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CARY CLARKE 503-225-5900 Ext. 228
Executive Director
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AMY BOTULA 503-225-5900 Ext. 229
The Right Brain Initiative Implementation Supervisor
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FIDEL DEVERA 503-225-5900 Ext. 222
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Arts Integration Coach
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JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG 503-225-5900 Ext. 230
Grants Coordinator
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Arts Integration Coach
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JOSEPHINE KUEVER 503-225-5900 Ext. 231
Program Operations Manager
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BRIANA LINDEN 503-225-5900 Ext. 235
Programs Co-Director
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Arts Integration Coach
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Arts Integration Coach
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NIKKI PHAM 503-225-5900 Ext. 221
Office Manager
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CATHERINE HAYES 503-225-5900 Ext. 233
Development Director

KRISTI RIEDEL 503-225-5900 Ext. 226
Community Engagement Manager
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EMILY STONE 503-225-5900 Ext. 234
The Right Brain Initiative Implementation Assistant
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Arts Integration Coach
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ALLISON TIGARD 503-225-5900 Ext. 225
Programs Co-Director
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Staff Biographies

Cary Clarke

Cary ClarkeMr. Clarke has been a dedicated champion of the arts, education, and community throughout his career. He served youth and their families as an English Language Learners (ELL) educator in East Portland’s Parkrose School District and, as co-founder and co-director of nonprofit organization PDX Pop Now!, he worked to broaden young people’s participation in and access to Portland’s thriving music community.

Most recently, Mr. Clarke was the Arts & Culture Policy Director for the City of Portland in the Office of former Mayor Sam Adams, where he managed partnerships with local school districts, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, independent artists and arts organizations. He oversaw major initiatives including the creation of a dedicated public fund for arts education and access, and the implementation of an equity initiative to ensure that the full diversity of Portlanders receive the benefits of the arts in their communities. Mr. Clarke is a musician who has recorded and toured nationally, is fluent in Russian, and holds a B.A. from Yale University.

Amy Botula

Amy Botula, The Right Brain Initiative Implementation Supervisor, is a writer and former educator. For sixteen years, Amy worked as a classroom teacher—beginning her career at Peninsula Year-Round School and concluding it at Wilson High School. As a classroom teacher, she witnessed firsthand the power that the integration of the visual and performing arts has on learning. She watched once reluctant students thrive when given the opportunity to express themselves visually or through performance. And, as a high school student who transferred between her sophomore and junior year, taking an Introduction to Humanities class helped Amy to find a sense of place and purpose. That one class inspired her to study art history at Oberlin College and to be a teacher. Recently, Amy returned to the classroom as a student and participated in the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Writing Certificate Program. For her final project, she published a collection of essays entitled GLOSSARY. Prior to becoming Implementation Manager, Amy worked as an Arts Integration Coach for The Right Brain Initiative, bringing together many of the things she loves—collaboration, inquiry, creativity, and the arts.

Fidel Devera

FidelAs a young boy from the Philippines, Fidel Devera was fascinated by the place called United States, based on the Reader’s Digest copies he read. Since then, the allure to go to “this place with lots of snow” became a dream. He learned to speak English in Grade 1, a skill that was polished by Australian and British teachers during high school years. Fidel graduated from Jose Rizal University with a degree in Accounting. He was a Philippine Certified Public Accountant. In his senior year, he interned with the World Bank’s MASICAP project that helped small and medium start-up entrepreneurs. This was followed by his first post-college job as Analyst for Small Business Advisory Centers, also a World Bank project. He then worked for Procter & Gamble Philippines as Senior EDP/Internal Audit Manager. This job fulfilled his US dream after attending a conference in 1985 at his company’s Cincinnati headquarters. After a brief stint with Avon Cosmetics Philippines in the 90’s (Note: Fidel strongly denies performing make-ups), he decided to go to USA for good in 1999. In the US, he worked for General Motors and T-Mobile, before, shifting career in the non-profit world as his way of giving back to the community. Fidel has various certifications in QuickBooks, has a 4th Degree with Knights of Columbus and is currently in quest for his Distinguished Toastmaster title with Toastmasters International.

