Our Staff

Scott Mikesh, President & Executive Director

Scott came to Art Buddies in 2007 from the world of marketing & communications with a background in communications design, social psychology, wellness and diversity education.

Shortly after becoming an Art Buddies mentor, Scott joined our Advisory Board, and a few years later helped expand Art Buddies to Bancroft Elementary.

From volunteer to president

In 2013, Scott was elected President and Executive Director, succeeding Art Buddies founder Sue Crolick.

Fueled by his passion for children, the arts, and social services, Scott is continually inspired by the support and volunteerism of our creative community. He believes in the real difference Art Buddies makes in the lives of kids through the power of creativity.



Kaesha Baloch, Program Assistant

Kaesha joined the Art Buddies team as a part-time contractor in February 2017.

In addition to her background in architectural design and holistic health, she brings extensive experience in child development.

An advocate for creative growth

Kaesha has a deep understanding of the importance of creativity in personal and professional development. She won multiple Scholastic Art Awards for jewelry design and is a firm believer that creativity should be cultivated at an early age, and throughout life.

“My life’s mission is to help foster a space that values authentic self-expression,” Kaesha says. “There is a depth to each of us that needs support for it to surface---to break through barriers---and that’s what Art Buddies is all about.”