Who We Are

  • Delanie Holton-Fessler


    Delanie worked as an artist and k-8 art and content integration specialist for 10 years before opening C&a. Her book, Maker Camp was published in 2021. She loves all things kids, community, and craft.

  • Jonathan Fessler


    Jonathan co-founded C&a with Delanie in 2004. He is a master stone mason and jack of all crafts. Jonathan makes sure our building and program prep runs smoothly.

  • Anna Loring

    Executive Director

    Anna has been teaching for more than 20 years. She came from a background in EL arts education and a deep love for creativity and children. Anna has been teaching and developing curriculum for C&a since 2017.

  • Tina Danielle


    Tina Danielle is a Denver-born and raised multidisciplinary artist with a focus on fashion styling, acting, multimedia art, creative direction, and teaching.  They have been a lover of the arts from a young age and attended Denver School of the Arts as a theater major.  They began acting, teaching, and producing with a local production company (The Black Actors Guild) right out of high school. After years of working with BAG, they moved to New York and gained experience as a fashion intern for British designer Patrick Church NYC.  Along with their internship they worked on professional tv show sets (Orange is the New Black, High Maintenance, She’s Gotta Have It Too and Broad City) as they continued to hone in on their artistic skills. They moved back to Denver in 2019 and continued creative directing, teaching, and making visual art.  Tina has worked with local artist Kayla Marque as her stylist/personal assistant and was brought on board at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as a Teaching Artist in 2022.  They also work as an after-school Arts and Crafts Enrichment Teacher at schools around DPS with Craftsman & Apprentice.  Tina continues to welcome creative opportunities and inspiration through each season of their life!

  • Bethany Dieterle

    Program Director

    Hiya! I’m Bethany. Here are a few things about me: I’m a maker, I love tinkering with things, and find that I need to keep my hands busy (usually doing puzzles, crocheting, embroidering, or hand sewing). I came to Craftsman and Apprentice after more than ten years in the elementary classroom. After working with thousands of kiddos I realized I wanted to work to give young people the chance for a creative outlet without relying on artistic ability. All kids can be makers! I love partnering with schools to bring the creative process to the afterschool time. Happy making!

  • Micheli Oliver


    Hi, my name is Micheli (mik-kay-lee) Oliver, at the shop I usually go by Mika. I was born and raised in Colorado and work as a photographer and filmmaker when I’m not at C&A. I’ve been working with kids since nannying days in high school and college. I’ve also worked as a camp counselor at an outdoor adventure camp and have worked at C&A on and off since 2017. I connect with stories deeply and love to see creative minds at work. I also like to mountain bike, read fantasy books and hang with my cat!

  • Curtis Tucker


    My name is Curtis and I’ve been working in childcare for over ten years. I enjoy being creative and teaching anything relating to art. In my spare time I’m a printmaker and designer working on my projects. I love seeing what things kids come up with when you give them space to make!

  • Jordin Dearinger


    Jordin Dearinger is Berklee College of Music graduate with a degree in Music Therapy. Jordin broke his back at age 11 and was on bed rest for five years, leading him to recognize music as medicine. For the last decade, Jordin has used music & art as a way to connect with and encourage youth to express themselves and connect with their peers. Jordin is also a local musician and performs all around Denver! You can keep up with his performances here!

  • Fitz


    My name is Fitz (they/them), and I am a former classroom teacher with experience teaching across other artistic styles such as theatre and dance. I love working with kids and believe that creative play helps kids grow into confident, capable, kind adults. All kids deserve a space to stretch their artistic muscles!

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