Team

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Liz Powers

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 founded ArtLifting in November of 2013 along with her brother Spencer Powers. After securing a grant post-graduation from Harvard, Liz spent a year establishing art groups in homeless shelters throughout the Boston area. Liz was immediately struck by the incredible talent that she saw and wanted to share these creations with the world. She realized that art could be a transformational path to financial stability for these artists and countless others nationwide; they just needed a digital marketplace to connect with a larger audience.

liz@artlifting.com
Christina Bailey

Christina Bailey

Chief Growth Officer

Christina Bailey’s main objective is to share ArtLifting artists’ artwork with the world. She is the head of ArtLifting’s corporate sales, licensing agreements, channel partnerships, and overall sales strategies. Christina is a mission and outcome driven professional, and at ArtLifting her mission is to get your artwork sold and placed on the walls and products of companies across the country.

Prior to ArtLifting, Christina spent 10 years driving marketing and sales efforts for Fortune 15 and early-stage healthcare technology companies. She served as the first Executive Director for the Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she led strategic planning and organizational development. She created significant impact through increased fundraising and public policy efforts.

Christina obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from the University of Kansas. She has been personally inspired by the artwork of her sister who lives with a disability, as well as by the friends and strangers who have come into her life over time. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the amazing art at ArtLifting with the world and spread some joy in the process! 

christina@artlifting.com
Mike Gary

Mike Gary

Senior Director of Operations

Mike facilitates and optimizes ArtLifting's business operations. He evaluates our processes and creates solutions to support the organization and provide a foundation for scaled growth. He approaches new challenges as opportunities for continued improvement. 

Prior to ArtLifting, Mike worked for over 15 years in B2B operations and sales - most recently with a global manufacturer of indoor air quality appliances. Having a family member who is an artist with a disability, ArtLifting’s mission resonates deeply with Mike. Working on the ArtLifting team is a dream opportunity for him and it excites him to be able to create real social impact while doing something he loves.

mike@artlifting.com
Elliott Taylor

Elliott Taylor

Creative Director

Elliott is based out of Santa Cruz, CA and manages all current and potential partnerships with artists and social service organizations. Elliott works to maintain and develop ArtLifting's artwork collection to meet the needs of the corporate art market and well as exemplify each artist's creativity and talents.    

Elliott also works as a professional artist, photographer, and art instructor. Elliott holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz in Art and History of Art and Visual Culture. His art practice aims to bring increased awareness around social justice issues, often through collaborative projects with various communities. Before joining ArtLifting, he worked as an art instructor and studio manager at The Claraty Arts Project in Santa Cruz, an arts program, studio and gallery that supports and advances the development of a new, positive, collective identity for developmentally disabled adults via arts education, training, and creative expression.

elliott@artlifting.com
Addi Spearman

Addi Spearman

Director of Customer Success

As Director of Customer Success, Addi Spearman works closely with businesses to help them find artwork that meets their needs while maximizing their social impact. In addition, Addi works closely with the business development team to create new leads and increased sales opportunities for artists.  

Addi graduated in 2016 from College of Charleston with a double major in English and Art History. Prior to joining Art Lifting, she worked for as the Social Media and Marketing manager for Andy Paige Style, Inc. Her role at ArtLifting is truly a dream job, combining her love for art with her passion for social impact. 

addi@artlifting.com
Bree Lalor

Bree Lalor

Curator

As Curator, Bree advises the business development and sales teams on artwork recommendations for customers and prospects, creates custom proposals and mock-ups, and contributes to design and marketing efforts. Bree is passionate about creating positive societal change through art, and is dedicated to mobilizing the voices of ArtLifting artists. 

Bree has an AB, cum laude, in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College, where she focused on studio art. She loves painting, photography, and design, and is a believer in the power of creative expression to inspire social change. She is excited to use her own art and design background to work to elevate the voices of all ArtLifting artists. Bree joined ArtLifting in June 2017 as a Design and Marketing Associate, and transitioned to the role of Curator in summer 2018.

bree@artlifting.com
Sadie Shillieto

Sadie Shillieto

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Sadie is responsible for artwork and installation, fulfillment, customer service, vendor relations, inventory management, artist payments, and office administration.


