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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. 

Our Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Executive Director

Lauren Brandt Schloss

Facilities Manager

Oscar Amaya

Director of Facilities

Anthony Amico

Senior Director of Student Affairs

Kerry Barnhart

Registered Nurse

Sally Cappy

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Al Chiavaro

Director of Marketing and Communications

Kathleen Drohan

Senior Accountant

Motaz Elzalata

Junior Groundskeeper

Marco Flores

Senior Groundskeeper

Julio Garcia

Director of Education

Jillian Greenberg

Admissions Counselor

Stacey Jamieson

Transportation Manager

Courtney Kassinger

Office Staff

Kyra Leeds

Office Staff

Matt Mantione

Director of Development

Andrew Navarette

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Lafiya Watson Ramirez

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth Scanello

Director of Student Supervision

Amy Schecher

Dean of Students

David Schecher

Senior Director of Finance & Operations

Sari Sharaby

Interim Director of Education

Lindsay Smilow

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Richard Westcott

Admissions Counselor

Olivia Wise

Music

Director Of Senior Bands

David Schecher

Music Librarian

Evan Seickel

Guitar

Jacinta Clusellas

Low Brass

Jeremy Morrow

Piano

John Patrick Murphy

Music Assistant

Eder Garcia

Conductor of Junior Orchestra, String Bass

Kageki Nagao

Artistic Advisor

Adam Glaser

Conductor of the Senior Choruses

Karen Lehman DiMartino

Violin

Kiwon Nahm

Piano and Choral Coordinator, Piano Accompanist

Marilyn Lehman

Music Department Co-Chair, Conductor of the Junior Bands

Mark Bligh

Mark Bligh is the director of the Denton Ave Elementary Band (Herricks UFSD) where he teaches winds, brass and percussion for grades 3-5. The Denton Ave Band regularly attends NYSSMA Majors and consistently earns Gold with Distinction honors. Mark Bligh is an active NMEA member who has chaired several All-County festivals and presented at the Balanced Mind Conference. The past few years he conducted the Winds, Brass and Percussion sectional for the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Orchestra and will conduct the 2018 SCMEA Division 1 Central All-County Band. Mark performs regularly as Principal Alto Saxophone for the Northwinds Symphonic Band, has performed with the Atlantic Wind Symphony as well as various chamber recitals. Mark is a past member of SCMEA and current member of NMEA, NYSSMA, NYSBDA and NafME.Mark Bligh is the director of the Denton Ave Elementary Band (Herricks UFSD) where he teaches winds, brass and percussion for grades 3-5. The Denton Ave Band regularly attends NYSSMA Majors and consistently earns Gold with Distinction honors. Mark Bligh is an active NMEA member who has chaired several All-County festivals and presented at the Balanced Mind Conference. The past few years he conducted the Winds, Brass and Percussion sectional for the NYSSMA All-State Symphonic Orchestra and will conduct the 2018 SCMEA Division 1 Central All-County Band. Mark performs regularly as Principal Alto Saxophone for the Northwinds Symphonic Band, has performed with the Atlantic Wind Symphony as well as various chamber recitals. Mark is a past member of SCMEA and current member of NMEA, NYSSMA, NYSBDA and NafME

Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Assistant

Amram Svay

Percussion

Patrick Armann

Music Department Co-Chair, Trumpet

Michael Blutman

Michael Blutman enjoys a diverse career as a trumpeter and music educator. A graduate of Juilliard and the University of Maryland, his teaching, performing, and recording credits include: Ithaca College, Five Towns College, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, Sting, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orch, Broadway shows, and many others. Michael also co-founded the music education publishing company Pinnacle Music Press (www.pinmusicpress.com).

