Current Staff

Graduate Assistant: Marjorie (MJ) Valdivia

Marjorie is the graduate assistant director. She is currently a PhD student in the Social Justice Education Program. Marjorie is a social justice educator who combines social justice praxis with creative practices. In her free time MJ likes to peruse through fashion videos.

Director: Peter Mack

Peter Mack is the director of the Student Union Craft Center. Peter received his MFA in animation and video from UMass Amherst in the Spring of 2017. He lives in Northampton, MA with his wife Rhea, daughter Edie, and bird named George.

Staff Members

Isabelle Antonious

Isabelle is an English major at UMass in her senior year, working on her education and psychology minors as well as her associates in Medical Humanities. Isabelle is the silk painting area coordinator at the Craft Center, and she has been with the Craft Center for five semesters. Isabelle is an avid painter and self-proclaimed chef, living with her best friend and hamster Mary.

Norma Barratt​

Norma Barratt is the Photo Area Coordinator. She is a senior and a Social Thought and Political Economy major. She is a descendant of Martha Custis!

Nellie Marshall-Torres

Nellie is a Social Thought and Political Economy major working on her minor in studio art. Nellie is the felting area coordinator. Nellie loves color, cows, and crafts. She’s a sophomore here at UMass and is excited to be working at the Craft Center.

Aren Park

Hired in the fall of 2016, Aren Park is a Metal Smithing Coordinator at the Student Union Craft Center. She is currently a junior majoring in journalism and communications. She aspires to continue expressing her creativity in the media industry in the future. In her free time, Aren enjoys eating good food with good people.


Lina Takaoka

Lina or “Tako” is a third year undergraduate student, studying kinesiology. Tako is the leather coordinator ...and also plays rugby for UMass’ women’s Team. During their free time, they like to search for adoptable kitties online while eating salt and vinegar chips.

Eliza Young

Eliza Young is a Senior majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture. Hired in the Fall of 2016, Eliza has worked for 5 semesters as the Silkscreening Coordinator.  Though her free time is rare, she likes to spend it knitting, obsessively discovering new artists on Spotify, and enjoying the outdoors.

  Alumni Staff