Faculty & Staff

Charter Arts Faculty (Complete List)

Acerra, Carlo — Production Arts Faculty


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

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


Christopher Anthony was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of his life there until college. In 2015, he moved to Pittsburgh and studied both English and Secondary Education at Duquesne University. After four years, Christopher graduated and moved to the Lehigh Valley when he started working with Charter Arts in 2019. Currently, Christopher is earning his Masters degree in English at Kutztown University, where he hopes to broaden his content knowledge and learn new skills to bring into the classroom. READ MORE

Babiasz, Anthony — Math Faculty

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 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Educational Leadership. He won the Annenberg-Henrich Scholarship for Mathematics and Science Educators, and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. READ MORE

Beatty, Scott — Literary Arts Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 2457 (voicemail only)

Mr. Beatty earned a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Juniata College, and his M.A. in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Before joining Charter Arts in 2021, Mr. Beatty divided his time between teaching as an adjunct professor at several Pennsylvania colleges, and as a freelance author and editorial consultant. READ MORE

Berry, Amy — Dance Faculty

(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

(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

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 — Visual Arts Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 2431

Mr. Boyle graduated from KU in 2013, earning a BS in Art Education and BFA in Sculpture. In 2019 Mr. Boyle graduated again from KU to earn a MA in Arts Administration. Mr. Boyle has worked for Charter Arts for the last (almost) six years and will be moving on at Charter Arts as a new member of the Visual Arts department. In addition to his new role, he is also a caretaker of many dogs, greatly enjoys far too many books , and has been married to his husband for about two years already. If he isn't spending way too much time rewatching Jurassic Park, Mr. Boyle primarily works in oil paint for now, would love to get back into casting and mold making. READ MORE

Brinker, Roger — Visual Arts Faculty

(610) 868-2971 Ext.2430

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

Bruck, Kristen — English Faculty

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 — Artistic Director of Theatre

610-868-2971 Ext.

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 Northampton Community College and Columbia College Chicago. His work has been seen and/or heard on various stages, screens, and pages throughout the United States.. READ MORE

Castellano, Andrea — School Nurse

610-868-2971 Ext. 3136


Chryst, Amy — Instrumental Music Faculty, Strings



Comstock, Carise — Superintendent and CEO

Theresa Vinci, Assistant to the Superintendent & CEO, 610-868-2971 Ext. 2434

Dr. Carise Comstock became Superintendent and CEO at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) in 2020.  Prior to accepting this leadership position, Dr. Comstock was the school’s Principal from 2017-2020 during which time Charter Arts earned the 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the United States Department of Education.  Dr. Comstock was originally hired at Charter Arts as the Dean of Academic Affairs, Curriculum, and Instruction and held that position from 2013-2017.   READ MORE

Cruz, Rebecca — Facilities Team



Demyan, Jenna — Math Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 2440

Jenna Demyan (formerly DeFrancisco) graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a certification in Secondary Education. Currently, Mrs. Demyan is pursuing a Master in Educational Leadership and a certification in administration.  READ MORE

Dennison, Bryanna — School Counselor, Literary Arts and Visual Arts

610-868-2971 Ext. 3154

Bryanna Dennison is a School Counselor.  Bryanna was born and raised in Dingmans Ferry. She completed her BS in Psychology with a minor in Social Work and a Counseling Concentration at East Stroudsburg University, then continued on to earn her Masters in School Counseling K-12 at Marywood University. READ MORE

DeSisto, Katherine — Vocal Music Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 3159

Kate DeSisto grew up north of Boston. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Syracuse University with a concentration in choral and general music. She had the pleasure of studying voice with Patti Thompson-Buechner, choral conducting with Dr. John Warren, and organ with Dr. Kola Owolabi, and was the recipient of the Earl George Choral Award for her contributions to the University choral program. READ MORE

DeVault, Shawn — Paraprofessional



Diana, Jessica — Assistant Principal, Specialized Services

610-868-2971 ext: 2455

Jessica Diana is excited to transition from her role of Special Education teacher and Coordinator into her new role as Assistant Principal. Jessica is currently completing her second Master’s program in Professional and Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University and is enrolled in the Women in Leadership certificate program through Cornell University. Jessica has her Master’s in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Montclair State University, and received her New Jersey Special Education certificate from the Graduate School at Centenary College. READ MORE

