The Artsy Staff


In The Admin Offices:

Paula Danoff, President & CEO:

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:

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:

Alyssa Brubaker is an independent curator and Exhibitions Manager at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Brubaker joined the EAC in 2015 as the Director of Design where she is responsible for all design content for the quarterly class catalogue, exhibitions, events, and general Evanston Art Center marketing and advertising. Alyssa has over 7 years non-profit experience and previously worked for the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, NJ. She has a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia PA and lives in Chicago.


Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions:

Cara Feeney (she / her /hers) serves as the Director 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. 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:

Since 2018 Christena Gunther (she / her / hers) has held the Director of Education position, overseeing the courses, camps, after school and outreach programs the Art Center offers for adults and youth. With over ten years nonprofit art education and programming 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:

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.


Katie O'Neill-Sneed, Manager of Special Projects:

Katie O'Neill-Sneed serves as Manager of Special Projects.  In this capacity, she supports all EAC staff with administrative operations, and assists with special events, including visual merchandising for Winter Expo and Spring Benefit. Prior to joining the Art Center in 2019, Katie enjoyed nearly two decades of retail experience on Central Street as manager and assistant buyer for Perennials.  She studied English at Lawrence University in WI and photography at Columbia College Chicago.


Andrea Tá​bora, Administrative Assistant:

Andrea Tábora joined the Art Center in 2020 as an administrative Fellow. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Art History this past spring, and has interned at the Smart Museum of Art and the Perez Art Museum Miami.

Front & Center:

Joanna Goodson, Mairin Hartt, Evelyn Morales, Samantha Nelson, Katie O'Neill Sneed, Ashleigh Pastor