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. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. 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. 

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Ralph Hoffman, Associate Director

Ralph Hoffman is a designer and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the field of architecture and design. He has a BA in Interior Architecture from Columbia College in Chicago. He founded MAPLAB, Inc. in 1996, a design firm specializing in residential design. Prior to starting his own firm, Ralph worked for Landon Architects Ltd. and in the architect Walter Netsch’s design studio. Additionally, Ralph has taught furniture design courses at Columbia College. Ralph is one of the founders of archi-treasures from when Neil Gaffney started the organization. He provided construction management and technical consultation and served on the Board of Directors for multiple terms, including serving as Board President. Ralph is currently providing archi-treasures with construction and technical expertise as well as working on business development in communities across Chicago.

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Elizabeth Tumiel, Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Tumiel is a community organizer who received her Masters of Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work and her clinical license in 2012. She joined archi-treasures in 2014, after managing the Tenant Leadership Department at Mercy Housing Lakefront, where she supervised community organizers and collaborated with supportive housing tenants to create positive community change. She has also provided clinical supervision to staff and student interns and is a strong advocate of life-long learning. Elizabeth also is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago in their MSW program and encourages social work students to think of social work as a community endeavor founded on creativity.

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Joel Mynsberge, Communications Coordinator

Joel Mynsberge is a communications and development professional with an interest in urban and community development, housing, design, and architecture. He has a BUPD in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. Joel started as an archi-treasures intern during the summer 2011 to help with projects, graphics, and fundraising. He joined archi-treasures staff in 2012 as Communications Coordinator, providing content, marketing, and graphics for projects and fundraising events. Joel previously served as a Librarian Assistant at Ball State University’s Architecture Library, and has experience in social media analysis and marketing.

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Jackson, Mascot

Jackson is the official archi-treasures mascot. Jackson has been enhancing countless lives through his charm and personality for over ten years.

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