BUILDING FUTURES TEAM

Christina DeClue

Christina DeClue

Lead Teacher

CHRISTINA DECLUE Bio
Christina is currently attending the University of Missouri- St Louis where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Youth and Adult. Christina has spent much of her professional career serving at the YMCA where she worked closely with the childcare department. There, she started out as a Site Director for the Y-Club program, and then moved into the Childcare and Summer Camp Director role. In addition, she worked for the Teen Leader program for several years. Christina enjoys giving back to her community and spending time with youth of all ages. Her volunteer experience includes serving at the St. Louis Food Bank, community food banks and with different youth and teen organizations such as the Matthew Dickeys Boys and Girls club.
Working for Building Futures has allowed Christina to continue to feed her passion of giving back to St. Louis youth in a unique and rewarding way. The meaningful exchange of lifelong skills taught to children in their formative years excites her because she knows that each child that participates in Building Futures programs leaves with a fresh outlook life, and the opportunity to succeed.
Christina is motivated by the knowledge that at the end of every day, the lessons she has taught each child give them the ability to change trajectory of their lives and enhance their relationships. And that is her true purpose.
Brayon Calvin

Brayon Calvin

Teacher

BRAYON CALVIN Bio
Brayon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale (SIUC) where he majored in Cinema and Photography with a Minor in Art and Design. While at SIUC, he was active in the Photography Club and served as Treasurer. Brayon also attended the St. Louis Community College (Florissant Valley Campus) where he received his Associate in Fine Arts (AFA). While attending STLCC, he served as Vice President and President of the Photography Club. He was a member of the Student Government Association where he helped organize “Chalk For Peace” to stop violence in the community. Brayon enjoys working with the children that Building Futures serves, both in the schools and during the weekend classes held at the workshop.
Matthew Roeleveld

Matthew Roeleveld

Teacher

MATTHEW ROELEVELD Bio
Matthew spent his early years in the Netherlands and returned there to earn his Bachelor of Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. Matthew spent 8 years as the Lead Designer, Craftsman and Shop Foreman at Rusitc Grain, a St. Louis based custom furniture manufacturer. At Rusitc Grain he designed and fabricated furniture for residential, retail, office, and educational space. He is a gifted creative leader, and he has an appreciation for materials which he instills in the children he works with. Matthew is most passionate about working with his hands and with people.
Halley Murray

Halley Murray

Teacher

Halley Murray Bio
Halley received her BFA in Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA with a focus on painting and illustration. For the last 10 years she has worked at Parts & Crafts makerspace for kids in Somerville, MA as an afterschool teacher and camp counselor teaching hands-on STEAM projects. Halley has a wide skill set she is passionate about sharing with children, such as electronics, sewing, screen printing, making things and how to think like an engineer to solve problems. She has assisted her father “The Inventor Mentor” teaching science demonstrations at large school programs, engaging kids in the process of invention through rockets, compressed air and bubbles.

Halley has experience leading theatrical performances with children and teaching music at “The Language Farm”, an English-submersion summer camp in Germany which also led cooking groups, art projects and sports.
Outside of working at Building Futures, Halley coordinates the business Uhuru Planet Reparations Apparel and organizes for reparations to the black community as an active member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. She joined Building Futures in November 2021 after moving from Boston to St. Louis and has brought a great range of skills to contribute to our curriculum.

Frank Lorberbaum

Frank Lorberbaum

Acting Executive Director

FRANK LORBERBAUM Bio

Frank is an architect; builder; sustainable designer; furniture and cabinet maker; designed and built one of the first sustainable homes in St. Louis; Sierra Club leader for field trips abroad to do land conservation work; leader of camping outings for inner-city teens; Teacher of design-build courses for high school students. Frank is a founder of Building Futures and a full-time employee. As an employee, Frank attends and participates in all board meetings but is not a voting member.