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Mel Taing
Mel Taing '16 BFA Film/Video, ALC CO-Chair
Boston, MA, USA

Mel Taing (she/her) is a Cambodian-American photographer & experimental filmmaker based in Boston. She received her BFA in Film/Video at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2016 and graduated with Departmental Honors. Mel creates portraiture that expresses the beauty of resilience. Her personal aesthetic is rooted in creating colorful environments that are filmic, dreamy and slightly surreal.

As a child of Cambodian refugees in America, Mel is deeply interested in visually exploring concepts of intergenerational trauma, racial identity, spirituality, and resilience in community. Mel’s notable collaborations include a project called BLACK, BROWN, OTHER -- a photo essay on the alienation of queer artists of color within their communities featured in Nylon Magazine and PREJUDICE IS A DISEASE, a photo series embodying concepts of Yellow Peril in the time of COVID-19 featured in The Boston Globe and Artscope Magazine. Mel has exhibited her photography in Brooklyn, NY, Boston, MA and Lowell, MA.

She also works as a photographer and Project Media Coordinator for the Comida Casera Project, an ongoing, multigenerational event using food and storytelling to connect women and create community.

Mel is an exhibition and event photographer for institutions such as ICA Boston, MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Peabody Essex Museum. Her museum work has been featured in The Boston Globe, ArtNet, Garage Magazine, and edibleBOSTON.

Why did you join the ALC?
I joined the ALC because I want to help alumni find resources they need to be successful artists and humans. MassArt doesn't always provide the best support to students to feel prepared for life after college, and I feel that the MassArt alumni community can foster that support for each other and make change for the institution to know how to better support their students and their alumni when they leave MassArt.

Advice to Recent Alum: After graduating, I struggled a lot with feeling unprepared and all around inadequate. Watching the successful careers of other artists around me, I felt that their success meant that I could never fulfill my own potential. That I would never be good enough or "make it." My greatest piece of advice would be 1) that the success of other artists is good for you. This is because they are helping to pave a path for you to be successful, too. You can learn from them and you'd be surprised at how happy they would be to teach you. And also, 2) what doesn't happen for you wasn't meant for you. Trust your path and don't let fear of failure stop you when you don't get a residency or gig. Keep trying and putting your energy out into the universe. It will always come back to you. <3


Sabrina Dorsainvil '12 BFA Industrial Design,
ALC CO-Chair
Boston, MA, USA

Sabrina Dorsainvil (she/they) is an artist, designer and illustrator. She is currently the Director of Civic Design for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. There she uses creative approaches to address issues within areas such as housing, public health, and human rights. She has collaborated with a range of organizations on projects around social, spatial, and environmental justice. As a public artist, muralist and illustrator, Sabrina explores facets of identity, difference, deep reflection, storytelling and the celebration of our shared humanity. Sabrina serves on a variety of non-profit boards and is a member of the Guild of Future Architects. They are also a visiting artist, panelist, educator, advisor and lecturer in a variety of spaces. Sabrina has a BFA in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons the New School of Design.

Why did you join the ALC?
I reconnected with MassArt as a visiting artist/designer in several courses, as a partner in studio courses, as an adjunct professor and more. I saw current MassArt students, particularly BIPOC students, articulate similar struggles as alum. I see our capacity to have a positive, larger impact in our broader communities. I'm eager to address any pain points in our experience and celebrate our community of creatives wherever our paths take us.

Advice to Recent Alum: A few thoughts: Don't expect to figure it all out immediately. Reflect on what you're interested in, where you hope to go, and what you're wrestling with others. (You'll find advocates in places you might not expect.) Remember that you can't get what you don't ask for and the worst you'll get in return is a no. Be tender with yourself and make space for caring for yourself and your community.


Rosa Jiyoon Hyun '15 BFA Graphic Design, Vice Chair
Seattle, WA, USA

Rosa Ji Yoon Hyun (she/her/hers) is a User Experience (UX) designer, born in Hanguk (South Korea), raised in Egypt, and living on the traditional land of the Coast Salish people (Seattle, WA). She is currently working at Amazon Pharmacy, designing pharmacy software systems for pharmacists, technicians, and Customer Care agents. Rosa has served in many leadership roles and has been a design mentor to many young creatives; she’s an artist and activist focused on fostering community grounded in social justice. Her love of the outdoors and traveling brings with it a deep respect for nature and the diversity of humans that navigate our planet.

