Heidie Ambrose

Administrative Assistant

I love everything about CHAP, from the volunteers I work with, to the kids I make art with, to the staff, and to the craziness that is CHAPlandia. I originally thought I was going to study art therapy in college, but then redirected myself towards non-profit organization and programming. I love wearing many hats, and…

Roxie McGovern

CHAP Advisory Board Member

Growing up surrounded by artists Roxie developed a passion for art making very early in life.  It wasn’t until she was working on her thesis at the Pacific Northwest College of Art that the healing power of art was realized in her. Her thesis explored her family’s survival of the Armenian Genocide.  Learning about what…

Jeannie Peterson

CHAP Advisory Board Member

Jeannie is a native Portlander who earned her BA in sociology from the University of Washington. While planning a career in social work, she got sidetracked by an offer to work in the field of human resources and accounting. That career lasted for 35 years! During that time she continued to support and advocate for…

Kathy Bayha

CHAP Advisory Board Member

Kathy is a native Oregonian. She graduated with a BA in interior design from Western Washington University. She worked as a decorator for 28 years and co-owned two small businesses with her husband Chris. She is now retired and fills her time doing stained glass mosaic, traveling, and sharing time with her kids and grandkids.…

Scarlett Aguilar

Outpatient Program Coordinator

Scarlett was born and raised by the beach in San Diego, California. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology from UCLA in 2014 where she was a manager at UCLA Radio and co-hosted her own radio show. Scarlett discovered her love of spreading the joy of healing art experiences after volunteering at a group…

Faye Pendergrass

Program Manager

Faye lives in a world where there is no separation between art and life, believing everyone is creative and it’s just a matter of finding one’s “voice.” Graduating from the University of Oregon’s Arts Administration program, Faye has created and developed award-winning art programs, festivals, art auctions and activities reaching “kids of all ages.” Working…

Barb McDowell

Executive Director

Bringing people together to make a difference in the lives of others is Barb’s passion. Through her nonprofit experience at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the San Francisco Bay Area, Store to Door in Portland, and Project ABLE in Salem/McMinnville, Barb has realized this passion for more than 15 years. Now, as CHAP’s Executive…

Charlie Swindells

Founding Board Member

Charlie Swindells is an attorney specializing in land conservation and development, and was Staff Attorney with 1000 Friends of Oregon. Charlie devotes most of his free time to managing small woodlands in Yamhill County, Oregon and helping make our state a Pacific Wonderland for future generations. Charlie was the guide who helped bring CHAP to…

Frank Etxaniz

Founding Director

Frank is a native Oregonian and has been creating art since he can remember. His love of travel and interest in business took him to Manhattan where he worked in sales and design, eventually opening a design/marketing consulting firm with clients ranging from Disney to the Museum of Modern Art. In 1989 Frank was in…

Erika Plummer

CHAP Advisory Board Member

Erika Plummer is a founding Board Member and on-going enthusiastic supporter of all things CHAP. She lives in Happy Valley with her husband and 2 boys. She used to spend her time leasing shopping malls coast-to-coast and is now 100% focused on her photography.