Dickson, Erica — Director of Vocal Music

610-868-2971 Ext. 3159

Erica Dickson grew up in the Lehigh Valley and is a proud alum of the Charter Arts Music Department. She earned a BM in Music Education, a BM in Music Theory & Composition and a minor in Music History graduating from West Chester University as well as an MM in Music Education from Temple University. She is currently earning her PhD in Music Education at Temple University with a focus on informal music making, curriculum development, and pop music pedagogies. She is also the Director of Music at Chestnut Hill Church UCC and an adjunct at Northampton Community College. READ MORE

Dobrowolski, Diane Wagner — Theatre Faculty

(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

Evans, Cynthia — Math Faculty
Department Chair

(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 eighteen 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

Filchner, Brian — Facilities Manager

610-868-2971 Ext. 3134


Fowler, Jodi — English Faculty
Department Chair

(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

Ghorm, Brenig — Main Office Administrative Assistant

610-868-2971 Ext. 3109


Gillette, Ann — Manager of Public Relations and Media

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

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

Hahn, Matthew — Math Faculty


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

Hepner, Danielle — Visual Art Faculty

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

Hill, Wardell — Facilities Team



Hoffman, Mary Anne — Dance Faculty

(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

Hornyak, Emily — Athletic Trainer

610-868-2971 Ext. 2032

Dr. Emily Hornyak DAT, LAT, ATC graduated with her Clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training from Moravian University in August of 2021. She obtained her Masters in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University in 2017 and two Bachelors in Science of Athletic Training and Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University in 2015. READ MORE

Huber, Jamie — Science Faculty

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 — Interim Assistant Principal

610-868-2971 Ext. 2447 (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

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

Jones, Timothy — Health & Wellness Faculty/ Seminar Department Chair

610-868-2971 Ext. 2311

Mr. Jones graduated from East Stroudsburg University magna cum laude with a degree in Health and Physical Education.  His goal is to make life long lovers of movement and positive health choices. READ MORE

Jurewicz, Olivia — Math Faculty

610-868-2971 Ext. 2439

Mrs. Jurewicz grew up in the Lehigh Valley and attended Emmaus High School.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and worked as a transmission line engineer and civil/structural engineer after college. She is excited to share her love for mathematics and real-life applications with all of her students! In her free time, Mrs. Jurewicz loves to spend time with her cat and dog, going on runs and walks, and traveling. READ MORE

Keller, Kaitlyn — Science Faculty, Biology

610-868-2971 Ext.2317

Katie Keller 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

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

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


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

Kovats-Bernat, Dina — Director of Institutional Advancement

610-868-2971 Ext. 2448


Krencs, John — Facilities Team



Krock, Stephen — Transportation & Student Support Coordinator

skrock@charterarts.org (student services), transportation@charterarts.org (transportation)
610-868-2971 Ext. 2425

Mr. Krock manages all records of student information, including academics, fee balances, and class enrollment. He coordinates all student transportation. In addition, Mr. Krock is our SAP Coordinator and liaison to Allentown's Center for Humanistic Change. He also has a background in the arts, having graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Writing and has appeared locally onstage with the Country Gate Players, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Civic Theatre of Allentown, and many other theatre troupes in the Lehigh Valley. READ MORE

Krug, Max — Technology & Media Support Intern



Labadie-Gulotta, Rachel (Rae) — Director of Production Arts

(610) 868-2971 Ext. 2400

Rae Labadie is a Charter Arts alum, and holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting and Production from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has worked with professional artists and theatre companies in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, New York, Ho Chi Minh City, Cite Soleil, and Dublin. READ MORE

Leonor Hernandez, Jasmine — jleonor@charterarts.org


Levernier, Jennifer — Interim Principal

(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 MEd Degree at Lehigh University in Educational Leadership. She previously attended Penn State University and attained her BS in Psychology. She works in partnership with the administrative team on many issues relating to students including discipline, technology, attendance, etc. She is a member of the school safety team, SAP team, and Student Support Team.   READ MORE

Lorenz, Mike — Instrumental Music Faculty, Jazz Studies

610-868-2971 Ext. 2406

Mike Lorenz is a guitarist/teacher hailing from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Since graduating from Moravian College with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance in 2007, he has kept a busy schedule as a freelance performer and instructor.  He leads several groups, including the co-led folk-jazz band, the Witherbees, and has released 10 albums since 2012. READ MORE

Macbeth, David — Vocal Music Faculty

(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

610-868-2971 Ext. 2306

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

610-868-2971 Ext. 2018

Tom Maher is the Brass Specialist and Orchestra Director at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts). He teaches a variety of courses including Jazz Lab Band, Harmony, 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. In the community, Mr. Maher serves as a member of the Allentown Symphony's Composer Consortium. READ MORE

