Angela Wheat Cheves is a native Houstonian and proud of her roots in Spring Branch. She graduated from the University of Texas (Austin) with a B.A. in Art. She joined the MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project (formerly Children’s Christmas Card Project) in 1986. Her 29 year career focused on product development, sales and marketing leadership as the Associate Director. In 2018, she joined the Newspring staff as Executive Director with plans to build on the strong foundation, continue relationships and forge new ones, create products featuring the students’ artwork and most importantly, to positively impact the Spring Branch community. Angela is a lifelong member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and also attends Chapelwood United Methodist Church with her husband, Doug Cheves. Together, they have four children and six grandchildren.
Nadine Herrera grew up in Houston, is a graduate of Houston Baptist University, and has always enjoyed serving her community. She received her MBA in 2009 and after working for AT&T for 15 years, decided to leave the company to pursue her dream of helping others through a non-profit organization. In 2015, she accepted the position of Visual Arts Director which allows her to serve and support the students of Spring Branch through Newspring’s afterschool visual arts program. Nadine firmly believes that communication and good relationships with students and their families are the key to a successful afterschool program.
Lori is a native Houstonian, educated at The Art Institute of Houston. She taught art and music at the Wesley Academy for five years. She has many talents including playing in a local Houston band and skateboarding since she was 13 years old. (She is an organizer of an all girl skateboard yearly event at The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark) Lori serves as the lead art teacher at Newspring where you will find her sharing her creativity, appreciation of art history and fun spirit with our students. Lori is married and has a 13 year old son.
Jaki Negreros is the Visual Arts Coordinator at Newspring. She discovered her passion as a research assistant in Austin during her last semester as an undergrad. Jaki knew she wanted to give students a voice and make an impact in her community. She earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and is a former Newspring student.
Iris Favela graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BFA in Art Education. She loves working with traditional mediums as well as digital art. She is always exploring new techniques and learning new applications. She is currently leading the Butterfly Festival project along with teaching our digital classes in the studio and traditional art at our satellite locations. Iris enjoys sharing what she has learned with others and helping students express themselves through art.