Social WorkerAdministration & StaffWork Email: AAlvarez@nocca.comINTERNETHome Phone: 504-940-2919home
AMY ALVAREZ, LCSW-BAS, MPH graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Theatre Arts and Philosophy, and holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health, both from Tulane University. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in Forensic Social Work from Tulane and was a Harris Fellow in Infant Mental Health at the LSU School of Psychiatry. Amy is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional stage actor’s union, and is a four time Big Easy Award winner for her work in musical theatre and cabaret. Amy has created four original cabaret shows with her musical partner, Jefferson Turner, which have been performed locally as well as in Baltimore and New York City.
Mr. Brian Dassler (Chief Academic Officer) is a recognized former teacher and principal. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida (B.A. 2001 and a M.Ed. 2002) where he was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus twice and where he is currently a doctoral candidate. In 2006, while teaching at Stranahan High School, Brian was named teacher of the year in Broward County, Florida, the nation’s sixth largest school system. The youngest person ever to receive the award, Brian taught English for five years and was also a founding teacher of the Urban Teacher Academy Program. Most recently, Brian was the principal of KIPP Renaissance High School, a part of the nationally recognized KIPP network of public charter schools. A member of the Bywater Neighborhood Association board of directors, Brian is also a member of the boards for Breakthrough Collaborative, formerly Summerbridge, and A Shared Initiative, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to promoting community development and eliminating poverty in the neighborhood where he lives and works, the Ninth Ward. Brian is an alumnus of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and a board member of the Leroy Collins Institute.
I have a B.S. in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. If it concerns money, I am your first stop. As the Chief Financial Officer, I am responsible for budgeting, expending, accounting for and safeguarding all of our funds here at NOCCA. This includes purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, budgeting and strategic planning. In addition to my fiscal duties, I also manage the Information Technology Department. My greatest joy, working at NOCCA, is making a difference in the lives of young artists. To know that I have just a small role to play in their path to becoming successful artists is very rewarding. And being able to come to work each day in such a wonderfully nurturing environment is very gratifying.
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Communicator EXTRAORDINAIRE! If you have not heard of NOCCA, Brian will tell you everything you ever needed to know…Middle School Programs, Workshop Series, Auditioning, who your state legislator is, Brian knows it all. In addition to communications, Brian coordinates all campus events and manages the daily calendar, not an easy task for a booming arts center. He has even been known to drive a van full of kids on a field trip when asked!
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Deborah, is a certified Athletic Trainer licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, along with two Bachelor of Science degrees from USM.
Before coming to NOCCA in the summer of 2005 she was the Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer at the University of New Orleans where she had been since coming to New Orleans in 1988.
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Mischa D. Krilov is a New Orleans native, book lover, gamer, game designer, foodie, geek, father, and didgeridoo player. Not in that order.
Before transferring to NOCCA in 2000, I worked for Orleans Parish School Board. At NOCCA I am responsible for Payroll and Benefits for each employee. It is a pleasure to work at NOCCA and to return to the neighborhood I grew up in. I hope that I can make a difference here at NOCCA.
Kyle has a professional career that has focused on education and public service. After college, Kyle volunteered through City Year as a teacher’s aide at the James W. Hennigan School in Boston. Kyle then received and completed a public affairs fellowship through the Coro Foundation Midwestern Center in St. Louis, MO.
After graduate school, Kyle took a position with the Office of Budget and Management for the City of Chicago. In 2002 he was recruited to work for the School District of Philadelphia where he served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Kyle then returned to City Year to help lead new site development and the start of City Year Louisiana (where he fell in love with New Orleans), City Year Johannesburg, and City Year Los Angeles. In 2007, Kyle took a leadership role at the Recovery School District where he served as Chief Administrative Officer. While working at the RSD, Kyle visited and was inspired by NOCCA-the performing and visual arts high school for the State of Louisiana- where he now has the privilege to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Kyle lives with his wife Michelle and son Waylon in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. In his spare time enjoys being with his son and family above all else, but also enjoys the arts, sights, sounds, sports (especially his Saints season tickets), and food of New Orleans and Louisiana.
Kyle proudly serves on the New Orleans Public Belt Commission, GNO Inc. NextGen Council, City Year Louisiana Advisory Board, Artist Corps New Orleans Board, and New Orleans Regional Leadership (NORLI) Board. Kyle has a BA from St. Olaf College and a MPA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.