Meet the Team
Debra Giunta, Founder & Executive Director
Debra Giunta is an entrepreneur, arts educator and native Chicagoan. She uses her background in the arts to affect change through non-traditional educational experiences that foster courage, connection, and self-awareness. She got her start teaching at the age of 16 for a local community dance program and in 2008 founded Design Dance, a social impact company increasing access to arts programming for over 1400 students weekly. In 2015, Debra founded Prismatic as a way to use her experiences as an entrepreneur to teach self-sufficiency and job readiness for underserved students in Chicago.
Board of Directors & Advisors
Jonathan Lazatin - Board Member, Curriculum Consultant
Jonathan Lazatin is an engineer, designer and educator who focuses on the intersection of creativity and learning. Jonathan has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. There he was coordinator of the Pilipino Cultural Exchange's hip hop dance group and has choreographed for Cal Poly's Spring Dance Show. After working in engineering, he took a leap to spend a year of learning with Experience Institute where he studied Engineering + Design Education, surveying educational programs across the country, teaching design to students and industry professionals and learning about the intersection of design and education.
Gabrielle Valdes - Board Member, Education Consultant
Gabrielle is an entrepreneur, educator and behavioral consultant. She received her BA in Communication Studies at California State University in Long Beach, with a focus on Women's Studies, Research and Media Analysis. As a women empowerment facilitator at CSULB, she developed a love for working in education which drove her to become a Lead Teacher at a preschool in Glendale, CA. After working in Early Childhood Education, she moved to Chicago and worked as a behavioral therapist to support children with autism and their families. She is currently attending Arizona State University to receive her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. Gabrielle partnered with Debra as co-founder of Prismatic to leverage her experience in education and empowerment to impact education in Chicago.
Christine Reed - Board Member, Director of Curriculum and Program Development
Christine Reed is an educator, dancer, and choreographer in Chicago, Illinois who believes in the power of arts education and self-directed learning. She has taught in a variety of settings including elementary schools, community programs, and dance organizations for over 10 years. She is on faculty as the Dance Teacher at Ravenswood Elementary in Chicago Public Schools. While responsible for directing the Ravenswood Dance Program, Christine also writes and implements arts integrated curriculum, connecting dance content with learning in mathematics, language arts and reading, science, and social studies; serves on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team to design and present professional development for staff; and writes district-wide performance task assessments for dance programs across CPS. In addition to her work at Ravenswood, Christine is a Mentor Teaching Artist at Design Dance and runs a summer day camp at Steve and Kate’s Camp. Christine holds a Master’s of Art in Teaching with endorsements in Elementary Education, Dance, and Social Studies, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, Dance, and Arts Management.
Aurora Raimondi, Development Associate
Aurora is a Business & Entrepreneurship student at Columbia College Chicago, focusing in Visual Arts Management. Within the last year she has been the Project Manager for The Field Notebook, a gallery show at her school, and a choreographer for her own music videos. Aurora is passionate about all arts, maintaining her ballet training and photography skills whenever she has the chance. She hopes through her Business degree to help artists with limited networking resources gain the recognition they deserve.