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Contact Us

Mailing Address (U.S. Post only):
PO Box 19900, Portland, OR 97280 USA
See shipping page for UPS address

The Soul Box Project Workshop:
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 37;
7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Email your comments and questions:
Info@SoulBoxProject.org

Voice Message:
(971) 266-0492

Our Team

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Leslie Lee

Founder/Director and Board President

I am the Vision Holder and Art Director for the Project. I’m grateful for a Team that believes in the power of art to affect social change.

Leslie Lee has been a professional artist her entire adult life. She and her husband, a ceramic artist, work at home in Portland, Oregon.

Ellen Stearns

Outreach Volunteer and Board Secretary

I help with a number of aspects of the Project, including inviting organizations around the country to participate.

Ellen has 25+ years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector and likes to spend time hiking in the forest.

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Headshot: Ellen

Ellen Stearns

Outreach Volunteer and Board Secretary

I help with a number of aspects of the Project, including inviting organizations around the country to participate.

Ellen has 25+ years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector and likes to spend time hiking in the forest.

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Richard Carroll

Logistics Coordinator and Board Treasurer

I am responsible for coordinating various third party consultants and suppliers for our upcoming exhibits, including the National Mall in D.C.

Richard has 40+ years of experience in executive management across numerous industries, and 15 years of experience on both for-profit and nonprofit Boards.

Beverly Emers

Board Member

I lead with my personal experience as a survivor and a witness to so many families being impacted in my local community.

Beverly lives in the South Bronx with her son. She works as a policy strategist with the Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College and a community liaison at BronxArtSpace. Her passion is organizing around social justice issues.

Beverly Emers

Board Member

I lead with my personal experience as a survivor and a witness to so many families being impacted in my local community.

Beverly lives in the South Bronx with her son. She works as a policy strategist with the Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College and a community liaison at BronxArtSpace. Her passion is organizing around social justice issues.

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Karla Niehus

Project Coordinator

If you’re interested in exhibiting Soul Boxes or incorporating the Soul Box Project into your activities or events, let’s talk!

Karla’s background is in museum exhibitions that educate, inspire, or empower. A recent transplant to Portland from the Midwest, she looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest.

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Karla Niehus

Project Coordinator

If you’re interested in exhibiting Soul Boxes or incorporating Soul Boxes into your activities or events, let’s talk!

Karla’s background is in museum exhibitions that educate, inspire, or empower. A recent transplant to Portland from the Midwest, she looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Kelsea Vierra Ashenbrenner

Administrative Assistant

I am the person who says, “Yup! I can do that!” I make sure the details are tended to.

When Kelsea is not working with The Soul Box Project she is doing theatre. She is an actor, director, and deviser of new work. She shares her life with her husband and their two cats.

Kelsea
Kelsea

Kelsea Vierra Ashenbrenner

Administrative Assistant

I am the person who says, “Yup! I can do that!” I make sure the details are tended to.

When Kelsea is not working with The Soul Box Project she is doing theatre. She is an actor, director, and deviser of new work. She shares her life with her husband and their two cats.

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Diane Roberts of Diane’s Talking

Social Media Manager

I share the story of The Soul Box Project on all social media platforms. Using words, pictures and narrative I shed light on the Project’s mission – using art to raise awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic. #ARTivism

Diane has been a storyteller on television and radio for 20+ years. Her professional expertise ranges from reporting and voiceovers to media coaching. When not working, she loves to garden, cook, attend live theater or watch sports—especially baseball.

Headshot: Diane

Diane Roberts of Diane’s Talking

Social Media Manager

I share the story of The Soul Box Project on all social media platforms. Using words, pictures and narrative I shed light on the Project’s mission – using art to raise awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic. #ARTivism

Diane has been a storyteller on television and radio for 20+ years. Her professional expertise ranges from reporting and voiceovers to media coaching. When not working, she loves to garden, cook, attend live theater or watch sports—especially baseball.

Laura Evans Manatos, President and CEO of Laura Evans Media

Public and Media Relations Consultant

I provide external communications for The Soul Box Project, making sure the Project gets the media attention it deserves so national audiences can learn about the movement.

A former television news anchor and reporter for nearly three decades, Laura’s passion today is telling the inspiring stories of disruptors and change-makers and shining a spotlight on their social impact efforts. In her downtime you’ll find her hanging out with her husband and 3 amazing kids, baking cookies, raising money for local charities, working out, running or hiking.

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Headshot: Laura

Laura Evans Manatos, President and CEO of Laura Evans Media

Public and Media Relations Consultant

I provide external communications for The Soul Box Project, making sure the Project gets the media attention it deserves so national audiences can learn about the movement.

A former television news anchor and reporter for nearly three decades, Laura’s passion today is telling the inspiring stories of disruptors and change-makers and shining a spotlight on their social impact efforts. In her downtime you’ll find her hanging out with her husband and 3 amazing kids, baking cookies, raising money for local charities, working out, running or hiking.