Terry Currier (President)
Terry has been in the recorded music industry since 1972. This includes 33 years of retail (most of which was spent as owner of Music Millennium), 11 years as co-owner of BDC Distribution, and 15 years as owner of Burnside records. He is a founder and former Chairman of the Board for CIMS (Coalition of Independent Music Stores), a board member on the Pacific Northwest Chapter of NARAS (Grammys), and is involved in many organizations in the Portland area, such as The Cascade Blues Association, Musicfest NW, and First Octave.
Janeen Rundle (Co-founder and Director of Music Programs and Scholarships)
Janeen worked for Sony Music Entertainment for 14 years upon graduation from ASU in Business/Political Science. Her years with Sony Music involved marketing, sales, and promotion, based in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Portland. In 2004, she entered the field of finance and is presently a Sr. Loan Officer at Eagle Home Mortgage. Always an avid arts advocate and diverse music appreciator, from a radio DJ in college, to Sony Music and onto organizing and assisting community fundraising concerts and galleries such as: Alberta Street Fair, Iron Artist-S.C.R.A.P. TBA, Tribute to America at the Roseland, ArtHop on Alberta St, as well as, S.C.R.A.P. Art Gallery: Co-curator/Proprietor/Music Coordinator / Board advisor (School and Community Reuse Action Project.) As a co-founder of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, she continues to coordinate Music Education opportunities through OMHOF workshops, assemblies and scholarships to our underserved schools/communities and college scholarship opportunities to those pursuing musical studies.
Inessa programs the music for Portland Radio Project, a streaming online station which has intense focus on local and Northwest artists, as well as a current music with a global reach. She also is content producer for www.prp.fm, www.theinessablog.com, and is a contributing writer for www.omn.com. Oregon Music News launched a magazine at the end of 2014. It is free and available wherever music enthusiasts congregate.
The move from New York City and the dance and theatre world, to Portland in 1980 has allowed Inessa the chance to cultivate her art, culture, and music-world advocacy. The radio world presented itself to Inessa in the mid-80s with various stints spent at KGON (some of that time as a music director), to 107.5.The Beat and finally to KINK. Local music was always important from the very first days in the industry. But it was at KINK where she took over the local music reins, produced nightly on- air segments with local artists, and helped curate the local album annual release.
Baker first became involved in music in 1978 as a Disc Jockey at KBVR-FM, Oregon State University’s campus radio station. While moonlighting as a DJ at Top 40 KGAL-Lebanon and progressive country KFAT-Corvallis he moved into the roll of Music Director and eventually General Manager of KBVR-FM in 1982. While at Oregon State, Baker also was music critic for the arts section of The Daily Barometer newspaper and formed a concert promotion company (Alternative Promotions) which brought several concerts to Corvallis.
Baker’s transition from college was made easier by Crazy 8s, whom he became Manager of in 1982 when getting the 8s on the bill as the opening act for The English Beat at a University of Oregon concert. In the early 80’s Baker also acted in an apprentice role for Greg Lee, local Radio Promotions Manager for Warner Brothers Records.
Baker managed Crazy 8s until 1992 while also taking on a volunteer role at KBOO radio as a co-host with Rhonda Kennedy of the “NW Music Show”. Eventually the show evolved into “The Church of NW Music” which was hosted by Baker until cancellation in 2004. Artists that appeared live on the program included Everclear, Pink Martini, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rebecca Gates, Cool Nutz, John Fahey, Carmina Piranha, Janice Scroggins, and Richmond Fontaine.
In 2000, Baker also founded the Secret Sound label which has released music by James Low and Crazy 8s.
Baker is Married (Sherri), has two sons that love The Beatles (Dylan 6, Brennan 3) and is President and a partner of Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker, Inc., an independent insurance agency that employs nearly forty people in downtown Portland.
Bill Frith (Treasurer)
Since graduating from Willamette University in 1991, his Property & Casualty insurance career with Safeco and Liberty Mutual has focused on marketing and sales throughout Oregon. In those travels came a broad sampling of Oregon’s rich musical offerings from the big stage to the tavern corner next to the restrooms. While his music industry experience involves some radio DJ work (every show ended with The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept a-Rollin’” and a free beer to the 7th caller), Bill came from a family musical legacy and enjoyed the benefits of school music programs (choir, clarinet) and private music lessons (piano) to fuel interest and appreciation across all musical genres. With three children growing up in today’s school system, he is experiencing first-hand the impact of budget cuts and a diminishing focus on the musical arts among our youth. Well, that’s just not good, which is why he involves himself with OMHOF’s mission to celebrate Oregon musical legacy and promote youth music awareness and education. He is also learning how to play the blues harp.