Sadie's career has been driven by the desire to make art accessible. Until joining ArtLifting she was in the museum field, focusing on collections care and management. While working with a museum's corporate lending program it became clear to her that the best way to get people to engage with art was by bringing it right into their office spaces. Sadie is excited to now be working for a community of talented artists who are not adequately represented in the rest of the art world, doubling her impact!

sadie@artlifting.com
Erin Cousins

Erin Cousins

Art Advisor

Erin is an Art Advisor, forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

Prior to ArtLifting, Erin worked closely with artists and educators to create immersive installations, community programs, and interactive learning spaces in the museum sector. She’s thrilled to be able to continue connecting artists with new opportunities at ArtLifting, where she’s able to combine her desire to celebrate the work of talented creatives with her drive to help teams achieve their goals. 

erin@artlifting.com
Laura Prados-Bacó

Laura Prados-Bacó

Art Advisor & Partnerships Coordinator

Laura is an Art Advisor, forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

Laura graduated from Babson College with a BS in Business Administration. Prior to working at ArtLifting, Laura was able to gain valuable marketing and sales knowledge during her internship with Facebook Inc. and used that experience later on as a Business Development Associate at VINCI VR, a Boston-based tech startup. Laura also worked for Babson’s Sorenson Visual Arts Center, where she marketed gallery events, acted as a liaison between the arts center and the folk across campus interested in displaying art in their workspaces, managed the permanent art collection database, and helped with the installation and deinstallation of artworks. Working for ArtLifting is like a dream come true for Laura as it’s a mix of her three main passions: entrepreneurship, social impact, and art. Laura’s excited to work for a mission-driven organization that aims to empower and further the representation of talented artists that are not adequately represented in the art market. 

laura@artlifting.com
Anne Bustamante

Anne Bustamante

Art Advisor

Anne is an Art Advisor, forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

Prior to joining the team at ArtLifting, Anne balanced her time between nonprofit organizations and corporate tech companies throughout Chicago and the Chicagoland area. She holds a B.F.A. in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a M.A. in arts administration from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a mission-driven individual, Anne sees a natural connection between what an artist creates and how a company expresses its core values.

anne.bustamante@artlifting.com
Janessa Post

Janessa Post

Art Advisor

As an Art Advisor, Janessa is responsible for forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

Janessa holds a BA in art history from San Diego State University, an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, and a professional certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. She spent her early career working for arts nonprofits and galleries, including Creativity Explored, a gallery and studio space in San Francisco that serves artists with developmental disabilities. 

In more recent years, Janessa worked in art sales, providing both high volume and custom artwork for corporate, hospitality, and healthcare projects. She is excited to be a part of ArtLifting, where she can combine her for-profit experience with her passion for promoting inclusivity and understanding through art.

janessa@artlifting.com
Sharon Heitzenroder

Sharon Heitzenroder

Art Advisor

As an Art Advisor, Sharon is responsible for forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

With a decade of sales and marketing experience, Sharon holds a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design as well as an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She spent her early career managing non-profits and lecturing for the University of California Santa Cruz and the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She is a practicing artist exhibiting and lecturing internationally. Sharon is excited to help businesses and individuals recognize their potential to create a more inclusive and just economy by championing the work of under-recognized artists.

sharon@artlifting.com
Zara Makhdoom

Zara Makhdoom

Art Advisor

Zara is an Art Advisor, forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

Zara holds an MSc in Art, Law and Business from Christie’s Education and a BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art. She spent her early career focusing on sales and curation at auction houses and galleries. Most recently she was leading Sales and Curation at NellyDuff Gallery in London. She is passionate about having an impact and building strong partnerships. At ArtLifting, Zara hopes to combine her passion for the arts and her skills to foster an inclusive community.

zara@artlifting.com
Aubree Mladenovic

Aubree Mladenovic

Art Advisor

As an Art Advisor, Aubree is responsible for forming new partnerships with companies across the country. She works closely with businesses, helping them to find the perfect fit of artwork while maximizing their social impact, as well as helping artists to increase their income with new sales.

