Joyce Fernandes, Executive Director
Joyce Fernandes is a cultural worker whose career encompasses extensive experience in arts administration, lecturing and teaching, critical writing, and visual arts practice. Her primary focus has been to develop innovative community arts practices. Joyce has been Executive Director of archi-treasures since 1998.
Joyce has a history of working hard to facilitate strong community partnerships by recognizing and honoring the tremendous assets and resources that are available in all communities by designing creative projects that leverage and complement those assets. Joyce has also worked as the Director of Exhibitions and Events at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
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Ralph Hoffman, Associate Director
Ralph Hoffman is a designer and entrepreneur with 19 years of experience in the field of architecture and design. In 1996, Mr. Hoffman founded MAPLAB, Inc., a company known for residential design. Ralph also worked for Landon Architects Ltd. and Field Theory Studios. In addition to his architectural experience, Ralph has worked as a furniture designer and has taught at Columbia College. Ralph founded archi-treasures in 1996 with Neil Gaffney and worked as Construction Manager, providing construction management and technical consultation for design/build projects throughout Chicago. Ralph has also served on archi-treasures’ Board of Directors and on the Board of APEX, The Active Pursuit of Entrepreneurial Excellence. He received his BA in Interior Architecture from Columbia College in Chicago.
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Karen Indeck, Associate Director
Karen Indeck is a curator and teacher who has been working with archi-treasures since 2006 and has worked in arts administration for over thirty years. Previously, she was the Director for Yollocalli Youth Museum, a youth initiative with the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. Karen also served as the Director of the 12th District Youth Net in partnership with the City of Chicago, Department of Human Services, the Associate Curator for the Bank One Art Collection, and as the Curator and Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Dorothy Pytel, Grant Writer
Dorothy Pytel is a community organizer and gardener who first became involved with archi-treasures thought its Woodlawn Youth Solutions Project in 2008. She joined archi-treasures staff in 2010 as a grant writer. Dorothy previously served as the Program Administrator at World Education Services, a Legal Assistant at Kempster, Keller & Lenz Calvo, and as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher. She received her MA in International Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago and her BA in Germanic Languages and Literature; Russian and East European Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
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Joel Mynsberge, Communications Coordinator
Joel Mynsberge has a background in urban planning and community development. Joel started as an archi-treasures’ intern during summer 2011 for project, graphics, and event planning support. He joined archi-treasures staff in 2012 as a Project Assistant. He received his BUPD in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
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