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Charter Arts Faculty (Complete List)

Anderson, Benjamin — Social Studies Faculty

banderson@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2213

Mr. Anderson has been with Charter Arts long enough to have taught Western Civilization, US1, US2 and Government. He brings a unique energy and passion of history to every subject and student. READ MORE

Arnold, John — Instrumental Music Faculty- Guitar

jarnold@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2408

John S. Arnold presently teaches guitar at Moravian College where he teaches private lessons (classical, flamenco, lute, fingerstyle), guitar ensemble, flute & guitar ensemble, guitar literature & guitar pedagogy. Additionally, Mr. Arnold teaches the guitar program at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem PA. READ MORE

Babiasz, Anthony — Math Faculty

ababiasz@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2210

Mr. Babiasz grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and attended Father Judge High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education at LaSalle University.  He won the Annenberg-Henrich Scholarship for Mathematics and Science Educators, and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. READ MORE

Bardales, Magna — World Languages Faculty-Spanish

mbardales@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2302

Magna Rosa Bardales,  is originally from Perú.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a MA degree in Spanish Language and Culture from Salamanca-Spain.  Magna completed her studies at the Nacional Federico Villarreal University (Lima, Peru), Kean University (New Jersey), and Salamanca University (Spain). Magna also obtained her certification to teach AP Spanish through Penn State University. READ MORE

Berry, Amy — Dance Faculty

aberry@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2416

Amy Berry is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer who began her training in her home state of West Virginia. She then received her B.S. in dance from Radford University where she studied Graham modern technique from Pegeen Albig and classical ballet under the direction of Frano Jelincic and Dagmar Kessler. READ MORE

Bickert, Kelly Minner — Theatre Faculty

kbickert@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2404

Kelly Minner is a graduate of DeSales University with a BA in Theatre and Performing Arts. Kelly has performed many roles since beginning her career with Charter Arts; starting in the English Department, then moving into Theatre and Administration. READ MORE

Boyer, Doug — Social Studies Faculty

dboyer@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2423

Mr. Boyer is thrilled to be joining the staff at Charter Arts as a member of the Social Studies department.  Born and raised in Bethlehem, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Political Science Education and history.  He is currently working towards a Masters Degree in classroom technology at Wilkes University. READ MORE

Boyle, Joe — Director of Transportation

jboyle@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3138

Mr. Boyle is approaching his first year at Charter Arts as he begins his work with the Transportation Office. He has earned a degree in Art Education as well as a degree in Fine Art Sculpture from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Beginning this Fall he will start a masters program in Arts Administration at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania as well. READ MORE

Brinker, Roger — Visual Art Faculty

rbrinker@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2430

Roger Brinker is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Joining the Charter Arts Visual Art Department in 2005, he teaches foundation drawing and figure drawing, sculpture, and contracted study. READ MORE

Brown, Chet — Vocal Music Faculty

cbrown@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2401

Chet Brown has been a part of the music scene in Philadelphia his entire life. As a child, he sang gospel in church and studied piano, trumpet and other instruments. As a young adult, he was involved in teaching at Lighthouse Arts and Music Camp in Pottsville, PA. READ MORE

Bruck, Kristen — English Faculty

kbruck@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2426

Kristen Bruck has been teaching since 2001. She previously taught 6th through 12th grade Social Studies and English in public and cyber schools, as well as English and Reading courses at Northampton Community College. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from Penn State, her Master's Degree in Reading from Kutztown University, and is certified as a Reading Specialist. READ MORE

Chaban, Neil-Dominic — Instrumental & Vocal Music Faculty, Piano & Vocal Technique

nchaban@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2029

Neil-Dominic Chaban grew up in the heart of the music scene of Chester County.  After rigorous classical study, Neil attended West Chester University on an educator’s scholarship. Once at West Chester, he earned merit scholarships for performance, pedagogy, and academics.  READ MORE

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Comstock, Carise — Principal

Ccomstock@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3133

Dr. Comstock oversees academic programming, curriculum development, Keystone testing, and teacher support.  She recently completed her Doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Education Leadership, a program nationally recognized for innovation, quality, and leadership preparation. READ MORE