Aubree holds a BA in Art History/Arts Management from University of San Francisco. From hospitality design to contemporary art exhibitions to antique map sales, Aubree’s career has spanned a wide range of art, sales and event experience. Prior to joining ArtLifting, she worked in account management selling art for commercial, healthcare and corporate projects across the US. She is also a visual artist with a focus on pen and ink drawings as well as embroidery. At ArtLifting, Aubree is excited to help grow meaningful, socially-impactful connections between our artists and our clients.

aubree@artlifting.com
Haley Wodarczyk

Haley Wodarczyk

Artist Program Manager

Haley manages the community of artists ArtLifting currently represents, as well as our outreach efforts to recruit new artists and establish working relationships with new community partners.  She focuses on recognizing and meeting the needs of our artist community to facilitate the greatest impact on the individuals and organizations we support. Haley is a passionate advocate for each artist we work with.

Haley graduated from Stony Brook University, NY, with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and a minor in Writing. Before joining ArtLifting, Haley spent 5 years working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries. During this time, Haley supported individuals as a direct care counselor, case manager, and certified brain injury specialist for numerous individuals living with disabilities and experiencing homelessness through empathy, understanding, and professionalism. In addition, Haley has an impressive history of supporting marginalized communities to have access to improved quality of life outcomes. She also has a talent for figure drawing with an interest in medical illustration.

haley@artlifting.com
Olivia Kascak

Olivia Kascak

Associate Curator

As an Associate Curator, Olivia makes thoughtful artwork recommendations for clients and advises on the development of ArtLifting's artwork collection.

Olivia graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a B.S. in Interior Design. Prior to her role at ArtLifting she held various positions within the design industry and most recently served an AmeriCorps term as Construction Crew Leader at Austin Habitat for Humanity. She is passionate about the impact design and creativity have on the lives of individuals and communities. Olivia is excited to channel this passion into her work at ArtLifting.

olivia.kascak@artlifting.com
Matt Beckshaw

Matt Beckshaw

Project Manager

As Project Manager, Matt is responsible for artwork and label fulfillment, installation, customer service, and inventory management.

Matt graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a BA degree in Art History and a minor in Architectural Studies. Prior to ArtLifting, he worked at two small art museums in southern Maine, helping to develop new fundraising strategies and improving inventory records. On a typical weekend, you’ll find him browsing through antique stores and flea markets across New England, searching for mid-century mod planters and ceramics to add to his vast collection. Matt is happy to have found a career outside of the museum and gallery world at a company he believes is positively impacting the lives of others in a way he didn’t think was possible. It’s an honor for him to work so closely with a group of incredibly talented, underrepresented artists who inspire him every day. 

matt@artlifting.com
Hayley Frost

Hayley Frost

Project Manager

Hayley is a Project Manager, responsible for artwork and label fulfillment, installation, customer service, and inventory management.

Hayley spent years in the museum field focusing on daily operations and visitor services. With a passion for helping others and a background in design and visual communications, ArtLifting is a great place to merge her skills and values together. She is thrilled to be a part of a team where she gets to meet and support such an inspiring community of artists.

hayley@artlifting.com
Verica Jokanovic

Verica Jokanovic

Administrative Consultant

Verica has transitioned from operations manager to a consulting role. Based out of Europe, she continues to support Artlifting remotely focusing on bookkeeping, financial reporting, and other administrative aspects that are critical for efficient operations of the business. Inspired by ArtLifting's mission and concept of doing business for good, she is currently pursuing graduate studies with focus on business management and social innovation.

Verica is a graduate from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.L.A., magna cum laude, in Art History and Spanish language. During her studies at UMass Lowell, she focused on modern and contemporary art which promoted her enthusiasm in working with living artists. Additionally, Verica holds a Bachelor Diploma in Maritime Management from Maritime Faculty of Kotor, Montenegro giving her unique interdisciplinary perspective of both management and the art world.

verica@artlifting.com
Spencer Powers

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.

Frank Moss

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 of 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 Ph.D. from MIT.


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