Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Abigail Norman, Executive Director
   
anorman(at)eliotschool.org • ext 13
Alicia Chick, Development Officer
   achick(at)eliotschool.org • ext 18
Dyllan Nguyen, Special Projects
   Coordinator/Books

   dnguyen(at)eliotschool.org • ext 14
Helen Lang, Bookkeeping: Payroll/Audit
   books(at)eliotschool.org
Tanya Nixon-Silberg, Team Assistant
   tnixonsilberg(at)eliotschool.org

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Alison Croney, Program Director
   acroney(at)eliotschool.org • ext 15
Verónica Ramírez MartellProgram Coordinator
   vramirezmartell(at)eliotschool.org • ext 17

 

IN-HOUSE CLASSES

Claudia Fiks, In-House Program Director
   cfiks(at)eliotschool.org • ext 19
Angie Arriaga Millet, Registrar
   info(at)eliotschool.org • ext 12
Isnard Dupoux, Assistant Registrar
   info(at)eliotschool.org • ext 12
Dyllan Nguyen, Program
   Coordinator, Summer Program for
   Children

   dnguyen(at)eliotschool.org • ext 14

TEEN BRIDGE

Charlotte HuffmanTeen Program Coordinator
   chuffman(at)eliotschool.org • ext 21
Julissa ZavalaTeen Arts Specialist
   jzavala(at)eliotschool.org • ext 22

FACILITIES

Andrew Riiska, Facliities Coordinator
   ariiska(at)eliotschool.org • ext 16
Jasmanie GonzalezShop Assistant
Tam Willey, Custodian

Charles Sandler, ex officio


Angie Arriaga Millet (Registrar) came to the Eliot School from Year Up, where she interned as a Business Analyst with State Street Bank & Trust Co. and in Business Administration with MetaMovements Latin Dance Company. She has also worked in administration at UMass Dartmouth and in customer service at Shaw's.

Alicia Chick (Development Officer) previously worked as Director of Individual Giving at Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Manager of Individual Giving for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and earlier as Senior Development Associate at the Italian Home for Children (Boston). She holds a BS in Advertising from University of North Texas. Alicia is an adamant supporter of the arts and believes in their transformative power for students of all ages. She is an amateur photographer and aspiring yogi.

Alison Croney (School Partnership Program Director) is an accomplished woodworker, whose sculptures and furniture combine lamination and coopering. She holds a Preliminary License to teach Visual Art to Grades 5–12. Previously, as Education Director for Red Rabbit (New York City), she developed and led interactive cooking and gardening programs for teachers, parents and children. As Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Denver CO), she developed, managed and taught art programs for all ages. She has also been Wood Shop Assistant at Anderson Ranch Art Center (Snowmass Village CO), Catalyst Arts Fellow at Rhode Island School of Design and Fabrication Assistant for Situ Studio (New York City). When time allows, she also teaches woodworking and visual arts both in our schoolhouse and through our School Partnership Program. 

Isnard Dupoux (Assistant Registrar) is a multi-disciplinary performance artist combining sound and visuals, appearing throughout Boston under the name Serrah. He studied painting and illustration at Art Institute of Boston before earning his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in the Studio for Interrelated Media. Isnard’s mother works as a teacher. He says, “I've always valued how teachers essentially shape our future, and I wish the world would recognize them for taking on that role.”

Claudia Fiks (In-House Program Director) has more than 15 years of experience as an arts administrator and educator, promoting creative thinking, community development and innovation through the arts. She has worked closely with artists, teachers, researchers, curators, performers, volunteers, museum educators, policy makers, building partnerships and fostering collaboration, inclusion and integration. She served for five years as Director of Education & Programs at New Art Center (Newton) and more recently as a consultant to Creative Hub (Worcester) and Catalyst Conversations: Arts & Science in Dialogue. Claudia began her career in Sao Paulo, Brazil, managing Youth Leadership Training and initiatives in underprivileged areas; she then managed youth programs and multicultural arts festivals with Jewish Community Centers in Springfield MA and Providence RI. 

