Our Board

Johnny Stallings

Johnny Stallings

Johnny Stallings, Executive Director has been an actor, director, teacher and writer for the past 40 years. His solo performances include Shakespeare’s King Lear and Hamlet.  Johnny has been working in prisons since 2005, and founded Open Hearts Open Minds in July of 2007.

Carla Grant

Carla Grant

Carla Grant, President comes from a background in theater and performance. She is a co-founder of Scratch PDX, and most recently has performed with Liminal Theater here in Portland. Carla has a BFA in Acting from Southwest Texas State University. She and her husband, Don Kern direct the Theatre at Coffee Creek program.

> read our interview with Carla

Claire Stock

Claire Stock

Claire Stock has a background in communications where she has worked in internet marketing and video production. Her passion is to find the intersection between the creative arts and social justice.

Katie Radditz

Katie Radditz

Katie Radditz is former owner of Looking Glass Bookstore, served on the Board of the Friends of the Multnomah County Library, the advisory board for Oregon Institute for Literary Arts and the Board of World Steward. She teaches Creative Writing at PNCA and is Director of Adult Programs at the First Unitarian Church in Portland.

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh, Development Director is a theater director who believes in the power of language, art, and community to change lives. He has a degree in Fine Arts Communication and Theater from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has been working in theater since 2007. Patrick is Co-Producing Artistic Directors of Post 5 Theatre.

Mark Mojdehi

Mark Mojdehi

Mark Mojdehi, Secretary is a design researcher who spends most of his time observing people and organizations with the intention of making their lives more satisfying. Mark brings this same curiosity to the music program at Columbia River Correctional Institution, where he and Patrick Seraya are both facilitators.

Advisory Board

Curt Tofteland Curt L. Tofteland is the founder of the internationally renowned Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) program. Founded in 1995, SBB facilitates 10 programs for juvenile and adult offenders behind bars and juvenile offenders beyond bars in Kentucky and Michigan.

zeina-web-advis Zeina Daccache is a drama therapist and award winning filmmaker from Beirut, Lebanon. Her two films, Twelve Angry Lebanese and Sheherazade in Baabda track her work as drama therapist and director of theatrical performances in both the men's and women's prisons in Beirut.

Ashley Lucas, Director of Prison Creative Arts Project Ashley Lucas, Associate Professor of Theater & Drama and Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. PCAP fosters the creation of original work in the arts in Michigan’s adult and juvenile correctional facilities, urban high schools, and communities across the state.


bushraBushra Azzouz is lead faculty member of Portland's NW Film Center and director of the award-winning documentary AND WOMAN WOVE IT IN A BASKET and most recently, WOMEN OF CYPRUS. She holds a BA from Reed College and an MA from San Francisco State.