Christina Muscatello, Ed.m.
Co-founder | Program Director Christina@MemoryMakerProject.org
Christina was born and raised in a multigenerational home on a small, dead-end street where everyone was retired. Always full of curiosity and energy, she hopped from porch to porch listening to and telling stories with some of the most fascinating characters a girl could imagine.
While attending Binghamton University, Christina worked as a care partner for a family friend living with Alzheimer’s. Together they read books, painted, shared stories, and philosophized. Christina noticed early on that the arts soothed this woman and allowed them to communicate and connect when words failed.
Christina went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. After graduation, she worked in the Boston area as a program coordinator and research assistant for ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s through the I’m Still Here Foundation—one of the leading researchers and practitioners of non-pharmacological interventions for people living with memory loss.
After extensive training and many inspiring experiences in the field, Christina was motivated to develop similar programs for older adults in her hometown, who were such a special part of her upbringing.
In addition to the Memory Maker Project, Christina provides one-on-one creative arts sessions for people living with memory loss, consults with families to create individualized activity care plans and partners with like-minded organizations around the world.
On her downtime, she can be found writing what may or may not someday be a book, gallivanting through the woods, singing in her car, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Florien Fasseur, Social Worker
As a social worker Florien wants to stay in close contact with people she can help empower!
Hailing from Belgium, she is a natural networker with a great love for connecting individuals, families and professionals so everyone can receive the kind of care they need.
Among her many wonderful qualities, she is empathic and social beyond compare. What's more, her enthusiasm is infectious. We dare you not to smile while talking with her.
Florien loves being a part of the Memory Maker Project because she can show people the big picture-that there are many options available for people with memory loss beyond meeting their basic needs. She enjoys the balance of office work with being in the field, and getting her hands in paint.
Alisha Sickler-Brunelli, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at Binghamton University, Director of KAPOW! Art Now and ARTifact, and graphic design guru.
Marcia Craner, Lecturer in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University, President at Cameron & Associates, and owner/artist at In Full Bloom.
Anne Larrivee, Librarian at University of Pennsylvania and research enthusiast.
Dan McCormack, Research Associate at the CCPA Dean’s Office at Binghamton University and grant writer connoisseur.
Dara Riegel, Assistant Professor at Endicott College, marketing mastermind, President and Resident Word Nerd at Unbiased Communications, and Christina’s big sister.