Alumni Stories: “Where Are They Now?”

A teenage Davern pictured at AFH.

“From my first day there, everyone was just really helpful.”

Davern harbors many good memories from her time at AFH, one being her very first client project for Tripadvisor to interpret and paint their travel destinations onto 4’x8’ panels for the lobby of their new headquarters. “We had seven different canvases for the seven different continents. I did the detail-work for the Europe one because they liked my attention to detail,” she said proudly. “That was a really cool project. I still have the picture of the seven different canvases because I thought they came out beautiful.”

One of Davern’s works from the Painting Studio at AFH.

“I thought the mentors were all amazing. Even if I needed help with a really basic thing they would come over and help and answer all my questions and show me how to do things.”

Davern working in the Painting Studio at AFH.

“I stayed at AFH for four years because they were incredibly supportive about everything. From learning basic skills with painting to helping with college and scholarship applications.”

While Davern loved her time at AFH, her true passion was biology. In high school she was part of the marine biology club and the biology-based classes were always her favorite. After graduating in 2015, Davern attended the University of New Haven in Connecticut and double majored in Marine Biology and Biology. Currently, Davern is a 3rd year graduate student at the Tufts Veterinary School.

One of Davern’s works from the Painting Studio at AFH.
One of Davern’s works from the Painting Studio at AFH.
Davern pictured as an adult.

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