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Charter Arts Faculty (Complete List)

Acerra, Carlo — Production Arts Faculty

cacerra@charterarts.org

Carlo Acerra is a Production Arts faculty member with a background in media. Prior to joining the team at Charter Arts, Carlo worked as an editor for a video production company in the Lehigh Valley. While his primary role was in video editing, he has extensive knowledge in cinematography, photography, and audio production as well. In 2016 Carlo was awarded an Emmy for his work with FireRock Productions. While some of his work can be found in national-wide marketing campaigns, many of Carlo’s favorite projects have been with local organizations in the Lehigh Valley community. READ MORE

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

Anthony, Christopher — English Faculty

canthony@charterarts.org

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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 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

Batha, Jessica — Yoga Instructor

jbatha@charterarts.org

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Bell, Nicole — Special Education, Academic Support Teacher

nbell@charterarts.org

Nicole Bell grew up in Hunterdon County NJ and attended Rutgers University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Nicole received her Master’s in Special Education from Hunter College and is certified in Special Education and Social Studies. She worked in the NYC Public School system for five years as a Special Educator in all core classes, a Science teacher, and a Social Studies teacher. 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

Bomgardner, Georgia — School Psychologist

gbomgardner@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2220

Georgia Bomgardner is a certified school psychologist.  She grew up in Arkansas, where she received her BA in Psychology at Hendrix College.  She then moved to Bethlehem, where she completed her Masters in human development and her Doctorate in school psychology at Lehigh University.  Throughout her education and training, Dr. Bomgardner has focused on supporting students and parents through behavioral, emotional, and academic interventions.   Dr. Bomgardner and her husband, Mark, live in Bethlehem with their three cats and their pup. READ MORE

Bossons, Don — Custodial Staff

dbossons@charterarts.org

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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 has been with Charter Arts for three years and currently coordinates transportation and offers administrative assistance to the admin team and student services. He has earned a degree in Art Education as well as a degree in Fine Art Sculpture from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. 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

Cantelmi, Christopher — Theatre Faculty

ccantelmi@charterarts.org

Born and raised in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, Rip was educated at Northampton Community College (AA), Temple University (BA) and The University of Connecticut (MFA) and has served on the adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago and taught numerous workshops on college campuses, high school classrooms, and acting studios. His work has been seen and/or heard on various stages, screens, and pages throughout the country. READ MORE

Chaban, Neil-Dominic — Assistant Director of Music, Piano & Vocal Technique

nchaban@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3159

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

Chryst, Amy — Instrumental Music Faculty, Strings

achryst@charterarts.org

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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 School Counseling. Last names A – C

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

Stephanie Covelle returns to Charter Arts as the Director of School Counseling. 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

Crawley, Shannon — Junior Career and College Planning Seminar/Literary Arts Faculty

scrawley@charterarts.org

Shannon Crawley grew up in microscopic borough in Northeastern, PA where she survived living with two brothers. She is currently surviving in a borough a bit south of Charter Arts with her two sets of twins, husband, and chicken. Working at Charter Arts invigorates her and inspires her to be a better teacher and person.  She is excited to join the Seminar and Literary Arts Departments this year.  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

DeVault, Shawn — Evening Desk

sdevault@charterarts.org

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Diana, Jessica — Special Education

jdiana@charterarts.org

Jessica Diana is a New Jersey native where she lives with her two toddler sons. She is a graduate of Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Centenary College Graduate School where she received her certification in Special Education. READ MORE

Dickson, Erica — Instrumental Faculty

edickson@charterarts.org

Erica Dickson grew up in the Lehigh Valley and is a proud alum of Charter Arts. She is a lifelong lover of music, beginning piano lessons at just five years old. She earned a BM in Music Education, a BM in Music Theory & Composition, and a minor in Music History from West Chester University with concentrations in piano and oboe. At West Chester, she studied with Dr. Patricia, Powell, Dr. Henry Grabb, Dr. Robert Maggio, Dr. Marcie Major, and Dr. Jacob Cooper. While completing two years of professional teaching service in the Pennsylvania Public School System, Ms. Dickson recently completed her Masters of Music in Music Education at Temple University, primarily focusing on research methods under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Confredo. 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

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 sixteen 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

Fernandez, Dawn — Donor Relations & Event Management

dfernandez@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3154

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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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Gerhard, Eileen — Custodial Staff

egerhard@charterarts.org

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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

Ging, Margo — Dance Faculty

mging@charterarts.org

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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

