Founder; "The Big Cheese"

David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in 1975. His vision of starting a series of comprehensive summer art programs for young children began 15 years ago when he saw a need for an alternative to traditional summer day camp programs. He brings his creativity, enthusiasm and love of children to each program he created.

Director - Valley Village Campus

Elizabeth is currently working on her
Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Learning &
Liberal Studies. She received an AA degree
from FIDM in Visual Communications, which
gave her a passion to pursue her teaching
credentials & the Arts. For the past eighteen
years she has worked with children of all
ages, through enrichment & volunteer
programs, tutoring, teaching math &
science! She strives in creating positive,
loving and creative environment for kids,
because she has a great passion for
Education and the Arts! She enjoys
providing children with leadership
opportunities where they can succeed as
leaders and grow as individuals. This will be
her 15th summer at the Art Camp and third as Owner. She can't wait for another unforgettable summer!

Nicole Lanzafame
Art Camp 101 Director

Welcome back Nicole! Nicole was our 101 Director 4 years ago. We are super excited to have her back on our Summer Art Academy Team! She has 14 years experience as a Site Supervisor/ Director and 17 years working in the educational field with levels ranging from Preschool to 12th grade. She has worked in diverse communities that comprised of various social, cultural and economic backgrounds. She developed teaching methods tailored to each children's needs as well as identified resources to meet students diverse needs. She has also established and implemented curriculum as well as designed educational activities that engage students in meaningful learning experiences. She provided a safe, positive and progressive environment, emphasized student teamwork while embracing student individuality and mentored staff on leadership and teamwork skills. She focused on empowering the staff and providing reliable, constructive feedback. Along with her many talents, she is also Bilingual in Spanish, completed work towards a Liberal Arts/ Science Associates Degree and accomplished 18 units in Early Childhood Education. Nicole is extremely excited to return back to Art Camp this summer, and join in the fun with everyone! She looks forward to sharing her gifts and passion for working with children!

Marie Washington
JCIT/CIT Director

Marie earned her Bachelor's in Business from
LaVerne University this year. She received
her AA degree from LAVC in Art History. She is no stranger to teaching and working
with kids of all ages. For the past 13 years, Marie has been a valued member of our Art Camp staff which taught her the importance of patience,organization, communication and teamwork. Maries varied background as a supervisor for young teens in LA's BEST program and knowing many of the JCIT's and CIT's at Art Camp from the past, provides her a wonderful starting point as our new Teen Director. Passionate about her new position and its possibilities, Marie can provide a variety of resources that will help our JCIT's and CIT's to excel in their training as future counselors and respected staff members at camp!

Steven Soto
Assistant JCIT/CIT Director

Steven is passionate about becoming a
teacher. He wants to teach ASL/Deaf Culture,
as well as teach the hearing impaired. He is
looking forward to majoring in Deaf Studies
and minoring in English. He has been a local
Boy Scout since grade school and is an Eagle
Scout. He has taught leadership skills to all
types of Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages for
almost a decade. Steven's teaching of
leadership allows all the youth to see the
potential in themselves. He loves cooking,
theatre, photoshop and filmmaking. For the
past 8 years, Steven has been a camper,
JCIT, CIT, counselor, and now the Assistant
Director for the JCIT/CIT program. Steven is
excited to share his talents for summers to
come. Steven is a great resource and role
model for the JCIT’s and CIT’s to learn to
prepare for the future.

Matthew Rivera
Office Manager

Matthew is currently working on finishing up
his credits to transfer from Los Angeles
Valley College to Cal State University
Northridge with a Liberal Studies major. His
goal is to receive his BA and credentials to
be an elementary school teacher. Matthew
has a strong passion for teaching and has
worked at an after school program called
Enrichement Educational Experience (E-3)
for two years. He has taught classes such
as geometry, film science, game board
designing, art, volleyball and basketball.
Towards the end of last year Matthew was
hired as an teacher/yard aid at Carpenter
Community Charter Elemenentary where he
assists children with disabilites, handles
teachers' office duties, and provides
supervision for recess/lunch. This is
Matthew's 4th year as Office Manager with
the Art Camp and he can't wait to see
everyone again!

“The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives
or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”
- Paul Strand
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