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The staff at Appel Farm is committed to providing the community with exceptional opportunities for expression through the arts. Our team is made up of highly qualified individuals who embody our core values: community, safety, personal growth, fun and love of the arts!

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Cori Solomon, Executive Director

Cori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Elementary Education and Mathematics, from Queens University, as well as Nonprofit Management & Development and Financial Management Certificates from LaSalle University. Solomon is finishing a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Walden University.

Cori’s extensive teaching, visual and performing arts experience includes serving as a Gifted and Talented Certified Teacher at Flowertown Elementary School, Primary School teacher in Cottingham, England, and Arts Director and Administrator at Kamp Kohut. She also served as Assistant Camp Director at Camp Curtain Call Performing Arts Camp and Theater Director at S.T.A.R.T.S. Summer Day Camp, and is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Area Camp Experts. Solomon’s passion for the arts is a natural extension of her own experiences as an actress, director, dancer and visual artist. Cori joined the staff at Appel Farm as a Camp Director at Appel Farm in 2007, and was named Executive Director in 2014.

Email Cori at [email protected].

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Jennie Quinn, Associate Director

Jennie is a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education.

Jennie started her arts education career at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as an intern for Youth and Family Programming’s national tours, and the Theater Training Program. She worked in development and graphic design at the Wilma Theater, co-produced the short film series Through the Lens for WYBE Public Television, worked as an independent film producer, and is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Area Camp Experts. Jennie has been a Camp Director at Appel Farm since 2001 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2015.

Email Jennie at [email protected].

Heather Yelle, Director of External Relations

Heather received her B.F.A in Illustration from Rivier College (Rivier University) and her M.S.M in Arts Administration from Lesley College (Lesley University).

She joined our staff in 1993. Over the course of working at Appel Farm she has held staff positions as the Events Intern, Concert Marketing Coordinator, Organizational Marketing Director and currently serves as the Director of External Relations, whereby her duties include not only Marketing but supervising the Development Department. She received the Paul Aiken Award at the South Jersey Cultural Alliance’s “Encore Awards” in 2016. Throughout her Appel Farm career, she coordinated the Jersey Arts Marketers South committee for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and currently sits at the Vice-Chair of the committee. Ms. Yelle is also a County Freeholder appointed member of the Salem County Tourism Committee and currently sits on the “Celebrate the Excellence” Awards Nomination Committee of the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey. Her other positions within the local community included Secretary on the Women’s Auxiliary of Inspira Health Network-Elmer Division, the Elmer Board of Education and the Service Unit Manager for the Crow Pond District of the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey.

Email Heather at [email protected].

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Tracy Power, Camp Director

Tracy earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Florida State University in Theatre Management. She also holds honors degrees in Communication and Theatre from Mississippi University for Women.

Tracy joined Appel Farm in 2013 as a member of our Leadership Team and served as the Program Director for the past two summers. In addition to her work with camp, Tracy joined Appel Farm’s full-time staff as the Community Programs Coordinator in 2014. Prior to working at Appel Farm, Tracy was the Associate Community Engagement Manager for Florida State University’s School of Theatre. She also worked for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs as a touring performer and educator. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and TYAUSA. Tracy is thrilled for the opportunity to combine her in-depth knowledge of the camp program, her experience in non-profit arts management, and her passion for education as Camp Director.

Email Tracy at [email protected].

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Kerri Sullivan, Director of Arts Education and Outreach

Kerri earned a BFA in Theatre Arts with a major in Acting from The University of the Arts and a MA in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from New York University.

She is an adjunct professor of Theatre and a Clinical Supervisor for the MST program at Rowan University. She is a consultant with the New Jersey Department of Education on numerous projects including helping to write the Model Curriculum for Visual and Performing Arts. She was also a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Design Team for the Delaware Department of Education. Kerri has Chaired the New Jersey Theatre in Our Schools Conference for the American Alliance for Theatre in Education since 2012. She has taught and directed drama and theatre at Princeton Junior School in NJ and Middletown High School in DE. Kerri is a founding Board Member of The FAF Coalition and is a Commissioner with the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Email Kerri at [email protected].

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Melissa Tevere, Director of Special Events and Conferences

Melissa graduated from Temple University with a BFA in Fine Art.

She is a professional and accomplished portrait and landscape painter and has published two fine arts books. She is a leader in the Philadelphia arts community and founder of the award-winning cooperative MamaCITA. She serves as the Art Editor of Philadelphia Stories and is co-owner of Conway Collision. Melissa joined the Appel Farm team in 2010 as a member of our Leadership Team, and now oversees Appel Farm’s on-site events and conferences during the year, and is our Camper Coordinator and Head of North during the summer. She is joined in the summer by her two children, long-time campers, Jacob and Chloe.

Email Melissa at [email protected].

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Cara Corradetti, Assistant Camp Director

Cara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, in English and History, from The University of Vermont. She joined the Appel Farm team as Assistant Camp Director in 2015.

Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Cara has spent the last eighteen years at sleep-way camp, as a camper, CIT and Counselor. In 2006, she joined the staff at Camp Canadensis where she served as Theatre Specialist and Evening Activities Director. In 2008, she joined their full-time staff and became Head Counselor of the CIT Leadership Program. In her free time, Cara serves as Alpha Delta Pi’s Recruitment and Marketing advisor at West Chester University. Cara looks forward to combining her own background in the fine and performing arts with her knowledge of and passion for summer camp at Appel Farm.

