Grace Institute Staff

unnamedAshley Smith
Art Camps & Programs Director

Ashley discovered Grace Art Camp as an artist, designer, teacher, and parent in 2005; unable to resist Grace’s collaborative and happy spirit, she joined as a teaching artist a year later which fortuitously and excitingly culminated into Art Camp and Executive Director between 2015 and 2019. Today, Ashley is thankfully and blissfully wearing one hat directing Art Camp and programming as Grace Institute plans for the future. Trained in stage design (MFA, Northwestern University) and with a penchant for textiles, the human body, and proficient in a variety of media, Ashley’s inspiration is found in community, alongside stories and history that connect us all. Local residencies and teaching venues include Portland’s Teatro Milagro, PCC Sylvania’s Theatre Arts program, and Vancouver School of Arts & Academics.  And finally, the thread that keeps this all together for her — the practice of yoga and mindfulness and its kinship with the creative process.

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Mariann Koop-McMahon
Registrar & Operations Manager

Raised in a family of artists, Mariann’s lifelong love of stories, myth, legends, folktales, and fairytales found an outlet at Art Camp in 1998 as a parent. Soon after, she became part of the administrative team that grew Art Camp to 1200 campers spanning seven weeks. Holding a B.A. in Communications and History from the University of Portland, Mariann’s career has been predominately supported non-profits through grant writing, fundraising, public relations through graphic design and communications. Other experiences include those of Junior Great Books Leader at Oregon Episcopal School, and as an award-winning watercolor painter exhibiting with Watercolor Society of Oregon and Oregon Society of Artists.  Passionate social justice and art, Mariann can be found weekly at her quilting group, making quilts for women and families in local domestic violence shelters. A third generation Oregon native, Mariann and her husband reside in a house near urban woods alongside neighboring owls.

AAnnie & Oriennie Rimmer-Weeks
Business Manager & Bookkeeper

Annie joined Grace Institute in the spring of 2018 following the beloved business manager Linda’s retirement. Annie has a B.A. from Willamette University in theatre and has worked as a bookkeeper for nearly a decade. In addition to her time as a bookkeeper she has worked as an actor, costumer, director and marketing assistant for local theatres. 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.

Sharon Loomis-Malin
Executive Director

Sharon joined Grace Institute in mid-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 BS 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 on a fun, recreational level.  Sharon was an assistant coach for the Grant High School Girls Tennis Team in 2017–2018 and sings in the choir for Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.