Our Staff

Jessica Doheny, Executive Director (She/Her/Hers)

Jessica Doheny, Executive Director (She/Her/Hers) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies with a minor in Music from Rutgers College and a Masters of Legal Studies (Human Resources Compliance) from the Thomas Kline School of Law at Drexel University. She has spent more than 20 years as an arts administrator and arts educator.

Jessica began her career as Company Manager/Assistant to the Managing Director at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA where she also served as a member of the Theatre School faculty and taught at Camp Walnut. Subsequently, Jessica was General Manager at Lantern Theatre Company for two seasons then moved to Drexel University, working first in the office of Protocol and Special events and then in the Performing Arts Department as Mandell Theater Managing Director. While at Drexel, she was an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre Program, produced two large arts-based project grants funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and she established Mandell Presents, a free presenting series designed to engage a broad audience in multidisciplinary artistic work focused on contemporary issues.

Jessica is also active as a community volunteer, serving as a Council Person for the Borough of Wenonah, and as a member of the Wenonah Woman’s Club, the Wenonah Green Team, and the Library Board. Previously she was Board Treasurer for the Philadelphia Artists Collective and a Barrymore Award Nominator for Theatre Philadelphia. She has performed, directed, and stage-managed in community theatres throughout the South Jersey region.

Email Jessica at [email protected]

Heather Yelle, Director of Operations   (She/Her/Hers)

Heather received her B.F.A  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, Operations & Finance Director, and currently serves as the Interim Executive 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 as the Vice-Chair of the committee. Ms. Yelle was presented with the Jersey Arts Marketer Leadership Award for 2018. Ms. Yelle was also a County Freeholder appointed member of the Salem County Tourism Committee and sat upon 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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Craig Getting, Development Director (He/Him/His)

Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from Kenyon College. Craig began working backstage at Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia, PA in 2008, and he has worked in the region as an arts educator, theater director, and fundraiser since 2008.

As Education Director, he led the Lantern’s award-winning classroom residency program Illumination, bringing arts-integrated lessons to middle and high schools throughout Philadelphia. Working with community partners and program stakeholders, he helped to launch the program’s annual student-focused Shakespeare production, which serves thousands of students each year with performances of curricular material. He also co-created and ran The Empathy Project, an innovative acting/playwriting collaboration with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He has also directed for the stage with the Lantern, Curio Theatre Company, and Theatre Horizon among others.

Craig also volunteers as a community organizer in South Philly, serves on the Run to Rebuild race committee for Rebuilding Together: Philadelphia, and co-hosts Overdue, a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read.

Email Craig at [email protected]


Katharine Baer, Marketing Manager (She/Her)

Kat holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Hofstra University and a graduate degree in Music Education. Having been an arts administrator, music educator, choir director, for over a decade, and dedicated life-long musician, Kat is very excited to be a part of the Appel Farm community. 

Kat served as choir director for the past ten years at Glassboro Intermediate School. During that time, she founded an afterschool program for novice music students to explore their interest in musical theatre, producing an annual mini-musical performance. While teaching, Kat was also General Manager of Music in the Somerset Hills, a non-profit supporting education, artistry and community through music in north Jersey. She created marketing campaigns for concerts and events each season bringing in thousands of patrons from the area. As Director of Music at a church in Cherry Hill, Kat developed a concert series from the ground up, hosting several performance ensembles, as well as producing and directing an annual holiday themed sing-along concert with professional orchestra and choir. In the past, Kat spent a few summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts as an Ensemble Manager for the high school choirs during their summer arts camp. For several years, Kat taught voice and piano lessons at Rowan Community Music School. She has also sung for several seasons with eVoco Voice Collective on Long Island, and with Cordus Mundi and Friends in PA, as well as a soloist and choir member in several area churches.

 Email Kat at [email protected]

Kristina Hill, Arts Integration and Steam Education Director  (She/Her/Hers)

Kristina holds a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Special Education from Marymount Manhattan College and is completing a graduate degree in Arts Education, focused on creativity in the classroom. A lifelong visual and performing artist, Kristina began her career in education as a speech therapist for autistic children. She was able to reconnect with her love for the arts by utilizing an arts-integrated approach to traditional therapy. She developed and implemented an active learning literacy program for Title I schools in New York City, working collaboratively with New York University and LeAp, Inc. This multi-year project sparked a passion for arts-integrated curriculum development and training and coaching educators and administrators through engaging, professional learning opportunities.

For nearly 20 years, Kristina has been an active arts educator, administrator, and activist focused on bringing progressive arts and education programming and professional learning opportunities to public schools, shelter programs, and community centers. She is also the founder of Creative and Curious, an early childhood art program focused on emergent curriculum and process-based art. Kristina joined the summer leadership team at Appel Farm in 2017 as the Head of Visual Arts and became the Arts Integration and STEAM Education Director in the fall of 2019. 

