The PDX Jazz Board

Joe Maita

Board President

Joe’s passion for jazz music started as a teenager when first exposed to Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” in a Berkeley record store, ultimately leading to the discovery of Bird, Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Duke, Dizzy and far beyond. This interest in music led to a career in the entertainment software distribution business, where he has been an executive since moving to Portland in 1978. In the ensuing years, Maita Marketing Group has been an important link for creators and distributors of independent music and film to the country’s leading retailers. As publisher of the award-winning website Jerry Jazz Musician, Joe has been a longtime advocate for jazz education on a national level. As PDX Jazz Board President, he has worked to expand the educational initiatives the organization presents, creating the “Jazz in the Schools” program whose goal is to educate Portland-area students about jazz history and the art jazz music influenced, and to ultimately provide them with artistic inspiration.

Pancho Savery

Board Vice President

Pancho Savery is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College with academic focuses including African American literature; American literature and cultural history; modern and contemporary drama, poetry, and fiction; creative writing; and American Indian fiction. Pancho holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and was voted “Most Likely to be at Every Show” by PDX Jazz Staff.

Martin Mueller

Board Treasurer

A native of Kansas City, KS and raised in Oregon, Martin Mueller and wife Sally recently returned to Portland after nearly four decades in New York City. Martin is the former Dean of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Greenwich Village and has been active in Jazz Education for 38 years, in the US and in more than 25 countries. He was a founding member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz and was the NYC leader for the NEA research study “Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians.” Martin has appeared on numerous jazz and arts panels and received Downbeat Magazine’s Achievement Award for Jazz Education in 2002 and the “A Team” advocacy award from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2005.

Diana Dearin

Board Secretary & Marketing Committee Chair

Diana Dearin is a global marketing, branding and social media expert who has been connecting people and products for more than two decades. Currently the International Marketing Program Manager at Mentor Graphics, an Oregon-based high-tech company, Diana has responsibility for the field marketing team in Europe, India and the PACRIM. Before joining Mentor, Diana worked as a graphic designer, creative director and marketing communications professional for several creative agencies and consumer goods start-ups. Diana holds a business degree from Regis University, Denver, CO; in addition to the several years of course work from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Diana looks forward to sharing her extensive marketing experience – from strategic brand development to content development and delivery – with PDX Jazz, as we bring this original American art form to our wonderful city!

Eric Busch

Board Member

Listening to jazz on the radio in Chicago in the early sixties, Eric began his lifelong love of music in high school. After law school, he moved to Oregon in 1970 working first as a Legal Aid lawyer and eventually served for 25 years as a regulatory specialist in the legal department at The Regence Group. Presently, he runs a small real estate investment business and serves on the board of a non-profit medical clinic in NE Portland.

Barry Cain

Board Member

Barry Cain owns and directs Gramor Development, Inc., a commercial retail real estate company specializing in the development of retail shopping centers and restaurants. Since 1985, Gramor consistently has been one of the most active commercial developers in the metropolitan Portland area, having completed more than 65 retail and mixed-use projects valued in excess of $1 billion. Barry also owns and operates three restaurants – a full-service Asian bistro, FiveSpice Seafood + Wine Bar in downtown Lake Oswego, Café Murrayhill in Beaverton and Blast Burger, a casual family-oriented gourmet burger spot in downtown Lake Oswego. Prior to his career in real estate development and restaurant operations, Barry worked as purchasing manager for Ping Golf Clubs and sold residential real estate in the Seattle market. He enjoys traveling, tennis and spending time with his two grown sons and four grandchildren. In 2010 Barry was awarded Commercial Real Estate’s CEO of the Year by the Portland Business Journal, and Gramor ranked in the top 10 of Commercial Real Estate and Development companies.

Matt Czyzewski (Cha-zev-ski)

Board Member

Matt has lived in the Portland area since 1996 and since that time has worked for Biamp Systems, the leading provider of professional audio solutions for conferencing, paging, sound reinforcement, and other corporate requirement. He is a music enthusiast (especially jazz), audio enthusiast and enjoys the local restaurant, wine and beer scene (all of which he thinks goes very well with music). He Currently lives in the wine country town of Newberg where he is painstakingly renovating his home. Matt has have been a supporter of PDX Jazz for several years and just recently became a board member .

Deborah Demoss Smith

Board Member

A New Orleans transplant, Deborah DeMoss Smith has a background as a broadcast and print writer, a jazz radio host, a TV news reporter/producer and a published book author. Supporting America’s indigenous art form – jazz – is one of her passions, one that drew her to PDXJAZZ. Currently, Deborah is host of Second Line on KMHD jazz radio and also contributes Notations for its website. Besides long, early morning walks, yoga and travel, Deborah has an affinity for cooking supper for family and friends — especially gumbo.

Ken Fransen

Board Member

Ken’s love of jazz began in junior high when he started reading DownBeat magazine, and that love has flourished ever since. Ken recently retired from a 39 year career as a business and estate planning attorney. He has brought service and leadership to innumerable nonprofit organizations, and in 2005 received the Jefferson Award for Community Service from the American Institute for Public Service. He enjoys traveling throughout North America by motorhome, and is always on the hunt for music festivals and jazz clubs, not to mention art galleries, aviation museums and anything that is deeply, honestly quirky. He sings in three acoustic harmony music groups, and is an avid writer and photographer.

