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…

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…

Maura Jess

Hospital-Based Teaching Artist

Maura’s pursuits have been an ongoing blend of science and art. After completing a Bachelors degree in aquatic biology/environmental studies she earned a Masters in neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara. She continued her career at UCSB as a lab director in the Neuroscience Research Institute and as an artist/digital imaging specialist in Instructional Development. After…

Carolyn Brecht

Hospital-Based Teaching Artist

Carolyn began volunteering at CHAP in 2011 and was hired as a hospital-based teaching artist in 2012.  She holds a MA in Counseling with additional coursework in Art Therapy, and worked as an elementary school counselor for 20 years.  While living on eight acres in the country and raising her two children, she also made…

Maxine Hartswick

Hospital-Based Teaching Artist

Maxine earned a BFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, followed by a MFA from Florida State University. While in graduate school she continued to study photography, but was also seduced by the excitement of theater, and was inspired to design costumes and props to use in her photographs. After graduating from Florida State…

Sharon Jaye Perrins

Hospital Program Manager

Sharon Jaye Perrins is the Lead Hospital Teaching Artist at CHAP. Sharon has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was first drawn to non-profits during architecture school. Sharon joined CHAP as a volunteer at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in April 2009. Four months later, a part-time…