Team

 

Michael Tupanjanin

CEO

Michael has spent most of his career helping companies transition and enhance their businesses through the use of digital technologies and devices.  Most recently, Michael was the Chief Revenue Officer at Sitecore, a $200M technology company used by the world's leading brands to build online and mobile customer experiences. At Sitecore, he led all global sales, services, customer support, and partnerships. Prior to Sitecore, Michael was the CEO of Metavana, a startup that developed highly accurate algorithms to track social media for consumer expressions of opinions and emotions about companies products and services.  As Executive Vice President of FAST, Michael led all global operations while the company grew from a startup to a global leader in Enterprise Search.  FAST was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  Michael remained with Microsoft for another 3 years in order to lead the commercial integration of FAST, and was subsequently placed in charge of the Digital Marketing Platform Group.  Earlier in his career, Michael was the VP Corporate Development for an eLearning company, Centra Software, which had a successful IPO in 2000.  He also had successful stints at several high tech media companies including CMP Media and Ziff Davis.

Liz Powers

Co-Founder, Chief Happiness Spreader

As Chief Happiness Spreader, Liz is ArtLifting’s heart and soul. Liz is a serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. In 2010, Liz was awarded the "Unsung Heroine Award" in the Massachusetts State House for founding art collectives and the LIFT Bike Project. Liz has an AB, cum laude, in Sociology from Harvard College and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.

liz@artlifting.com

 

Kelly McKenna

Chief Operating Officer, Founding Team

Kelly has been with ArtLifting since week one and focuses on finding new opportunities to grow ArtLifting’s business while also keeping the company’s operations and finances intact. Having grown up with an older brother with a disability, Kelly strongly identifies with ArtLifting’s mission to empower individuals by focusing on their strengths. Kelly has a BA in History from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, Kelly worked in sales at J.P. Morgan.

kelly@artlifting.com

 

Hillary Kaufman

Artist Outreach Director

Hillary is passionate about helping to empower people through art as a vehicle to see and create new possibilities, hope, and connection. She is an artist herself and attended college at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied studio art, art history, and psychology. Hillary has a Masters of Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a registered Art Therapist (ATR) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Before joining the ArtLifting team, Hillary worked with a variety of youth and young adults living with homelessness in Santa Fe, NM and then started and managed an art therapy program at a mental health agency in Chicago, IL, where she was able to help connect many individuals and groups with the power of art expression.

hillary@artlifting.com

 

Natalie Lemle

Director of Partnerships

Natalie came to ArtLifting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she managed corporate partnerships. She has worked in both the public and private art sectors and in advertising at Digitas. Originally from Chicago, she graduated from Tufts University with a BA, magna cum laude, in art history and classics. 

natalie@artlifting.com 

 

Caitlin Murphy

Curatorial Associate

Caitlin leads ArtLifting's curating process, collaborating with both artists and clients to select artworks. Caitlin graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, in art history from College of Charleston and an M.A. in art history and museum studies from Tufts University. Prior to joining ArtLifting, Caitlin worked with the Harvard Art Museums. 

caitlin@artlifting.com

 

Katie Manzi

Director of Operations

Katie has a talent for bringing people together and loves spreading ArtLifting’s positive mission. Katie has always had a passion for helping others through programs such as Habitat for Humanity and is also an artist herself. Katie got her AB, magna cum laude, in Visual Environmental Studies at Harvard University. ArtLifting is the perfect fit for Katie's skills, values, and interests and she can't wait to make a huge impact on countless lives through ArtLifting.

katie@artlifting.com

 

Amira Abedallah

Director of Marketing

Amira helps our artists connect with our broader community and customers by leading our digital marketing efforts. Amira is a graduate of Harvard College with an AB in Psychology.

amira@artlifting.com

  

Karen Jann Vierbuchen

Creative Director

As creative director, Karen leads ArtLifting's digital user experience and the design of our products and marketing content. Karen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Arts & Science in Architecture. 

karen@artlifting.com

 

Hilary Treat

Arts Administrator 

Hilary, who is pursuing a Master's Degree in Arts Administration at Boston University, manages the ever expanding portfolio of our artists' artworks. Hilary works with both artists and clients to ensure proper care and curation of pieces.

hilaryt@artlifting.com

  

Spencer Powers

Co-Founder, Board Member

Seeing the great potential that a business like ArtLifting could have for social good and delighting customers, Spencer teamed up with his sister, Liz, to create ArtLifting. Spencer holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

spencer@artlifting.com

 

Frank Moss

Board Member

While director of the MIT Media Lab, Frank developed a passion for the power of creativity and technology to improve the lives people living with disabilities. In ArtLifting, Frank has found a social enterprise that truly embodies this principle. He has had a 35-year career as a high-tech, biotech, and health-tech entrepreneur and enjoys pen-and-ink drawing in his spare time. Frank holds a BSE from Princeton and MS and PhD from MIT.

 


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