Meet Our Board of Directors

Sue O’Halloran | Chair

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Sue_O_HalloranSue O’Halloran is President of Kohler Meyers O’Halloran, Inc., a commercial/residential/management real estate firm established in 1992, serving the greater East Metro area. Sue is a founding member of the Center for the Arts Foundation and serves as its current President. In other volunteer roles, she is the Chair of the City of Gresham’s Finance Committee and a member of the city’s budget committee; the current chair of Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee; Vice-Chair of Gresham/Mt.Hood Jazz Association which produces the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival; and a board member of the East Metro Economic Alliance. Sue is a founding member, past president, and served for 12 years on the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation. Sue has been an active member of the East Metro and Oregon Association of Realtors, serving in many capacities, receiving several awards and recognition for leadership and service. Sue continues an active role in civic affairs and arts advocacy in the Gresham area.

Dwight D. Unti | Vice Chair

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Dwight_D_UntiDwight Unti, President and Owner of Tokola Properties, Inc. a real estate development, construction and property management Company focused on multifamily and mixed use development in Oregon and Washington. Tokola Properties, Inc. has acted as developer, prime contractor, and property manager in 20 developments with a total of 1,913 multifamily housing units. Dwight is a past Chair of the City of Gresham’s Public Safety Committee and Past President of the Gresham Downtown Development Association. He currently serves as Vice President of the Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation and is an active participant on a number of other committees and advisory groups in the Portland Metropolitan Area. Dwight enjoys public speaking and is a regular presenter and moderator at conferences and meetings in the region. Dwight and his wife Tracie reside in Gresham, Oregon and have four grown children.

Cindy Passannante | Secretary

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Cindy_PassannanteOwner, Cindy Passannante started in the Travel and Tourism Industry in 1980. Cindy has worked in retail Travel Agencies as a corporate agent, a vacation consultant, and Manager. For the past 18 years she has run her home based agency, C.P. Trips, Inc. With a team of Independent Consultants, the company has grown and today has a team of 8 Independent agents. We work together to provide personal service and client focus. Our agents have extensive world-wide travel experience to many destinations. We offer vacation planning for the leisure traveler, and travel arrangements for the business traveler.

Christopher Bentley

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Chirstopher_BentleyChris graduated from Indiana University with a Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs program. Directly following graduation, he began working for the US Forest Service within their Public Affairs department and is currently primarily involved in web design, video production, and print journalism.He is heavily involved in Gresham City community efforts serving on the Natural Resource and Sustainability committee, the Rockwood Redevelopment Advisory Committee, and is the president of the Central City Neighborhood Association. He has been serving on the Art Center Foundation board since the start of 2013. His home town of Ogden has, despite its relatively small population, a vibrant art scene complete with multiple performing arts venues that would regularly attract symphony orchestras, touring plays and ballets, visual art exhibits and even the Sundance Film Festival. Seeing what a great arts connection can do to a community has motivated Chris to seeing Gresham develop those same great opportunities for community members to experience the arts he grew up with. 

Al Richard

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Al_RichardA retired commercial insurance executive, Al volunteers his time helping several non-profit organizations throughout the year. He is a founding member of the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation where he served twelve years on the Board. In addition to serving on the Center for the Arts Foundation Board, he is a current member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. Al Lives in Gresham with family of eight children all living and working in the area.

Robert (Bob) McDonald

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Robert_Bob_McDonaldBob was born in Canada where he was educated in the public school system and is a 3 time graduate of the University of Manitoba.  He served 12 years in a public high school as a teacher, a counselor and a principal.  Education of children has been his lifelong passion and goal. During these 12 years Bob developed an interest in private education, and in 1978 he accepted an invitation to serve as principal of an elementary K-10 school in the Seattle, Washington area.  While in Seattle, Bob and his family became dual U.S. and Canadian citizens.  In 1989 Bob accepted an invitation to serve as principal of Portland Adventist Elementary School in the city of Gresham.  He served as principal of that school for 24 years, retiring in June, 2013, after a long career of 47 years serving children of his community. Many years ago Bob chose to become very active in the Gresham community by joining the Gresham Chamber of Commerce.  He has served as an Ambassador for the Chamber for at least 10 or more years, as well as President of the Ambassadors for 2 years.  He was invited to serve on the Board of Directors for the Gresham Chamber for 6 years, until his term expired in December 2013.  During those years of Board membership he was elected as President in 2010 and oversaw the transition to new leadership at the helm of the Chamber. He also served terms on the Chamber’s Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and other supportive committees. Bob has sought to make a difference not only in the lives of children, but in the community in which he works. Bob is married to his wife, Lorraine, with whom he will soon celebrate 49 years of marriage.  He has 2 grown daughters and 2 granddaughters who reside in the Portland area. 

Dorothy (Dottie) Lauritzen

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Dottie_LauritzA transplant from Eugene, Dottie brings years of experience as part owner in Natural Images, a fine arts company. Retired from counseling and being an instructor from Lane Community College, Dottie is also on several local art committees. She is on the board of Gresham Art Committee and has served as committee chair.  Dottie has worked with local, state and regional art groups to help further the arts in Gresham and Multnomath County. Some of the work has been serving on grant committee reviews, they select and distribute money for Gresham and Portland area. Continuing her love for the arts Dottie is on the Center For The Arts Foundation Board and serves as coordinator for the Gathering of Artist.

Cindy Lenig Cossu

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Cindy_Lenig_CossuCindy is a respected leader, providing situational leadership for teams by directing, coaching, supporting, delegating, and mentoring others in a collaborative environment. Additionally, Cindy is an artist and instructor. She is best known for her vibrant contemporary acrylic paintings portraying both realism and playful impressionism. Cindy has been creating, drawing, painting, and exploring art since childhood. She studied art at Lewis and Clark College graduating with a Political Science degree. In addition, she continued her graduate studies focusing on Managing Training and Development at PSU. She continues to advance her drawing, painting, and graphic design skills with on-going education classes.

Kathleen Todd

Gresham_Center_for_the_Arts_Kathleen_ToddKathleen Todd has been interacting with volunteer groups, citizen boards, and citizen involvement committees continuously since 1979. These groups include the Spirit of Portland Awards selection committee, budget advisory committees, neighborhood associations, ad-hoc neighborhood issue groups, transportation & land use advisory committees, Tri-Met, the Historical Inventory Committee, strategic planning and development committees, and the Vital Aging Network.  She has been a member, officer, and chairperson, at various times, of all these types of groups. That which began as a volunteer effort became the core of her most recent position as Executive Director of the Multnomah County Office of Citizen Involvement.  In this position she worked to enhance opportunities for citizen participation in policy and decision-making within Multnomah County, there by increasing the openness of county government. Kathleen’s contributions to civic engagement were recognized most recently by the Multnomah County Commissioner’s when they declared January 29th as Kathleen Todd Day in Multnomah County. Shortly after her retirement from Multnomah County, Kathleen joined the Board of the Center for the Arts Foundation where she is looking forward to continuing her public service activities.