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"I am just a human trying to fish the creatives and scholars out of everyone's hearts so we can all be happy. You need both to create extraordinary lives. Gifted you shall be when fearless you become. Living in love is more fun than you can imagine."

~Dr. Read


Photography by Alejandro Read-Iglesias Lopes

I went into the field of Archaeology because of my desire to be an interpreter of ancient art. I was searching for a way to communicate without having to use words because it felt hard for me to use them. There was not enough coin to continue studying at a school past the baccalaureate level, but there was enough courage to see the world as my archaeological field and the workforce as a sea of schools, willing to pay me to learn their art while I studied the art that came of my hands. The truth of who we are always lies within the art we create.

Curriculum Vitae

“You can learn anywhere. Your curiosity and the way you train yourself make all the difference. Do you have the courage to work in the field regardless of how you learned the skills? If you have the experience then there is no need to be afraid of the interview."

~Dr. Read

 

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ACADEMIA

 

Doctorate of Philosophy in Imagination

Specializations in Create & Love

Los Andrilisa University of Fear and Fun

1993 - 2023
 

Pryor Learning Leadership Seminars

Eastern, New York

Spring 2019
 

Certificate of Baptism

Elim Gospel Church

Lima, NY

2014 -2015
 

Bachelor of Arts in Classics

Concentration in Mediterranean Archaeology

State University of New York at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

2006 - 2010
 

Advanced Regents High School Diploma - Art

Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

New York, New York

2002 - 2003, 2004 - 2006
 

Bellas Artes

San Francisco De Macorix, Dominican Republic

2003 - 2004
 

Liceo Max Henriquez Ureña

Cenovi, Dominican Republic

2003 - 2004

Centro Biblico Charis

Cruce De Mirabel, Dominican Republic

2003-2004

Intermediate School Diploma

Public School | Community Intermediate School 218

Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School

Bronx, NY

1999 - 2002

 

Elementary School Diploma

Public School 132 Garret A. Morgan

Bronx, NY

1994 - 1999

Kindergarten Diploma

Public School 226

Bronx, NY

1993 - 1994

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

UNITED SCENIC ARTISTS
Local USA 829
2022 - Present

 

CREATIVE HEALING BY MARI VEGA

2020 - 2022

STYLETAINMENT
2016 - 2021

DANIEL ACKER SCHOLARS
2006 - 2010

BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER YOUTH MENTORING ORGANIZATION
Fall 2006

 

ASOCIACION DE SCOUTS DOMINICANOS

2003-2004

THE POSSIBILITY PROJECT
2002-2003, 2004-2006

ROOTS AND SHOOTS USA ACADEMY

District 9 Program, Bronx, NY

1999 - 2002

 

Archaeologist of Imagination

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE

Dr. Jane Goodall
English Primatologist and Anthropologist
Creator of Roots & Shoots USA


Dr. Samuel Paley
International
Archaeologist
Head of Judaic Studies at SUNY Buffalo
My Classics Professor


Dr. Barbara Tedlock
American Cultural Anthropologist and Oneirologist
Professor of  Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo
My Classics Professor

COURSEWORK AND STUDIES

Myth & Religion Of The Ancient World, SUNY Buffalo
Heaven, Hell & Judgement, SUNY Buffalo
Islam & The West, SUNY Buffalo
Israel & The Ancient Near East, SUNY Buffalo
Classical Archaeology, SUNY Buffalo
Greek Archaeology, SUNY Buffalo
Archaeology of Assyria, SUNY Buffalo
Pompeii, SUNY Buffalo
Mesoamerican Archaeology, SUNY Buffalo
Mayan Civilization, SUNY Buffalo
Roman Civilization, SUNY Buffalo
Latin Language & Culture, SUNY Buffalo
Methods of Effective Tutoring, SUNY Buffalo
Spanish Language & Literature, Liceo Max Henriquez Urena
Moral, Civics & Religion, Liceo Max Henriquez Urena
Bible Study, Centro Biblico Charis

PUBLICATIONS


If You Are Ready To Go All In,  Interactive Book
July 2023
An interactive experience in a book. Designed to put your life in create mode.

21 Days To Freedom: A Collection Of Poems To Free You From Thyself Book
September 2023
A collection of poems to free you from thyself. Your guide to becoming KING | QUEEN of thyself.

A Gallery Of Special Projects, Digital Book
February 2023
Evidence of the magnificence creating can lead to.

“Andrilisa”, Poem
July 2023, vocal.media

“Gaze At The Gaze”, Poem
July 2022, vocal.media

“Letters to Exes Past and Myself, Finished With A Letter From My Husband”, Short Story - Non Fiction
January 2022, vocal.media

“The Artist’s Catprentice”, Short Story - Non Fiction
October 2021, vocal.media

“The Return Home To Art Through The Portraits I Made Over The Last 25 Years”, Poem
September 2021, vocal.media

“My Art-o-biography”, Poem
July 2021, vocal.media


“A Collage Of Cat Houses And Love”- Short Story - Non Fiction
June 2021,  vocal.media

“Turning Lead To Mr. Gold”, Poem
April 2021, vocal.media

“Finding Imo”, Short Story- Non Fiction
April  2021, vocal.media

“The Dreamcatcher and The Wry”, Short Story - Fiction
March 2021, vocal.media

“All It Takes Is One Thought To Become Invincible”
May 21, 2012, Follow Your Bliss - Blog on tumblr.com

“Do What You Love But How Do You Know What You Love?”
May 3, 2012, Follow Your Bliss - Blog tumblr.com

“Follow Your Gut, It’s Not Indigestion”
April 24, 2012, Follow Your Bliss - Blog tumblr.com

“You’re Alive But Are You Living?”
April 20, 2012, Follow Your Bliss - Blog tumblr.com

“Looking Past The Storm”
April 18, 2012, Follow Your Bliss - Blog tumblr.com

WORK & EXPERIENCE



Publisher
Feel My Heart: A Poetry Collection, Book

Jim Gover, Poet, Comic & Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
July 2023

Editor & Publisher
Working Out Life, Book
Adrian Read, Musician, Fitness & Nutrition Guru
November 2020

Council Meeting Live Notetaker
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
August 2018-March 2020
 
Ghost Writer
Zachariah Bourne, Personal Development Coach & Author
April 2016- April 2017

Editor
MyEmpoweredWorld.com
November 2016- April 2017

Private Tutor of High School Spanish and Chemistry
Bryant Family Home
November 2012 - March 2014

English & Math Middle School Tutor
Champion Learning C
enter
November 2010 - May 2012


Writer
Visions Magazine
State University of New York at Buffalo
September 2009 - May 2010

University Experience Peer Mentor
State University of New York at Buffalo
September 2009- May 2010

Academic Coach
Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy
Science Technology Engineering Math Middle School Summer Program
Month of July 2009

Tutor; Spanish, Nutrition, Architecture, Latin
Center For Academic Development Services Lab
State University of New York at Buffalo
September 2007 - December 2009

Art History Scribe
Fiorello LaGuardia HighSchool of The Arts & Performing Arts
September 2005 - June 2006

Live Video Interpreter “The Passion Of The Christ”
Centro Biblico Charis, Cruce De Mirabel Community
One Entire Week in March 2004

 

Secretary

Asociacion De Scouts Dominicanos, Cruce De Mirabel Community

September 2003- May 2004

English Reader
Liceo Max Henriquez Ureña
September 2003 - March 2004

Translator, Interpreter and Personal Scribe
Read Family Home, Bronx, NY
September 1994 - June 2003

The HumanArtist

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE


Andrickson Rafael Read
Jeweler, Painter, Architect & Engineer, Plumber, Mason, Event Coordinator, Carpenter, Decorative Painter
My Father

Agustina Aponte
Artist, Florist, Customer Relations Expert
My Godmother

 

Carlos Nuñez
Artist and Instructor of Arts
Fiorello LaGuardia Highschool Of The Arts and Performing Arts
My Middle School Art Teacher

