Faculty & Staff

Charter Arts Faculty (Complete List)

Abraham, Ashley — English Faculty

aabraham@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.101

Ashley Abraham is excited to join the Charter Arts faculty this year.  She comes from Penn State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Language, Literacy, and Culture.  READ MORE

Anderson, Benjamin — Social Studies Faculty

banderson@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 106

  Mr. Anderson is excited to be joining the Charter Arts this year as a Government and Western Civics teacher.  A graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Anderson 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. 128

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

Ayers, Gwen — Director of Education Support Services

gayers@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.125

Mrs. Ayers finds the performing arts high school to be an exciting and rewarding place to teach. She has a strong appreciation for the intersection between creative and academic pursuits. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Windham College in Vermont. READ MORE

Bardales, Magna — Spanish Faculty

mbardales@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.105

My name is Magna Rosa Bardales, and I am originally from Perú. I have lived in the United States for 15 years. I hold a BA degree in Social Work, and a MA degree in Spanish Language and Culture. READ MORE

Bauer, Andy — Director of Instrumental Music

abauer@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.129

Andrew Bauer earned a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in euphonium from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of PA. He completed his teaching certificate through a program at Kutztown University and has been teaching full-time since 2007. Aside from his full-time teaching schedule, Mr. Bauer also maintains an active roll as a freelance performer on trombone and euphonium. READ MORE

Berry, Amy — Dance Faculty

alawrence@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.123

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 — Director of Special Programs
Theatre Faculty

kbickert@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.144

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

Bougher, Julie — Instrumental Music Faculty

jbougher@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.126

Violinist Julie Bougher holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University and has performed in orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  Julie is a member of the Delaware Symphony, Allentown Symphony and Riverside Symhonia. READ MORE

Brinker, Roger — Visual Art Faculty

rbrinker@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.111

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.174

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

Casilio, Megan — Math Faculty

mcasilio@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext.143

Miss Casilio grew up locally attending Salisbury School District where she was active in the school community as a varsity cheerleader, prom committee member, Students Against Destructive Decisions member, Student Council member, and Math Club member. READ MORE

Comstock, Carise — Dean of Academic Affairs, Curriculum, and Instruction

Ccomstock@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 133

Charter Arts is proud to welcome Carise Comstock to the administrative team as the new Dean of Academic Affairs, Curriculum and Instruction.   In this role Comstock will oversee academic programming, Keystone testing, curriculum and provide teacher support. READ MORE

Covelle, Stephanie — Director of Guidance

scovelle@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.130

Student Caseload: 9th – 12th Grade last names A – C

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

Dobrowolski, Diane Wagner — Director of Theatre

dwagner@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.146

Diane Wagner Dobrowolski received her B.A. in English from DeSales University and her M.F.A in Acting from Louisiana State University. She has worked professionally as an actress for many years. As a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Diane performed in numerous productions across the country. READ MORE

Ehrsam, Dolly — Nurse

nurse@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.136

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Eicher, Gregory — Instrumental Music Faculty

geicher@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.168

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.118

Cyndi Evans is a 1988 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education/Mathematics. In 2009, she earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton in Curriculum and Instruction. READ MORE

Farrell, Molly — Dance Faculty

mfarrell@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.173

Molly Farrell 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

Fehlinger-Ricker, Sharon — Principal

sfehlinger@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 121

Sharon Fehlinger-Ricker was selected as the Principal of Charter Arts for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Fehlinger-Ricker earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University where she also received her Principal Certification. READ MORE

Fila, Emily — Trainer, Dance Department

efila@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 180

Emily Fila, LAT, ATC is a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) and licenced by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine since July 2013. READ MORE

Flickinger, Lynn — Vocal Music Faculty

lflickinger@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 158

As an educator, Ms. Flickinger taught at DeSales University in the theater department. It was also there that she applied her skills as music directed and composed music for plays. She was the coordinator for the Summer Theater Intensive Program at DeSales.  Ms. Flickinger is also an accomplished performer. As a singer she has performed in many European countries. Most notably she sang in Mozart’s church in Salzburg, Austria.  READ MORE

