Meet the Team
Maria Yoon (Founder, CEO of PMT / Senior Lecturer, Fluent in Korean)
has been employed continuously for the last eighteen years in the Education departments of several of New York's premier museums. Her museum work is also mentioned in the Little Kid Big City. Prior to working at the museums Maria was a NYC public school art teacher specializing in children's art. Her current favorite art areas are African, Asian and Modern Art. Maria is also an accomplished artist in her own right and has several of her works in the permanent collection of MoMA.
Gema Alava (Senior Lecturer, Fluent in Spanish)
multidisciplinary artist who has worked for the last decade as a lecturer and educator in five major art museums in NYC, conducting more than 2000 talks worldwide at universities, museums and cultural institutions. Her latest art projects are based on in depth conversations originated from careful observation of artworks. Participants have described her approach as “enlightening” and “the new way to experience an art museum.” (Centerpoint Now, 2010)
Belbelin Mojica (Senior Lecturer, Fluent in Spanish)
is a native New Yorker working in museums throughout the City for the past twenty years. Currently affiliated with the NYC Board of Education where she teaches curriculum covering Ancient Civilizations through Modern/Contemporary Era. Education Program Coordinator handling special events specifically for K - 12. Familiarity with institutions throughout New York City including the Bronx and Queens.
Alexandra Bonfante-Warren (Senior Lecturer, Fluent in French and Italian)
she attended the Lycée Français in New York and obtained a BA in modern and contemporary French and Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds MAs in English education and art history, has worked in art publishing for thirty years, and has been a museum educator since 2008.
Lauren Ebin (Senior Lecturer)
is an educator at The Morgan Library & Museum and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Previously, he served as an adjunct professor of art history at NYU, and as a researcher and lecturer in European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His primary areas of research are Spanish Golden Age painting and European Baroque art generally, but his real joy currently comes from taking his daughters, aged 3 and 6, around the many museums in New York. He received his A. B. from Princeton University, his M.A. in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute, and his Ph. D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Will Twersky (Lecturer)
is a native New Yorker with over a year of experience working in art and history museums. He holds a BA from Bucknell University and is completing his MA from New York University. Will specializes in Greek and Roman art history, as he spent this past summer working on an excavation team in Thebes, Greece.
Kean Tan (Chinese Guide)
born and raised in Malaysia, Kean moved to the U.S graduating with a B.A in film studies in Ohio. He also earned a Master of Urban Planning degree from Hunter's College in New York City, working occasionally with institutions to bridge civic participation in arts and culture and forge positive interaction between human and physical environments.
Gwen Rakotovao (French Guide)
is an international French born choreographer. She has graduated from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2009 and is based in New York for the past six years. Rakotovao is now the Artistic Director of her own contemporary dance company and toured worldwide in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. Beside her dedication to dance, she is also passionate about modern art which is a great source of inspiration for her.
Gwen Rakotovao est une chorégraphe Française internationale. Elle fût diplômée de l’Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater en 2009 et évolue à New York depuis six ans. Rakotovao est maintenant la directrice artistique de sa propre compagnie de danse contemporaine avec laquelle elle s’est produite aux Etats-Unis, en Europe, en Afrique et en Asie. En plus de son engouement pour la danse, elle est aussi passionnée par l’art moderne qui est pour elle une grande source d’inspiration.