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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. Throughout her Appel Farm career, she coordinated the Jersey Arts Marketers South committee for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and currently is a County Freeholder appointed member of the Salem County Tourism Committee. She also held other positions within the local community including as Secretary on the Women’s Auxiliary of Inspira Health Network-Elmer Division, the Elmer Board of Education and 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 sleepway 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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Zakkiyya Anderson, Special Events and Conferences Assistant

Zakkiyya earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Georgia State University with a major in Journalism and a double minor in African-American Studies and Sociology. She interned throughout her college career both in the event hospitality fields and as a journalist for several different publications.

As a writer, Zakkiyya was awarded two 1st place awards from the Georgia College Press Association: one for Best Feature Story, and one for Best Sports Story. In her time at Georgia State, Zakkiyya also earned accolades as a leader and event planner, by being awarded the Dr. Heller Foundations of Leadership Award from Spotlight Programs Board, which was voted on by staff members based on Zakkiyya’s exemplary commitment to the organization. Zakkiyya also spent time in the arts as a a leader in the arts and poetry organization, Conscious Collective, where she served as both a Public Relations Chair, and eventually the President. Zakkiyya has had extensive experience planning both small scale, and large-scale events. She intends to bring all her experience and passion to her new position as the Events & Conferences Assistant at Appel Farm. Email Zakkiyya at [email protected].

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Rachel Frank, Administrative Assistant

Rachel graduated Smith College in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in the Neurosciences.

They worked as a research assistant under Dr. Daniel Anderson at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studying the effects of television on the development of young children. Rachel also completed a studentship grant program at Dalhousie University in Haifax, Nova Scotia, assisting in Dr. Gail Eskes’s lab. During their studentship, Rachel worked on the design of a game meant to investigate the attention orienting skills of stroke patients.

Rachel has also been involved in dozens of theatrical plays (both acting and directing) and is a former member of the National Art Honors Society (NAHS). As both a life long lover of theater, creative writing, and visual arts and a newfound lover of research sciences, they are passionate about the life changing, therapeutic effects of creative expression in leisure activities. Email Rachel at [email protected].

Fatima Heyward, External Relations Assistant

Fatima graduated Cum Laude May 2015 at Rider University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Radio, TV & Film and a minor in Public Relations.

She remained extremely active throughout her college career by joining and holding excecutive positions in organizations like OnFire!, Black Student Union, RHA. Public Relations Society Association, 107.7 the Bronc, Rider’s FrontRow Step Team, College Democrats, Intercultural Greek Council, Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics and Rider’s Senate.

During her last semester, she studied abroad in London where she explored Theatre, Film, Shakespeare, Art, Writing, and TV Production. While abroad she gained an inernship with the MAMA Youth Project. During that time she was awarded the “Record of Achievement” which is an European recognition award. Aside from her time in London, Fatima was also president of the Tau Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for two consecutive years. During her time in school, she recieved many awards, such as, Rider’s Star Scholar, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Univeristies, NGLA’s Greek Leader of Distinction, and Outstanding Greek Senior. Along with that she has been inducted into multiple honor societies, such as, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and Order of Omega Honor Society. Email Fatima at [email protected].

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Cassandra Prager, School Programs and Outreach Assistant

Cassandra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 2014, with a major in Studio Art and a minor and Early Childhood Education.

She has passion for the arts not only as a creator, but also as an admirer, having worked in two international galleries in Dublin, Ireland. As an artist she is a sculptor, using non-traditional media such as latex and wax, and an oil painter. Having spent many summers attending sleep away camps, from ages six to sixteen, she is excited to be a part of the Appel Farm team as the School Programs and Outreach Assistant. Email Cassandra at [email protected].