The People Behind the Oaks

Molly Alloy &
Nathanael Andreini,

Leading the organization as a collaborative team, Nathanael (he/him) and Molly (they/them) utilize their shared brain to keep the museum stable but never stale. Hit them up about strategic partnerships, collaboration opportunities, events and public programs, and other wild schemes.

Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk,
Cultural Resources Manager

The Cultural Resources Manager, Mariah (she/her), ensures that the museum’s cultural resources are well cared for, organized, and accessible for the benefit of the community. From supporting researchers, interns and guest curators to keeping up with the latest in collections care — if objects that tell important stories are involved, Mariah’s the one for the job.

Rachel Brumit,
Operations Coordinator

As Operations Coordinator Rachel (she/her) is responsible for the overall support of the museum through varied administrative duties, facilities maintenance, memberships and general operations and event support. For general inquiries, and if you’re not sure who to reach out to, Rachel will sort you out.

Victoria Sundell,
Learning Coordinator

As the Learning Coordinator, Victoria (she/her) integrates dynamic, inclusive learning into all aspects of audience experiences. This role builds engagement pathways for learners of all kinds through direct visitor service, educational programs and field trips, interpretive materials, and social media. So, for all things learning, you need Victoria’s capable help.

Steph Littlebird Fogel,
Curator of This IS Kalapuyan Land

Steph (she/her; Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) worked with the museum to bring an outdated exhibit new life, and shift the narratives to a Native perspective with a focus on contemporary art and marginalized histories. Steph is a visual artist, professional writer, and curator from Washington County, Oregon. She is a 2019 Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) project grant awardee, a two-time Art + Sci Initiative recipient, and Fogel has worked in collaboration with the Oregon Bee Project, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Postal Service. Fogel served as a juror for the Idea Initiative grant program, and received the Nancy Tonkin Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Artists.

Becca Owen,
Curator of Gender Euphoria

Becca (they/them) is a genderqueer, non-binary art historian, curator, and arts administrator. They hold a BA in art history and queer studies from Sarah Lawrence College. Their past experience includes working as the Head Curator of the Open Show at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, a Visitor Services Lead at the Portland Art Museum, and an Engagement Fellow at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Linden How,
Critical Librarian

Linden (she/her) is a librarian and museum professional working on a project with the museum to evaluate our library of books and helping us cook up a new vision of how to put them to best use.

Debi Knox and Karen Kearns
Volunteer Researchers

These incredible volunteers, Debi (she/her) and Karen (she/her) keep our Research Desk working – the archives would be so lonely without them.

Veronika Kiss and Dennis Trune
Volunteer Grant Writers

Veronika (she/her) and Dennis (he/him) are an indispensable support in our grant-writing work.

Mario Gallucci

Mario (he/him) is the visionary photographer behind the majority of the pictures on this website. Find more of Mario’s work here.

Board of Directors

Richard (Dick) Schouten – President
Commissioner, Washington County (District 1)

Cierra Johnson – Interim Treasurer
Owner/Bookkeeper, Oak Books

Vanessa Benedetti – Secretary
Director of Real Estate & Facilities, Vestas

Ameena Bossier Djanga
Technical Recovery Analyst, Nike

Nafisa Fai
Founding Director, Pan African Festival Foundation

Tom Hughes
Metro Council, Former Mayor at City of Hillsboro

Kira Iwasaki
Artist/Designer/Collaborator, Self-Employed

Stephanie Kim
Color Designer, Nike

Alfredo Moreno
Community Relations Manager, Portland Community College Rock Creek

Cultural Resources Committee

Alanna Colwell – Committee Chair
Archivist & Records Supervisor, Washington County

Eva Guggemos
Archivist & Instructional Librarian, Pacific University

Linden How
Reference & Instructional Librarian, Portland Community College

Virginia (Ginny) Mapes
Author/Historian, Self-Employed

Jordan Rosenblum
Senior Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University School of Art+Design