Yany Avelar (She/Her)

Graphic Design and Digital Marketing Coordinator

Haley Reda (She/Her)

Out-Patient Coordinator

Before moving to Portland, Haley worked as a teaching artist in Chicago, where she made large-scale bricolage murals with kids all around the city! This experience led her to her passion of empowering young people through art, which led her right to CHAP! Haley is most passionate about all of the incredible connections she now…

Faye Pendergrass (She/Her)

Senior Management

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 (She/Her)

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…

Carolyn Brecht (She/Her)

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 (She/Her)

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 (She/Her)

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…