Directors

Kurt Bedell

Kurt Bedell is a senior communications specialist at Portland State University where he does media and public relations highlighting the work of Oregon’s urban research university. He loves baking, reading, traveling and exploring his adopted home in the Pacific Northwest. “I enjoy taking in all that Portland and Oregon has to offer,” he says. “I appreciate that the chorus represents the diversity of the LGBTQ community in Portland. We welcome people from all walks and life experiences. Diversity takes multiple forms, and PGMC embraces and celebrates the richness that every member brings.”  (Pronouns: he,him,his)  
Kurt’s favorite piece performed by PGMC is “Brave Souls and Dreamers.”

Mark Clift

Mark Clift is a CPA and a tax partner at McDonald Jacobs, and loves music, the outdoors, and his family. “Let’s stay amazing!” he says, “and I can’t wait for the China trip!” His first PGMC show was a holiday concert, “and I sat in the audience and wished I could be able to someday sing with the Chorus,” he said. He joined the group in 2009. (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Mark would like to hear the chorus sing: “Hallelujah.”

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman is a Jobs & Internships Specialist for Portland Community College, a private consultant and coach for Results Now!, and Board President. A founding member of PGMC, he is passionate about honoring the legacy of the 149 fallen PGMC members and the over 1,500 members who have been a part of the PGMC legacy. In addition to “enjoying every moment as a gift that is,” Gary says “I am proud of the inclusive community that we have built and the positive impact that we have in the world!” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Gary would like to hear the chorus sing: “Rhythm of Life.”

John Fread

John Fread is the Director of Global Marketing Communication for Nautilus, Inc., and has over 30 years of corporate communications experience. He grows things – a garden and an interior design business, among others – and says “music has a way of connecting people and being a powerful agent of social change. I’ve loved what the Chorus represents and the community that it has created from the very first Holiday concert I attended many years ago.” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

John would like to hear the chorus sing: Beyonce’s “Halo.”

Calvin Harrison

Calvin Harrison is the Group Vice President, Cancer Institute, Providence St. Joseph Health and oversees cancer series in 50 hospitals across the western U.S. A returning board member and past Chair, he is passionate about “making sure that all are included and no individuals are left out of opportunity.” He and his husband travel, love dining and theater, and spend time with their two West Highland Terriers. (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Calvin would like to hear the chorus sing: “What A Wonderful World”

Sunil Kasturi

Sunil Kasturi is the managing director for Propeller Portland, a management consulting firm. His interests include his dogs, vegetarian cooking, hiking, and he is passionate about PGMC Board development, community and musical excellence. “How do we maintain a sustainable, high-functioning organization that propels PGMC forward?” he asks. Answer forthcoming! (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Sunil would like to hear the chorus sing: “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”

Riley Lakos

Riley Lakos is a student at Portland State University and a member of the University Studies’ Peer Mentor Program. Riley is passionate about social justice, anti-oppression work, and education, believing strongly in the concepts of self-care and community. Music is really Riley’s passion: “In addition to being on the PGMC board and singing in the chorus, I also sing in two a cappella groups. All remaining free time is split between being social with friends, and being a homebody with my dog and cat.” (Pronouns: they, them)

Riley’s favorite piece performed by PGMC is “Vissi d’arte,” from Puccini’s “Tosca,” performed for Pride 2016.

Matthew Lashua

Matthew Lashua just completed two successful terms as Chief of Staff to Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack, and has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Matthew is passionate about serving our community and improving the lives of those who live, work and play here. “When I moved to Portland in the 90’s from Boston, I went to a PGMC concert and was completely blown away by the experience,” he said. “I have been a huge fan ever since.” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Matthew would like to hear the chorus sing: “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” by the Pet Shop Boys.

Robert J. Moreau

Robert Moreau Executive V.P. for Mezzaluna Fine Catering, has years of experience within the software and technology fields, and consults with Fortune 500 companies and for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is passionate about human rights, the environment, family, and technology, and relaxes by spending time with his partner and working out at the gym. His favorite piece performed by PGMC is “Oh, Holy Night.” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Robert would like to hear the chorus sing: “Baby Got Back,” by Sir Mix-A lot, or “The River,” by Garth Brooks

Phylis C. Myles

Phyllis Myles is the Assistant Dean and Placement Officer at Willamette Law, working with law students to help them identify their skills and values so they can strategically plan their career paths. A lawyer with a J.D. from Lewis & Clark, Phyllis has experience in strategic planning for non-profits, leading organizations, project management, and legal matters. Phyllis is passionate about equality, her husband Kevin, her dogs, politics, good friends, good conversation, and good wine. Returning to the board, Phyllis says “I am glad to be back!” (Pronouns: she,her,hers)

Phyllis’s favorite piece performed by PGMC is – well, there are so many she can’t decide!

