Sharon joined Grace Institute in May 2019 with prior Grace Art Camp director experience from 1999 through 2006. Throughout her most recent 12 years’ experience in administrative, controller and human resources management in the energy efficiency consulting industry, Sharon has remained passionate about the arts! Sharon holds a B.S. in Communications in Home Economics from Oregon State University and has extensive experience in fundraising and special events. A former tennis player for Oregon State, Sharon has revived her tennis playing after a multi-decade hiatus and now competes and captains fun, recreational level teams. Sharon was an assistant coach for the Grant High School Girls Tennis Team in 2017–2018 and, until recently, sang in the choir for Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.
Registrar, Operations & Social Media Manager
Ashley Klump is a painter and mixed media artist, as well as an advocate for arts education. Passionate about curating creative and meaningful artistic experiences for people of all ages and levels, she earned her BFA and MA in Art Education. She has worked as a studio artist at Grace Art Camp since the summer of 2018, working in a range of studios including printmaking, paper arts, visual arts, mixed-media, and leading the Orange (Pre-K) group. Ashley also has been a teaching artist with the Right Brain Initiative and Young Audiences since 2013. During the school year, she does large-scale collaborative residencies with K-8 students, helping them paint murals across their school walls, or smaller-scale projects, like multi-media book arts residencies that integrate illustration and creative writing. In addition to her career in the arts, Ashley has worked extensively as an administrator and manager at non-profits in the Portland area. Ashley is excited to further support Grace Art Camps’ families by joining the year-round Grace Institute staff as Registrar & Operations Manager in Fall 2022!
Business Manager & Bookkeeper
Annie joined Grace Institute in the spring of 2018. Annie has a B.A. from Willamette University in theatre and has worked as a bookkeeper for more than a decade. In addition to her time as a bookkeeper, she has worked as an actor, costumer, director and marketing assistant for local theatre companies. She has written, performed and produced original performances in Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival. She also enjoys working in film and creating multimedia projections for the stage with her husband. In her spare time, you can find Annie drinking tea, tap dancing and spending time with her husband, friends and cat.
Kelley joined the Grace Institute team in February 2021. With a B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University, she spent the bulk of her 30+ year career in educational and non-profit fund development and event management. Whether at home or at work, Kelley’s passion is celebrating others through music, storytelling, writing, events and personal recognition. In her free time, Kelley loves working on stained glass mosaics, reupholstering and naming vintage chairs, tending her garden, baking scones and serving elaborate British-style afternoon teas at her home. She and her husband have traveled extensively around the world, and enjoy when their two young adult sons can tag along.
Bookkeeper & HR Administrator
Kate joined Grace Institute in March 2023. Specializing in eliminating waste and increasing productivity, Kate has over ten years of experience working with and implementing Lean practices. After working with commercial warehouses from Portland to Seattle, Kate worked with small business startups and found herself in the exciting world of bookkeeping. Kate hopes to bring her same passion and drive to Grace Institute. When Kate isn’t working, you can find her either on the couch with her dog or in the mountains with her dog.