Janice Slonecker Berman, Manzanita

Janice Slonecker Berman 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 Brad first visited Manzanita in 1997 and purchased property in 2010.  They currently split their time living between Portland and Manzanita and look forward to helping the Hoffman Center for the Arts, and the overall community, thrive.

Janice and Brad are proud parents, and recent “empty nesters”, both daughters attend the University of Oregon. Janice is a University of Washington graduate with a degree in Textile Design.  Although a proud Husky—she is a University of Washington graduate with a degree in Textile Design—she is also an avid Duck fan, especially during football and volleyball season.

Fun fact: Janice and her family spent two-years in Shanghai, China on a Nike, Inc. expat assignment.  While there, her favorite personal vacation was to Siem Reip Cambodia, where she loved visiting all of the Angkor Temples, the hospitality of the local people, the food, and hand-loomed textiles.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Neahkahnie

Bonnie 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. Bonnie retired having served six years as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of NW Art at the Portland Art Museum.

Bonnie loves working for the arts and believes art defines the best qualities of any society. As she said once to a father who did not want his son to attend art school: “When you travel do you go to museums? Well, someone has to make the stuff that fills them!”

Fun fact: Bonnie loves doing many things that eventually influence her artist’s life, she: raises and shows collies, writes poetry, fly fishes, gardens, knits, and sings.

Candace Kramer, Manzanita

Candace 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 her husband restored a 1940’s cottage that was built by a Norwegian Shipbuilder in Manzanita. The cottage was donated for visiting writers to stay for the Hoffman’s popular Writers Lecture Series. It was also a hub for summer writing workshops held by author Jennifer Lauck.

Candace spearheaded the Ski to Defeat ALS program while serving as a board member for ALS from 2013 to 2015. She launched a program for AARP Neighborhood Walks from 2012 to 2015. Candace and her husband have volunteered on ten Global Habitat for Humanity home building trips.

Fun Fact:  Candace was a classically trained ballet dancer for 10 years and had the opportunity to spend a summer at Joffrey Ballet in New York City. That summer she discovered her legs needed to be three feet longer!

Sharon Gibson, Neahkahnie

Sharon worked 15 years as a healthcare executive, including three as Senior VP for hospital operations, and 12 years with a Fortune 100 company as healthcare operations and technology consultant. Gibson also worked multiple years as a board member and officer on related healthcare boards and councils.

In the nonprofit world, she served five years on the board of a children’s healthcare charity, including two years as PR Director and two more as Board President. Gibson has volunteered for three years in the Hoffman Center Clay Studio. She has also served two years on the board of the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition including a year as its Chair.

Fun Fact:  Sharon and husband Steven, as members of the Maritime Archeology Society, collect artifacts relating to the local Beeswax Wreck.

Marc C. Johnson, Neahkahnie

For nearly 40 years Marc lived and worked in Boise, Idaho as a broadcast journalist, press secretary and chief of staff to Idaho’s governor, and as owner of a regional public affairs and communications firm.

A long-time advocate for the humanities and civic education, Marc served as chair of the Idaho Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils and has served as a National Endowment for the Humanities site visitor. He chaired the board of the Boise Public Library and currently serves as vice president of the North Tillamook Library Friends. He also serves on the board of the Nehalem Bay Health District.

His writing has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, and he has taught courses on politics and history at the university level. He is the author of a political biography of Montana New Deal-era Senator Burton K. Wheeler.

Fun Fact:  As a broadcast journalist, Marc has interviewed politicians, writers and artists, including the environmental writer Edward Abbey and Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Mark L. Roberts, Neahkahnie, Treasurer

Mark’s 35-year career with the Bonneville Power Administration included stints in energy demand forecasting, planning and budget, financial analysis and revenue requirement, and strategic planning.

In the nonprofit world, Roberts served on the Neahkahnie Water District board (president) and Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum Friends (president). He is currently on the Board of the North Coast Food Bank and is appointed to the Tillamook County Planning Commission.

As the Hoffman Center treasurer, Mark provides financial analysis and has a side-gig of working on various facilities projects. He is also one of several “staff” photographers.

Fun Fact:  Not to be written off as only a numbers guy, Mark is proud to express his artistic vision by repainting the gallery walls in white each month.

Mary Roberts, Neahkahnie, President

Mary Roberts joined the Hoffman board in Nov. 2017, after becoming an active volunteer and participant in the Clay Studio and overseeing improvements in the Center’s Gallery.

Mary earned a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management from Portland State University. From 1995 to 2005, she served as CEO of Rejuvenation Inc. in Portland. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer for Hanna Andersson, also in Portland.

In the non-profit world, Mary has served on the boards of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Natural Step Network, Transition Projects, Artist’s Repertory Theater, the New Rose Theater, and Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts – an organization that helped found the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Fun Fact:  When not working on Hoffman stuff, Mary may be found in her clay studio. A revitalizing place, Mary finds something magical in the making of something and losing oneself in creating. This time is often accompanied by audible books through the Tillamook County Library system. 

Terri Desaro, Neahkahnie, Secretary

Terri 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 moving to Manzanita in 2006, Terri put her small business skills to work. She was co-founder of Vino Manzanita, the first wine bar on the North Coast. After the sale of that successful business, Finnesterre was launched in 2011. That business has grown to encompass two buildings, two additional partners and two employees.
Terri became involved with the Hoffman Center in late 2009, assisting with a capital campaign. Also, she and her husband, Craig Nern, launched the Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series.
Fun Fact:  Terri once owned a racehorse!  She worked as a teen at her family’s drive-in, sparking her interest in business; the restaurant is still owned by the family after 42 years.  Currently she enjoys cooking, cuddling with her dog and spending time with family and friends.