THE GEEZER GALLERY BOARD
The Geezer Gallery President
Boeing Quality Specialist
Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA)
Dianne Jean Erickson
An award-winning artist, Dianne works out of her studio in Portland. 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. She is currently Vice-President of the Portland Chapter of IEA (IEA-PDX). Dianne exhibits her work nationally, and has taught classes in a number of mediums. She currently works in encaustic (hot wax painting) and is an avid printmaker.
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.
North Carolina Board Liaison
Turner is the Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor at Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences. She grew up in North Carolina and has her MS and PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Turner also completed a post doctoral research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center’s Center for Aging and Human Development. Her area of expertise is American Indian aging issues including chronic disease, functional status, and long-term care with over 55 research publications.
Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2006 in the Institute of Health Promotion Research and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. In 2011 she completed a Post Doctorate Fellowship with the Department of Psychology at UBC. In 1976 she graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, and in 1980 received a Master’s of Architecture degree from UBC. After working in architecture for about 30 years and raising a family, Dalia returned to school to pursue a new direction in gerontology, specifically in the study of creative expression, dementia and the therapeutic environment. The Creative Expression Activities Program she conceived and developed for seniors with dementia won an award from the American Society on Aging and the MetLife Foundation. She continues to deliver presentations and workshops demonstrating the program and her research work in the US, Canada, Israel and Europe. Dalia founded the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care in British Columbia and is the moving force behind the annual international conferences and workshops on creative expression, communication
Remote Exhibition Coordinator / Director
Jenny Bunce is a Connecticut native who moved to Portland in 2010. When not working for The Geezer Gallery, Jenny is the Marketing Associate at Northwest Children’s Theater and School. She also teaches drama to children and performs throughout the year. She enjoys hiking, singing, playing ukulele, cooking, and is never too far away from her camera.
Leadership / Finance
Geezer On The Move
Paul is an Assistant Program Director for Geezer Gallery and as the Geezer-On-The-Move Paul will provide reports via a blog about TGG’s growing presence and to serve as a resource for their work around Portland. As a former social worker. gerontologist and brain health proponent he have worked with the older population in Portland through developing activities with art, providing dementia support, and focusing on the changing needs and concerns of our rapidly growing senior population. Paul has an Associates of Applied Science in Gerontology from Portland Community College and has a certificate of advance behavior and cognitive care. As a member of the OHSU Brainet, I have witnessed first hand what art can do in the lives of older people who may be limited by circumstance and availability of this kind of enrichment. As an early advocate for the positive aging movement I am excited to see the direction that TGG is heading to obtain verifiable evidence of the efficacy of art therapy with courses that expose them to the many varieties of artistic expression that can stimulate and activate their minds, bodies and souls. In the words of Amy Henderson, TGG’s founder, “Art is really preventative medicine.”
Web Design / Email Campaigns
Summer Kaplan has BFA from Sonoma State University. She has been working as a graphic and web designer for over 10 years. She is currently working as a freelance designer at Kaplan Arts.
Acacia grew up in Southeast Portland and has been active within the Pacific Northwest art scene since 2010. She is currently pursuing a degree in Art History at Lewis and Clark College and plans to expand her studies to Italy in spring of 2017. Acacia loves the creative hub that is Portland and is excited to be apart of the Geezer Gallery not only to further her curatorial skills but also to work in a place whose mission focuses on bettering the Portland art community.
Natalie is a fine artist born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is passionate about the northwest. She just completed her undergraduate degree at Portland State University majoring in Art Practices with a minor in Business Administration. Natalie is an award-winning printmaker in addition to designing skis and snowboards for a local company. She is inspired by the outdoors and hopes to convey her love for the northwest through visual storytelling. Natalie also hopes that by working with the Geezer Gallery and its mission, she will gain valuable knowledge in the field she admires.