in fundraising, and traveling.

Beth Burns
p:ear Executive Director
(see staff bio above)

Liz Fuller
Board Member

Liz is the Executive Director of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit that lobbies and advocates to increase ongoing public investment in Oregon’s arts, heritage, and humanities.

Liz also runs L. Fuller Consulting, LLC, a political fundraising business where she has worked with a variety of candidates and elected officials including Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Attorney General John Kroger, and U. S. Senator Ron Wyden among others.

In her spare time Liz loves to bike and attend local performances. She also serves on the boards of Live Wire! Radio and Northwest Institute for Social Change.

Peter Bro
Board Member

Caroline Fitchett
Board Member

In college, Caroline dove into local politics, urging the administration to fix the abysmal food quality and selection. The school invested over a million dollars and now offers a wide selection of healthy and tasty foods.  Since that time she moved to Oregon and began her professional career in politics, serving in many development, organizing and management staff positions. She served as the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-choice Oregon, Training Director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Lobbyist and Health Policy Specialist for the Oregon Nurses Association. 

Her work helped to pass the 2007 law setting nutrition standards for snacks in Oregon’s public schools; to secure healthcare for all children in Oregon (2009 Healthy Kids Law); the Workplace Violence Prevention Law for Healthcare Workers; supported the passage of Metro’s 1995 and 2006 bond measures to invest collectively 335 million dollars to acquire naturals, restore local parks and protect water quality across the region. 

Currently she works as the Resident Relations Liaison involving residents in policy discussions at the Housing Authority of Portland and sits on a local task force studying policy implications for the eradication of bed bugs.  Caroline has worked in 10 election cycles in Oregon and Washington and in 5 legislative sessions in Oregon focusing on environmental protection, civil rights, labor and health care reform. 
Outside of activism, Caroline might be found exploring Portland’s growing art scene, traveling to a far-away country, learning to sail, or on a regular escape to one of Oregon’s wild places. 

Michael Buonocore

Board Member

Michael Buonocore works for the Housing Authority of Portland as an assistant director, focusing on human services for residents of public and affordable housing.  He has also worked as an associate director for Sisters of the Road, another Portland nonprofit agency that supports people experiencing homelessness.  

At home, Michael is the proud dad of two amazing daughters, Katie and Emma, who are also passionate advocates for human rights and social justice.  He shares his life with his partner, Gregg Baird, and their four dogs, who exhaust and delight him.  

Michael has been on the p:ear board since September 2009 and is humbled to be part of the agency's important work. 

Tristan McAllister
Board Member

Tristan prides himself on knowing a little bit about a lot of things. As a freelance television producer, NBC's TODAY Show and other network news organizations hire him to tell the stories that happen right here in the Pacific Northwest. He is passionate about helping people and organizations creatively tell their stories.

Barry Sanders
Board Member

Barry Sanders taught for thirty years at the Claremont Colleges, in Claremont, California, in both the departments of Literature and History of Ideas.  He is the author of some fourteen books, and is currently writer-in-residence at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Paul Finlay
Board Member

Owner/operator of residential design/build renovation company, Tychon Development.  Paul has volunteered on non-profit boards over past thirty years with focus on governance and program development, because he believes reinvestment in community is the critical link to the future for our children.  Paul is educated in journalism and public 

Being a grandpa to his granddaughters and grandson is a joy that he can’t get enough of.  Paul Loves great eating and cooking.  Sometimes with recipes and lots of intuition.

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