Current Project Leaders
Aaron Gooch is a professional helper. A friend of humans and animals. Former small-town record store owner. Currently, a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor working with a non-profit financial wellness agency helping clients navigate bankruptcy. Cries easily listening to pop punk and watching television. Always chasing the high of a good live show. Loves everything a lot except patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism.
is an attorney, an activist and a musician. As a legal aid attorney, she assists low-income Detroiters in civil legal matters and fosters community connections with a variety of nonprofits and neighborhood groups. With Seraphine, she applies her legal knowledge to help the organization function efficiently and grow. She also co-organizes Mittenfest, an annual music festival that benefits 826 Michigan, a creative writing nonprofit. In her spare time, she writes sappy love songs that are somehow upbeat for her band Best Exes
, and host’s shows in her attic.
is a longtime supporter and promoter of Seraphine Collective’s mission. She holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a registered ASIST Suicide Intervention Trainer, LEO Lecturer and Assistant Researcher for the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, a musician, visual artist, writer, feminist, community organizer, and an avid believer in the healing power of creative communication through the arts. You can catch one her musical performances in the Detroit area. Bands include The Free Bleeders
along with various performances with other acts.
is an artist, educator, and musician based in Detroit. She attended Michigan State and studied Arts and Humanities and Art Education. As the Education Associate at MOCAD she assists the Education and Public Program departments with events, tours, workshops and youth and adult orientated programs. In her spare time, she plays in Double Winter
, a psychedelic rock band and has an experimental music and performance project called Bigabite.
is a musician and arts organizer living in Ypsilanti. She’s been independently booking and putting on shows for the past 8 years, hosting the Local Music Show on WCBN
for 5 years, and runs a small run record and cassette label Ginkgo. She plays bass in Rebel Kind
, has a solo guitar project called Shells
, and has played in various other bands including Swimsuit and Saturday Looks Good to Me. She is excited about the possibilities of a Seraphine Collective space opening in Detroit. She also compiles monthly area show listings here.
is a writer, fundraiser, and former nomad putting down roots in Detroit. She also moonlights as BEIGE, a baby DJ in the House of Cyborg. Sophia joined the Seraphine Collective because she firmly believes in the power of social justice organizing through arts and culture.
is a re-entry Social worker, community organizer, writer and wanna-be musician living in Southwest Detroit. Rachel is a firm believer in the power of people and grassroots communities to affect social change by first connecting through music appreciation and performance. Rachel has a lifelong commitment to social justice in Detroit neighborhoods and cares deeply about human relationships and arts communities as a unit of solution.