Faculty & Staff

Charter Arts Faculty (Complete List)

Anderson, Benjamin — Social Studies Faculty

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

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

Babiasz, Anthony — Math Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 116

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

(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

Berry, Amy — Dance Faculty

(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 — Theatre Faculty

(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

Blohowiak, Maxine — Athletic Trainer, Dance


Ms. Blohowiak is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin.  She graduated in 2014 from Concordia University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training. READ MORE

Bordon, Jacquie — World Languages Faculty, Spanish- ESL Program Specialist

610-868-2971 Ext, 112

Ms. Bordon  was born in Guayaquil-Ecuador and has lived in the United States for the past 20 years.  She studied and started her teaching career in Miami, Florida.    In 2003,  she obtained  a Bachelor of Arts in Education with specialization in Spanish at Union Institute University.   She holds a Master's Degree in Spanish Literature from Florida International and a Master's Degree in TESOL from Nova University in Florida.   She has taught in the states of Florida, New Jersey and now in Pennsylvania. She is an accomplished poet and writer. READ MORE

Boyer, Doug — Social Studies Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 106

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

Brinker, Roger — Visual Art Faculty

(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

(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

Buck, Randy — Dean of Student Services

610-868-2971 Ext. 161

Randy Buck’s educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University where he also accomplished the feat of walking onto the Penn State Football Team.  In addition, Randy has obtained a Master’s of Science in School Counseling from the University of Scranton where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He also earned a Masters of Education Leadership K-12 from Wilkes University. READ MORE

Casilio, Megan — Math Faculty

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

Chaban, Neil-Dominic — Instrumental Music Faculty, Piano

610-868-2971 Ext. 126

Mr. Chaban began instrumental study at Downingtown East High School. Originally trained by ear, Mr. Chaban began accompanying choirs and assisting with the band. After rigorous classical study, Mr. Chaban attended West Chester University on an educator’s scholarship. Once at West Chester, Mr. Chaban earned merit scholarships for performance, pedagogy, and academics.  He was mentored in the music education department by Ann McFarland, a specialist in methodology. Directed by his piano teacher Dr. Theresa Klinefelter and organ teacher Mrs. Anita Greenlee, Mr. Chaban participated in master classes and performances all over Pennsylvania.  He completed his degree studying abroad at Korea University with Dr. Yeoung-Lee. READ MORE

Christ, Dawn — Figure Skating Coordinator

610-868-2971 Ext. 182

Dawn Christ began her figure skating career at the age of 7.  Her love for the sport began as a student and evolved into a passion as a coach. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience, Ms. Christ has a wealth of instructional experience ranging from group Learn to Skate programs to individual instruction. She has taught novice recreational skaters, hockey players, and competitive figure skaters the proper techniques of ice skating at various levels. READ MORE

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

610-868-2971 Ext. 133

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

(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

Crouthamel, Susan — Education Support Teacher

610-868-2971 Ext. 153

Mrs. Crouthamel grew up in the Lehigh Valley. Born and raised in the Bethlehem area has given her a sense of pride not only in the area, but in the residents and what they have accomplished. Mrs. Crouthamel earned an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a specialty in elementary education and special education. READ MORE

Detwiler, Don — Science Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 120

Mr. Detwiler earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from Juniata College in 2003.   He earned a Master's Degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University in 2008.   He is certified in Biology, Earth Science and General Science. READ MORE

Dobrowolski, Diane Wagner — Director of Theatre

(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

(610) 868-2971 Ext.136


Eicher, Gregory — Instrumental Music Faculty

(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

(610) 868-2971 Ext.118

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

Fehlinger-Ricker, Sharon — Principal

(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

Filchner, Brian — Facilities Manager

610-868-2971 Ext. 134


Flickinger, Lynn — Vocal Music Faculty

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

(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

Garner, Melissa — World Languages- French Faculty
Department Chair

(610) 868-2971 Ext.103

Ms. Garner teaches French, levels 1 & 2. READ MORE

Gehman, Christina — Office Assistant

(610) 868-2971 Ext.124


Gillette, Ann — Manager of Public Relations and Media

610-868-2971 ext. 184


Hoffman, Mary Anne — Dance Faculty

(610) 868-2971 Ext.181

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, Jason — Visual Art Faculty

(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

(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

Juris, Jerry — Custodian

(610) 868-2971 Ext.134


Kise, AJ — Director of Special Education/Director of Special Programs

610-868-2971 Ext. 125

Mr. Kise joined the TEAM at Charter Arts as the Director of Special Education in September, 2014. Prior to coming to Charter Arts, he was an Educational Support Teacher at Bethlehem Area School District at the Middle School level assisting the Supervisor of Middle School Special Education for 6 years. Prior to that, he was a special education teacher in the East Stroudsburg Area School District for several years. READ MORE

LaBelle, Diane — Executive Director

(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

(610) 868-2971 Ext.109


Levernier, Jennifer — Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO and Principal

(610) 868-2971 Ext.187


Lorenz, Mike — Instrumental Music Faculty, Guitar

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

(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

Maher, Thomas — Instrumental Music Faculty, Brass

610-868-2971 Ext. 171

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

(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

McPeek, Allison — Guidance Counselor

610-868-2971 Ext. 157

Allison McPeek is excited to be part of the Charter Arts faculty as a School Counselor. She has lived in the Lehigh Valley her entire life. Allison attended college at Loyola University in Baltimore Maryland where she become involved in variety of activities and volunteer opportunities. READ MORE

Morris, Christopher — Theatre Faculty

(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

(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

(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

(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

(610) 868-2971 Ext.186

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

O’Reilly, Molly — Dance Faculty

(610) 868-2971 Ext.173

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

Pugmire, Cassie — English Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 101

Cassie Pugmire graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Secondary English Education. While at West Chester, she served as the president of the university’s Student Affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. READ MORE

Reinhard, Lorie — Director of Visual Art

(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

(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

610-868-2971 ext. 135

Joy Rothman is thrilled to be part of the Charter Arts faculty 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

Schurz, Cheryl — Director of Finance and Administration

(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

(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

Sessions, Jasper — English Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 166

Jasper Sessions has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Arkansas.  READ MORE

Shuman, Tim — Social Studies Faculty

(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

Squerrini, Ann Marie — Registrar

(610) 868-2971 Ext.137

Ms. Squerrini proudly celebrates her twelfth year 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

(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 Weller, Ashley — Theatre Faculty

(610) 868-2971 Ext.162

Ashley Tait Weller is a full-time member of the Charter Arts Theatre Faculty. She teaches all grade levels – voice, movement, and acting. READ MORE

Vierheilig, Susan — Director of Transportation

(610) 868-2971 Ext.138

Susan has worked in the field of Transportation for 18 years, and as Director of Transportation at Charter Arts for the past ten years. READ MORE

Walsh, Paul — English Faculty

(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

(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

(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 — Educational Support Services Faculty

(610) 868-2971 Ext.152


Wells, Matthew — Director of Instrumental Music

610-868-2971 ext. 129

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

(610) 868-2971 Ext.147

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