Cultural Heritage Commission Board Member Profiles
Board and Honorary Board are composed of members regionally and
nationally recognized for their writing, film, creative work, and
cultural impact. Look for highlighted
names for writing and
creative samples by Board, Emeritus Directors and Honorary Board
is a co-founder of OCHC. Born in 1946 in Greeley, Colorado, David
served as Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala before receiving a B.A.
in 1971 from Lewis and Clark College. For years David was editor and
art director of the Clinton
Street Quarterly, a
publication that showcased contemporary culture. A Portland resident
and prize-winning filmmaker – Blackjack's
Thorne Family Film – editor
and author, David received the 2004 Stewart H. Holbrook Award for
“significant contributions to Oregon’s literary arts.” David is
associate producer for Finding
is a life-long Oregonian. An attorney with a practice in Gresham, she
joined the Oregon State Bar in 1984. She has served on the Board of
Directors of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation and is the current
Chair of the Oregon Legal Heritage Interest Group. Her discovery of
the grave of author Louise Bryant in Versailles was instrumental in
the OCHC campaign to save it from imminent removal.
Curtis, Secretary, a
co-founder of OCHC, is a poet, perhaps best known for his 1977
autobiographical novella Mala
Noche, which inspired
Gus Van Sant’s first feature film. Walt is a passionate advocate
for preserving Oregon’s literary and artistic heritage. He received
the 1991 Stewart Holbrook Award.
Rubin, Treasurer, is a
graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She has had more
than twenty-five years of banking and finance experience. Currently,
Charlotte uses her financial knowledge assisting small businesses and
elderly clients on a private basis.
is a 2003 recipient of the Stewart H. Holbrook Award. He is a cultural
activist and was long president of the Oregon State Poetry Association.
David traces his Oregon roots to his great-grandparents’ arrival in
Canemah, founded by his great-great uncle at the head of Willamette
Falls south of Oregon City. David attended Oregon State University,
experienced life in Greenwich Village, and graduated from Portland
State University. His books include Steens Mountain Sunrise (2003) and A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to a Geology Degree (2011).
native of the Bronx and a graduate of Antioch College. David received
his Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota and has taught
U.S. cultural and 20th century history at Portland State University
since 1968. In 2007, he received the Millar Prize for outstanding PSU
faculty achievement and in 2012, the John Eliot Allen Teaching Award,
student selection as Outstanding Professor within the Portland State
Department of History. His academic publications, journalism, media
commentary, and public talks have focused on 20th century popular
culture and social and cultural conflict in American civilization.
Hylton is a veteran
jazz singer and professor of rhetoric and communication. After a long
career on the road, she settled in Portland, Oregon, to take her
place in the region’s vibrant jazz community, and to complete her
doctoral dissertation on the Vietnam War protests at Portland State
Leonard has worked in the field of public history and museums for more than
twenty-five years. As exhibits curator at Oregon Historical Society,
she organized more than sixty exhibitions. Lois is the author of One
Place across Time, a
history of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, and editor of Waging War on
Front: An Illustrated Memoir of World War II,
co-published in 2004 by Oregon State University Press and the OCHC.
Lois currently directs OCHC’s Finding
David Douglas film
Moscato is co-founder
and executive director of Know Your City, formerly the Dill Pickle Club. An
artist, curator and activist, Mark’s short films and videos have
screened at film festivals and spaces across the country.
Webb is an editor with
Portland State University and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The
Bear Deluxe magazine,
a leading national environmental arts publication. His B.A. is from
Vassar College in New York.
Wikelund owns Great
Northwest Bookstore, which specializes in regional literature and
history. A Reed College graduate, Phil is a widely recognized
appraiser of our region’s literary and cultural works.
OCHC Board members at
First Citizen banquet – 1999
OCHC's Honorary Board is drawn from experts who
positions in their fields
and have extensive knowledge about our areas
|Molly Powers Dusenbery
||Primus St. John
|Gus Van Sant
chiefs at OCHC C.E.S. Wood Memorial
unveiling at Multnomah County Central Library