A lifelong community/school/faith based choral singer, Jill comes to the Aurora Board with professional experience in operations management as well as a history of serving on non-profit boards in healthcare and community music organizations. She is currently Manager of OHSU’s Ambulatory Access Services (think new patient referral scheduling) and rings handbells with her big brother in Pacific Ringers. Jill has two grown/growing daughters and enjoys hiking, bird watching, gardening and travel.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area and then moved to Colorado for college. I started college as a theater and dance major, but changed my mind after two years and decided that a career in medicine would better suit my talents (or lack of). After completing medical school and my first year of residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, I moved to Irvine California where I completed my residency in pathology and began practicing. Somewhere in there I got married, had two children and got divorced. After 25 years in Irvine, CA, in 2010, I was given the opportunity to move to Portland OR to take over the pathology practice at Portland Adventist Hospital. Although I love my work and find happiness in cycling, running, knitting and quilting, I wanted something else in my life and decided that joining a chorus would be my next outlet. I am so happy that I found Aurora Chorus.
I grew up in a very musical family. We had a recording studio attached to our house and a family band that played in bars and at festivals so I spent enormous amounts of time singing in public. This continued through high school – I sang with our jazz band and in a jazz choir as well, graduating to community chorus. Shortly thereafter, I went to college in Hawaii and started my family. While there, my mother sent me a CD of the Aurora Chorus. She had attended a concert and loved it and wanted to share it with me, partly for our shared love of music but also because of the name. I fell in love with the music and told her that one day, I would sing in the Aurora Chorus. Fifteen years later, I made that a reality and I’m so happy I did.
Outside of choir and my primary job, I have three children ages 16, 18, and 20 and a beloved pitbull, Cooper, age 7. I also work part time at New Seasons as a cashier, which fulfills my need for social interaction in this age of pandemic. After focusing for many years on my children, most recently I have started focusing on myself, my personal goals and my health. Joining the board seemed like the next step for me. I have a BA in International Relations from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), a graduate certificate in healthcare management from the OHSU School of Medicine and most recently an MBA from HPU. I currently work in the banking industry in project management but my background has been primarily employee relations, operations management, human resources, project management and administration within the healthcare industry. Bringing this experience to the Aurora Chorus thrills me and having the opportunity to return to singing post-Covid has me excited beyond measure. I miss my Aurora sisters and the community we have formed and I look forward to helping in our journey and healing process so that we may join our voices once again in love and harmony.
Jae recently retired from a long career and many diverse roles in public service – as a clinician, educator, scientist and administrator working at the local, state and federal levels. Formally trained in social work and social welfare research, Jae spent many years serving and caring for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2004 she made a major transition to the field of Environmental Health, where she finished out her career as Multnomah County’s Environmental Health Services Director. Originally from Rhode Island, Jae has lived in Oregon since 1984, building her career and family. Her loves include her wife, kids, grandkids, and many horses, dogs, cats – and spending time riding, writing, walking, rafting, playing in the snow, practicing yoga and staying connected with friends.
Gayle Lovejoy has been with Aurora Chorus since 1998, serving in many volunteer capacities: Harmonizer, Chorus Coordinator, Board Vice Chair, Board Chair, and Alto 1 music section leader for many years. She has rejoined the board at this exciting time to help Aurora recover from the pandemic down-time and find a new Artistic Director as we sail into our future. Gayle brings experience in project management, writing, editing, communication, number-wrangling, technology, attention to detail, and (most important of all) Joy. She is also very active as a lay leader in her spiritual community. She enjoys singing, writing, board games, hiking, learning, mysticism, hanging out with her dog, laughter, and spending time with friends and loved ones.
Libby’s Bio Coming Soon….
Kirsten Anna’s Bio
I’ve had a deep joy of singing and music for as long as I can remember and joined my first choir at age 9, the Maui Children’s Chorus. My musical experiences include a variety of choirs and ensembles, musical theater, opera, guitar, and much folk dancing. I first heard about Aurora through a friend, and after my first concert with the chorus in June 2007, I was hooked! Aurora and all of the amazing people that keep it going have made the chorus like a second home to me now. I found magic in our sisterhood, and our songs of social justice and compassion resonate with my hopes for our community.
Before settling in Portland, I have lived in Colorado, Nebraska, Maui, Manoa, France, and Eugene. Dan, my husband and piano man, & I have the thrill of parenting three teens. I enjoy traveling & the wilderness, almost as much as I love my cooky clan. Teaching young people to love learning and reading brings me great fulfillment, so when I can, I substitute teach English, Spanish, French, and girls’ self-defense and empowerment. I’m a forever student and facilitator of multiple empathy-building modalities including Theater of the Oppressed. I look forward to serving on the Aurora board and for the opportunity to help our chorus thrive.
My professional life has been focused in nonprofit and programmatic positions where I have been able to work with teams of diverse backgrounds. I am thrilled to be able to support Aurora as I have been a lifelong volunteer and community member. I even sang in the choir for a few terms. I am currently in school pursuing a Masters in Social Work from PSU. I enjoy making art, cooking, being outside and exploring the Portland area more.