Regional Arts & Culture Council elects new board members and officers

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors has elected Lina Garcia Seabold as the Chair of the board for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, and Peg Malloy has been elected as Vice-Chair.

Lina Garcia Seabold is owner and partner of Seabold Construction Co., Inc.; Cornell Estates Living Center; Rosewood Park Retirement and Assisted Living Center; Rosewood Specialty Care; and Avamere at Bethany. She is also an active artist. Presently, Lina is the president of MANA de Portland. Past professional experience includes working on the Eastside and Westside Light Rail Projects with Tri-Met as well as serving a stint in the Governor’s Office under Governor Neil Goldschmidt creating and developing the Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business.

Peg Malloy is the Executive Director and Founder of the Portland Housing Center, and she serves on the Operation Home Steering Committee and the National NeighborWorks Association.

Joining Seabold and Malloy as officers on the RACC Board are treasurer, Jennifer C. Cies, VP of Product Strategies at Umpqua Bank; and secretary, Alan Alexander III, owner of Dub Squad Music, BMI. Ex-Chair Carol R. Smith, Ed.D. will serve as Chair Emeritus.

In addition, three new members have been elected to the RACC board:

  • Nik Blosser is the co-founder and president of Celilo Group Media, a media company with the mission of expanding markets for sustainable products and services. For the past decade, Nik has been a recognized leader in the sustainable business sector in the Pacific Northwest, shaping both political and business perspectives around the economic opportunities of sustainable practices. As the Co-founder of the Oregon Business Association (OBA), he also serves as vice chair on OBA’s board. Nik received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in aeronautical engineering and English from Stanford University.
  • Daryl Dixon is known for his expertise in workforce diversity, equity, and cultural inclusion throughout the tri-county area. Since 2010, he has served as Multnomah County’s Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, playing a key role in fostering an organizational culture of awareness, inclusion, respect and accountability. For more than 14 years, Daryl has developed and delivered diversity training programs and curriculums for a number of key stakeholders in the region. As owner of Diversity Resource Group, he has worked as a consultant for PGE, Clackamas County, Umpqua Bank, Clark County, Iberdrola Renewable Energy, NIKE, the City of Portland, and many others.
  • Joanna Priestley is an accomplished media artists and independent filmmaker, who has produced 24 award-winning films over the last two decades. As the Founder and Owner of Priestley Motion Pictures, Joanna was awarded with numerous national and international awards, including the National Educational Film Festival (First Prize), National Independent and Video Festival (Grand Prix), Canadian International Animation Festival (Special Merit Award), Athens Film and Video Festival (First Prize), and the Seoul International Animation Festival (First Prize). Joanna received RACC’s prestigious Fellowship Award in Media Arts in 2007.

Continuing RACC Board members for FY13 include: Jesse Beason, Verlea G. Briggs, Jessica Clark, Jay Clemens, Mike Golub, Stacey A. Graham, Kira Higgs, Phillip Hillaire, Eric R. Hormel, Jerry E. Hudson, Karen Karbo, Joe Krumm, Max M. Miller, Jr., Bonita Oswald, Brian Rice and Jan Robertson

Gwyneth Gamble Booth and Tad Savinar have rotated off the RACC Board after serving six years each.