A mixed media visual artist and small business owner, Okailey comes to CCI with experience in multi-grade level English language instruction and love for all things collaborative, socially and culturally responsive and artistically expressive. Originally from the small city of Providence, RI, Okailey believes the arts are imbued in everything around us. Coming from a family of creatives, artists, and musicians, she values the importance of cultivating arts and culture opportunities for socially diverse audiences. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Master of Arts in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University. Okailey also brings international experience as she taught three years in South Korea while working weekly as a lifestyle, travel and leisure guest speaker for a local radio station in the city of Gwangju. Okailey served two years through Americorps VISTA at 826 National as their Program Development and Support Coordinator where she led intensive workshops and professional development opportunities for a wide range of creative groups and supported expansion into other major U.S. cities. Okailey possesses an unwavering adoration for technology and systems building and believes in creating intentional spaces for resource sharing and cultivating inclusive learning communities in both virtual and physical environments. In 2017, Okailey founded her creative small business, Kid Taro Studio, creating and designing 80s and 90s Japanese pop culture inspired accessories and resin art. Okailey comes to CCI after two years as Academic Program Manager at California College of the Arts where she supported the Animation, Game Arts and Printmedia programs.