Why did you join the ALC?
I joined ALC because I care deeply about community, connection, and collective love. I want to continue engaging with the larger MassArt community and bring our stories, our joy, our pain, our fears, our growth, and our healings together to improve, revolutionize, and expand on our role in this world as creatives.

Advice to Recent Alums
Getting comfortable with uncertainty cultivates more creativity; allow and make space for the unknown and practice how to swim in it.


Ed Malouf  '85 BFA Graphic Design & Photography,
ALC Secretary
Scituate, MA, USA

Edward Malouf (he/him) is from the Newton/Brighton area west of Boston, oldest of five to parents who were first and second generation in-country. Married “outside the clan” by meeting a fellow MassArt student, Carol Lieb, ‘83 Photography, who is  my number one collaborator on all my projects.  Initially I practiced graphic design in an architectural environment, but obtained a graduate degree in product design to more fully realize my three-dimensional skills. This brought me into the world of interpretive exhibit design where I merge the human narratives of editorial graphic design  with the environmental challenges of space, light, media, and digital interaction.

Partnering with media specialists, researchers, and writers, I have developed and designed permanent exhibits at the Roxbury Heritage State Park, The Museum of Work and Culture, and the Silver Lake Nature Center. What brings the most satisfaction to me is providing organizations the means to tell their stories, display their collections, and spread their messages of nature conservation to their audiences.

The first two years at MassArt continue to be the most influential in my work, with professors Doc Legg,  Marylin Gabarro, Robert Lassiter, and especially a sophomore design studio professor (who was she?) providing excellent advice and inspiration. 

Why did you join the ALC? 
To learn more about other MassArt Alumni and to expand my network of creatives outside of the interpretive design profession.

Advice to Recent Alum: Find your niche and give yourself over to it.


Kelly Sherman ’02 BFA Sculpture, Board Development Committee Chair (Former ALC Chair)
Cambridge, MA, USA

Kelly Sherman (she/her) is a strategist with nearly two decades of experience helping advance innovation within organizations. Passionate about the power of design thinking, she brings a user-centered approach to her work with clients such as Brandeis University, The Boston Foundation, EdVestors, MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, and the New York Community Trust to facilitate strategic planning processes, identify new opportunities, pilot innovation-focused programs, and manage the cultural, operational, and programmatic efforts that result from organizational change and strategic planning directives.

Kelly has worked in a broad range of industries as a strategist at the innovation consultancy Continuum, working with clients such as UnitedHealth, SC Johnson & Family, Sprint, and American Express. Her favorite part of the work is conducting design research with a range of subjects including truckers in Tennessee, shop owners in Nanjing, homemakers in New Delhi, and yeshiva educators in Chicago. She has helped win a Gold IDEA Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America for design research and was a participant in MassChallenge as a start-up cofounder.

Kelly is also an ICA Foster Prize-winning visual artist whose work can be seen at the Barbara Krakow Gallery, Center Street Studio, in the collection of the ICA Boston, and on her website. She has exhibited numerous socially engaged public artworks in the Boston area and uses ethnographic research as a core part of her creative process. She currently serves as a member of the MIT List Visual Arts Center’s Advisory Committee and was previously a member of the Mayor’s Arts Task Force in Cambridge, and a trustee of the BSA Foundation. 

Why did you join the ALC?
I once attended a fundraising workshop and was asked to participate in a role play activity. I had to pretend I was asking for a major gift for a worthy organization. It was hard. However once I imagined that the organization was MassArt, it felt fun, imperative, obvious. I stayed up all night thinking about how to get more involved in MassArt.

Advice to Recent Alum: Follow your own path wherever it leads and be willing to let it surprise you.


