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].
Jennie Quinn, Public Outreach 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, and worked as an independent film producer. Jennie has been a Camp Director at Appel Farm since 2001, was promoted to Associate Director in 2015, and is thrilled to continue serving the Appel Farm community as Public Outreach Director.
Email Jennie at [email protected].
Heather Yelle, Operations & Finance Director
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). In Fall 2016, Heather finished a customized marketing/development certificate at The NonProfit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business.
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, Director of External Relations, and currently serves as the Operations & Finance Director. 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 was presented with the Jersey Arts Marketer Leadership Award for 2018. 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 and the Mission Alignment 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.
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Kristina Hill, Arts Integration and Steam Education Director
Kristina holds a BA in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology and Special Education from Marymount Manhattan College. A lifelong visual and performing artist, Kristina began her career in education as a speech therapist for children with autism, where she was able to further develop her love of the arts by utilizing an arts-integrated approach to traditional therapy. For almost 20 years, Kristina has developed and implemented arts integrated educational programming for public schools and community centers for underserved populations in the tri-state area. She is also the founder of Creative and Curious, an early childhood arts integrated program with an emphasis on social emotional learning. Kristina joined the summer leadership team at Appel Farm in 2017 as the Head of Visual Arts and was brought on as the Arts Integration and Steam Education Director in 2019.
Email Kristina at [email protected].
Curtis Williams, Community Programs Director
Curtis holds a BA degree in History and Africana Studies and a MS degree in Public Affairs from Rutgers University – Camden. He also holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Affairs with a focus on Community Development from Rutgers University – Camden.
Curtis has worked in the education and youth development fields for over a decade. He is excited about the possibility of utilizing his experience to contribute to the growth of Appel Farm’s arts education programs in the South Jersey region.
Email Curtis at [email protected].
Donald Nees, Assistant Facilities Caretaker
Donald has vocational training in drafting, carpentry, welding, small engines, and more. He began his career working at the David Library of the American Revolution, an historic site in Washington’s Crossing. Donald has worked as an Assistant Property Manager for multiple summer camps, and holds a certificate as a Certified Pool Operator.
Donald started with Appel Farm in May of 2014, and keeps our grounds and buildings in good working order and looking great!
Email Donald at [email protected].