Michael Dowling, Founder and Artistic Director
Michael is known as one of the Commonwealth’s most innovative and courageous artists who produces visually stunning, ambitious public works of art that serve and inspire communities on many levels. His work stems from his heartfelt desire to beautify and make life better for all. Michael holds a BFA and MFA from Boston University, where he studied with Philip Guston and James Weeks.
Rob Cutler, Staff Humanitarian
Rob considers advocacy to be his life’s work. He regularly goes to the State House to advocate for those unable to speak for themselves. Since 2005, his important work has included mentoring youth who face challenges in their daily lives, meeting with them two-three times per week at MWP. Based on his own experiences and challenges, Rob is a model to these young people who accept him as one who understands pain, abuse and suffering; thus, he is able to provide the youth with support, insight, and inspiration.
Richie Dinsmore, Director of Advocacy and Public Art
Richie started working at MWP because of court-mandated community service hours. After showing his leadership skills and initiative, Richard moved his way up to serve in a full-time, administrative capacity. All of the youth employees look up to him as a peer role model. He has also been nominated for numerous awards for his youth advocacy work in the City of Boston.
Tara Doran, Director of Youth Programs and Development
Tara has been practicing public health in South Boston for five years working in substance abuse prevention, coalition building, and youth development. As Director of Youth Programs, Tara brings a public health approach to link science with public art in strengthening communities and empowering youth. Tara received an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to her work at Medicine Wheel, Tara is the Program Coordinator of the South Boston FANS Family Nurturing Program and serves as a board member on the South Boston Association of Non-Profits and the steering committee of South Boston FANS-CAN, a substance abuse and child abuse prevention coalition.
Anna White, Director of Community Initiatives
Anna has transitioned this year, from a Medicine Wheel Board member to become a member of the staff as the Director of Community Initiatives. In this thrilling position, Anna links Medicine Wheel’s mission and projects to the people of Boston, its politicians and its institutions.
Anna is currently an Executive member of the Boards of the South Boston Association of Non-Profits and the South Boston MOMS Club. Anna has three children in the Boston Public School System and she loves her South Boston neighborhood!
In prior lives, Anna has worked on the staff of a New York State Senator and as a video game tester for a small games company.
Medicine Wheel hires numerous artists thoughtout the year to worked in our acclaimed youth programs