Board of Directors

 

Board Chair

Morgan Konn has taught graduate and undergraduate photography courses at universities in California, including San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, and the Academy of Art University. Morgan served as Treasurer for Society of Photographic Education’s west region for five years. During that time she coordinated with speakers, host institutions, business sponsors, and volunteers for annual conferences. She earned her MFA in 2006 from San Jose State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

 

Vice Chair

Ahmer Inam is currently the head of advanced analytics for North America at Nike where he draws from over seventeen years of experience in the analytics domain across various industries. Prior to Nike, Ahmer was in the analytics advisory practice at PwC focused on Retail and Consumer verticals. Ahmer holds two M.S. degrees, one each in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Texas A&M University, and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India. Ahmer is very passionate about the power of photography as a medium of expression and has had his work featured in exhibitions, publications, and auctions. Ahmer has also served on the board of The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC for several years, including the position of the board chair.

Treasurer

Steve Stegeman has been a Certified Public Accountant for the past 20 years and has held a variety of financial and operational leadership roles in for profit and nonprofit organizations in Ohio, Washington DC, and Oregon. Currently, Steve manages the business taxation practice for Davis & Graves CPA, LLP. Steve has a degree in Accounting from Miami University and an MBA from Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. An avid runner and hiker, Steve lives in Southeast Portland with his wife and daughter.

Greg Netzer is senior vice president at Pyramid Communications, a strategic communications firm that works to give voice and strategy to mission-driven organizations throughout the US. He has directed operations, finance, marketing and strategic planning in several corporate and nonprofit ventures. Greg has an extensive background in strategic communications, community outreach, employee engagement and philanthropic initiatives. He is also an award-winning journalist who has written about business, culture and sports for a variety of regional and national magazines, from The New York Times Magazine to Parenting and many more.

 

julie_beelerJulie Beeler is an artist, designer and co-founder of Second Story, a world-class interactive design studio. Passionate about educating, inspiring, and informing diverse audiences through storytelling innovation, Julie’s work builds powerful connections between people and the world of ideas. Since her transition from Second Story, Julie has been focused on her visual arts practice, exploring how storytelling and interpretation can blur and blend in creating experiences that challenge certainty, cultivate curiosity, and inspire meaning-making for the natural and cultural worlds we inherit.
Bob Hestand is the Senior Director of Cloud Services for Marquam Group. He was previously the IT Director for the American Red Cross, where he began as a CPR instructor in 1986. Since then, he crisscrossed the country and globe supporting its mission. In 1997, Bob stepped away from Red Cross world to work for a then-small startup, Webtrends. After their merger with NetIQ in 2001, Bob returned to the Red Cross to lead the field IT group. Bob is also a board member of Shakyamuni Tibetan Center, and Technology Steering Committee for the Technology Association of Oregon.
Doug Lowell is an active photographer and holds an MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School. He spent over 25 years in the advertising business as a copywriter, creative director, and agency owner. Currently he teaches advertising at the Portland State University School of Business Administration and works as a creative consultant. He has served on the board of directors of the Portland Advertising Federation.
Dale Schreiner provides research-based consultation to technology and consumer goods companies. He recently joined a fast-growing boutique consultancy, Cognito, to build out their quantitative research practice. His experience includes a variety of positions including Vice President of Research and Consulting in the Technology division of Market Strategies International, one of the world’s 25 largest market research firms and Research Consultant at Hewlett-Packard where he concentrated on advanced inkjet technologies and the Indigo digital press business. Dale is an accomplished fine arts photographer whose handmade book of photographs, Thereafter, is in the collections of Yale University, Mills College and the University of Oregon.
Dave Wilson brings to Newspace over 35 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney representing public and private employers. He currently works at Bullard Law. In addition to his service as an adjunct law professor at the University of Oregon and Willamette, he served on his law firm’s executive committee and pension trust, and on non-profit boards. Dave is also a fine art photographer and has had more than a dozen solo exhibits of his landscape photographs.

Emeritus

Chris Bennett is the founder of Newspace Center for Photography, as well as a photographer and photo educator. His work experience includes the George Eastman House, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and Photo-eye Books & Gallery. He received his BFA from Indiana University in 1999 and his MFA from the Hartford Art School’s Limited Residency photography program in 2014.

 

photographs courtesy of Carl Sweets