Adam LeBlanc
Program Assistant

Madisyn Pina
Communications Manager

Elise Gallinot Goldman
Executive Director

Heather Nelson
Development Director

Stephanie Heriger
Program Manager

Samantha King
Arts Integration Specialist

Sirah Laub
Finance and Operations Manager

Zeb Hollins, III
Arts Integration Specialist

Zoe Cuneo
Development and Administrative Coordinator

Elise Gallinot Goldman

Executive Director

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Elise Gallinot Goldman is Executive Director at KID smART, a New Orleans, Louisiana based organization that engages children in dynamic, creative and rigorous learning through the arts.  For the past twenty years, she has been crafting and delivering imaginative and instructive arts integrated collaborative artist residency and professional learning programs in New Orleans public schools.  Elise works with schools, teachers, artists and cultural organizations to further the field of arts education through the values of creativity, equity, collaboration and sustainability.  She has been on the faculty of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom summer institute since 2013 and has been a coach for PZ-HGSE online coursesShe is adjunct faculty for the University of New Orleans’ Arts Administration Master’s program.  In addition to her work as a maker and educator, she has worked in the non-profit arts sector as Executive Director of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and Associate Director of the New Orleans Film Festival.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology, her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and has researched and trained in best practices through national educational models.

Heather Nelson

Development Director

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A native New Orleanian, Heather Nelson brings over 10 years of experience in nonprofit fund development. She is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding philanthropic support. Heather developed a passion for the arts in childhood and would eventually earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Tulane University. Through her own experiences and those observed throughout her career, Heather knows the impact the arts can have on the lives of children and their development and wants to ensure all children have access to a holistic education experience.

Madisyn Pina

Communications Manager

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Madisyn Pina manages KID smART’s digital and print marketing, advertising, and public relations as well as in-school communication and documentation.  

Outside of KID smART, Madisyn owns and operates Oh Hi Studio – a branding and web design studio that works with organizations on a mission to do GOOD.

Stephanie Heriger

Program Manager

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Stephanie Heriger first moved to New Orleans from Pittsburgh, PA in 2007 to teach Special Education at Sarah T. Reed Elementary, where she was also a KID smART AXIS teacher. She then spent seven years as Education Programs Manager at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. Before joining the KID smART team, she taught seventh grade social studies and science at Paul Habans Charter School. She is a singer and pianist and all-around lover of good music. Stephanie received her B.A. in Music from Dickinson College and her M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan.

Adam LeBlanc

Program Assistant & Teaching Artist

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Adam LeBlanc, from south Louisiana, has had personal and professional development focusing on the link between arts and community. Earning a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from Nicholls State University and a M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, his skillset and career objectives have aligned with providing equitable access to the arts. Adam’s passion is to empower learners through the arts and promote their own social/emotional growth and expression. His own artistic works include drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, and set design.

Samantha King

Arts Integration Specialist

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Samantha King has been teaching theatre in New Orleans Public Schools since 2000. Trained in Arts Integration at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, she worked with elementary and middle school students at Lusher Charter School, and high school students at Edna Karr. She is also a member of The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, and has taught Creative Writing at Tulane’s Upward Bound program. She hails from Northern California, where she studied at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Academy of Media and Theatre Arts, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Sirah Laub

Finance and Operations Manager

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Sirah Laub moved to New Orleans from San Francisco in 2011 and worked at Tulane University and Preservation Hall before joining the team at KIDsmART. She loves working with creative, local businesses to demystify accounting and take the anxiety out of bookkeeping so that business owners can focus on doing what they love and are great at. When she is not crunching numbers she makes costumes and does interior and exterior design projects.

Zeb Hollins, III

Arts Integration Specialist

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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.

Zoe Cuneo

Development + Admin Coordinator

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Zoe Cuneo grew up in the arts in Baton Rouge. She completed a Bachelor degree in Film, Theatre & Communication Arts, followed by a Masters degree in Arts Administration, both from the University of New Orleans. Prior to KID smART, Zoe’s worked at Theatre Baton Rouge, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Gallery B. Fos, and Frank Relle Photography. She has donated artwork to the Aveda Institute South’s Catwalk for Water fundraiser, and volunteered at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the NOCCA Institute.

Maya Bernard

Programming Graduate Assistant

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Maya Bernard is a mixed media artist from Chicago. While pursuing a degree in Fine Arts and Fashion Business from Columbia College Chicago, she gained an interest in curation work with intent to program for galleries and public arenas. Currently she is pursuing her master’s in art administration at the University of New Orleans.  As an artist, Maya firmly believes that art transcends culture, and can make a difference in the lives of people worldwide. She is eager to help facilitate creativity and imagination while continuing to learn and develop from the environment around her.