Board of Directors

Vera Wildauer, Manzanita
President

After a 25 year career in bank marketing, most recently in executive management, Wildauer moved to Manzanita full time in 2006.  In 2008 she co-founded the Manzanita Writers’ Series, bringing regional authors to the coast for readings and workshops and encouraging local writers to share their work during Open Mic.

In 2009, she joined the board for four years.  She worked to expand the Hoffman Center’s marketing efforts and managed the Hoffman’s blog site.  She also generated press releases and flyers for literary and other events.

In early 2012, she co-founded the North Coast Squid , a journal of local writing and art, to further develop the writing community in North Tillamook County.

Her board experience includes eight years as board member of a mental health non-profit in Everett, WA; where she served as board president for four years and chair of the public relations committee.

She lives with her husband and cat in what had been her family’s beach house since 1975.

David Dillon, Manzanita
Past President

A retired Navy officer and former local newspaper editor, with degrees in broadcasting and business, David has dabbled with the arts since his earliest years – particularly music, photography and writing. Music lessons were followed by participation in school concert and marching bands from third grade through college.

A still and motion picture aficionado, he got his first camera at age nine.

Writing was essential to his career as a military public affairs officer, and he applied that talent to help start our local newspaper – The North Coast Citizen.

David is a great fan of classical music – particularly Italian opera – and hopes the Hoffman Center can provide a venue for others to appreciate that art. He recognizes the value of exposure to and involvement with the arts to people of all ages – especially the young.

David was a personal friend of the Hoffman Center’s namesakes – Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman — and is married to a multi-talented artist.

Marcia Silver, Manzanita –
Secretary

Silver holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, and lived in New York City for many years teaching writing at colleges and universities. She moved to Portland in 1992 to work with Kim Stafford’s Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College.  Silver’s first visit to Manzanita was for a NWI faculty retreat. She bought a cabin there in 1997, and has lived in it for the last three years.

She has worked all her adult life as a teacher of writing at colleges and universities. The most satisfying aspect of that work for her her has been supporting students and faculty with individual writing projects.

Silver is also Secretary on the Friends of North Tillamook County Library Board and a consultant in writing for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.

Sharon Borgford, Manzanita & Lake Oswego –
Treasurer

Sharon’s grandparents were among the first homesteaders in north Lincoln County, and her earliest memories are of salt air and breezy days at the beach. She grew up in both Lincoln City and Salem and has spent most of her adult years living in Hillsboro and Lake Oswego.

With college degrees in speech pathology and audiology and in education, Sharon’s teaching career spanned nearly thirty years. She held various teaching assignments in grades one through six, retiring from Hillsboro Schools in 2005 following 17 years of teaching sixth grade.

Sharon has an enduring appreciation for what people make by hand and the endless spin that can be put on familiar materials to create something totally new. In her classroom she incorporated art throughout the curriculum on a daily basis: mask making, decorative paper techniques and book binding, ceramics, mosaics, papier-mâché, Science Design Technology, reader’s theatre, and audio and videotaping of various student presentations and performance. A past member of the Oregon Writing Project, she joined her students in their writers’ workshop. This is the setting that inspired one student to write “The Garbage Disposal and the Vacuum Cleaner,” a memorable story with a somewhat improbable title.

In 2009 Sharon and her husband Rob completed a home in Manzanita. They marvel at the array of ongoing activities in the community and look forward to continuing to take an active part in the events at the Hoffman Center.

Sharon M. Gibson, Neahkahnie

Gibson holds a BS in Education/Music from Wesleyan College, and an MS in Business from The Johns Hopkins University.

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, and is its current chair.

“As the only open studio within 100 miles, the Hoffman Clay Studio is a unique environment for experienced and new clay artists to work side-by-side,” she said. “I look forward to working closely with the other members of the Hoffman Board to help continue to grow the arts on the North Coast.”

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

In the non-profit world, she served five years on the board of non-profit children’s healthcare charity, including two years as PR Director and two more as its board president, in addition to two years on a community arts council.

Mark L. Roberts, Neahkahnie

Roberts earned a BA in Economics from the University of Denver, and did graduate work in Economics at the University of Maryland.

He retired after serving 35 years in energy demand forecasting, planning and budget, financial analysis and revenue requirement, and strategic planning for the Bonneville Power Administration. Before the BPA, Roberts worked as a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Treasury.

In the non-profit world, Roberts served on the Neahkahnie Water District board for 13 years, and the Hoyt Arboretum Friends in Portland for six.

Roberts leads the Budget Committee, and provides financial analysis support, along with various facilities projects.

Tela Skinner, Neahkahnie

Skinner retired and moved to Manzanita full time in 2008. That year she started volunteering for the Manzanita Writers Series and other Hoffman Center events. She joined the board in December 2013.

In 2014, she and Marcia Silver co-founded the Writing Lounge. She organized “Beatles on Laneda,” and the ten-year anniversary “Hoffman Center Celebrates Arts.” She also hosted several sustaining donor events, helped with the Talent Show, Liz Cole’s “Storytime for Grownups,” and is on the staff of The North Coast Squid.

“Being on the board is very rewarding,” Skinner says. “I feel blessed to live in this community of creative people. We are fortunate that Hoffman Center offers a place to come together to enjoy arts and culture. In 2015 I look forward to expanding Hoffman Center programs, volunteers and audiences.”

Skinner leads the Programming Committee.