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Erin  Muirhead McCarty

Erin Muirhead McCarty

Executive Director

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Erin  Muirhead McCarty

Erin Muirhead McCarty (she/her/hers) is a seasoned development professional whose work has focused primarily on directing annual fund campaigns, individual and corporate giving, institutional fundraising, and strategic partnerships. In this capacity, she has experience within the  world of higher education and also as the annual fund manager for an international nonprofit; she has raised monies for the arts, as well as for social services. She holds a degree in studio arts, and art history from Virginia Commonwealth University’s nationally ranked School of The Arts, and studied visual arts and restoration in Florence, Italy. She's also spent time living and working in London, England. Erin has a love of pop-culture, politics, travel and adventure, and enjoys binge-watching documentaries, she relies on her two teenage daughters to keep her current on all of the latest Tik Tok challenges, Instagram trends, and viral memes.

Jen Babcock Davis

Jen Babcock Davis

Director of Operations and Finance

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Jen Babcock Davis

Jen Babcock Davis (she/her/hers) came to the Community Art Center in 2020. With a background in arts administration, theatre production, and events management, Jen’s career has focused on creating and supporting sustainable programs and events that are both engaging and mission and community driven. She believes that art is an essential piece to the development of any person, and works to break down the barriers preventing access for all. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Production from Northeastern University, and a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. In her free time, Jen can be found either enjoying the outdoors or a great book (or maybe both), or playing games with her friends and family.

Kosar Mohamed

Kosar Mohamed

Port Family Advocate

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Kosar Mohamed

My name is Kosar Mohamed (she/her/hers). I’m a Somali-born American citizen. I moved to America in 2003 with my son and family after fleeing from my country of Somalia, at the age of 9 and lived in refugee camps in Kenya for the next 12 years before coming to America. I started my formal education in Upstate New York, where I earn GED and Associate degree in Arts and later my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Umass Boston. I currently reside in Chelsea, MA for the last 10 years and have worked in different communities around the Metro Area. I have worked as a case manager/social worker, parent educator, and family advocate on and off for the last 11 years both in Minneapolis and Boston. In the years between my human service work, I took on real estate as a seller agent.  My passion has always been to help others. That’s why as a child, with no schooling, I dreamt to become a doctor to help those who are sick. Although my career path has changed, my passion is the same: helping others. In my downtime, my hobbies include painting canvases, decorating candles, bottles, and journals for both self-care and donating to fundraisers in the various organization in my community; cooking for my family, and spending time with my niece and nephew at the playground.

Angie Brutus

Angie Brutus

Administrative Assistant

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Angie Brutus

Angie is most often the first interaction students and families will have at Community Art Center. A multi-faceted artist herself, Angie enjoys an environment that celebrates and stimulates the creative expression of young people. With a Master’s of Arts Degree in Fashion Design, Angie enjoys using her creative talents for good. She’s lent her abilities to organizing community up-cycling and stitching events; and to sewing reusable cloth pads for women in Nigeria. Community engagement is central to Angie’s volunteer service. You can see why she’s a natural fit at Community Art Center! Additional community work experience includes: leading workshops, speaking on panels regarding arts & culture, sustainability, and economic empowerment. Angie’s artistic pursuits include writing, editorial styling, and creative directing. Previous administrative positions were held at Begin to Dream Again and Boston GreenFest. With wide-ranging and cross-cultural influences, Angie brings with her a love of travel from her days living and studying in Florence, Italy. As our resident trilingual, Angie’s linguistic prowess includes Creole and Spanish. But Angie’s (not-so-secret) obsession is found in highlighting, labeling, and organizing. She has a passion for order, order, order - and helps to keep everyone in line and The Art Center buzzing in top form!

Cyndi Wish

Cyndi Wish

Grant Writer

Cyndi Wish

As a child, Cyndi Wish (she/her/hers) wanted to be a surgeon, a mob wife, and a roller derby athlete, so naturally she has had a long career in non-profit arts administration. Cyndi holds a Master of Visual Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Sydney. She currently lives in New Jersey.

Sarah Winter

Sarah Winter

Director of Programs

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Sarah Winter

Sarah Winter (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She formerly worked in education and interactive media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where she worked on digital story-telling interactives and the early iterations of the Museums As Sites for Social Action (MASS Action) project, a national, collaborative project to create more equitable and inclusive practices in museums. In 2018, her adventurous spirit brought her to the West Coast; while in Eugene, Oregon, she coordinated community engagement and educational programs at an arts non-profit focused on arts accessibility, environmental sustainability, and recycled art. Sarah received her master’s degree in Art, Education and Community Practice from New York University, and holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, listening to podcasts and music (and singing along!), watercoloring, and trying out new baking recipes.

Lionel Blaise Jr.

Lionel Blaise Jr.

Teen Media Program Manager

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Lionel Blaise Jr.

Lionel Blaise (he/him/his) was born in Haiti. Ever since he was a child he had an interest in art-making. After immigrating to the U.S. He joined groups and attended schools that had a strong focus on art. As a result, Lionel worked for a variety of art-based nonprofit organizations. This garnered him a passion for teaching and mentoring youths. He then joined the Community Art Center and is now the Teen Media Manager. In this role, he can manage, mentor, and teach youth with the same passion that he has for art-making. His personal work usually involves comic book art, however, throughout the years He's expanded his skill sets into painting and filmmaking.