Dayanne Danier '99 BFA Fashion Design,
Outreach Committee Co-chair
Astoria, NY, USA

Dayanne Danier (she/her) is a graduate from Mass Art’s class of 1999 with a concentration in Fashion Design. Her background in the fashion industry extends over decades working as a designer for such companies like Blauer Manufacturing, Perry Ellis International, and Phillips-Van Heusen. Her designs have been manufactured in countries all around the world which include China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Peru, Africa, Vietnam, Korea, and Haiti.

Currently, Dayanne is the creative director behind the fashion lifestyle brand called Bien Abyé (means Well Dressed). The collection is a combination of French style with a Creole influence. It has been exhibited in fashion shows in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Trinidad, and Haiti and has been distributed nationwide in boutiques in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe, South Carolina, Austin and Dallas.

While achieving career success with her expertise in the arts and fashion, Dayanne spends much of her time giving back to the community both in the United States and in Haiti. She is the cofounder of the non-profit organization called Fleur De Vie (means Flower of Life) whose mission is to support struggling organizations which focus on implementing positive change in their community in the areas of education, health, and environmental sustainability in Haiti.  Underneath Dayanne’s leadership, Fleur De Vie empowers over 800 students, ages 5-18, through education. 

Over the years, she has also been a consultant in Haiti teaching artisan groups pattern drafting, construction, and quality control. She is a member of the organizations Haitian Roundtable and Haitian Women’s Collective. Dayanne is also a recipient of the Mayor of New York Immigrant Women Leaders Fellowship 2015. 

Why did you join the ALC?
I joined the ALC because I recognize the importance of art education in the person I've become today and I wanted to give back to Mass Art as my way of saying thank you!

Advice to Recent Alum: This may be the most freely creative time in your life, remember it and cherish it for what it is.


Jamie Andrade '08 BFA Studio Education,
ALC Secretary
Marlborough, MA

Jamie (she/her) is a 2017 Massachusetts State Universities Educator Alumni Award Winner with recognition from the State Senate for her work in Boston Public Schools. She now teaches visual art in Concord MA with Rivers and Revolutions, an experiential interdisciplinary High School program that serves METCO students from Concord, Carlisle and Boston. Her curriculum focuses on intersectional environmentalism through daily outdoor hikes on conservation lands and onsite artmaking activities. She is the founder of Marlborough Makers, a group of local creatives from the Central MA area committed to creating a culture of artmaking in that region. She is also a founding member of One Marlborough, a group of volunteer residents who are committed to making the city of Marlborough a place where equity and inclusion are at the forefront of every organization and institution while working to dismantle systems of oppression. Her recreational activities include raising hens and skating as a chapter manager for CIB Central Mass (Community In Bowls).

Why did you join the ALC?
As the first person in my family to attend college, Mass Art was incredibly supportive in my journey. I am excited to volunteer my time, expertise and resources to a college that has opened doors for me.

Advice to Recent Alums
One whose seeds have not sprouted does not give up planting. ~ Kenyan Proverb


Melanie Chandler-Blood '10 BFA Ceramics
Boston, MA, USA

Melanie Chandler-Blood (she/her) graduated MassArt in 2010 with a BFA in Ceramics. While at MassArt, she was heavily involved in student government and community outreach, showing her work throughout the city and getting involved in several projects and initiatives throughout the school. After graduating in 2010 Melanie attended Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching. She began her career as a High School Art Educator in one of the largest urban high schools on the East Coast, while also supporting the school leadership team in guiding students struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges. Melanie has presented at the National Art Education Association’s National Convention on “Curriculum with Criticality for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and over the past 10 yers has led workshops and professional development surrounding Visual Literacy and Critical Multicultural Education.

The fearless mentality MassArt instilled in Melanie recently led her to take a chance at a new career as a Creative Content Director with a leading Development & Design firm and Home renovation TV Show in the Boston area, while continuing her teaching at the MFA. She stays active in the MassArt community as a director on the Alumni Leadership Council and an active participant in the Annual Auction and as a reviewer at National Portfolio Day!

