Kari has always had a love for children from a very young age, whether it was being the first to take an opportunity to babysit, help in the church nursery or just play with the younger kids. She would later pursue her love for kids by making it her career path. Kari graduated from Biola University with a degree in Christian Education in 1998 and was soon after hired by Desert Sands Unified School District to start teaching. She taught both Kindergarten and Third Grade classes at Andrew Jackson Elementary in Indio, California and was later hired to teach a combined First and Second Grade class at Harry Truman Elementary in La Quinta, California.
Kari went on to further her teaching credentials at Cal State University San Bernardino, when her life took another turn and she married the other love of her life, Dave Sutherland, a full time single father. Embracing her new role as a stay at home mom raising two children, Kari also played an active role in assuring their quality of education. Not only was she President of the Parents Association at the private school they attended for four years, in 2010 she began homeschooling her daughter during her final two years of high school. Now that their two children have moved on as adults, Kari is using the full realm of her educational background as Creative Electives Public Relations & Curriculum Leader.
Founder & Mentor
Dave Sutherland has a long proven history of pushing the boundaries of design and innovation to achieve an end goal that embodies true excellence. He has also had a passion for mentoring others to do the same.
With an early start in the work force, Dave embraced an opportunity to manage a Greek fast-food restaurant, he was still a senior in high school and only 17 at the time. The owner allowed Dave to shoulder a significant amount of the overall business and operations. Dave credits his employer for being the first to mentor him in the fundamentals of business management. This would provide Dave with the foundation to further his ambitions and goals. At 19 Dave founded his first design company, Live Lights, and then expanded it into Sutherland Design Agency, a pioneer of the spatial design field. The company would fast become a leader in the spatial design industry, with high profile projects such as NFL Superbowl Press Conferences, BMG Music Conventions and JVC Home & JVC Mobile Trade Shows, just to name a few. Dave has led the SDA team to the heights of success that vary few companies can claim.
With decades of experience in guiding every aspect of his corporation and it's subsidiaries to thrive in today’s globalized business world, Dave has guided hundreds of employees from all levels and backgrounds to meet these ever evolving demands. Throughout this time he has also mentored a number of high school and college age students through various internship programs, equipping them for successful careers of their own.
As an employer, Dave began to see an epidemic of young talented individuals who were not being properly equipped for the real world through the public educational system. Not being taught life skills. Not being taught work ethic and ultimately not being properly equipped to succeed in today’s work force. Deciding to stand in the gap and give back in a greater way, Dave founded Creative Electives. The sole goal is to help prepare the next generation for life while introducing them to creative skills and eventually become the next leaders.
SELF FUNDED COMPANY
We believe in the next generation. It is for this reason we have not only put in a herculean amount of time and energy laying the foundation for Creative Electives, but we are 100% self funding this venture. We personally stand behind Creative Electives and want to insure our high standards of excellence are reached, and further, not compromised by outside interests.