Throughout my life, I’ve had a passion for helping people tap into their creative energy and find their true voices.
Early in my career, I earned an MA in developmental psychology and taught in middle school for 7 years. This was my initiation into trusting the process and centering the learner within it. For me, the best part of this work was the search to understand what mattered to my students, and how I might spark their learning accordingly.
I became fascinated with human development and what motivates people at every stage of life. At the same time, I yearned to direct some of my own creative energy toward musical expression.
Eventually, a new hybrid career emerged. I wrote songs, brushed up on my guitar and piano skills, put together a band, and performed throughout the West Coast. I also started PDX Vox, a community music school focused on a cappella singing. I directed an a cappella group as an undergrad at Harvard, and I wanted to bring the compelling art form to singers of all levels. The result is an accessible yet rigorous program, where singers can take chances and make mistakes in a safe environment. It remains a dynamic musical family for many singing Portlanders.
Since then, I’ve worked with a wide range of organizations to provide program management, education and curriculum, fundraising support, and operational leadership. These include PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, Central Catholic High School, and Arts for Learning Northwest.
More recently, I’ve dedicated myself to individual and small group coaching, in music and beyond. I’ve trained with several coaching programs, including the Co-Active Training Institute, Eric Maisel's Creativity Coaching, Bright Morning Consulting, and Positive Intelligence. I continue to help my clients navigate their journeys to bring greater purpose and focus to their work, their art, and their lives. This is deeply rewarding work that inspires me everyday, whether it comes in the form of artistic expression or other creative energy.
Marie performing with her band at The Old Church in Portland, OR.