Meet Our Team!

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Julian Barkley-Brinson

President

Julian Barkley-Brinson is a current student at Yuba College, studying to become an English and Theatre teacher. He currently works at the Bridge Street After School Program, where he runs various clubs and activities for the students. Previously, Julian was a theatre director of various middle-school musicals at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts, and spent much of his time volunteering to improve arts education everywhere. Julian plans on using his English and Theatre Education major to teach art and literacy to middle and high school students. In his spare time, Julian enjoys singing, reading, and playing the violin.

Sarah Hauck

Treasurer

Sarah Hauck is a current student at California State University, Chico majoring in Music Education. She has previously been involved in the technical aspects of theatre, such as lighting design and backstage work, and has taught music at the Paragon Collegiate Academy After School Program. In the future, Sarah plans to use her musical talents to inspire the next generation of artists as a music teacher. In her spare time, Sarah’s hobbies include playing her bass clarinet, piano, ukulele, practicing singing, and crocheting. “My favorite part of teaching is when you see the spark in a child’s eyes as they grasp a concept and become confident in themselves and their own abilities.”

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Kara Roberts

Vice-President

Kara Roberts is a student at American River College, studying to work in education and childcare. She is the resident dance teacher for Rise Up, and has worked on such programs as Applause KIDS, Intro to Dance, and The Little Mermaid JR. Previously, Kara has worked as both a preschool teaching assistant, as well as a dance teaching assistant at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts. She has choreographed various musicals, including The Pajama Game and Nice Work If You Can Get It at MCAA. Kara has also worked oversees in Africa, teaching dance to underprivileged children. Kara plans on becoming a teacher, using her art to shape and inspire young minds in the Yuba Sutter community. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Josie Aspinwall

Secretary

Josie Aspinwall recently attended Southern Oregon University where she majored in Communications with a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS). She took drama and dance classes throughout high school at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts, which helped her grow from being shy and introverted to having one of the loudest and proudest voices onstage. Her favorite theater memories include writing and directing her own one-act play, playing the role of Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and performing skits with her friends in the school's showcase. She has been working with Rise Up in various capacities for a year, and is excited for her new role as Secretary!

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Casey Brazil-Nine

Fundraising Committee Chair

Casey Brazil-Nine has experience performing in local theater in Los Angeles as a young adult, as well as creating costumes and doing hair and make-up. She has been supporting youth theater programs in the community for several years by costuming productions at Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts including: Legally Blonde, Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game. She works full time as a medical office administrator and is pursuing a master’s degree in Health Care Administration, but always makes time for Rise Up!

Tyler Devine

Board Member

Tyler Devine is a current student at Yuba College, studying to become a Theatre Teacher. He has worked within Rise Up for over a year, assisting with such programs as: Applause KIDS, Broadway KIDS, Little Mermaid JR, and Beauty and the Beast JR. Before his work with Rise Up, Tyler volunteered in his school's theatre program, assisting with production elements, acting, and directing. He loves working with the Rise Up performance group, and is passionate about performing arts education. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys playing video games, editing, and video recording. 

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