Randy has been a music advocate for over 35 years. After graduating from Madison High in 1972 and attending George Fox University for a year he developed an interest in recording. He started a small studio in his basement, recording for local college students. Always behind the scenes helping promote concerts, volunteering at music festivals, including 21 years with the Monterey Jazz Festival. Board of director experience includes Clark County Association of Realtors, Washington Realtor Association, Realtor Foundation board and the Regional Multiple Listing Service board. Randy has been a full time Realtor for the past 18 years in Vancouver and is a broker with Windermere Stellar. Married (Sheri) with two children, three step children and a granddaughter.
J. Michael Kearsey (Secretary)
J. Michael Kearsey began his professional music career in high school bands in Western Massachusetts, continued playing and expanding his genres adding Folk music and jazz to his American Rock’n’Roll interests as he obtained a History degree at Beloit College. He moved to Boston with college mates Jim and Tom Goodkind, forming Under Milkwood with pre-Cars vocalist, Ric Ocasek. Moving to Portland Oregon in 1972, he was a founding member of UPEPO, a Jazz/Latin/Rock group that performed all over the West Coast for 11 years. He produced the their sole LP, International Ties. In 1982 he formed the Rockin’ Razorbacks and produced the first of two LP’s, Rockin’ Razorbacks and More Love Less Attitude. In 1989 he joined the Brothers of the Baladi, playing bass, producing 8 of their 12 CD’s. He has also produced three CD’s for Howard Crosby (Bing’s nephew) as well as Blues and Jazz CD”s for Lee Blake, Reunion Jazz Quartet, The Millionaires and his own CD’s: Suite for the Columbia Gorge and Silverthaw. As a composer he has provided scores for five OPB programs including, Oregon Portraits I and Oregon Portraits II, OPB’s most successful fund raising programs to date. Offstage, Michael has been an active member of the Portland’s music community as the Vice President of the Portland Music Association, board member of the Portland FolkMusic Society, board member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and a 35-year member of NARAS. As a concert promoter he produced over 300 shows of contemporary Folk Music for his Berkshire Snow Productions that included Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, John Gorka and Dougie MacLean. He has been a feature writer for the Oregonian, music editor of the Portland Scribe, columnist for Positively Entertainment and the Southeast Examiner and broadcaster on his KBOO weekly Jazz show, “Sound for Sore Ears,” which could be heard every Monday night for 11 years. He is currently working on a third personal CD, Between the Seasons.
Geoff has been involved with music education since 1999. He has designed and taught curriculum for group classes including university outreach programs, parks and rec programs as well as private instruction. Since 2007 he has been involved with the management and staffing for the Camp Amp program hosted by Hillsboro Parks and Rec. For the past 15 years Geoff has been active in the Portland music scene. In addition to extensive songwriting, recording and performing experience, he has licensed music to film and television. He is also part owner of Five Star Guitars, a music retail chain in Oregon specializing in instruments, lessons and repairs for instruments and amplifiers.
Wayne Pierce (Corporate Liaison)
Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Willamette Valley Development Officers, Non Profit Association of Portland, Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable. Wayne loves music, the arts and culture and has been collecting vinyl records and concert posters for over 30 years. After earning a BA in TV/Film, he moved to the San Francisco and worked for a TV and Film production and post-production facility as Director of Client Services. After taking a course in audio recording, he did live sound for local bands that got him back stage where he was able to meet the Ramones, Dream Syndicate and Jim Carroll Band. Wayne has a keen interest in non-profit development, particularly in writing grants and fund raising. In addition to working at Oregon Music Hall of Fame he also is serving as Treasurer of the Graphic Art Council at the Portland Art Museum.
Penny Williams (Advisory Board Member)
Penny is an Account Executive for Portland Monthly and the former Entertainment Coordinator for the Oregon State Fair. She has an extensive background in entertainment marketing, graphic design, event planning and account management. She’s also served on the Board of Directors for the American Marketing Association and the Society of Marketing Professional Services and was previously a member of the Solv Marketing Committee.