About Us

Operating as the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, the Rogue Valley Art Association is a non-profit organization under 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our Mission

The mission of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center is to enliven the individual and enrich the community through inspirational visual art experiences.

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Katie Ameral, Human Resource Manager

Ms. Ameral has over 18 year experience in human resources. She holds a BS degree from Western Oregon University. She currently is the manager of Human Resources at Peoples Bank of Commerce. Ms. Ameral is committed to investing in her local community and improving opportunities for local youth.

Beth Braden, Retired nonprofit manager

Ms. Braden grew up in Medford and received her BA degree in psychology from Oregon State University. For 32 years she was a manager at a large nonprofit organization in Florida that serves persons with disabilities. Upon retirement and returning to Medford in late 2019, Ms. Braden is committed to serving the community through participation in nonprofit organizations.

Alx Fox, Professional Artist

Ms. Fox is an accomplished abstract artist. Her works have been exhibited throughout the USA. She studied photography, art history and design at Barat College, Lake Forest, Ill. She has served on numerous art boards and was recently the President of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. She has strong connections with the local art community. Ms. Fox is dedicated to expanding the visual arts in Southern Oregon.

James Harbison, Board Vice President, Real Estate Broker

Mr. Harbison is a native Oregonian. He serves on the Board of the Jackson County Human Rights Coalition, a Britt Festival member, and past volunteer with Adult and Family Services Big Brother program. His areas of interest include building strong community relationships and fundraising. Mr. Harbison has a passion for art and has been collecting since the age of five.

Ed Houck, Retired Hospital Lab Technician Manager, current ranch and farm owner of Houck Farms Inc. in Northern Idaho

Mr. Houck graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Microbiology and was the Chief Medical Technologist of Providence Hospital’s medical laboratory for 30 years. He and his sister are current owners of Houck Farms Inc. in Northern Idaho. Ed is a singer of both Rogue Valley Chorale and Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and is a former board member of both RVC and SORS.

Greta Mikkelsen, Vice President Creative Services

Greta relocated to Southern Oregon in 2004, leaving a career in creative services with a number of Silicon Valley companies. In 2010 she graduated from Southern Oregon University with degrees in Fine Art and Writing and is currently vice president of Creative Services at Harry & David. She is an active artist and has enjoyed forming connections within the artist and business community in the valley.

Ginny Walker, Board Treasurer, School Administrator

Ms. Walker is a school administrator with Jackson County District #9. A longtime art patron, she holds a BA in Art History from Smith College with a minor in Studio Art, and is an art collector. Previous board experience includes the Medford YMCA. She hopes to help expand art education for the valley’s under-served youth.

David Weber, Dental Technician

Mr. Weber has 40 years’ experience as a dental technician. He started his own laboratory in Northern California in 1985. He moved to the Rogue Valley with his family in 2004. He has served on various Boards and in dental focus groups. In addition to “sculpting” teeth, he is an avid outdoorsman, art enthusiast, and photographer.

John Williams, Board President, Businessman

Mr. Williams is a software developer, entrepreneur, and 3rd-generation Ashland resident. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1988 and founded or co-founded more than half a dozen innovative software and biotech companies in the past 25 years, including one of the largest digital art publishing companies on the Web, Letters & Arts. He currently co-owns a wide variety of software and biotech companies from Seattle to Berkeley, including two in the Rogue Valley. In the past decade, he served on the Ashland School Board for 6 years, chaired various city commissions, and is currently the president of an arts fundraising organization benefitting Ashland public schools.

Kim Hearon—Executive Director

Ms. Hearon joined the Rogue Gallery & Art Center in the fall of 2012. She has over 20 years business experience as owner of a retail gift and home interior store. An artist herself, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Southern Oregon University. Additionally, she has served on the board of directors for various organizations.

Rachel Barrett—Office Administrator, Database Technician & Graphic Artist

Ms. Barrett has a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College and a background in graphic design and fine art. She has worked as a project coordinator and secretary at major corporations in California and as a clip art illustrator for Letters & Arts in Ashland, Oregon.

Sandy O’Neill—Education Program Manager

Ms. O’Neill holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She has thirteen years of experience working in schools throughout Jackson County. Her extensive community and outreach experience includes seven years in Junior League of Jackson County, two of those serving on its Board of Directors. In her role at the Rogue Gallery, she greatly enjoys having the opportunity to bring art into people’s lives.

Jenny Calaba—Gallery Coordinator

Ms. Calaba first started at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center as an Art Instructor in 2013. She enjoys working in many mediums especially ceramics and glass, and has a Master’s degree in studio art from California State University, Northridge.

Anna Hinkle—Gallery Assistant

Ms. Hinkle is a retired Registered Nurse; working in the operating room, she has much experience with organization and details. Creating has always been a big part of her life. She works in fiber arts and collage.