Board of Directors
Robyn Folsom, Theater Program Director
Robyn has been a dedicated and vocal advocate for performing arts in the Sherwood community since directing the musical “Once on This Island” in Stella Olsen Park in 2002. Since then, Robyn has served on the Sherwood Cultural Arts Commission—serving for 5 years as its chair, the Sherwood Foundation for the Arts, and the Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation. For nearly six years Robyn wrote a monthly column “For Arts Sake” for the Sherwood Gazette.
After her time serving the community in various capacities growing the arts opportunities in Sherwood and voicing her support for increased funding and advocacy for arts in our schools and community, Robyn was elected to the Sherwood City Council in January 2008. Robyn helped bring “Music Man” to the Sherwood community in 2009, produced “Annie” in the spring of 2010, and was the assistant musical director for “The Secret Garden” in the summer of 2010.
Robyn has also performed professionally with The Arvada Center in Colorado and with the Oregon Children’s Theatre. In 2005 Robyn wrote a grant on behalf of the Sherwood Cultural Arts Commission, the Sherwood School District, and the City of Sherwood for a grand piano from Michael Allen Harrison’s Snowman Foundation. Not only was the grant awarded and SHS received a grand piano for the first time in its history, but Michael Allen Harrison became a loyal friend and supporter of the VPA appearing in their spring benefit concerts as a guest artist for the last 5 years.
Robyn’s greatest hope is that all the children of her community will have the wonderful opportunities to grow in confidence and self-esteem while enjoying the fun and excitement of performing arts. Robyn and her husband Steve are the proud parents of five children.
Kristen Hartman, Choir Program Director
Kristen graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and then went on to get a B.A. in computer science from the University of California in San Diego. She has been with the VPA since 2008 as a participant in the adult Chorale, parent of two students in the youth choirs, and Technical Director and Assistant Director in the VPA Theater program. Her analytical skills and understanding of the performing arts – including vocal music, band and orchestra, dance, and musical theatre – are a valuable combination to help provide many students with opportunities for education and excellence.
Anna Mersereau, Strings Program Director
Anna is a violinist, conductor, and teacher for the Voices for the Performing Arts Youth Strings Orchestra, also know as VPA Strings. In addition, Anna directs the Tigard High Orchestra and Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City. She performs regularly with the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and continues teaching in her private studio.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Anna began studying the violin at age four. She has been teaching privately now for 24 years, directing class orchestras for 15 years, and teaching in public schools for six years! She has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Ed from Portland State University, and looks also forward to perusing a higher degree in conducting in the years ahead.
Anna enjoys being a patron of art events in the community and is an avid outdoor enthusiast!
Brian Williamson, Treasurer
Brian believes that music and art are an important avenue for development of life skills in our children. He was active in school bands from Junior High School through his Masters degree at Brigham Young University. He enjoys playing piano and singing in the Sherwood Chorale.
In 1993, Brian received a CPA designation and Masters degree in Accountancy. He is currently the Director of Tax at Standard Insurance Company in Portland Oregon. His goal is to see the Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation continue to serve as a high quality opportunity for performance in the Portland area and grow in financial stability.
Cindy Morrison, Secretary
Cindy loves the arts and music and sings in her church choir, as well as plays the piano & organ. Her family has been the beneficiaries of the wonderful programs brought to our community by the VPA organization. They are grateful to have had children involved in the arts programs in Sherwood like the Missoula Children’s Theater program and VPA’s Junior musical that have helped to grow their love of music and being on stage.
It has been wonderful for her to watch the youth of the community expand their theatrical talent, love for the arts, and training in entertainment over the years. Cindy and her husband Ron have two daughters and have been a part of the Sherwood community for 16 years.
Cindy has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She works full-time at Intel Corporation as an Engineering Manager.
David Baehler, Webmaster & Historian
From an early age, David recognized his love for music, theater, and the visual arts. He has been continuously involved with various musical groups since his childhood, throughout primary school, and into his college career.
Since moving to Sherwood in 2006, David has been a member of the Sherwood Chorale, a volunteer for the VPA, and has performed musical theater with the Sherwood Foundation for the Arts. David works as a welcome director and software support specialist for a local community church and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Tonya Hamilton, Board Member
Tonya is a teacher and writer with a passion for the arts and culture in her community. She has experienced first hand the profound effect involvement in the arts has had on her own daughter. She enjoys being a part of the VPA and watching children and adults come together for their love of music and the performing arts.
The programs and performances presented by the VPA create a legacy of memories that will live on forever for those involved. Tonya lives in Sherwood with her husband, Matthew and daughters, Emily and Haley.
Kelsi Wright, Grants & Scholarship Chair
Jill Richard, Board Member
Julie Nipp, Board Member
Michelle Crosby, Board Member
Cindy Christensen, Founding Member
Being a recipient of a superior public school music and performing arts education, Cindy feels compelled to help promote similar opportunities here in our community. Her passion for music and the arts is what inspired her to found the Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation in January 2006.
Cindy is a graduate of Brigham Young University in choral music education. She has directed a variety of church choirs throughout 30 years, volunteered for the SHS concert choir for 2 years, directed a choir at the Sherwood Senior Center for 2 years, and has directed the Sherwood Chorale since 2004. Cindy currently directs five of the six VPA Youth choirs as well. She taught private voice and piano for 11 years, and was a substitute music teacher in the Sherwood School District for three years.
In 2009, Cindy was the music director for the community production of “The Music Man.” She also directed the musical Annie in the winter of 2010 when the VPA sponsored the production with Sherwood School District. She was music director for the VPA’s production of “Into the Woods” in 2011, and “Disney’s Little Mermaid” in 2012 as well.
Cindy loves being involved in the community and was awarded the “Chamber’s Choice’ award for 2006-2007 by the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, and was “knighted as a lady of the Shire of Sherwood” by the Robin Hood Festival in 2010.