Our Team

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Elizabeth Molnar

[Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]

Elizabeth received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. From 2008-2012, she served as Art Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF. Her award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, she completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute. She creates interactive art installations that relate to environmental awareness and repurposes discarded books. Elizabeth is member of the Environmental Quality Committee in El Cerrito, CA, a City Council-appointed body of residents who work to involve the community directly in reducing our impact on the environment. 


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Susan Lynn Smith

[CO-FOUNDER/DIRECTOR/TEACHING ARTIST]

Susan holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught with Putney Student Travel’s Excel programs, Academy of Art University, and Good For Kids Foundation, for which she also served as program manager. Since 2008, Susan has been part staff at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, where she first served as a photography instructor for Oxbow Summer Art Camp. She then began to direct the summer program in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at the Visual Studies Workshop, Gulf and Western Gallery, The School at the International Center of Photography, Cantor Film Center, Fort Mason Center, Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, MarinMOCA, Cordon | Potts Gallery, Garrison Art Center, Diego Rivera Gallery, Book & Job Gallery, RayKo Photo Center, Inclusions Gallery, The Bascom, Berkeley Art Center, Upstream Gallery, and the SE Center for Photography. She has participated in artist residencies at Penland School of Craft, the Hambidge Center, and at Vyt – Art Students League of NY, The Rensing Center, The Lillian E. Smith Center, and VCCA.


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Laura Echegaray

[TEACHING ARTIST]

Laura began working with discarded materials as a child in her father's art studio. She is an upcycling artist, puppeteer,  poet, Spanish teacher and a radio production apprentice at KPFA in Berkeley. Laura received her Bachelor degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Puerto Rico and worked in architecture at various firms in Puerto Rico and the East Bay Area. As a teaching artist, she has worked with the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, and The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, among other bay area organizations.   


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Lauren Guelli

[TEACHING ARTIST]

Lauren received her BFA in Studio Art, a BIA in Interior Architecture and an MAT in Art & Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught art to students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade and worked with community-based art programs for the past 10 years. Lauren is currently teaching high school students in Rhode Island and manages her own graphic design business. In her personal art practice, she enjoys working with clay and mixed media. 


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Asha Kalonia

[Teaching Artist]

Asha earned her Bachelors degree in art education from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches middle and high school art in Fremont, CA. She believes every individual has creative potential and as an educator enjoys finding ways to ignite this creativity. Her personal work includes painting and experimentation with mixed media. 


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Hana Kenny

[Teaching Artist]


Hana is an actor, teacher, and lifelong artist. She holds a B.A. in Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American Studies from Smith College. She received acting training at The Stella Adler Studio, American Conservatory Theater, and Shakespeare & Company, before becoming a co-founder of the Berkshire-based comedy improv troupe The Whitdiots. Hana has experience teaching students of all ages, with a recent focus on grades 3-6, and always enjoys exploring the interplay between language study and visual art.


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Patricia Pauchnick 

[Teaching Artist]

Patricia earned her BFAE with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University in 2012. She has been a gallery assistant and co-curator at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery at SFSU and also volunteered at Incline Gallery. Patricia has exhibited throughout the Bay Area, including SF City Hall, The Merchant’s of Reality Gallery, Incline Gallery, The CCSC Art Gallery, and SFSU Fine Arts Department. Her personal work includes painting, drawing, and sculpture that relates to exploring the natural world.


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Radhika Rao

[Teaching Artist]

Radhika is an actor, storyteller, director, writer, and educator. She has performed throughout India, Boston, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of Eth-Noh-Tec kinetic storytelling ensemble and a resident artist of the SF Shakespeare Festival. She specializes in creating curriculum that integrates theatre into diverse learning situations. She serves as Educational Coordinator for Cutting Ball Theatre and also teaches in several Bay Area schools collaborating with Young Audiences of Northern CA, Enacte, SF Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, and Stanford University. Radhika has an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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Katherine Smith

[Teaching Artist]

Katherine has been involved in educating youth as a swim instructor since 2010 and began working with Green Art Workshop in 2016. Her main creative interests are in making collage-style recycled art and portrait photography. She loves teaching kids new things and watching them explore their own creativity.  Katherine currently attends the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is studying Psychology with a concentration in Public Health.   


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Haya Tawatao 

[Teaching Artist]

Haya holds a BA in Communications with a minor in Visual Arts and Media from UC San Diego. She worked for many years in television and animation production in Los Angeles and New York (MTV Animation). More recently, Haya worked as arts coordinator at Jefferson Elementary, providing art enrichment programs to classrooms and leading community-based art activities and projects. She also enjoys crafting Halloween decorations and costumes.


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Debbie Wu

[Teaching Artist]

Debbie has taught art in elementary schools and community-based organizations for the past 10 years. She currently teaches Kindergarten through 5th grade students in programs including school-based, after-school, weekend, holiday and school break workshops. Debbie started her art education path as a Los Altos Art Docent. In her art practice, she enjoys working with fused glass as well as mosaic, mixed media, and jewelry. Debbie has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA in Economics from UC Davis. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in San Francisco.


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Gianna Zamora

[Teaching Artist]

Gianna holds a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Environmental Studies. She has held positions as an art educator for youth, ranging from elementary to high school, for the last 4 years and is eager to share her passion for the intersection of art and the environment with her students. Gianna is currently illustrating work inspired by scientific botanical illustrations, insects, and the human form.