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Artward Bound's staff, teachers, and mentors are working artists and youth education experts with decades of experience in professional and teaching environments. 

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Administrative Staff

Chandra Méndez-Ortiz
Executive Director of Artward Bound and Youth Pathways • 617.879.7122

Chandra Méndez-Ortiz is an artist, educator, and program director with over 20 years of experience in arts education. She received her Bachelor's degree from Florida State University, a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Master of Science in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Chandra currently works as an artist, educational consultant, program director for Artward Bound, and part of the leadership team for the Radical Imagination for Racial Justice Grant Program.  Recently, she served as the Vice-Chair for MassArt's Strategic Plan and was awarded the 2018 State Universities of Massachusetts Education Alumni Award for Excellence in Education and Service to the Commonwealth. 

Fun fact: Chandra is an avid gardener, cook, and landscape designer.

Bethany Strohm
Program Manager • 617.879.7167

Bethany Strohm first joined the Artward Bound community as a mentor in 2012. She has continued to learn and grow in various roles as a member of the Artward Bound team. She holds a BFA in Painting from MassArt and currently creates fiber art objects.

Fun fact: Bethany was briefly trapped in a lava pit when she was 12.

Greg Linse
Digital Media Designer/Online Learning Coordinator • 617.879.7183

Greg Linse graduated from MassArt in 2013 with a BFA in photography. He first joined Artward Bound as a one-off volunteer during his senior year but came on board in a more administrative capacity in 2018. He is passionate about using his video and photography skills to allow the Artward Bound story to reach more people in the community.

Fun fact: Greg dreams of one day going to North Carolina to see the wild horses.

Lissa Frómeta Paulino
Administrative Assistant

Lissa Frómeta Paulino is an Afro-Latina and Artward Bound alumni who joined in 2015. She is now a Junior studying Sculpture at Massart and is excited to be part of the Artwork Bound family to help and support students just how they helped me while I was in high school.

Fun fact: Lissa is bilingual and loves making friendship bracelets.

Ja'Hari Ortega
Alumni Engagement Specialist

Ja’Hari Ortega first joined Artward Bound in 2011 as a part of the program's first group of students. She attended Boston Arts Academy for high school and is now a MassArt graduate, class of 2021. Having been a consistently active member of MassArt and the surrounding community, Ja’Hari looks forward to helping create a space for Artward Bound alumni to stay connected and share resources.

Fun fact: Ja'Hari used to be a competitive dancer in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. She's performed on various stages at places including Walt Disney World and House of Blues!

Xinlin Huang
Community Engagement Associate

Xinlin Huang recently graduated from MassArt with a dual degree in Industrial Design and Ceramics. She has a passion for experience design as well as all kinds of 3D art. Since joining the Artward Bound community in the fall of 2017, she has been helping students artistically and academically. She is currently assisting high school seniors with applying to colleges.

Fun fact: As a child, Xinlin was chased by a chicken and now has alektorophobia, the fear of chickens.

Rachel Green
Health and Wellness Support Staff • 617.506.3513

Rachel Green has worked with young people and their families in Boston for over 20 years. She graduated with her Bachelor in Arts from Northeastern University. She worked in a variety of roles with non-profits, schools, and after-school programs and then went back to graduate school. Rachel received her Masters in Social work from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri before returning to Boston where she enjoys providing counseling and support for teenagers. She aims to create a space where young people feel comfortable to discuss what is going on in their lives.

Fun fact: Rachel once took a train from Germany to a remote part of Denmark. In order to go over the water, the whole train was loaded onto a huge boat that transported it from one side of the Baltic Sea to the other! 

Loretta Park
Artward Bound/Compass Liaison

Loretta Park is an artist and educator making and teaching in Boston. She is a graduate of MassArt and received her MFA in Sculpture in 2016. Since then, Loretta has been teaching in the Studio Foundation department and serving as Faculty Mentor for the Compass Program. 

Fun fact: Loretta is really good at guessing dog breeds. She is looking forward to adopting a dog someday and name it Donkey.

Teaching Staff

Althea Bennett
Artist Toolbox Instructor

As an arts educator, Althea’s teaching is hip hop, meaning that it is a pastiche of history, culture, art, respect, representation, expression, and experimentation. Her classroom is tranquil yet active, a sculpture classroom open to all mediums. Through the lesson plans and experiences, she gives her students opportunities to uncover their personal histories leading to an understanding of their futures. Althea’s students discover new connections with materials and techniques, being innovative and resourceful.


Fun fact: Althea’s artist name is Daughter of Contrast; a reflection of who she is made from and what she produces.

Adam Tibbets
Portfolio Instructor

Adam Tibbets received a BFA in Illustration in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2014. He has been teaching visual art in Boston Public Schools since 2014. Adam joined Artward Bound as an instructor in the Fall of 2015.

Fun fact: Adam was a Boy Scout when he was younger.

Stephen Hamilton
Citizen Artist Instructor

Stephen Hamilton is an artist and arts educator living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from MassArt in 2009 with a BFA in illustration. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Fun fact: Stephen loves watching cartoons.

Academic Staff

Dan Chamberlain 

Dan Chamberlain is a high school math teacher for Boston Public Schools. He believes math should teach students to reason quantitatively so that they can better understand the world around them. Dan also holds true that numbers, figures, and patterns are so closely related to art and he is passionate about trying to link them together. 

Fun fact: Dan lived in a tent in Iceland for two months.

Katrina Jackson
Financial Literacy & Math Instructor

Katrina Jackson, known as Katrina by the AB community, is a long-time Boston Public Schools Mathematics teacher and a four year returning Math Academic Instructor at Artward Bound. She has experience teaching students with all different backgrounds and thrives off learning from new cultures and experiences. She continues to work with the Artward Bound community to infuse creativity and art into mathematics while playing games and having fun doing so. Katrina is married with four children and loves to model.

Fun fact: Katrina has participated in MassArt's Senior Fashion Shows in the past.

Mentor Staff

Teresa Forlenzo

Teresa is a 21 year-old multimedia artist in their third year of the Studio for Interrelated Media program at MassArt. They are primarily an illustrator and vocalist, and enjoy competing with their collegiate a cappella group. Teresa has been working in mentorship programs for 6 years, and is so excited to join the Artward Bound team this year! 

Fun fact: Teresa once fell in the fountain at a mini-golf course trying to fish out their ball.

Quan Nelson

Quan Nelson is an Artward Bound alumni and this is his second summer as a mentor. He joined Artward Bound in 2014 and is currently studying Fine Arts at Bunker Hill Community College. This program showed Quan that the only limitation to his success is his fears and that if he wants to achieve his goals, to look forward with no doubts.

Fun fact: Quan makes music in his spare time to listen to while creating art.

Elliot Papp

Elliot Papp is a senior at MassArt, studying Jewelry and Small Metals along with other 3D art forms. Elliot grew up in Randolph, Vermont, and decided to go to college to study art after attending the Governor's Institute of Vermont on the Arts the summer after his junior year of high school. He joined Artward Bound because he loves working and creating with people, and wants to support high school students in finding and reaching their goals. 

Fun fact: Elliot used to work in the shark and ray touch tank at the aquarium!

Ricky Vasan

Ricky Vasan is a painter and musician. Currently pursuing a BFA in Painting at Massart. Ricky grew up in India and has been in Boston for the last three years. He is passionate about educating and this is his first year with Artward Bound. 

Fun fact: Ricky is a color-blind painter.