Ann DeLorenzo, Development Director, has worked in non-profit fundraising in New Orleans since 2010. Prior to joining KID smART, she was the Foundation Relations Officer for Dillard University and the Capital Campaign Officer for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, where she worked on the $7 million capital campaign for the Jazz & Heritage Center on Rampart Street. Prior to moving to New Orleans, Ann lived in Washington, DC, and worked in communications for the University of Maryland. Ann has bachelor’s degrees in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in English from the University of Maryland.
Arts Integration Instructional Coach
Aminisha Ferdinand, Arts Integration Instructional Coach, performed in theater and film for ten years before entering the field of arts education. Following her work with KID smART as an artist-in-residence, she joined the team as an Arts Coach in 2009, most recently leading the Model Schools and Teacher | Leader Projects. She coaches teachers on integrating arts into their classrooms to fully engage children in learning, leads professional development workshops for educators and teaches a multi-disciplinary arts integrated residency at McDonogh City Park Academy. Previously, she taught drama in schools and community-based programs in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans, and Gulu, Uganda and studied briefly at the Center for the Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro. Aminisha studied dance in New Orleans and Miami, and received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Miami. She has an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU.
Communication & Project Manager
Cheryl Manley, Program & Communications Coordinator, manages KID smART’s digital and print marketing as well as in-school communication and documentation. She is also the primary photographer in KID smART classrooms and at events. She presented KID smART’s storytelling practices at the 2016 National Guild Conference for Community Arts Education. Cheryl has worked as a marketing and digital media consultant for several local organizations including the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, Elephant Quilt Productions, and The NOLA Project. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Video Production from Loyola University Chicago.
Elise Gallinot Goldman
Elise Gallinot Goldman, Program Director, coordinated development of The KID smART Model, a comprehensive multi-faceted arts integration program designed around direct instruction in classrooms and professional development for classroom teachers and teaching artists. She is on faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom and Arts and Passion Driven Learning institutes and has researched and trained in best practices through national models. Elise received her certification training in Montessori education and taught for four years before focusing on arts administration. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in Athens and her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Echo Olander, Executive Director, has directed the vision and mission of KID smART and manages the day-to-day work of the agency since its inception. Echo served as thought partner and the lead staff for a city-wide planning process for arts education, Any Given Child, which will be launching programming in 2015-16. Previous employers include the New York State Council on the Arts, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and contractually for Mississippi Arts Commission/Whole Schools Program, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She was named to the Louisiana team for the NEA Education Leadership Institute, has coordinated the review of Louisiana Curriculum guides for the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and coordinated Imagination, Creativity and Innovation, a statewide program on arts integration in Louisiana for four years. She has served as a panelist for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission and Arts Council of New Orleans has presented workshops in a number of locations nationally. Echo has a BA in English from Newcomb College/Tulane University.
Program & IT Assistant
Scott Dean, Program Assistant, grew up in Norcross, GA. He moved to Louisiana at age 15 and graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, & The Arts. Scott attended Louisiana State University where he received a B.S. in Pure Mathematics. Scott enjoys painting, poetry, playing volleyball, and frequenting local concerts. When asked about what motivates him in his life, he responded, “The opportunity, not only to be inspired, but to be an inspiration to others.”
Tiana Nobile, Arts Coach, has been living and teaching in New Orleans since 2009. She earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MAT in elementary and special education from the University of New Orleans, and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. Tiana is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Kundiman fellowship, and the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in various locations online and in print, and she is the author of the chapbook, The Spirit of the Staircase (Antenna Press Street Press, 2017).
Zeb Hollins, III
Zeb Hollins III studied Speech/Theatre at Southern University and worked and studied Educational Theatre with New York University’s Creative Arts Team as a Master Actor/Teacher for six years. While in New York, he performed in numerous productions at The Billie Holiday Theatre, The Negro Ensemble Company, and Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre. He conducted violence prevention and arts in education workshops throughout NYC public schools with The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and The Leadership Program Inc. He has performed with several New Orleans arts organizations including The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, Goat in the Road Productions, The Bayou Playhouse, LePetit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, and Anthony Bean Community Theatre. He recently completed Visible Thinking, Programs in Professional Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.