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Abigail Norman, Executive Director [email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 13
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] • 617.524.3313 x 18
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.
Helen Lang, Bookkeeping: Payroll/Audit
Bio coming soon.
School & Community Partnerships
Alison Croney Moses, Program Director
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 15
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.
Verónica Ramírez Martell, Program Coordinator
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 17
Verónica 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.
Taylor Dean, Assistant Program Coordinator
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 17
Taylor has interned and volunteered at many sites in Greater Boston, including Gateway Arts, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School, Youth on Fire, Bass River Pottery, Harvard Ceramics Studio and Artists for Humanity. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Lesley University in Art Therapy with a minor in Fine Arts. As someone with a natural sense of curiosity, she has enjoyed experimenting with many mediums and methods, including bookbinding, fibers, ceramics, screen printing and jewelry. Her work acts as commentary for beauty, pain and wonder of life and human experience. She has been influenced and supported by a long line of art educators and hopes to share the joy and empowerment of art-making with many.
Charlotte Huffman, Teen Arts & Professional Development Coordinator
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 21
Charlotte completed her Master’s 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.”
Nalitza Valentín, Teen Arts Specialist
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 21
Nali is passionate about self-expression in whatever form best fits one’s own unique drive. She loves using language to evoke emotions and create a catharsis and honest experience for the reader. Nali is a Latino Leadership Research Alumni at the Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy, a certified yoga instructor and Social and Emotional Wellness Champion. She received her BA in English from UMass Boston.
Claudia Fiks, Program Director
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Claudia 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.
Dyllan Nguyen, Program Coordinator, Summer Program for Children /Special Projects
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 14
Dyllan is an artist and maker as well as an educator, 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.
Angie Arriaga Millet, Registrar/Office Manager
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Angie 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.
Ian is a recent graduate of Earlham College, where he studied Comparative Linguistics. He has worked at the MFA translating Arabic work journals for the Egyptology Dept. and has taught woodworking and served as a Teaching Assistant in the Eliot School & Community Partnership Program. He also plays banjo and guitar. He enjoys tinkering and building things out of wood and exposing children to making and building things with their hands.
Andrew Riiska, Facilities Coordinator
[email protected] • 617.524.3313 x 16
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.
Tam Willey, Custodian
When not cleaning the Eliot Schoolhouse, Tam leads forest bathing through Toadstool Walks, and works as a handy-person under the name Handy Tam. As an LGBTQQA Youth Worker, she has volunteered at BAGLY and worked with The Theatre Offensive's True Colors: Out Youth Theater Troupe, alternating as Production Manager and Assistant Director. She meditates regularly and strives to create safe, compassionate and oppression-free learning environments.
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.