About Us //
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 (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.
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.
Krysteen Ribeiro (she/her/hers) recently joined the CAC team in 2021. A native Massachusetts resident, Krysteen graduated from Curry College in 2019 with a BA in Communication, concentrating in television and video. However, her love for words snuck up on her, so she also ended up minoring in English as well. Later that year, she was part of a female-led Youtube mini series that strived to document the struggles of a DACA student in the US. Her idea of a good time is finally finding a good book and devouring it in less than three days. She is always looking at life with a "glass half full" perspective and is ready to hear your next big story. Also, if you need a master of none, a walking dictionary, or an avid Marvel fan, Krys is always available.
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 Baltimore.
Victoria (V) Brancazio (they/them/theirs), when not at the CAC front desk, is an actor and writer in the Greater Boston area. Originally from North Carolina, Victoria graduated from Emerson College in 2018 with a BFA in Acting and Theatre Education. V is a proud member of Stage Source’s Gender Explosion initiative, which seeks to create a more gender-diverse and inclusive theatre for trans and non-binary artists in New England. They’re also a big fan of Avatar the Last Airbender, eggs, baking, and biking.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
Anagha Prasan (she/her/hers) was born in India and moved to Boston to do her undergraduate at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her passion from a very young age has been to paint, teach and talk about art, so it only made sense to study Art Education and Painting for her BFA and follow up with an MA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has found a special interest in museums, drawing on rotating exhibitions to challenge her teaching practice and bring something new into every workroom session. When she isn’t busy teaching, she works on her abstract paintings, engages in recreational rock climbing and more recently, weight lifting. Anagha is ready to join the CAC team and leap into creative explorations with her students!
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.
Lucy was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She attended Emmanuel College, where, as a double major, she obtained her Bachelors in History and Art History.
Lucy has harbored a passion for the arts all her life, whether it be stringing beads together as a toddler or creating abstract pieces as an adult. This long-standing relationship with creativity has kindled a strong desire to share the power of creative expression with the children she teaches.
Lucy understands that the desire to create “good art” can make creating a stressful process and aims instead to focus her students on the enjoyment of creative expression. When it comes to creating, Lucy’s motto is “all art is good art!”
In her spare time, Lucy enjoys reading, spending time with her pet rabbit, listening to music, and unleashing her inner creativity through painting, drawing, jewelry making, and other media.
Lucy is beyond excited to guide the CAC’s kids in their own journey to creative expression, whenever it might lead.
Sarah Winter (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and recently moved to Massachusetts. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied art history. As a former museum administrator, Sarah worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on gallery interactives and a collaborative project to create more equitable, inclusive practices and social action in museums. Her adventurous spirit brought her to the West Coast, where she worked at an Oregon nonprofit focused on arts accessibility, environmental sustainability, and recycled art. These experiences inspired her to pursue an MA in Art, Education + Community Practice New York University. In her spare time, Sarah loves to spend time with family and friends, be outside, make art, and try new baking recipes. Sarah is excited to join CAC and grow with her students in their creative endeavors.
José Yax (he/him/his) is the Community Art Center custodian and resident ‘fix-it-all’ super-hero. It runs in the family for José; for years before him, his brother, Erick held the position until retirement. José’s easy going demeanor and kind ways bring a smile to everyone in his path.