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Staff

Miko Lee, Executive  Director

mikoMiko is an arts educator and program developer. She is currently on the Executive Committee of Teaching Artists Guild and was a member of the Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts Professional Development for Arts Education. She previously served as Director of Art and Public Education at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, where she designed and directed Learning Without Borders, a California Arts Council Demonstration Model and recipient of three consecutive U.S. Department of Education awards. Miko has presented on arts education at conferences around the country and has written a number of academically linked expressive arts and theatre curricula, currently being replicated at sites throughout the Bay Area. Miko’s extensive background in theatre, as a performer, choreographer and director, includes shows at American Conservatory Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
mlee@youthinarts.org  415-457-4878 ext. 170

 

Jennifer Daly, Associate Executive Director

jen Jen has served as a writer and program manager for a number of historical and cultural nonprofits, including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the League of Historic American Theaters in Washington, DC. She has consulted on the planning, development, writing and evaluation of arts, science and social studies curriculum for K-12 students at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Hayward Area Historical Society, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. At Youth in Arts, Jen manages communications and development projects, as well as helping to develop and manage YIA Gallery exhibits and school tours.

jdaly@youthinarts.org   415-457-4878 ext. 150

 

Carol Slocum, Financial Controller

Carol SlocumCarol holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Stanford University and is a graduate of the nine-month management training course at Morgan Guaranty Bank in New York City. Carol has held numerous positions in accounting and finance at Bank of America, serving as CFO for the Middle Market Business Banking Division and as a VP loan officer managing a $200+ million commercial portfolio. Carol retired from Bank of America when her daughter was born in 1995 and joined the YIA staff in 2007, having previously served on the Board of Directors.

carol@youthinarts.org  415-457-4878 ext. 110

 

Suzanne Joyal, Visual Arts Director

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Suzanne has exhibited her fine art at ArtWorks Downtown, Youth in Arts, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Albany Center and Thornton Thomasetti. A visual artist with extensive teaching experience, Suzanne holds a degree in Art History from Wellesley College and has worked as a fine art gallery curator and an appraiser of fine prints for Butterfield and Butterfield. Suzanne is the founder of Purple Crayon Art Studio, a popular San Francisco art studio for children and families. Having created and directed Purple Crayon for over a decade, Suzanne sold the business in 2007. Suzanne also founded Give A Jump Start that uses art as a tool for microfinance with women and children in Zambia.  Suzanne provides professional development workshops for educators in arts integration techniques and is the creator of the Walker Rezaian Creative HeARTS program, an early childhood replicable visual arts curriculum.  At Youth in Arts Suzanne focuses on the model programs.

suzanne@youthinarts.org  415-457-4878 ext. 120

 

Morgan Schauffler, Program Director

morganheadshotMorgan worked in fine art sales for over a decade.  Prior to her work as a private Art Consultant, she was the Senior Gallery Associate at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco.  She holds a degree in Art History and Human Communications from the University of Denver.  Morgan currently sits on the advisory board and auction committee for Root Division, a San Francisco-based visual arts non-profit. When not working at Youth in Arts she can be found hiking the hills of Marin with her husband, son and Shepard-mix, Coach. At Youth in Arts Morgan manages the school based residency programs for students of all abilities.

morgan@youthinarts.org  415-457-4878 ext. 160

 

Austin Willacy, Director `Til Dawn

Austin is an accomplished vocalist/songwriter and a member of Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. recording artists The House Jacks. Austin has recorded five CD’s with The House Jacks (as well as 3 solo releases) and tours extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan, performing with Ray Charles, James Brown, The Neville Brothers, The Temptations, The Gap Band, The Pointer Sisters, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Starship, Chicago and Crosby, Stills and Nash. For over nineteen years Austin has led the award winning a capella troupe `Til Dawn, working with youth as a teacher and mentor and leading the company to many awards including two Contemporary A Cappella recording awards (CARAS) for Best High School Album & Best High School Solo. Austin is the Director of `Til Dawn.

awillacy@youthinarts.org   415-457-4878 ext. 200

Sophie Cooper, New Media Specialist

s.cooperSophie’s undergraduate studies were interrupted in 1999 when she joined her brother working as a volunteer for a small organization in Kosovo called Balkan Sunflowers. Arriving only 3 months after Kosovo’s one million refugees returned to their destroyed homes, she began organizing cultural activities with the community’s youth.  In 2001, together with a network of artists from Kosovo, she participated in the formation of the Crossing Bridges Collective to organize and annual trans-Balkan music and arts festival. Inspired to document these vibrant cultural events, Sophie began working as a video artist and then went on to refine her skills at the Film Academy of Prague, Czech Republic (FAMU). She then received a dynamic degree at the University of California at Berkeley combining both visual arts and critical social theory. Sophie’s work as an artist has developed hand and hand with her work as a community organizer. She has found that her favorite form of activism is that of visually celebrating the beauty of nature and the beauty of culture.

sophie@youthinarts.org

Katie Issel Pitre, Theatre Specialist

P1180036-300x225Katie Issel Pitre is a Berkeley native who recently returned to the Bay Area after 11 years based in Brooklyn.  There she worked as a teaching artist in spoken word, devised theatre, mural arts and playwriting throughout the boroughs of New York and New Jersey for Urban Word, Community Word Project, New Victory Theatre, BAM, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Katie expresses her artistry as a facilitator as she works to bridge the gap between personal and cultural experiences by creating community-building opportunities via the creative process.  Her background in dance, voice, theatre and poetry shape her focus as an artist and educator. Katie holds a MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from NYU Steinhardt.

misskatie@youthinarts.org 

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