Meet The Volunteers

Volunteers from our past workshops


Christine Gingrich Mendez
Christine got her B.S.Ed. at UGA. She taught English in Mexico for two years before returning to the United States to teach high school Spanish, then middle school ESOL.

Before attending UGA she traveled the United States working with various artisans at renaissance festivals. She has traveled to many foreign countries and has a deep appreciation for the diversity to be found in the peoples and cultures of the world. That appreciation is what led her to pursue teaching ESOL. Her current English students are from Nepal, Malaysia, Cuba, Iceland, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Burma and Iran.

Bettina Dennis
I received my BFA from Georgia Southern University where I majored in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Photography.  Currently the Photo Editor & Production Manager with Upscale Magazine.  I also work as a freelance photographer / photo editor under the newly launched B. Dennis Imagery & Consulting.

I’ve previously worked with children as literacy tutor/art teacher with America Reads/Boys & Girls Club and mentored with Operation P.E.A.C.E & the Latino Outreach Program.  I have volunteered with Hosea Feed the Hungry, Alliance Theater, Hands On Atlanta, American Red Cross, Atlanta Film Festival, Project Open Hand among others.

Joan Davey
Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, Illinois.
PhD from Northwestern University on a Fellowship.
Taught elementary school music K-5 in Northwest Chicago Suburb.
Dean of Education, American Conservatory of Music.
Active performer with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus: lead in several Broadway Musicals and Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas plus more.

Kaitlyn Kane
Full time student at Georgia Perimeter College
Major: Early Childhood Development
2 yrs practing Creative Art Therpy through motherhood
Lifetime of creating personal art pieces


Wesley Warren
CEO of, a web & design industry portal
CEO of a local gallery & coffee shop in St. Petersburg Florida
15 yrs experience in working with Art and Design
Studied Visual Arts in St. Louis, Detroit
Has shown and sold his paintings all over the U.S.

Dale Dewitte


The Artists

Joseph Garton
Studied Art at Columbia
Volunteer work for the Boy Scouts of America

Dr. Claire Welsh
Medium: Oil on Canvas, Watercolors
Loves visiting museums & galleries to painting watercolors or oils…
I’m enjoying re-discovering my love of art!

Volunteer Artist
Deanna Zane

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