Accessibility Description: ACT executive director Angela Steele smiling in front of a red and blue painting. She is wearing a yellow dress and has long, wavy blond hair.
Angela Steele has been the Executive Director of Artists Creating Together since November 2013. She is from Holland, MI, and is a graduate of Hope College and Walden University. She has a Language Arts Degree (English, Spanish, Theatre, and Communication), a Teacher's Certification, and a Master of Science in Education. She has experience teaching children and adults of diverse backgrounds and teaching those with special needs. Angela also has local non-profit experience directing education and family programming. She enjoys working in the education, leadership, arts, and professional learning communities.
Angela is married with three small children. One of her sons has a disability and participates in ACT programming, so she knows how transformational arts education can be for individuals with disabilities. She is actively involved in supporting art and education throughout the community. Angela deeply appreciates the gifts of learning she has shared with students and their families. Angela is especially grateful to ACT for the opportunity to grow, lead, and serve with so many talented and dedicated staff, artists, interns, and volunteers.
Emily first joined the Artists Creating Together team in September of 2014. Emily has a passion in advocating for equitable access to opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities and the community as a whole. She thrives on connecting people to ACT's mission, programs, and positive energy. Emily is a native of Grand Rapids and grew up surrounded by a creative family, including professional artists who inspired her initial involvement with ACT in 2006 as a volunteer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University, and has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2015.
Accessibility Description: ACT advancement director Emily Evers is smiling in front of a colorful painting. She is wearing a navy sweater, dotted shirt, and has long red hair.
Shay Kraley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University. After teaching middle and high school, she began work in the Grand Rapids nonprofit sector, working with schools, families, adults, and English language learners. She became connected with ACT through volunteering at different community events and the annual auction, and was immediately struck by the joy and spirit exuded by ACT students.
Shay is passionate about people, building relationships, and developing equitable and inclusive spaces. She also enjoys traveling, watching cooking shows, and spending time with her husband and pets. Shay is thrilled to be a part of the ACT team!
Accessibility Description: ACT program director Shay Kraley smiling in front of a colorful painting. She is wearing a white shirt and a yellow sweater and has shoulder length black hair.
Accessibility Description: ACT program coordinator Krista Pischner is smiling in front of a colorful painting. She has light brown hair and is wearing a gray and white top.
Krista Pischner is from Charlevoix, Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids in 2010 to attend Aquinas College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Studio Art. Since graduating from Aquinas in 2015, she has worked with children and adults of all abilities at both the Center for Autism and Dwelling Place. She was introduced to ACT as a volunteer in the Art of Gardening program in 2016. As an artist, Krista creates fruit, veggie, herb and wildflower home decor and kitchen goods. She participates in local art markets and sells her products at shops around Michigan.
Krista has a strong passion for the Grand Rapids art community, particularly in the Heartside Neighborhood where she is a resident and artist on the Avenue for the Arts in Grand Rapids. Krista believes art is a vital tool for growth and learning and that it builds confidence, self-sufficiency, and community engagement. Throughout the last 7 years living and working in Grand Rapids, Krista has found that she enjoys working with people and being creative, specifically with those who have disabilities or barriers to participate.
Hannah Pewee is currently finishing up her last semester at Grand Valley State University. She’s studying to earn of Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Studio Art. She connected with ACT during a student internship and was inspired by the inclusive, positive spirit that ACT shares with everyone of all abilities. After graduation, she plans on continuing design and communications work.
Hannah is passionate about design, writing, and connecting with others. In her free time, she loves watching movies and TV shows, snuggling with her cats, and reading a good book!
Accessibility Description: ACT communications coordinator Hannah Pewee is wearing a red sweater and smiling. She has short dark hair and glasses.
Accessibility Description: ACT Creative Cube Coordinator Caitlin Qua is standing in front of a colorful painting. She has short brown hair and is wearing a white sweater.
Creative Cube Coordinator
Caitlin Qua is from Cincinnati, Ohio but has spent the past seven years living and learning in Indiana. Caitlin first attended DePauw University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Art History, then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University. Through her education, Caitlin found her passion for nonprofit arts and programming and gained experience creating arts programs of all shapes and sizes. She found her way to Grand Rapids after spending a summer as an intern at Frederick Meijer Gardens where she was first introduced to ACT at the Family Fun Night, and was captured by the energy of the students, staff, and volunteers.
Caitlin is passionate about connecting people to art, community engagement, and ice cream. At home she enjoys cooking, taking care of the ever-growing plant family, and rearranging the art on the walls with the seasons. Caitlin is happy to talk art, community, and the Creative Cube with you anytime!