Fowler, Jodi — English Faculty
Department Chair

jfowler@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 102

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

Frederick, Jessica — Science Faculty

jfrederick@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 120

Jessica Frederick completed her B.S. from Kutztown University with a degree in secondary science education.   She completed her clinical experience at Parkland Springhouse Middle school where she taught 7th grade Life Science as well as at Brandywine Heights High where she taught 10th grade Honors Biology and 11th/12th grade Anatomy and Physiology.  READ MORE

Fritchman, Allison — Coordinator of Figure Skating

afritchman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 182

Allison is a dedicated educator and an experienced figure skater who is passionate about mentoring figure skaters to their fullest potential by leading a high caliber staff, providing excellence in on and off ice instruction, and instructing figure skating specific curriculum that focuses on the technique, the artistry, and the joy of the figure skating. READ MORE

Garner, Melissa — French Faculty
Department Chair

mgarner@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.103

Melissa teaches French, levels 1 & 2. READ MORE

Gehman, Christina — Office Assistant

cgehman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.124

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Gillette, Ann — Public Relations Manager

agillette@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 ext. 184

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Gournet, Virginie — French Faculty

vgournet@charterarts.org

Virginie Gournet teaches French level 1 and 2. She is thrilled to be part of Charter Arts and to have so many talented students in her classroom. READ MORE

Hamme, Patricia — Nurse

nurse@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.136

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Hill, Jamie — Math Faculty

jhill@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.116

Ms. Hill grew up locally attending Southern Lehigh High School where she was active in the school community as a varsity athlete, choir member, and yearbook editor-in-chief . She attended Kutztown University where she continued as an athlete playing rugby and intramural soccer. READ MORE

Hoffman, Mary Anne — Dance Faculty

mhoffman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.181

Mary Anne Hoffman began her dance training with Ronnie Clifford and 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

Hoover, Brian — Dean of Student Services

bhoover@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 161

Brian Hoover is an experienced school administrator and educator.  Mr. Hoover began his career as a music educator in Arkansas and has a unique understanding of the arts.  READ MORE

Horvath, Jason — Visual Art Faculty

jhorvath@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.114

Jason Horvath has a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and his Teacher Certification from Moravian College. While studying at Tyler, he was a Studio Art major, with a strong focus on drawing and printmaking. READ MORE

Horvath, Stephanie — Science Faculty
Department Chair

shorvath@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.115

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

Huber, Tara — English Faculty

thuber@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 ext. 166

Tara Huber graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a concentration in English.    She has taught at Souderton High School as an L.T.S. for College Prep, Creative Arts and English 9-11th grade literature.  READ MORE

Juris, Jerry — Custodian

jjuris@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.134

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LaBelle, Diane — Executive Director

dlabelle@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.108

With more than 20 years experience in the field, LaBelle has become one of the premier arts education administrators in the country. Originally hired as a consultant to design and oversee construction of the GoggleWorks, LaBelle was named Executive Director in 2005 after successfully working with the board of directors to raise $15 million through a capital campaign to renovate the former Willson Goggle Factory. READ MORE

Lasso, Judy — Executive Secretary

jlasso@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.109

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Lerew, Christine — Vocal Music Faculty

clerew@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 127

Christine Lerew graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. and M.M. in Music Education with a concentration in voice and piano.  She was a member and accompanist in the touring Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and Opera Theater Ensemble.  Ms. Lerew also performed in instrumental ensembles as a flutist.  READ MORE

Levernier, Jennifer — Administrative Assistant

jlevernier@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.187

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Lorenz, Mike — Instrumental Music Faculty, Guitar

mlorenz@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 163

Mike Lorenz is a guitarist 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 and has released an album featuring his music entitled Of the Woods.  READ MORE

Macbeth, David — Director of Vocal Music

dmacbeth@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.159

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

Maniscalco, Kim — Director of Dance

kmaniscalco@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.122

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

Mast, Raina — Spanish Faculty
Department Chair

rmast@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 112

Raina Mast is an educator and artist. She was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley and has been teaching professionally since 2001. Ms. Mast received a B.A. from Dickinson College with a double major in Spanish and Fine Art. READ MORE

