Sara is an entrepreneur, natural leader, artist, educator, passionate activist, parent, and committed community member. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French, and recently completed the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at Boston University. She is fluent in Arabic, French, and Spanish. Her entrepreneurial experience began with a consulting business, localizing software into multiple languages. She moved on to specialize in Arabic software localization, working with Fortune 500 corporations. She is a member of the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity that supports children and women in Boston and been a board member of the Center for Arabic Culture and a volunteer on the Social Responsibility Committee for Commerce Bank (formerly Mercantile Bank).
Marlena Idrobo, Development & Marketing Assistant
A former development intern, Marlena Idrobo is honored to rejoin ARCK as its Development & Marketing Assistant. Her role involves communicating ARCK’s meaningful work to various audiences. Marlena graduated in May 2016 with a B.A. from Wellesley College, where she concentrated in Latin American Studies and Art History. She also performed traditional Latin American folklórico dances, wrote for and copy edited the campus newspaper, tutored, and was involved in an organization for Latinx students at Wellesley. Marlena is excited by the opportunity to build upon these skills and interests in her work with ARCK, a creative environment that celebrates the diverse cultural backgrounds of Boston students.
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 and a 2017 winner of Digital Insurance’s Women in Insurance Leadership.
Panos Demeter is the founder of Demeter Development Group, LLC and Concentric Management, 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, 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. Joelle was born in Lebanon and raised in a family that has an artistic heritage, hence her interests in the arts and arts education. She has lived in various parts of the world, including throughout the Middle East, Europe, Central America and North America. Her life trajectories have granted her a keen understanding for cultural diversity and intercultural exchanges. Joelle has served as a lecturer in French and French culture at MIT and Brandeis University, and currently teaches at Northeastern University. She has also coordinated a number of art exhibitions and projects in North America and the Middle East. She is currently a staff member at the ICA, where she leads educational tours of the museum. Joelle is fluent in French, Arabic, English and Spanish. She currently lives in Newton with her husband and three sons.
Diane’s interest in ARCK’s mission is driven by her deep appreciation of the importance of art education as a vehicle for developing practical creativity, building self-confidence and creating a sense of community.
Leah Nees, Treasurer
Leah Nees in an Associate Investment Director at Cambridge Associates in Boston. In her role, she directly consults clients ranging in size from $300 million to $4.5 billion on asset allocation, manager selection, risk management, and benchmarking recommendations. Before joining Cambridge Associates in 2014, Leah held positions at UBS Wealth Management in New York City and Atlantic Trust Wealth Management in Boston. Leah received a BA in International Studies/Economics from Boston College, where she was a Fine Arts Department Research Fellow and CDO of Smart Woman Securities. Leah volunteers at Massachusetts General Hospital and is pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Jamaal Eversley, Art Education Advisor
Jamaal Eversley, born in 1988, hails from Randolph, MA. With a business degree in hand from Babson 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 several 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.
Sandra (Sandy) Larson, Communications Advisor
Sandra (Sandy) Larson is a Boston Public Schools parent and a freelance journalist who has covered the city’s issues and people for the past 20 years. She is a regular contributor to the Bay State Banner and her work also has appeared in Next City, The Guardian, Exhale magazine, Banner Bizmagazine, Glue magazine and ArtsEditor. She has volunteered as an arts editor and writer for Spare Change News and currently volunteers at the youth-serving nonprofit More Than Words. She first saw the power of Sara Mraish Demeter’s work when Sara co-led the 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 in her career, 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 a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
Laura Godfrey is a Real Estate Advisor for Coldwell Banker. She brings to the table a wealth of experience in fine arts, arts education, and fundraising. She has worked in many aspects of the arts and is the founder of LMG Arts, providing collection management services to both corporate and private clients. Prior to moving to Boston, she served as Director of the prestigious Elkon Gallery for Modern and Contemporary Art in New York City. Her educational background includes Master’s coursework at Seton Hall University in Museum Studies where she specialized in Museum Education. Laura co-chaired the 2016 ARCK Gala, which raised over $100,000 for ARCK’s mission.
Tiandra Ray, Visiting Architect
Tiandra is a recent MIT graduate working at Reverse Architecture as a designer and fabrication specialist. She has worked with various education outreach initiatives at MIT and seeks to continue exploring design education through collaborations with community organizations such as ARCK.
Mark Cooper, Visiting Artist
Mark Cooper collaborated with our students and teaching artists and interns to create the “I Am, We Are” mural across from Fenway Park. Mark Cooper has been based in Boston for 20 years, working in ceramics, photography, painting, and sculptural installation. Cooper received his Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) in 1980, and his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 1972. He has been awarded various public art commissions and grants from the Boston Medical Center, an Artist Fellowship Grant through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a Gund Travel Grant (Bali), and a recent special commission for the flagship store of Commedes Garçon in New York City, among others. In 2006 he authored Making Art Together through Beacon Press, which focuses on establishing participatory art practices. He currently teaches at Boston College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
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 local colleges and universities 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 see our HireCulture listings for open positions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be placed on our volunteer list.