Why did you join the ALC?
I serve on the directors board of the Alumni Leadership Council at MassArt because it allows me to give back to the community. Massachusetts College of Art and Design was by far one of the best decisions I have made. It challenged my beliefs and thoughts and opened my mind up to so many new ideas. I want to continue that experience and inspire others the way that the MassArt Community inspires me.

Advice to Recent Alum: My advice to recent alumni is to never stop exploring, whether it is in your artwork, your career or in life in general, take that MassArt Fearless mentality with you and trust the journey.


Mariana Yanes Cabral '17 BFA Art Education
Massachusetts, USA

Mariana Yanes Cabral is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. Yanes Cabral works as a visual art teacher in public education, supporting children of multiple ages and platforming their voices.

Yanes Cabral's artwork explores nostalgia, introspection, race, and politics with both traditional and digital media—drawing, portraiture, bookbinding, watercolor, digital collage, embroidery, and performance. Raised as a translator through necessity, Yanes Cabral uses translation as a medium to critique dogma.

Why did you join the ALC? 
I have joined ALC to help fortify the community; To help platform and amplify the community's strengths, and to help support the community's growth. It is reflective work to look back at one's communities and seek to learn together.

Advice to Recent Alum: Reach out and keep in touch with the community you developed in school; In it you will find both your database and your respite.


Robert Davison '89 BFA Graphic Design
Arlington, MA, USA

Robert Davison (he/him) is a Relationship Manager and Creative Strategist for Raytheon Technologies. He is responsible for overseeing the account management team for the internal creative services department, who serve as primary points of contact into the agency and provide strategic communications and creative consulting to the organization.

Davison has an established track record building global brands and joined Raytheon with more than 20 years’ experience in brand strategy and management. Prior to Raytheon, he was the Creative Director at MathWorks, where he developed and maintained brand standards and led the creative development of several high-profile campaigns and product launches. Davison held numerous creative leadership roles at Northeastern University where he oversaw the design, editorial, and digital teams and helped oversee the execution of the institutional brand strategy to transform the University’s reputation from a local safety school into a nationally recognized, top ranked institution. 

Davison earned an M.F.A. from Boston University and received his B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He attended the Brissago Program in Switzerland through Yale University where he studied with Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann. 

Davison is an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he teaches an advanced-level graphic design and visual communication. He has presented at design conferences throughout the United States and has received recognition from organizations including AIGA, Type Directors Club, How Magazine, Print Magazine, UCDA, CASE, Hatch Awards, and the Webby Awards. 

Why did you join the ALC? 
It has been exciting to witness the ongoing transformation of MassArt over the years. I welcome the opportunity to use my skills to further strengthen the MassArt alumni community and contribute to the institution’s ongoing and vibrant evolution.

Advice to Recent Alum: Open yourself to new experiences and viewpoints but let your inner voice and unique point of view hold you steady as you navigate uncharted waters.


Kristine Sanchez Henson ’09 Graphic Design
Jersey City, NJ, USA

Kristine Austria Sanchez (she/her) ('09 BFA Graphic Design) is a digital experience designer from Newport, Rhode Island, currently based out of Jersey City, NJ.

Specializing in digital product design, Kristine is interested in helping her clients solve problems with their digital presence. Currently in her role as Associate Creative Director at EY Design Studio New York, she leads design teams on a range of work both consumer and client facing in various industries such as financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, and more. Past clients include Anheuser Busch, Mondelez, Food Network, American Express, Travel+Leisure, and Scholastic. In 2016, her team won a Webby for Best Travel Site.

Kristine is an advocate for design education and culture in the workplace, where she often helps coordinate events focused on inspiration, sharing skills, and sharing feedback. She especially enjoys organizing and teaching design classes for new designers starting out in the industry. Her biggest passions are building inclusive communities where everyone can learn and be inspired by one another, and finding ways to push for shared resources and design systems that help accelerate day to day work. 

Outside of design, Kristine is a passionate Boston sports fan, enjoys improving her public speaking and leadership skills through Toastmasters International, learning new languages, and playing the oboe.

