Laura Golino De Lovato
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.