Teri Fitch, Fitch Associates, President
Gerard Lester, Vacasa, Secretary
Matthew Robinson, Nike
Bruce Livingston, Founder, PlayWrite, Inc.
Teri is a founding partner of Fitch Associates, a management-consulting firm, with offices in Portland and San Francisco. She's worked with a range of clients over the last 15 years including Apple, Adobe, Kaiser Permanente', Oracle, and others.
Beyond her work, Teri has committed herself to working as a board member and volunteer for organizations she's passionate about. She coached women and minority job seekers at the groundbreaking Career Action Center in the Bay Area. At Cornish Institute in Seattle, Teri built the Inter-Arts Collaborative Group at Cornish Institute for the Arts bringing together artists of different disciplines to create unique works of art with a mission to shine a light on injustice, and inequality and to give voice to issues that were being ignored.
As a member of PlayWrite's board, she's focused on helping the organization build capacity and replicate it's amazing success in working with youth at the edge in Portland. Utilizing the resources of Portland Equity in the Arts, her goal is on continuing to enrich the board's capacity, representation and connections with the diverse communities of Oregon.
Gerard has worked in non-profit leadership in the past, including wtih Great Outdoors Academy, where he combined his love of the outdoors and working with youth. Through GOA he met Bruce Livingston who brought him back into the service world to sit on the board of PlayWrite, Inc. Gerard brings great skill to the board with his professional experience in business development with marketing and advertising, entertainment, travel and tourism. He’s currently the Vice President of Business Development at Vacasa, one of the leading companies in the emerging vacation rental industry. He loves being a dad, and during his free, time he plays music with friends and enjoys outdoor adventures.
Kerry relocated to the USA from Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. In the past 5 years she has worked as the Development Director for a local social services agency, acted as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Multnomah Country, served a 2-year term as a board member for her synagogue and volunteered for many fundraising events.
Kerry is currently working on an initiative that will inspire teachers and support them in moving future generations away from intolerance toward kindheartedness. She feels passionate about making the world a better place and believes that the work PlayWrite do with youth on the edge is at the core of that.
She is a high energy, passionate person, committed to making a difference. In her personal time, Kerry enjoys cooking (and eating ), spending time with her cats and husband.
Sherry’s day job is writing marketing collateral and content, most often for large tech companies. She has been a marketing manager or director for Geotechnical Resources, Inc. (GRI), Supertracks, and Swan Island Networks, and a senior writer/editor for Act-On marketing automation. Her creative projects include theatrical plays, short stories, and screenplays. She won an Oregon Book Award for Drama for Vitriol & Violets: Tales From the Algonquin Round Table. She was the first press officer for Bag&Baggage Productions, in Hillsboro, and was on the board for three years. She has done public relations for other theatres in Portland, including Broadway Rose, Triangle, and Cygnet Productions. She is married and has two grandchildren she dotes on.
Denise is philanthropist working to address systemic change by prioritizing communities who experience disparities. Without this equity perspective, philanthropy actually continues the historic oppression faced by marginalized communities.
Currently, Denise is a Program Officer Fellow at Meyer Memorial Trust working on the Trust’s Healthy Environment Portfolio. She is part of the Momentum Fellowship program, geared to broaden the field of traditional philanthropy.
Denise is experienced in fundraising and organizational development through her work with nonprofits in Portland, OR such as PlayWrite, Inc. and Mercy Corps Northwest.
Prior to development work, Denise spent about a decade dedicated to animal welfare, environmental, and administrative law issues. She worked in private practice on a variety of cases and campaigns to hold polluters accountable for environmentally burdensome practices. She traveled to rural communities nationwide to help citizens navigate and participate in the regulatory and legal processes. She also worked as a community organizer on sustainable farming issues.
Denise graduated with a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, Denise sings, creates art, and explores the world with her human and canine family.
After moving to the NW, Matthew sought out an organization that would allow him to make an impact in the lives of kids. He found that in PlayWrite. After attending a number of PlayWrite events including a performance, he decided to join the Board and is excited to help the organization grow. Matthew was born and raised overseas in Kingston, Jamaica, and has lived in Florida and Texas. He holds a BA from the University of Florida (Go Gators!!) and a JD from UT-Austin, and currently works at Nike.
Bruce has been connecting youth at the edge with theatre since 1996. He established PlayWrite to pursue this passion, combining established theatre practices and neuroscience research with engaged and invested coaches to best serve the needs of youth. Bruce holds degrees from Reed College and the University of Chicago, both in Anthropology. He lived and taught in Shiraz, Iran from the late 60’s until the 1978 revolution. In 1980 he entered the culinary world in Paris, and adventures with food occupied him for the next decade and a half. In 1996, he was invited to write a play for a child in the Haven Project, and ever since has been passionately involved in connecting young people with theatre. He served as Managing Director of the Haven Project from 2000 through April 2003, and founded PlayWrite in November of 2003.