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.

Quincy McCoyLittle Quincy

Creative Associate
Quincy is a dynamic leader with strong management experience in both corporate and non-profit sectors, with an emphasis in communications, media, and music. He has brokered numerous strategic alliances, helped organizations innovate programs during crucial moments of change, and is a respected youth mentor in the East Bay. McCoy served as Chief of Operations for Salon Studio at and was Vice-President of Radio for MTV Networks and Rhapsody America. He has also served on the board of Youth Radio International.

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.

Simon Muturi

Finance Associate

Teaching Artists


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. 

ConstanceConstance Moore has been a teaching artist for over 20 years, and most of that time has been with MOCHA. She is currently working on her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College. Constance paints and draws with water-based media.

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.

EdenEden Solomon is a practicing artist and educator. She was born in Asmara, and has studied art at the Fine Art School of Addis Ababa and design at Goldsmiths’ University of London, UK. While in London, she worked at the Tate Modern, the British Library, and many other galleries and museums as an artist educator. She moved to the Bay Area in 2011.

IMG_0782Esther Hilsenrad has always been an art lover. Originally from New York, Esther has been teaching for 13 years. With a Masters of Science in Teaching, Esther has taught art to high school students in New York City, kindergartners in South Korea, and the children of the Bay! She loves to explore different mediums and techniques, and believes in the healing power of art!

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.

lil laurieLaurie Croft has worked as a MOCHA Teaching Artist for over three years teaching classroom field trips, camps, and Oakland school and library programs. Laurie has a BFA in painting, she designs and illustrates products for the juvenile and gift markets, was an owner and designer of Flying Colors Ceramics, and has exhibited paintings at SOMA and other galleries.

20160324_122212Leticia Javier is an artist from Los Angeles, CA. She was inspired by her lively environment and began practicing art in High School. She has a BFA in Painting and Drawing and enjoys sharing her fascination of arts and crafts with children. She thrives on providing youth with creative outlets and to inspire self empowered innovative expression.

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.

imageMark David Noel is an artist native to California. He focuses primarily on painting the landscapes of his home state. Having previously been in the military, he enrolled in art school through use of his GI Bill benefits in order to pursue a career more suited to his temperament. Now a devoted teaching artist he is excited to be a part of his student’s exploration of art.

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.