Mary Roberts Joins Hoffman Board

Mary Roberts, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Roberts graduated with honors from Portland State University, earning a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management.

From 1995 to 2005, Mary Roberts served as CEO of Rejuvenation Inc. in Portland. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer for Hanna Andersson, also in Portland. Additionally, she managed inventory planning and purchasing management for Photon Kinetics and Freightliner Corporation.

In the non-profit world, Roberts has worked with 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.

Since getting involved with the Hoffman Center, Roberts has been an active volunteer and participant in the Clay Studio and recently stepped up to take over the Center’s Gallery programs. “Art is an integral part of the kind of healthy, thriving, happy community that I wish to live in,” she explained.



Sharon Gibson Joins Hoffman Board

Sharon Gibson 4072Sharon M. Gibson, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

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 Roberts Joins Hoffman Board

Mark Roberts Pic 5072Mark L. Roberts, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

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.

Since getting involved with the Hoffman Center, he has helped the board with financial planning and projections.



A Message from the Board President

It has been a busy twelve months since I accepted the leadership role on the Hoffman board. I am grateful that you have been there to support us, whether with your volunteer time, financially, or with your attendance. Now it’s important to share some of our accomplishments and plans for the future. Here are just a few examples:

  • Updated our name, logo, and signage to better communicate our mission to residents and visitors,
  • Completed a fabulous new venue for music and workshops in the Hoffman Gardens,
  • Held several new workshops in visual arts, and implemented online registration,
  • Won $5,000 in grants so far this year and completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for the North Coast Squid, our literary magazine.

Click the image above to read more about everything we’ve been up to, as well as our planned initiatives to help the Hoffman Center for the Arts meet its mission.

Along with thanking our donors, I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of many dedicated people, including the Board, skilled contractors, and volunteers for this amazing progress.

To help us continue to achieve our goals, we would like you to consider making a donation or taking the step of becoming a sustaining donor at any level. You could join the 30 families who already give $50 per month to provide steady support we can count on. For just $1.67 a day, you can make a big difference for the arts in our community. If you have online banking, it’s easy to set up a recurring payment. About half our sustaining donors prefer to send a lump sum check or online payment.  Click here to get started.

The Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Therefore, your contribution may qualify for a deduction on your taxes.

Oregonians can also earn a tax credit by matching their gift to the Hoffman Center with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Learn more about this valuable program by visiting

If you have questions or would like more information about any of our activities or the sustaining donor program, please contact us at and a member of the board will get in touch with you.

We hope you’re enjoying this sunny summer!


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