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PERRIN BOYD 503-225-5900
Central Oregon Program Manager
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CARY CLARKE 503-225-5900 Ext. 228
Executive Director
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TONY FUEMMELER 503-225-5900 Ext. 227
Professional Development Coordinator
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RACHEL GOODLOOMIS 503-225-5900 Ext. 225
The Right Brain Initiative Teaching Artist Specialist
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CATHERINE HAYES 503-225-5900 Ext. 233
Development Director
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RYAN HIGA 503-225-5900 Ext. 225
Teaching Artist Specialist
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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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SCOTT LANGEN 503-225-5900 Ext. 230
Institutional Giving Manager
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MAIA MCCARTHY 503-225-5900 Ext. 234
Artist Programs Specialist
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RYN MCCOY 503-225-5900 Ext. 221
Communications & Office Manager
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KOKO OLSZEWSKI 503-225-5900 Ext. 235
Community Engagement Manager
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MONICA PARRA 503-225-5900 Ext. 224
Development Coordinator
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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 Residency Support Manager
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Staff Biographies

Perrin Boyd

Perrin BoydPerrin has been a passionate advocate for arts and education for many years. She began working with schools while traveling in Japan as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. After a stint with the circus she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from UNH and immediately began to combine her love of circus and education. As a teaching artist on multiple rosters in Alaska, Minnesota and the Department of Defense Schools, Perrin has been a leader in integrating art with a variety of curriculum. She has worked in mental health settings, schools dedicated to blind, deaf, EBD and autistic students with great success.

She has led numerous professional development workshops, was a member of Best Practices in Arts Education formulation at the Perpich Center for the Arts and co-led the Teaching Artist Symposium for Caldera. Perrin has created and performed two educational shows for school settings, Bumbling Science and Becoming a Clown. Perrin is also a certified hatha and CircusYoga instructor. In her free time Perrin can be found playing outdoors in beautiful Central Oregon or working on her ranch.

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. 

Tony Fuemmeler

DSC09642Tony has worked as a teaching artist since 2001. A freelance mask maker, puppeteer, and director, he uses both visual and performing arts in his practice. Tony cofounded the Teaching Artist Studio in 2013 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. Tony has also taught workshops for educators at the Portland Art Museum, Right Brain Summer Seminar, the Vancouver School District, and Teach For India in Pune, India. He is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School and the University of Kansas.

Rachel Goodloomis

Rachel Goodloomis
In the role of Teaching Artist Specialist, Rachel Goodloomis supports teaching artists in arts-integrated residencies and professional development. She first realized her interest in interdisciplinary education as an adult one winter playing her instrument, (then french horn) in the far northern hemispheres. The seed of that inspiration led her to relocate to Oakland, CA where she begun a music non-profit that sought to provide all children access to music through a multi-cultural and creative lens. While in Oakland, Rachel taught English and Music at the High School level, serving students who were new and recent immigrants. She procured a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Mills College in large part because of the program’s focus on social justice in education and she taught Kindergarten in East Oakland where she focused on building arts integration into her own daily practice.

Now in her work with Right Brain she joyfully draws on her experience as an artist and general classroom teacher to support Teaching Artists as they deliver high caliber arts integrated residencies to a diverse student and teacher populations. She has a passion for collaboration, growth, reflective planning, and for celebrating and supporting the qualities that make each person unique. Her close friends and family will tell you she is courageous in her willingness to jump into new situations, supportive in the way she encourages others to do what is right for them personally, and thoughtful in her responses and ideas for action. She is the humble parent of a creative 5 year old and an affectionate 1 year old and loves to write/play music for accordion/banjo with her Husband Luke.

Catherine Hayes

Catherine HayesCatherine is an accomplished fundraiser in the political and non-profit arenas. Her track record of success includes holding an eight-year fundraising record for 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.

Ryan Higa

Hi. My name is Ryan and I am an artist, teacher, and agitated wonderer.

I was taught at an early age to value curiosity, trying, and getting back up after falling. I earned degrees in the Arts from the University of Hawaii and the University of Michigan. I’ve worn hats of varying sizes and styles through the years including those of gallery co-owner, illustrator, teacher, and museum program manager. I aspire to be a relentless what-iffer who searches for the familiar in difference, enjoys getting caught in a warm brainstorm, and discovering funky worn grooves. In my spare time I appreciate nonsense and enjoy both the terrors and joys of going down a rabbit hole.

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 ten 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.


Scott Langen

Scott moved to Portland more than 20 years ago from Illinois. Since then he has worked with many nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area and Human Solutions. With over 15 of years of fundraising experience, Scott is excited and honored to help Young Audiences advance its mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts by cultivating existing foundation and corporate partners, as well as reaching out to new ones. In his spare time, Scott is a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, an avid reader and book collector, and a pretty good cook.

Maia McCarthy

Maia McCarthy, Artist Programs Specialist, 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.

Ryn McCoy

Ryn Ryn was born into a family of musicians and grew up with a passionate love of the arts. She has been a writer since the second grade, and has a degree in English, a background in nonprofit communications, and even a year as Editor-in-Chief of local publications Proud Queer Monthly and El Hispanic News under her belt. She shamelessly switches back and forth between including and omitting the Oxford comma, but always does so with thoughtful consideration of which approach will convey an idea with the greatest clarity.

Ryn believes in the liberation of all people and believes the Pacific Northwest’s arts communities have a responsibility to uplift the creative voices of marginalized peoples.

A lifelong Oregonian, Ryn has been in Portland since 2013 and has developed a deep love for its food culture. She views both food and art as powerful ways to connect with our communities and with other people across identities, oceans and lifetimes.

Koko Olszewski

Koko Olszewski has long held a passion for art, education, and community engagement. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, she received her BA in Art and Art History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with minors in Sociology and Education and her Masters in Teaching K-12 Art Education with endorsements in Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. After graduating, Koko moved to the west coast to complete two years of service with Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps. During her time here, she worked with Evergreen and Mountain View High School as part of their Geometry in Construction program assisting high schoolers in applying their math skills to build a Habitat home. She also worked with Gallery360 in Vancouver to bring art programming to youth in the Evening Reporting Program. Following her time in AmeriCorps, Koko was a middle school site manager at George Middle School with Camp Fire.

Koko has spent much time both in an out of the classroom finding ways to use art to connect and strengthen community and encourage conscious and engaged community members. She has facilitated several community projects in her short lifetime in Maryland and Oregon including quilts, murals, and other community and social practice projects.  She believes strongly in the power of art to heal, empower, transform, and transcend boundaries.  Koko is a strong advocate for art education that is accessible to all. When she is not engaging in arts education, she loves adventuring in the outdoors, dreaming up and planning new places to travel and petting as many dogs as possible. 

Monica Parra

Monica Parra graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2011 with her degree in Dance. She continued her education in Early Childhood Education and lived and worked in Los Angeles as a professional dancer, preschool teacher and executive assistant for the non profit organization, Episcopal Service Corps. She relocated to Denver, Colorado where she worked with Colorado Episcopal Service Corps and Colorado Ballet as a teacher and Education Programs Coordinator. Monica is excited to be in Oregon, continue exploring her passion for the arts, education, and working with Young Audiences!



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.

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