Ellamarie Quimby

Director of Residence Life


Ellamarie Quimby is a Director of Residence Life for Behavioral Health and Wellness, as well as serving as Interim DEI Support for Students and the Academy. She traversed the country before landing in Michigan, holding a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, D.C., and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Ella has taught and worked in education spaces for over a decade. She joined the Interlochen community in 2018 as a Residence Hall Coordinator in Picasso, and was the Residence Hall Manager in Hemingway during the 2019-2020 academic year.

In her Residence Life and DEI work, Ella is dedicated to being the kind of student advocate that she did not have access to as a teenager. As a queer, mixed, indigenous woman, it was difficult to grow up without many adults who looked and identified like she did. She has spent time developing inclusive residential curriculum, focusing residence life staff training on serving more diverse populations more effectively, and building individual connections with as many students as possible on campus. She is committed to both the short and long term work that will help Interlochen remain an example of inclusive excellence, and a place where every young artist feels at home.