Covelle, Stephanie — Director of Guidance, Student Caseload: 9th – 12th Grade last names A – C

scovelle@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.3130

Stephanie Covelle returns to Charter Arts as the Director of Guidance. She is originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Stephanie came to the Lehigh Valley to attend Lehigh University as an undergraduate student. As an undergrad, she majored in English with a minor in Sociology, ultimately graduating with departmental honors. READ MORE

DeFrancisco, Jenna — Math Faculty

jdefrancisco@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2440

Jenna DeFrancisco graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a certification in secondary education.  She has taught seventh and eighth grade math for the program, Lehigh Valley Summerbridge. There, she facilitated a six week long project in which students constructed their own schools using applicable math skills. In addition to teaching, Miss DeFrancisco coaches girls’ volleyball and is entering her fifth season of coaching travel volleyball. Miss DeFrancisco is extremely thrilled to be a part of the Charter Art’s staff and math department. She found her passion for teaching and math after tutoring during her senior year of high school. Now, she hopes to share that passion with her students in her classes. Miss DeFrancisco is excited for the upcoming school year and can’t wait to work with the students.     READ MORE

Diehl, Nathan — Vocal Music Faculty

ndiehl@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2423

Nathan Diehl has been working as a professional musician and music educator in the Lehigh Valley area for the past 12 years.  He earned a Bachelors in Music from Moravian College graduating magna cum laude and a Masters in Music from West Chester University.  READ MORE

Dobrowolski, Diane Wagner — Director of Theatre

dwagner@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3146

Diane Wagner Dobrowolski received a B.A. in English from DeSales University and an M.F.A in Acting from Louisiana State University. She has worked professionally as an actress for many years. As a member of Actor’s Equity, Mrs. Wagner performed in numerous productions across the country. Some of her favorite roles include Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, the Angel in Angels in America, and Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew. Mrs. Wagner had the privilege to perform at the Kennedy Center as Martha in LSU’s award-winning production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf as part of the American College Theatre Festival. READ MORE

Donohue, Ryan — Production Assistant, Theatre

rdonohue@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2411

Ryan grew up in the Bethlehem area for most of his life. He is a graduate from Desales University where he received his degree in Theatre. He has also worked backstage on a few productions at the Pennsylvania Playhouse. READ MORE

Eicher, Gregory — Instrumental Music Faculty

geicher@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2031

Greg Eicher’s professional music career began in Kansas City in 1980 when he began playing with such prominent musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon, and toured with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vincent. READ MORE

Evans, Cynthia — Math Faculty
Department Chair

cevans@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2211

Cyndi Evans is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Secondary Education and Mathematics. In 2009, she earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Evans has taught all levels of math from Pre-Algebra through Calculus and has over fourteen years of experience teaching high school. She has taught in New Hope, PA, Prince George, VA, and Stewartsville, NJ and holds valid teaching certificates in mathematics in all three states.  She is level II certified in the state of PA. READ MORE

Fickes, Michael — Visual Art Faculty

mfickes@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2431

Michael Fickes is a 2010 graduate of Millersville University with a degree in Art Education.  He has been teaching since 2013 and has been a member of the visual art faculty at Charter Arts since 2015.  He teaches drawing, painting, photography, and digital art. In addition to his teaching experience, Michael has worked professionally as a photographer, digital photo retouch artist, and as a graphic designer.  He also has a background in custom framing, art care, and gallery installation.  His current work is focused in fine art photography. READ MORE

Filchner, Brian — Facilities Manager

bfilchner@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3134

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Fowler, Jodi — English Faculty
Department Chair

jfowler@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2308

Jodi Fowler was born and raised in northern New Jersey. She moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1998 where she attended Drexel University. She graduated Cum Laude from Drexel with her B.S. in Corporate Communications in 2002. READ MORE

Gehman, Christina — Office Assistant

cgehman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.3124

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Gillette, Ann — Manager of Public Relations and Media

agillette@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 ext. 3185

All media inquiries can be directed to this office. The public relations office also manages the school website, school newsletters, the annual performance season playbook, various school and Charter Arts Foundation events and event promotion, media events, social media, the Summer Academy program, and creative media services including video production and graphic design. READ MORE

