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Contact Us

Email your comments or questions to Portland

Contact a Branch near you about borrowing materials or contributing your handmade Soul Boxes to their displays.

Our Team

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.

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Karla Niehus

Project Manager/Exhibits 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. Email Karla.

Ellen Stearns

Board Secretary

I’m on the Board and pitch in to help as needed.

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

Board Treasurer

I am responsible for coordinating the budget and assisting with logistical needs.

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 is a Preventative Worker for Children’s Aid NYC helping families to thrive, and at Bronx Art Space as Community Liaison. Her passion is organizing around social justice issues.

Michelle Wynant of Night Owl Design

Website Manager

I get to gather all the Soul Box happenings, news and events and arrange them on this site so you can be informed about this vital project.

I have been a marketing and website specialist for over 20 years working with businesses and non-profits developing, implementing and executing strategic marketing plans in order to attract potential participants and retain existing ones.