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Christina deRoos, Director

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Christina deRoos is an artist (mixed media, multimedia, performance), curator and arts organizer. Her work lies at the intersection of art, activism and personal reflection, and draws from her background in political science (B.A., University of Colorado) and law (J.D. with honors, University of Washington).

Previously based in New York, Christina co-founded Bushwick Open Studios and Arts in Bushwick, and was the Managing Director of Chez Bushwick, a Brooklyn nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on experimental dance. From 2009 – 2016, Christina was the co-director of Spread Art, an artist-run nonprofit providing residencies to local, national and international artists, and presenting contemporary and experimental work across all disciplines.

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Katie McGowan, Deputy Director

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Katie G. McGowan is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, and committed advocate for creative workers. Originally from the metro area, Katie returned to Detroit in 2011—following  a decade of working as an artist, educator, and writer in several U.S. locations and in Croatia—to collaboratively build the Department of Education and Public Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

In this position she co-founded the museum’s DEPE Space residency program and helped launch and program the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead (a sculptural edifice on the museum’s grounds), in addition to designing and executing museum programming. Subsequently she has lectured at the College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University, created and run an art consulting firm, and served as program director for the Ann Arbor Film Festival—the oldest experimental and avant-garde film festival in North America. Katie’s artwork explores empathy and affect. She engages in genre-bending performance, writing creative nonfiction, and working as an amateur private eye. She holds an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa in Intermedia as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees from Wayne State University, in English.

Nicole Peterson, Design & Evaluation Manager

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Nicole Peterson is an artist, designer, crafter, and arts-enthusiast born and raised in metro Detroit. She is a graduate of Oakland University, where she earned her B.A. in Art History and Drawing with a minor in Graphic Design.

She graduated with departmental honors in both majors, and received first place in the research essay category of writing awards for three consecutive years. Nicole has been involved with Kresge Arts in Detroit since 2014, holding various titles such as Administrative Intern, Program Assistant, and Interim Operations Manager.

Jordan Duckens, Communications Strategist

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Jordan Duckens is a strategic communicator with experience in the government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. Her professional journey has taken her from the California State Legislature, to a national healthcare nonprofit championing the Affordable Care Act, to directing communications at one of the oldest community foundations in the country.

Jordan’s work is grounded in narrative change. She’s inspired by the narrative power-building strategies of people experiencing marginalization. Jordan has shared her developing knowledge of anti-oppressive language and framing at the Council of Michigan Foundations annual conference and state roundtables. Jordan holds a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University and earned her Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She is interested in typography and enjoys handlettering and calligraphy.

Asukile Gardner, Operations Manager

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Asukile Gardner is a draftsman, painter, printmaker, and sequential artist born and raised in Detroit. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the city in venues such as the Scarab Club, Detroit Repertory Theatre, and the Ellen Kayrod Gallery.

Asukile has worked in the art sector for years with such notable institutions as the Virgil Carr Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the community+public arts: DETROIT program at the College for Creative Studies. He received his B.F.A. in drawing and printmaking, and completed his M.A. in fine art at Wayne State University.

Ebony Jones, Program Producer: Professional Development

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Ebony Jones is an author, poet, and avid admirer of children’s literature. She has over six years of experience piloting, supporting, and managing programs in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors of Southeast Michigan.

She enjoys collaborating and building partnerships within the focus areas of Workforce Development, Arts and Culture, Afterschool Programming, Environmental Justice, and Green Design.

Angelina Starceski, Program Associate

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Angelina Starceski is a filmmaker born and raised in metro Detroit. Previously with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, she supported communications activities for the New Economy Initiative—a philanthropic collaborative working to build a regional network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Angelina started her career at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, coordinating and curating arts and culture programming. She is a graduate of Wayne State University, where she received a B.A. in Film with a minor in New Media.