Lauren Grant, Treasurer: Human Resources Coordinator at DoubleTree by Hilton: Lauren received her Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management, Management/Leadership, and Psychology (with a concentration in Family Studies) from Portland State University. She brings experience in nonprofit management and community outreach, as well as practical experience in business administration. She has a strong background in managerial accounting and corporate finance from her studies at Portland State. For nearly a decade, Lauren has worked directly with youth from a variety of backgrounds in both educational and research settings. As an Arts Facilitator for Free Arts NW, she has witnessed firsthand the impact of arts education in empowering growing adolescents. In her free time, Lauren plays guitar and ukulele and hopes to learn the banjo.

Kris Bella, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Arts NW: After assisting youth with severe mental health and drug and alcohol issues for many years, Kris developed a passion for prevention and community mobilization. Her love of art and desire to help others find their passion and purpose in life motivated her to co-found Free Arts NW. Being able to tap into one’s creative self, can bring about a level of change and transformation that may have seemed previously unattainable. Kris has had a love of art from a very young age and was supported by her family to fully embrace her creative outlets. She fully enjoys all visual arts, with a special interest in three-dimensional art creations.

Katelan Hostetler
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As an educator and the mother of three kids, Monique is passionate about empowering all kids and adults by offering quality educational opportunities, and supporting kids and families to lead healthy lives, and develop a life-long love of learning and wellness. Monique is the owner of Creative Roots, works as a child and family therapist, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Monique received her BS in Anthropology and Philosophy from Boston University; a dual M.Ed. in Education and Teaching Through the Arts, with an emphasis on inclusive education, from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts; and is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University.

Michael Clark
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Mohammad Ammar
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Robin Casey
Robin is a graphic designer and illustrator with a passion for nonprofit design and a desire to see their community flourish. They volunteer time and design work for a variety of community-based organizations in Portland. Robin also leads our Liquid Lettering fundraiser nights! Robin has a B.A. in Graphic Design from Portland State University, and a B.A. in English Literature from UNLV. They also volunteer with Arte Soleil and The Belmont Goats. Robin’s goal as a designer is to help local businesses, community groups, and nonprofit organizations look their best