Heather Martin, Founding Director
Heather Martin holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Heather has extensive experience in the coordination and management of innovative, creative arts programming. She has facilitated hundreds of creative arts workshops for youth and adults involved and impacted by the criminal justice system. Additionally, she leads training on best-practices for creative arts interventions/collaborations to activate personal transformation and collaboration for community change. Heather founded Youth Arts Alliance in an effort to establish opportunities for creative expression in the juvenile justice system.
Lucy Cahill, Chief Operating Officer
Lucy is a visual artist and former curator and arts administrator living in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Lucy deeply believes in the power art has to foster a strong sense of self and to serve as a vehicle for telling stories both personal and political. She sees art making, educating, and skill sharing as a major way to form meaningful connections both interpersonally and within greater communities. Formerly the Vice President on the Youth Arts Alliance Board of Directors, Lucy has served as the YAA Chief Operating Officer since 2019.
Jasdeep Kler, Director of Program Development and Evaluation
Jasdeep holds a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. As a student, he had the opportunity to work with the Center for Healthy Minds, where he developed a passion for mindfulness. He is now bringing his knowledge and skills working with youth to incorporate trauma-informed mindfulness into his workshops. He is also using his public health background to assist in program development, evaluation, and reporting.
Sarah Unrath, Art Coordinator
Sarah is a community artist and creative facilitator in Dexter, Mi. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Art Education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art & Design from the University of Michigan. Sarah has dedicated her life to advocating for creative opportunities and space for people who have been socially excluded or relegated by society. She believes that art is a powerful catalyst for their voices & stories to be heard. Sarah has facilitated creative arts workshops and arts integration trainings all over the country. She now has the privilege to join YAA as they lift up the voices of young artists across MI.
Neha Pareddy, Intern
Neha has a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Global Public Health from the University of Michigan. She enjoys dancing and painting and is passionate about the power of healing through art. In her future career, she aims to empower others to achieve happiness and well-being. She originally joined the YAA team to assist with spreading awareness of the organization’s mission and accomplishments through online platforms, including social media. Neha is excited about the opportunity to teach workshops and continue gaining support for YAA through communications and media efforts.
Kate Cammell, Intern
Kate Cammell is a writer and creative living in Ann Arbor, MI. While earning her BA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, Kate joined YAA as a poetry workshop facilitator where she witnessed art’s capacity for healing and resilience firsthand. She spent the past year working as a reporter for PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program while earning her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School. Kate is looking forward to returning to YAA as a facilitator and communications specialist, creating space for youth and teaching artists to share their journeys on YAA’s new blog.