Executive Director & Art Camp 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 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 sings in the choir for Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.
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 supporting non-profits through grant writing, fundraising, public relations, communications, and graphic design. 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 about 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 family reside in a house in the urban woods alongside neighboring owls.
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.
As of February 2021, Kelley is the newest staff member to join the Grace Institute team. With a B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University, she has 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, story-telling, 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.