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Appel Farm would like to thank Cori Solomon and Jennie Quinn for their many years of service to the center. We wish them all the very best in their new endeavors!

Heather Yelle, Interim Executive Director   (She/Her/Hers)

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, 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 at 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.

Email Heather at [email protected].

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

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].

Tanner Rushing, Administrative Coordinator   (He/Him/His)

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Kelly Rich, Administrative Coordinator   (She/Her/Hers)

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Danielle Walkden, Food Service Manager

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Susan Miranda, Technology & Program Coordinator.  (She/Her/Hers)

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