Cello

Sue Lehr

Clarinet

Vasko Dukovski

Guitar, Rock Band

Zach Selissen

Horn

Aaron Korn

Piano

Andrew Ranaudo

Saxophone

Andrew Steinberg

Viola

Boris Demitriov

Art

Painting, Ceramics

Jodie Embleton

Animation, Experimental Animation

Christine Roepken

Art Assistant

Danielle Rubin

Art Assistant

Elizabeth Rus

Photography

Julia Forrest

Metalsmithing

Dana Lagos

Art Department Coordinator

Jodie Embelton

lego design

Kelly Schulte-Smith

Painting

Krista Biedenbach

Painting

Caitlin MacBride

Bookmaking, Sculpture that Moves

Sharela Bonfield

2D Open studio, painting

Kimi Mongello

Art Assistant

Melanie Berardicelli

discovery art, painting

susan conte

Sculpture

Chris Vivas

Painting And Drawing

Sibel Selimler

discovery art, painting

Deirdra Hazeley

Sewing And Fashion Production

Bailey Whitney

Painting

Anna Vila

Art Assistant

Emily Kehrli

Chair, Art Department

Saul Chernick

Filmmaking

Juliana Paciulli

Art Assistant

Jordan Williams

Architecture, Designing with Minecraft

Oliver Valle

Ceramics

Cristalina DeNicola

Photography

Em Rooney

Sewing And Fashion Production

Sonya Korder

Sculpture

Reuben Lorch-Miller

Comic Arts

Melanie Jackson

Photography

Jacklyn Eggleton

Chess

Chess

Joel Salman

Chess Assistant

Robert Spahn

Chess

Brian Karen

Chess Assistant

Simon Popkin

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Sarah Gerard

Creative Writing

David Surface

Dance

Choreographer - Choreographic Institute

Angela Pittman

Costumer

Barbara Morse

Dance Ensemble, Dance Adventure

Gentry George

Tap

Jessica Azenberg

Broadway Jazz, West African Dance

Nia Lancelin

Ballet

Rachel Mazur

Dance Department Chair

Juliana May

Discovery

Counselor

Christine Dookie

Counselor

Jake Lorefice

Counselor

Kayla McLaughlin

Counselor

Kayleigh Junz

Counselor

Kennedy Burgess

Counselor

Kirsten Schmidt

Counselor

Lauren Neimann

Counselor

Liz Jeffrey

Counselor

Madeline Mirenda

Discovery department Chair

Megan Marino

Counselor

Megan Sadlon

Counselor

Melissa Barnett

Counselor

Meryl Dickstein

Counselor

Patrick Wrynn

Counselor

Peter Downey

Counselor

Alana Weisenberg

Nature

Lead Teacher - Nature, Ecology & Design

Steve Finkelstein

Lead Teacher - Sustainable Art

Andre Feliciano

Lead Teacher - Organic Gardening

Dawn Cleary

Recreational Arts

Lead Teacher - games, hoops and nets

Chris Neimann

Games, Hoops & Nets

Karina Aristy

Lead Teacher - Tennis

David Lake

Lead Teacher - Yoga

Edna Gruvman

Aquatics Director

Grainne Josaphat

Lead Teacher - Tennis

John Shrank

Lead Teacher - archery

Joseph Padro

Lead Teacher - Quidditch

Steve Ficurilli

Aquatics Teacher

Sean Clark

Theater

Lead Teacher - Tech Shop

Charles Kirby

Musical Theater Director

Rob Gallagher

Musical Director

Christina Pawl

Theater Costumer Assistant

Amelis Escalante

Tech Shop

Tonianne DiFilippo

Lead Teacher - Tech Shop

Debra Warlan

Musical Theater Director

Warren Bloom

Musical Theater

Erica Giglio-Pac

Lead Teacher - Tech Shop

Eugene Rossi

Musical Director

Jack Kohl

Musical Director

Les Dweir

Musical Theater Director

James Crichton

Chair, Theater Arts

James Incorvaia

Musical Theater Director

Jeffrey Hoffman

Theater Scene & Tech

Phillip Jordan

Theater Scene & Tech

Dan Sussman

Musical Theater

James Beneduce

Musical Theater Director

Josh Kant

Musical Theater Director

Jordan Hue

Lemberg Music Troupe Director

Karen Van Houten

Theater Costumer Assistant

Jenna Caretsky

Tech Shop - Lead Teacher

Ken Gilbert

Musical Theater Director

Marie Danvers

Theater Costumer

Sherry Kfare

Musical Director

Brian Sweeney

Theater Scene & Tech

ToniAnne DiFilippo

Lemberg Music Troupe Director

Mike Schwendemann

Musical Director

Carol Prisamt

Musical Theater

Christopher Drobny

Tech Shop

Philip Charles Jordan

Musical Theater Director

Carolyn Popadin

Musical Theater Director

Richard Bassin