Management Team

Christopher Barclay
Executive Director

Chris Barclay is an education advocate, management professional, and working artist-photographer, with a notable public service record in Montgomery County. He served as the District 4 representative on the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education, twice as president in 2010 and 2013, and twice as vice president in 2009 and 2012. Barclay’s community leadership roles have included the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, the NAACP Parents’ Council, the Takoma Foundation Board of Directors, and the Takoma Park Department of Recreation Advisory Committee. He is a member of Leadership Montgomery’s Core Class of 2014, a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago and worked in telecommunications prior to public service.

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Athena Corbin
Director of Programs

Athena Corbin is originally from Silver Spring, MD. Athena has been a photographer for over 10 years and has dabbled in illustration and other media for over 20 years. In 2019 she was given the opportunity to show work at Pyramid Atlantic’s 10 x 10 show. Athena decided to experiment with a new medium: textile/embroidery. The end result were 2 wonderful pieces that are a conversation about colonization and the imprint/legacy it leaves behind.  Athena is currently in the works to further expand upon this work. Athena began her journey with AOB as Online Program Manager and Lead Teaching Artist for Studio Crew.

Angela Faye Cruz

Angela Faye Cruz
Digital Studio Manager & Studio Crew Program Assistant

Angela Faye Cruz is an emerging illustrator that works both traditionally and digitally and has dabbled in other media throughout her creative career. With a fine arts focus throughout high school, Angela graduated from Quince Orchard High School and became an apprentice for Arts on the Block’s Pour Your Art Out program in 2018. She then became a Studio Crew member from 2019-2021 designing and fabricating client commissioned artwork. Currently, she works as the Digital Studio Manager and Program Assistant supporting the professional development of studio crew members while also working on building a co-owned start-up business, Galaxy Garden Crafts as an alternative creative outlet to design and sell fandom-inspired merchandise as a display of admiration for her other hobbies and interests.

Kelsey Joyce

Kelsey Joyce
Events, Workshops, & Outreach Coordinator

Kelsey Joyce has spent the past 6 years as a professional teaching artist, event organizer, and fundraiser, working with a variety of organizations and student populations. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In addition, she has held positions of art instruction at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, CREATE Arts Center, Latin American Youth Center, VisArts Center, and the Zenith Arts Foundation. Since 2019, she has been a practicing studio artist and focused on creating sculptures that take inspiration from daydreams, storytelling, and the world around her. Joyce’s work plays with the idea of traveling in the mind, physical world, and finding an intersection to both with fantasy storytelling. The goal of Joyce’s work is to temporarily transport the viewer into Joyce’s immersive fantasy by using bright expressive colors, affectionate smiles, and a peaceful and fun environment. When she is not creating works of art she is expressing herself through dance, fashion, music, and baking. Check out Kelsey’s work at and on instagram @joyful.imji.creations

Kern Lee
Kern Lee
Studio Crew Manager
Kern Lee is an arts educator and freelance illustrator with multiple years of experience in arts education, working with both Montgomery County Public Schools and local arts nonprofits. Their artwork references and twists popular design tropes to craft fresh, yet vaguely familiar narratives. You can check out some of their work here!

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Mya Carmichael
Communications Coordinator

Mya has had an affinity for the arts and creative expression from a very young age. She is traditionally an illustrator, working primarily with graphite to create expressive portraiture and emotionally charged drawings. She also has experience with digital media, having studied graphic design in college. In addition to dabbling in music production, Mya has participated in various small group exhibitions in DC and Maryland. Her illustrations are also published in Doll Hospital Journal, a UK-based digital and print magazine centered on mental health awareness and amplifying marginalized communities. Mya believes that acts of service combined with creative expression is one the most impactful and purposeful ways to uplift her community. She initially began her journey with Arts on the Block as a teaching assistant for the YAM (Youth Arts Movement) program. You can find more of her work and projects on her Instagram, @myazilla.


Adebisi Tiamiyu
Director of Development

Adebisi has nearly a decade of experience in managing and acquiring funds for various non-profit organizations. In addition, she has facilitated strategic partnerships essential to the growth of various emerging non-profits throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Her personal arts areas of interest are in digital art and virtual reality; its ability to influence culture through the internet and promote discourse. She is a Washington, DC native who enjoys brunch and painting during the weekend!


Monica Gish
Mentoring Coordinator

Monica Gish has had a passion for the arts ever since she was first introduced to it as a preschooler. As a child, she was inspired by the relationship of colors and could by found with a paintbrush and napkin in hand, ready to paint, or so her teachers have said. Now as a young adult, her chosen media in art have been oil painting, fine line ink, and graphite. Her art often explores themes of growth, strength, and peace. Even with artistic expression in the equation, her greater passion lies in helping others, leading her to have several years of experience working for non-profits in different parts of the country. Aside from her Mentoring Coordinator role, Monica is a student at BYUI with a focus on Business Administration and is a Volunteer Art Teacher for homeschool children in Glen Burnie, MD. In her free time, Monica enjoys walks with her husband, writing fantasy novels, and creating art.


Bianca Batar
GWU Graduate Art Therapy Intern

Bianca Batar is a second year student in George Washington University’s Graduate Art Therapy program. Originally from New York State, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is well versed in a variety of artistic mediums. She enjoys painting and drawing, and draws inspiration and motivation from the natural world. She spent years as a summer camp counselor in the Hudson Valley working with children and adolescents ranging from ages 7 to 15, as well as being assistant to the arts director. She is excited to be joining AOB and hopes to be able to provide a comforting and prosperous environment within the community. 

Peter Tabri
Artwork Installation Master Craftsman

Peter Tabri is a well-renowned mosaic craftsman in the Washington DC are. With over 30 years experience in tile, marble, and mosaic installation, Peter has decided to carry on the family tradition of mosaic craftsmanship that has been part of the Tabri line for well over a century. He has been recognized for his exceptional work by both the DC Commission on the Arts and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.