Brendan Pulver
Artist and Instructor of Arts
Fiorello LaGuardia Highschool Of The Arts and Performing Arts
My Art History Professor

Evangelos Viglis
Artist and Instructor of Arts
Fiorello LaGuardia Highschool Of The Arts and Performing Arts
My Architecture & Interior Design Professor

James St. Clair

Scenic Artist & Painter

My Scenic Charge on Law and Order: SVU

James Covington

Scenic Artist & Painter

My Scenic Charge Law and Order: SVU

Dana Kenn

Scenic Artist, Designer, Welder, Watercolorist

My Foreman on The Gilded Age Season 2

COURSEWORK AND STUDIES

Figure Drawing, SUNY Buffalo
Sculpting Methods Spatial Inquiries- Carpentry, 

Metal Welding & Plasterwork, SUNY Buffalo
Architecture, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts
Printmaking , Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts
Interior Design, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts
Pencil Basics & Measuring, Bellas Artes San Francisco De Macoris
Sculpting Basics, Bellas Artes San Francisco De Macoris
Gothic Lettering & Calligraphy,  Liceo Max Henriquez Urena
Ceramics, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts
The Basics of Art - Pencil, Colorpencil, Calligraphy, P.S. 226

EXHIBITIONS


“We Are Los” Painting
“Romance In The Stone” Painting
Boro Bash Group Art Show
Hosted by Boro Based, Brooklyn Art Cave, Brooklyn, NY
July 28th, 2023 - July 30th, 2023

"Welcome to Riverdale", Warm Mosaic Tile

Mural Mosaic's Global Roots Project - America Connects Northeast

Riverdale Mainstreets Alliance, the Sisters of Charity, College of Mount St. Vincent

Permanent Installation in Riverdale Avenue & West 261st Street, Bronx, NY

April 3rd, 2023


“Molotov Cocktail De Emociones” Painting
Adrian Y Carolina Album Launch Event
Ms. Kim’s Lounge & Karaoke
December 11th, 2022

 

"We All Have The Power To Transform" Painting

Styletainment Gala & Silent Auction

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ

December 11th, 2021

“Everyone Is Born With A Gem Of Divinity”, Painting
“The Complexity Of A Woman”, Color Pencil
December Group Art Show
Jones Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Month of December 2021
 
“Escape Into The Art & Find Yourself”, Solo Exhibition
Curated collection of 77 Autobiographcal artworks
Private Beachfront Venue, Far Rockaway, NY
September 18th, 2021

“Escape Into The Mummy’s Tomb”, Solo Exhibition
7 Egyptian Themed Mixed Media Paintings
Private Beachfront Venue, Far Rockaway, NY
October 31st, 2020

“We Were Built To Be Brave Painting”
East Fordham Academy Of The Arts Career Day, Bronx, New York
March 28th, 2019


“Everlasting Love Wedding Guestbook” Painting
East Fordham Academy Of The Arts Career Day, Bronx, New York
March 23rd, 2018

“Touch My Fears” Mixed Media Interactive Series
East Fordham Academy Of The Arts Career Day, Bronx, New York
March 24th, 2017

“Touch More Fears” Mixed Media Interactive Series,
Pim Comedy - October Group Art Show
New Yok, New Yok
September 24, 2016

“Touch My Fears” Mixed Media Interactive Series
Pim Comedy - September Group Art Show
New York, New York
August 31, 2016

“Emerge From Your Entanglements”, Painting
“The Most Colorful Baby”,  Painting
Pim Comedy - April Group Art Show
New York, New York
April 2016

“Into the Mind” Mixed Media Series
Pim Comedy- March Group Art Show

New York, New York
March 30, 2016

“See My Avatar” Painting
Concentrix Competition & Group Show

Concentrix, Rochester, Ny
October 2012


“The Anatomy Of My Body & My Mind”
International Organizations - Group Art Show
Undergraduate Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
March 2010

“Ruins of My History” Charcoal Series
Art and Food - Group Art Show

The Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
April 1, 2007

SPACE RESTORATION

 

“Into The Romance”, Entryway Design & Remodel
Private Home
November 2022

 

"The Red Hall" Hallway Design & Remodel

Private Home

November 2022

“The Blue Room”, Living Room Design & Remodel
Private Home
September 2022

“A Kitchen Overseas” Kitchen Design & Remodel
Private Home
September 2022

“Beach Room Of Love”, Design & Remodel
Private Home
July 2021

“The Recreation Office”, Design
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
Sept 2018

“Cardboard Chimeney of Christmas”,
Private Home
December 2017

 

“Another Blue Bathroom”, Design & Remodel
Private Home
Feb 2015

“The Smallest Kitchen”, Redesign & Remodel
Private Home
Feb 2015

“The Red Living Room Wall Of Rocks”, Redesign & Remodel
Private Home
September 2013

“From Blue To Red Bathroom”, Redesign & Remodel
Private Home
July 2013

 

ART COMMISSIONS & DESIGNS



Working Out Life Book Cover Re-Design
Adrian Read, Musician, Fitness & Nutrition Guru
September 2023

“An Everlasting Tablet Of Love”, Wedding Guestbook Painting
Sample & Pecora Wedding
September 2023

Feel My Heart Book Cover Design & Chapter Paintings
Jim Gover, Poet, Comic and Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
July 2023

Rosa Dominican Cakes Business Cards
Rosa Dominican Cakes
December 2022

“Molotov Cocktail de Emociones” Album Cover
Adrian Y Carolina Music Duo
December 2022

AdrianyCarolinarm.com, Website design
Adrian Y Carolina Music Duo
December 2022


Daddy Daughter Cakez, Logo Design & Business Cards
Daddy Daughter Cakez
May 2022

“When You See The One You Love”, Painting
Personal Commission
April 2022

“The Loves of My World” Painting
Personal Commission
April 2022

“Order In The Bathroom”, Mixed Media Painting
Personal Commission
February 2022

“Llego El Gato”, Watercolor
Personal Comm
ission
February 2022

“We Come Alive For Your Food”, Painting
Personal Commission
December 2021


“The Green Goddess Of Love”, Logo Design & Business Cards
Rosandri Read, Relationship & Love Coach
February 2022

“Love Is My Legacy”, Painting
Personal Commission
January 2022

“The Fountain of Abundance- Rosa La Maravillosa”, Painted Bill
Personal Commission
December 2021

“Roots of Greatness”, Watercolor
Personal Commission
December 2021

“Let Music Be Your Rock”, Painting
Personal Commission
December 2021

“We All Have The Power To Transform”, Painting
Personal Commission
Styletainment Gala Silent Auction
December 2021

“Nothing Like A Christmas Heart”, Painted Glass Tea Cup
Personal Commission
December 2020

“A Cat In A Glass”, Painted Glass Tea Cup
Personal Commission
December 2020

“Cat House For Maki”, Cardboard House
Personal Commission
September 2020


“A Toast To Rosandri”, Painted Wine Glass
Personal Commission
September 2020.

