THE GEEZER GALLERY BOARD
President of the Board
Candyce Scott has been affiliated with The Geezer Gallery since 2011; first as an artist seeking representation, then as an art program facilitator. With an interdisciplinary degree from Marylhurst University in art and psychology she uses her knowledge to bring therapeutic art programs to older adults. As an artist she creates kinetic art to fill 2 and 3 story spaces. In the past she has been a small business owner, and has worked in public transportation as a computer technician. Today she also works part-time as a Residential Counselor for a drug and alcohol program.
Dianne Jean Erickson
An award-winning artist, Dianne works out of her studio in the Multnomah Village area Portland. She is a painter, printmaker and sculptor in various mediums. She owned a graphic design and marketing firm in Palo Alto for a number of years. Her non-profit experience includes Chief Business Officer of the International Encaustic Artists, Inc. (IEA), President of the Board at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA, and Communications Director for St. Vincent de Paul in Medford, OR. She has a BFA in studio art from Southern Oregon University and was a founding member of a co-op gallery in Jacksonville and Medford, OR. Dianne exhibits her work nationally, is represented by Basic Space Gallery in the Pearl District, shows her work with Geezer Gallery, and holds art workshops in a number of mediums at her studio.
Works in Corporate Social Responsibility with Portland General Electric; more than 20 years of experience in community relations and public affairs; focused on outreach, safety education, event planning and volunteer coordination. Has a strong commitment to community service and enjoys collaborating to maximize community relationships; works to strategically enhance the corporate reputation of Oregon’s largest electric utility in communities where PGE’s 2,700 employees live and work.
Ann Gardner is a life-long resident of Portland and graduate of Portland State University. She retired from Schnitzer Steel Industries as the Government Relations Manager and Executive Director of the Working Waterfront Coalition. Until recently, she supported the arts solely as a collector, but more recently took up sketching to record her travels. She was introduced to the The Geezer Gallery during the summer of 2018 when she took the Capturing Time: Journaling Your Journey class. She now more fully understands the relationship between art and mental health, and her personal goal as a board member is to help finance more Capturing Time programs, especially for at-risk seniors or those who might otherwise not be able to afford such a valuable experience.
Marvin Kuperstein is a retired non-profit executive with a passion for services to the elderly. Professionally he ran several social service agencies spanning a career of over forty years. Most recently he ran Jewish Family and Child Services of Portland, Oregon retiring in 2008. Currently he serves as a board member of Store to Door which provides grocery shopping and friendly visiting to home bound elderly and people with disabilities. Marvin is an alumni of Hunter College in the Bronx and received his masters degree in social work from Yeshiva University in New York City.
Linda Lawson is a passionate art appreciator with a strong commitment to building community and improving the quality of life for Oregonians. Professionally, she has led government relations efforts in Washington, DC to ensure the views of governors and states are represented in federal legislation and national policy. She also served as the administration’s representative on a White House interagency initiative to build better public access to federal programs and services. Most recently, she has been an innovative leader in helping to transform and integrate workforce, post-secondary and human services programs in states across the nation. When Linda moved back home to Portland in 2014 to be close to her aging parents, she joined The Geezer Gallery Board and enthusiastically harnesses her background to help advance its mission to bring therapeutic arts programs to elders in need in our community. Linda is an alumnus of George Fox University.
THE GEEZER GALLERY TEAM MEMBERS
Amy is the founder of The Geezer Gallery, and she has earned degrees in Interior Design, Business and Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Gerontology. She has a passion for championing senior citizens in the arts as well as creating a variety of art therapy curriculums which in turn lead to increased brain health, decreased depression, and improved social connections. She has established partnerships with Actors Repertory Theatre, OHSU, and OMSI as well as utilizing existing populations at Rose Schnitzer Towers, Station Place Tower, REACH, Mary’s Woods and others to explore these therapeutic interventions. A strong network of Sustainability Sponsors and Community Partners provide the wheels of exposure TGG strives to provide in this rich and culturally aware local environment.
Marcia Director, Development Director since 2012, is responsible for implementation of The Geezer Gallery’s development objectives. She brings over 3 decades of knowledge and experience fundraising, administering and marketing for non-profit organizations such as OMSI, Albertina Kerr Centers, Oregon College of Art & Craft and The Dougy Center. She has expanded The Geezer Gallery’s grant-seeking program with research into foundations that had not previously supported The Geezer Gallery, as well as stewarding existing supporters and strengthening relationships. She is developing other initiatives, including increasing efforts to expand TGG’s giving campaigns and corporate sponsorship programs.
Program Coordinator / Program Director
Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich is an innovative leader in Creative Aging Programs which use artistic expression to encourage good health and vitality throughout life. Cheryl’s landed her passionate expertise to art-related community initiatives including Spirit of ’45 and work with the Career Transitions Program at Idealist.org/Action Without Borders.
As the Program Director for Geezer Gallery, Cheryl designed and now leads two innovative curriculums: Capturing Time and Vibrant Elders. These successful programs are now used in research trials in collaboration with Oregon Health and Sciences University to document the effects of creative activities on the health and wellness of elders. During the trials, Cheryl will act as lead facilitator and key researcher under the mentorship of Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka PhD., Founder and Chair of The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care. These trials will document what Cheryl has seen first-hand over her lifetime: the significant improvements in health and wellness that occur when seniors participate in creative activity programs facilitated by professionals.
Cheryl has a certificate in Gerontology from Portland Community College, a certification from the National Center for Creative Aging Artist Training in Arts and Aging, and certification in administrating the Creative Expressive Abilities Tool CEAA. She has presented programs on Creativity and Aging at Regional and National Conferences, as well as in numerous public and academic settings.
As a skilled artist in her own right, Cheryl continues to create artistically today experimenting with paper, printmaking, and mixed media. Cheryl’s work has been exhibited both in the States and abroad and her unique style embraces the world and its many cultures. Her hope is to inspire others with her own robust creative spirit and open opportunities for elders to thrive through creative expression.
Laura Huffaker-Program Facilitator
BIO coming soon…