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 Director: Wylie Gibbins
- Legal Counselor: Peter Shaver (Sound Advice, LLC)
- Bookkeeper: Nicole Dunaj
- Artistic Director: Yume Delegato
- Artistic Coordinator: Rose Blanton
- Merchandise Coordinator: Sarah Eaton
- Compilation Coordinator: OPEN
- Booking Coordinator: Megan Ruyle
- XRAY DJs: Christine Rutan, Marissa Behringer,
- Meagan Ruyle, & Annie Ostrowski
- Development Coordinator: OPEN
- Grants Coordinator : Brendan Deiz
- Sponsorship Coordinator: Rachel Holmes
- Fundraising & Events Coordinator: Sam Bennett
- Production Director: Wylie Gibbins
- Green Room Coordinator: Chayse Cope
- Beer Garden Coordinator: OPEN
- Marketing Director: Marissa Behringer
- Graphics Coordinator: Laura Mark
- Media Sponsorship Coordinator: Lindsey Tucker
- Web Coordinator: Michael Elliott
- Outreach Director: Kelsey Kundera
- Outreach Coordinator:Leah Faure
- Finance Coordinator: Dave Szatmary
- Volunteer Director: Erika Breton
Brendan Deiz, Grants Coordinator, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. A musician since age 11 and music fan since birth, Brendan has both attended, and performed at, the festival over the years. After studying Politics and Teaching at Pomona College and the University of Southern California, Brendan spent almost a decade in education, before more recently transitioning to other endeavors, all the while playing concerts and recording music, up and down the West Coast. He has a Master’s in Teaching and has taught in jails, refugee shelters, public schools, and charter schools. Additionally, Brendan has put together a series of benefit shows, maintains a music blog, and draws comics independently.
Chayse Cope,Green Room Coordinator, moved to Portland in 2015 and have lived in the PNW all his life. He volunteered for PDX Pop Now in the Green Room in 2017 and decided he wanted to be part of the actual team. Chayse also plays in a band Flaunt Glove in Tacoma with his friends.
Dave Szatmary, Finance Coordinator. I have been passionate about music all my life and wish to help in some small way to further the local Portland music scene. For the past two years, I served on the listening group for the PDX Pop Now! CD. Before moving to Portland, I managed a chain of record stores, wrote several books about rock music, jazz, and the blues (The Social History of Rock and Roll, for Prentice Hall, and Jazz: A Social History, for Oxford University Press), played guitar in several garage-type bands, and served on the board for KEXP. I organized a concert with Robert Cray and served as Vice Provost of the University of Washington.
Nicole Dunaj,Bookkeeper,is a Portland native who graduated Portland State University with an accounting degree in 2016. She has worked various bookkeeping jobs for small local businesses, and is currently working at a CPA firm. Nicole started doing bookkeeping for PDX Pop Now! earlier this year. She loves playing music with her band and hanging out in the sun.
Sam Bennett,Fundraising & Event Coordinator, was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He relocated to Portland from rural southern Oregon. Going to shows he eventually came across PDX Pop Now and started volunteering in 2016 on the festival crew then on the booking committee in 2017. in his free time you’ll likely catch him around town dancing at shows or running through MT. Tabor, just look for the person dressed like a peacock:)
Kelsey Kundera,Outreach Director, is a hopeless devotee of anything that comes out of Portland – namely the music. She recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Arts Management with a focus in Music Management and Arts Non-Profit Administration. She manages bands, hosts house shows, performs spoken word poetry, and thrives off connecting artists with opportunities. She fiercely believes in the power of music to create communities that make waves in our present and future cultures. The first Portland band she ever saw live was Ural Thomas & The Pain.
Leah Faure, Outreach Coordinator, With Twenty plus experience in Portland’s visual arts community as a visual artist, teacher and mentor, Leah truly understands and respects the work and dedication that come with pursuing the Arts. She is a recent graduate of Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Art of Leadership course and sat on the management staff for the Portland Film Festival for four years. Avid in volunteering, Leah regularly lends support to such events as Portland Book festival, Pickathon music festival and Right Brain initiatives annual fashion gala. Through volunteering, Leah truly enjoys hearing what inspires others, helping people make connections to pursue their dreams and witnessing the amazing artistic achievements in these programs.
Lindsey Tucker,Media Sponsorship Coordinator, is a Portland native and avid concert-goer. She currently does marketing for a boat dealership and was a Marketing Strategy Coordinator at Elixr Productions prior. Looking to build her career in the music industry and be more involved in the local scene, Lindsey joined PDX Pop Now! in 2018. Aside from that, she enjoys vinyl hunting, hiking and exploring Portland’s restaurants and bars.
Marissa Behringer, Marketing Director, is a Midwest native who transplanted over to the west coast in 2011 after graduating from Michigan State University. Marissa joined the listening committee in 2013 and has been a volunteer with PDX Pop Now! in some capacity ever since. 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.
Rosie Blanton,Artistic 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.
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 joined the Team as Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. When not in the classroom or volunteering, she enjoys live music, movies and pizza.
Yume Delegato, Artistic Director, volunteered for several years on the PDX Pop Now Booking Committee before joining the team as Compilation Coordinator in 2017. A Portland native, Yume is passionate about keeping the arts – especially local music – accessible to people of all ages and economic backgrounds. Prior to joining PDX Pop Now, he wrote the Live Music Blog for 94/7 FM KNRK and served for over a decade on the Planning Committee for the William Byrd Choral Music Festival. In his free time, he likes to hike and enjoy Portland’s ever-changing food and beverage scene..
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.
Wylie Gibbins, Administrative Director, began volunteering for PDX Pop Now! in 2016 and has helped out with Production, Finance, and Administrative duties. He enjoys going to shows (blues & rock), playing guitar in his band, skiing at Mt Hood, and runs a real estate development company focused on building workforce housing.
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.
All Board Members can be reached by email at email@example.com