NOTE: Due to the ongoing public health emergency and restrictions, all In-House classes have been suspended until further notice.
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Abigail Norman, Executive Director
[email protected] • 617.553-4686
Abigail 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 on the Advisory Council of Wee the People. She also makes drawings, pop-ups and small objects as a form of social exchange.
Alicia Chick, Development Officer
[email protected] • 617.553-9206
Alicia 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 Bachelor’s degree from the 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.
Iris Lapaix, Development & Communications Assistant
[email protected] • 617.553-4897
Iris is an Afro-Dominicana American native of Jamaica Plain who previously worked as Assistant Program Coordinator for Massachusetts College of Art and Design with the Center for Art and Community Partnership's sparc! the ArtMobile. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Bridgewater State University. Through her involvement with nonprofits within Boston, she grew an appreciation for collaboration and community activism. As an avid art enthusiast, she has been supporting and curating art-making spaces with the intention of social and emotional processing for children as small as one to seasoned folks aged 92. She is currently working as Development & Communications Assistant under the leadership of Development Officer Alicia Chick.
Kate Finn, Bookkeeping: Payroll/Audit
Kate is a partner at Green Oak Financial, with clients in non-profit arts, education and other fields.
School & Community Partnerships
Alison Croney Moses, Program Director
[email protected] • 617.553-4689
Alison is an accomplished educator and woodworker, whose elegant sculptures and furniture combine lamination and coopering, most recently profiled in American Craft magazine. 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.
Amber is new to our staff. Watch this space for her profile, coming soon.
Jennifer teaches for the Eliot School, both in our schoolhouse and through our Partnerships, in addition to coordinating training and support for teachers. She is also a fiber and mixed media artist, incorporating organic movement into her work. She brings to the Eliot School over 15 years of experience working with people with a wide variety of disabilities as well as people with dementia. She has always focused on creating positive experiences based on everyone's unique preferences and ensures that all are regarded with dignity and respect. She has overseen services and led activities for MAB Community Services, Brightview Senior Living, Boston Center for Independent Living, Walnut Street Center and elsewhere. She holds an AA in Psychology from Newbury College and a BA with a focus in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University.
In addition to her arts practice, Jennifer is a registered yoga teacher, and a musician. She volunteers with Girls Rock Campaign Boston, BEATS/After School and Ladies Rock Campaign.
Camila Bohan Insaurralde is an Interrelated Media artist. She earlier supported the Eliot School's Teen Bridge program through the Center for Art & Community Partnerships at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Before that, she worked as an Arts Facilitator for Sociedad Latina's STEAM Team, as an organizer for the Public Education Network of Massachusetts, and in visitor services and community engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She holds a BFA in Painting and Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) with honors from Mass Art.
[email protected] • 617.553-4684
This program is currently un-staffed while it is closed during the period of COVID-19.
Andrew Riiska, Facilities Coordinator
[email protected] • 617.553-4692
Andrew 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.
Jasmanie Gonzalez, Shop Assistant
Jazz teaches classes through our School & Community Partnership Program as well as working as our Shop Assistant. He started woodworking by making small furniture and continues to expand his skills. In his free time, he collaborates with other artists on murals and graffiti projects, including recently at Crimson Jam with Geo and Tak. His mural art can be found at the Egleston Square Peace Garden and elsewhere throughout Boston.
Charles Sandler, ex officio
Charlie 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 Master’s 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.