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 lives in New York Ciry, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Urban Arts Partnership.
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.