“A Toast To Rosalias Birthday”, Painted Wine Glass
Personal Commission
September 2020

“A Toast To Four Maidens”, Painted Wine Glass Collection
Personal Commission
August 2020

“From Grey To Green”, Rollerskate Restoration
Personal Commission
August 2020

“Winter In The Snowman”, Photo Stand
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
December 2018

“Into The Strong Man and The Flying Woman”, Photo Stand
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
August 2018

“Everlasting Love Wedding Guestbook”
Read-Iglesias Lopes Wedding
Personal Commission
February 2018

“What We Do Daily” Photographs & Powerpoint Presentation
Parker On Madison Social Adult Day for Alzheimer’s & Dementia
October 2017


“Between The Sea & The Sky”, Arm Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
July 2017

“The White Bunny”, Custom Phone Case
Personal Commission
March 2017

“Unlock The Saiyan”, Custom Phone Case
Personal Commission
March 2017

“Discipline”, Custom Phone Case
Personal Commission
December 2016

“Sisterly Love”, Interactive Mixed Media Painting
Personal Commission
December 2016

“Love For The Giraffe””, Custom Phone Case
Personal Commission
December 2016

“Baby Husky In Red”, Custom Phone Case
Personal Commission
December 2016

“A Christmas Baby & Love”, Christmas Holiday Photos
Personal Commission
December 2016

“Hold Me”, Custom Phone Case
Personal Commission
October 2016

“Cookie Monster Baby Guestbook”, Marker Paper Mural
Castro - Perez Baby Shower
March 2016

“Hoobastank On Paper”, Pen & Ink Drawing
Personal Commission
December 2015

“The Most Colorful Baby”, Painting
Personal Commission
December 2015

“Sealander Southpark”, Color Pencil Cup Wrapper
Personal Commission
September 2014

“An Everlasting Hug”, Painting
Personal Commission
May 2014

"A Link To Adrian", Painting

Personal Commission

December 2012

 

"The Brick Wall", Mural

Personal Commission

December 2012

“Harley Quinn-Giving”, Painting
Personal Commission
November 2012

“My Courage And Rufus”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
April 2012


“To Sculpt Like In Ghost”, Welded Metal Sculpture
Personal Commission
May 2010

“The Hula Hoop Spinning Wheel That Became A Fountain”, Wood Scultpture
Personal Commission
April 2010

“A Tribal Arm”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
April 2010

“The Aries Symbol” Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
December 2009

“A Lamassu For Protection”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
September 2009

“Humble Beginnings”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
September 2009

“Wings For Grandma”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
August 2009

“Never Take The Expected For Granted”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
May 2009

“A Dragon To Hide A Scar”, Tattoo Design
Personal Commission
September 2008

“The Cousins Tattoo” Tattoo Design
Group Personal Commission
August 2006

"Mother of Roses", Oil Painting

Personal Commission

August 2005

For my mother's birthday, I painted a portrait of her surrounded by roses. It was the first painting I had ever made for someone. My brother and I went to the restaurant where she worked to surprise her. He brought his guitar and was ready to serenade her. I knew my mother loved the painting because she cried when she saw it. She then put it on display for everyone at her job to see and I knew my mother was proud. As soon as people walked in they knew my mother was loved because someone took the time to paint her so beautifully. They marveled at the painting while I sat from afar watching. When they asked who did it, my mom pointed at the creepy child in the corner of the restaurant and said "my incredible daughter", and then she would motion me to come over and say hello. Even though she knew I did not talk when I was around people, my mother always found a way to include me.

"Dejeuner Du Matin", Acrylic Painting

Personal Commission

May 2005

For one of our final projects in french class, we were assigned the task of creating an addition for Jacques Prevert's poem "Dejeuner Du Matin". I decided to create a black painting depicting visuals from the the original poem with the letters of the verses written in white carefully on one side showcasing the blended poem. If you did not know the original, you would not know the ending had been changed because it mimicked the same pattern of the famous poem. The words had been perfectly stiched together to follow the same tempo. When I unveiled it to the class, it was as if I was in my own private art opening. No one else had made a painting. The teacher was so moved that I would take the time to make such a masterpiece for her class. I had never felt such prestige. She asked if she could keep it to show her future pupils that would come after me. Gladly I said yes. Even though my family was not there to share in this moment, I felt proud of what I had done and that was enough.  Long after my physical body was to be gone, my heart and my essence would forever remain in that french class within that painting.

"La Piscina De La Casa De Santo Domingo", Pool

Family Commission

July 2003

I still remember the day my father came to me with the design he had carefully drawn on a piece of paper for this pool. Our summer vacation would be over in two weeks but we decided to give it our best shot. It did not matter that our hands were smaller, my brother and I knew how to use the shovels like the adults. We knew how to dig, we knew how to mix, we knew how to move the shovel as if it were one big claw. Everyday we woke up at the beginning of the morning to mix concrete. Even with the blazing sun hitting our backs, we knew the rewards would last longer than these moments in the fire. My father, my father's father, my brother & I built this pool with our bare hands and the hands of a few friends not that much older than us. It did not matter that time only allowed for us to enjoy the pool while it was unpainted and at half water capacity, we were able to bathe on that last day of our vacation. We were all so amazed to be floating in a spot where just two weeks before we were standing. We were so proud that we had created a new reality for ourselves with our bare hands. My family, my family's family, neighbors and friends, and criters of the community have been enjoying the pool for 20 years. The pool still lives.

ART CLASSES
 


Craft Corner: Mini Scarecrows

Group Arts & Craft Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

October 19, 2019

Craft Corner: Sock Teddy Bears

Group Arts & Craft Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

September 9, 2019

 

Watercolor With Andy

Group Arts & Craft Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

August 26, 2019

Woodshop Craft: Fighter Planes & Helicopters

Carpentry Group Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

August 19, 2019

Art Easter Craft
Group Arts & Craft Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
April 21, 2019

 

Dreidel Painting Class With Grandfriends

Group Arts & Craft Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

December 2, 2018

 

Basic Drawing Class With Andy

Group Arts & Craft Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

September 26, 2018
 

Nature Drawing with Andy

Pencil Group Class

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury

September 25, 2018


“Paint And Sip With The Moon”
Painting Group Class, Bronx NY

September 30, 2017

“The Pink Tree”

Family Painting Group Class, Bronx, NY
September 9, 2017

“Waterfall Overlooking The Moon”
Youth Private Painting Lesson, Bronx, NY
August 3, 2016

JOBS & EXPERIENCE

Prop Technician
“Arrepentimiento” Music Video
Adrian Read, Musician, Fitness & Nutrition Guru
October 2023

Prop Technician & Costume Designer
Epiphany Short Film, IN 7 Experimental Video Art Residency
Miguel Romero-Trejos, Creativer Director & Filmographer
Digital Pulse Productions
June 2023

Faux Wood Painter & Wood Restorer
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, New York, NY
Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Scenic Industrial & Painter
The Gilded Age- Season 2
May 2022 - July 2022

Scenic Industrial & Painter
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 & Season 24
February 2022 - April 2022, September 2022

Nail Technician
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury, Jericho, NY
August 2018- March 2020

Residential Home Painter
Independent Contractor, Bronx, NY
Spring 2016


Anatomy Model
NicK Horvath, Watercolor Artist
Summer 2016 - Fall 2017

Art Teacher
SoBro Program
Thurgood Marshal Academy For Learning and Social Change, New York, NY
February 2016- June 2016


Mural Assistant for Outer Space Studio Wall Project
Jay Falcon, Mural Artist
March 2012

Carpenter & Painter
Cruce De Mirabel, Dominican Republic
August 2011- December 2011, May 2010 , Jan 2008, June 2003-June 2004


Intern
University at Buffalo Center for The Arts Gallery, Buffalo, NY
January 2010 - May 2010

Publications Director
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
February 2007 - May 2007

Costume Maker
International Fiesta Dance Competition 2007
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
March 2007

Make Up- Artist
Fashion Club - Spring Fashion Show
Fiorello La Guardia High School of The Arts and Performing Arts, New York, NY
Spring 2006

Anatomy Model
Fiorello La Guardia High School of The Arts and Performing Arts, New York, NY
Spring 2003 & Spring 2005 Art Entrance Exams

Stage Backdrop Painter - Flowers For Algernon Musical
I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School, Bronx, New York
May 2001

Anatomy Model
Agustina Holguin, Pencil Artist
June 1991

 

Getting Therapeutic

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE

Francisca "Quica" De La Cruz
Seamstress, Chef, Comic, Gardener, Event Coordinator, Peacemaker
My Grandmother

 

Rosa Maria Holguin

Cake Designer & Baker, Seamstress, Waitress, Private Chef, Beautician, Event Coordinator, House Painter

My Mother

Alejandro Read-Iglesias Lopes
Breakdance Instructor, Graffiti Artist, Historian, Urban City Planner, Vehicle Assembly-Line Worker, Bricklayer & Stone Mason, Sculptor, Metal Restorer,
Photographer & Professional Muse
My Husband & Teacher

Dr. Letitia Thomas
Assistant Dean For Diversity at SUNY Buffalo

My Acker Scholars Mentor

Kacie Jones

Musician, Poet, Basketball Player, Customer Relations Expert

Enlightened Human

 

Jaimi & Kyle Jones

Incredibly Loving Humans

The family that took me in during a critical time of need.

