From inception to those responsible and accountable for the health and future of the organization
Founders and Board Members
Bill Jeffers is one of the original founders of the program and is now President of the Board. He is a poet, sculptor, and Texas Workforce Commission employee who has been involved with Art From the Streets since before the first show.
Heloise Gold is one of the original founders of Art From the Streets. For 18 years she helped conduct the weekly classes; as well as being the key recruiter/organizer for volunteers with the annual show and playing a major part in the production of the show. She now continues to do these jobs for the show as well as being on the Board. She is a dancer/performer and Tai Chi instructor.
Gene Golembiewski serves on the Board of Directors for Art From the Streets and manages the cultural services contract with the City of Austin. He assists with show and publicity coordination. Gene became a volunteer with the program shortly after attending the 2001 annual show and sale.
Cindy Dollar Brown is an attorney, painter and fiber artist who has volunteered at the AFTS annual show and sale since 2003. In 2011, Cindy joined the AFTS board of directors as Secretary.
Kristin Kreisel has been involved with the program since 2005. Previously the publicity director, she now coordinates this year’s show and sale.
Yvonne Baughman is a visual artist who has been a volunteer with Art from the Streets since 2006. She coordinated all efforts around the 2009 and 2010 Show and Sale and acted as a liaison between the board and the volunteer marketing team. She has a B.A. in studio art from the University of Texas.
Laramie Gorbett joined the AFTS board in 2012 after serving as a class volunteer and working with St. David’s Trinity Center as Operations Manager. She founded Empower Art in 2009, an emerging nonprofit that teaches healthy coping skills to survivors of abuse through music and art workshops. She is an active member of the Austin non-profit community and offers her time assisting survivors of violence and bringing awareness to social justice issues, and she enjoys creating art.