Sara Mraish Demeter, ARCK Founder and Executive Director
Sara is an artist, an informal educator, passionate arts activist and committed and loving community member. Sara received her B.A. degree in Psychology, with a minor in French, from Framingham State University and attended Boston University’s Executive Education Certificate Program – Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Sara is multi-lingual: fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish, and learning Greek. For the past seven years, she has proudly worn the hat of mother, now with three young children entering their school years in the Boston Public Schools.
At Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Sara was the co-chair of the Arts Committee and currently sits on the School Site Council. She spearheaded the “Diversity Thru Art” arts education initiative, recruiting artists to lead workshops for all 840 students and coordinating all public relations efforts. She organized the end-of-year art festival, inviting elected officials and the Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools as well as students, families and community members, to spur a fundraising campaign in support of the following year’s art initiative.
A decade ago Sara began her work as an education activist, serving on a committee to acquire and transform the former Brimmer and May school into a Boston Public School, serving Beacon Hill and Back Bay areas. The objective of this committee and the project was to bring diversity to these neighborhoods.
Being an adamant believer in quality public education and having an innate love for art, she also volunteered on the Social Responsibility committee for Commerce Bank (formally Mercantile Bank). Sara is a provisional member of the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity, supporting women and children.
Alberto Bianco, Program Manager
Alberto is honored to join ARCK’s team as a Program Manager. Alberto was born and raised in Sicily, and then at the age of 22 moved to Toulouse, France where he spent the last 20 years, working as a Teacher, Teacher’s Trainer and as a Certified translator for the Court System. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Literatures from the University of Palermo, Italy and a Master’s degree in Political History from the University of Toulouse, France. Moreover, he got his National Teaching Certification from the French Ministry of Education. He has taught a multitude of students from the elementary school level to the graduate school level. He taught History of Renaissance Art at the University of Toulouse and in the last ten years, he was appointed by the School District of Toulouse as a Certified Instructor to teach the Core curriculum requirements and to prepare graduate students for their teaching certification.
He has a long experience in non-profit management. He founded and ran the Italian Society « Machiavelli » in Toulouse in France and he has been on the board of directors of the LGBT Film Festival in Toulouse « Des Images Aux Mots » from 2009 to 2015, as treasurer, in charge of fundraising, movie selection and event organization.
He is a tour guide at the Institute of Contemporary Art of Boston.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Bob has spent his entire career launching new companies and brands as well as transforming large multinational companies. He has helped numerous clients worldwide to achieve a strategic business advantage while optimizing the value of their brand equity. Bob has worked with CEOs and executive teams for global consumer and business-to-business companies including Abbott Laboratories, Unilever, American Express, VeriSign, Partners Healthcare, Dunkin’ Brands, CVS/Caremark, GE, Staples, Kraft Foods, DuPont, and Johnson & Johnson. Bob is adept at ensuring that clients have a strong understanding of the interplay between brand, business and culture.
Prior to Founding CatchPoint Partners, Bob was a Founding Partner of Protobrand Sciences and served as Chief Operating Officer of BrandEquity International. He has held senior management positions with BBDO Worldwide and Ogilvy & Mather in NYC. Bob is an author, lecturer and consultant on strategic development, brand asset management and integrated communications strategies
Evie Black Dykema
Evie Black Dykema’s interest in offering public school students access to visual arts programs was inspired by the example of her mother, whose career was devoted to launching a series of enrichment programs in public schools. Evie was drawn to ARCK by its mission, the passion of the leaders that are pursuing it, and the clear competence of everyone on the team. She enjoys working with the ARCK team, drawing on the lessons she’s learned through her work with for-profit businesses to be as helpful as possible in a pro bono advisory capacity. Evie enjoys her day job at NAVSTAR Advisors, a strategy boutique that she founded following many years of CEO- and board-level experiences at two other strategy consultancies. Although the pursuit of an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business (First Scholar Program) paved her path for two decades of roles with for-profit organizations, she was initially trained for public service (as a Public Policy Studies major at Duke University). Evie’s favorite artist is her daughter Vivian (born in 2008), and she’s recently noticed that the professional art that she most admires often reveals an artist who harnessing the power of his or her “inner child”.
Mojgan M. Lefebvre
Mojgan Lefebvre is SVP & CIO for Liberty Mutual Global Specialty. In this role, she leads all aspects of technology planning and execution, and is accountable for technology strategy, business capability delivery, application development, and support.
Before joining Liberty Mutual in 2010, Mojgan was EVP and Global CIO for bioMerieux, a medical device company with business in over 100 companies. In addition, she has also held various leadership positions in both business and technology at Teletech, eRoom, and Bain & Company. Mojgan received her MBA at Harvard Business School.
Mojgan Lefebvre is one of Boston Business Journal 2015 women to Watch in Science and Technology honorees.
Panos Demeter is a founding owner of G & P Management Group, Inc., and Demeter Development Group, LLC in Boston. He is actively involved in real estate investment, management and adaptive reuse of properties in the Metro Boston and Cambridge areas. He recently ended his fifteen year position as Chairman of the Board of Mercantile Bank and Trust Company after successfully spearheading the sale of the institution to Commerce Bank. He has an undergraduate degree from Babson College and an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in real estate finance. His social responsibility contributions to the city of Boston have been exemplary and include the Project Place Financial Literacy Program and Mercantile Social Responsibility Committee.