Dr. Josh Haag
Psychologist and Clinical Director
Former Colleague & Mentor

Richard “Earthman” Laurent

Art Healing Therapy Specialist, Musician & Artist

Former Colleague & Mentor

COURSEWORK AND STUDIES

Developing Emotional Intelligence, Fred Pryor Seminars
Leadership, Team-Building and Coaching Skills

for Managers and Supervisors, Fred Pryor Seminars
How To Supervise People, Fred Pryor Seminars
Teepa Snow Seminar, Alzheimer’s Association
Human Nutrition, State University of New York at Buffalo
Nutrition in Practice, State University of New York at Buffalo
Aerobic Exercise, State University of New York at Buffalo
Elements in Arts & Self Defense, State University of New York at Buffalo
Latino Masculinity, State Universit
y of New York at Buffalo
American Diversity & Design, State University of New York at Buffalo

JOBS & EXPERIENCE


Recreation Director
The Arbors Assisted Living
Communities at Westbury, Jericho, NY                                        July 2018 - July 2020
As the director, I developed and implemented purposeful recreation services for all residents based on needs, interests and abilities. It was my role to create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and welcoming environment throughout the community. Dance performances, art classes, fashion theme days and even live cooking demo's were all available to the residents while I was in command of the fun. Every day was a balance of 8-12 activities for an elderly population of 100-120. Growing up I spent a lot of time with all four of my grandparents so it was easy for me to maintain an open dialogue with the residents and find out what they truly wanted and needed out of this stage in their life. Laughter, companionship, understanding, the hope that they can still find their happy ending. One thing is certain- no human is ever too old for love.

Program Coordinator
Parker on Madison Social Adult Day Care, Hempstead, NY
Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation                     
August 2017- July 2018
Developed and implemented all of the center’s daily therapeutic activities. Researched new activities to ensure the programming is
meaningful, engaging, diverse and caters to seniors with & without Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementias. Admission procedures, client screenings, interviews, billing and even toileting- this is where I learned I really could do it all.

Interpreter, Translator & Administrative Assistant
Lincoln Medical Consulting, Bronx, NY                               
March 2017- September 2017
Provided live-dialogue interpretation between Spanish speaking patients and stress management specialist; including but not limited to psychological evaluations, follow up check-in therapy sessions, relaxation and breathing exercises. All this with a splash of secretary work.

Art Specialist
Art Healing Therapy, South Hempstead, NY                                                       
January 2016- July 2018
Taught art therapy based group classes to the patients in various nursing homes in the tri-state area; assisted participants with limited mobility to ensure they were exercising motor skills to the best of their abilities. There is great joy to be found in finishing a painting when you initially thought you could not paint.

Nightly Coordinator
Anti- Rape Task Force, Buffalo, NY
February 2009 - May 2009
As the nightly coordinator for the Anti-Rape Task force I was in charge of setting up safety walk stations at Capen and Lockwook University libraries 3 nights a week. I monitored all the volunteers who signed up to accompany  students walking home from the library in the evenings. Maintaining inventory of the safety equipment, recording walk statistics were among some of the other duties performed.

Big Sister
Big Brother Big Sister Youth Mentoring Organization, Buffalo, NY
October 2006 - December 2006
As the eldest of many children, I have always enjoyed being a big sister which is why I decided to join this organization. As a big sister I would travel to a buffalo community school and spend time with my little sister during the after school program. The after school program revolved around arts & crafts.

Relay For Life Participant
American Cancer Society, Buffalo, NY
April 2008, March 2009
In 1998 my grandmother passed away due to Cancer in the gastro-intestinal tract so to me participating in Relay for Life was personal and of great importance. The first year I taught Mini Salsa Lessons with the Latin American Student Association to raise money. The second year the Undergraduate Student Association held a coin drive among the student organizations.

Save Second Base Kickball Tournament
UB Colleges Against Cancer
October 2009
Together with the Organization of Arab Students we joined together to raise money for cancer research. I was the team pitcher as well as the first base player. We won third place even though it wasn’t about the win, we were playing for something larger than our own interests and that was the real prize.

Blood Donor
American Red Cross, Buffalo, NY                                                      
February 2007, September 2007, January 2008, April 2008
There was time when I was not able to donate blood because I suffered from anemia. When I was finally able to donate blood it felt like an accomplishment because I had managed to fix myself through dance and nutrition. Knowing that somewhere my blood helped the life of a person in need, that is the true honor & accomplishment.

 

EVENTS & APPEARANCES


“Escape Into La Casa De Gold”
Custom Interactive Art Escape Experience
April 24th, 2023
There was a custom box of art hidden for each one of the participants. A customized group scavenger hunt to overcome any creative fears  before the collective exploring of the activities inside the box.

“A Basket Of Hats of Fun”
Private Birthday Event
March 2023
There is always someone who secretly wants to be part of the fun and that is why it is important to show up to an event with props, hats and  for the public. A child did fall in love with one of my wigs and I had no choice but to let her go.

“A Night With The Fun Doctor”
Private Game Night
January 2023
The right instructions and the right props can give anyone the confidence to finally express the version of them that is full of confidence. A custom spoken word game, charades and karaoke were among the therapeutic adult games.

“The Queen Can Have Halloween In February”
Private Birthday Event
February 2023
There is great power in a prop, a hat and a mask. For it is not the wise, nor the old, not the young, nor the cold- tis the one who wears the crown is the Queen. Even more fun when you can pass along the crown and everyone gets a turn to feel special.

"We Flow Like The Water - Watercolor Healing Therapy"
Private Group Class
June 2022
A basic lesson in pencil, a guided meditation and carefully curating adjectives of empowerment were all part of the process of painting individual watercolor portraits.

"Free Yourself Fashion Show"
Private Birthday Event
April 3, 2022
Everyone was asked to come in their best aristocratic rags, whatever that meant to them- they didn’t know they were going to be the show. Everyone wrote their own introduction, sparking inspiration and admiration all across the room.

“The War Within You Didn’t Know About” Motivational Talk
The Red Talk Series 2
March 2022
A word on eradicating fears and how to  discover the lies we tell ourselves to justify why we aren’t going after our dreams.

“Picnic Of Olympic Games”
Private Event
July 24, 2021
The power of a relay race to remind us of a time when were young.

“A Diamond  Afternoon By The Water”
August 23, 2020
Any ordinary day can turn into a special day with the right book, the right location and the right guide into a happier mindset.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

 

 

“A Family A Far But Together In Art”
Custom Family Doll Collection
December 2023
What better way to see yourself and your family from a different vantage point than with a custom doll collection, complete with a matching outfit as well as a therapeutic art project to bring them closer to a time they felt magnanimous.

“No Self Gets Left Behind”

Custom Doll Collection
December 2023
There is always a way for the best parts of an individual to join forces and work together as one. We all have a team within us ready to work for us, it was easy to see this clearly with a custom collection of dolls.

“A Dragon For Ryan”
Private Class with Youth
August 2023
When his teenage friend is accidentally shot in the park, he decided to make him a dragon painting to help him recover.

“Unbox Your Fears - Therapeutic Box”
Private Therapeutic Box

September 2023
A little box of custom puzzles and activities to engage the hands, the mind, the heart and the eyes.


“His Name Was Pinnochio” Collaborative Painting
Private Class Mother & Youth
July 2022
Even though the little boy’s fish has died, his memory can live on in the painting of him as a boy.