Gournet, Virginie — World Languages Faculty- French- Department Chair

vgournet@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2426

Virginie Gournet teaches French- Levels 3, 4, and 5.  She is thrilled to be part of Charter Arts and to have so many talented students in her classroom. READ MORE

Grennan, Ashlee — Director of Special Education

agrennan@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3125

Ashlee Grennan grew up in upstate New York. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from SUNY Oneonta.  She later received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University, a Program Specialist Certificate for ESL from Penn State, and a Supervisory Certificate from East Stroudsburg University.  She has a background in special education working with students in learning support, students with autism, and student with emotional disturbances.  She currently lives in the Poconos with her husband and two children. READ MORE

Heft, Zoli — Paraprofessional

zheft@charterarts.org

Zoli Heft is excited to join the Charter Arts team as a Paraprofessional. Zoli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in English and Film Studies from La Salle University. She is currently attending DeSales University working towards her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education with a certification focus on Communications and English. She has a background in special education working with students in emotional support and the partial hospitalization program. READ MORE

Helverson, Brian — Math Faculty

bhelverson@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2421

Mr. Helverson grew up in Kintnersville, PA and attended Palisades High School, where he played football and wrestling and won the Scholar Athlete Award during his senior year for football.   He attended East Stroudsburg University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics.  He also earned a Master's Degree in Educational Development and Strategies at Wilkes University. READ MORE

Hepner, Danielle — Visual Art Faculty

dhepner@charterarts.org

Danielle Hepner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture with K-12 Art Education Certification from the University of the Arts and went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Visual Art through Adelphi University. Later, she returned to her alma mater of the University of Arts to complete a Professional Certificate in Digital Photography. Danielle’s 20+ years of teaching include experience at two local colleges, an arts education center and high school. Recently, she was a speaker at the Dynamic Images Photo Conference. READ MORE

Hoffman, Mary Anne — Dance & Figure Skating Faculty

mhoffman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2418

Mary Anne Hoffman began her dance training with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley under the direction of Alexi Ramov. She was a member of BGLV’s Apprentice and Performing Companies where she had featured roles in many ballets, most notably Swan Lake, Coppelia and the Nutcracker. READ MORE

Horvath, Stephanie — Science Faculty
Department Chair

shorvath@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2319

Mrs. Horvath received her B.A. in Biology from Bryn Mawr College in 1992. She then helped her husband run a business, cared for their three daughters, and worked as a substitute teacher until joining the faculty at Charter Arts in 2006. READ MORE

Hsu, Chinyu — World Languages Faculty, Asian Studies

chsu@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2304

Xu laoshi was born and grew up in the Republic of China. Today, Xu laoshi holds an associate degree in the study of Japanese language/Japanese business, a bachelor’s degree in education/mathematics, and a master’s degree in education as well. Xu laoshi was a teacher of various levels of Chinese language & Chinese culture for students in Pittsburgh area. READ MORE

Huber, Jamie — Science Faculty

jhuber@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2425

Mr. Huber graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Pennsylvania Secondary Education Teaching Certification in Biology. Shortly after college, Mr. Huber worked as a paraprofessional in the Jim Thorpe Area School District at the elementary school level and as a high school science teacher at the Medical Academy Charter School. READ MORE

Janowski, Richard — Science Faculty

rjanowski@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2441

Richard Janowski graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Physics and received his teaching certification from West Chester University. He loves being a part of the Charter Arts science department and helping students see the connections between their artistic endeavors and the universe of science. READ MORE

Keller, Kaitlyn — Science Faculty, Biology

kkeller@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext.2317

Kaitlyn Keller (formerly Miller) graduated from Kutztown University in 2013 with a B.S in Secondary Science Education with a concentration in Earth and Space Science.  After graduating college she started her teaching career at Da Vinci Science Center running and creating summer camps and outreach programs.  While working at Da Vinci Science Center she continued to work on her certifications and currently holds certifications in Earth and Space Science, Biology and General Science. READ MORE