Why did you join the ALC?
I'm interested in the Alumni Leadership Council's mission to make a greater impact, bridging student life at MassArt to becoming well connected and successful artists and designers in the real world. MassArt was essential to my professional success today, and I'm interested in helping to strengthen the bonds with both students and alumni alike to achieve their highest potential.

Advice to Recent Alum: Never stop learning. Ideology moves rapidly, so it's essential to keep up and be comfortable with change being a constant.


Gail A. Hendricks-Hill '75 BFA Art & Design
Mashpee, MA, USA

Gail Hendricks - Hill (she/her), BFA, M.Ed.

- Elementary School Art Teacher, Town of Mashpee (Retired)
- Massachusetts Commissioner on Indian Affairs (currently, appointed in 2010)
- Mass College of Art Alumni Leadership Council Member (currently)
- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Board of Directors (served 14 years)
- MWTribe Juvenile Justice Department Director
- Native Tribal Scholars Program Director (UMass Boston/MWTribe)
- NYCP/Native Youth Program Manager (MWTribe Education Department)
- Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum Cultural Interpreter
- Plimouth Plantation Cultural Interpreter & Education Department Teacher

Why did you join the ALC?
With my many years of art education and cultural experience, I wanted to share that with the ALC.

Advice to Recent Alum: Know why you want to be an artist, or a storyteller, or a teacher.  Then tell the world who and where you are through your art.


Scarlett Hoey '12 BFA Art History & Photography
Worcester, MA, USA

Scarlett V. Hoey (she/her) is the Manager of Membership & Development at the New England Museum Association (NEMA) based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Since October 2017, she has been responsible for connecting NEMA’s 3,000 members to resources, coordinating sponsors for the Annual NEMA conference, and managing grants for the association. Prior to her role at NEMA she was the Program Manager for ArtsWorcester, a contemporary art gallery committed to exhibiting local and contemporary art free to the public in Worcester, Massachusetts. Outside of work, her photographs have been exhibited around Massachusetts at ArtsWorcester, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the ValleyCAST The Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery. In 2012, she received a BFA in Photography and History of Art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. When she is not photographing you can find her exploring historic homes, cemeteries, and museums.

Why did you join the ALC?
I joined the MassArt ALC in 2018 because I am passionate about MassArt and think the school has a great opportunity to reconnect with the incredibly talented pool of Alums. I also joined because I know MassArt can learn from Alums and engage with them in a way that is different than connecting with staff and faculty.

Advice to Recent Alum: Don't be afraid to reach out and connect with fellow MassArt alum, we all have something in common and can share our experiences and learn from yours.


Leila Lee Mitchell '03 MFA Dynamic Media Institute (DMI)
Milton, MA, USA

As Founder and Creative Director of LLM, Leila Mitchell (she/her) is an expert at communicating identity and information to shape experiences that connect people to place. With more than 25 years of design experience in a variety of disciplines, her process begins with engaging the collective voice and ends with capturing the audience in a compelling story. Whether it is environmental graphics design, wayfinding and signage programs, marketing campaigns, or branded interiors, Leila turns the design focus onto the participants who will be sharing the built environment. Recent and current clients include The Skating Club of Boston, Craft Food Hall Project, Longfellow Real Estate Partners, and Ginkgo Bioworks. Leila earned a B.S. in Architecture from The University of Virginia and an M.F.A. from The Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Prior to founding her own business, she was a Creative Director and Associate Principal at Neoscape, a creative agency for real estate marketing, for six years. Leila is also currently a professor of design at Wentworth Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design, and is a Board Member of the Design Museum Everywhere, for which she was recently selected to chair its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. (Website)

Why did you join the ALC? 
To connect alums with the school's larger strategic plans. To give back to my alma mater and community network.

Advice to Recent Alum: Don't seek traditional avenues to find a job. Focus on what you do well, what your passion is, and design your career path toward a fulfilled life.