Charlotte Huffman (Teen Program Coordinator) completed her Masters of Education at Lesley University, designing her thesis in cooperation with Girls Rock Campaign Boston, where she now helps design programming. She was a Visual Arts Educator for six years at East Somerville Community School, and has also taught for the Eliot School Partnership Program at West End House, and at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Youth Build Boston and Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff AZ). She holds  a Massachusetts Teaching License for Visual Arts PK–12. She says, “I love connecting young people to the arts. Learning through art empowers youth to challenge expectations, express themselves, and create their own understandings of who they want to be.”

Lauren Kent (Professional Development Coordinator) is a painter and educator who has taught visual arts to teens in our schoolhouse and at Dearborn STEM Academy through the Eliot School Partnership Program, as well as at Rumney Marsh Academy (Revere) and RAW Art Works (Lynn). She studied visual art at Brown University and earned her MAT from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. 

Dyllan Nguyen (Program Coordinator, Summer Program for Children, and Special Projects Coordinator) plays many roles at the Eliot School, including teaching in our schoolhouse and through our School Partnership Program. An artist and maker as well, he is interested in distraction, information/communication and relationships between people and objects. He enjoys learning new things, and as a result his work moves between disciplines, including (but not limited to) performance, sculpture, sound, installation, video, flat and virtual media. He also likes to take things apart. With Brooke Scibelli, he founded and runs Non Issue Studio. He holds an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute/Plymouth University and a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts Collage of Art & Design.

Tanya Nixon-Silberg (Team Assistant) is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Wee the People, a social justice project for children aged 4 to 12, exploring justice, equity and the power of protest. She is a mother and an avid maker of crafts.

Abigail Norman (Executive Director) has directed the Eliot School since 2007. She brings to the school over 30 years experience in nonprofit administration, focused on community-based arts and media, including time as Program Coordinator at Forest Hills Educational Trust and, before that, Director of Somerville Community Access Television. She serves as a member of the Boston Cultural Council and sits on the planning council for the Mini-Maker Faire at Boston Children’s Museum. She also makes drawings and small objects as a form of social exchange.

Verónica Ramírez Martell (School Partnership Program Coordinator) teaches woodworking both in our School Partnership Program and in our schoolhouse, in addition to serving as Program Coordinator. She was previously a Community Leaders Fellow with JP New Economy Transition, and spent two years with AmeriCorps at Care Force (Boston) and City Year (Orlando FL). She earlier worked as Art Therapy Coordinator for Taller Social Comunitario (San Juan PR), and as a Workshop Assistant and volunteer with Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and with Girl Scouts Caríbe (San Juan PR). She likes to make things to give to people in her life.

Andrew Riiska (Facilities Coordinator) designs and creates custom furniture through his company, Riiska Design. He has been Shop Technician/Woodworking Specialist at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Head Shop Technician at Parsons New School of Design (New York City) and Woodworking/Furniture Intern at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snow Mass CO), as well as creating custom cabinetry, furniture and architectural models for Elshopo Studio (Brooklyn NY), Frank Fitzgibbons Architecture (Los Angeles) and elsewhere. A Creative Writing major in college, he has also done editorial work for Tribes Literary Magazine and Naugahyde Donkey.

Charles Sandler (ex officio) worked at the Eliot School from 1966–2012 as Director, Instructor and Superintendent. He remains on call for consultation. Charlie is certified in Vocational Education and Industrial Arts and holds a Masters of Education. He taught and supervised teachers at Hubert H. Humphrey Occupational Resource Center, Fitchburg State College, UMass, Roxbury High School, Dorchester High School and elsewhere in addition to the Eliot School.

Tam Willey (Custodian) works by day as a handy-person under the name Handy Tam. By night, she is a LGBTQQA Youth Worker, volunteering at BAGLY and working with The Theatre Offensive's True Colors: Out Youth Theater Troupe, alternating as Production Manager and Assistant Director. She also leads forest bathing walks at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. She meditates regularly and strives to create safe, compassionate and oppression-free learning environments.

Julissa Zavala (Teen Arts Specialist) has been teaching art and STEM to children at Lincoln Eliot School (Newton), Empow Studios (Lexington) and Camp HarborView (Boston). She is a painter and collage artist who believes in the value of teaching children at a young age for the impact art can have on their lives and how it can influence them as people.