MEET OUR BOARD
Will Patton, Board President.
Will Patton is a native Oregonian, raised in and around the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. His passion for sports led him away from the theatrical pursuits of his parents to the playing field. Ultimately, sports led him to six years as the Marketing Director for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and twenty years in a variety of Marketing, Operations and Strategy positions for Nike, Inc. Currently, Will is a Marketing Director at Tillamook County Creamery Association, which makes sense because ice cream is a passion of his. Will is married to Sandhya Patton and between them, they have four great kids. Will and Sandhya reside in Newberg, Oregon.
A life-long friend of Cerimon House Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Randall Stuart, Will first heard Randall's vision in 2009 for what ultimately would become Cerimon House. Inspired by events he attended in the early years of Cerimon House, Will joined the board in 2014. Through his board service, Will hopes to pay homage to the contributions his parents, Bill and Shirley Patton, have made to the arts in Oregon. He's doing this by helping to provide a place for the arts to be presented and a warm, welcoming space for people to share their stories with others.
Annika Wiebke, Board Secretary.
Annika grew up in Oregon’s wine country, spending her time riding horses and enjoying the outdoors. She attended Portland State where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a focus on child psychology and industrial and organizational psychology. Annika has 15+ years of high level program management experience in retail and environmental design, helping drive project success. She is now following her dream by pursuing a second career in functional nutrition. Annika loves to travel and spends her free time listening to live music, learning piano, taking long walks around Portland and spending time with her boyfriend and son.
Aria Leighty, Board Member.
Aria Leighty is the Founder and CEO of The MOB Nation, a national Alliance of Mom-Owned Businesses. Aria is also a mindset coach and small business creative consultant. To learn more about Aria visit- arialeighty.com themobnation.com or mobcon.co Aria can be found on Instagram. @arialeighty
Paul Ward, Board Member.
Paul is an advisor to business owners seeking to improve valuation and market share for growth or exit. He has helped build companies as an executive and advisor, with improvements in profitability primarily through competitive focus and positioning, as well as clarity in how back-end processes create more visible value for customers and stakeholder groups. He has worked in China, Russia, Emirates, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombia, and the UK in marketing, customer management, and executive training. Paul has served on the board of The Smithsonian, as well as for a global music app startup based in Italy, and an investment group in Maryland. Clarety Global Investments and Clarety Flow have been involved helping develop new strategies in de-risking cancer drugs. His model for investment structures in European pharmaceutical finance has been deployed successfully in multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical development projects. His partners included executives who developed Power Africa for President Obama, introduced the majority of the most successful cancer drugs in the last 20 years, and turned around Danone in Central and South America to be the number one provider in its categories. Paul has taught at American University and The University of Maryland’s MBA program, and gives corporate trainings on strategic marketing and managing across generations.
Keith Pitt, Board Member.
BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2013
Keith Pitt has been a Board member for many years. Mr. Pitt is a partner at the Portland law firm of Slinde Nelson Stanford, where his practice focuses on general civil litigation and business transactions. Keith is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and California. He holds degrees from the University of Oregon (1992, B.A., English), and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (1997, J.D.).
Keith is active in the community, recently completing three-terms (2007-2016) as the Presiding Officer (a volunteer position) for the City of Portland Civil Service Board. He also served on the Board of Directors for Third Rail Repertory Theatre (2005-2008). Keith resides in the Irvington Historic District of Portland, Oregon with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter Stella. He recently completed the construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) at his residence, along with his mother, Sharon Nielson, and enjoys living at the property as a multi-generational family
Nate Drews, Board Member.
Nate has been in the financial industry since 2009 and has worked as a financial advisor for Thrivent Financial for the past nine years. He also serves on the board of Buzzy’s Bees organization since January 2017. He serves as their Board Treasurer and on both the finance and golf committees. Nate lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his family and enjoys golfing, traveling and relaxing in his spare time. When he was five, he was pretty sure he’d be a truck driver when he grew up.