Staff Biographies

Staff Members:

Our diverse staff here at LARP Adventure Program come from a variety of professional backgrounds and possess skills and specialties across the broad range of activities that take place in our programming. All of our staff are working professionals with clear organizational responsibilities and purposes, whether members of the leadership staff, core staff or auxiliary staff. However, they are all also parts of the same rank system that our youth participate in. In that way, they are instantly connected to the youth and share a community responsibility beyond their position with L.A.P. Thus, all of our staff are identified by both their rank and their positions within the program.

Leadership Staff:

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Eric Love – Head Instructor
Director and Founder

An award-winning professional artist in the fine and performing arts, Eric has been teaching art, music, technology, science, theater, martial arts, and self-development for the last two decades. Starting in 2002-2005 with the Fine Arts Museum of Springfield MA, Eric has been developing the curriculum behind LARP Adventure Program for well over a decade. From 2006 onwards, Eric began teaching his curriculum in the Metro Boston area until formalizing the organization in 2012. Presently, Eric serves as L.A.P.’s Director, overseeing all programming and development as well as heading the leadership staff.

Having attained his B.A. in Fine Arts at Bradford College, Eric is currently a candidate for an M.Ed. in Community Arts at Lesley University. In addition he is an initiated cultural leader in multiple traditions and holds five black belts in the Bagwa-Chung, Kendo, Aikido, Karate, and Kempo schools of martial arts. His certifications include QPR Leadership, CERT-Safe, Mandated Reporter, First Aid/CPR and other cultural leadership certifications.

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Eli Flinn – Instructor
Field Marshal and Safety Department Head

Involved in the program for over nine years as a volunteer and staff member, Eli has achieved the rank of Instructor and leads both the Evenda (Arlington) and Zelmore (Winchester) schools of L.A.P. as a leadership staff member. In addition, he heads our safety department, managing our medical staff and the diverse medical needs of our youth population. A talented visual artist and musician who worked for many years at the Arlington Center for the Arts, Eli brings a strong crafting curriculum and inspires students to affirm their independent identities.

Following his graduation from the local Arlington High School, Eli has dedicated himself to professional training in the medical field. Among his certifications are First Aid/CPR, CERT Safe and nationally recognized EMT-B.

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Alexis Moisand – Assistant Instructor
Office Manager

Entering his sixth year of involvement with LARP Adventure Program, Alexis achieved the rank of Assistant Instructor before transitioning fully to his administrative role as Office Manager and a member of the leadership staff. Though he still teaches occasionally, most of his responsibilities entail the daily operation of the administrative side of programming, including enrollment, community information, invoicing, finances, etc. Coming from background of costuming, creative writing and improvisational acting, Alexis uses his skills to inform the character development part of the L.A.P. curriculum. However, he also has experience as an academic tutor and career skills teacher, and thus provides additional services and training to our high school population.

Presently, Alexis is pursuing his Bachelors in Business Management, specializing in the Arts, at Lesley University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a hybrid traditional and online student in the adult learner program, he manages a full-time university course load with his role at L.A.P. He is expected to graduate in May 2016.

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Alison Love – Matron Instructor
Office Coordinator

Though only in her fourth year with LARP Adventure Program, Alison holds the rank of Matron Instructor, recognizing her great service to the community outside of the traditional curriculum and her role as a member of the leadership staff. Since joining the community, she has assumed the dual role of educator and administrator, leading the Arundel (Belmont) school. As Office Coordinator, she manages bookings, accounting, social media and operates our retail store, Ayla’s Armory, among other responsibilities. Informing her work in both positions is her vast experience with diverse subjects, notably art therapy, exotic animal care, performing arts, and herbalism.

Currently, Alison is pursuing her B.A. in Art Therapy with Salem State University, having completed much of her necessary coursework at Massasoit Community College. In addition, she has studied under Bonnie Kavanagh to achieve a full apprenticeship in herbalism and is currently pursuing her mastery certification.

Core Staff:

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Kenzie Schoenthaler – Assistant Instructor
Monster Marshal

In his eighth year with LARP Adventure Program, Kenzie began as a student in the program and after graduating high school he achieved the rank of Assistant Instructor in early 2015. Now, Kenzie regularly teaches at the Evenda (Arlington) program and is also chiefly responsible for the direct operation of our C.I.T. youth at events, with supervision and support from the leadership staff. Bringing prior experience teaching at youth arts organization and a full perspective of the L.A.P. program, Kenzie excels at many of the core curriculum tenets of our program. In addition, he is a model for students interested in physical fitness and survival skills, having recently completed a solo biking trip across the United States in under three months.

At this time, Kenzie is enrolled at Lesley University for a B.A. in History and English.  In addition, he holds multiple medical certifications including First Aid/CPR, CERT Safe, nationally recognized EMT-B and Wilderness EMT.

Ian Hopeman – Assistant Instructor
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Currently in his eighth year with LARP Adventure Program, Ian began his time with L.A.P. watching and observing events and classes. He became a student the next year and after seven years in the program he achieved the rank of Assistant Instructor in early 2015. Using his background as a leader at L.A.P. before becoming an assistant instructor, Ian now teaches at the Evenda (Arlington) program and is heavily involved with our program with Saint Eulalia’s church. He also helps to organize marshals and students at our events with support from leadership staff. Having trained as a state ranked athlete, Ian uses this knowledge to help with aspects of physical fitness in the curriculum, notably in martial arts.

At this time, Ian is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering at Boston University. He currently balances his full course load with weekly teaching at the Evenda (Arlington) school.

Auxiliary Staff

Naomi Torres-Ortiz – Knight
Head Counselor

Naomi began volunteering with LARP Adventure Program in the fall of 2013 before formally completing an Art Therapy internship with us in the summer of 2014. With her skills as both a studio artist and an educator, she continued to serve as a Counselor and eventually as Head Counselor for our entire summer residential experience. Passionate about youth work and multiculturalism through the arts, Naomi will be graduating in May of 2016 with a B.A. in Art Therapy from Lesley University.

Hugh Long – Knight
Head Counselor

Hugh began volunteering with LARP Adventure Program in 2013 before formally completing an Illustration internship during our summer program. With his skills as both a studio artist, a creative writer and a black-belt in karate, he continued to serve as a Counselor and eventually as Head Counselor for high school youth. Currently, he is a candidate for a B.F.A. in Illustration at Lesley University’s College of Art and Design.

Consultants:

Evan Driscoll – Instructor Ex Officio
Development Consultant

Since 2002, Evan has been involved with LARP Adventure Program, working with Eric to develop and implement the LARP curriculum. Now he serves as a consultant on development projects, specializing in gaming outlets, world development and methodology. Evan has recently earned a B.S. in Electronic Engineering at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

 

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