Staff

Amy Banker

Program Director
Amy Banker is a long-time educator and social change activist and the Program Director for the Youth Employment Academy (YEA). Ms. Banker leads YEA staff in providing employment education, career exploration, mentoring and occupational skills training to youth so that they may reach their employment and education goals. Under her leadership over the past eight years, YEA has served over 1,400 youth with a majority reaching their goals of graduating from high school or earning a GED, going on to college or receiving other occupational certifications and becoming employed.

Chelsea Romaniello

Youth Coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher
Chelsea Romaniello, has been with Arts Street for four years, training with previous executive director, Stella Yu. She is experienced in program management, curriculum development, student recruitment, creative teaching and job coaching and is a bilingual visual artist fluent in Spanish. She serves as the Arts Street manager, curriculum coordinator and job coach for youth participants and interns. Chelsea excels at connecting with youth and providing the support they need in the classroom and to succeed in a job. Her passion for the arts and education allows her to connect with youth on a creative level and work with them to gain the skills they need to excel in the workplace.

Jody Chapel

Youth Development Coordinator

Jody Chapel is an artist, art educator and an active advocate for arts and culture in Colorado. She has had a career as a designer, art director, and creative director in print media, multimedia, and the Internet. She has volunteered for arts advocacy groups and taught art and design in public schools for over 10 years. She has a BFA from Metropolitan State University in painting and a masters degree in studio art from Regis University. She loves helping young people realize that they are all creative and that careers in the creative industry are possible.