Quincy brings dynamic leadership and management expertise, along with a deep seeded belief in and passion for MOCHA’s mission. He has a blend of corporate and nonprofit experience with an emphasis on communications, media, and music.
Director of Programs
Roxanne was born in Oakland and her family has lived here for three generations. She knew she wanted to be an artist when she did her first art project at age 4. It was a mixed media piece with gumdrops and a dishtowel. Roxanne has been teaching art to kids for over 30 years, at MOCHA for 16 years. Roxanne continues to create artwork in a variety of media – paint, collage, assemblage, textiles, and visual art journals.
Director of Finance and Operations
Stephen is passionate about helping children feel happy being their creative selves—and enjoys sharing inspiration and ideas. He has a BA from UC San Diego in Literature/Writing with a minor in Biology and enjoys writing, oil painting, photography, digital arts, and spending time with the people most important to him.
Promita has worked in arts and educational organizations for a number of years, including managing development at a literacy and creative writing non-profit in San Francisco.
Amalia graduated from Scripps College with a BA in Studio Art, and has been drawing since the age of 18 months. She believes wholeheartedly in the importance of arts education, and in MOCHA’s mission of bringing art to children and families in our museum, schools, and diverse communities.
Program & Administrative Assistant
Katie holds a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Contemporary Art History. She has a background in museum administration and education.
Adia Millett received her BFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2000. Millett has taught art to people of all ages in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and of course the Bay Area. She currently teaches at the California College of the Arts and MOCHA.
Angela Baker graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Since 2002 she has been teaching both in-school and after school visual art classes in the Bay Area. Angela strives to spark imaginations and develop critical thinking skills by encouraging students to explore a variety of art mediums while making connections to art history as well
Angela Gomez started her journey through art 8 years ago when she arrived in New York City, after graduating with a degree in Social Communications in Bogota Colombia, her native country. The combination of drawing and teaching children has been an inspiration to her life, and helped her to understand her inner child and fuel her imagination.
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.
Constance 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.
Danielle Freeburn is a collage artist who has been teaching visual arts in the Bay Area for 13 years. Currently, she’s working closely with classroom teachers on creating original curriculum and visual arts integration.
Eden 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.
Fred Alvarado is an interdisciplinary artist interested in community work, collaboration, and the potential that exist in sites and spaces. Fred’s dream project would include surfboards, ocean, photos and drawings.
Jack Eastgate is a Fiji born graphic designer, illustrator, Live painter, art educator, and muralist. Seven years ago he bought a one-way ticket to Oakland, CA and flew across the Pacific Ocean, bringing with him only a few possessions and an open mind. While studying design at CSU East Bay, Jack was introduced to the world of Live painting and has been a part of it ever since. He is happy to be sharing his passion for art with children at MOCHA.
Jill 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.
Jordana Autrey’s fate was already decided long before her birth because her mother migrated from the East Coast to Attend Art school in San Francisco. When she was born, she was handed a paint brush and was encouraged to paint the world into a better place.
Katy Schwager grew up in Oakland and has always been passionate about art, even “working” as a docent at the Oakland Museum in 5th grade. She is new to MOCHA but has loved her time so far, making all sorts of art projects and working with so many amazing kids.
Laurie 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.
Mariah Rankine-Landers is a former Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher of 10 years. Mariah holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Equity and Social Justice in Education from SFSU. She now works for Alameda County Office of Ed as an Integrated Learning Specialist in supporting the goals of Arts Education. In addition, Mariah does educational consulting with organizations in the Bay Area. She is a resident and adoring fan of Oakland and it’s communities. She is always wanting to learn more about everything, especially the arts!
Meera Desai is a proud mom of two boys. She teaches art at Ascend School in Oakland and has painted and/or directed the creation of over 20 murals in the Bay Area. The most well known is “Maestrapeace”, a mural she collaborated on with six other muralists; it is a two-sided, four-storied mural that graces the Women’s Building in SF.
Mittie Cuetara grew up in Cambridge MA, and has a BA from the Boston Museum School. She is the author of three children’s picture books, published by Penguin Putnam. In her career as a freelance artist, she has created over 60 greeting cards, and her cartoons are regularly seen in “Funny Times”. She lives in Oakland, California where she also teaches drawing and cartooning.
Nicole Chan is an artist, an art and childhood educator, a MA graduate from John F. Kennedy University with a BFA from University of Hawaii. Her professional practice focuses on community projects, expressive arts therapy, arts education, and early childhood education. Her favorites things to do include visiting museums, urban walking/hiking, sewing, cooking, and visiting her family in Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Italy.
Simone Monrad is passionate about giving children the space and support to create. She taught her first art class in 2005, and as a MOCHA alumni, she is now a working artist, art teacher, and designer.