Hahn, Matthew — Math Faculty

mhahn@charterarts.org

Matthew Hahn is excited and honored to join the team at Charter Arts. He grew up in Easton, PA where he graduated from Wilson Area High School in 2007. It was during this time that he really developed a passion for teaching after taking an Algebra 2 Honors course with Mr. Brown. His enthusiasm and love for the profession really stuck with Mr. Hahn, and he tries to bring the same attributes and approach to his classes. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education/Mathematics from East Stroudsburg University. He joins Charter Arts with 6 years of teaching experience at all levels in New Jersey. READ MORE

Hazim, Shawn — School Counselor, Last Names D-Mc

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

Shawn Hazim is a School Counselor for last names D-Mc.  Shawn earned his Master’s Degree at Kutztown University in School Counseling and his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in Business Management. He was born and raised in Allentown, PA. He is married and has a 5-year-old daughter. 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

Hepner, Danielle — Visual Art Faculty

dhepner@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2445

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, the University of Arts to complete a Professional Certificate in Digital Photography and a Professional Certificate in Graphic Design. Danielle’s 20+ years of teaching include experience at two colleges, an arts education center and a high school. She has been a member of the Visual Arts faculty at Charter Arts since 2017. READ MORE

Hoffman, Mary Anne — Dance 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

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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

Hosking, Kathy — School Nurse

nurse@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 3136

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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

Ippolito, Robert — Seminar Teacher, 9th Grade Extension

rippolito@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2449 (voicemail only)

Mr. Ippolito is ecstatic to be living his dream of teaching at an arts high school. It is his passion and desire to inspire, develop, support and instill a love for learning and academic success to a diverse population of students.  He believes that every student has the drive to succeed in their major of study with guidance, structure, and support. 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

Johnston, Erin — Custodial Staff

ejohnston@charterarts.org

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Jones, Timothy — Health & Wellness Faculty

tjones@charterarts.org

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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

Kelsch, Michayla — Science Faculty

mkelsch@charterarts.org

Miss Kelsch is very excited to join the Biology department at Charter Arts after graduating from Kutztown University in May of 2018. While Miss Kelsch has a great love for biology, she also has a diverse knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and began her undergraduate degree as a Fine Arts/Art Education Major. 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

Kish, Kelsey — Vocal Music Faculty

kkish@charterarts.org

Kelsey Lauren Kish, from Easton, PA, holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Moravian College, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, and is nearing the completion of a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree from USC.  She has appeared in many Opera at USC productions including the roles of  Die Mutter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Old Lady/Baroness in Bernstein’s Candide, Rita in Donizetti’s Rita, and Mrs. Cratchet/Ghost of Christmas Past in Douglas’ Scrooge. READ MORE

Krieg, Katherine — Visual Art Faculty

kkrieg@charterarts.org

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. She also trained in the studio of Philadelphia based artist Carlo Russo. READ MORE

Krock, Stephen — Administrative Assistant, School Counseling Department

skrock@charterarts.org

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Krug, Max — Technology & Media Support Intern

mkrug@charterarts.org

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Labadie-Bartz, Rachel (Rae) — Director of Production Design

rlabadie@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2112

Rae Labadie is a theatre artist, administrator and educator with international experience in engaging communities, creating worlds and managing artists. Dedicated to utilizing theatre arts to build social awareness, encourage differences and promote self-confidence, Rae thrives on new works and socially relevant material, and is eager to entice new audiences to experience the dynamism of communal theatre. READ MORE

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, Student Support Associate

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

Jennifer started working at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in 2012 after working in a mental health office for seven years. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree at Penn State University with a concentration in Psychology. She works in partnership with the administrative team on many issues relating to students. READ MORE

Litchfield, Liz — Social Worker

elitchfield@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2433

Liz Litchfield is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Home and School Visitor under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Originally from Massachusetts, Liz first came to Pennsylvania to complete her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, where she majored in English and minored in Psychology.  From there, Liz completed a year of service in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. READ MORE

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 — Vocal Music Faculty

dmacbeth@charterarts.org
(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2423

David B. Macbeth, a founding vocal/choral faculty member of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts 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

Tom Maher is the Brass Specialist and Music Instructor at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter  Arts).  In his time at Charter Arts, he has taught a variety of courses including Jazz Ensembles, Music Theory, Composition and Arranging, Concert Band, and Music for Film. He has also worked closely on multiple Charter Arts musical productions, most recently as Pit Conductor of Sweeney Todd.  He currently serves as the advisor of the Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter 7881. 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

Mensher, Heath — Literary Arts Faculty

hmensher@charterarts.org

Heath Mensher has a BA in English from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Education from Kutztown University, where he became a member of the Graduate Honor Society and delivered KU’s commencement speech. Mr. Mensher was an active writer and filmmaker in both New York City and Los Angeles for over 20 years, and his short films have been the official selections of many Film Festivals across the country. 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 — Chair, World Languages Department

