Liesel Plambeck

Liesel is a Taiwanese-American artist and designer based in Los Angeles. Her work is influenced by a background in print, textile, and surface design. She opened her creative studio in 2017 and has created artwork, products and murals for major brands, artists, homes and public spaces. 

Experimentation with materials and mediums is at the core of her diverse practice, including collage, painting, and printmaking, creating modernist-influenced designs that are dynamic and contemporary. Her work is manifested in paintings, prints, patterns, rugs, textiles, products and murals. You can learn more about her and her work here: lieselplambeck.com

Hanna Gudrum

Hanna is a muralist, illustrator, and creative mentor living in San Diego. Her work is inspired by nature, textile art, vintage patterns, and travel. She is passionate about the power that art has to build community and bridge gaps in our society. When she is not painting you can find her thrifting, cooking or on adventures with her dog Chorizo. You can learn more about her and her work here: littlehouseink.com

Ronald Paints

Regan Russell and Donald Gould, also known as Ronald, are a muralist duo who have known each other since they were in elementary school.

Donald is an Educator and Designer specializing in print design, illustration and branding. He was raised in Chula Vista and Imperial Beach and received his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and continued to earn a graduate degree from Savannah College of Art and Design with an emphasis in Graphic Design. After living up and down the California coast over the years working in the action sports and fashion industry, he has settled back in San Diego and is currently an instructor and head of the graphic design department at Southwestern College. Donald has always enjoyed working with his hands, rather it be classic motorcycles and cars or community projects and seamlessly brings a hands-on approach to his design with his unique styling. When he’s not watching kitsch movies for personal amusement, he’s working to expand his creative range by experimenting with old-world trades and alternative forms of communication. 

Regan is a multidisciplinary fine artist and illustrator who studied studio art at UCSD. His work looks at our relationships with pop culture and how it affects our identities and world views. Regan spends his spare time rewatching the Alien movie franchise from start to finish and can be found riding his rollerblades around Balboa Park for a little exercise. You can learn more about him and his work here: reganrussell.com

Nazanin Amiri Meers

Nazanin is a mixed-media and public artist. She draws and paints decorative patterns she finds in traditional Islamic tiles and nomadic rugs. She also illustrates and designs murals and makes tactile collages. As a public artist, she makes site-specific installations to emphasize the importance of privacy in public buildings. Amiri Meers is born and raised in Iran and migrated to the United States in 2014. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband and her cat. You can learn more about her and her work here: nazamiri.com

Ulises Galicia

Ulises is a 22 year old San Diego-based artist, originally from the state of Morelos, Mexico. His body of work is largely inspired by his hobbies, which include things like skateboarding, photography, and botany. He is currently in his last year as a Graphic Design major at Point Loma Nazarene University where he focuses on printmaking and painting.

Chloe Moya

Chloe is a junior in high school at Mt. Everest Academy. She is incredibly passionate about visual arts & art history. She loves working with acrylic paints and pastels though sometimes her creativity branches into other mediums such as photography and writing. Her goal is to inspire joy through art and she loves working with people of all ages on community-based projects. In her free time, you can find her wandering amongst shelves of books looking for her next read, or digging through baskets of records searching for that perfect album.

Brita Santana

Brita joined ArtReach in March 2021 as an intern and recently transitioned into Programs + Events Coordinator. Always eager to learn and not afraid to be challenged, Brita helps us to carry out our different programs with innovative ideas. “I’ve always wanted to work at a place like ArtReach, making others smile as part of my job is truly satisfying and fulfilling.” Her passion for reaching out and helping our community, as well as her attention to detail, has made her an important addition to our team. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and received a professional certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Diego State University.

Araceli Mangione

Celi has been an educator since 2010 and has taught at several educational institutions both in the USA and in Germany. Celi’s experience within the art community is versatile, from running an art gallery with friends, to translating art exhibition catalogs from German to English, to offering art projects to underprivileged children in her community. 

“As the first in my family to go to college, spreading knowledge has always been important to me, but there is nothing like teaching art (history) and the multilayered awareness linked to the arts. Teaching art skills is not only fun but an uplifting voyage that helps our inner talents grow and be fostered.” Celi’s teaching philosophy is about equitable learning and the chance to widen one’s horizon by offering a supportive safe space for expression and exploration. Although her art practice combines all mediums, Celi finds film photography to be the most exciting art form in that it combines both science and artistic creation. 

Celi holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.A. in Visual Arts from the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany. Next to her work at ArtReach, Celi teaches German at the German Pacific School of San Diego and art history courses at the Imperial Valley College.

