Staff & Interns

At EPACENTER ARTS, our staff are key to achieving our vision of youth at the heart of a thriving East Palo Alto community.

Nadine Rambeau | Executive Director

Nadine brings two decades of experience in the non-profit, government and higher education sectors to her role as Executive Director of EPACENTER ARTS. Before coming to EPACENTER ARTS, she served… Read more

Denise Adger | Director of Administration

Denise comes to EPACENTER ARTS after many years in finance and administrative roles at Stanford University. Most recently, Denise worked at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their… Read more

Charlie Channel | Music Instructor

Charlie lives in East Palo Alto where he and his wife raised three children. Returning to music full time after a 25-year hiatus, Charlie has been studying music and playing… Read more

Troy Davis | Music and Visual Arts Instructor

A long time East Palo Alto resident, Troy started drawing in his early childhood and grew up playing drums in church. After taking art classes in high school and joining… Read more

Julio Deras | Video Instructor

Julio Deras was born in El Salvador. He immigrated to East Palo Alto with his family when he was 4. Julio earned his BA in Geography from San Francisco State… Read more

Keontae Johnson | Dance Instructor

Keontae Johnson is a vivacious and talented hip hop dance instructor. Born and raised in East Palo Alto, Keontae trained with his peers in the community and gained an authentic… Read more

Scape Martinez | Public Projects Specialist

Scape is an urban street artist and educator whose personal work includes abstract expressionism and graffiti art. Scape has a deep commitment to East Palo Alto, where he taught for over… Read more

Pedro Rivas | Theater Instructor

Pedro Rivas immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. His family established themselves in rural Fresno County in the small town of Mendota, California. Pedro made his… Read more

Michael Turner | Music Instructor

Michael Turner is a multitalented musician, vocalist, and certified instrumental and vocal instructor. Michael plays and sings Gospel, R&B, jazz, funk, and blues. Michael’s musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Prince,… Read more

Wen Yu | Youth Education Manager

Wen is a youth education advocate and filmmaker. She worked with KQED and PBS to direct several pieces about the high school dropout rate in Oakland, spoke at the American Graduate… Read more