Board of Directors

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Samuel Pate, President

Samuel joined the board in 2013. With twenty-seven years’ experience as an architectural designer + project manager, Sam is a Senior Design/Project Manager for Parsons, with primary focus on public institutional and governmental client projects. Sam and his wife Connie are ardent supporters of the visual and performing arts in Austin and have been involved in supporting community social/human rights and art focused organizations for 25+ years. Their collective passion for the art experience has fostered travel to Sydney, Perth, Florence, Rome, Paris, Vancouver, Siena, Venice, NYC, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, San Miguel, Guadalajara, Bentonville and Los Angeles.

John Trahar - Vice-President

John is co-founder of Greatest Common Factory – an advertising agency + production company in Austin, TX. John built that business on 20 years of creative and strategic marketing and advertising experience as an art director and creative director at Ogilvy & Mather NY and GSD&M in Austin. John joined the board in November of 2014 and serves on the AFTS Marketing Committee to further the awareness, reach and benefit of Art from the Streets.

Secretary - Rosemary Wentworth

Rosemary, as an Expressive Art Counselor, utilizes the Arts as an expressive modality for change and transformation.  She curated exhibits and performances from prison, treatment centers, crisis centers and soup kitchens, in Rhode Island and Texas, bringing the Creative Spirit into a broader community context. Rosemary presented at conferences in Scotland, Italy, China, Mongolia, Canada and U.S.A. on the techniques and  benefits of  the experiential process.


Neel Jhaveri - Treasurer

Neel was born and raised in Virginia and his passion for the arts began very early in life, growing up with a mother who is an artist entrepreneur. Neel studied financial economics and international affairs at James Madison University and now works as a management consultant focusing on the natural resources industry. He is new to the AFTS board and looks forward helping the organization continue to grow and impact more and more people’s lives.

Pat Chapman ~ Studio Coordinator

Pat has been volunteering in the AFTS studio and in outside shows and functions for several years. Retired as Visual Arts Director from Austin Ridge Bible Church, she has an ongoing passion for encouraging artists. She worked as a volunteer for one year with Community First artists, many of whom create with AFTS. Officially joined the AFTS Board in late Spring 2017. A practicing artist and Master Gardener. She is a doer, a helper and an encourager.

Jane Cohen

Jane is a longtime patron of the Annual show She joined the Board in 2011, and is primarily involved in fundraising activities. Jane is the Edward Clark Centennial Professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Kenny Trice

Kenny has been involved in the arts ever since discovering photography while an undergrad at The University of Texas. After further study and work as an advertising and editorial photographer in both San Francisco and New York, he and his family moved back to Austin in 2008.    Kenny began volunteering with AFTS in early 2014 and was part of the team that launched the first website dedicated to selling the wonderful artwork of the AFTS artists.  He officially joined the board in late 2015 and currently serves on the marketing committee. 

Susan Mihalik

Susan obtained both her BA in Art History and MA in Art Education from UT Austin. She has worked for many years as a grants administrator and has managed projects for the state government and nonprofit organizations. Her work in grants management led her to the field of fundraising and she currently serves as a grant writer for local music nonprofit, Black Fret. She also volunteers for Texans for the Arts and works on grant-funded initiatives that provide free legal services to veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income Texans. Susan aspires to empower people who have been marginalized in some way to find and/or amplify their voice. She believes in the power of the arts to positively transform people and communities. In her spare time, Susan enjoys gardening, yoga, and going to see live music.

Rachel Appel

Rachel’s involvement with Art From The Streets began as a studio volunteer after moving to Austin in 2013. She has a lifelong connection to art and is passionate about growing the reach of AFTS. Rachel has a professional background in marketing and events and joined the board in September of 2017. 

Tiffany Rasco

Raised in Austin, Tiffany's past work experience includes managing Lyons Matrix Gallery, training docents at the Blanton Museum ofArt, and owning Innu Salon. She finds few things as rewarding as seeing an artist's face light up upon hearing that one of their works sold. 

Troy Campa

Troy is a licensed architect born and raised in Houston Texas.  He moved to Austin in 2013 after selling his architecture firm of 16 year and deciding to pursue his passion for the arts.  In 2014, he and his partner Rene founded CAMIBAart Gallery and subsequently CAMIBAart Tours.  Troy’s philanthropic focus tends to be around issues of education, child welfare, equality, and the visual arts.  He believes passionately in the positive impact that the arts and education can have on people’s lives.  Troy brings to the board his passions and leadership experiences with the hopes of broadening the support for and reach of Art from the Streets.

Sarah Sarahan

Sarah Sarahan is an employee relations expert who has worked as an attorney and work place investigator. She is passionate about working with the homeless and has volunteered with The Beacon Day Center and the Cathedral Justice Clinic (now Beacon Law) in Houston, TX and currently is a volunteer with Trinity Center in Austin.

Kathleen Vallefuoco

Kathleen first became involved with AFTS as a purchaser of the fabulous creations by several of the artists and later a volunteer in studio.  She became captivated by the incredible individuals who are the artists and wanted to contribute in a deeper capacity.  Professionally she spent 26 years as an executive in the healthcare field.  She is also an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) working with children in the Child Protective Services program.


STAFF

Kelley Worden

Kelley obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University. Kelley worked for 5 years as a graphic artist post graduation, and then shifted her focus to volunteer work while raising her children. From 1997 to 2010 she held leadership roles supporting Canyon Creek Elementary School as the PTA Fundraising Coordinator, Fun Run Coordinator, and Green Team leader. She also co-founded a local non-profit organization, Chicktime Austin, which works with children in need in the Austin community.  In 2010, Kelley began volunteering with Art From The Streets (AFTS), became a board member in 2013, and she was selected to fill the Executive Director position. Her primary responsibilities include: working regularly in the art classroom, fundraising, leading and coordinating external art shows, launching online sales, and establishing short and long term business strategy. 

Heloise Gold

Heloise is a performing artist, dancer, choreographer, comedian, and T’ai Chi/Qi Gong instructor. She co-founded Art From The Streets in 1990 by offering once per week open studio art sessions for folks who were homeless. She was one of the creators of the first show in 1991. She has been involved with the program ever since taking on a variety of roles. Her love of the artists and making art in community is at the heart of her commitment.