Executive Director

India Downes-Le Guin (she/her) joined Hoffman in late 2022. After
receiving her degree in Creative Writing at Pitzer College, India
returned to her hometown in Portland, Oregon to work for the
publishing company Tin House, where she spent 6 years developing her
dedication to West Coast arts as the Assistant Director of Workshops.

India located to the coast full-time in 2020, and enjoyed
participating in a number of programs at Hoffman, where she witnessed
first-hand the magical place and incredible people who run it. When
the opportunity arose to serve, it was an obvious choice. It is with
great excitement and gratitude for our community of residents and
visitors that India joins the team.

Fun fact: In her free time India practices becoming mediocre at many
hobbies, most recently of which include: knitting, running, printing,
and natural dyeing.

Board of Directors

The all-volunteer Board of Directors plays a critical role in the day-to-day operation of the Hoffman Center—helping ensure financial stability, good governance, and making certain our volunteers have the tools and processes they need to provide the wide variety of programming we offer. Click on their name to see their entire bio.

Learn about the other volunteers—our Program Leads—who make the Hoffman Center hum.

Janice Slonecker Berman (she/her/hers) recently retired from Nike, Inc. after 23 years, her last position being Sr. Director Product Creation Center (Apparel).  Her “encore” goal is to leverage her professional experience and passion for non-profit and board work, even going so far as to taking a grant writing course in preparation. Janice and her husband […]
Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson (she/her/hers) graduated with a BFA in painting, working as a studio artist while supporting herself fry cooking, waitressing, bartending, house painting and teaching art. She began her arts administration career in 1981 at Pacific Northwest College of Art, her alma mater, where she was director of admissions and academic affairs. Later, she earned […]
Terri Desaro (she/her/hers) grew up in Boise, Idaho and started her professional career in banking. She spent 13 years in the financial advisory industry with two regional stock brokerage firms. With experience in both operations management and securities sales, Terri enjoyed the dynamic world of the financial markets. After leaving the corporate career path and […]
Candace Kramer (she/her/hers) has a background as a designer for Neil Kelly Remodelers in Portland and for the past 16 yrs she has worked for Windermere Realty Trust as a Broker. As part of the Build Small Live Large Community, she has lectured and assisted her clients on living small and sustainably. In 2006 Candace and […]
Dave Holt (he/him/his) has spent all but 4 years of his life living in the Pacific Northwest – primarily Yakima, Seattle, Portland and Manzanita.  Professionally, he has had two fun careers.  The first being the restaurant industry where he owned and managed restaurants in Hawaii (Ray’s Hawaii) and Seattle (1904 and Italia).  His second career, […]
Sarah Johnson (she/her/hers) trained to be a high school language arts teacher, but in reality, she spent most of her professional life working in the nonprofit world. She served 22 years as Executive Director of Portland-based Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington. After retirement, she began consulting with other nonprofit organizations in general areas […]
Steve Brier (he/him/his) has had three careers:  most recently 17 years as Director of Planned Giving at the OSU Foundation and Willamette University; 13 years as an attorney, primarily as a tax lawyer at Stoel Rives in Portland; and 10 years in faculty positions teaching math and statistics.  Steve is most proud of his B.S. […]
Amy Bell (she/her/hers) is retired from working in the public policy arena, first for Washington State government in various leadership positions and then owning a consulting business that helped nonprofit, business and government clients successfully navigate the state and federal legislative process. She and her husband have been visiting Neahkahnie for more than 35 years […]
Nancy Tuner (she/her/hers) currently works with The Turner Group as LLC Managing Director. She is a Team and Leadership Coach and spent over 35 years as a business leader.  For 13 years ,she was Nike Global Director, and worked as HR leader and developer of teams and talent with business leaders. Previously she worked at […]
Ben Rosenberg (him/him/his) is an Adjunct Professor for Clark College in Vancouver, Washington where he teaches art classes on-line. He also teaches Printmaking at Clatsop Community College in Astoria and substitute teaches in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District. Ben received a BFA in Printmaking from Temple University and an MFA in Studio Arts from Portland State […]

Program Leads

Volunteers are a crucial part of everything we do. In fact, they keep the Center running. Their dedication and contribution of time enable us to offer our diverse selection of programming. Learn more about a few of our amazing volunteers below—our Program Leads. You can get involved by joining our team of volunteers. Sign up to volunteer by filling out our online application. We’ll get back to you promptly.