Kemp, Mary Beth — Science Faculty

mkemp@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2429

MaryBeth Kemp is a graduate of Kean University of New Jersey with a BS in Biology and received her secondary teaching certification through Kutztown University and is certified in biology, environmental and physical science.   She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Education through Wilkes University.  She has been a science teacher in both Berks and Lehigh County for the past ten years. READ MORE

Kieszek, Chris — Math Faculty

ckieszek@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2212

Chris Kieszek is a Lehigh Valley Native. He went to Liberty High School and attended Moravian College. While at Moravian, he was involved with tutoring for the math department. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moravian College in 2012 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He won the Marlyn A. Rader Memorial Prize in Mathematics for his high achievements and scores in math and was also inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon for his hard work in the field. He has worked in many school districts including Bethlehem, Parkland, Southern Lehigh, and Lehigh Valley Academy. READ MORE

Knarr, Katie — English Faculty

kknarr@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2443

Katie Knarr was born and raised in central New Jersey.  In 2004, she attended Ramapo College of New Jersey majoring in Literature and participating in the Teacher Certification program. Four years later, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the Ernest Simon Award for excellence in Literature.  She spent the next eight years teaching in a private school in New Jersey.  She is currently working on achieving her Master's Degree in Secondary English Education from Slippery Rock University. READ MORE

Krieg, Katherine — Visual Art Faculty

kkrieg@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2432

Katharine Krieg Katharine Krieg graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. She continued her education at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Chester Springs Studio with studies in Drawing, Painting and Portraiture. READ MORE

Krzyzewski, Megan — Nurse


610-868-2971 Ext. 3136

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LaBelle, Diane — Executive Director & CEO

dlabelle@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3108

Diane LaBelle became the Executive Director & CEO of The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) in June 2010.  She brought with her twenty years of experience as one of the premier arts and education administrators in the country.  Upon arrival at Charter Arts, which had been operating out of a restored factory building for seven years, LaBelle began working with the Board of Directors to plan the development of a brand-new facility that would meet the needs of one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation. READ MORE

Lasso, Judy — Executive Secretary

jlasso@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3109

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Leimberger, Kristin — Literary Arts Faculty

kleimberger@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2312

Mrs. Liemberger is thrilled to join the Charter Arts team  as a Literary Arts instructor for the major's inaugural year.  She received her B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Kenyon College and went on to receive her certification in English Education from the University at Buffalo.  READ MORE

Levernier, Jennifer — Executive Office & Technology Manager

jlevernier@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3187

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Lorenz, Mike — Instrumental Music Faculty, Jazz Studies

mlorenz@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2406

Mike Lorenz is a guitarist/teacher hailing from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Since graduating from Moravian College with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance in 2007, he has kept a busy schedule as a freelance performer and instructor.  He leads his own group performing his original jazz compositions having released 4 albums under his own name. READ MORE

Macbeth, David — Director of Vocal Music

dmacbeth@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3159

David B. Macbeth, a founding vocal/choral faculty member of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts and current Vocal Department Artistic Director, conducts two of the school’s six choral ensembles, and teaches classes in honors level music history, Advanced Placement music theory, vocal techniques, and keyboarding. READ MORE

Madden-Cox, Brigham — English Faculty, PBA

bcox@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2427

Brigham Madden-Cox was born and raised between Malvern and Phoenixville, PA. In 2010 he enrolled at Brown University. During his four years of undergraduate studies at Brown, Brigham sang in an A Cappella group, studied abroad in Copenhagen,, and worked for 95.5 WBRU, an FM radio station in Providence. In 2014 he graduated with a B.A. in English and Literary Arts. READ MORE

Maher, Thomas — Instrumental Music Faculty, Brass

tmaher@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2018

Mr. Maher hails from Roslyn, Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Area.  He attended La Salle College High School before completing a 5 year B.M in Music Education at Temple University. His study and work has been well-rounded, including jazz and classical trumpet, conducting, and arranging/orchestration.  He has had the privilege of studying under such musicians as Rodney Mack, Nick Marchione,  Tanya Darby, Norman David, Dr. Matthew Brunner and Dr. Emily Threinen. READ MORE

