Grace Institute Staff

staff-image_ashleyAshley Smith
Executive and Camps Program 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 her current role as Executive Director since 2015. Trained in the theatre arts, 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 the community of others, alongside our stories and history that connects 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.

AAnnie & Oriennie Rimmer-Weeks
Business Manager

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.

staff-image_mariannMariann Koop-McMahon
Operations Manager & Registrar

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.