Bringing a 20+ years of experience as an artist, designer, and director, she believes in nurturing healthy hearts and minds through playful curiosity, creativity, and mindfulness based learning. Formerly VP of Design at Lumosity, her creative leadership and design produced top-ranking mobile apps, educational games, films, and broadcast television that have earned Emmy Award-winning recognition. She received her BFA from VCU School of the Arts in Communication Arts & Design, where she later taught animation and experimental storytelling. Erika has been a guest teacher at the Cartoon Art Museum, The Academy of Art, and AIGA, and is a mentor for outdoor youth programs through Sierra Club, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of America. She is certified as a UC California Naturalist and Leading Creative Ideation from Cooper U.
Jordie Marie Rippon is A graduate student studying Creative Producing and Management at CalArts. She has previously received a Bachelor's of Science in Technology Communication and Theater. She loves to create an environment that makes it fun to learn and loves to encourage and empower kids to think about problems differently as a tool to help solve the problem.
Kristy is a professional visual artist, linguist, teaching artist, and community organizer with more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring in a variety of subjects. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Spanish to English Translation from NYU. She is also a TEFL certified ESL teacher and has been teaching English and Spanish to students of all ages for over 10 years. She is an international muralist and has organized and participated in art projects and festivals all over the world. Kristy is passionate about youth development and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the past 5 years, teaching the art of muralism to New York city youth. She loves working with kids of all ages and seeing their confidence grow as they master the skills that used to intimidate them.
Nicole is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema with a double minor in Animation and Computing Applications. She has chosen to pursue education because she believes technological skills are important to have in this new age of technology! Nicole is passionate about animation, programming, film, and art. Her favorite things to do when she’s not studying are drawing, painting, playing tennis, and surfing.
Music instructor, Fitness instructor, Writer, Editor, Artist.
Donna who uses the name Meke'da is excited to be joining EDMO for her first year as an Instructor! For the past three years, Donna has worked as an Independent contractor with many schools in the Northern California area, summer camps, and after-school programs teaching, art, science, and makers club robotic building, both in classroom and virtually. Originally from Southern California where she has also taught art and poetry workshops for many years bringing her skills and talents to the bay area has been both enjoyable and rewarding. Donna(Meke'da), studied photography/graphics and sculpture new genres, at El Camino College in Torrance, Ca, and Otis College of Art and Design, in Westchester, CA. Donna (Meke'da) is a working artist and has exhibited at Inglewood Art Walk, Inglewood Ca, Richmond Art Center Gallery, Abrams Claghorn, Gallery, Albany Ca, June Steinhardt Gallery, at Laney College, Oak Stop Gallery, Village Theatre & Art Gallery in Danville Ca. and San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society. Donna (Meke'da) Has developed her own curriculum called Peace Bots that incorporates the idea of repurpose recycle and reuse. She enjoys teaching students of all ages on how to create art in this way, and is excited to continue inspiring others in art. She has one son, whom is a professional trombonist.