Board of Directors

Oregon Humanities board members advise and support the organization's work in a number of ways. Board members serve renewable three-year terms and attend three general meetings per year that are held in various locations around the state. The Oregon Humanities board has financial oversight of the organization, takes an active role in fundraising, sets policy, approves new program initiatives, and promotes awareness of the organization.

Sona Karentz Andrews


Sona Karentz Andrews is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Portland State University. She has held faculty and leadership positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Boise State University, and Oregon University System. She was elected to the board in 2011.

Janet Webster

Vice Chair

Janet Webster was head librarian of the Guin Library at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for over twenty-five years. She chairs the Oregon Library Association Legislative Committee and is a member of the Oregon Community Foundation's North Coast Leadership Council. She was elected to the board in 2012. She lives in Newport.

Jeff Cronn


Jeff Cronn is a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP and has served as chair of the firm's business department since 2008. His practice emphasizes merger and acquisition transactions and a range of corporate and business matters. Jeff is a founder of Marathon Education Partners, a college-access program for low-income children, and is actively involved with the James Beard Public Market and literary and other nonprofit organizations in the Portland area. He was elected to the board in 2014.

Matthew Boulay


A former United States Marine Corps Reservist who served in Iraq in 2003, Matthew Boulay is a consultant for veterans' affairs and The New GI Bill at the Kisco Foundation and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University Teachers College. Elected to the board in 2013, he lives in Salem.

Robert Arellano

Robert Arellano is a professor at Southern Oregon University, where, in 2010, he directed a group of faculty in creating the Center for Emerging Media and Digital Arts. He is the author of six novels, including the recent Edgar Award finalist Havana Lunar and the Internet's first hypertext novel, Sunshine 69. His essays have been published in Tin House, the Village Voice, and Oregon Humanities. He was elected to the board in 2016 and lives in Talent.

Paul Duden

Paul currently practices mediation and arbitration of civil actions, and was a trial lawyer for more than forty years. He is an active member of the Oregon State Bar Association and Oregon Mediation Association. Paul is a founder of the Oregon Law Related Education Project and for twenty years has been a trustee of the Gordon Foundation, which awards grants to children. He was appointed to the board in November 2009 and lives in Portland.

Paige Hill

Paige Hill is a member of the leadership team at College Possible, a nonprofit that helps students with low incomes get into and graduate from college. After graduating from Grinnell College, she spent two terms of service as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible, working directly with high school students in Minnesota and at David Douglas High School in Portland. Outside of work, Paige is a foster cat mom for the Oregon Humane Society.

Kimberly Howard

Kimberly Howard heads education initiatives for the corporate social responsibility team at Portland General Electric. Prior to joining PGE, she was trust manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust, managing director at Portland's Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, and education/outreach director for Artists Repertory Theater. She serves on the board of Portland Playhouse and currently represents Oregon on the Western States Arts Federation's Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee. Howard is also an accomplished actress, with credits in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and several Portland theaters. She was elected to the board in 2014.

Nels Johnson

Nels Johnson is part of Thorn Run Partners' Oregon legislative practice. He has worked on various campaigns at the state, local, and federal levels. He was recently elected to one of the at-large positions for the Multnomah Education Service District in Multnomah County, Oregon. He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on law, government, and leadership at Warner Pacific College. He was elected to the board in 2015.

Julie Jones Manning

Julie Jones Manning is vice president for marketing, public relations, and community health promotion at Samaritan Health Services, a Corvallis-based regional health system serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. She served a four-year term as the mayor of Corvallis, where she lives, and has served on the boards of the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, the League of Oregon Cities, and the Cascades West Council of Government. She was elected to the board in 2017.

Emily Karr

Emily Karr is partner at the law firm Stoel Rives and practices in the areas of estate and financial planning, personal tax planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. She also serves on the boards of the Library Foundation and Northwest Academy, and is a past board member for Business for Culture and the Arts, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Northwest Earth Institute. She was elected to the board in 2014.

Kate Lasky

Kate Lasky has been the executive director of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., since 2010. JCLI is a nonprofit, donor-funded public library system serving 83,000 residents in southern Oregon. Lasky is a board member of the Public Library Division of the Oregon Library Association and serves on the OLA's Legislative and Development Committee. She lives in Grants Pass and was elected to the board in 2016.

Shannon Mara

Shannon Mara has worked in business management and consulting in Oregon since 1994. Prior to that, she was a strategy consultant in San Francisco and a chemical engineer. She works with Volunteers in Medicine, a nonprofit medical practice for uninsured patients, and Sudara Corp., a manufacturer of clothing made by women in India who are survivors of sex trafficking. She sits on the boards of Opportunity Knocks and 1859 Media LLC. She was elected to the board in 2015.

Win McCormack

Win McCormack is founder and publisher of the literary journal Tin House and lives in Portland. He was appointed to the board by the governor in fall 2002. He has been investing in magazines since the 1960s when he helped create Mother Jones. Win serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the magazine and as an official of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Alberto Moreno

Alberto Moreno is the executive director of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, a statewide organization whose mission is to eliminate health disparities for Latinos in Oregon. He also serves as the chair of the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and he founded the Oregon Community Health Workers Association. Moreno has informed state policy that supports health workers including establishment of Oregon's Traditional Health Worker Commission. He is a columnist for El Hispanic News and was appointed to the board in 2015.

Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan was elected to the board in 2013. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the energy utility sector, including twenty years with Portland General Electric. She is currently principal consultant at Graceful Systems, the company she founded in 2009. She lives in Lake Oswego.

Denise Reed

Denise Reed of Astoria is musical director of the North Coast Chorale, accompanist at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Seaside, an instructor in music appreciation and history at Tillamook Bay Community College, and a private voice instructor. She is also a volunteer radio programmer for Coast Community Radio and a steering committee member for the Lower Columbia Diversity Committee.

Chantal Strobel

Chantal Strobel is community relations and development manager for the Deschutes Public Library and Library Foundation, where she has worked since 1994. She oversees the Library's A Novel Idea … Read Together community reading program and Author! Author! literary series, among many other programs. She was elected to the board in 2012 and lives in Bend.

Diana Tomseth

Diana Tomseth has served on Les Schwab Tire Center's board for more than thirty years. She chairs the Dorothy Schwab Educational Foundation board and administers the Echo Fund, which facilitates an exchange of creativity and empowerment. She has served in board leadership positions at Seven Peaks School and the KIDS Center, a nonprofit serving sexually and physically abused children in Central Oregon. She lives in Bend and was elected to the board in 2017.

Dave Weich

Dave Weich is the president and founder of Sheepscot Creative, a branding agency based in Portland that concentrates on multimedia production and online marketing. The company's clients include the Oregon Cultural Trust, Simon & Schuster Publishers, Student Stylists, and the Wordstock Book & Literacy Festival. Prior to that, he was director of marketing and development at Powell's Books. He was elected to the board in 2011.