Santigie Fofana-Dura

Santigie Fofana-Dura, Arts- Integration Coach, is directly responsible for facilitating relationships between Right Brain schools and Teaching Artists. This includes organizing and leading residency planning meetings, documentation, and reflection meetings. Santigie has been working with K-12 students as a teacher, leader and mentor for about ten years in the Portland metro area. He is a former Right Brain teaching artist and his two highly successful residencies demonstrated that he has a clear understanding for what arts-integration looks like at its best. He has taught various creative recreational classes around Portland including skateboarding, parkour, illustration, animation, soccer, and songwriting. In 2012, the Multnomah Youth Commission honored Santigie with the “Youth Champion Award” for his work with youth in East Portland. His knowledge and understanding of the creative process as well as the education system makes him a good fit as an arts integration coach. His resume also includes teaching jobs for various organizations including Portland Parks and Recreation, My Voice Music, Caldera, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Santigie identifies himself as a lifelong learner and has spent a considerable amount of time in the education system earning his first degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. After working with youth for several years he ultimately realized how much education really meant to him and went to on to earn his MAT from Concordia in Portland as well as an MFA in collaborative-design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Santigie serves many schools in the Hillsboro School District including: Groner, Imlay, Lenox, Minter Bridge, North Plains, and West Union as well as Welches and Naas in the Oregon Trail School District.

Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Jonathan FrochtzwajgAs our grants coordinator, Jonathan Frochtzwajg connects foundations, businesses, and other arts-learning supporters with opportunities to invest in Young Audiences’ work. Prior to joining YA, he served as grants coordinator for the local-music organization PDX Pop Now!. He is also an independent journalist. Originally from Los Angeles, Jonathan moved to Portland in 2005 to attend Lewis & Clark College, where he earned a bachelor’s in sociology. Today, he runs a lot and secretly tries to write plays.

Lisa Golda

Lisa Golda has provided arts integration consulting and professional development services to organizations including Ravinia Music Festival, Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Chicago Arts Educators’ Forum. Her teaching artistry expertise was gained in long-term residencies with Chicago Opera Theater and the research pioneer of the arts integration field, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. An operatically trained singer as well as professional actor and musician, Lisa’s residencies are literacy-based collaborative explorations of social-emotional classroom issues and cultural experience rooted in Common Core connections and resulting in musical-theatrical staged performances of students’ original written lyrics, myths, scripts and other narratives. Her private voice students’ accomplishments include two college voice study scholarships in excess of 80k, school admissions to Berklee, AMDA, Interlochen, and Westminster Choir College, among others, and professional performance successes including the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and Disney’s Liv and Maddie. Lisa herself is a former Resident Artist of Portland Opera and an Actors’ Equity Candidate with numerous theatrical and musical performances to her credit. Her Master’s of Vocal Performance is from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Lisa was raised in Portland and is happy to be back home with her family.

Josephine Kuever

Josephine KueverMusic has been an important part of Josephine’s life from an early age, starting with violin and then classical voice. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Master’s in Arts Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. While she is originally from Northern California, Oregon has been her home for the past eight years.

As Program Operations Manager, Josephine assists over 200 schools each year with their arts planning and scheduling needs, manages the organization’s database, and develops efficient systems to support Young Audiences’ programs.

Briana Linden

Briana LindenBriana Linden, a Portland, Oregon native, has worked in regional non-profits since 1997 including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Art Museum, Artists Repertory Theatre and as director of Blue Sky/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts; prior to that she was a preschool teacher. Briana’s first role at Young Audiences was visioning and implementing The Right Brain Initiative.

As Programs Director for Young Audiences, Briana oversees the artists and programs that bring regional students arts-rich learning experiences. She is responsible for the evolution of existing programming, development of new programming and the evaluation of both. She also manages teaching artist and classroom teacher professional development including the Teaching Artist Studio, an inquiry-based professional development program designed for teaching artists where the creative process is front and center as artists examine and articulate what lives at the heart of how and what they teach.

Briana received her bachelor’s of fine arts with a focus on works on paper from Marylhurst University in 2005. A practicing artist, Briana works in encaustic, printmaking, drawing and photography. She and her husband spend as much time as possible out in the rich, lush Northwest landscape with their son Jasper and daughter Astrid, and all the rest of their time in the kitchen whipping up feasts drawn from their prolific garden.

Lin Lucas

Lin LucasLin Lucas is a visual and performing artist who specializes in comics and butoh respectively. Lin has a BA in elementary education from Western Washington University and has taught students K – Adult for a variety of schools and community arts organizations in the Seattle since 1996. Lin served as the Diversity Coordinator for Northwest School from 2005 -2010. He has engaged social justice and equity based trainings with National Association of Independent Schools, The National Coalition Building Institute, Red Cross, Facing History and Ourselves, and Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative.

