Leadership

Siren Nation is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our leadership is made up of women working in all aspects of the arts. We are artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, event organizers, promoters, and others.

We work towards creating a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and supportive arts community—celebrating creativity and building connections between women artists, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and community organizations.

2021 Board of Directors

December Carson Photo

December Carson

Artistic Director

Siren Nation’s artistic director and co-founder, December Carson, is a native Portlander who loves the city she grew up in. She designs and executes programs, events, and initiatives that bring nationally acclaimed artists, musicians, writers, and other public intellectuals to Portland, Oregon. For the past 20 years, she has worked with arts organizations, non-profits, promoters, and agents. She is currently the Head of External Affairs for the Northwest Film Center.

Anina Bennett Photo

Anina Bennett

Siren Nation Speaks Coordinator

Writer Anina Bennett is the co-author (with her husband, Paul Guinan) of the illustrated historical fiction books Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, about a 19th-century robot, and Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, the generation-spanning tale of a family of steampunk inventors. She co-created the science fiction series Heartbreakers, one of the first comic books to feature a team of female action heroes.

Anina is a former comic book editor who managed titles for First Comics and Dark Horse Comics, among other publishers, and also has a background in business writing and content strategy. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits and helped found Friends of Lulu, a 1990s organization dedicated to encouraging female comic book readers and creators. Originally from Chicago, Anina relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1991. Her work has been featured in gallery and museum exhibits, including the Oregon Historical Society’s exhibit “Comic City, USA.”

Tavé Fascé Drake Photo

Tavé Fascé Drake

Tavé Fascé Drake is a multicultural Oregon creative. A graduate of USC’s Film and Drama schools, a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Mali W. Africa, and former Bay Area member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Tavé now resides in Portland. She is a founding editor and the art director of Mirador Magazine, a leisure online and print publication for those with brain trauma, dementia, or other cognitive impairment.

Tavé co-hosts and produces the variety show podcast Peace, Love & Soup, providing listeners with “audio nourishment for the heart and mind.” Daughter of Tony Fascé (Johnny Angel) and niece of Dion Dimucci (Dion and the Belmonts), Tavé is a singer/songwriter of blues, 30s, and other eclectic music. She is the energetic lead singer of Gerle Haggard Band, the “All Girl All Merle” Haggard tribute which plays events and women’s prisons. With Gerle Haggard, Tavé put on one of the top 5 selling shows of all time at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Tavé is also an MC, writer, and poet who loves the opportunity to meet people and learn new things.

Kanani Koster Photo

Kanani Koster

Emerging Leaders Board

Kanani Koster is a Hapa Director based in PDX/SEA dedicated to creating films that incite dialogue by reclaiming traditional narratives through racial justice themes. Owner of Cherry Street Films: Digital Storytelling for Youth, Kanani teaches teens throughout the Seattle area while producing digital shorts and commercials. She is the director of the award-winning short The New Frontier, which has played across the West Coast at festivals like Red Nation Film Festival, Oregon International Film Festival, and Local Sightings. She has spoken on numerous panels on race, diversity, and representation in film.

Committee Members

Siren Nation Speaks Committee
Megan Skye Hale, Anina Bennett

Marketing & Communications Committee
Karlee Boon

Development Committee
Anina Bennett, December Carson, Paige Lakin

Graphic Artists
Jen Bracy, Lisa Johnston-Smith, Peggy Pfenninger