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CARY CLARKE 503-225-5900 Ext. 228
Executive Director
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CRYSTAL CORTEZ 503-225-5900 Ext. 221
Office Manager
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The Right Brain Initiative Arts Integration Coach
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JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG 503-225-5900 Ext. 230
Grants Manager
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TONY FUEMMELER 503-225-5900 Ext. 227
Programs Coordinator
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CATHERINE HAYES 503-225-5900 Ext. 233
Development Director
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BRETT KIMBALL 503-225-5900 Ext. 222
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JOSEPHINE KUEVER 503-225-5900 Ext. 231
Program Operations Manager
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The Right Brain Initiative Arts Integration Coach 
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MAIA MCCARTHY 503-225-5900 Ext. 234
The Right Brain Initiative Teaching Artist Specialist
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PAT MORAN 503-225-5900 Ext. 225
Artist Program Specialist
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The Right Brain Initiative Arts Integration Coach 
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KRISTI RIEDEL 503-225-5900 Ext. 226
Programs Director
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KIM STRELCHUN 503-225-5900 Ext. 229
The Right Brain Initiative Coach Team Lead
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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. 

Crystal Cortez

crystal-cortezCrystal Cortez, Office Manager for Young Audiences, has had a lifelong passion for music and art. She is especially passionate about experimental and electronic music which she often performs around the city. She has used her performance experience to help local small businesses and nonprofits
connect with artists and organize opening events and benefit shows. Crystal received her B.A. in Social Science from Portland State University and has since held administrative positions at two education nonprofits in the Portland metro. Originally from Minnesota, she has called Oregon her home for the past 5 years and loves to take advantage of all the outdoor adventures it has to offer. 

Deann Dufrene

dsc09648Deann is a teacher at heart.  She has always believed that teaching is both an art and a science and those teachers that can skillfully combine the two, are the teachers that leave a lasting impression.  Inspired by one such teacher, Deann entered the profession earning an Elementary Teaching Credential from California Polytechnic State University with an Art Minor.  As a lifelong learner and artist, she continued her training at Oregon State with a Master of Education and Reading Endorsement.

Over the past 23 years, Deann has continued to challenge herself to blend the art and science of learning.  She has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, volunteered as an Art Literacy Presentor, mentored AVID students and tutored adults working towards a GED.  In each new experience, she encourages students to take ownership of their learning and find creative ways to express their understanding.  As an arts integration coach with the Right Brain Initiative, she will help teachers and artist blur the lines between their crafts to achieve lasting student experiences.


Jonathan Frochtzwajg

As our grants manager, 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 has also worked as 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. He also recently earned a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Program Evaluation from the Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University. Jonathan’s grant-writing efforts receive support from good coffee and sometimes his German Shepherd mix, Levi. 

Tony Fuemmeler

DSC09642Tony has worked as a teaching artist for the last 16 years. A freelance mask maker, puppeteer, and director, he uses both visual and performing arts in his practice. Three years ago, Tony cofounded the Teaching Artist Studio at Young Audiences in Portland, Oregon to address the needs of development and community in the field. Tony has also taught arts-integrated residencies for multiple grade levels in both Portland and New York City Public Schools; after-school classes for multiple arts organizations and community centers; and skills based workshops for college students and professionals. With ETP Northwest, Tony assisted new teaching artists in developing curriculum for ACTive Voices, the high school residency program he established. Tony has also taught workshops for educators at the Portland Art Museum, Right Brain Summer Seminar, and Teach For India in Pune, India. He is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School and the University of Kansas.

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.

Brett Kimball

BrettAs the controller, Brett handles the financial side of things at Young Audiences.  Originally from Eugene (Go Ducks!), he moved to Portland in 2006 and spent 10 years as an accountant for a small local CPA firm where he prepared corporate and individual tax returns and provided bookkeeping services to small businesses.

While not crunching numbers, Brett enjoys camping, water skiing, art, and web design.  He is also a member of the David Douglas Soccer Club board and an assistant girls basketball coach at David Douglas High School.


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.

Kyle Lange

Kyle has always been interested in developing student voice through the arts and finding ways to help students become experts that their communities can learn from.

He has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark and taught theatre arts and multi-disciplinary humanities classes for seven years in K-12 schools.  His pedagogical and andragogical heroes are Nancie Atwell, Paolo Freire, Linda Christiansen, Viola Spolin, and Alfie Kohn. He is proud to have directed thirty-five student performance collaborations where experienced students of all ages trained first-timers in scene analysis, performance, collaborative scripting, improvisation, design, set construction, board operations, stage management, and direction.  His students also produced narrative non-fiction blogs and/or podcasts about their lives, neighborhoods, experiences, and visions for the future.

Before teaching, Kyle spent a decade touring with his band as well as performing in various multi-disciplinary theatre installations.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa where he also studied creative writing and poetry. He is a proud volunteer at his neighborhood public school, where his son chooses to learn all sorts of amazing things.

Maia McCarthy

Maia McCarthyMaia McCarthy, Teaching Artist Specialist for The Right Brian Initiative, 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.


Pat Moran

PatPat is a teaching artist, playwright, actor, director, photographer, and producer. Originally from Seattle, he received his BA in theatrical performance from the University of Portland, and spent many years touring and teaching with Oregon Children’s Theatre, where he created residency programs to bring free art and health programming to high-need schools. As OCT’s Educational Theatre Program’s Head of New Work and an ensemble teaching artist, he wrote, directed, and dramaturged educational plays that toured to over 60,000 students in Oregon and Washington. He has also devised grief programs for children and families who are dealing with loss, and taught a wide range of residencies, from Social Anxiety and Playwriting to Communication Strategies and Devised Theatre. He presented and performed at the TYA One Theatre World conference in 2011, 2013, and 2015.

When he’s not teaching or creating work for young people, he’s the managing director of Action/Adventure Theatre, a theater in Southeast Portland dedicated to producing new work, where he is also an actor, director, and playwright. He’s also a freelance photographer whose work has been featured in the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, the Oregonian, Artslandia, Willamette Week, and more.

Pat has a dog named Marlowe and a cat named Queequeeg. He loves baseball, mystery novels, listening to podcasts, traveling to places not featured in guidebooks, and old school hip hop. He probably knows too much about Harry Potter.

 Ashley Renfrew

Ashley is a firm advocate for arts integration and believes it is a tool for students to enjoy learning. Her goal is to create an environment of collaboration to help learners make connections to the world around them while getting their hands a little dirty.  She works with schools from the districts of Parkrose, Corbett, Reynolds, Gresham-Barlow, and Portland Public. With a background in both art and science she brings knowledge of project based learning, studio habits of mind, design thinking, and classroom documentation. Before her role as an arts integration coach, Ashley was a middle school science teacher.

She developed arts integrative and project based curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. She received a BS in Art Education from Penn State University and is currently studying Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. Ashley looks forward to recycling her undergrad PSU shirts at all PSU graduate events. Other than trying to decide which PSU has a more flattering color palette you can find her eating snacks, knitting blankets, or climbing rocks.



Kristi Riedel

Kristi RiedelKristi Riedel, the Programs Director 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.


Kim Strelchun

Kim StrelchunKim Strelchun, The Right Brain Initiative Coach Team Lead, 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 joined our coaching team in 2014.