Maniscalco, Kim — Director of Dance

kmaniscalco@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3122

Kimberly Maniscalco is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She received her early training at the Toledo Ballet School and was a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Maniscalco was principle dancer with the Toledo Opera and Springfield Ballet Companies and also performed with Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and the Mary Miller Dance Company. READ MORE

McPeek, Allison — Guidance Counselor, Students with last names, D-Mc

amcpeek@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3157

Allison McPeek has been a member of the Charter Arts faculty as a School Counselor since the 2014/2015 school year. She attended college at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland where she majored in Psychology and minored in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography. READ MORE

Morris, Christopher — Theatre Faculty

cmorris@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2402

Christopher Morris serves as a full-time faculty member of the Charter Arts Theatre Department teaching grades nine through twelve. Chris holds Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre Arts (performance and directing emphasis) and History, as well as a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University where he graduated in 2006 and 2007. READ MORE

Moyer, Rebecca — Dance Faculty

rmoyer@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2419

Rebecca Moyer has a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Business Management from DeSales University and a M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from State University of New York-Purchase College. READ MORE

Mullins, Thom — Artistic Director of Figure Skating

tmullins@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext.2424

Thom Mullins has been a competitive adult figure skater for 25 years, one of nine skaters who has competed in every single US Figure Skating Adult National Championship since they began in 1995. Thom is exceptionally talented in choreography and the theatrical side of figure skating. He has produced four annual benefit skating concerts in San Francisco, combining the talents of novice skaters with World and Olympic skaters, including Rudy Galindo, Surya Bonaly, Emanuel Sandhu, alongside Broadway singers and dancers. READ MORE

Musselman, Mary — World Languages Faculty- Spanish

mmusselman@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2438

Sra. Mussleman (formerly Genao) joined Charter Arts in January 2015.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Temple University and is working towards a Master of Education at East Stroudsburg University.  She has studied and lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic, and most recently completed a Spanish faculty development course in Salamanca, Spain, in the summer of 2016. READ MORE

Nesfeder, Amy — Social Studies Faculty
Department Chair

anesfeder@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2221

Amy Nesfeder received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Communications and International Relations from Florida State University. While at Florida State, she was a member and captain of the varsity swim team. After college, she received a Corporate Law and Business Finance Certification from The Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was employed for several years as a litigation paralegal with a law firm in Jacksonville, Florida. Mrs. Nesfeder received her Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. While pursuing her law degree, she interned in Washington, D.C. with Ashland Oil, Inc. as a legislative aide and with the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a law clerk. READ MORE

Nolt, Suzannah — Figure Skating Faculty

snolt@charterarts.org

Ms. Nolt’s career in competitive figure skating, performance, and coaching spans four decades. She is a national coach and choreographer, a USFS Gold Medalist in pair skating, a two-time Adult National medalist, World Professional Pair Silver Medalist, and a former principal and line performer with Ice Capades and other skating companies.  Ms. Nolt is a rated coach with the Professional Skaters Association and has completed the master level of the Sports Science and Medicine exams through the PSA. READ MORE

O’Reilly, Molly — Dance Faculty

moreilly@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2415

Molly O'Reilly is a Lehigh Valley native who received her initial training from Repertory Dance Theatre under the direction Dolly Haltzman and Jennifer Haltzman-Tracy. READ MORE

Oates, Lisa — Special Education Teacher

loates@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2428

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Odell, Carla — English Faculty

codell@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2444

For two decades, Carla worked as a writer and editor in the NYC magazine market. But with a B.A. in the dual study of Journalism and English from Syracuse University, she had long felt a tug toward the other half of her degree. The tug won. In 2002 she began an 8-year teaching career in New Jersey, first with Hackensack Middle School before moving to Hunterdon County, where she taught Sophomore English and Senior AP Literature and Composition at North Hunterdon High School. She's thrilled to be now living and working in PA, having joined our extraordinary learning community here at Charter Arts. READ MORE

Parra, Nicole — School Counselor, Students with last names, Me-Z

nparra@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3135

Nicole Parra is excited to continue her time at Charter Arts as a School Counselor for students with last names from Me-Z.  Mrs. Parra is a Lehigh Valley native with a background in dance, theater, vocal, and instrumental music.  She began her arts experience in elementary school and continued her passion for the arts into her post-graduate work through being a member of a local dance company. READ MORE

