2015-2016 Board of Directors
Diana Kerman, Co-President | Diana has been involved with YMA for over 40 years as a parent and a grandparent of students. She is knowledgeable and passionate about equity inclusion, having taught high-needs students in inner-city schools for over 28 years. When she retired, Diana was the co-founder of the Portland Reading Foundation now called Reading Results. Starting this nonprofit gave Diana grant writing skills which have now benefited Young Musicians & Artists. In her spare time, Diana travels—she has walked both Hadrian’s Wall through England and El Camino across northern Spain. Diana is delighted to continue her long relationship with YMA.
Laura Moen, Co-President | Laura attended Young Musicians & Artists between 1973 and 1989, and both her son and daughter have been campers at YMA for the last several years. After graduating from Pitzer College with a bachelor’s degree in political psychology and art, she biked across the U.S. with fellow YMA alum Emily Harris. Laura went on to be the box office manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Washington, and owner of a small handmade and hand-painted housewares business called Just Art. She then served as soft goods product manager for Gregg’s Cycles, where she was named Employee of the Year, and ultimately opened her own small business, Moxie Northwest, which concentrates on sales and service in biking, running, and other outdoor industries.
Rebecca Wood, Vice President
Peter Markgraf, Secretary | Peter is a former YMA counselor who joined the board in 2009. He is a veteran of numerous political campaigns, and he has worked as a public involvement consultant specializing in projects with high visibility. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and an MBA from Portland State University. Peter’s time at YMA helped kindle a lifelong appreciation of the arts, and he spends his free time practicing the cello and listening to music as well as cycling and enjoying the outdoors.
Martha Gazeley, Treasurer | Martha has been a CPA in Portland Oregon for 20+ years and currently has her own business as a sole practitioner. Her daughter has been an enthusiastic participant at YMA for the last 5 years, hence her current involvement with the YMA Board. Martha has previously been active on boards for the Multnomah Athletic Club, Oregon Society of CPA’s, YWCA and Portland Women’s Foundation. She loves to ski, travel and spend time with family and friends. Other current volunteer work includes volunteering at Lincoln High School.
Ryan Blue | Ryan relocated to Portland after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and now works as an architectural designer. As a designer, he is a dedicated supporter of arts education, and finds endless value in how art can enrich life in many ways, large and small. Ryan is eager to get involved with the YMA board, and hopes to contribute his background of strong visual skills, along with a wide knowledge of music and the arts. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, film photography, live music, and exploring Portland by bike.
Jack Dekovich | Jack lives in southeast Portland with his wife Emily and their two cats. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Jack, a first-generation American, has always been fond of music and education. Initially, while attending Michigan State University, Jack planned on being a high school teacher. Upon graduation Jack moved back to Detroit to teach at his old high school, The University of Detroit Jesuit. Before starting law school, Jack spent a summer in Kan, Cameroon, a small secluded village, teaching French for the non-profit Wellspring of Hope. In 2012, Jack graduated from Willamette University College of Law, got married, and started his legal career. Currently, Jack works as a family law attorney for the Portland firm Landerholm Law, LLC. Jack contributes to the community through his work with several non-profit organizations involving law, education, human rights and music. In his precious free time, Jack can be spotted at several local bars playing music with the band “The Four Hot Kings” or playing ice hockey.
Richard Flores | Richard is a graduate of the University of California Davis, where he studied computer engineering. He is a software engineer at Intel and is active in Intel’s Latino Network, which supports local community projects to enable the Latino community. While at the university, he developed his passion for dance and performance art by participating in Baile Folklorico and other dance programs. In his spare time Richard enjoys the outdoors and practices his developing skills on the piano.
Bobby Fouther | Bobby Fouther’s career spans over forty-five years of artistic expression in the Northwest. Filling the roles of producer, director, performer, designer, exhibitor and teacher, his work has influenced thousands of students, peers and audiences in communities throughout the United States. For many years, this former Portland State University faculty member and instructor for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Outreach Programs has served as an artist‐in‐education for statewide artist residency programs sponsored by the Oregon, Washington and Idaho Arts Commissions and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Fouther has also served on curriculum development committees for the Children’s Museum, The World Affair’s Council of Oregon, Portland Public Schools and White Bird Dance. Mr. Fouther is currently the Children’s Program Director & Co‐Artistic Director for the Kemba Shannon Dance Center
Dale Holloway | Dale Holloway is retired from Lewis & Clark College after thirty years of serving in Academic and Student Affairs, most recently as Director of Student Support Services. She has also served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations that serve children and youth in Oregon.
Drew Liss | Drew Liss is an alumnus of YMA in both Choir and Drama from 1991. He has been with NW Natural since 2003, and as such has been working within the communities from Vancouver to Coos Bay, from Astoria to The Dalles. He has a long-standing love of the arts, and has volunteered his time for galleries and events all over the Portland landscape. He is the Volunteer Coordinator for a local Comic and Pop Culture convention, performing event planning and management for over 300 volunteers. As one of the newest members of the board, he is “dedicated to helping secure the future of the arts in the NW”.
Lisa Lyon | Lisa Lyon is a community volunteer. She has been of service to children and their families for many years through her participation as a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. She also served as coordinator for the After School Enrichment program, Passport Club and GO Read tutoring program at the Creative Science School. Currently, she is the Director of the “T is for Tennis” program with the Greater Portland Tennis Council.
Mia Matusow | Mia Matusow has been happily involved with YMA since 1980, when she first attended as a camper. She went on to become a YMA counselor and later served on the Session 1 faculty as the saxophone instructor. Mia passed along her love of YMA to her two sons, both of whom now build their summer schedules around camp. Since 1997, she has been the co-owner of Blue Line Writing & Editing, which she runs together with her former YMA roommate. Mia and her husband have been YMA volunteers for years, and she joined the board in 2015.
Emma Pelzner | Emma is a former YMA camper and counselor who has spent much of her adulthood wishing she could return to camp. She works as a nonprofit consultant, helping organizations tackle questions about their strategy and people management – work she currently does freelance and previously did for The Bridgespan Group, a firm in New York. Emma earned both a BA and MBA from Yale, and recently moved home to Portland where she is having fun introducing her husband and baby son to the amazing hiking and food in the Pacific Northwest.
Mary Wheeler | Mary Wheeler is a proud alumna of the YMA Choir. Since 1996, she has worked in just about every position of retail banking in the Northwest. Her primary goal within her bank branches has been to consistently receive a high-level rating of customer satisfaction. In addition to her active support of the arts and YMA in particular, Mary sits on the Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time, Mary still enjoys singing as well as attending the opera and spending time with her husband and children.
Monica Hayes, Education & Community Programs Director, Oregon Symphony
Amy Jacobsen, Director of Communications, Peter Jacobsen SPORTS
Hardy Myers, Oregon Attorney General (1979-1983)
Anna Peterson, Mayor of Salem
Traci Rossi, Executive Director, Innovative Changes
Tomas Svoboda, Composer, Conductor, and Professor Emeritus, Portland State University Music Department