Email Kristina at [email protected] 

Curtis Williams, Community Programs Director

Curtis holds a BA degree in History and Africana Studies and an 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.

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Ellamarie Quimby, Camp Director (She/Her/Hers)

Ellamarie Quimby, Camp Director (She/Her/Hers) is overjoyed to return to the Appel Farm community after having served as seasonal camp staff from 2012 through 2017. Most recently, Ella held the position of Director of Residence Life at Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school in northern Michigan. Ella has taught and worked in a variety of educational spaces for over a decade, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC Public Schools, the University of Alaska, and the University of the Arts.

In her youth work, Ella is dedicated to being the kind of advocate that she did not have access to as a teenager. As a queer, mixed, indigenous woman, growing up without many adults who looked and identified as she did was difficult. She has spent time developing an inclusive social-emotional curriculum, training young professionals on serving more diverse populations more effectively, and building individual connections with as many young people as possible. She is committed to both the short and long-term work that will help Appel Farm Arts Camp remain a space of inclusive excellence and a place where every young person can take risks and thrive.

Email Ellamarie at [email protected]

Tanner RushingAssistant Camp Director   (He/Him/His)

Tanner Rushing, Assistant Camp Director (He/Him/His) is thrilled to serve the Appel Farm community in this new capacity. Tanner began his career with Appel Farm during the summer of 2018 serving as a bunk counselor and theatre instructor/director, then quickly moving into the role of Head Bunk Counselor. He most recently served as Head of Theatre and Creative Writing for the summers of 2020 and 2021.

Tanner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was able to perform in many of their mainstage productions and summer stock. He began his work with youth while still in college, offering one on one private lessons and coaching for children and young actors.

He is dedicated to Appel Farm’s mission of providing an inclusive and safe environment for kiddos to explore and take artistic risks in a supportive and non-competitive environment. His passion is igniting creativity and confidence in young artists, and he is eager to continue this important work at Appel Farm.

Email Tanner 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]

AJ Nichols, Camp Operations Director / Facilities Assistant (He/Him/His)

AJ Nichols, Camp Operations Director / Facilities Assistant (He/Him/His) is from Salem NJ, and has been a part of the Appel Farm Arts and Music Campus since 2018, where he taught robotics, film, and recording arts, while also assuming the role of Arts + Technology Department Head from 2019-2020. In 2021 he spent most of his time working on camp special events. AJ started his career working with children at John Fenwick Academy in Salem, NJ, where he was a teacher’s aide in special education classrooms. He has been working full-time with Appel Farm since 2019 and is currently on track to graduate in spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking from Montclair State University. AJ has worked on various films of all genres both at college and professionally. He has also worked as a DJ which allowed him to get professional experience with music production and sound design. He hopes to one day create his own film production company and work towards a Master in Psychology and host arts retreats worldwide.

Email AJ at [email protected]

Fayge Horesh, Programs Coordinator and C3 Theater Instructor (She/They)

Fayge holds a BA in History as well as a Bachelors of Music Education in Public School Teaching from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Fayge really fell in love with arts education as a camper at Appel Farm Arts Camp in the ’90s and early ’00s. They are a lifelong learner, always eager to add to their knowledge through both voracious reading and meeting interesting people around the country. Fayge’s career in education has been defined by non-traditional educational opportunities. They spent many years traveling up and down the East Coast with students from around the country and the world sparking their interests in history, government, and leadership. During that time, Fayge also returned to Appel Farm Arts Camp in the summers to teach woodwinds and serve in a variety of assistant leadership roles. They have also spent working in Philadelphia’s after-school programs both as a flute instructor for Play On Philly, an El Sistema-based program, and stabilizing an after-school program in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia. Fayge is so excited to be back at Appel Farm and is excited to work with Appel’s team to continue growing year-round programming.

Kati Brandt, Office Manager (She/Her)

Kati is thrilled to be joining the Appel Farm team as their Office Manager. For the past 8 years she has worked as the Office Manager of a local Pilates studio and is excited to be part of a larger team. Originally from Vineland NJ, Kati earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston University and after graduating spent over 10 years in the Human Services field holding a number of different positions ranging from direct support to case manager. Kati believes deeply in the mission of Appel Farm and is excited to provide the administrative support needed to assist all the amazing programs that Appel farm has to offer.

Leslie Saia, Senior Bookkeeper (She/Her)

Leslie has spent the last 30 years working in both the public and corporate accounting sector. She started her career working at a public accounting firm as an accounting assistant and auditor, then moved to the corporate accounting field as a  Human Resources/Accounting Manager. Having lived in the Upper Pittsgrove community for over 20 years, all three of her children have attended various after school programs at Appel Farm, during their elementary school years. She has been a previous volunteer at Upper Pittsgrove School, Elmer Little League, Woodstown Soccer Club and the Salem County Humane Society. She is thrilled to be a part of the Appel Farm team and looks forward to helping maintain the growth and integrity of the Appel Farm mission!

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