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In The Admin Offices:

Paula Danoff, President & CEOEmail Paula

Paula Danoff currently serves as EAC’s President & CEO. She is responsible for development and fund-raising activities at EAC, and directs operational administrative and programmatic aspects of the organization, the school, exhibitions, and the facility. Danoff joined the EAC staff in 2008.  Prior to this, Danoff served as Director of Special Events and Fundraising at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  She holds a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and BA from Knox College, Galesburg, IL.  


Larry BoswellDirector of IT & Administration: Email Larry

Larry Boswell has over 25 years of experience with the Evanston Art Center. He is responsible for oversight and maintenance of registration in partnership with the Director of Education.  Additional responsibilities includes coordination and training of Information Technology for the Art Center. He is also responsible for the smooth operation, maintenance and safety of the facility, and maintaining computer records including the membership and donor databases.


Alyssa Brubaker, Director of Design: Email Alyssa

Alyssa Brubaker joined the EAC in 2015 and is currently the Director of Design. She is responsible for all design content for exhibitions, events and general Evanston Art Center marketing and advertising, as well as managing and updating the EAC website. Alyssa has over 5 years non-profit experience and previously worked for the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, NJ. She currently shares her time as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the University of Chicago, supporting global contemporary art exhibitions at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Brubaker has a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art Temple University, Philadelphia PA and pursues curatorial projects and photography in her free time.


Cara Feeney, Manager of Exhibitions: Email Cara

Cara Feeney serves as the Manager of Exhibitions, coordinating all solo, group and curated exhibitions in each EAC gallery. This also includes the ongoing Studio Exhibition series, which provides EAC students of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to display their artwork in a professional gallery setting. In addition, she oversees the Artwork-in-Residence program where artists are given a temporary, semi-public exhibition space to experiment with ongoing projects and develop new work. Previously, Cara served as the Office Manager for Redmoon Theater and got her start with the EAC as an intern in 2012. Feeney received a B.S. in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Christena Gunther, Director of Education: Email Christena

Christena Gunther serves as Director of Education, overseeing all of the courses, camps and after school programs the Art Center offers. With over ten years nonprofit arts experience at such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center and Chicago Architecture Foundation, Christena is passionate about the power of the arts in bringing communities together. She is the founder and co-chair of Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local cultural organizations to become more accessible to guests with disabilities. Christena holds a B.A. in Art History and French from University of Wisconsin, and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.


Jen Montojo, Director of Development: Email Jen

Jen Montojo joined the Art Center in 2017 as the Director of Development. She is responsible for creating an over-arching philanthropic focus throughout the EAC by creating and implementing fundraising strategies and initiatives. This includes annual giving, grant writing, special events, membership, corporate and foundation support. Jen has previously worked for different non-profit organizations in higher education, healthcare and social services. She is a Connecticut native and holds a B.A in Graphic Design & Business Marketing from Central Connecticut State University.  


Front & Center:

Joanna Goodson, Mairin Hartt, Evelyn Morales, Gabe Rosen, Samantha Younis: Email the Front Desk