GERI EILEEN UNGER
Geri's passion for mentoring, education, and connecting the arts and science to the development of a vibrant urban environment with outreach nationally and internationally have led her to the Morgan Conservatory. She served as Executive Director of the Society for Conservation Biology prior to moving home to Cleveland. She has worked in the nonprofit sector as a foundation program officer and in programming in education and sustainability for many years.
Geri’s background includes establishing the Bloomfield Science Center in Jerusalem, Israel following earning her Master of Science degree at the Hebrew University. An artist at heart, she has two adult children, and is excited about the growth that the Morgan will provide in the paper arts, written word, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education), and the broader urban resilience communities.
Tom Balbo is a Cleveland-based artist whose work has been collected for well over 30 years. Graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College with a BA in 1977, he completed his MFA in Studio Arts at Syracuse University in 1980 where he was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship Grant and a Ford Foundation Grant.
In 2007, Tom teamed up with noted Cleveland-area artists and national hand papermaking artists to improve and conserve the art of paper & book arts educational programming in the US. Knowing that these were art forms worth preserving, the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation officially opened its doors in October 2008.
Gallery & Artist Opportunities Coordinator
Anna Tararova was born in Russia. She received an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University. Anna is a printmaker, book artist, and papermaker. She completed artist residencies at Paper Circle, the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and The Morgan Conservatory, and exhibits her work internationally. Anna has worked as the Art-In-Ed Resident at Women’s Studio Workshop and has taught papermaking, printmaking, and photography classes for children and adults.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
As a journalist and photographer, Jacqueline Bon has a lot of curiosity in people and their stories. She is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She has written for various publications covering topics including arts and culture, music, small business development and city planning. For over a decade, she has pursued film and digital photography with a specialization in medium format photography. As an artist and writer, she is excited to pull from both facets of her background to tell the Morgan's story.
Studio & Community Arts Education Coordinator
Michaelle Marschall has taught art to all ages in the Cleveland area since 2002, after completing her BFA at Lake Erie College. She is in her fourteenth year of teaching children’s art classes at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Michaelle is a printmaker and has been a resident artist with Zygote Press in Cleveland for over a decade. She most recently completed a certificate in less toxic intaglio methods at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Massachusetts.
Studio Workshop Coordinator
Tana was born and raised in northern New Jersey to a family of artists, musicians, and educators. They received their BA in printmaking and developmental psychology at Hampshire College. At this time Tana had the opportunity to study printmaking in Cuba where they were able to focus on woodcut techniques more in depth. After college, Tana began teaching in early childhood education with a focus on fine art as a tool for learning. Most recently they were teaching at The Music Settlement. Tana is excited to bring their passion for both education and art together at the Morgan Conservatory.
Store & Studio Assistant, Promise Neighborhood Coordinator
Allie graduated from Xavier University with a BFA in Printmaking and Art History. She began as an intern at the Morgan before transitioning to Staff. Before her time at the Morgan, she was an Intern at Zygote Press. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at Loyola University’s campus in Rome, guiding students in their Italian and Art History classes. In her spare time she is a printmaker, sketchbook doodler, and loves to weave.