Abigail Norman, Director
anorman(at) • ext 13
Alicia Chick, Development Officer
   achick(at) • ext 18
Dyllan Nguyen, Special Projects

   dnguyen(at) • ext 14
Helen Lang, Bookkeeping: Payroll/Audit


Alison Croney, Program Director
   acroney(at) • ext 15
Verónica Ramírez MartellProgram Coordinator
   vramirezmartell(at) • ext 17
Lauren KentProfessional Development Coordinator
lkent (at) • ext 20



Renán Flores, In-House Program Director
   rflores(at) • ext 12
Isnard Dupoux, Registrar
   info(at) • ext 12
Dyllan Nguyen, Program
   Coordinator, Summer Program for

   dnguyen(at) • ext 14


Charlotte HuffmanTeen Arts Specialist
   chuffman(at) • ext 21


Julio Fuentes, Facliities Coordinator
    jfuentes(at) • ext 16
Seth Mazor, Shop Assistant
Tam Willey, Custodian

Charles Sandler, ex officio

Alicia Chick (Development Officer) comes to the Eliot School from Dallas Black Dance Theatre, where she was Director of Individual Giving. She previously worked as Manager of Individual Giving for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and earlier as Senior Development Associate at the Italian Home for Children, in 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) teaches woodworking and visual arts both in our schoolhouse and through our School Partnership Program in addition to serving as our Program Director. She 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).

Isnard Dupoux (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.”

Renán Flores (In-House Program Director) bean at the Eliot School in the role of Register. He previously worked at Danforth Art (Framingham), where he was Assistant Registrar and Evening School Attendant. His career has alternated between art and the military. He has worked as a commercial photographer and founder/proprietor of Speedwell Gallery (Plymouth), where he sold his own photographs and those by other artists, and he was a long-time Security Supervisor for the United States Air Force. He holds a BA in Art History from University of Massachusetts Boston and an Associates Degree in Administration from Community College of the Air Force, with additional course work at Art Institute of Boston and New England School of Photography.

Julio Fuentes (Facilities Coordinator) designs and produces turned and laminated wood jewelry, hand-made longbows, beer tap handles and other fine (and strange) objects. He also designs and teaches woodworking classes in our schoolhouse and through our School Partnership Program. A graduate of North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry Program, he renovated high-end homes for fifteen years for The Classic Group (Lexington). He has led the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury since 2004. For nearly as long, he has also led workshops for new homeowners for Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development.

Charlotte Huffman (Teen Arts Specialist) 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.

Abigail Norman (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 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.

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.