Jack O'Hearn

Jack O'Hearn

Teen Public Art Manager

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Jack O'Hearn

Jack O'Hearn (he/him/his) has spent nearly two decades as a professional artist, with experience in public art, grant administration, and higher education. He has worked with many non-profits, small businesses, and local governments to execute public art projects with a community focus. He believes the arts can be an important tool for community and economic development, enhancing pride and trust within a community and increasing equitable investment. Jack earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Lesley University and his Master’s Degree from The University of Wisconsin. He has lived in many places throughout the country building a career in the arts, including New Mexico, Wisconsin, Indiana, and West Virginia. He now lives back in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters. In addition to being a visual artist, Jack also plays the guitar and is very passionate about music.

Jada Alleyne

Jada Alleyne

School Age Program Manager

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Jada Alleyne

A lifelong Cantabridgian, Jada Alleyne (she/her/hers) comes to the Community Art Center with a wealth of early childhood and youth work experience. She has worked with Cambridge Youth Programs, Amigos Community School and Campamento Cultural de Amigos, and Children’s Village. The daughter of an educator, Jada holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a licensed cosmetologist, a creative spirit, and beauty product junkie. These days, when she’s not working on curriculum plans and keeping up with attendance records, she can be found selling her boutique bath & body products through her Soap Her Girl website. Jada enjoys creating art and baking with her young daughter, or spending time twin-bonding with her twin sister.

Ariana Messana

Ariana Messana

School Aged Teacher & Group Leader

Ariana Messana

Ariana Messana (she/her/hers) has been a teacher for five years and is excited to join the CAC team! She graduated from Suffolk University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater. She brings her passion for theater and creative writing into the classroom to provide confidence boosting and educational activities for her tribe, The Dreamers. Ariana believes in fostering a safe and welcoming environment to all students and hopes to inspire her tribe to live out their artistic dreams.

Kassie Otero

Kassie Otero

School Aged Teacher & Group Leader

Kassie Otero

Kassie Otero (she/her/hers) has worked with all age groups since she was 13, starting out in Sunday School. Eventually she started working with after schools, infants, toddlers and preschools throughout the last 10 years. She loves children and teaching and watching young children grow, but her ultimate goal is to become a high school guidance counselor. Young people more than ever need guidance in every aspect of their lives and she wants to be person they can come to whenever they have a problem. Especially since the pandemic started, young people have had to readjust their lives and it has taken a toll on their mental health. Kassie wants to be a person they choose to talk to because she finds herself to be very relatable and understanding towards young people. She obtained her Associates in Communication from Bunker Hill Community College in 2017. In September 2020 she enrolled in Lesley University and is working on her Bachelors in Psychology. In her spare time, she loves being with her closest friends and family, binge watching old school tv shows, cooking, and playing video games.

Elizabeth Bernabel

Elizabeth Bernabel

School Aged Teacher & Group Leader

Elizabeth Bernabel

Elizabeth Garcia Bernabel (she/her/hers) is a Dominican-American, Boston native joining us at CAC this fall! She goes by Liz, so please feel free to do so too. 

Art has been a passion of hers since she can remember. Starting in 2014, if Liz wasn't studying or practicing her artistic craft, she spent her time working as a teacher in some essence (or both). She worked with various programs and schools, having worked her way up from teacher’s assistant to teacher; working with preschoolers, elementary, middle school children and even adults teaching them art and design or other relevant subjects. As for her art career, Liz began her graphic arts studies in High School following her passion

and finally graduating from Northeastern University this past May, earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. 


She is now growing her own graphic art and design business that lives online and on social media, for now. Check it out here!


Now, she is super excited to embark on a new adventure as she joins CAC. Her biggest goal is to inspire her students and teach them how to use studio arts for self expression, self discovery and of course, fun! In her spare time, Liz loves to spend time with her son, make art, write, daydream, listen to

music and watch TikToks.

Antaliyah Maxwell

Antaliyah Maxwell

School Aged Teacher & Group Leader

Antaliyah Maxwell

Antaliyah Maxwell comes from a Cantabridgian family with deep roots in Cambridge. In fact, her mother actually attended Community Art Center as a youth, and participated in some of the earliest filmmaking projects! Antaliyah has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at TechBoston Academy, where she assisted students ages 5-13 in behavior and honor roll classes; tutoring students in math, social studies, science and humanities. She has also worked as a home health aid for Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, where she took great care of some of the most vulnerable clients. Antaliyah is finishing up a bachelor's degree at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, majoring in sociology with a minor in early education. Coming from a large family, Antaliyah has tons of real-life, hands-on experience working with young children. She appreciates that working with children teaches patience, and enjoys viewing life through the observations of young children. In her spare time, Antaliyah loves delving into poetry - you may even catch her at an open mic in the area!

Emmanuella Fedé

Emmanuella Fedé

School Aged Teacher &
Out-of-School Time Group Leader

Emmanuella Fedé

Emmanuella Fedé (she/her/hers) is currently a 4th year student at Lesley University hoping to become a first grade teacher. She has been a part of the CAC community since she was a teen in the Teen Media program and DIYDS. She is also trained in conflict resolution and is a community advocate. Her hobbies include creating playlists, reading, and learning as much as she can about skincare.

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