Manavizadeh, Nader — Career & College Coordinator

610-868-2971 Ext. 2433

Mr.  Manavizadeh is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. He earned his M.S. in K-12 School Counseling/Counselor Education from Kutztown University, M.S. in Forensic Psychology/Criminal Justice from Tiffin University and his B.S. in Psychology from University of Albany. He previously worked as a school-based partial therapist and outpatient therapist with Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit. Mr. Manavizadeh was raised in Allentown and currently lives in Bethlehem with his fiancée, Allison, and beagle puppy, Daisy. READ MORE

Maniscalco, Kim — Director of Dance

(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


Mr. Mensher has a Bachelor's degree 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. READ MORE

Moyer, Rebecca — Dance Faculty

(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

Nagle, McKenna — School Counselor, Music and Production Arts

610-868-2971 Ext. 3157

McKenna Nagle (formerly Bast) is as a School Counselor. McKenna is a Lehigh Valley native growing up and currently residing in Allentown. She attended Muhlenberg College, earning her degree in Psychology/Public health and graduating with honors. READ MORE

Naugle, Kyra — School Counselor, Dance and Theatre

610-868-2971 Ext. 3135

Kyra Naugle is the School Counselor for students of Dance and Theatre.  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

(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 — Special Education Teacher/Case Manager, Theatre & Dance

610-868-2971 Ext. 2470

Ms. Nolt loves her job as an academic support teacher and case manager in the special education department after teaching in the former figure skating program for nine years. In her lengthy career as a skating competitor, performer, and coach, Ms. Nolt has worked with children of all ages, abilities, and temperaments in various environments. She is currently pursuing her certification and master's degree in special education through DeSales University. READ MORE

O’Hanlon, Kylee — Science Faculty


Orlando, Cristina — Facilities Team



Patterson, Aaron — Instrumental Music Faculty, Woodwinds

610-868-2971 Ext. 2015

Dr. Aaron Patterson is the Woodwind Specialist at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.  He teaches Woodwind Techniques, Music History, Music Theory, Music Theatre, and co-teaches Concert Band and Chamber Music.  Originally of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Patterson studied music education and performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS, MM). READ MORE

Peralta, Gabriela — Facilities Team



Price, Olivia — Counseling Suite Administrative Assistant



Reinhard, Lorie — Director of Visual Arts

(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

Schevets, Liz — Social Worker

(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3130

Liz Schevets (formerly 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

Schurz, Cheryl — Director of Finance and Administration

(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


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

Squerrini, Ann Marie — Director of Admissions and Assessments

(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3137

Mrs. Squerrini  handles all phases of the admissions process for incoming students.  She coordinates all audition appointments. In addition, Mrs. Squerrini manages school assessments such as Keystone Exams and Placement Testing.  She also has an artistic side, having been a former professional actor, director, and choreographer originally from New Jersey and has appeared regionally at Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey Public Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse, and Hunterdon Hills Playhouse as well as many others in the tri-state area.   READ MORE

Stoop, Florentine — World Languages Department Chair

610-868-2971 Ext. 2222

Mx. Stoop joined the Charter Arts community in 2017, teaching two levels of Chinese.  Since then, they have grown and developed the Mandarin program to its current state - offering four levels of Mandarin courses. Mx. Stoop is passionate about languages and communication.  They received their B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese from Ursinus College.  They lived in Nanjing, China in 2015, studying Mandarin, Chinese culture, and exploring mainland China.  Some of their favorite places they visited were Xi'an, Hangzhou, Dunhuang, and Shanghai.  They are excited to share their knowledge and experience with students. READ MORE

Vanaman, Megan — Social Studies Faculty

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 Superintendent & CEO

610-868-2971 Ext. 2434


Weaver, Jennifer — Dance Faculty

(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 — Interim Assistant Principal



Weller, Ashley Tait — Theatre Faculty

(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 Instrumental Music

610-868-2971 ext. 3129

Matthew 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

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

(610) 868-2971 Ext. 3147

Mr. Wrenn-Meleck is a veteran of over 36 years in professional theater. He has worked in many nationally known theaters including fifteen years as Director of Production at People’s Light & Theatre Company and three years as Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Stage Company. He was Managing Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre and Production Manager at Hartford Stage Company, Coconut Grove Playhouse and the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City. He works as a theater consultant. READ MORE