Lisa Sherman-Colt, Executive Director
Ms. Sherman-Colt was the Interim and Assistant Principal at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Prior to joining the faculty at LACHSA, she held the position of Artistic Director at Milwaukee High School for the Arts. Through her tenure in Milwaukee, she earned two graduate degrees: M.S. in Educational Leadership and a M.F.A. in Dance Performance / Choreography. In addition, she earned two bachelor’s degrees: B.S. Dance Education and B.S. Dance Performance/ Choreography. Her commitment to community service can be seen in her continued devotion to promote education programming by meeting with various foundations and sitting on numerous non- profit arts education boards.
Mrs. Sherman-Colt’s leadership philosophy stems from her rich arts training, diverse educational background and her wide range of administrative experience. She firmly believes in educating every child by lending instructional leadership that inspires and motivates students to discover who they are, their place in the world, and how their creative passion benefits humanity.
Mike Oz, Principal
With his rich family history in the arts in Oakland, Mr. Oz has a strong sense of pride in being part of the OSA community that he first joined as a middle school teacher in 2006. Mr. Oz earned both his master's degree in education and his multiple subject teaching credential from UC Santa Cruz in 2004 and spent time in the classroom teaching Special Education, Mathematics, and Science. Mr. Oz's commitment to creating a welcoming school culture and supportive educational experience for all students led him to be part of the leadership team in 2009 where he currently focuses on student support services and Linked Learning Pathway development.
Katy Zaugg, Assistant Principal
Ms. Zaugg has been an integral part of OSA for many years, most recently as the Dean. She lives in Oakland with her husband and adorable dog, and always knows what students are up to.
Matthew Travisano, Artistic Director
Matthew is in his ninth year at OSA and is the Artistic Director. In addition, he teaches on the faculties of the Social Science Department and Theatre sub-pathway. Matthew has been a theatre artist and educator in the Bay Area for the better part of two decades. He holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley where he specialized in English poetry and drama of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He completed graduate work and earned his teaching certification at San Francisco State University and holds single-subject credentials in English, Social Science, and Career Technical Education (Theatre). Previous to his arrival at OSA, he taught arts and academics at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. While at OSA he has developed artistic and community partnerships with Cal Performances, Alameda Health System, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and other organizations. He has also worked as an education consultant with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, leveraging his backgrounds in both art history and education. He lives in San Francisco with his partner Wade.
Michaela Peters, Director of Admissions
Ms. Peters was born in Munich, Germany and has lived in the Bay Area since 1993. She studied textile design at the Textilfachschule in Sindelfingen, Germany and received her MFA from California College for the Arts specializing in textiles. Committed to public service, she has held administrative positions at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and California College of the Arts. She also worked independently on several projects with Rhodessa Jones and the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, an award-winning performance workshop committed to incarcerated women's personal and social transformation. Prior to joining OSA in 2006, she taught for California College for the Arts, Academy of Art University, Richmond Art Center and in a multitude of schools and afterschool programs throughout the Bay Area.
Kathryn Keslosky, Director of Advancement
Ms. Keslosky joined the Oakland School for the Arts staff as Director of Advancement in late 2012. At OSA, Kathryn leads the Advancement team, working to create and maintain sustainable revenue streams via strategic fundraising. She has many years of working in community and program development for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She applies these experiences toward a distinct fundraising philosophy based in the motivation to grow a culture of philanthropy. Kathryn holds a B.A. in Literature from Villanova University, has studied Organizational and Behavioral Systems Design with the Green MBA, and Horticulture with Merritt College.
Lori Cheatham, Director of Operations
Prior to joining OSA, Ms. Cheatham worked for 21 years for the Employee Benefits Practice of an insurance brokerage firm in San Francisco. Her positions included Vice President of Compliance, Vice President of Client Services, Practice Manager and Account Manager. Responsibilities included analyzing state and federal legislation, writing and reviewing contracts, assisting clients with compliance issues and client services and managing the service team. She also studied ballet since the age of 7 and has performed with the Adult Division of Berkeley Ballet Theater, Showalter Academy of Dance, and the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. As an active photographer she has exhibited in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Chicago. The combination of a business background, degree in Theatre Arts, experience as a dancer, and activity in the photographic community provide a well-rounded understanding of the day to day business and artistic needs in supporting OSA and our students. She holds a Bachelor's in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz.
Kimberly Palmore, Accounting Manager
Kimberly Palmore attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, CA and attended the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. After operating a family child care for over 10 years, Kimberly transitioned into the field of Education where she has worked in all facets of administration and financial management. Kimberly enjoys spending time with her children, serving as a Girl Scout Troop leader and working as a Youth Ministry leader at her church.
David Smith, Director of Technology
Mr. Smith has been working in Information Technology since 1987. David joined OSA in its first year. He is excited to be working with the OSA community to design an effective, reliable, and innovative technology infrastructure that supports OSA in all areas. He holds a B.A from Earlham College.
Romy Douglass, Chief of Staff
Ms. Douglass joined OSA in 2015 and currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Executive Director. She has previously served as Operations Manager for PagePoint Web Solutions, Assistant Operations Manager for Gap Inc Corporate Sales, and Chief Operations Officer for Point Systems. Additionally, she has worked as a professional costume designer for local companies such as West Edge Opera, the Curran Theater, the Crucible, and YMTC, and holds a BS in Fashion Design from Florida State University. Ms. Douglass is the proud mom of a current OSA Theater student and an OSA Production Design graduate. Romy attended a performing arts magnet high school much like OSA and is perpetually thrilled by the energy and passion of our students.