Anna Laroque

Anna has been with ArtReach since early 2019 and quickly made herself an indispensable part of our team. Her attention to detail elevated our fundraising efforts in the last two years, even pulling off a mid-pandemic virtual auction of 30 artist-transformed guitars last November. Anna initially joined the ArtReach team as an Events Intern based on her wedding planning and event management experience. She received a Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Diego State University in 2017. Anna’s previous experience includes technical writing and data analysis, work in childcare facilities and summer camps, and lifelong participation in visual arts classes in all media. Anna’s knack for embracing creative solutions to any problems makes her an invaluable member of the ArtReach team.

Yasmine Kasem

Yasmine is an American-Egyptian Muslim sculptor creating works that focus on the perception of identity in a transcultural atmosphere, reflections of personal history, and remarks on social stigma. “My current practice is focused on navigating the delicacy of material and its ability to communicate tension and struggle under stress. Pushing a substance to its limit before its breaking point, freezing the moment before a collapse.” Her art and teaching center around telling stories from her life and helping others tell theirs. She has taught at Futures Academy and Lux Art Institute in addition to her work at ArtReach. Yasmine holds a BFA in Sculpture from Indiana University and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego. You can learn more about her and her work here: yasminekkasem.com

Sarah Holbach

Sarah inspires and connects our staff, our board, our clients, and funders. She has led ArtReach as Executive Director since 2018, after joining the team as Program Manager in 2013. Sarah pioneered our fee-based work that kickstarted ArtReach’s accelerated growth in numbers served and budget sustainability, leading to greater reach in our free offerings. Sarah created and managed large-scale at-risk youth arts education programs with California Family Life Center in Riverside County from 2004-2012, including art and literacy programs for pregnant and parenting teens through CalSAFE, community-based art and service projects for formerly incarcerated youth, and an annual large-scale sculpture program with an exhibition at the local community college engaging teens and young adults returning to continue their education. Sarah brings this community-focused and youth-centered mindset to all aspects of ArtReach. She knows our history, our goals, obstacles, and opportunities. Sarah creates lasting bonds between ArtReach and our stakeholders while remaining active in designing, supporting, funding, and implementing ArtReach Programs.

Isabel Halpern

Izzy specializes in leading collaborative, site-specific murals at schools and community sites. She joined the ArtReach team in 2015 after graduating with a BFA in Studio Arts from UC Berkeley. In 2018, she designed and launched the ArtReach Mural Program after leading several murals and spending the summer as an intern with Mural Arts Philadelphia. She believes that every single project brings a new learning experience, a group of people to help form connections between, and a story to tell through painting. In her free time, she enjoys playing folk music and spending time with friends and family.

Laurie Evans

Laurie Evans is a new member of ArtReach San Diego. Laurie obtained her BFA at the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2016 majoring in Illustration with an emphasis in fine art. She has worked as an art teacher and studio manager in both Southern California and Australia. Laurie uses her experience as both an art student and teacher to cultivate a safe learning environment where her own students can create regardless of personal ability. Her personal work straddles abstraction and representation while focusing primarily on the female form which is designed using a tonal approach. The rendered figure is often complimented with bold graphic design and color. Her goal at ArtReach is to provide students with projects that are challenging yet accessible.

Brooke Benedix

Brooke has been with ArtReach since 2015 when she started as a Teaching Artist. She believes her prior role as a Teaching Artist informs her current role and is dedicated to empowering our young artists and school communities in San Diego County. Growing up in a small town where there was little to no access to art education, Brooke saw at a young age the amount of missed opportunities for her and her peers to thrive creatively. Originally a theatre kid turned art historian and visual artist, Brooke received her BA in Art History from Humboldt State University in 2011 and realized quickly that she wanted to pursue a career in arts education. Brooke’s biggest aspiration is to provide students of San Diego with creative opportunities that allow them to unlock their artistic potential while stepping in the shoes of historical, modern, contemporary, local artists whose art and biographies reflect the identities and experiences our young people are living through. Brooke’s favorite response to hear from students creating is: “It’s like magic!”. In her spare time, Brooke likes to tap dance, roller skate, and obsess over her cat Little Edie.

Sierra Aguilar

Sierra has been an art educator since 2016, both as a classroom teacher and Teaching Artist. She believes the essential function of art education is empowering students to tell their unique stories through creativity. Each student enters the art room with diverse backgrounds, traits, abilities, and experiences. When creating tailored lesson plans for each school site, Sierra references artists working in student-representative communities. As students see themselves reflected in the work of other artists, they become more empowered to create and share their own stories, adding their voices to the artistic symphony around us. Her currency artistic practice of collage focuses on fragmenting of imagery to mimic memory and the patchwork of identity. Sierra holds a BFA in Art Education from the Academy of Art University and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art from San Diego State University. You can learn more about her and her work here: stardustcoyote.com