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Debbie Hill

Founder

Debbie Hill is founder and executive director of Community Arts Initiatives. Since 2011, CAI has been providing free after-school arts programming in area schools. Students range in age from six to 19, and classes are tailored to the desires of each school’s students. Current classes include cooking, drama, cheerleading, fine arts sampler, dance fitness, and yoga. CAI built raised-bed gardens at three Cincinnati schools, which also include outdoor classroom space and one garden also has an orchard.

In addition, CAI provides programming during the school day for a self-contained, special needs high school class of 40 students. In addition to the fine arts sampler class and yoga, CAI has partnered with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and their community outreach program to provide weekly classes in drama. These students run the Dater Depot school store and Bare Necessities, which provide personal care products to those in need. Both services teach skills needed for gainful employment once students graduate. A yoga/meditation class is in development that will be piloted with in-school suspension students beginning in September 2017 in both a high school and an elementary school.

 

Debbie attended the University of Cincinnati, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and is a graduate of Endicott College. Past board affiliations include The Cross-Boundary Leadership Team and Beyond Healing.

Becca Kloha Strand

Becca relocated to Cincinnati from NYC in 2014 and loves calling this city home! Having grown up in Ashland, Ky., Becca moved away from home at the age of 15 in order to train pre-professionally as a ballet dancer at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, Conn. While in Connecticut, she realized her love for musical theatre. This led her to attend Webster University where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has worked both nationally and internationally with award winning directors and choreographers. Most recently, she performed on the Broadway National Tour of Wicked. In Cincinnati, Becca works extensively in both the commercial industry and as a teaching artist, and she loves the work that she does with Community Arts Initiative! 

Brooke Steele

Brooke Steele has been teaching for Community Arts Initiatives since 2010. Brooke is a local performer and majored in theatre studies with a minor in dance at Northern Kentucky University. Brooke has appeared on many local stages, including Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Brooke loves to share the arts with the students in CAI’s classes. She believes that all the arts, visual and performance, are vital to boosting self confidence and expression. Brooke is grateful to be a part of this program which allows her to share these methods of expression with so many young people. Community Art Initiatives brings the arts into schools and gives opportunity to create to all students.
 

When not teaching or performing Brooke spends time with her daughter, husband, and small black dog in Pleasant Ridge, Ohio.

 

Karina Rice

Karina has lived in Cincinnati since 1996 and moved back home after graduating from Bob Jones University in 2010 with a degree in Health, Fitness, and Nutrition. She helped coach swim team for the Blue Ash Rec center for several summers and worked primarily with the elementary aged swimmers. She did this while also working in food service.

 

In 2015 Karina and her husband started a small pop up shop business, Gadabout Doughnuts that operates on the weekends. She uses her life long love of food and creativity to bring people together over hand crafted artisan doughnuts.

 

In her free time she enjoys training and running full/half marathons, cooking/entertaining,​​ being outside, spending time with her family and friends and being a wife and mother. 2018 is Karina's first year with CAI and she is enjoying it immensely. 

Adrienne Zurick

Adrienne Zurick is a retired Early Childhood Educator, with a BS and an MA I Early Childhood Ed.  She spent decades working as a classroom teacher and director of preschool programs in Massachusetts and Ohio.  She finished her career as a member of the ECE faculty at University of Cincinnati, coordinating the preschool and kindergarten experiences for the ECE cohort.

She is delighted to be joining CAI and getting back in the (after school) classroom working with young children!

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