“If You Could Be Anything” Coloring Session
Youth Group Class
April 2022
It’s interesting to see what a child will request when you say “I can draw you as anything, what would you like to be drawn as and why?”. A mermaid & a benevolent wizard.

“The Anatomy of My Fibroid”, Sculpture
Personal Commission
February 2022
A life size replica of the tumor I had removed in order to cope with the fear and the magnificence of what the body is capable of.

“Devour Your Fears Like Saturn”, Clothing Arrangement
Personal Commission
June  2021
Paint can be an intimidating subject to start with. We decided to begin with a recreation of the painting that had the most influence on the person, made in clothes.

“His Son Jimmy” Painting
Private Class With Youth
November  2021
It started with a desire to see his beloved pet as a boy who looked like him. The boy loved the leopard gecko so much he called it his son.


“My Superpower Is Having Long Squiggly Arms”
Personal Commission
August 2021
If you don’t ask questions the child will not invite you into their imagination. Anyone can have squiggly arms if they can do the wave

.“A Colorful Village of Block People”, Painted Blocks
Personal Commission
December 2020
To teach the child about diversity, little faces were painted on an entire group of colorful rectangular blocks. A village of colorful people.


“We Were Built To Be Brave” Painting
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
November 2018
The Veteran’s Wall in the community needed a stand out piece to commemorate the valiant efforts of all the men who served.

“To Age Is A Work Of Art”, Painting
Parker On Madison Social Adult Day for Alzheimer’s & Dementia
June 2018
What better way to bridge the gap between staff and clients than with a collaborative painting project

“Aromatherapy Of Love”, Custom Bath Salts
Private Event Commission
February 2018
Relaxation is a great gift to give. What better way to relax than with a hot bath?


“Running Man Dance Challenge”, Dance
Thurgood Marshall Academy
May 2016
All the students were already talking about this dance, might as well embrace the moment and ride the wave with a class group dance.


“The Map Is The Link”, Colorpencil
Private Collaboration
June 1995
Growing up my brother and I bonded over the shared love of Nintendo’s Zelda. Even though the game was not designed for two players, we would pass each other the controller and played as one. One day we recreated the world map in color pencil and it solidified our bond as brothers in games and art.

Let's Dance Together

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE

Giselle Polanco
Broadway Jazz, Hip Hop, Club Freestyle, Reggae, Reggeaton
My Cousin

 

Rozz Nash-Coulon

Broadway Jazz, Interpretive Dancing, Stage Combat

Dance Choreographer & Boot Camp Trainer

Tristan Joseph
Dancehall, Reggae
Dancer

Jason Valentin
Salsa, Tango, Latin Rhythms
Latin American Dance Liason

Samantha Melendez

Salsa & Tango

Latin American Dance Liason

 

Gary Wilson

African Rhythms, Salsa, Cha Cha

Dancer & Lawyer

 

Chun Yee Poh

Indigenous Rhythms

Dancer

Juan Pereyra
Hip Hop, Tango, Salsa & Latin Rhythms
Latin American Dance Liason

Andrea Ortiz
Bachata, Salsa & Latin Rhythms
Latin American Dance Liason

Rawey Kased
Dabke
Organization of Arab Students Dance Liason

Aurora Abousaid
Ladies Dabke
Organization of Arab Students Executive Board Member & Dancer

Todd Gillenwater
Club Style Cuban Salsa
My Underground  Dance Partner

Jonah Inikori
Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Bachata, S
alsa
Former Owner & CEO of Inikori Dance Studio

 

Katie Pecora

Forxtrot, Tango, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Bachata, Salsa Instructor

My Late Night Dance Partner at the Studio

Kyra Shanae
Ladies Styling, Broadway, Interpretive Dance
Styletainment Dance Liason & Chorepgrapher

Devonne Rose
Broadway, Interpretive Dance
Styletainment Dance Liason & Choreographer

Alejandro Read-Iglesias Lopes
Breakdance
My Husband


 

WORK & EXPERIENCE


Private Dance Instructor
Independent
January 2017- May 2017
Taught private bachata dance classes. Focused on men’s technique and styling. The goal was to get the gentleman comfortable enough to enter the social dance scene. Twas a success
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Ballroom Dance Instructor
Inikori Dance Studio, Rochester, NY                                            
May 2014- October 2015
Prepared and taught Private & Group lessons in accordance with company methodology. Established long term and short  term goals for students, making sure to provide relevant suggestions for improvement throughout their development. Managed  studio administrative duties with the other instructors including answering phone calls, assisting visitors, filing documents, overseeing  the maintenance of customer databases, scheduling students and planning the Director’s calendar each month.

Administrative Assistant
Dance With Me Dance Studios, New York, NY                                     

September 2010- May 2011
Provided administrative and secretarial support to the manager and dance instructors; answering telephones, assisting visitors, filing documents, processing payments and paperwork, composing and editing correspondence. Assisted in pre-screening applicants, managed interview schedules, and trained new administrative assistants.

CLASSES


Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
January 28, 2019

Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
January 14, 2019

Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
December 24, 2018

Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
November 20, 2018

Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
November 7, 2018

Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
October 19, 2018

Line Dancing With Andy
Groups Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
September 17, 2018


Line Dancing With Andy
Group Class
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
September 4, 2018



 

LIVE PERFORMANCES


“You’re Not My Kind Of Girl” One Edition Styletainment Style
Styletainment
Styletainment Gala, New Jersey
December 2021

"Cruise Week at The Arbors" Performance with Armando Ciprian
The Arbors at Westbury, Jericho, NY
June 18th, 2019

“Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” Performance With Alejandro Read-Iglesias Lopes
The Arbors At Westbury, Jericho, NY
December 15, 2018

“Hustle Town” Music Dance Video
Kenzie J Illnest - Dancer, Film Director & Producer
August 14, 2017

“Game Of Thrones Intro”, Viennese Waltz With Student Emma Stone
Inikori Dance Fall Showcase, Rochester, NY
October 2015


“Roxanne’s Tango”, American Tango With Student Emma Stone
Inikori Dance April Showcase, Rochester, NY
April 2015

“Propuesta Indecente”, Bachata with Student Catalina Chavez
Inikori Dance April Showcase, Rochester, NY
April 2015

“Mercy”, Cha Cha with Student Justin Cherubim
Inikori Dance April Showcase, Rochester, NY
April 2015

Foxtrot & Swing Ensemble With Jonah Inikori

The Red Ball, Rochester, NY
Feb 2015

“Salsa Man Trobadour”, Salsa with Student Justin Cherubi
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Inikori Dance Fall Showcase, Rochester, NY
Fall 2014

“Salsa Favorites”, Salsa with Student Bharat S.
Inikori Dance Fall Showcase, Rochester, NY
Fall 2014

 

Alejandro’s Hip Hop Tango Group Dance with Juan Pereyra
InterSishOnal Banquet '10
Undergraduate Student Association, SUNY Buffalo

May 2010

Fiesta Revival with Angel Rosario
InterSishOnal Banquet '09
Undergraduate Student Association, SUNY Buffalo

May 2009


Alma Nanichi Dance Group Performance
Latin American Student Association Banquet 2009
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
October 2009

 

“Dance of Professors”, Dancer

Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy

July 2009

The students did not know that their science & math teachers were also the hottest Latin dancers in the school. On the last day we gave them a performance worthy of Dancing with The Stars.

Hip Hop Dance With Juan Pereyra
Hip Hop Student Association Promo
Hip Hop Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
April 2009

Alma Nanichi Dance Group Performance  
Latin American Student Association Banquet 2008
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
October 2008

 

ALANA Ceremony Performance with Alma Nanichi Dance Group

Student Life - Intercultural & Diversity Center and the Center for Academic Development Services, SUNY Buffalo

May 2008


Alma Nanichi Dance Group Performance  
Latin American Student Association Banquet 2007
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo
October 2007

 

Dance Ensemble with Angel Rosario
Radiant Rhythms Dance Competition

Omega Phi Beta

October 2007


ALANA Ceremony Performance With Angel Rosario

Student Life - Intercultural & Diversity Center and the Center for Academic Development Services, SUNY Buffalo

May 2007

“The Cousins Run It Hip Hop Dance”, Dancer

Private Birthday Event

December 2005

Several of my cousins, my sister and I were all involved in dance & musical theatre so it was no surprise to us that we were asked to perform a dance together. One of us started with a step dance and then the rest of us joined in with a sassy hip hop.