C. Allen Tomlinson

Allen Tomlinson is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. He comes to Portland from Alabama, where he and husband David Sims owned an advertising agency and publishing company and raised their three now-grown children. Allen is passionate about “art, music, civil rights, cars, food, equality and dignity for all human beings. Small stuff, like that.” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Allen would like to hear the chorus sing: “Glorious,” by David Archulta.

Andrew C. Tweedie

Andrew Tweedie is the manager of corporate philanthropy and community engagement for Wells Fargo in Oregon and southwest Washington. With over 17 years of professional fundraising experience, his passion is ensuring that all members of our community have access to equity and opportunity. “I love the joy I feel when I attend a performance,” Andrew says, “because it takes me back to my youth when I participated in my school music performances.” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Andrew would like to hear the chorus sing: “What Matters,” by Randi Driscoll, a song created to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Officers

Sheryl Anderson
Board Chair
chair@pdxgmc.org

Sheryl Anderson is the owner of Bean Ride, Inc., a Portland-based publishing company, but her spare time is spent volunteering with a number of non-profits and drawing, painting, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family. She is passionate about family and community, collaboration, and “moving things forward.” (Pronouns: she,her,hers)

Sheryl would like to hear the chorus sing: “Happy!”

Jim McVittie
Board Vice Chair
vicechair@pdxgmc.org

Jim McVittie is an attorney who runs a boutique estate planning firm. He loves anything related to the outdoors, including time spent boating, and his passion is “helping people; that’s why I practice the type of law I do.” Jim’s first concert was at Kaul Auditorium at the invitation of a friend. “I was amazed at the sound of the chorus,” he said. (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Jim’s favorite piece performed by PGMC is – well, all of them. “There are so many, they’re all favorites,” he said.

Wayne Gregory
Treasurer
treasurer@pdxgmc.org

Wayne Gregory
Secretary
secretary@pdxgmc.org

Wayne Gregory is a writer, and creative writing teacher, and an ESL teacher at Portland State University. At his first rehearsal with PGMC, “the piano struck the majestic chords of “Never Ever,” and the entire chorus stood to their feet and sang that magnificent anthem to all of the new members. As the strong, loving notes from those men’s voices filled the room I knew they were singing that song especially for me,” he said. “In that moment, I knew I was exactly where I belonged.” (Pronouns: he,him,his)

Wayne’s favorite piece performed by PGMC is “Never, Ever,” of course!

Chorus Leadership

Non-voting members

Bob Mensel
Artistic Director
bob@pdxgmc.org

Marty Phreed
Chorus Vice President
chorusvp@pdxgmc.org

Marty Phreed is a restaurant professional and senior staff member at Decarli Restaurant in Beaverton. Marty grew up in a musical family and has been singing as long as he’s been talking; he also enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time outdoors. “I believe in community and our ability to support each other in many ways,” he said. “Music has a magical quality that can create an overwhelming emotional response and provoke change in our society.”

Marty would like to hear the chorus sing: “Something,” by the Hi-Lo’s.

Richard Jung
Executive Director
executivedirector@pdxgmc.org

Chorus Leadership

Gary Coleman
Chorus President
choruspresident@pdxgmc.org

Marty Phreed
Chorus Vice President
chorusvp@pdxgmc.org

Ricky Armendariz
Marketing Coordinator

Jim Logan
Wellness Chair

Gary Coleman
Volunteer Coordinator
volunteerchair@pdxgmc.org

Sunil Kasturi
IT Chair

Alan Williams
Production Manager

Travel Chair

Jake Turner
Social Chair

Howard Neal
Member Information Coordinator

Steven Brook
Alumni Chair
alumniconnection@pdxgmc.org

Alan Williams & Howard Neal
1st Tenor Section Representatives

Mikey Mann & Riley Lakos
2nd Tenor Section Representatives

Thom Whittemore & Kevin Suenkel
Baritone Section Representatives

Elis Madrigal & Leroy Meikle
Bass Section Representatives