Pistone, Kate — Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

kpistone@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2434

All rental inquiries can be directed to this office. To schedule an appointment with Diane LaBelle, Executive Director & CEO, please contact this office. READ MORE

Reinhard, Lorie — Director of Visual Art

lreinhard@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3155

Lorie Reinhard has been a faculty member of Charter Arts high school since its inception. She received her Bachelors in Art Education from Moravian College in 2001 and her Masters of Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2013. READ MORE

Righi, Damian — Director of Media Technology

drighi@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3151

In addition to his role as the Director of Media Technology, Mr. Righi also teaches Foundations of Audio and Video Production and Broadcast Production. Mr. Righi holds an Associate's Degree in Radio/TV Production and a certificate in Multimedia Production from Northampton Community College. He also holds a BS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Righi brings his experience from the live audio and video production world into the classroom for his students. READ MORE

Rosania-Harvie, Mary Jo — Assistant Principal, Grades 9 & 11

mrosania@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext., 3161

Mrs. Rosania-Harvie came to Charter Arts in 2017 from a 17 year career in arts and education and a 20 year ongoing career as an artist. Her focus is on overall school and community safety, culture and wellness.  A resident of the Lehigh Valley, she has always considered herself an artist-teacher. She first earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a minor in Theater and K-12 teaching certification from Kutztown University. READ MORE

Schurz, Cheryl — Director of Finance and Administration

cschurz@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3169

Cheryl joined the Charter Arts Administrative Team in the summer of 2006. A resident of Nazareth and a Lehigh Valley native, she is eager to serve the Charter Arts family of students, parents, faculty, and staff. Cheryl holds a MBA from DeSales University and a BS in Accounting and Computer Science also from DeSales University. READ MORE

Seifert, Kimberly — Instrumental Music Faculty

kseifert@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2400

Kimberly Seifert, a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, began her bassoon studies with Milton Focht of Allentown.  Kim continued her studies with David P. Coombs and Jeffrey Winter while a student at Moravian College. READ MORE

Sheldon, Lauren — Assistant Principal, Grades 10 &12

lsheldon@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3121

Ms. Sheldon completed her undergraduate work at Lafayette College, graduating with an English major, French minor, and secondary education certificate. After college, she taught English and 21st century skills at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey for 13 years. She worked closely with teams of teachers to develop and revise curriculum and to infuse her classrooms with student-centered, technology-enriched lessons. During her tenure at North Hunterdon, Ms. Sheldon completed her Masters of Educational Leadership through Centenary University and currently holds certificates as a supervisor and K-12 principal. READ MORE

Shuman, Tim — Social Studies Faculty

tshuman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2222

After over 20 years of experience in Human Resources with various retail organizations Mr. Shuman has returned to his passion of teaching. At various times in his career he has taught creative writing, literature, mass media, SAT prep and theatre in locations as varied as a church, traditional classroom and in a jail. READ MORE

Shumski, Matthew — Social Studies Faculty

mshumski@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2303

Mr. Shumski is thrilled to be joining the team at Charter Arts this school year. His student-centered educational philosophy is focused on engagement, enthusiasm, knowledge,"outside of the box" methods, and critical thinking. Mr. Shumski graduated from Temple University in 2011. He holds an Bachelor's of Arts Honors Degree in History and a Bachelor's of Arts in Secondary Education. READ MORE

Squerrini, Ann Marie — Registrar

asquerrini@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3137

Ms. Squerrini proudly celebrates 15 years with The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts!  A professional actor, director, and choreographer originally from New Jersey, she has appeared regionally at Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey Public Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse and Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. READ MORE

Storm, Debra — Director of Institutional Development and Advancement

dstorm@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3154

Debra joined the staff as Development Director of The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, after working for eight years in non-profit fund raising. READ MORE

Tait Weller, Ashley — Theatre Faculty

aweller@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2403

Ashley Tait Weller is a full-time member of the Charter Arts Theatre Faculty. She teaches all grade levels – voice, movement, acting and the Musical Theatre elective. Mrs. Weller directs and choreographs productions at Charter Arts and the surrounding area. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Theatre and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Dance Track. READ MORE

