Randi Pupkin


Randi graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1987 and was admitted to the Bar that same year. After 14 years, she left her construction litigation practice and started Art with a Heart in order to fully and creatively pursue her passion for helping those in need.

Misty Torbert


Misty comes to Art with a Heart with over 20 years experience in office management, service coordination and bookkeeping, most recently for Lotharian Pools.  She is the mother of three children and enjoys reading, nature and spending time with her family.  Misty’s bucket list includes visiting all 63 of our National Parks with one on deck in 2024 to Yellowstone!

Megan Gatto


Megan holds a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware. Ms. Gatto began her journey at Art with a Heart as a college intern passionate about using art as a tool for change. Fueled by her Art with a Heart experience, she participated in visual art outreach programs in both Tanzania and Thailand and returned to Art with a Heart as a staff member in 2016.

Alex Decker


Alex has been committed to improving access and equity through nonprofit work in the Baltimore Area for nearly a decade.  His creative and forward thinking approach to workforce development programs is a unique asset.  Through education, personal and professional experiences, along with local connections, Alex brings passion and productivity together to further the Mission at Art With a Heart. He is happily married with two children, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Strategic Communication.

Erin Liffiton


Erin comes to Art with a Heart with a great passion for art, education, and change. After graduating from Bucknell University with degrees in linguistics, French, and a minor in studio art, she served her community as a teacher before making her way to Art With A Heart. When Erin is not working she can be found enjoying the company of her menagerie of pets and plants or in her ceramics studio.

Amy Langrehr


Amy is a native Baltimorean, an alumna of Towson University and has been working in nonprofit fundraising for over 25 years. When she’s not working, Amy loves to cook, spend time with her pets and visit local restaurants in the city. Amy has been writing about Baltimore food and dining for her blog, Charm City Cook, since 2010.

Bailey DesRoches


Bailey is an artist, teacher, animal lover, and outdoor enthusiast. She grew up on the coast of Maine and moved to Maryland in 2008. She has lived in Baltimore City for 5 years, graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Art Education and has taught art courses at multiple Baltimore City schools. Some of her hobbies include painting pet portraits, camping, yoga, and singing.

Jake Parchem


Jake is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Art Education with a passion for teaching. He has taught students from Pre-K to retired adults, developed impactful cross-curricular lessons, and helped design educational materials and objects that are now part of the permanent collection at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.

Anna Gallahan


Anna graduated with a B.S in Family and Human Services from Towson University in 2020. Anna began her journey at Art with a Heart as a college intern in Art with a Heart’s in-school programs and is now working as CO-Program Director.

Sofie Benson


Sofie is a 2022 graduate of Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History.  Sofie started as an Art with a Heart teacher and is now a Co- Program Director with us.   Sofie enjoys hiking, photography and ceramics.

Matt Mitchell


Matt comes to Art with a Heart with prior professional experience in secondary English education, educational leadership, and experiential leadership development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Lynchburg and a master’s degree in Education from Towson University.

Amy Legg


Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She began her work at Art with a Heart after a long career owning her own retail business.  When she isn’t keeping the staff organized at Art with a Heart, she is an avid baker, knitter and mother of three.

Austin Spafford


Austin is a lifelong Baltimore resident and joins both the Community Service and Public Art and Art of Leadership teams as an assistant.  Wearing two hats is no problem, having come from a background in cosmetology and performing arts.  Some of Austin’s extracurriculars include an interest in gaming, cooking, antiquing and plant care.  We’re sure he’ll be a big hit with our volunteers and Art of Leadership students!

Emily Robinson


With a passion for art, education, and equity, Emily comes to Art With a Heart ready to make a difference. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with an Art degree and a minor in Italian studies, she focused on advocating for students in the Baltimore City community. Working as a Special Education Teacher and an Elementary Art teacher, she focused on bringing equity and inclusion into city schools. When Emily is not working, she can be found expressing her creativity in the kitchen baking complicated desserts or enjoying her latest read.

Kristina Harlee

Kristina comes to Art with a Heart as an alumnae of our summer workforce program, where she spent three summers with us. After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Kristina amassed 8 years of retail experience, making her a perfect fit for the HeARTwares Store Manager position. In her spare time she likes to SHOP and enjoys graphic design.


Klause Ferrell


Klause Ferrell is an undergraduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta in Graphic and Web design. Klause found his way to Baltimore, and first became involved with Art with a Heart as a client of the job training program HeARTworks. Graduating from the program, he returned as an intern in the AWAH Workforce Development and Social Enterprise program. In February 2019, Klause was hired as Assistant to the Director of Workforce Development and Social Enterprise and now holds the title of Workforce Development Coordinator.

Kris Hoffman


Kris is a retired attorney who met Randi in law school. Kris worked for the State of Maryland for over 20 years, and beginning in 2015, she started volunteering with Art with a Heart. Immediately after retiring from the practice of law in 2018, she joined the staff at Art with a Heart.

Clifton Denby


Clifton comes to Art with a Heart after completing a spring 2023 Internship with us from Towson University.  A 2023 graduate of Towson with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, we are happy to have him join the programming team.  He enjoys music and making all sorts of art!

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