Our Team

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Kathy Wade

Co-founder & ceo

Kathy Wade is a twice EMMY-nominated, award-winning international jazz entertainer, producer, CEO, and bridge-builder in the community. Kathy co-founded Learning Through Art, Inc., celebrating 26 years of building community through art impacting over one million participants. Kathy is the creator and executive producer of the national award-winning and four-time EMMY-nominated performing arts literacy program Books Alive! For Kids®. Learning Through Art anchors Kathy’s belief in giving back to the community.  A graduate of Edgecliff College with a BA in Sociology, Kathy holds a Master of Arts from College-Conservatory of Music-University of Cincinnati. 

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Nina Parr

program manager

Nina Parr works as the Program Manager at Learning Through Art, Inc. She graduated from DAAP in 2009, and has since put her artistic knowledge to work with school-aged children in the Cincinnati area. She incorporated art into everyday lessons while working as a paraprofessional in a multi-disability classroom and later in a pre-school classroom in the Cincinnati Public Schools district. She taught afterschool art classes at the Carnegie Center of Covington, was a team leader at The Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp for two summers, and also acted as the Director of Over-The-Rhine’s Children’s Craft Corner. Since 2013, she has designed new crafts for the Books Alive! For Kids® program as well as Learning Through Art’s annual Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters, and Crafts Festival.

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Dr. Valerie Krugh

education specialist

Dr. Krugh obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication from Ohio Northern University, her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from Century University in Educational Administration. She joined the Economics Center in November of 2005 after serving for twenty four years as a teacher, then the elementary principal, and finally the academic dean at the Cincinnati Christian Schools in Fairfield, Ohio. Dr. Krugh has been awarded the Cincinnati Children’s Museum Difference Maker Award, the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award and was a nominee for the Strive Make A Difference Award.  

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Erica Page

program development intern

Erica Page is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests are diversity and inclusion in the workplace, which she has presented both regionally and internationally. As Program Development Intern for Learning Through Art, Inc. she helps design and implement program evaluation strategies.