Nancy Glazer Pearl '87 BFA Illustration
Melrose, MA, USA

Nancy Glazer Pearl (she/her) is passionate about building successful brands. She brings years of creative direction to your venture. Nancy’s design, strategic thinking and marketing expertise have built brands large and small. From top business leaders such as AT&T, American Express, T.J.Maxx, General Motors, Target and Fidelity Investments to local small businesses and non-profits, Nancy will guide you through the marketing process and help you build your competitive advantage. (Website)

Why did you join the ALC?
To give back and help support Mass Art alumni and students

Advice to Recent Alum: Be open to new ideas, directions and innovations. It's a great time to be creative and the world needs you.

 


Wesley Issac Richardson ‘99/00 Film/Video
Boston, MA, USA

I grew up in southern New Hampshire. My parents, and grandfather with roots in Louisiana cultivated an environment where their southern heritage, and culture was woven into our  New England backdrop. Through traveling locally and nationally I interacted with their community of friends, and relatives; it was their colorful palette of personalities that sparked my interest in storytelling.

I moved to Boston to study art and design. At MassArt I became a film maker.  The medium of film combined my love of stories and how they allow us to peer  into cultures, or subjects matter  through a unique perspective, from a nuanced point of view.

I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a film degree, but not before building a serious network of collaborators including  film makers, and professors, and other artists. My media and cultural studies  cohort initially crisscrossed the city  but it now extends across the globe.

As a director I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my work at film festivals  like Urban World, and Roxbury International Festival  with some of my childhood cinematic heroes/sheroes.  As a cinematographer via the local chapter of the Emmys documentary film I’ve shot have won and have been nominated for awards.  Being behind the camera for me is equal parts gratifying, and humbling;  with every project, and audience interaction my understanding of the power of moving images grows.

Why did you join the ALC?
To engage with the larger community of grads in a more meaningful and purposeful way beyond my immediate circle of friends.

Advice to Recent Alum: Your definitions of success can and will change along your professional journey.


Brooke Scibelli '12 BFA Studio for Interrelated Media
Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

Brooke Scibelli (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Her work explores various media including fibers, printmaking and performance, and has shown work locally and internationally. Brooke has a background in event production and community education, facilitating educational experiences for communities in Greater Boston and beyond. Brooke has developed curriculum and instructed classes for all-ages in visual arts and handcrafts. Currently Brooke works at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston as the Family and Art Lab Programs Coordinator, developing public programs for families with children and curriculum for K-12 school visits. She is also on the Faculty at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts. Brooke co-founded Non Issue Studio where she and Dyllan Nguyen (SIM ’12) develop art-making and curiosity-led workshops, and design and fabricate handmade goods.

Why did you join the ALC?
I joined the ALC to better understand the alumni and student bodies. To build stronger connections and find ways to support one another throughout our journeys as creative individuals.

Advice to Recent Alum: Work to build a supportive community.


Sarah Shakeri '13 BFA Fashion Design
Greater Boston, MA, USA

Sarah Shakeri (she/her) graduated from MassArt with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design in 2013. She currently works for Alumni Relations at Brandeis University, engaging alumni and planning events across the globe. After many years enrolled as a part-time student while working at Brandeis, she completed her graduate degree, a Master of Business Administration at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Management, in August of 2020. Sarah lives in the greater Boston area and has served as an ALC Director at MassArt since 2019.

Why did you join the ALC?
To connect with fellow alumni. I also wanted to help MassArt engage their alumni base by fostering meaningful relationships with each other and the college through my work on the Alumni Leadership Council.

Advice to Recent Alum: Have faith in yourself. Also say yes, take chances, and meet people! It will all work out.


Peter Strutt ’05 BFA Graphic Design
Needham, MA, USA

Pete Strutt (he/him) is a creative director and founder of Common Co. where he focuses on building brands and creating innovative digital experiences for today’s connected world.

Pete received his BFA in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2005 and found his footing at a global design and innovation consultancy, Continuum. He later led the creative team at a Boston based digital agency, Almighty, for several years before starting an independent design studio of his own in 2018, where he partners with global and regional brands across many categories including education, footwear, furniture, and travel. 

He met his wife and some of his best friends while attending school and hopes to share that same love for the creative process with his daughters.  He stays tightly connected to the local creative community and spent time as a mentor to high school students interested in pursuing creative education and professions through AIGA Boston's YouthDesign program. 

