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, 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.
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 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, 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, 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.