The Old Church is a nonprofit historic landmark and concert hall in the heart of the cultural district in Portland, Oregon. The Old Church has an enthusiastic staff who believe deeply in its mission and work tirelessly to create great events and ensure a bright future for The Old Church. The staff brings varied skills and backgrounds, but we all love working with people and serving as stewards of The Old Church.
The volunteer board of The Old Church plays an essential role in governance, fundraising, and strategy. Our board members have varied backgrounds including music, design, architecture, and management. And they’re all passionate about The Old Church.
Amanda Stark, Executive Director
As a child Amanda was obsessed with drawing Victorian figures. She moved on to Gilbert and Sullivan, Dickens, the Brontë sisters, Oscar Wilde, and a degree in Victorian British History. Little did she imagine she would one day work in what could be a setting for a Victorian novel. All this along with her eclectic background (touring performer, artist manager, festival organizer, promoter) make her a great Executive Director for The Old Church. Since 2010 she has led major capital improvements, developed exciting new cultural programs, and forged important relationships; and she says she has only just begun!
Bernard Keough, Facilities Manager
Bernard Keough is the Dorian Gray of The Old Church whose portrait is hidden in a spot that only he knows. No one has spent more time in the building discovering its secrets and preserving its beauty. He gladly shares these secrets with structural engineers, architects, preservationists, tourists, and visitors alike. Bernie is also a long time performing member of the Portland music scene. A bassist for many bands, an event coordinator, and sound engineer for some Grammy nominated acts, Bernie can be found all around the city making musical things happen, including every Wednesday hosting the free noon concert series at The Old Church. He maintains the building, advocates for historical preservation, and solves all sorts of problems at The Old Church.
Gayle Love, Office Manager and Wedding Facilitator
Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s speaks to Gayle’s affinity for order in administrative matters and has been invaluable in her years of working for non-profits in her native Portland. She picked up skills as a secretary with Portland’s Office of Planning & Development and as a coordinator of volunteers and director of CPR trainings for emergency responders at the American Heart Association, then located just a block from The Old Church. She recalls walking past The Old Church on lunch breaks in the ’80s, thinking that someday she should stop and look inside. Finally, she did. Later, her oldest daughter was married in The Old Church. Gayle also operated a floral business for weddings and events, which gave her more opportunities to visit The Old Church before joining its staff in 2002.
Gina Piroli, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Gina, a.k.a., “The Old Church Lady,” has been a time traveler and preservationist since she was a ’tween volunteer for the Young Harmonist Program at Old Economy Village in Ambridge, PA. Time travel – immersion in past historical periods – deepened her understanding of the present and has been lots of fun. While completing a master’s degree in music, she worked as an event and volunteer coordinator for the Art Deco Society of California, and still travels down to the Dunsmuir Mansion every September (with her ’tween son in tow) to participate in their annual fundraiser, the Gatsby Summer Affair. Her credo is, “Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s better.” Her quest for historic preservation and contemporary relevance continues as The Old Church’s Marketing and Promotions Coordinator.
Moe Lincoln, Artist Liaison
Moe has been strongly influenced by music: she started singing at a very young age and always knew she would pick a career in this field. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in May 2016 with degrees in Vocal Performance and Business Administration. During her college career, she went to nationals for forensic communication, held an esteemed track career, and started an all-female a Cappella group. A week after graduation she uprooted from Chicago to Portland, landing an internship at The Old Church! She was hired on as the Artist Liaison/Social Media Manager and has added a wonderful essence to the team. Though she has not been here very long, she hit the ground running!
Board of Directors, 2016-17
- Robert Hermanson, President
- Charlotte Henry, CPA, Treasurer
- Stephen Price, Vice-President
- Katharine Lawrence, Secretary
- Constance Bracewell
- Rosemary Ellis
- Kelli J. Fields
- Sally Kuhns
- Carol Lesch
- Susan Schwartz
- Susan Dewitt Smith