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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 csolomon@appelfarm.org.


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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 jquinn@appelfarm.org.

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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). 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 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 hyelle@appelfarm.org.

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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 tpower@appelfarm.org.

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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 ksullivan@appelfarm.org.

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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.  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 mtevere@appelfarm.org.

Connor Kealey, Community Program Director

Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Public Relations and a minor in Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University. In 2016, he graduated from Colorado State University with a Master of Arts Leadership and Administration.

His experiences include designing arts education curricula, facilitating community initiatives with elected officials and teaching a 200-level college course in Arts Advocacy. Reimagining an academic program as Academics in the Arts Coordinator, he coordinated a state-wide art competition, a gallery reception with live music acts and educational workshops. Most recently at Augustana College, he managed academic and arts outreach programming, guest artists, media efforts and tour performances.

Connor joins the Appel Farm staff as the Community Program Director coordinating the “Families to College” program in Bridgeton with the goal of helping families work together towards high school graduation and/or to jobs.

Email Connor at ckealey@appelfarm.org

 

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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 ccorradetti@appelfarm.org.

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Audrey Angeloni, Office Manager, Volunteer & Program Coordinator

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

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 Appel Farm through her work as Office Manger, Volunteer Coordinator and manager of our Teaching Artist Roster. In addition to her administrative work, Audrey is coordinating and managing Appel Farm’s on-site after school arts program, Arts Lab. Audrey pursues her passion of the arts by making pottery and jewelry.

Email Audrey at aangeloni@appelfarm.org.

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Natasha Thompson, Camp Program 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.

Email Natasha at nthompson@appelfarm.org.

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Laurence Kelly, IT Director

Larry has 15 years of experience in photojournalism, 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.

In 2011 Larry decided on a career change, and began to further explore his love of technology. He became a network technician, a move that eventually lead him to Appel Farm and into a Linux/UNIX system administration certificate program which he completed in spring of 2016.

Email Larry at lkelly@appelfarm.org.

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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 dnees@appelfarm.org.

 

Zoe Bulitt, Administrative Assistant

Zoe, a Maryland native, received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theatre Arts from Monmouth University.

While at Monmouth, Zoe was President of her student run production group, formerly known as Boom Roasted Productions. She also served as Secretary of their Theatre Honors Society, Alpha Psi Omega.  During the summer, she spent her time at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre where she not only performed for three years, but also acted as Company Manager and later took an internship as the Production Management/ Technical Direction intern.

Zoe’s first love is theatre and has a well-rounded experience working in all capacities of theatre: props, costumes, carpentry, lights, sound, management, directing and even has the desire to perform from time to time.  Zoe is also familiar in the camp setting, spending eleven summers at a sleep-away camp and has always had a desire for combining her love of theatre with her passion of working with kids.  She one day hopes to be running her own theatre as the artistic director.  She is very excited to join the Appel Farm team and looks forward to all the new experiences it will bring!

Email Zoe at zbulitt@appelfarm.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Johnson, Special Events and Conferences Assistant

Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a major in Journalism and Public Relations, and a minor in Dance.

While at school, Taylor worked as a dance teacher for a local studio, Sharon’s School of Dance and Gymnastics. She was also on her school’s dance team, Dance Explosion, for three years and was a captain for two of those years. Taylor also had the opportunity to be a member of IUP’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. This club was able to help enhance her knowledge of the field, and help prepare her for professional experiences.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with family, watching scary movies, and playing board games. Taylor is excited to be a part of the Appel Farm team as the Special Events and Conferences Assistant.

Email Taylor at tjohnson@appelfarm.org.

 

Alexandria Moreland, External Relations Assistant

Alexandria is a graduate of Hampton University, where she majored in Journalism and Communications, and minored in Theater.

During her college career, she worked as a student reporter for WHOV News, performed in college productions that toured around the Hampton, Virginia area, and served as Miss Zeta Phi Beta, spearheading community service projects for her sorority. Her internship experience includes being a writer and editor for pop culture websites, a student correspondent for the on-campus TV Show, and reporting for ABC 13 News Now.

In addition to being a writer and performer, Alexandria is an award winning public speaker, who was named Orator of the Year internationally and within the tri-state area. She is always searching for ways to apply her skills and experience to the arts, and is excited to share her talents at Appel Farm.

Email Alexandria at amoreland@appelfarm.org.

Maddie Sieber, School Programs and Outreach Assistant

Maddie a native Pittsburgher, is a recent graduate from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA with a double major in English and Theater, and a minor in education.

Maddie has worked as an intern at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in the education and outreach department and taught elementary level theater to children at Chatham University. During college, she worked as a literacy tutor in the local school district.

Maddie is very excited to be given the chance to combine her passion for the arts and education at Appel Farm!

Email Maddie at msieber@appelfarm.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Bernard, Camp Program Assistant

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Psychology from New College of Florida.

Amy joined Appel Farm in 2016 as a member of the Assistant Leadership Team and subsequently joined the Leadership Team in 2017. Prior to working at Appel Farm, she worked as a Student Representative on the Admissions Team at New College of Florida. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors at the Sarasota Windmill Theatre Company since 2014. Amy is delighted to make use of her years of summer camp experience, publicity expertise, and love of arts education as a part of the Appel Farm Camp Team!

Email Amy at abernard@appelfarm.org

 

Sara Domsky, Camp Program Assistant

Sara earned her Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University.

During Sara’s college career, she served as the philanthropy chair in her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, and was a Student Leader at Hillel. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, she attended and worked at Willow Grove Day Camp for 20 years. Sara joined Appel Farm in May of 2017 as the Camp Intern and was part of the 2017 Camp Leadership Team. She is excited to bring her passion and love for camp to the Appel Farm Camp Team!

Email Sara at sdomsky@appelfarm.org