Camp Staff

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Camp Administrative Staff

Diana Tsai – Camp Director (she/her)

Diana began at VisArts in 2009 and has been the Camp Director and Volunteer Coordinator since 2010.

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Devon Miller – Assistant Camp Director (she/her)

Devon graduated from College of Charleston in 2014 with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Spanish.

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Charlotte Yang – Assistant Camp Director (she/her)

Charlotte is a student at UMD, and has been with VisArts since her sophomore year in high school

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Helena Aytenfisu – Assistant Camp Director (she/her)

Helena is an incoming college freshman and has been with VisArts for the past 4 years.

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Nethuli Kapilaratne – Jr. Assistant Camp Director (she/her)

Nethuli is a rising sophomore at Drexel University and she has been with VisArts since her freshman year of high school.

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Quinlan Le – Jr. Assistant Camp Director (she/her)

Quinlan has always been passionate about art and fashion. She has spent the last five years designing garments and participating in fashion shows.

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Belle Sargent – Jr. Assistant Camp Director (she/they)

Belle is a college sophomore with a passion for creating art inspired by what she finds beautiful. She attends MICA,

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Li-Fang Tsai – Jr. Assistant Camp Director (she/her)

Li-Fang Tsai is currently a senior studying Studio Art at University of Maryland College Park and resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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Antonia Ackel – Camp Assistant (she/her)

Antonia Ackel is a rising sophomore attending Drexel University. She started out as a volunteer 3 years ago and is very excited to be a part of the team!

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Avery Seo – Camp Assistant (he/him)

Avery is a rising freshman at Washington University in St. Louis with a focus in finance and entrepreneurship.

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Grace Sponaugle – Camp Assistant (she/her)

Grace is a senior studying Psychology at UMBC. She had been a camper at VisArts for many years and is now returning to work for them.

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Shraddha Tiwari – Camp Assistant/Media Intern (she/her)

Shraddha Tiwari recently graduated with an MFA in Digital Media Arts focusing on Stop motion and experimental animation from Pratt Institute.

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Seven Ya Han Chang – Camp Assistant (they/them)

Seven is a young artist dedicated to action, using their various works to inspire new ideas within all viewers.

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Isabella Miller – Camp Intern (she/her)

Isabella is currently enrolled at Towson University, where she just finished her third year.

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Christie Pandiangan – Camp Intern (she/her)

Christie (Kiki) is a rising high school senior, she has a passion for fiber arts but specially in crochet.

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Camp Teachers

VisArts Summer Camp Staff is composed of professional artists, MCPS teachers, private school teachers, and emerging teachers.

Alysha DeVries (she/her)

Alysha DeVries holds a master’s degree in Costume Design and Technology from Florida State University.

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Dustine Hayes (she/her)

Dustine Haye’s artwork is based on personal memory, stories and found objects that she adapts and transforms into painted objects, sculpture, and mixed media.

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Ellen Lafferty (she/her)

Ellen Lafferty has been an instructor at VisArts in Rockville since 2013.

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Emily Fucello (she/her)

Emily Fucello has had a lifelong interest in art and has taught children’s art classes for the past 12 years.

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Gary Moomau (no pronouns shared)

After working in a pottery studio for a semester, Gary took his first pottery class in 2013 at Anne Arundel Community College and was hooked.

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Kevin Franco (he/him)

Kevin Franco is an artist and educator in Montgomery County, MD.

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Kimberly Swanner (she/her/they/them)

Kim graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a degree in Japanese Area Studies.

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Ryan Rakhshan (he/him)

Ryan received his Bachelor of Art in art history and philosophy from Hood College in 2011.

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Sarah Sater-Murray (she/her)

Sarah is a self- taught artist who enjoys acrylic painting as well as working with a wide range of mediums, drawing inspiration from nature, the magical realm, feminism, and Mother Earth.

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Viva Virtuoso (any pronouns)

When it comes to her approach at art, life, and education, Miss Viva Virtuoso has adopted the iconic words of eccentric 4th-grade science teacher, Ms. Frizzle, of the Magic School Bus book series.

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Marta Lopez Teigeiro

Marta was born in Spain and came to the United States as a teenager with the idea of pursuing her dream to become an artist. She completed graphic design and early education degrees at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.

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Camp Teacher Assistants

Future VisArts Summer Camp Teachers! These young, talented artists will provide assistance and suport to VisArts Camp teachers throughout the summer.

Helena Cervantes (she/they)

Helena is a Guatemalan-American, multimedia, lowbrow artist, born and raised in Washington D.C. and now residing in Maryland.

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Byanca Morales Cabrera (she/they)

Byanca Morales Cabrera is Junior Graphic Designer and Printmaker studying at UMBC, currently based in Baltimore.

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Andres Ugartechea (he/him)

Andres Ugartechea is an undergraduate student at NYU Abu Dhabi pursuing a double degree in Interactive Media and Visual Arts.

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Camp Technicians

Our VisArts Camp Techs help bring your children’s glass, wood, and ceramics projects, to completion!

Hayden Heitzman (he/him)

Hayden Heitzman is a rising junior at Richard Montgomery High School and has several

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Owen King (he/him)

Owen started at VisArts as a camper when he was about 8 years old, and started volunteering at 12.

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Gabby Pandiangan (she/her)

Gabby is a rising freshman and this is the first year of many working with Visarts.

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Tori Pilpel (she/her)

Tori has been a part of VisArts for 10 years, first as a camper, then as a volunteer, and now as a tech!

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Sydney Ruckdeschel (she/her)

Sydney Ruckdeschel has been taking ceramics classes since her freshman year of high school.

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Camila Ton (she/her)

Camila started as a camper and worked her way up, first as a volunteer and now as a tech!

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