The Voice of Quality

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE

 

Jennifer Stein

Customer Service Expert

My Customer Service Trainer, Operations Manager at Concentrix & Mentor

 

Rob Nipe

Sales Expert

My Sales Trainer at DialAmerica

COURSEWORK & STUDIES

Sirius XM Sales Certification Training, July 2013
Verizon Telematics, Inc. University - New Product Assessment October 2013
Hughes Telematics Inc. Response - Quality Assurance Training Program, 

October 2012
Hughes Telematics Call Center Agent Certification, June 2012
Geico Customer Service Representative Module Phase 1, June 2011

 

PROGRAMS

Geico Tier 1 Claims
Mercedes-Benz mbrace
Drive Safe and Save with In-Drive
Volkswagon Car-Net
Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Care Improvement Plus


JOBS & EXPERIENCE

 

Tech Tutoring
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
August 2018- June 2020
Provide one on one support and guidance to the residents on how to use their phones, computers and any new technological gadgets. Responsible for setting us face time calls between families and residents during the pandemic.

Operations Supervisor
DialAmerica, Henrietta, NY                                                                          
August 2015 - October 2015
Managed a team of agents providing customer
support. Executed statistical analysis for agents and provided coaching to guarantee adherence to client performance metrics. Evaluated client survey data and modified call handling procedures accordingly to improve the customer experience.

Sales Representative
DialAmerica, Henrietta, NY
July 2015 - August 2015
Responsible for cancelling or extending services on trial subscription packages that came equipped with original vehicle purchase.

 


Quality Assurance Supervisor
Concentrix, Pittsford, NY                                                            
October 2013 - March 2014

Oversaw all aspects of Quality Assurance including call monitoring, evaluation and calibration scoring to ensure compliance  of policies and procedures; maintained and distributed weekly reports with Quality Data for 100+ agents. Analyzed quality and performance trends to provide recommendations for improvement. Created a Quality Assurance Certification Program to ensure the management team had proper understanding of the quality assurance guidelines; resolved all Quality Assurance disputes between auditors, supervisors, specialists and managers.

Operations Supervisor
Concentrix, Pittsford, NY                                                                         
May 2012- October 2013
Supervised a group of 50+ agents and assisted with managing breaks and lunches accordingly to be within service levels. Developed resolution for multiple levels of escalated issues including those posed by the client, customers, and management
a daily basis; provided necessary continuous coaching for those that fell beneath expectation and developed action plans. Executed statistical analysis for agents and provided coaching to guarantee adherence to client performance metrics.

Quality Assurance Auditor

Concentrix, Rochester, NY                                                                  

October 2012- February 2013
Audited calls to ensure specialists meet the quality expectations and are within compliance of the client’s standard. Evaluated audit findings and provided feedback accordingly to build customer satisfaction and loyalty.  Efficiently developed and maintained a detailed inventory of all interactions graded; submitted weekly report to management detailing areas of improvement opportunities and where specialists failed to meet requirement.

Customer Service Specialist

Concentrix, Rochester, NY                                                   
May 2012- February 2013
Handled a high volume of inbound calls within a dynamic call center environment and documented accounts accordingly all the while delivering world class service during each customer interaction. Maintained in-depth product knowledge to accurately handle customer inquiries, billing questions, service requests. Consistently exceeded performance benchmarks in all areas (attendance, quality assurance, documentation).

Claims Service Representative

Geico, Woodbury, NY                                                                  

May 2011- August 2011
Provided customer service and initiated claims process for clients; verified accident facts, determined policy coverage, and  reviewed insurance contracts. Issued payments to customers, repair shops, and other insurance companies. Responsible for gathering and entering data in order to approve, deny, or escalate claims. Answered a high volume of incoming calls, emails, and letters daily. Scheduled inspections and car rental reservations.

CREATIONS


Digital System For Tracking Resident Recreation Activities
The Arbors Assisted Living Communities at Westbury
January 2020
There were boxes upon boxes of sheets with the attendance records for the residents. All it took was one beautifully crafted excel file to ensure no more boxes of paper would be filled and it would be easy to reference from any of the staff computers.

Daily Operations Guide for Staff
Parker On Madison Social Adult Daycare
July 2018
It’s important to know what is expected and how to achieve those expectations in any job. The easiest way is always with a guide on how those things translate into daily tasks.

Operations Supervisor Quality Assurance Certification Program
Concentrix, Rochester, NY
February 2014
When I was the Quality Assurance Supervisor, I created a month long certification program that could be used to train all new Operations Supervisors on Quality Assurance performance metrics and effective coaching techniques.

Quality Assurance Agent Certification Training
Concentrix, Rochester, NY
January 2014
My Quality Assurance Supervisor counterpart in sales and I created a class to certify all incoming agents on quality assurance. We created questions and role playing scenarios based on real life calls that had been taken on the floor in an effort to get the agents better prepared for Mondays.


Weekly Coaching Tips
Concentrix
October 2013-Feb 2014
In an effort to assist agents who were struggling on the phone, I started sending out weekly coaching tips developed after detailed analysis of where the majority of quality assurance deductions were being made.

Creator of Experiences

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE

Seride Read

Professional Decorator, Comic, Board of Education Professional

My Aunt

Albert Morgan

Professional Chef, Food Service Director

Colleague and Mentor at The Arbors Assisted Living
 

Henry Lu

Events Coordinator, Chef & Restaurant Owner

Former Assistant to the International Coordinator and Mentor

April Dawn Santos

Events Coordinator, Singer & Musical Theatre Performer

Former Assistant to the International Coordinator and Mentor

Shruti Kumar

Events Coordinator, Communications & Fashion Expert

Former Assistant to the International Coordinator and Mentor

 

Amy Cardito

Customer Relations Expert, Professional Space Decorator

Colleague and Mentor at the Arbors Assisted Living



COURSEWORK & STUDIES

Architechture History, SUNY Buffalo

Urban and Environmental Planning, SUNY Buffalo

Environment, Behavior & Design, SUNY Buffalo

Visual Studies Speakers, SUNY Buffalo

Architechture, Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts

 

WORK & EXPERIENCE


Event Coordinator
Characters for Hire, New York, NY
January 2016 - November 2018
Liaison between client and performer during event duration; ensured actors were ready for call time, assisted with set up, hair, make-up, costumes. Collected payments, managed actor’s breaks and transportation to and from events.

International Coordinator
Undergraduate Student Association, SUNY Buffalo, NY                                             

August 2008- May 2010

My main role as coordinator was to be the liason between the 21 International clubs on campus and the Student Association executive board & the coordination and execution of multi-cultural events that affected a student body of 37,000. Every two weeks I am the sole person in charge of planning and facilitating meetings attended by the executive board members of the International Clubs. I maintained detailed records of each club's events, community services, fundraisers and meetings. The budget of $25,000 was used to coordinate events promoting international culture  throughout the University. From booking venues, renting equipment, ordering custom tshirts, to developing judging criterias, finding eligible judges, developing the score sheets, creating registration forms and even obtaining a food permit- all aspects of planning events were tapped. Soccer Tournaments, Dance Competitions, Olympic Relay Games, Iron Chef Battle Cheese | Battle Peppers | Battle Coconut. For some of the events I got a chance to coordinate with some of the offices on campus. I had the pleasure of meeting people from all parts of the world- I ate with them, I danced with them, and I saw that deep down we are all the same. Same bread, just different spices and condiments.


