Management Team

Christopher Barclay
Operations 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.

Clayton Evans
Deputy Director

Clayton B. Evans  has dedicated most of his 25 professional years towards working with youth and families in the out-of-school-time field and is the recipient of a PASEsetter Award for exceptional youth work in New York City. Evans has taught art to students of virtually every age, from kindergarteners to retired adults. In addition to teaching the visual arts, Evans has extensive experience in not-for-profit and arts management. He was the founding director of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem, NYC and Executive Director of Leave Out Violence-U.S. Evans received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (Education minor) from Lafayette College, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA). Learn more about Clayton and his art and follow him on Instagram!

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Anne L’Ecuyer
Executive Director

Anne is a strategist, facilitator and executive consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals. Anne is a founder of Art Lives Here, a creative placemaking campaign in the Gateway Arts District. Previously, she taught at American University in the Arts Management Program and served as Associate Vice President for Field Services at Americans for the Arts. Throughout her career, Anne has consulted with hundreds of arts leaders to provide strategy and support for their efforts.

Serena Feingold
Management Fellow

Serena Faye Feingold is a craftswoman and community artist who works primarily in ceramics, painting, metal, and performance. She was raised in a colorful, lively, Jewish household full of lyrical prayer and decorative objects and would spend hours in her Grandmother’s studio, painting by her side and playing with broken Italian ceramics and old Czech puppets. As she grew into her own art practice, that attachment to objects and ritual grew as well. Her current work is an exploration of narrative storytelling through hand-painted sculpture and musical performance. She translates her skills in craft and storytelling into her community arts work and always strives to create an open and creative teaching atmosphere.

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Annabel Barry
Management Fellow (AmeriCorps VISTA)

Originally from Connecticut, Annabel Barry received her BA in English from Princeton, where she minored in theater with an emphasis on scenic and puppet design. She became interested in community art and mosaics while working on her capstone project, a community musical rendition of Homer’s Odyssey. As co-producer and scenic designer, she collaborated with families served by HomeFront NJ to create a mosaic set from recycled materials. She received her MA in philosophy and literature from University College Dublin before coming to Arts on the Block as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.

Hector Catano

Hector Catano
Management Fellow (AmeriCorps Project Change)

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Hector Catano is a visual artist and educator with more than 20 years of experience and two master’s degrees in Art Production and Art Creation and Research from Spain. Hector has taught visual arts to different communities in Colombia and The U.S. funded mostly by the government, including children in extreme poverty, children with disabilities, homeless people, as well as college, primary, middle, and high school students. As an artist, he has been featured in more than 30 national and international group exhibitions as well as 4 solo art shows.

Melissa Ezelle
Management Fellow (AmeriCorps VISTA)

Melissa Ezelle has spent the past 16 years as a professional teaching artist, fundraiser and arts administrator, working with a variety of organizations and student populations.  She earned her MFA from Ohio University, and her BFA from Murray State University.  From 2006-2016, Melissa worked as both an arts administrator and educator for organizations supporting adults with disabilities, including the award-winning Resources for Human Development in Philadelphia, and The Arc of Prince George’s County.  In addition, she has held positions in development at the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) and Studio Theater in Washington, DC.  Since 2013, she has been a practicing studio artist and instructor at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and currently teaches classes in the fine arts department at Montgomery College. Melissa will be volunteering through the Americorps/Vista program to serve Arts on the Block as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator.

Austin Hill
Management Fellow (AmeriCorps VISTA)

Austin Hill is an advocate for artistic pursuits, peer-to-peer empowerment, sustainability, and social justice. Originally from Canton, NC, Austin moved to the DMV following his college graduation to begin his year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. At Wake Forest University, he studied psychology and studio art, with keen artistic interest in printmaking and oil painting. At Arts on the Block, Austin is focusing on designing and implementing a College/Career Readiness Program for the Emerging Artists in the studio.

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Chloe Rasmuson
Management Fellow

Chloe Rasmuson is a Washington DC native. After graduating high school, she left the DMV area to learn and travel for several years. Since returning to DC, Chloe has had diverse professional experience working with children, from coaching youth soccer to working at an elementary school as a paraeducator. She discovered her passion for teaching while living in Danang, Vietnam in 2014 where she taught English to children and adults for one year. Chloe draws on her creativity and problem solving skills in her management fellow role to help run mosaic workshops and design the vision for AOB’s retail branch.

Consulting Team

Michelle Faulkner-Forson
Community Arts Coordinator

A community artist and Chicago native, Michelle is a visual storyteller who uses photography and satirical video as a way to provoke dialogue about difficult topics. Michelle graduated with her BA in Photography from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2005. After graduation she served as an AmeriCorp member for two years at an arts organization that provided youth in-school and after school programming. Michelle then was accepted to the Community Arts MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 2011. 

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Social Media Manager & Designer

Naomi Giddings is a freelance illustrator and designer from the Washington, DC area currently living in Southern California. She graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Communication Design and minors in Creative Writing and Art History & Archaeology. Naomi is biracial Japanese American and is interested in creating works that uplift marginalized people and tell a story.

Veronica Sloan
Communications Specialist

Artist, photographer, and writer, Veronica is creatively inspired by the social and biological sciences and collaborating with others in ways that build and maintain the intersections of art and science in a sustainable and impactful way. While working as part of AOB, she further pursues photography and exhibits and sells her work nationally and internationally. She has a Bachelor of Art from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and further education diplomas from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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.

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