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

Sra. Musselman joined Charter Arts in January 2015.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Temple University andMaster of Education from East Stroudsburg University.  She has studied and lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic, and completed a Spanish faculty development course in Salamanca, Spain, in the summer of 2016. READ MORE

Naugle, Kyra — School Counselor, Last Names Me-Z

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

Kyra Naugle is the School Counselor for students with last names Me-Z. Kyra earned her Master's in School Counseling from Messiah College and her Bachelor's degree in Education from Lebanon Valley College. 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 — Paraprofessional

snolt@charterarts.org

Ms. Nolt is honored to join the special education department as a paraprofessional after teaching in the Charter Arts figure skating program for nine years. In her lengthy career as a competitor, performer, and coach, Ms. Nolt has worked in many different environments with children of all ages and abilities. 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

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 2001 she began a 9-year teaching stint in New Jersey, first as an 8th-grade teacher of language arts at Hackensack Middle School before moving to Hunterdon County, where she taught Sophomore English/Research Paper and Senior AP Literature and Composition at North Hunterdon High School. After crossing the Delaware, Carla joined us here at Charter Arts. READ MORE

Perry, Alex — Vocal Music Faculty

aperry@charterarts.org

Alex Perry is a new member of Charter Arts' vocal faculty.  Mr. Perry has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Crane School of Music and Boston University. He studied voice with Maestro David Pittman-Jennings and Maestro Franco Bertacci.  READ MORE

Price, Olivia — Evening Desk

oprice@charterarts.org

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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

Roberts, Michael — Evening Custodian


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Rosania-Harvie, Mary Jo — Assistant Principal, Class of 2021 & 2023

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

Schutzler, Magdalena — Production Arts Faculty

mshcutlzer@charterarts.org

Magdalena Schutzler is a theatre administrator, designer, and educator with a multitude of experiences designing, managing artists, and teaching theatre up and down the East Coast. Magdalena was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, with her theatre design experience beginning at Emmaus High School. 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, Class of 2020 & 2022

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

Slay, Nancy — Evening Custodian


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Squerrini, Ann Marie — Director of Admissions and Assessments

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

Stoop, Florentine — World Languages Faculty, Chinese/Asian Studies

fstoop@charterarts.org
610-868-2971 Ext. 2222

Mx. Stoop is thrilled to be a part of the Charter Arts community, teaching Chinese/Asian Studies 1 & 2.  They are passionate about languages and communication. They received their B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese from Ursinus College.  They lived in Nanjing, China for four months in the fall of 2015, studying Mandarin, Chinese culture and exploring mainland China. Some of their favorite places they visited in China were Xi'an, Hangzhou, Dunhuang, and Shanghai.  They are excited to share their knowledge and experience with students. READ MORE

Swartz, Crystal — School Nurse

nurse@charterarts.org

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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
610-868-2971 Ext. 2303 (voicemail only)

Miss Vanaman began her time at Charter Arts during the 2017-18 year and has taught US1 and Sociology within the Social Studies department since then. 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. Miss Vanaman has also taught SAT Prep and served as a day-to-day substitute and long-term substitute at Cab Calloway. READ MORE

Vinci, Theresa — Assistant to the Executive Director & CEO

tvinci@charterarts.org

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Walsh, Paul — English Faculty

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

Paul Walsh has been a lover of words for as long as he can remember. His passions for reading, writing, teaching, and learning all come together in his role as Artistic Director of the Literary Arts. As far as he is concerned, this makes his job the best job on the planet. His goal is to show all of his students that they each have a unique voice that must be utilized to tell the powerful story that lies inside them. 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

Weldner, Brian — Social Studies Faculty

bweldner@charterarts.org

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Weller, Ashley Tait — 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

Wells, Matthew — Director of Music

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

Mr. Wells attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Gary Olmstead and Dr. Michael Kingan. He graduated with a BA in music with a focus on percussion and later, received his PA Teacher Certification. 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

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

Wright, Mary — Production Design Faculty

mwright@charterarts.org

Mary has over 30 years of experience performing and working with students of all ages.  She is a professional storyteller, playwright, actress, costumer and director who has extensive experience teaching in arts-based residencies from pre-k through college.  As a professional storyteller she has performed for over 6000 children and adults.   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 completed his master’s degree in special education at  DeSales University.  He has been teaching mathematics and science in a private school, located in the Lehigh valley, for the last seven and a half years, and is entering his fourth year at Charter Arts. READ MORE