Why did you join the ALC?
MassArt gave me a lot and I'm excited to be a part of the community and work collaboratively to help it continue to evolve.

Advice for Recent Alum: Figure out what you love and surround yourself with people who you admire and will learn from. 


Jim Tirone ’03 BFA, Industrial Design
Harvard, MA, USA

Jim Tirone (he/his) currently holds the role of Senior Industrial Designer at Butterfly Network where his focus is on shaping the future of medical imaging. Previously, as a Senior Industrial Designer at Farm, he focused on the design and development of healthcare, life science and biomedical products. He is enthusiastic about the value of human centered design, and has employed design thinking processes to guide clients to innovative solutions, adding value both to his client and to the end users. Some of the clients he has worked with include Amgen, Bayer, Canon, Ethicon and Optinose. Prior to joining Farm, he held multiple industrial design roles within Stanley Black & Decker, leading, and designing products for the Black & Decker, Porter Cable and DEWALT brands. In both roles, Jim has led internship programs, and is responsible for recruiting, conducting student portfolio reviews and mentoring young talent. Jim holds 22 utility and design patents and has earned awards and recognition for his power tool designs. He has served twice on a panel of judges for the IDSA Student Merit Award.

Why did you join the ALC?
I joined the ALC to give back to the MassArt community, and help create opportunities for others in design.

Advice for Recent Alum: Stay curious. Be a sponge, but most important, be inquisitive and ask why.


Carlos Villamil ’12 Fashion Design Certificate
Boston, MA, USA

Carlos Villamil (he/him) is an industrial designer who has worked in several design fields including jewelry, fashion and footwear and graphic design. He is interested in traveling and has lived and worked in Italy, Spain, Germany and the United States besides his home country, Colombia.

Carlos is also passionate for mentoring and has experience teaching Design and Architecture History and Product Research at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia in the early 2000s. After moving to Boston in 2006 he worked with teenagers leading graphic and fashion design workshops in after school programs around the city and as assistant to the director of the Teen Arts Council at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. 

In 2013 Carlos was selected to be part of The Launch, Boston Fashion Week’s emerging designers’ platform. In 2014 he won the 1st edition of Descience – Science on the Runway, a global competition pairing designers and scientists to help spread the value of scientific research through fashion. The transformable clothing concept Cytocouture created in collaboration with MIT PhD Laura Indolfi is based on her endothelial cell research.

Currently, Carlos is an Assistant Professor at the Industrial Design Department at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He holds a Master in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. 

Why did you join the ALC?  I joined the ALC because MassArt has given me so much at the professional and personal level. As an alumnus I want to give back to the institution by supporting the important work that the ALC does.

Advice for Recent Alum: Keep studying, keep learning and come back to MassArt to do it.


Michelle "Shelby" Wang ’19 BFA, Communication Design
Honolulu, HI, USA

Born and raised in the Greater Boston Area, located in Honolulu, and frequently located on the west coast, I am a multi-disciplinary designer and strategist looking to innovate through thoughtful and data driven design. Bringing brands and ideas to life is my passion through brand strategy, team workshops, social media marketing, visual design, and experience strategy. Outside of my day job, you can often find me painting, working to create equitable spaces for young creative minds, exploring nature, picking plastic off the beaches, and eating my way through American cities. (LinkedIn)

Why did you join the ALC?
MassArt is a place of growth, innovation, and transformation and the alumni are the best conduit to tell these stories and share what makes art and creative education so important. I am passionate about outreach and hope to work to create an equitable, open space for alumni to thrive and continue to grow as a community.

Advice for Recent Alum: Work hard, stay open-minded, and allow yourself the space to be a human being.


Alumni Relations Representatives

Darlene Gillan ’12 MSAE, Director of Alumni Relations
ALC Ex Officio / Greater Boston, MA, USA

Megan Cronin  ’94 BFA Metals, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Greater Boston, MA, USA


SGA Representative

Adine Raboy ’22 SIM
Greater Boston, MA, USA


Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees

Pamela Parisi ’67 BFA Graphic Design
Greater Boston, MA, USA