Joelle Tomb, ARCK Clerk
Joelle Tomb is a Ph.D student in Education at the University of Montreal. Her research interests include teacher training, curriculum development, art integration and creative methodologies to explore plural identities of individuals.
Scott Ruescher – Scott has been working in the area of arts education for many years. Since 2002, he has served as coordinator for the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, coming into contact with educators from various artistic backgrounds.
Liz Byron – Liz Byron is a special education teacher, art teacher and practicing visual artist. In addition, she has taught general education and ESL.
Ron Lawner – FMR CHAIRMAN & CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, ARNOLD WORLDWIDE
Susan Symonds – Susan Symonds is the owner and principal creative artist at Infinity Portrait Design & Mainframe Photographics in downtown Boston. With a degree in Photography from Endicott College, she started her career as a classically trained photographer, over 25 years ago, when Mainframe Photographics was founded.
Antonia Ramis Miguel, Artist
Antonia Ramis Miguel was born in Spain and has been painting since childhood. Trained in Europe, she studied for seven years with Professors Edgardo and Alceu Ribeiro, themselves students of the renowned constructivist Joaquín Torres-García. Following her formal training and pursuing an interest in conservation, she spent several years studying the techniques of, among others, Rubens, Sargent, Velázquez, and Vermeer. She has also spent more than a decade painting portraits, both for exhibitions and on commission.
Miguel paints primarily in the medium of oil, on canvas and on wood; subject matter includes street scenes, still-lifes, landscapes, and figures. Recent work has included commissions for large-scale murals, as well as painted wooden sculptures. She has shown her work in individual and collective exhibitions in her native Spain, the United Kingdom, Austria, and the United States.
Miguel divides her time between Washington, DC, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), and South Wellfleet, Massachusetts. She teaches at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, affiliated with the Art Institute of Boston, and also at the South Shore Art Center. Her work can be seen at the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA; and the Watergate Gallery in Washington, DC.
Anthony Corey, Community Art Advisor
Jamaal Eversley, Art Education Advisor
Jamaal Eversley, born in 1988, hails from Randolph, MA. With a business degree in hand, from Boston College, he has decided to chase after his dreams and passionately pursue his talents as an eccentric abstract artist intertwining business with the arts in order to serve the community. His art has been exhibited twice in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Illuminations program and shows throughout the South Shore and Boston area. Within the past two years, he has received a couple public grants to bring his colorful patterns to the community and was most recently featured in the Boston Globe for one of them. Jamaal constantly creates to spur the juices of creative genius and put the “F” meant for “Fun” back into Fine Arts.
You can see more about him and his work at jamonit.carbonmade.com
Marian Dioguardi, ARCK Advisor
Marian Dioguardi was born and raised in the Italian-American neighborhood of urban East Boston.
Sandra (Sandy) Larson, ARCK Advisor
Sandra (Sandy) Larson is a freelance journalist who has covered Boston issues and people for the past 15 years. Her work has appeared most recently in the Bay State Banner, Exhale magazine, and the South End News. She has also contributed to Glue magazine and ArtsEditor and volunteered as an arts editor and writer for Spare Change News.
As a reporter and as a Boston Public School parent, Sandy has witnessed the impact art education can have on children, and also the fragile state of arts programs in the public schools. She first saw the power of Sara Mraish Demeter’s work when Sara co-led a year-long “Diversity Through Art” effort at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School that reached more than 800 students and culminated in a highly successful exhibit and art sale.
Sandy has worn many hats, including director of a nonprofit aptitude testing center; technical writer; and co-director of a South End contemporary art gallery. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts in Journalism from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
Meredith Hofmaier – Gardner Pilot Academy
Alicia Herman – Blackstone Innovation School
Leah Craig – Gardner Pilot Academy
Amanda Hockensmith – Gardner Pilot Academy
Carl Vestweber – Gardner Pilot Academy
Marjorie Almstead – Tobin, Gardner Pilot Academy
Jonathan Kindness- Blackstone
Claudia Arcia – J. F. Kennedy Elementary School
Sheryl Chen – Gardner Pilot Academy
Brooke Scibelli – J. F. Kennedy Elementary School
Karuna O’Donnell – Gardner Pilot Academy
Marissa A. Gutiérrez-Vicario – Gardner Pilot Academy
Christos Hamawi – Josiah Quincy Elementary and Gardner Pilot Academy
Volunteers and Interns:
We are profoundly grateful to our dedicated, talented volunteers. Thanks in part to them, we are able to thrive and provide high quality art programs to our students. ARCK is fortunate to have amazing parents from the Boston Public Schools and interns from the SMFA who help to truly deliver our mission, and ensure the success of ARCK. Together at ARCK we collaborate to drive home the message that art education in a creative, positive environment is a necessary part of our schools’ curriculum.
Please click here to check out our volunteer page if you would like to become a volunteer!