Maryann Shaw grew up in Walden, NY and relocated to Portland with her husband [then fiancé] on a whim in 2006. The Shaws fell in love with Maine, and haven't looked back since. Maryann graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in 2005. She also has a MBA in Accounting and a K-12 Art Teaching Certification. Maryann loves gardening, reading, creating things, being outdoors, art, writing, and anything involving water. She was drawn to The Telling Room’s culture, which provides an encouraging environment that helps children build the confidence needed to share their stories and their art. Maryann has been a member of the Glitterati Committee for three years, a co-chair of the silent auction for two years, and uses her mad Microsoft Office skills to get things done. She is the executive assistant for the Retail Team at Key Bank, who generously support her work for The Telling Room.
Allison Strausberg found her way to Maine after a winding path through Baltimore, adventures abroad, and working with homeless populations in southern Colorado. With a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Theater Creation and a background in Theater for Social Change, she is interested in exploring where the arts, service, and social transformation intersect. When she’s not busy working as a barista downtown, she can be found in any variety of dance classes and volunteering at The Telling Room. The Telling Room gives her the opportunity each week to work with youth in a creative, transformative capacity. Allison is excited to be returning to school next fall where she will complete a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Applied Arts and Social Justice at the University of New England.