Senator
Undergraduate Student Association, SUNY Buffalo, NY
October 2008 - May 2010
As a Senator, I collaborated in recognizing new and upcoming organizations and de-recognizing unsuccessful ones. The Senate was in charge  of analyzing and approving the $3.6 million Undergraduate Student Association budget for the year as well as provide input regarding policies and legislation that affected the student body.

 

Finance Committee Member

Undergraduate Student Association, SUNY Buffalo, NY

August 2008 - May 2010

The Finance Committee is in charge of allocating grants of up to $1,000.00 to student organizations implementing new and innovative programs. As a member I took part in administering budget hearings with over 140+ within the Undergraduate Association and calculated a budget for each one. Together, the entire committee created the Student Association budget of $3.6 million.

Judge for MUQABLA Dance Competition

Indian Student Association, Buffalo, NY

November 2009

For this competition, dance teams from the neighboring Universities ventured to the University at Buffalo in hopes of representing Indian dancing to the fullest and winning first place

Master Of Ceremony for UB Thinks You Can Dance

Hip Hop Student Association, Buffalo, NY

October 2009

Despite my public speaking fears, I could not turn down the opportunity to be an MC for a competition I had performed for.


Judge for International Iron Chef: Battle Peppers
International Council, SUNY Buffalo, NY
March 2009
As a judge I was able to taste food from organizations representing China, Japan, Bangladesh, India and even the Phillippines; each group brought forth an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert incorporating the secret ingredient. With each bite I took that day I felt like I was in a different part of the world.



EVENTS PLANNED

 

Squid Games At Dracula’s Castle - Game Night
October 2021

Everyone was talking about the Squid Games show so I coordinated our own version of the games. There were prizes, dancing and of course a scavenger hunt.



Escape Into The Art & Find Yourself- Art Opening
September 2021

A private event overlooking the beach took us all into the art. Custom hors d'oeuvres, a scavenger hunt in the art, and a gift bag of excitement for the guests. I even included some fake money for an art auction of several prints and paintings.

Escape From The Mummy’s Tomb - Game Night
October 2020

Custom pyramid cake, costume contest, a scavenger hunt, and custome art that was given away as gifts for the guests- that night we all went to Egypt.

A Wedding Of Aristocats - My Wedding
February 9, 2018

We were just going to go sign at the court but the fam came through with a surprise venue. Someone pitched in for this and someone pitched in for that and suddenly there we were looking like Cinderella in a mermaid gown and the Prince coming out of a limo. Planned the whole thing in 3 weeks for under $3,000. Had an 8 min choreography with a flash mob. No honeymoon, but we found a way to make everyday our honeymoon no matter where our feet stand.



Toga Party With A Twist
December 2009

Twister, in togas and someone dared to wear no underwear! The suspense was real, literally and figuratively. We were all dangling in dangerous scenarios.

Belly Dance To Me

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE

Self Taught
 

Aisha Ali

Singer & Oriental dancer

Former Rising Stars Bellydance Group Instructor



COURSEWORK & STUDIES

Practicing in front of the mirror.

 

WORK & EXPERIENCE


“Talkin Bout” Music Video Belly Dancer
GFORCE Music
March 2016
When you show up to set and they like you and your dancing so much you become the lead.

Belly Dance Rhythms Group Class Instructor
Dance With Me Soho
Month of April 2011
You wouldn’t think belly dance and ballroom dance have much in common, but the hip work and the styling of the hands transcend style.

Belly Dancer For Sahara Hookah Lounge
August 2009 - January 2010

The music lured them in but it was my dancing that kept them there. The best part was the look on people's faces when I abandoned my post next to the stage and went to walk and dance among them.

 

Belly Dance Liason For Organization of Arab Students

October 2009 - May 2010

The opportunity of a lifetime; to be the official Belly Dance Liason for the Organization of Arab Students. It did not matter that I was Dominican, what mattered was that I loved the dance and that I was an expert in the dance.

 

Belly Dance Choreographer for Impulse Dance Force

Jan 2009 - March 2010

After all my belly dance performances around campus, I was approached by the hottest dance organization on campus and asked if would teach a Bellydance class.

Belly Dancer for Singer Ashraf Bashah & Band Ensemble
September 2008 - March 2010

Someone saw me perform and said "hey I know a band looking for a bellydancer".                        

LIVE PERFORMERS

 

Solo Performance
Polanco Family Reunion- Private Event
Summer 2011
That moment when you perform at the largest
Dominican family reunion you have ever attended and every one looks at you like the belly dance super star you are. They loved me, they truly loved me.

“Surprise Kiss Kiss” Solo Performance
Dance With Me Soho Spring Dance Showcase
March 2011
Only my front desk colleagues knew of my bellydance days. Everyone was shocked when the secretary unveiled herself as the bellydance superstar.

Group performance with Organization Of Arab Students
International Fiesta Dance Competition 2010

SUNY Buffalo
The greatest honor was being asked to be the Belly dance liaison for the Organization of Arab students. I knew then that I was one of them.

Group Belly Dance performance

Impulse Dance Force Winter Concert 2009

SUNY Buffalo

Everyone had an opportunity to shine during the dance. We all took turns being in the front. No one knew that I was the choreographer.

Solo Performance

Black Student Union Sickle Cell Auction

SUNY Buffalo

September 2008

Not even an injured ankle could stop me from shaking my hips to raise some money.

Solo Performance

Hip Hop SA Dance Show

SUNY Buffalo

September 2007

You wouldn't think bellydancing and hip hop go together but within me they do.

Solo Performance

Bangladeshi Student Association Variety Show

SUNY Buffalo

November 7th, 2007

You never know who is going to appreciate what you have to offer until you finally have the courage to take the stage.

Solo Performance
Latin American Student Association Annual Dance Concert

SUNY Buffalo
April 28th, 2007
Someone cancelled last minute and my best friend begged me to perform the belly dance routine I had done in high school to cover the slot. All it took was this one performance to jumpstart my bellydance career.

Belly Dance Class Performance
Impulse Dance Force Winter Showcase

SUNY Buffalo
December 2006
When you show up to set and they like you and your dancing so much you become the lead.

“Sapna 2” Group Bellydance
Rising Stars Exhibition Concert

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Spring 2006
When a stranger in the hallway says, “I heard you know how to belly dance, I am putting together a dance group, are you interested?” you say yes, even if you have only been practicing secretly in front of the mirror for three years. Five women, representing different regions of the world came together to form the colorful Ishkaturs: Aisha Ali in Purple, Rebecca Berkman Rivera in Green, Gabriela Reagan in Pink, Karina Karapetyan in Blue and I in Red.

“Ojos Asi Bellydance” Solo Performance
Liceo Max Henriquez Ureña Exhibition Concert
Spring 2004
As the only belly dancer in the school, I had to be the one to showcase the dance from the other side of the world.

We The Musical Theatre

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MENTORSHIP & TUTELAGE


Paul Griffin
Founder and President of The Possibility Project
My Creative Arts Director & Acting Coach

Rozz Nash- Coulon
Vocalist, Composer, Dancer & Choreographer, Arts Educator, Collaborative Choir
My dance instructor and dance boot camp mentor at The Possibility Project

Elin Morgan
Former Coordinator of The Possibility Project
(When it was called City At Peace)
An inspiration and empowering figure during a critical time.

 

Gerald Trottman

Vocal Coach, Composer, Singer & Musician

My Choir Director and Coach at The Possibility Project

 

Jeff Flowers

Creative Arts Director & Acting Coach with The Possibility Project

My Acting Coach and Mentor

 

Elizabeth "Bits" Howard Phillips

Creative Arts Director & Acting Coach with The Possibility Project

My Acting Coach and Mentor

Missouri Eddings
CEO & Founder of Styletainment, Artist, Fashion Designer
My Mentor



COURSEWORK & STUDIES

Acting Methods, The Possibility Project
Chorus & Voice Development,  The Possibility Project
Interpretive, Broadway, Jazz Dance,  The Possibility Project
Stage Combat Basics,  The Possibility Project
Core Strength Training,  The Possibility Project

 

WORK & EXPERIENCE


Head of Videography
“Arrepentimiento” Single Release Trailer
Adrian Read- Musician
October 2023
From being on screen, to making sets & props  to finally now be the holder of the screen.