Sharon Gibson


Sharon Gibson is co-lead of the Clay Program where she has been working with clay and volunteering at the studio since 2013. Sharon manages some of the day-to-day operations of the program and represents the program on the Hoffman Center Board. She enjoys the opportunity to grow a thriving clay community while literally getting her hands dirty.

Steven Gibson


Steven Gibson took his first class at the Hoffman Center clay studio in 2013. Since that life-changing moment of touching clay, he has spent many hours creating functional ceramics at the wheel, managing the kiln, and volunteering in many capacities at the Hoffman Center and the clay studio, where he co-leads the Clay Program.

Marcia Silver


Marcia Silver began volunteering in 2014 with the Writers’ Series, coordinating weekly sessions in the Writing Lounge. She has begun to write poetry supported by a series of classes offered by the Hoffman. Her interest in the visual arts has been stimulated by her work for the Gallery recruiting and training volunteer hosts. She values the Hoffman Center for the creative opportunities it provides to our rural community.

Pete McDonnell


Pete McDonnell is a native of southeastern Washington State‭, ‬a 40-year resident of Seattle‭, ‬and a full-time Manzanita local since 2020‭. ‬He‭ ‬retired after 25‭ ‬years in clinical trials data management at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Research Institute‭. ‬Pete has always been a singer‭, ‬and has performed in a wide variety of musical projects since grade school‭.‬‭ (‬He sings now exclusively for his own entertainment‭.) ‬Pete has also always been a crafter‭, ‬and is especially drawn to fiber arts‭. ‬Since 1995‭ ‬his main focus has been kumihimo‭, ‬traditional Japanese braid making‭. ‬Pete is honored and extremely happy to be involved at the Hoffman Center‭.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson


Bonnie Laing Malcolmson graduated with a BFA in painting, working as a studio artist while supporting herself fry cooking, waitressing, bartending, house painting and teaching art. She began her arts administration career in 1981 at Pacific Northwest College of Art, her alma mater, where she was director of admissions and academic affairs. Later, she earned an MFA in painting at MSU Bozeman and taught as an adjunct professor. She was a gallery and museum director, and president of Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Brian Postle


Brian Postle has been visiting Manzanita for 25 years. He and his husband, Pete McDonnell, are grateful to call this remarkable place home. Remarkable, of course, for the natural beauty, but more significantly for the people who live here and devote their time and energy to civic activities. Brian feels incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Hoffman world, surrounded by so many unique, creative, and intelligent people. After a fifty-year career, starting on a dairy farm in rural upstate New York and ending as a project manager for global vaccine trials, Brian is headed, in awe, full steam ahead into retirement.

Ketzel Levine


Ketzel Levine has a passion for plants and horticulture and became NPR’s gardening expert, the “Doyenne of Dirt,” talking plants on Saturday mornings. She set down roots locally leading enthusiastic volunteers tending the Wonder Garden with the assistance of her Golden, Milo, who doesn’t do laundry but does entertains guests at their airbnb Sea, Sit, Stay! atop Neahkahnie.

Vera Wildauer


Vera Wildauer has been involved with the Hoffman Center since 2008 and helps bring authors, publishers, and writing instructors to our area. As co-founder of the Manzanita Writers' Series and North Coast Squid literary journal, she is delighted to bring opportunities for learning and community to local and visiting writers. Prior to moving to Manzanita full-time, she had 20+ years’ experience as a marketing professional and non-profit board member.

Phyllis Mannan


Phyllis Mannan is about to publish her first poetry chapbook. Her poems and nonfiction pieces have appeared in The Oregonian, Rain Magazine, StringTown, Willow Springs, and other publications. Her years of connection to the Portland poetry community and her love of poetry are put to work producing the periodic poetry events and managing the Poetry Kiosk in the Wonder Garden.

Emily Ransdell


Emily Ransdell divides her time between Manzanita and Camas, WA. Her poems have appeared in Timberline Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. She was featured on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. After years of marketing work for HP, she recently completed her MFA in Poetry and teaches poetry classes at the Hoffman, along with volunteering.

Andy Barker


Andy Barker taught creative writing as a high school English teacher before retiring two years ago. He splits his time between Manzanita and Portland. His years as an advisor to an award-winning student journal are being put to work as editor of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal. His stories have appeared in journals including the North Coast Squid and Rain Magazine.

Lynn Steinberg


Lynn Steinberg has worked as a high-school teacher, journalist and communications executive over the course of a long and varied career. After years of city life up and down the West Coast, she recently retired from The Boeing Company and moved to Manzanita full-time with her husband Ellis.