OLS Board and Staff

Meet the people behind the scenes who make the concerts you love possible.

Board of Directors

Linzee Weld – President

Al Leighton – Vice President

Kristel Hayes

Favorite OLS Moment: Kristel has so many favorite OLS memories that she wasn’t able to pick just one. The shows, the events, and the people are what she loves about the venue.


Ethan Hipple

Favorite OLS Moment: Sitting front row to see Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek mesmerize the audience with her virtuoso fiddle playing.

Rick McGinley

Favorite OLS Moment: Richard Shindell playing the Dead’s “I Know You Rider” and seeing the joy in the audience at every OLS show

Rob Mitchell

Favorite OLS Moment: One of my truly favorite moments was attending a Pete Seeger Tribute concert and potluck dinner in 2014. What really struck me that evening was how enthusiastically and quickly the Portland music community created, planned and held this event and the quality of the music we heard, which featured several collaborative performances.  

Matt Stein

Favorite OLS Moment: Pete Seeger Tribute Event. A classic OLS event with outstanding performances by artists, great storytelling, audience sing-alongs and a potluck dinner to boot.

Kellie Sullivan

Favorite OLS Moment: Some of Kellie’s favorite OLS moments have happened after the shows where, given the intimate nature of the venue, she has been able to meet and speak with some of the amazing musicians. Langhorne Slim was a fantastic recent meet and greet!

 Dr. Mary McCann
Lauren Rioux


Administrative Staff

Jeff Beam: Programming Director & Venue Manager

Favorite OLS Moment(s): Seeing the place packed for two nights of Martin Barre of Jethro Tull was a real treat, as was watching George Winston practice before the doors opened for his 2017 show. Sara Hallie Richardson’s (former Portlander/current west coaster) most recent show comes to mind as well: aside from tight etherial Grizzly Bear-esque sounds, the stage was decked out with trees & branches.

Chris McClure: Marketing Director

Favorite OLS Moment: Cuddle Magic was one of the first shows I saw at OLS, and I was blown away by their unique style and incredible talent, so when they returned to OLS for an album release I knew I had to catch them again. What I didn’t expect was the band to get off the stage, form a circle in the audience around me and a few other audience members and play a song. It was an incredible, intimate performance.

Fiona O’Grady: Bookkeeper

Favorite OLS Moment: There have been many but meeting Maura O’Connell and hearing her play was a wonderful experience, I was so moved by her version of Declan O’Rourkes Gallileo that I picked it as the song played during my first dance with my husband at our wedding.

Liz Pettengill: Development Director

Favorite OLS Moment(s): Any and every time dance has been a factor, be it during a fundraiser dance party, a post fundraiser dance party, watching the beautiful women of Collective Motion do their thing during a romantic Valentine’s Day performance, having a tap-dance-off with one of the members of Tumbling Bones, or dancing on stage herself as a part of the M.E.S.H. Cabaret fundraiser.



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