Laura Golino De Lovato

Board Member

Laura Golino de Lovato is the Executive Director of Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP), a nonprofit organization providing housing assistance, transportation, and advocacy to very low-income seniors in Multnomah County. Laura has over 25 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, providing leadership in fund development, strategic planning and community engagement. Laura worked at Oregon Food Bank, joining that organization after making the Portland area her home over 10 years ago, and rising to the position of Director of Development, Marketing and Communications. She has volunteered with SCRAP, OPAL Environmental Justice, Portland Festival Symphony, and the PDX Jazz Board of Directors. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston. She values social justice, inclusive communities and animals. She lives south of Portland with her husband and two Golden Retrievers.

Walt Henry

Board Member

A native of South Bend, IN, Walt Henry received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He picked up the tenor sax in grade school, and played in various bands throughout high school, college and thereafter. Though Walt’s musical talents having plateaued, his love of jazz continues on. Walt has worked at Standard Insurance Company for over 20 years, having led teams in Life Benefits Operations, Underwriting, and currently the Appeals unit within their Legal Department. Walt and his wife Amy have two sons, who are currently studying at Oregon State and Gonzaga Universities. Outside his volunteer work with PDX Jazz and listening to music, Walt enjoys hiking, running, baseball, and has held board positions with his church and son’s high school.

Marcia Hocker

Board Member & Education Committee Chair

Marcia K. Hocker has been a member of the PDX Jazz Board of Directors since 2011. She is the Chair of the Education Committee and is the Coordinator for the Incredible Journey Of Jazz, the organization’s premier education outreach program. Marcia also serves on the Communications and Program Committees. She holds a Third Class FCC License acquired while in her hometown, NYC. A Jazz Radio Host for more than 11 years with KMHD 89.1 FM, Portland, she is the recipient of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Jan Henderson Award for Leadership. She sings contemporary Gospel and Jazz and is a familiar emcee at various Jazz venues in Portland, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party in Newport and the Illinois Jacquet Foundation in Phoenix, AZ.

Terry MacDonald

Board Member

As a twelve-year-old, Terry took his transistor radio to the upstairs of his southeast Portland home to search for distant stations broadcasting jazz. He has been discovering the creativity, diversity, and joy of jazz ever since and regularly attends PDX Jazz and other live music and theater performances. He began his support of PDX Jazz in 2008, volunteering at the Jazz Festival, and has worked at each festival and numerous other events since.

Terry is a CPA and attorney specializing in advising global companies on international and domestic tax and associated business matters, including those related to mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and planning. He reluctantly and temporarily turns off the jazz on the audio system when he has evening calls with business colleagues in India and elsewhere in Asia.

David Machado

Board Member

David Machado has carved out an enviable track record across a restaurant career that now spans over three decades. From humble jobs in San Francisco kitchens in the 1980’s, to the present as chef/owner of three highly regarded Portland restaurants, Altabira City Tavern, Citizen Baker and Nel Centro. Machado has traveled a unique path. In 2009, David was named Oregon Restaurateur of the Year by the Oregon Restaurant Association. Machado has been a tireless volunteer, board member and fundraiser lending his skills, resources and leadership to the community. He has been actively involved with the Portland Farmer’s Market, Loaves and Fishes, Oregon Food Bank, The Lan Su Chinese Garden,The Classic Wines Auction, New Avenues for Youth, Our House, and the Educational Foundation for School and Careers of the Oregon Restaurant Association. Machado has been a past board member of the Portland Farmers Market, International Pinot Noir Celebration and Share Our Strength. In addition to serving on the PDX Jazz board, he is currently board President of Third Angle New Music Ensemble. David is an amateur guitar player and has been devoted to the art form since he was a teenager in New England.

Cynthia Plank

Board Member

Cynthia Plank lives in Portland Oregon, and has been teaching band at Beaumont Middle School for 15 years. Upon completing her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Teacher Certification at the University of Oregon, Ms. Plank went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting at the American Band College, through Sam Houston State University. She received the Mary V. Dodge Award for Outstanding School Music Teacher for 2011-2012 and was also a quarter-finalist for the Music Educator Grammy Award in 2015. She is the founder of the Portland Community Wind Band (2005), and conducted the ensemble for six years. Cynthia performs regularly in the Portland area- on timpani with the PCWB, as a vocalist, bassist and flutist with the Second Wind Jazz group and subs with the Oregon Symphonic Band. Ms. Plank was published this year in the series Teaching Music Through Performance In Jazz, Vol II, and was recently selected as one of School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. When she is not in the classroom, at the gym or on stage, Ms. Plank enjoys gardening, traveling with her husband Corey, and posting cat videos on Facebook.

Tom Smith

Board Member

Tom Smith is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine who counsels clients regarding the management, operation, development, construction, acquisition, financing and leasing of conventional and distressed real estate, including mixed-use projects, shopping centers, office buildings and industrial parks. Tom also represents retail, restaurant, office, industrial, banking and homeowner association clients with real estate, land use and general business matters. Tom has been an avid jazz fan for more than 50 years and has been active in the Portland jazz community since the 90’s. Tom is a member of the KMHD Advisory Board and produces jazz and other musical events regularly for the University Club.