OUR TEAM

We are passionate, multi-disciplinary, skilled professionals in the fields of art, music, psychology, mental health, education, social development, and business.


ginaGina Alfonso, M.S.Ed., ATR-B.C.

Director
Gina is an Art Therapist with over 20 years of combined experience in the clinical and education setting. She has worked in countries all over the world. She is currently doing her doctoral studies in Expressive Arts in Therapy, Education, Consulting, Conflict Resolution and Peace-building at the European Graduate School. She is also engaged in development and consulting to bridge the divide between education and mental health through the expressive arts.


kath.pngKathy Ponce, MBA

Managing Director
Kathy took her MBA at the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines, and has had 10 years of experience in managing transitions, navigating unstructured work environments, and coaching teams to steer and mobilize change.  She advocates for creative learning in organizations, and is herself a writer and musician.


gab.pngGabby Dy-Liacco, Ph.D.

Clinical Director
Gabby has over 15 years of experience as a licensed professional counselor, and trained in Loyola College in Maryland, USA. He holds practice across Metro Manila, and is an associate professor at Regent University. His research interest is in the role of religious and spiritual experience in the human psychological system. In 2015, he received a Papal appointment to the Commission for the Protection of Minors. and was re-appointed for a second term in 2018.


portrait-circle-miahMiah Tanchoco

Assistant Director – Program Management
Miah graduated AB Psychology from AdMU and had a year of service with Jesuit Volunteers Philippines Foundation, Inc. Since then she’s had 15 years of work experience in the different areas of Human Resource. She has also done projects with consulting firms that specialize in organizational development and team building programs. She’s known for her communication and interpersonal skills which have served well in employee relations and employee engagement programs. Self-care, character development and social development have always had a soft spot in her heart, which brought her to MAGIS.

adi.pngAdi Santos
Communications Officer
Adi is a graduate of 3D Design & Craft at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom. Interested in the intersection of creativity and learning, her research interests include tactile experience and language in learning, and the application of art and design to foster creativity, holistic development, and productivity. Currently, her creative practice includes photography, writing, and pottery–for which she runs classes at MAGIS.


Josefa Angelica L. Atayde, M.S., R-DMT

Program Director – Expressive Arts
Joey is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. She finished her graduate studies in Dance/Movement Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. As a dance/movement therapist, she has worked with numerous individuals ranging from children with autism and developmental delays to adults with various mental illnesses such as depression, dementia and schizophrenia among others. In her work, she uses the body and movement as a form of psychotherapy and a way to integrate the mind, body and spirit which are interrelated.


https://magiscreative.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/portrait-circle-imee.png?w=150&h=150Imee Lukban

Administrative Officer
Imee is usually the first of the team you meet when you visit our headquarters, or the first voice you hear when you call in. Her diverse and long-standing experience with administrative operations and client care in contexts of education, customer service, medical services, and corporate make her the ideal all-round eyes and ears of our headquarters. Imee likes to play the ukulele and piano.


bambi.pngBambi Gamban

Program Facilitator
Bambi is an Organizational Communication graduate from De La Salle University. Her extensive and varied work background in corporate, retail, food, design, game development, and education, as well as her involvement in church and social action groups, have earned her a wide network that makes her perfect for her role. Bambi loves theatre, dance, and the color purple.


Advisory Board

Dr. Paolo Knill
European Graduate School, Switzerland
Co-founder of the Expressive Arts Approach

Dr. Margo Fuchs-Knill
European Graduate School, Switzerland
Co-founder of the Expressive Arts Approach

Dr. Debra Kalmanowitz
Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Art Therapist and co-editor of Art Therapy in Asia

Bambi Mañosa
Mañosa Designs, Philippines

Grace Tan-Caktiong
Jollibee Group Foundation, Philippines

Rafael Reloza
De La Salle Integrated School, Philippines

Dr. Ayvee Nable-Reloza
Makati Medical Center, Philippines