Humberto Saldana
Director of Education

Humberto is proud of the work he has done with artists and students alike. Believing that art should reach everyone, he wants individuals who experience art for the first time to continue on with their artistic growth. He attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and earned a BFA in Illustration. As a teaching artist and project manager, Humberto has worked with several institutions around Chicago. These institutes include the National Museum of Mexican Art and Green Star Movement. Humberto wants to continue his efforts promoting the importance of art in Chicago and in Evanston!


Lisa Degliantoni

Lisa Degliantoni, known as “Lisa D” to many Evanstonians, is a powerhouse community arts champion who is taking on her newest role as Director of Evanston’s One River School. Degliantoni’s background is packed  with arts, leadership, and community engagement experience. She is the founder and director of Evanston Made, founder and curator of 1100 Florence Gallery, and sits on the board and volunteers for both YEA (Young Evanston Artists) and non-profit Art Encounter. She also produces and hosts podcast “The Lisa D Show” where she interviews local creatives on their art journeys.“I like to be busy with meaningful work and One River feels like I will have the chance to make a difference in emerging artist’s them the enthusiasm and support to pursue their creative ideas. Trying new things is incredibly hard, and if the work I do supports people trying art at any level...that is something I know will be incredibly rewarding.”


Jessalyn Bertone
Assistant Director

Jessa specializes in Local Digital Marketing and has held marketing consulting roles for Yelp and international advertising agency DAC Group. Professionally, she is especially excited by operations/data science and creative grassroots marketing.  She attended Miami University and has a BA in Media Production/Film with a focus on Women's history in the arts. Her artistic passions include filmmaking, studio & performing arts, writing, photography, and just about any other creative outlet she can find. She loves living in Evanston and spends much of her free time at the lakefront with her fiance and two puppies.

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Ellie Hazlett
Art Instructor

Ellie is a born-and-raised Evanstonian. She earned a BA in Visual Arts with a minor in Art History from Union College. Back in Chicago, she continued her passion for art, and recently graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her focus began in painting and expanded to wallpaper and textile design, as well as installation art using nontraditional materials. She loves music, experimenting with new materials and combining different mediums.


Julie Sabo
Art Instructor

Julie Sabo is an animator and illustrator. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2013 with her BFA in Animation and Illustration and the University of Pittsburgh with her BA in African and African-American Studies and a certificate in Asian Studies. She works as a freelance animator and spends her days drawing octogenarian women and her dog.

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Jiba Anderson
Art Instructor

Jiba has had numerous one-man and group shows, art directed and published over 12 books, and is invited to speak about his work and the representation of race and culture at various institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ohio State University. He maintains The Afrosoul Chronicles, a blog about comics, pop culture, politics and race. He's been a graphic designer, animator, art director and graphic novelist for entertainment and educational institutions.

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Melissa Fandos
Art Instructor

Melissa Fandos is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her BA from Grinnell College and studied film production at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. While she works primarily with video and the digital arts, she also enjoys photography, printmaking, painting, bookmaking and writing.

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Francis Allende
Art Instructor

Francis, an educator and artist with over 15 years of experience in art education, earned a BA in Visual Arts from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in Art Education from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a high school digital media and visual arts teacher at Chicago Public Schools, and loves cooking, cult movies, David Bowie, Basquiat, Frida, and adventurous weekends with her family. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she has lived in Chicago for 20 years loving every moment and the diversity of the city.

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Liz Rosenberg
Art Instructor

Liz holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MAT in Art Education from Columbia College. She has been a museum educator at various institutions for 10 years, including a children’s museum and zoo, and also taught art in Chicago Public Schools. Her art embraces all that brings her joy and makes her giggle. She uses painting and drawing to share those moments with others. Teaching art is Liz’s absolute passion and she is so honored to share her knowledge and excitement with One River students!


Roberta Miles
Art Instructor

Roberta Miles is a graduate of the American Academy of Art. She is a working artist who exhibits and sells her work. She loves teaching art to children and has been teaching for over 18 years. She also founded a program called "Young at Art", that brought art to seniors. In addition to being an artist, Roberta sings jazz, and she writes and performs autobiographical monologues.

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