Maia McCarthy

Maia McCarthyMaia McCarthy, Arts Integration Coach, has worked as an actress, writer, teaching artist and teacher trainer. Maia had an “aha” moment as an educator when she realized she tapped the same skills working on a theatrical production that she used when training teachers toward excellent, value-based, culturally relevant teaching practices. Maia believes that all quality arts and educational experiences are borne from challenging and collaborative relationships founded on shared values and playful inquiry. Maia has worked with organizations such as Seattle Children’s Theatre, The French American School of Puget Sound, and Profile Theatre in Portland. Most recently Maia spent 7 years with Growing Seeds Learning Community, the last four as the school’s Director. She received her degree BFA in Acting, with a minor in Literature from NYU. Maia works with Highland and Kelly Creek in the Gresham Barlow School District, Spring Mountain and Sunnyside in the N. Clackamas School District, Minter Bridge and WL Henry in the Hillsboro School District, and Naas in the Oregon Trail School District.

Nikki Pham

Nikki PhamBio coming soon!

Catherine Hayes

Catherine HayesCatherine is an accomplished fundraiser in the political and non-profit arenas. Her track record of success includes holding a still-unbroken fundraising record in an Oregon statewide election. Catherine is passionate about connecting businesses, individuals and foundations with with the causes they care about to inspire growth and positive change. She brings over 15 years of experience in major gift solicitation, corporate engagement, direct response fundraising and event planning to her work at Young Audiences, where she directs fundraising strategy to increase program capacity. In her free time, Catherine fulfills her duties as professional assistant to Checkers Hayes, her incredibly adorable canine adopted from the Oregon Humane Society.

Kristi Riedel

Kristi RiedelKristi Riedel, the Community Engagement Manager for Young Audiences, is a Portland native with a great love for exploring other parts of the world.

Her career has focused on arts education in many different forms. She has been an administrator of arts outreach programs and a camp director for the Portland Children’s Museum. She has been a teaching artist, bringing materials into local schools to integrate them into the classroom, and running workshops with other community organizations. Clay is her favorite medium both in teaching and in her own art.

She is an outdoor enthusiast and tries to spend as much time in the woods as she can while enabling others to do the same.

Emily Stone

Emily Stone, Implementation Assistant, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is situated on the threshold of dance, theater, and visual arts. While she has been a performing artist and educator for nearly 20 years, Emily recently earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art with a focus in experiential education from Goddard College. Professionally, her collaboratively devised projects have been presented by experimental theaters, contemporary art galleries, new dance, video and time-based art festivals, academic conferences and colleges throughout the Northwest. As an experienced arts educator, she has worked with pre-K/12 students in a wide variety of settings — in the classroom, onstage and backstage at numerous children’s theaters, and outdoors in wilderness therapy programs. Most recently, Emily has served as drama specialist for the Oregon Episcopal School and the Opal School at the Children’s Museum. She’s an active parent volunteer at Abernethy Elementary in PPS, where her two daughters attend their neighborhood public school.

Kim Strelchun

Kim StrelchunKim Strelchun, Arts Integration Coach, has devoted the last 15 years to education and arts advocacy. Kim gains her inspiration from her children Ali and Lucas who opened her eyes to the power of arts integration. She has worked closely with parents and educators in her roles as Parent Director at Creative Children’s Center, Team Coordinator at Stand for Children, PTA President and Hillsboro School District Board Member. In her free time, she enjoys fusing glass, spending time with her family and watching live theatre. She received a BS in Social Sciences/Political Science from Portland State University. After volunteering with the Right Brain Initiative for six years as a Parent Advocate, Kim joins our team as the coach for Clackamas River and Eagle Creek in the Estacada School District, Chief Joseph Ockley Green and Vernon in the Portland Public Schools and Deep Creek Damascus, East Gresham, Hogan Cedars, Hall and Kelly Creek in the Gresham Barlow School District.

Allison Tigard

As Programs Director, Allison is responsible for the development of new programming, evaluation of existing programming, teaching artist and classroom teacher professional development, and the Arts for Learning Lessons Program, a supplemental literacy curriculum. Her work involves outreach to schools on the district level as well as coordinating projects and partnerships such as the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant with Beaverton School District. Allison worked for Young Audiences previously as a School Liaison from 2008-2009. A NW native, Allison holds her B.A. in theatre arts and a minor in dance from Central Washington University and is a proud graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and the Actor’s Movement Conservatory in New York City. When she’s not teaching or promoting the arts, she spends her time playwriting, performing, and rock climbing.