Erin Elman is the Dean of Continuing Studies at the University of the Arts. She has worked with youth and teens over the past twenty years in varying capacities, including Director of Pre-College Programs at UArts. Elman has an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking as well as an MA in Art Education, both from the University of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University. Elman exhibits her prints and installations locally and regionally, and has works in numerous public collections, including the Tate Museum in London.
Sheila Watts earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons, The New School for Design and her BA in Psychology from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Studies. While in New York, she worked for the education departments of the Guggenheim Museum and Dia Center for the Arts. Watts also has an MS degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University and has been working in higher education for the last nine years. An article from her master’s thesis "Identification and the Cultural Organization" was published in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society.
With 25 years of public school teaching experience, Stormy Vogel is currently a teacher/librarian at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA. She is the K-12 Department Chair for libraries in the North Penn School District, which serves approximately 13,000 students. Before becoming Department Chair, Stormy was a curriculum coordinator for North Penn and was also a roundtable participant in the Pennsylvania School Library Study held in 2011. Teaching and interacting with 3100 students and 250 staff members is her favorite part of being a librarian. "Everyday I learn something new either by what I read or what a student or teacher shows me! I love the collaborative nature of being a librarian and guiding students and staff to the information that they want."
Hanna Finchler attended Emerson College, where she earned a BA in Visual Media Arts with a concentration in Screenwriting and a minor in Art History. While in college, she worked as the Digital Editorial Intern at Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. After college, she moved to Seattle where she worked at a fiber arts store and interned at Sub Pop. Finchler moved back to the east coast in the summer of 2016 and joined the UArts team in June 2017.
Kaitlynd O’Doherty earned her BA in Art History from Boston University. While at BU, O’Doherty interned at the Boston Center for the Arts and co-founded the only entirely student run gallery at the university. Additionally, she has interned at several non-profit arts organizations in New York including the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has enjoyed exploring the local arts community and continues to explore her interest in Arts Administration.
Cate Cooney has an MA in Art History, and MA in Library and information studies and a BA in art history, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has supported and promoted the use of primary sources in teaching throughout her career, whether that is analyzing art, thinking about books as objects, digitizing collections, or considering the landscape and built environment. As an art librarian at Princeton University and later at the Winterthur Library, Cate provided reference services to researchers, taught workshops, and helped build extraordinary collections. She particularly loves teaching with objects, and has taught courses in book connoisseurship as well as numerous workshops on rare books and design materials. While her academic work focused on 14th century Italy, her interests are wide ranging, including 20th century architecture and design, domestic advice, and the history of illustrated books. When not teaching with primary sources, Cate can be found up to her elbows in local, seasonal produce, and sharing her love of pickles.
It has been ten years since Shari Cassel became Pennbrook Middle School’s librarian and she still enjoys every day. As one of the North Penn School District’s three middle schools, Pennbrook has developed a personality all its own thanks in large part to the creative programming of its librarian. Mrs. Cassel has built students’ interest in reading with her “What should Matt Read?” contest through which students read and recommend books to fortunately named Philadelphia Flyer, Matt Read. Many of these students then meet Matt Read in person. Mrs. Cassel has also instituted Pennbrook’s One Book program which encourages all Pennbrook students, staff members, and families to read and discuss the same book. “I want every student, every person, to read not only what they need but also what they enjoy.” Cassel obtained her MEd from Arcadia University and her BBA from Temple University.