Board of Directors
Meet our lovely Board of Directors
Michael Moore (He/Him) Mr. Moore was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Berkeley and the surrounding
Bay Area. He graduated from El Cerrito high school, and then went on to study costume
design at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California graduating in 1988. Mr.
Moore sold vintage clothes and was a barista in order to move to New York City and
work in the theatre. When in New York City, Mr. Moore worked in the wardrobe
departments of the New York Shakespeare Festival and for the 1998 Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade and was a freelance costume designer. In Findlay, Ohio, Mr.
Moore continued his costume design and supervised the wardrobe at the University. In
1999 Mr. Moore became legally blind and began a course of study in law at Roger
Williams University School of Law, graduating in 2004.
Mr. Moore is excited to be on the inaugural board president for the Pacific Northwest
Rainbowbility Chorus; he looks forward to watching the choir grow.
Executive Director/ Interim Secretary
Landon Shimek (He/Him) began playing piano and guitar at age eight. He sang with the Seattle Men’s Chorus for two years before moving to the Portland area and finding a new voice with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. After singing with PGMC for a few years, Landon helped start Transpose PDX, which then lead Landon to spearhead a new chorus for people who identify as Queer; thus was born the Northwest Queer Chorus (NWQC). Landon quickly became friends with Alison Hills who sang in Portland Lesbian Chior (PLC). Since meeting Alison, who is a person in a wheelchair, he wanted to help make Alison's dream become a reality: a chorus for LGBTQIA+ folks and their allies with all types of abilities. Landon is known for his easy going personality and his love for people and his Queer community. As a trans man who also has autism, Landon’s vision is to use musical excellence as a platform for positive interactions between Queer and non-Queer identified communities. He is now thrilled to be voted onto the Board of The People’s Pantry/Hand Up Project so he can continue to serve his Queer community and being an ally for the BIPOC community. One of Landon's newest adventures includes starting up a brand new GALA chorus in Seattle, Washington. Landon serves on the Board of Directors for STANCE (Seattle Trans and Non-Binary Choral Ensemble.) This is their inaugural season.
Gabi Marcus (She/They) Meet Gabi Marcus, a talented vocalist who has been singing in choirs for over 10 years. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Gabi discovered her love for music at a young age and has been pursuing it ever since. In 2019, Gabi received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University (NAU), where she honed her skills as a soloist and choral singer. She served every choir at NAU either musically, or by working in administration. She is especially proud of her work with the Shrine of the Ages Choir under the direction of Dr.Edith Copley where she served as the choir’s president organizing socials, promoting strong work ethic, and collaborating on program details and deciding performance venues. During her time in college, she also became interested in the intersections between music and social justice, and began seeking out opportunities to use her talents to make a difference in her community. After graduation, Gabi began working as a vocalist in various churches, where she found great fulfillment in using her voice to bring people together in worship and celebration. She also continued to participate in choirs, both as a singer and as a leader, and found that she had a natural ability to work with a diverse range of ages and abilities. Gabi is particularly excited about the prospect of leading a choir that places community at the forefront of its practice. She believes that music has the power to bring people together and to create meaningful connections, and is passionate about creating a space where everyone feels welcomed and valued. As a trans vocalist, Gabi also brings a unique perspective to her work, and is committed to promoting inclusivity and social justice through her music. Overall, Gabi is a skilled and dedicated vocalist with a passion for using her talents to make a positive impact in the world. She is excited to continue her musical journey as Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Rainbowbility Chorus and to lead a group that shares her values of community, diversity, and inclusivity.
Matthew Raymund (He/Him/His) Matthew Raymund has a long history in both the performing arts and non-profit organizations. He started singing in kindergarten and performed with school choirs through 8th grade and was a member of the Southern California Children’s chorus for 5 years. He has played musical instruments, such as violin, piano, recorder, flute, and drums. Matthew also performed in Theater productions of Annie, Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, Honk! JR, and The Music Man. After participating in these, Matthew then switched to technical stage support, including mics, lighting and finally stage management. Matthew is a member of the queer community, and has volunteered as a Queer Crisis counselor.
Member at Large/ Ad Hoc
Laurie Kash PHD (She/Hers) Behavior Professional:
Laurie R. Kash is a behavior professional with her own company, An Illuminated Life,
LLC, where she serves people around the state with intellectual and developmental disabilities
and mental illness. She also advises school districts on their special education practice and
mentors special education directors and teachers in Oregon. Before owning her company, Kash
served as State Director of Special Education at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In that role,
she was responsible for the provision of statewide special education leadership by overseeing the
work of the Division of Special Education and coordinating all federal and state special
education related functions across the Division, Department of Special Populations, and the
Agency. Kash was a federal whistleblower who reported to the OIG tens of millions of dollars
of federal corrupt contracting on the part of TEA and reported 350,000 student special education
plans being sold to vendors.
Before joining the Texas Education Agency in 2017, Kash was the Student Services and
Special Education Director for Rainier School District in Rainier, Oregon. Her work in student
services brought her to Project Unify and Special Olympics where she was a participant in state
and national social justice initiatives. She was awarded Outstanding Administrator by the Oregon
Association of Vocational Special Needs Personnel in 2013. Kash was an elementary Dean of
Students and secondary English and Theatre teacher prior to her time in full-time administration.
In 2009, Kash earned her doctorate from Oregon State University in Education with an
emphasis in Teacher Leadership. Kash earned her BA from University of Oregon, MAT from
Oregon State, MA from Central Washington University and Administrative License from
Concordia University. In 2015, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the
National Association for Workforce Improvement for her efforts to improve employment
opportunities for all people. She has studied Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School
of Professional Psychology. In Portland, Kash continues her LGBTQA+ advocacy through her
work as an ally with the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court where she served the ISRC as the First
Lady to the Empress of Portland for two years. She was also the Production Manager for
Bridging Voices, LGBTQA Youth Choir.