OUR TEAM

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

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Gina Alfonso, PhD, M.S.Ed., ATR-B.C.
, LC-PAT
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 completed 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.

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Kathy 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.  Since joining MAGIS, her practice has evolved to incorporate the Expressive Arts in workplaces for wellbeing and innovation. She advocates for creative learning in organizations, and is herself a writer and musician.

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Miah 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. Self-care, character development and social development have always had a soft spot in her heart, which brought her to MAGIS.

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Adi Santos
Communications Manager
Adi is a general creative and ceramicist trained in the University of Brighton, United Kingdom, and driven by opportunities to make an in impact on individuals, communities, and environments with creativity, through education and the applied and expressive arts. Adi’s work in communications, programs management, and service design applies her interests in the intersection of creativity and life: through designing for holistic development, personal and spiritual growth, and emotional wellness.

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Imee 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.


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

Expressive Arts Program Facilitator
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.

Gia Umil
Research and Programs Coordinator
Gia is a registered psychometrician who finished BA Psychology at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Passionate about mental health, she developed an enthusiasm for the arts as an instrument for healing since interning at MAGIS post-graduation. Gia has also been practicing yoga for the last 8 years, and integrates knowledge of this practice in co-facilitating groups and workshops on self-care.


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Bambi Gamban

Program Facilitator
Bambi is an expressive arts practitioner, workshop facilitator, and retreat director, completing her Masters degree in Theology at the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City. She has facilitated values camps for elementary students and has conducted retreats and team-building workshops for both children and adults for various organizations. Bambi has been closely mentored as a trainer by board certified clinicians and has co-facilitated numerous workshops on self-care and psychosocial integration through arts-based approaches. Her background also includes professional theatre production work, catering, tap dancing and graphic design.


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