Morris, Christopher — Theatre Faculty

cmorris@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.148

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.178

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

Nauroth, Valerie — Figure Skating Faculty

vnauroth@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.170

Val is a long time skating instructor in the Lehigh Valley, who has a proven record of success in training USFSA Proficiency tests as well as competitive skating. READ MORE

Nesfeder, Amy — Social Studies Faculty
Department Chair

anesfeder@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.132

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 of the varsity swim team. READ MORE

Nolt, Suzannah — Figure Skating Faculty

snolt@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.186

Suzannah’s career in competitive figure skating, performance, and coaching spans four decades. READ MORE

Pancoast, Bethany — Education Support Services

bpancoast@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.153

Miss Pancoast is very excited to be teaching in such an amazing school, where both the students and staff have a deep love for the arts. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University in 2003 and a Masters of Education degree in Special Education from Lehigh University in 2009. READ MORE

Reinhard, Lorie — Director of Visual Art

lreinhard@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.155

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

Ritter, Mary — Science Faculty

mritter@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.117

Mary Seabrook Ritter was born in South Jersey. She came to live in the Lehigh Valley with her husband in 2005. She graduated from University of Delaware with a BS and received her Teaching Certification from West Chester University. READ MORE

Rothman, Joy — Guidance Counselor

jrothman@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 ext. 135

Joy Rothman is thrilled to join the Charter Arts faculty this year as a School Counselor. Originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Joy attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans where she developed a deep appreciation for the arts, culture, and food of the city. READ MORE

Samit, Marissa — Guidance Counselor

msamit@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.157

Student Caseload: 9th – 12th Grade Last names: D – L

As a school counselor at Charter Arts, Marissa Samit has found her home away from home. Mrs. Samit holds a certification in School Counseling in the state of Pennsylvania, a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Psychological Services from the University of Pennyslvania’s Graduate School of Education. READ MORE

Sands, Jonathan — Social Studies Faculty

jsands@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.106

Jonathan Sands has been teaching social studies at Elkton High School (Elkton, MD), since graduating summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University in 2008. READ MORE

Scheinblum, Rafe — Director of Technology

rscheinblum@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.104

Rafe Scheinblum received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Design and Production from Windham College in Putney, Vermont. After graduation, Rafe taught Theatre Production at Windham for two years. READ MORE

Schurz, Cheryl — Director of Finance and Administration

cschurz@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.169

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 LVPA 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.179

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

Shuman, Tim — Social Studies Faculty

tshuman@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.107

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

Smyth, Barbara — Secretary, Education Support Services

bsmyth@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.164

Barbara Smyth is a Bronx native. She graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY with a B.B.A. in management and a minor in computer science. After college, she worked as a trust administrator for Manufacturer’s Hanover in New York City. READ MORE

Squerrini, Ann Marie — Registrar

asquerrini@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.137

Ann Marie is a professional actor, director, and choreographer originally from Cranford, NJ. As an actor 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.154

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, Ashley — Theatre Faculty

atait@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.162

Ashley Tait is part of the theatre faculty, teaching beginning and advanced voice and movement and acting courses. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2008 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Theatre and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Dance Track. READ MORE

Vierheilig, Susan — Director of Transportation

svierheilig@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.138

Susan has worked in the field of Transportation for 16 years, and as Director of Transportation at Charter Arts for the past six years. READ MORE

Walsh, Paul — English Faculty

pwalsh@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 145

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. READ MORE

Wargo, Janine, Psy. D. — Psychologist

janine2@ptd.net
(610) 868-2971 Ext.165

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.139

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

Weir, Amanda — Education Support Services

aweir@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.152

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Wells, Matthew — Instrumental Music Faculty

mwells@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 ext. 171

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

Wrenn-Meleck, Peter — Director of Production

pwrennmeleck@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext.147

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