Board of Directors
Founder & Executive Director, Curriculum Designer
Founder Tempest NeuCollins received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She went on to work as a teaching artist and K-5 art teacher in Brooklyn before leaving in 2015 to start Doodles Academy. She currently lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“When teaching art, we are not just teaching the next generation of artists. We are also teaching the next generation of doctors and scientists to be creative, adaptable, and innovative thinkers. Every child deserves access to these skills.”
Board Chair, Grants, and Equity and Impact Metrics
Cathy currently lives in New York City and is a Department Administrator for Undergraduate Film & Television at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
“I joined Doodles Academy because I believe that ever child, in every school, deserves an education which includes art, encourages creativity, and nurtures the imagination.”
President, Curriculum Advisor, & Advocate
Carey Swanson lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and works as an ELA content literacy specialist at Student Achievement Partners.
“I’m involved with Doodles because I believe in the transformative power that learning, creating, and thinking can have on students and their world.”
Kathleen Elie lives in Queens, NY and has been working in nonprofit finance for 19 years. The majority of her career has been serving in charter schools and education based organizations. Kathleen is currently the CFO at Urban Arts Partnership.
“I have watched students transform from shy and quiet to confident and engaging in an art class. With a strong art curriculum in schools, children are given the opportunity to find their true selves and use art as a beautiful form of expression.”
Recruitment & Diversity
Facilitation, Equity and Impact Metrics
Chris lives in California, and is currently a Lecturer, Life Design Lab at Stanford University | Manager, Coach, Facilitator, Speaker
Jason lives in Portland, Oregon and is a Software Engineer at Walmart Global Tech.
“I am an artist, and I think it’s extremely important for art education to be a part of school curricula to expand the horizons of kids. My oldest daughter, Rita, has been going to Doodles art classes for a couple of years now, and it has meant that she is much more fully engaged with art than she would’ve been otherwise.”
Fiana lives in Brooklyn, NY. She began her career in PR, working at global PR agencies like Ketchum and Edelman, and working with a range of Fortune 500 companies and smaller brands including American Heart Association, Dove, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, and Wendy’s. She also studied Fashion Marketing at Parson’s, and worked in leadership roles for several high profile luxury brands including Givenchy and Saint Laurent, leading sales teams and developing major partnerships with Barneys, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.
Educator Leadership Council
Ife Abdus-Salam is an educator and administrator with 15 years of experience in New York City schools, non-profit organizations and cultural institutions. Ife has served as an educator and administrator for a number of organizations including the Studio Museum in Harlem, International Center of Photography, and the New York City Department of Education. Currently, Ife is the Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Family Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where she serves as the public face of outreach and manages a team who develops and delivers educational public programs, in both formal and informal settings, to a variety of communities, targeting underserved communities, and reaching over 30,000 participants globally annually.
“I am excited at this opportunity to work with Doodles Academy as it keeps me connected to these core facets of my identity as a Visual Art Teacher and Visual artist, and allows me to continue to engage and impact students in their artistic education beyond place in the classroom.
Alyssa lives in Rochester, NY and teaches at Discovery Charter School. She is also an active member of the New York State Art Teachers association serving as the Region 2 Co-Chair, Board Representative, Newsletter Design Editor, and District Membership Co-Chair.
“The Doodles art curriculum provides my students an authentic and engaging learning experience.”