Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Mara Doane - Secretary, Chair of the Education Committee
As Creative Director for AllCare Management Services, Ms. Doane develops high-level branding concepts and seamlessly integrates those concepts across all media channels including web, print, TV, and radio. Ms. Doane earned a BS from Colorado State University and has worked in communication arts for more than 30 years. She “dabbles” in watercolor and enjoys backyard beekeeping and home winemaking.
Troy Forrest - Vice President
Mr. Forrest recently moved to Southern Oregon from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to work as Creative Director at Harry and David. He holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Center for Creative Studies – College of Art & Design in Detroit, MI. His community experience includes the MATC Advisory Board and the Cedarburg Board of Education. Art is a significant part of his life, and he wishes to actively participate in ensuring that the arts are alive and well in our community.
Ms. Galloway is a digital merchandising manager with Grants Pass based company, Fire Mountain Gems. She serves on the board of Great Shape! Inc. that provides the children and families of Jamaica and the Caribbean access to education and health care. She seeks to use her digital knowledge to help market local talented artists.
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 - Chair of the Building Committee
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 the current owners of Houck Farms Inc. in Northern Idaho. Ed is a member of both Rogue Valley Chorale and Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and is a former board member of both RVC and SORS. He values the importance of music and visual arts in our community.
Janus Innes - Chair of the Exhibition Committee
A mixed media artist since 2005, Ms. Innes has devoted almost 20 years as a volunteer to arts organizations in four states. She began volunteering at the Rogue Gallery shortly after moving to Medford three years ago, serving on the exhibition committee and at the front desk. She brings to the board her interest in being a liaison among artists, the board and the community.
Russ Milburn - Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee
Mr. Milburn is the Chief Financial Officer at People’s Bank of Commerce in Medford. He has worked in small community banks for over 25 years. Raised on the Oregon coast and then off to college in Arizona, it took 30 years for him to return to his native state. He enjoys woodworking and the outdoor activities of southern Oregon.
Ms. Sutherland is the Area Sales Manager for Dex Media. She has extensive experience in sales and internet advertising. Originally from Portland she spent over 20 years in Denver where she received her Master’s Degree in Applied Communication from the University of Denver. Mary relocated to Medford 10 years ago and has become an active supporter of the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual auction for several years. She is interested in promoting the Rogue Gallery through fundraising events.
Ms. Walker is the school principal of White City’s Table Rock Elementary School. A longtime art patron, she holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Smith College, and is an art collector. Previous board experience includes the Medford YMCA. She hopes to help expand art education for the valley’s underserved youth.
John Williams - President
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. He was elected to the Ashland School Board in 2011 and chairs that city's Forest Lands Commission.
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 background in graphic design and fine art. She has expertise using PowerPoint and other graphic templates and has worked as a project coordinator and secretary at major corporations in California.
Anna May - Education Program Manager
Ms. May has always held an interest in the world of art, notably influenced by family members who are also artists. As an art assistant working closely with artists and students, this gave her the drive to become the Education Program Manager here at the Rogue Gallery. She is strongly passionate in working with the community and to encourage others to create!
Laurie Kleker - Bookkeeper
Mrs. Kleker has extensive bookkeeping experience from working in medical offices. She may be a familiar face as she works mornings at People’s Bank.