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Elena Melendez, MA Candidate, Art Therapy

Therapeutic Mentor, artLAB Facilitator

Fluent in Spanish


Hello, my name is Elena (she, her, hers)! I have achieved a bachelor's degree from in Art Therapy and I am excited to put into practice the things I have learned during my beautiful years there. I was born in Puerto Rico and because of this, I am fluent in Spanish.  As of right now, I have worked with people from as young as 10 years old to 60+ years old and I hope to expand this age range as time goes on. Previously, I worked at an afterschool program as a dance instructor and a tutor. Later on, I interned with teens that lived at a rehabilitation center, and later with adults with intellectual disabilities. I love making art and always look to use unconventional materials to create beautiful pieces and always look to mold activities in order to serve others better. 


Ornella Lozier, BA, Art Therapy
Therapeutic Mentor, Senior artLAB Facilitator
Haitian Creole

Ornella (she, her, hers) has over 7 years of experience working with children of all ages in the community. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Art Therapy in 2018 and went on to serve as an Americorps Member for City Year Los Angeles for 2018-2019 school year. Ornella has always wanted to work with art and children and believes in the importance of investing in the power of self expression through positive, impactful relationships.


Craig Ronan, M.Ed, Arts Education

Therapeutic Mentor, artLAB Facilitator

Craig (he, him, his) has earned a Masters of Art and Teaching, and a Bachelors in Fine Art. He has worked for the past five years as a Community Service teacher at After-School programs for elementary and middle schoolers in Arlington. A musician and a painter that also loves athletics, he is excited to learn about your interests and ways in which they can grow and develop.


Adele McKiernan 

artLAB Facilitator

Adele (they, them) started off as a volunteer at ARTrelief...


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