Board of Directors2023
CEO & Founder
ArtHouse Studio is led by Executive Director, Julie Stover. With degrees in Art Education and Art History, Julie developed an art education program known as ArtHouse Kids, which focused on art history, art exploration & world culture, for over two decades.
Chairman of the Board
Kimberly Mulcahy serves as the acting Board Chair for ArtHouse Studio. Her career has been centered on business and organizational development in both public and private sectors. Her focus has included community building, child development and health and wellness.
Treasurer of the Board
Ellie has been on the Board of ArtHouse Studio (AHS) since its inception, as the treasurer of the Board. Her involvement with the mission of AHS started when Ellie’s two children attended elementary school with Julie Stover’s (AHS’ Founder and Executive Director) children and attended classes taught by Julie at AHS’ predecessor, ArtHouse Kids.
Secretary of the Board
Suzanne Carrig brings over 25 years of public education experience to ArtHouse Studio. Suzanne’s experiences and skills working in public education research and policy development in Santa Clara County provide an insider’s perspective to the Board.
Member of the Board
Tracy Edkins has been a board member at ArtHouse Studio since 2020, where she has leveraged her passion for access to education, innovation and art for students in underserved communities.
Member of the Board
Elizabeth C. Santana is the Early Life Stress and Resilience (ELSRP) Program Administrator at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine.
Member of the Board
Dr. Jila Malek-Salehi joins ArtHouse Studios as a board member with over 15 years of teaching and curriculum design experience. Her career in education began teaching K-8 and coaching volleyball at middle, high school, and college levels.
Julie’s entrepreneurial spirit is fueled by her passion to teach students that they can, despite their circumstances, draw on their innate creative ability to use their imaginations, innovate and find their own passions. We have glowing testimonials from parents, educators, superintendents and social workers including those in the the mental health facilities affirming the profound importance of our program. But these are not just statistics; they represent the lives our teachers have touched, the talents we’ve nurtured, and the untapped creative potential we’ve unlocked. We are thrilled to continue our journey and in our dedication to making a profound impact on the youth we serve through art education.
Kimberly Mulcahy serves as the acting Board Chair for ArtHouse Studio. Her career has been centered on business and organizational development in both public and private sectors. Her focus has included community building, child development and health and wellness. With over 30 years of involvement in the Bay Area Community, Kimberly has a deep commitment to this region.
One of her core beliefs is in the significance of art in fostering creativity and cultivating a lifelong approach to thinking and learning. She recognizes that creativity extends beyond traditional artistic expression. Instead, she sees creativity as a fundamental aspect of how the brain approaches problem-solving and thinking. She loves being a part of an organization that is instilling creativity in our youth every day.
Dr. Jila Malek-Salehi joins ArtHouse Studios as a board member with over 15 years of teaching and curriculum design experience. Her career in education began teaching K-8 and coaching volleyball at middle, high school, and college levels. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management and has been teaching Child and Adolescent Development at De Anza College and San Jose State University. In addition, Jila works in the Teacher Education Masters of Arts in Teaching and Credential Programming at SJSU.
Jila brings administrative experiences from working at Notre Dame de Namur University, where she helped place student-teachers in different schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has recruited and maintained faculty and school partnerships. Outside of the classroom, Jila also mentors new teachers and provides them with support while demonstrating how to create inclusive spaces for learning.
Jila specializes in the art of teaching. She believes in preparing teachers for the field of education through evidence-based approaches to learning. She utilizes Universal Design for Learning and active learning strategies to enhance anything she has the opportunity to teach and share with others. Beyond the classroom, Jila also has a strong passion and focus on equity, diversity, and social justice which she shares with the ArtHouse team to raise awareness and tools for best practices.
Jila is thrilled to bring her educational background and experience to support ArtHouse Studios’ mission and vision.