Staff & Teaching Artists

Administrative Staff

Roxanne Padgett

Executive Director
Roxanne is a Visual Artist, Arts Educator and an Executive Administrator bringing more than 30 years experience in multiple youth service, and arts educational nonprofit organizations. She brings a combination of arts education practices, management experience, leadership ability and a passion for the arts. The past 17 of those years have been spent working for MOCHA in a variety of capacities: Senior Teaching Artist, Program Manager, Curriculum Developer/Writer, Professional Development Coach, Director of Educational Programs, Director of Programs and Roxanne is certified arts integration coach, holds a teaching credential in visual art, and received a fellowship to attend Harvard’s Project Zero on arts education. Additionally Roxanne’s artwork and articles been published in several visual art periodicals. Roxanne is a published author of “ Acrylic Techniques in Mixed Media” published by North Light Books, Arts Division.

Katie SammonKatie Sammon

Director of Programs
Katie holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has a background in museum administration, education and development.

Isobel Aveston

Museum Manager
Isobel is originally from London (U.K), and lived in New York City prior to moving to San Francisco in July 2017. She has worked in various museums including MoMA, Children’s Museum of the Arts and the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. She received her B.A. in Art History from University College London, her M.A. in Illustration from Kingston University, London and her Post Graduate Cerrtificate in Education from the Institute of Education, University College London. Before moving to New York City, she has previously worked at Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood and as a high school art teacher, where her love of teaching art to all ages blossomed. As a freelance illustrator, Isobel is primarily interested in developing new and exciting ways of engaging children and adults with imagery using various visual materials. She is continually developing her style by playing with color, pattern, texture, and materials. Isobel was very excited to join the MOCHA team, where she can continue doing what she loves: engaging creatively with people through the visual arts.

IMG_20160309_214330Haldun Morgan

Director of Marketing
Haldun studied at The University of Texas at Austin and majored in Mexican American Studies and minored in English. He came to MOCHA in 2014 to oversee the organization’s print, video, and digital marketing platforms.

Jjill-carbon-baby-picill Carbone

Program Assistant
Jill has a background in program administration and community outreach. She enjoys creating art through photography and foliage portraits in her spare time. Jill holds a BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University.

Joe Bacon

Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Joe is an Author, singer, comedian, philanthropist and advocate for both homelessness and domestic violence. She has more than 30 years as a volunteer with different organizations, as well as helping to start 2 non-profits with friends for great causes like Autism and homelessness. She has served on the “Board of Ballet Florida” which conducts ballets for kids & by kids and is still on the Board of “All ABout Me” which is for kids with Autism. Her life long social passion has been to help create creative thinking kids from birth and turning them into entrepreneurs and thriving artist before the age of 16. Using her own son as her 1st guinea pig, she is now creating her own Non-profit called “FinKids USA”, which will not only teach kids the importance of money but owning your own business and having a great FICO score to boot. Her personal passion however is dabbling in Cryptocurrencies and Real Estate, while being addicted to Karaoke. Joe‘s background has been in Sales and Technology, but says those are not the things that wake her up in the morning, it is knowing that she will help make someones life better.

 

Teaching Artists

Brandy

Brandy Gardner is an awesome professional ceramic sculptor who will knock your socks off in the classroom. She has been a professional artist and an art teacher for over 15 years and has taught in Hawaii, New York, and California.

Cameron Thompson found his love for art at an early age. Inspired by graffiti and murals in his neighborhoods of Southern California, he was introduced to a wide variety of local artists who helped spark his love for art. In the late 90’s he migrated to the Bay Area where he was part of a vibrant art scene that focused on graffiti, murals, and mixed media. Finding a love for teaching and working with the community, he moved to Oakland where he has been continuously showing art and working in the public school system. 

20140224143909214 copyDanielle Zorn Danielle has been creating as well as teaching art to children for the past 15 years. She enjoys implementing her extensive studio art and art history background in all of her classes and lessons. Danielle strives to help young artists express themselves through various mediums and create original masterpieces that they can be proud of.

JillMJill McLennan is an active artist and art teacher in the urban environment of Oakland. She has a MA in Arts Education with formal training in painting, drawing, and printmaking, and has taught art to diverse populations for 15 years. She designed JMAC to help facilitate her expertise in the art world and to guide students in developing their creative voice. JMAC is unique because of Jill’s creative talent and empathy for urban youth.

Kaya Fortune has been a teaching artist in the Bay Area for 25 years. He is a visual artist who exhibits his work nationally, a fashion designer with his own menswear line, and the co-founder of an artist collective called Soul Salon 10.

LeticiaLeticia Padgett has been creating with kids for 12 years. From summer camp programs to field trips and in school lessons her favorite part is seeing how kids can amaze themselves. Their ability to see past the obvious and generate originality is something that teaches and inspires her everyday.

RainePictureRaine Robichaud is an urban studies student at UC Berkeley, and has been involved with different art studios for more than two years. She worked as a studio assistant at Simply Jane Studio in Minneapolis, in visitor services at the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, and volunteers at Creative Growth Art Studio in Oakland. Raine is passionate about art that deals with the environment, and loves helping kids inspire and help each other to make art.

Zachary Greer has been making art in some shape or form since his first drawing at the age of 2. After attending school at the University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration in painting, he has cultivated his work both in the studio and out by exhibiting pieces throughout Texas and the Bay Area. Dedicating his life to children with moderate to severe disabilities for the past four years, Zachary takes a holistic approach to teaching and facilitates art as a therapeutic practice aimed at self discovery and empowerment.