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PDX Pop Now! 2017-2018 Team

PDX Pop Now! is managed by a volunteer Board of Executive Directors and Coordinators. Each Director is responsible for overseeing a particular facet of the organization, including but not limited to Logistics, Fundraising/Sponsorship, Grants, Outreach, Booking, Compilation, Tech/Web, Volunteer Coordination, Communications and Design. In this regard, our Board operates in the capacity of a rotating volunteer staff.

Administrative Department

Administrative Director: OPEN
Legal Counselor: Peter Shaver (Sound Advice, LLC)
Bookkeeper: Marian Slakie (Magnolia Management)
Historian: Beth Martin

Artistic Department

Artistic Director: Meagan Ruyle
Merchandise Coordinator: Sarah Eaton

Development Department

Development & Grants Director: Jennifer Thelander
Grants Coordinator: Seth Fox
Fundraising & Events Coordinator: OPEN 

Production Department

Production Director: OPEN
Green Room Coordinator: OPEN
Street Fair Coordinator: Rose Blanton

Media Department

Media Director: Annie Ostrowski
Media Coordinator: Beth Martin
Graphics Coordinator: Laura Mark
Web Coordinator: OPEN
Media Sponsorship Coordinator: Marissa Behringer

Outreach Department

Outreach Director: Lenka Becvar
Outreach Coordinator: Nae Hakala

Finance Department

Finance Director: OPEN

Volunteer Department

Volunteer Director: Erika Breton



Sarah Eaton, Merchandise Coordinator, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, her heart has always belonged to the various arts communities of Portland. Sarah also writes for Eleven PDX Magazine and has had the privilege of getting to know many of Portland’s most beloved bands, many of whom have played PDX Pop Now! in recent years. Sarah began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2015 as part of the listening committee and as a festival volunteer and was so inspired by the mission of PDX Pop Now! – to bring live music to the all ages community of Portland that she stepped into the role of Merchandise Coordinator later that same year.

Jennifer Thelander, Development Director, moved to Portland in 2010 after working for a small PBS station in Northern California and doing PR for a local roller derby league. As a regular at local shows since high school, she was eager to volunteer for PDX Pop Now! and began serving on the Listening Committee in 2011. Having a background in event management, she took on the role of Logistics Assistant in 2013. She is now the team’s Development Director. Outside Pop Now!, Jennifer provides sex education and advocacy for adults experiencing developmental disabilities, teaches self-defense classes for women and fund raises for non-profits. She is obsessed with tall trees, Madonna, open water swimming, pro wrestling, rocks and minerals, her dog, Scooter, and, of course, live music.

Annie Ostrowski, Media Director, relocated to Portland after graduating with a degree in communications at Sonoma State University. She currently works as a music publicist for Riot Act Media in addition to her longtime role as the editor for the Noise Pop music festival. Annie began her volunteer work with PDX Pop Now! in 2011 as part of the 2012 festival booking committee and joined the board as Media Director summer 2012.

Beth Martin, Media Coordinator & Historian, is a Pacific Northwest native making Portland, Oregon her home since 2006. She is very active in the local music scene by frequenting local concerts, hosting a radio show on Freeform Portland, DJing vinyl sets at venues around town, and volunteering her time with PDX Pop Now! since 2011 as well as with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame since 2015. She currently works in marketing at True West, a live music promoter for shows in the Northwest.

Laura Mark, Graphics Coordinator, graduated from Franklin University Switzerland with an artsy degree. After plenty of exploring, she set her roots back down in her favorite place in the world + hometown, good ol’ Portland. She began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2012 + has since volunteered every year + signed onto the team in 2016. Having grown up as music loving teenager + frustrated by the lack of all-ages shows in Portland, her love of PDX Pop Now! + the annual compilation runs deep. She knows the importance of making local music accessible to all-ages first hand + is pumped to help make it accessible to everyone. When she’s not volunteering she works as a freelance graphic designer/illustrator, goes to shows, draws silly stuff + makes pizza from scratch.

Rosie Blanton, Street Fair Coordinator, moved to Portland in the beginning of 2017. She’s been active in the music scene for over five years by writing for the website Quip Magazine. Once arriving in Portland she began writing for Eleven PDX Magazine where she regularly writes the local feature. She especially loves the DIY scene here in Portland and became involved with PDX Pop Now! because she believes fostering music to all people at all ages is what keeps the scene fresh and flourishing.

Marissa Behringer, Media Sponsorship Coordinator, is a Midwest native who transplanted over to the west coast in 2011 after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Advertising. Marissa joined the listening committee in 2013 and has been a volunteer with PDX Pop Now! in some capacity ever since. In her 9-5 life, she is the current Marketing Coordinator for the Center for Community Engagement at Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Outside of those hours, she can be found biking about town, checking out shows, and over-ordering at taco carts.

Wylie Gibbins moved to Portland in 2013 and loves it here!  He began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2016 and has helped out with Production, Finance, and Administrative duties. When not at work, he enjoys going to shows (blues & rock), playing guitar in his band, and skiing at Mt Hood.

Nae Hakala started as a DJ in Los Angeles in the early 2000’s spinning at dark wave, britpop, and indie clubs. She did both her undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Idaho where she worked as a radio station manager and DJ at KUOI FM. She put together several shows and festivals, did press/ photography, and developed a passion for the Portland music scene after hosting several band interviews on-air. After college she moved to Portland and started volunteering for XRAY FM as a board operator. She got involved in PDX Pop Now! in 2014 and is now involved in helping bring music and art to our schools as an Outreach Coordinator.

Erika Breton, Volunteer Director, came to Portland in 2006 to attend the University of Portland. There she was a DJ at KDUP and studied Elementary Education and Spanish. After graduating in 2010, she began teaching in a Spanish-English bilingual classroom and has been there ever since. Erika has volunteered with PDX Pop Now! since 2013 (at the festival and comp release party, and on the listening committee) and is excited about her new role as Volunteer Coordinator. When not in the classroom or volunteering, she enjoys live music, movies and pizza.

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