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Spring 2021

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Meet the Team

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

Administrative Staff

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

Gregory Linse
Digital Content Creator • 617.879.7183

Greg Linse graduated from MassArt in 2013 with a BFA in illustration. 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 is left-handed, but drums and bats right-handed.

Perpetual Anastasia Hayfron
RIRJ Program Coordinator

With a blazing passion for critical inquiry and mental health as it relates to social justice, Perpetual Anastasia Hayfron has pursued her calling empowering marginalized groups through education. Her cultural ontology has laid the foundation for her current doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts Boston, regarding the impact global anti-Blackness has on the mental health of students pursuing post-secondary education. In the spirit of healing, advocacy, and radical self-love, Perpetual utilizes her skills as a social worker to aid marginalized individuals and families across the birth continuum in her vocation as doula. In order to break through the barriers of oppression and injustice through art, she is enthusiastic to cultivate intentional, genuine, impactful relationships with diverse members and stakeholders of the RIRJ community.

Fun fact: Perpetual's primary love language is food!

Pei-Hsuan Lu, LMFT 
Staff Psychotherapist

Pei-Hsuan Lu is a bilingual (Mandarin Chinese/English speaking) licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She worked for The Home for Little Wanderers, a non-profit organization, for nearly ten years, including the Safe At Home-In Home Therapy Program as an In-Home Therapist providing intensive family therapy serving multicultural and multi-stressed families in the greater Boston area. She then became a supervisor supporting awesome people who were serving through In-Home Therapy, Therapeutic Mentor, and Intensive Care Coordination services until Jan 2020. She really appreciates the reflective, authentic, and multi-talented MassArt students and communities!

Chris Sullivan
Artward Bound/Compass Liaison

Chris Sullivan is a Boston native, attending schools in Roxbury and Dorchester.

Nowadays, he creates paintings to engage viewers to become more conscious of seeing, sensing, relating, and connecting. Chris has taught Drawing at MassArt for 20 years and is a Faculty Mentor for Academic Compass.

Fun fact: Chris really loves the color blue. But then, yellow and red are pretty great too!

Teaching Staff

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 faculty in MassArt’s Illustration department. 

Fun fact: Stephen loves watching cartoons.

Liam Mahoney
Design Toolbox Instructor

Liam Mahoney started in Artward Bound as a student mentor and graduated Massart in 2019 with a BFA in illustration. He now works as a local designer, illustrator, and videographer. He has collaborated with local bands and playwrights while continuing to work on his studio practice. Liam is a featured artist of the Society Of Illustrators New York, 3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, and Creative Quarterly. 

Fun fact: Liam often loses his glasses, among other things.

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.


Dan Chamberlain
Math Instructor

Dan Chamberlain is a high school math teacher for Boston Public Schools. He believes a math class 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

Bedelyn Dabel

Bedelyn Dabel recently graduated from MassArt with a degree in Industrial Design. He has a passion for footwear design as well as illustration. Since joining the Artward Bound community in the summer of 2018, he has been helping students develop their artistic voices.

Fun fact: Bedelyn has an extreme fear of height and the idea of being on a Ferris Wheel scares him deeply.

Lissa Frómeta Paulino

Lissa Frómeta is a proud Afro-Latina and an Artward Bound alumni who joined in 2015. She is now a sophomore studying sculpture at MassArt and is excited to be part of the Artward Bound family in a different capacity. 

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

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 worked at the New England Aquarium for six months and at a wild bird rehab center every summer for seven years.

Gersom Rivera 

Gersom Rivera graduated from the Artward Bound program in 2017 and is now a Junior in MassArt’s illustration department. He joined Artward Bound as a student back in 2014, but in the summer of 2018, he made the transition to become a staff member. Gersom is passionate about comic books and character design.

Fun fact: Gersom likes to collect toys and comic books, and build model kits whenever he has the time.

Alice Rufo

Alice Rufo is a junior at MassArt pursuing a BFA in Illustration and a Masters in Art Teaching. She has a background in dance as well as visual art and is currently dancing with Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project while also managing student galleries on MassArt campus. Alice became a mentor at Artward Bound in the summer after her first year at MassArt. In the last year, she has continued to work at Artward Bound as part of the Academic team at AB Zone.

Fun fact: Alice was once the snitch in an intense game of muggle quidditch.