One of the Maenads, Actress
Epiphany Short Film, IN 7 Experimental Video Art Residency
Miguel Romero-Trejos, Cinematographer, Set Designer, Music Coordinator and Editor
Digital Pulse Productions
June 2023
I knew I was going to be in the movie, I just didn’t know that I was going to be the one who would wield the incredible staff and bring the fun down from the mountain.

1980's Rollerskater
Gravesend Season 2
October 2021
I spent the whole summer rollerblading on the Far Rockaway not knowing I was really training for this gig.

 

Glee Club Director

The Arbors Assisted Living Communities

July 2018- September 2019

I never dreamed that I would be the one to lead our choir into greatness as we put on Concerts with all the great oldies throughout history.

“America” Music Video,  Background Ladies
Quantum Split
November 2016
Time to rock and roll and put in a lot of soul.

The Infected, Actress
Crow Hill Series, Independent Project
July 2016
On the road to becoming a zombie, one must first become infected.

 

Actress, Television Background Work

New York, NY

November 2015- March 2016

• The Get Down Season 1, DJ Battle Block Party Goer

• The OA Season 1, High School Student

• Madam Secretary, Refugee

• Difficult People, Fashion Show Attendant

• Law & Order: SVU Season 22, Pedestrian

• Shades of Blue, Pedestrian

• NBC Promo, Photo Stand-in

Kids in the Car, Actress

Independent Short Film

Lorenzo Tijerina, Director & Filmographer

November 2015

El Chakal’s Mother, Actress

El Chakal Origins Culture Show Video

Latin American Student Association

Spring 2010

Victim of Hallway Slip and Fall, Actress

El Abogado Del Numero 7 Promo Video

Latin American Student Association

Spring 2007

Youth Production Team Member

The Possibility Project

October 2005 - May 2006

After being part of the organization for two years, I was chosen to be part of the production team. We met on a weekly basis to discuss the development of the show and the creative programs that would be implemented with the cast.


 
PRINT WORK

 

"Into The Light" Photoshoot

Kasia Skorynkiewicz

June 2023

Showed up to the movie premiere not expecting to be put in the spotlight. When people really see your greatness they will take you by the hand and guide you to the table, to stand on it.

Cricket Wireless Promo Print Ad, Model
Cricket Wireless
May 2023
The things you get to do for being a simple customer.

Antique Camera Shoot - Model
Alex Nunez Caba, Photographer
September 2. 2021
The same thing can look different depending on the tool used to remember it by. Antique doesn’t need to mean old.

Bachateame - Bachata Night Promo
Latinparty.com
December 2016
When you go out dancing so much you end up on the flyer.

Skoal Tobacco Print Ad
Skoal
December 2017
The rock band that my brother was in was booked for an ad campaign in Colorado, but the lead singer was not old enough. The lead singer herself did my dreadlocks to look just like hers and there I went on the tour bus towards the Rocky Mountains.

 

Chinatown Photoshoot

Lorenzo Tijerina, Photographer

November 2015

It was a day like no other, I sat on the stoop eating dumplings and I ran track like I was in Apocalypto, only this time there was a camera there to capture it all.

On The Cover Of The Website
Concentrix
October 2013
Because of my meteoric rise from Customer Service Representative, to QA Auditior, to Operations Supervisor to Quality Assurance Supervisor, I was an easy choice to be the face on the cover of the website.

ASOS - Campaign
Concentrix
February 2013
It was wonderful for the company to give an opportunity for the fashionable employees to shine by using us in their ad campaign. After all, we were going to be the ones to take the calls anyways.

Come Work At Concentrix AD
Concentrix
February 2013
We were the face of the company flyer because we were the company.

SPOKEN WORD CREDITS

 

“Echoes Of Our Heritage” - Opening Ceremony Spoken Word Poetry
International Fiesta 2010 Dance Competition

“Faces Of The World” - Opening Ceremony Spoken Word Poetry
International Fiesta 2009 Dance Competition

“De Todo Un Poco” - Spoken Word Poetry

Presidential Address
Culture Show, April 2008
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo

“Las Raices De Nuestra Cultura” - Spoken Word Poetry
Culture Show, April 2008
Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo

“La Chancleta” - Spoken Word Poetry
LASA Culture Show, April 2008

Latin American Student Association, SUNY Buffalo

"Middle Of Two Realms" Song

City at Peace- Volume 1 CD

Music & Lyrics by Gerald Trottman based on the writings of 2004 cast.

Mixed by Paul Logus

City at Peace Choir- Vocals

Lead Vocals: Karen Bechford, Zarena LeBlanc, Cemel Moore, Hector Santana, Andrilisa Read

LIVE PERFORMANCE


“Mi Amor” Back Up Dancer for Keon Torres
Inspired Word NYC Open Mic
August 23, 2023
He asked for a hand on stage and I was the only one who volunteered to be the dance mime.

“Terror On The Boardwalk”
Independent
October 31, 2021
Can I go scare people on the boardwalk on rollerblades? Yes, because I am an adult and on Halloween I am allowed to be scary.

Styletainment The Show, Model & Dancer
Styletainment
November 5th, 2017
As much flavor and creativity as the first with more surprises. I danced in more scenes than I did the first time around and it was just as glorious.

Events Dancer & Performer
Total Entertainment Inc.
March 2017
I had no idea a whole museum could be rented for a private birthday party. We brought the fun and dancing to a place already full of fun.

Beatrice, Zombie Bride Dancer
New York Haunted Hayride, Ten Thirty One Productions
Month of October 2016
The best part of being a zombie bride was dancing out from behind the trees, coming up close and showing them my zombie smile.

Styletainment The Show, Model
Styletainment
May 7, 2016
You show up to a modeling audition and find out it is for a fashion dance show- it’s a good thing I could dance.


Zombie Live Dance Event
Characters For Hire
January 2016
I showed up to an audition competing with 75+ trained dancers. They could not out zombie me in this dance. I was one of the 5 selected to perform for a Royal Family from Saudi Arabia.

Janet, The Mother, Actress
Japan Nite 2010
Japanese Student Association
April 3, 2010

Even though I had gone in for emergency surgery on my buttcheek the night before, I still managed to deliver back to back performances.

Lips Of An Angel - Live Cover Performance
Japan Karaoke Night
Japanese Student Association
(Find the date in planner)


The Possibility Project Show Promo
Verizon Headquarters, New York, NY
October 2005
Performed for 200 Verizon Executives to obtain funding.

Sophia, The Battered Mother - Actress
R.I.P.: Revolution In Progress Original Production
The Possibility Project, New York, NY
May 2006

Roxanne, Rape Victim - Actress
AlieNation
The Possibility Project
May 2005

Core Dancer
Cracks In The Concrete Canvas
The Possibility Project
May 2003

Alice, Teacher & Main Love Interest - Actress
Flowers For Algernon Musical
P.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School
May 2001

Group Musical Ensemble
The Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County Musical
P.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School
May 2000

 

Origins of Andrilisa

What did one Boy Scout say to the other Boy Scout?


Nothing.


He was too mesmerized by the alluring presence of a maiden in the distance. There she was standing in front of the house, the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen.


It was in that moment he fell in love.


Would he now be in competition with his comrade?


No.


Because she was the other Boy Scout’s sister.


Two great houses.

 

A mirror and a contrast of one another.

 

Four loving grandparents. Twelve siblings from both sides combined.

 

In a land where bringing a baby into a family is the highest honor.


My parents were one with the community and the community was one with my parents. Everyone loved my parents. And everyone loved me greatly prior to my arrival.

 

I knew what it felt like to be loved long before I saw this world.


To be born into that vortex of love was a miracle.

This feeling of love would always be the guide.

(To be continued...)
 

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