Email Cara at [email protected].

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Audrey Angeloni, Office Manager and Program Coordinator

Audrey, a native of Canton, Ohio, graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2013.

She is a talented ceramics artist, jewelry maker, fiber artist, and avid hoop dancer. Audrey came to Appel Farm in 2013 as part of the camp staff before joining Appel Farm year round as an intern for 2014-2015. She has become an essential part of the camp staff through her work as Office Manger, and is thrilled to be joining Appel Farm as a permanent staff member. In addition to her work for camp, Audrey is coordinating and managing Appel Farm’s on-site after school arts program, Arts Lab, and several social service programs.

Email Audrey at [email protected].

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Natasha Thompson, Social Service Programs Coordinator

Natasha is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and a minor in Sociology.

With a passion for nonprofit and performing arts management, Natasha worked in development both at Southern Tier AIDS Program in upstate New York and at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Ireland. She also spent a summer as the Assistant Stage Manager at Cortland Repertory Theatre. In her free time, she is an active member of the local theatre community. Natasha joined the Appel Farm team in 2013 as a bunk counselor and instructor, and has served as the Head of Technical Theater since 2014. She recently completed the year-long nonprofit arts administration internship and is excited to continue in her new role.

Email Natasha at [email protected].

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Laurence Kelly, IT Director

Larry has 15 years of experience as a photojournalist, and has also studied design and video. He was the Senior Editor for an endurance sports magazine, and worked as a graphic designer for SpArc Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities. Then for a complete change, Larry began to further explore his love of technology and became a network technician, leading him to Appel Farm. While he is comfortably administering our network and servers, Larry still wants to learn more, and is completing a Linux/UNIX system administration certificate program.

Email Larry at [email protected].

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Don Nees, Facilities Caretaker

Don has an Associates degree from The University of Colorado in Business, and has studied maintenance management at trade school and seminars throughout his career.

He began his career in 1984 with the Girl Scouts in South Jersey, and also worked at an historic site in Washington’s Crossing as a tanker driver and volunteer fireman. Don has worked as a Property Manager for multiple summer camps, and while on staff at a sleep away camp in Pennsylvania, he also worked on the crew of a sleep away movie. Don has held licenses in Waste Water Management and Pesticides; and currently holds a certificate as a Certified Pool Operator.

Don started with Appel Farm in May of 2014, and keeps our grounds and buildings in good working order and looking great!

Email Don at [email protected].

 

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Ashley Henry, Administrative Assistant

Ashley graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Studio Art with a concentration in painting.

During her college career, Ashley was involved in the foundation of SMAC, the Student Multicultural Advisory Council, as their Creative Director and worked as a Gallery Assistant at the Davison Art Gallery. She was employed as the Communication Intern at Northeastern Seminary during her last semester and later studied fine art abroad in London and France.

In addition to traveling, backpacking the Appalachian trail, creating artwork, and writing poetry, Ashley aspires to become a children’s book author and use her variety of experiences to one day own and run a successful business.

Ashley is excited that Appel Farm combines her passion for communication and art. She looks forward to learning more and making innovative contributions to Appel Farm as their Administrative Assistant.

Email Ashley at [email protected].

 

 

Tamara Corsi, Special Events and Conferences Assistant

Tamara earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University with a Business Administration major in Marketing and Computer Information Systems and a minor in Media Studies.

While in school, Tamara worked as a math and literacy tutor for a local elementary school in Fort Collins, CO.  During the summers she worked as a supervisor at STARS Summer Camp in Grand Junction, CO.  She also had the opportunity to work as an Event Intern at Colorado State University Events and Donor Administration.  While working as an intern she helped create small and large events for the alumni and students at CSU.  In her free time, Tamara enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling.  Tamara is excited to be a part of the Appel Farm team as the Special Events and Conferences Assistant.

Email Tamara at [email protected].

Corwin Fowlkes, External Relations Assistant

Corwin is currently seeking his graduate degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Temple University.

As an illustrator and graphic designer, Corwin enjoys projects that expand the range of his creativity. In recent years, Corwin has been captivated by the growth of new media and technology. He is constantly learning to discover how these advancements can benefit the arts. Corwin is excited to join the team at Appel Farm.

Email Corwin at [email protected].

Michele Marino, School Programs and Outreach Assistant

Michele earned her Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware with a major in Art Conservation.

Throughout her college career, she assisted several conservation projects at the Salem County Historical Society as well as Winterthur Museum, and enjoyed working with students as a gallery attendant for three university museums on campus. She also interned in Europe, documenting historic architecture, and studied art and culture in South America. Aside from building her own art portfolio and experimenting with different media, Michele’s interests include nature, wildlife, and traveling to new places in the U.S. and abroad.

She is a proud alumna of Alpha Phi Omega – a National Co-Ed Service Fraternity – and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Michele is excited to be the School Programs and Outreach Assistant at Appel Farm and plans to become a classroom art teacher.

Email Michele at [email protected].