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The Usdan faculty is composed of renowned and experienced practitioners and instructors dedicated to encouraging students to be creative in every endeavor throughout their lives. The Usdan staff works year round to create a memorable, transformative summer experience for all students. The 2017 faculty will be announced in the spring.

Our Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Long Island Bussing

Karla Aristy

Long Island Bussing

Courtney Kassinger


Julio Garcia

Director of Education

Jillian Greenberg

Registered Nurse

Sally Cappy

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth Scanello

Dean of Students

David Schecher

Chief Financial Officer

Janet Oshinaya

Admissions Counselor

Olivia Wise

Coordinator of Electronic Media

Lafiya Watson Ramirez

Director of Development

Andrew Navarette

Director of Admissions and Student Placement

Kerry Barnhart

Development Associate

Chelsea Gross

Admissions Counselor and Coordinator of Community Partnerships

Barbara Altman

Executive Director

Lauren Brandt Schloss

Staff Accountant

Motaz Elzalata


Oscar Amaya

Associate Executive Director

Andrew Copper


Anthony Amico

Office Staff

Matt Mantione

Assistant Director for Administration

Art Schaeffler

Director of Student Leadership Programs

Amy Schecher

Office Staff

Kyra Leeds


Painting and Drawing

Lorraine Angeletti

Art Adventure, Animation

Christine Roepken

B.F.A., School of Visual Arts. M.A.T., Adelphi University. Published comic book artist. Freelance animator and illustrator.


Julia Forrest

Art Adventure

Jodie Embleton


Dana Neger-Lagos


Thea Lansizero

Art Assistant

Elizabeth Rus

Art Assistant

Jordan Williams


Chris Vivas

Sewing And Fashion Production

Sonya Korder

Painting And Drawing

Sibel Selimler


Jacklyn Eggleton

B.F.A, Cazenovia College, M.F.A., C.W. Post, M.S.Ed., C.W. Post. Professional photographer.

Art Assistant

Melanie Berardicelli

Painting And Drawing/ Life Drawing

Lori Oldaker

Art Assistant

Emily Kehrli

Sewing And Fashion Production

Bailey Whitney


Cristalina De Nicola

Art Assistant

Danielle Rubin



Brian Karen

M.S.W., Fordham University. Ranked in the top 3% of tournament chess players worldwide. Member, US Chess Federation Scholastic Committee. USCF tournament director.


Joel Salman

B.A., Johns Hopkins. Professional Chess Master. FIDE Master. USCF Life Master, National Master. Senior USCF Tournament Director. Bermuda National Team. Coach at FIDE World Youth Championships.


Robert Spahn


Simon Popkin

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Cathy De La Cruz


Director, Discovery Program

Megan Marino


Director Of Senior Bands, Dean Of Students

David Schecher

B.A., Ithaca College, M.M., Stony Brook. Music Director, LI Brass Guild. Music Director and Conductor, Atlantic Wind Symphony. Former faculty, Bayport/Blue Point Schools.


Susan Lehr

Artistic Advisor, Music

Adam Glaser

Conductor of Junior Bands

Mark Bligh

Conductor of Junior Chorus, 2A

Christa Braunreuther

B. Mus., Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, M.A., SUNY Stony Brook. Faculty, Smithtown Central School District. Conductor, Long Island Children’s Choir.

Coordinator, Music Department; Accompanist

Marilyn Lehman

Double Bass, Orchestra

Kageki Nagao


Tia Roper

French Horn

Aaron Korn

Jazz Ensemble Assistant

Amram Svay


Patrick Armann


Michael Blutman


Boris Deviatov

Music Assistant

Eder Garcia

Jazz Ensemble

Andrew Giammalvo

Senior Chorus

Karen Di Martino


Organic Gardening

Dawn Cleary

Nature, Ecology & Design

Steve Finkelstein

Recreational Arts

Director Of Instructional Swim

Grainne Josaphat


Joseph Padro

BA, AA SUNY Empire State. Tournament Organizer, Legendary Realms HeroClix. Traditional Archery Instructor.


Sean Clark


David Lake

B.A., SUNY Old Westbury, M.A., Queens College. Tennis pro, Waterside Racquet Club, Plandome Country Club. Faculty and Coach, East Islip Schools.


Edna Debeer Gruvman

Games, Hoops & Nets

Karina Aristy



Richard Bassin

Repertory Theater

Michael Schwendemann

Theater Adventure

Josh Kant

Musical Theater

James Beneduce

Repertory Theater

Valerie Sciarra

Theater Costumer Assistant

Amelis Escalante

Theater Scene & Tech

Dan Sussman

Musical Theater, Drama

Warren Bloom

Theater Director

Christina Pawl

B.F.A., Texas Christian University. Broadway performances in Cabaret, Meet Me in St. Louis, South Pacific. Regional: Cabaret at Engemann Theater. Appearances in regional theater, film, and television.

Theater Costumer

Sherry Kfare

Musical Theater

Carolyn Popadin

Musical Theater, Intro To Theater

Rob Gallagher

Theater Tech

Debra Warlan

Theater Scene & Tech

Charles Kirby

Theater Costumer Assistant

Jenna Caretsky

Theater Adventure

Carol Prisamt

Audition Bootcamp, Actor's Craft

Erica Giglio-Pac


Marie Danvers

Theater Scene & Tech

Ken Gilbert

Theater Scene & Tech

Eugene Rossi

Theater Scene & Tech

ToniAnne DiFilippo

Musical Theater

Jeffrey Hoffman

Chair, Theater Arts

James Incorvaia

Musical Theater

Christopher Drobny

Theater Scene & Tech

Phillip Jordan

Musical Theater

Les Dweir