Manager of Space Use, Planning and Design
Kent Gay earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture and a M.A. in Applied Design from the University of Minnesota's Graduate School. He has taught classes in design foundations - Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Color. He worked as a museum exhibit designer for 15 years and now teaches the DC Sketchers class. You can see samples of his work at kentgay.com/drawings/
Mickey is a member of Str-8-n Up Production Company. He has been associated with and participated in the performing and visual arts throughout the Washington, DC area. He is currently a staff member of the Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse.
Charlene has been working at CHAW since 2012. A Washington DC resident for over 30 years, Charlene has graced the northwest quadrant with her calm demeanor and serves on a neighborhood board for co-op residents where she works with youth on annual projects. After finishing her DCPS career at Dunbar Sr. High in 1989, Charlene went on to attend Hair Academy School for hair in New Carrolton, MD where she received her hair licence and continued to practice her art of styling for over 16 years. While working in the beauty industry Charlene also took positions in banking, tax revenue, and after a short break, found CHAW and has been here ever since. Charlene loves dancing, singing, and cooking and enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, children, and grandchildren traveling all over the place.
Although Hannah joined the CHAW staff full-time in September 2014, her CHAW connection began before she was even alive: her mom taught theatre at CHAW in the mid-80s, along with taking the famed adult tap classes. But the CHAW-gravitational-pull is strong, and Hannah found her way back through a Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship summer internship in 2010, working on CHAW's 40th Anniversary oral histories. After graduating from Yale with a BA in History of Art, she once again came knocking on the blue doors of CHAW and re-joined the wonderful community through project managing the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project, a public art project in SE DC.
During that time, she worked in a variety of roles throughout the field of arts administration, including three years at Americans for the Arts, the national research, policy, and advocacy organization working on behalf of local arts agencies; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Society for the Arts in Healthcare; and more. In her time at Americans for the Arts, Hannah served as Policy Intern, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, and as Research Coordinator. In this last role, she was actively involved in the creation, analysis, and dissemination of seminal arts research, including Arts & Economic Prosperity (c), Creative Industries, and the National Arts Index, in addition to gaining experience with both internal and external evaluation methods.
In her current role at CHAW, Hannah is thrilled to apply her experience to carrying the message of Building community through the arts--and Being a place that connects and transforms--far and wide. As a performer all her life, Hannah is keenly aware of how important the arts are to well-being and to a sense of place. She is deeply committed to sharing that love of the arts and community with everyone she can, and believes that CHAW's mission and vision are core to our humanity. Hannah is proof positive that you can take the girl out of CHAW, but she will always find some way to return!
Amy holds a BS in elementary education and a BA in flute performance from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She holds an MA in music theory and history and MM in flute performance from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the staff at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, her career in arts managment included serving as Director of Membership for GALA Choruses, Operations Manager for the Arlington Symphony, Assistant Manager for Music at Penns Woods Festival Orchestra and Tour Manager for the Polish National Radio Symphony. She and her partner of 25 years have three children ages 9 (twins) and 6.
Stephanie graduated with a BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan for Fine Arts and Art History. She has been a Teaching Artist at CHAW since moving into the district in 2015. Her classes include everything from drawing to sculpture to printmaking. An artist in her own right, her work has been selected and featured in juried art shows across the country with the latest one in our very own Eastern Market. Stephanie is also actively involved in the local arts community by freelancing and advocating for arts education and funding. Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of CHAW’s team!
Marketing and Development Associate
Liz Rubando moved to DC from Lexington, Kentucky in 2014. She studied Art Education and Ceramics at the University of Kentucky and has worked as a teaching artist for CHAW since moving to the area. In her own work and when teaching, Liz encourages the freedom and awareness of process and creation. Passionate about sharing her love of the arts and education, Liz is enthusiastic to be taking on this new role as Development and Marketing Associate and promoting CHAW within our Community!
Jill Strachan became CHAW's Executive Director in July 2007. From her first encounter in the late 1990s, she has been firmly bonded to CHAW's mission of building community through the arts. Her roles at CHAW have included: board member, donor, consultant, co-development director, interim executive director (2x, 2004 and 2007), and producer for CHAW's summer Gilbert & Sullivan productions which began in 2001. Before joining the CHAW staff, Jill free-lanced in the arts from 1987-2007 after leaving the more corporate world of a food industry trade association and completing a PhD in the history of religion. Doubles tennis is a never-ending challenge and she sings in the a cappella group Not What You Think (sometimes performing at CHAW). A long-time resident of Capitol Hill, she loves walking with her partner Jane and their dogs Sadie and Freddy.
Webmaster and Data Manager
Lindsey began her material exploration at a young age, from mud pies to glue sticks to any craft station she could get her hands in. She began delving seriously into ceramics in high school, during which time she received awards at numerous regional and state art competitions. She went on to earn her BA in Studio Art at Grinnell College, Iowa, where she focused primarily on paper sculpture, printmaking, and other disciplines allowing her to combine three- and two-dimensional art forms. Lindsey then began work at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC, a non-profit art center providing all-ages and cross-disciplinary classes. She is currently the Ceramics Department Chair, teaches several classes, and serves as Webmaster and Data Manager for the workshop.
A self-avowed space, math, and technology geek, Lindsey believes in using art as an interdisciplinary educational tool and enjoys exploring with her students the intersections between arts and sciences. Her classes center around creative exploration and experimentation, giving students of all ages the tools to create and problem-solve. In addition to ceramics, Lindsey practices printmaking, drawing, painting, and glass sculpture.
Brian Washington is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He fell in love with the arts while attending Milton Hershey School (MHS) in Hershey, PA, where he participated in Theatre, marching & jazz band, various singing groups, the handbell choir, and of course basketball! After matriculating through MHS, Brian found his way to Washington, DC, where he attended Howard University to study acting. His strong passion for teaching and working with youth soon led him to explore a career in education. After earning his BFA in Theatre Education, Brian was fortunate enough to work with such arts organizations as The Washington Youth Choir, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and THEARC, before finding a home with CHAW. As Education Coordinator, Brian is most appreciative that he is able to work with young artists everyday by way CHAW’s mission of building community through the arts!