Founder and President
Abigail Gómez is a Latinx visual artist, teaching artist, arts advocate, and the owner of Pretty Girl Painting, a fine art and mural painting business. She received an MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and a BFA from Virginia Tech. Abigail teaches art locally through the Independent School of Winchester, Pretty Girl Painting, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, and Arte Libre VA. She also facilitates international community mural projects and American travel between the US and Cuba.
Abigail was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve as a Commissioner on the Virginia Commission for the Arts, representing the 10thCongressional District. Abigail is currently the Secretary of the VCA, and Chair of the VCA’s IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access). Nationally, she is serving as Co-Chair for NASAA’s People of Color Affinity Group.
Born and raised in Pamplona, Spain.
I have a Master's in Telecommunications Engineering but since moving to the US in 2001, I have mostly focused on activities related to animals and children (go figure!).
I have worked in a preschool setting as an instructor and teacher's assistant. I am an Educator and a Discovery Ambassador for our local children's museum.
I have 3 children of my own (ages 13, 11, and 9). I LOVE (in no particular order) Nature (animals!), languages (I speak 3 fluently), fitness, music, photography, technology and art.
I am an avid runner and just ran my first full marathon this past October! You're likely to spot me out and about all over the Winchester area and beyond.
I'm passionate about the environment, equality, and generally humans being decent to their fellow humans (and other creatures of course).
It is important to me that every child feels empowered, worthy and special.
Board of Directors
Kenia Brooks is a Farm Placement Specialist with the Virginia Employment Commission. Under her role, Kenia serves as an advocate for the 500 plus farm workers that come each year to bring in the harvest in her assigned counties. Farm workers are vital to Virginia's workforce and agricultural economy. They work hard to help us put food on our table. Kenia meets these workers face to face during outreach to go over their rights and job contracts. She also connects the workers with resources in the community to help meet any other needs they may have.
Prior to working with the Virginia Employment Commission, Kenia taught ESL to adult learners and Spanish to K-12 grade students. Kenia has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and is currently pursuing a Career and Life Coach Certification. Kenia is married and has two children in college.
LA TASHA DO'ZIA
Board of Directors
La Tasha Do’zia is the Executive Director of the Youth Development Center and Artisitc Director for Selah Theatre Project in Winchester, VA teaching and reaching over 750 young actors in many venues throughout the Shenandoah Valley. La Tasha is not a stranger to the stage. She is an accomplished performer with credits in both Regional and Community Theatre, including the Other Voices Theatre, Theatre of Shenandoah, Sandler Performing Arts Center, the Apollo Civic Theater, Winchester Little Theater, Ohrstrom-Bryant Theater and The Kennedy Center . She has been seen in productions such as Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), The Miracle Worker (Viney), Chicago (Mama Matron Morton), Hairspray (Motormouth), Necessary Targets (J.S. Bach) and From Prison to Stage. Her directoral credits include Laramie Project, Vagina Monologues, The Colored Museum, Annie Jr., School House Rock, Jr., Around the World in Eight Plays, A Seussariffic Christmas Carol and Steel Magnolias.
La Tasha graduated from the elite Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA before moving to Winchester, VA to further her education at Shenandoah University. She has completed coursework in voice, theatre, and communications at Shenandoah University.