Geoff Metts (President)
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.
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. Janeen also serves as International Youth Exchange Counselor-Southeast Portland Rotary. Currently working at Eagle Home Mortgage.
I first cracked the mike in 1975. As a working musician, I began to see that I was not cut out for a life on the road. I looked to radio as a way to live vicariously thru those that were willing to put up with the gypsy lifestyle. From Montana to Iowa down to Southeast Texas (Port Arthur, Janis Joplin’s home town) I learned the ropes until my big break came. In 1979 I won a national radio talent search and was hired in Seattle a month later. I have lived in the Northwest ever since. In the early 1990’s I moved to Portland to host the morning show along with my partner Tom Turner at KGON. We later moved to mornings at KKRH (Earth 105) in Portland. In 1999 Tom and I went our separate ways and I anchored afternoons at KBBT/Portland In 2000 the jewel in the Portland radio crown came calling and I was hired to host the afternoon show at KINK. In 2008, I moved to the KINK morning show along with Sheila Hamilton and “Dave and Sheila” garnered top 5 ratings until 2014. I then went back to KGON to man the afternoon show in 2015. Currently you can catch me afternoons on 106.3 The Valley in Medford (thevalley.fm) and Mornings at 101.7 The Adult Alternative in Bend (1017.fm) I also play drums in a Portland-based cover band The Poor Sports
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.
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. Inessa studied classical piano from the age of 6 through private teachers. But there is no genre that escapes her interest, from classical, to jazz, to world and of course the rock idiom.
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.
Beth Martin (Director of Membership & Volunteers)
Beth 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 several venues around town, and also volunteering her time with PDX Pop Now! Music Festival since 2011 and 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.