Working hard at the Intersection of Arts and Education
Michael is an administrator, arts advocate, documentary filmmaker, educator, entrepreneur, mentor, and researcher. He has worked for nearly four decades as a teacher and administrator, primarily in elementary and high school public education. He is a former commissioner for the Oregon Arts Commission. He was two-term President of the National Council on Educating Black Children. Mr. Grice holds a B.A. from Cornell College of Iowa and an M.A.T. from Reed College. He currently serves as the President of World Arts Foundation Inc.
Ken is an administrator, artist, arts advocate, educator, entrepreneur, mentor, archivist, and musical director. He holds the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award from the National Education Association. He has served on the Metropolitan Arts Commission Board, Portland Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, and the Portland Cable Access Television Board. Ken has served for nearly five decades as a teacher and administrator, primarily in elementary and high school public education. Mr. Berry holds an M.S. degree in Education and the Oregon Standard Administrative Certificate. He currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of World Arts Foundation, Inc.
Kenneth W. Berry
Donny is a retired human resources manager and entrepreneur. His lifetime achievements include work in the area of civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action in Portland. Though retired, he continues to contract as a consultant with Portland Public Schools. Donny is the 2011 recipient of the Robert Phillips Diversity Award for his dedication to equity in the work place and in education. Mr. Adair has been the master of ceremonies for the annual tribute for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for 35 consecutive years.
Donny R. Adair
Gwen has contributed to our organization's event communications, community engagement, and televised broadcast planning. She has over two decades of experience in non-profit business management, entrepreneurship, and human resources. Upon earning a BA in Speech Communications from Portland State University, she began her career in marketing and human resources. Gwen soon returned to PSU and earn a master’s degree in Political Science. From 2006-2014 she worked as an accounts manager at the Galt Foundation. She is currently a PhD candidate at Concordia University and senior strategist working in the City of Portland's Office of Commissioner Dan Ryan.
Sunshine’s ability to connect individuals and organizations has helped to build bridges in the MLK Tribute program's Victory Village Marketplace and beyond. As outreach coordinator, Sunshine has her finger on the pulse of our events. In addition to her educational administration duties at Warner-Pacific University, Sunshine has worked promoting local organizations such as United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Vanport Mosaic.
Shelia Searight is a structural engineer at Intel. She is an exceptional resource for community organizations, especially those who serve young people. As a single mom, she has vaulted both her children into exceptional university programs. As a board member and online strategist for World Arts Foundation Inc., Shelia has successfully coordinated the United Negro College Fund’s prestigious “Portfolio Project” which links college bound students to significant scholarship opportunities.
Sandra Wadsworth, Bobby Smith, Kevin Berry, Val Peterson, Joe "Bean" Keller, Arietta Ward, Heather Coleman-Cox, James Wright, Bobby Pallotta, Steve Hollingsworth, Pat Dobbins, Pearl Hill, Dr. Harriet Adair, Cheanice Stone, Lessie Williams