Meet the KickstART Farmington Board
Board President Marilyn Radojcich is an Occupational Therapist with a private practice in Farmington, MI. Part of her education and training includes art and crafts, creating and using art as a therapeutic tool for physical and emotional well-being. As a local resident and board member, she supports the continuation of having a creative avenue accessible to all.
Board Vice-President Lindsay Hawkins is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Studies from Youngstown State University. A resident of Farmington Hills for the past fifteen years, she has worked in Arts Administration for Ballet Western Reserve and The College for Creative Studies. She has lots of experience acting onstage in university, community, and professional theaters. Behind the scenes, she has experience directing, designing, and teaching acting to children and adults. She recently directed Much Ado About Nothing and Dracula in Farmington Hills. She also directed the first Shakespeare in Riley Park in the summer of 2019 in downtown Farmington. Currently, she enjoys teaching acting and improvisation classes for children and adults in the area. She also assists local arts organizations with grant writing and fundraising. Lindsay is a commissioner for the Farmington Area Arts Commission and the soprano section leader at St. Owen Church in Bloomfield Township.
Board Secretary Mary Lou Stropoli is a local artist and resident of Farmington Hills. She holds a bachelor’s in fine art from the University of Michigan and K-12 Art teacher certification. While living in NJ, she taught all levels of art, from kids to adults. Mary Lou grew up in Farmington Hills and is thrilled to be back here, now with her husband and two children. She currently runs the children’s art program at the Farmington Community Library and That Art Girl, LLC, where she designs and produces DIY crafts in her home studio. She is a life-long learner and educator of art. Mary Lou loves to paint surrealist art pieces and create one-of-a-kind artist books. Most recently, Mary Lou was commissioned to create a large mural in the city of Farmington. Her work can be seen right outside of the KickstART Gallery in downtown Farmington.
Board Treasurer Javier Flores joined the Board of KickstART Farmington in November of 2019. Earlier in his life, he was involved with music, photography, and poetry. Javier strongly believes in the importance of art and creativity as a crucial part of a child’s education. Originally from Spain, he has lived in the Farmington area for more than twelve years with his wife and four children. He is currently a Senior Financial Analyst at a business software and solutions company in Commerce Township.
Lisa Alberts is an artist living and working in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She spends her time enjoying life with her partner and their two daughters, tending their garden, doing ample arts and crafts projects, knitting, cooking, and having massive kitchen dance parties. Lisa has an extensive background in ballet and still dances recreationally. She is a member of the Farmington Farmers Market Kids’ POP! Club and is passionate about teaching children the importance of growing our own food and supporting local farmers. Lisa received her Post-Graduate Certificate in The Photographic Image (2010) from Durham University in Durham, England, and her BFA in Fine Art (2005) from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With her diverse arts background and years spent in startup and small business marketing and branding, Lisa is thrilled to contribute to the community building at the core of KickstART’s mission.
Jonathan Braue was born and raised in a small mobile home park on the outskirts of Detroit and has always been a pathfinder of dreams. After attending Wayne State University, he turned an entry-level IT position with a massive financial corporation into his own creative production company called Woodward Original. Mixing both art and business, Jonathan is a director at his core, understanding and practicing many filmmaking disciplines that he incorporates into the marketing and advertising space. His ambition to create great stories and films from anywhere has led him to become an Executive Producer in the industry and in his community. Jonathan’s ultimate goal is to help make Detroit, and the state of Michigan, the new hotbed for films and storytelling. Jonathan also serves on the board of the newly formed Michigan Film Industry Association.
Michael Cojocari has lived in Michigan all of his life. He’s been a professional programmer since 2001, getting his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Oakland University. He’s an active photographer specializing in independent bookstores around Michigan. Mike also enjoys sketching in charcoal, painting with watercolors and acrylic and is learning how to play the ukulele. He lives in Farmington with his wife, four cats and a smelly dog.
Nancy Jennings has been a Farmington Hills resident since 2002. She is a proud Warrior (and for those of a certain age, Tartar!) from Wayne State University. Art has always been an important part of her world, something that her time at Cass Technical High School in the Commercial Art Curriculum helped to focus. In her professional life she has served as the Executive Director of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation since 2014. Nancy is also a member of the Associations of Fundraising Professionals, Fort Street Open Door, the District Re-Accreditation Stakeholder Team, Farmington Public Schools Community Council, Farmington Area PTA Council, and North Farmington PTSA.
Molly McNeece is a working artist, children’s book illustrator and art instructor specializing in ceramics. Molly has illustrated many children’s books with her husband including, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (IBooks 2014), Joshua and Jasmine go to Kindergarten (2016), and Alexis and Anthony go to Kindergarten (2019). A fifteen-year resident of Farmington Hills, Molly grew up in North Dakota as a farm girl and then moved to Alaska when she was a teenager. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and transferred to Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Art Education and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She has received local, state and national awards for her artwork. After many years of basement art, Molly took over the house and moved her studio into the (former) formal living room. She enjoys painting by the window so she can look at her pond and garden. Her favorite mediums are pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic painting. Molly is the current Curator of the KickstART Gallery in downtown Farmington.
Lynne Mullins has been involved with KickstART Farmington since it was officially formed and has helped to put together the Greater Farmington Film Festival every year with great enthusiasm. Always a cheerleader for downtown Farmington, she enjoys seeing KickstART Farmington grow and flourish. She is especially interested in foreign and independent films and the artists and art from the Impressionist era. She is one half of Detroit Gourmet Nut Company, which keeps her very busy during the holiday seasons.
Dave Richardson is the past president of the KickstART Farmington board. He works behind the scenes on the Film Festival and the Art Gallery, soliciting sponsors, manning the gallery, and providing baked goods for volunteers and visitors. He is a Partner and LEED accredited architect with Lindhout Associates in Brighton, having earned his master’s in architecture from the University of Michigan. Dave is a Livingston Environmental Council board member as well as the Green Leaf coordinator, helping to build more sustainability in area businesses. A U.S.T.A. 18+ men’s team captain, Dave’s passions include tennis, art and sustainability. A Farmington resident for twenty-three years, he can always be found walking his dog Carson around town, often sharing a carrot muffin from Sunflour Bakehaus.
Cathi Waun is a realtor, broker and the owner of City Life Realty in Farmington, Michigan. A Farmington resident for the past nine years, Cathi grew up on the west side of Detroit. She holds a BA in Interior Design from Western Michigan University. Cathi is an avid art collector, gardener, wine enthusiast and foodie. She is also a busy member of our community, serving as President of the Farmington Friends of the Library, a Planning Commissioner for the city of Farmington and a member of the Farmington DDA Public Art Committee.
Dwayne Hayes is the Executive Director of KickstART Farmington. Dwayne holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and worked in publishing for twenty years. A staple of Farmington, Dwayne lives in the downtown area with his wife and children. He enjoys writing, reading, watching films and spending time with his family. A former member of the Farmington Area Arts Commission, Dwayne is also a member of the Downtown Farmington Public Art Committee.