Nikki Romain (Executive Director)
Nikki Romain is Co-Founder and Executive Director of ART Inc. She is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Theater. Nikki has an extensive background in the arts as an actor, singer, writer, and voice over artist. She was selected to perform with the well-known Chicago Praise Ensemble and toured throughout northern Italy. Nikki has performed in musicals and theatrical productions across the country such as, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz, Godspell, Steel
Magnolias, For Colored Girls, and Shoe Story. She wrote, produced, and played in her one woman show, “Lost and Found” (a story about how the arts saved her life), at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles and the prestigious Royal George theater in Chicago. Using arts and culture as a vehicle, Nikki's mission in life is to empower the lives of women and youth.
Outside of work, Nikki serves on the HOI United Way and Big Picture Peoria Board of Directors. She is also an active member of the Greater Peoria Illinois Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated and the Central Illinois (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She is married to her soul mate and best friend, Jonathon Romain, and proud mother to the lovely Kennedy Alexandra Romain.
Jonathon Romain (Director of Development)
Jonathon Romain is Co-Founder and Director of Development of ART Inc. He is a graduate of Bradley University and a nationally known artist who has owned an art gallery for over twenty years. His art has been seen on television, in magazines, and museums. In addition to his artistic accomplishments he is a prolific speaker. Jonathon has shared his journey with thousands of young people across the country from prisons to some of the most prestigious colleges in the world. He is also a member of Peoria’s Public Arts Advisory and serves on the PCCEO Board of Directors.
Jonathon Romain II (Assistant Director of Development)
Jonathon Romain II is the Assistant Director of Development at ART Inc. Jonathon grew up surrounded by the arts. Throughout his adolescence and work with ART Inc., his interest in community engagement and art has truly flourished. As the Assistant Director of Development at ART Inc., he plans to create program sustainability by increasing funding. Additionally, Jonathon promotes healthy community relationships by providing community members with resources and space to execute their vision in ART Inc. rental spaces. Over the last year and a half Jonathon has sold at over 10 art shows and hopes to increase ART Inc. visibility by increasing his sales and talking about ART Inc. to anyone that will listen!
Amanda Riggenbach (Program Coordinator)
Amanda Riggenbach is an English and Psychology major entering her senior year at Bradley University. With a passion for the intersection of the arts and education, Amanda has taught with ART, Inc. for the past two school years. First visual arts and then drama. With these experiences she gained, she was able to see the transformative nature of the arts in the lives of students. Helping students put that first mark on the paper or stand on a stage in front of their peers instills a confidence in them that seeps into other aspects of their lives. In the position of Program Coordinator, she is excited to use these experience to be a resource for program teachers and to ensure students are empowered to use their voices.
Karen Fragoso (Marketing Intern)
Senior Public Relations Major with a Marketing Minor at Bradley University.
She has previous experience as a Digital Marketing Intern with non-profits such as Picking Me Foundation, in Chicago, where she helped spread mental heath awareness and education as well as Advocates for Access, in Peoria. Karen has also worked at R/A Hoerr Racing Product Inc. as a Marketing Intern. Lastly, she's worked with TV Personality, for WGN, Jane Monzures as her PR and Marketing Intern.
Tessa Martinez (Program Manager)
Tessa studied ceramics and painting at Texas A&M International University where she also minored in dance. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from West Virginia University. Tessa began working at the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum in 2018. She started off as the Monticello Education Intern and then became the Family and Public Programs Educator. She loves making art with children of all ages.