Our West Coast 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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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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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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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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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.