Thatcher, Amy — Special Education Teacher

athatcher@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2305

Amy Thatcher is excited to join the Charter Arts community as the new Academic Support teacher. As a life long Lehigh Valley native, having graduated from Saucon Valley High School in 2012, she is excited to be back in the area after spending 5 years in Pittsburgh. Miss Thatcher graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Sociology. She also graduated from Pitt in 2017 with a Master's in Secondary Education with focuses in Special Education and Mathematics. Prior to starting at Charter Arts, Miss Thatcher taught summer school at a specialized learning center in Pittsburgh. READ MORE

Vanaman, Megan — Social Studies Faculty

mvanaman@charterarts.org

Miss Vanaman is new to the Charter Arts community, teaching US1 and Sociology during the 2017/18 school year. She grew up in Huntingdon Valley, PA before moving to Wilmington, Delaware. Miss Vanaman attended an arts high school in Delaware called Cab Calloway School of the Arts before returning to Pennsylvania to earn a B.A. in Social Studies Secondary Education from Juniata College in 2015. Last year, Miss Vanaman taught SAT Prep and served as a day-to-day substitute and long-term substitute at Cab Calloway. READ MORE

Walsh, Paul — English Faculty

pwalsh@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3145

Paul Walsh is a graduate of Kutztown University where he attained a degree in secondary education with a concentration in English literature.  He began teaching at Charter Arts for the 2011-2012 school year and he never looked back.  Mr. Walsh finds Charter Arts to be a remarkable school with incredibly talented students. The outstanding faculty works together with the students to create an environment that is brilliantly infused with the arts. Mr. Walsh acts as the Artistic Director of the Literary Arts Program. READ MORE

Wargo, Janine, Psy. D. — Psychologist

janine2@ptd.net

Dr. Wargo has been the psychologist at Charter Arts since the inaugural year. When the school first opened, she was originally supposed to complete 2 evaluations and then return to her other employment obligations. READ MORE

Weaver, Jennifer — Dance Faculty

jweaver@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.2417

Jennifer Weaver holds an M.F.A. from Temple University and a BA in Theater and Dance from Muhlenberg College. She has performed with Sesame Street Live, Eidolon Arts, NYC Broadway Cheerleaders, The Princeton Opera, The Pennington Players, Co-Art Dance Company and the Muhlenberg Theatre Association. READ MORE

Wells, Matthew — Director of Instrumental Music

mwells@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 ext. 3129

Mr. Wells hails from Lansdale, Pennsylvania and grew up through the North Penn School District.  He teaches percussion at Charter Arts READ MORE

Wilson-Kelly, Kelly — English Faculty

kkelly@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2307

Kelly was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. She attended Emmaus High School, received her undergrad degree in Education and graduate degree in Education from Kutztown University. Kelly studied and performed several disciplines of dance since age four and her career culminated as a member of the Joffery American School of Ballet in New York City. She has been dance instructor at some of the finest school’s in the area including Repertory Dance Theatre and Nardi’s School of Dance. READ MORE

Winkelspecht, Ashley — Athletic Trainer


610-868-2971 Ext. 2414

Ashley Winkelspecht, MS, LAT, ATC is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She serves as an Athletic Trainer for the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts and Parkettes’s National Gymnastic Training Center. Before joining St. Luke’s Sports Medicine full time in 2015, Ashley spent four years as a faculty member and clinical preceptor in the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program at East Stroudsburg University and worked clinically with the University Dance Program. READ MORE

Wrenn-Meleck, Peter — Director of Production

pwrennmeleck@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3147

Peter is a veteran of over 36 years in professional theatre. READ MORE

Zameroski, Nathan — Math Faculty

nzameroski@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2439

Nate Zameroski is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Life Science.  He then attended Pittsburgh University to obtain a teacher certification in science, as well as mathematics. Mr. Zameroski is currently attending DeSales University for a master's degree in special education.  He has been teaching mathematics and science in a private school, located in the Lehigh valley, for the last seven and a half years. READ MORE