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Faculty

Academy of Movement - Dance

Ann Burkot

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Ann has her degree in Dance Production and Management from Kutztown University. She has been teaching for 12 years.
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Kelly McDonough

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Kelly has been teaching dance at AOM for 8 years. She has taught lyrical, jazz and tap and currently teaches all tap classes. Kelly danced all styles growing up and
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Bria Walton

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Bria Walton is a central Jersey native where she started dancing at a young age. Bria began her training with hip hop classes and quickly added many other styles of
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Kristina Dennis

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Kristina graduated from Cedar Crest College earning a B.A. in Dance, where she performed in the Cedar Crest College Dance Company. She was President of the CCC chapter of Nu
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Jennifer Vernon

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I have been dancing my whole life and have been trained in various styles. I am the President of my college dance team for the past two days and I
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Ethan Blakeney

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Mr. Ethan Blakeney is our newest junior instructor! We are so excited to share his talents with our students!   While he is our youngest instructor, Mr. Ethan has had
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Holly James

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Holly (Allwein) James (former Dance Director 2000 – 2011)  has been teaching since the age of sixteen and here at the Yocum Institute since 1999 where she began her dance
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Jenn Caputo, Director Academy of Movement Dance Dept.

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Jennifer Caputo is a graduate of West Chester University where she earned a BS in Kinesiology and a Minor in Dance Education. While attending WCU she was a Member, Captain
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East Coast Karate

Mrs. Karen Logue, Program Coordinator, 1st Kyu Brown Belt

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Program Coordinator East Coast Karate of the Yocum Institute Mrs. Logue has been involved in the Martial Arts since 2006 when her son began his martial arts journey at the
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Mr. George Stettler, 2nd Dan Black Belt

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Mr. Stettler began his karate training at the age of 24 in 1974. He earned his brown belt. In 1983 he left that school and began training with Sensei John
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Mr. Jerry Buffa, 2nd Dan Black Belt


Mr. Lee Barto, 1st Dan Black Belt

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Mr. Lee D. Barto has been a practitioner of martial arts for over 35 years. He has black belts in Okinawa Kenpo Karate and Kobudo, Ryukyu Hon Kenpo Kobujutsu, and
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Sensei Mr. Randy Fromm, 4th Dan Black Belt


Mr. Dale “Trail” Trythall, 1st Dan Black Belt

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Mr. Trythall started his martial arts karate career at the young age of eleven in 1981 at HKA. He likes to be called by his nickname “Trail”. His Sensei, John
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Mr. Jim Taylor, 1st Dan Black Belt

James Taylor is a family man with an Engineering degree from Penn State. He works as a machine designer for an industrial equipment manufacturer. When he is not spending time

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Mr. Dalton Bachert, 1st Dan Black Belt

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Mr. Dalton  began his martial arts journey in the year 2000 at the age of 4. He balanced his martial arts training with multiple sports throughout his youth including basketball,
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Music

Jimmy Damore, Music Department Chair

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Jimmy Damore has a BA from Brown University. He is an instructor of private voice, Young Singers, and various theater and musical theater classes at the Yocum. In the summers,
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Nadia Pochan

Nadia is an artist of many trades including painter, printer, mixed media artist, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. She graduated from The School of Visual Arts in NYC with a BFA. Since

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Lisa Speece

Lisa Speece holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Susquehanna University and a Master of Science Educational Leadership from Duquesne University. She has taught public school music for grades K-12

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James Neher

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James Neher teaches piano, theory, and composition, and is the director of our Piano Ensemble program. He is a former student at Manhattan School of Music, and has a BA
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Tom Bisbano

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Thank you for taking a minute to read a little about me. I have over 35 years experience and offer lessons at any level. I have extensive experience teaching styles
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Massimo Brutto

Voice teacher.

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Mary Grace Harris


Theater

Jimmy Damore

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Jimmy Damore has a BA from Brown University. He is an instructor of private voice, Young Singers, and various theater and musical theater classes at the Yocum. In the summers,
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Andrea Hart, Theater Department Chair

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Andrea Hart is a director, dramaturg, playwright, stage manager, and teaching artist who has worked with community, collegiate, youth, and professional theaters in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She received an MFA
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Beverly Houck

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Beverly Houck, since 2005 she has produced and directed for Yocum Institute for Arts Education’s Primary Stages Productions. In 2012, Houck was asked by the Berks County Parks & Recreation
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Joel Gori

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Joel Gori earned his BFA in Theater from Daemon College and his Masters in Theater from Penn State University. He is the instructor in the Neighborhood Bridges Program, a play
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Debbi Silas

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Debbi Silas was the director of our Broadway Junior program until 2019, the Without Limits Dance instructor, and teacher of various theatre classes. She attended West Chester University to receive
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Visual Arts

Jennifer M. Harding

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Jennifer M. Harding is a freelance artist specializing in multimedia art. Based in Shillington, Pennsylvania, she attended Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts for Graphic Design. She creates all of
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Nadia Pochan

Nadia is an artist of many trades including painter, printer, mixed media artist, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. She graduated from The School of Visual Arts in NYC with a BFA. Since

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Erin Oliver

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Erin Oliver received her MFA from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.  She also holds an Art Education degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.  Oliver
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Kim Monjoy

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Mixed Media Artist, new to PA formerly NYC/NJ. I love inspiring others to imagine!
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Amanda Condict

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Amanda Lee Condict has studied at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Empire State College. An illustrator and designer, she has always worked in graphic arts and publishing,
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Phylis Moser

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Phylis Moser, Exhibits Coordinator and Teacher, is a visual artist (specializing in acrylics and mixed media), calligrapher, and designer. She holds a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University. Her
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Helen Reinhold-Gordon

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Helen Reinhold is an award winning artist whose painting method employs the use of both brush and palette knife in the mediums of oil and acrylic paints. At an early
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Shawna Hansberry

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Shawna Hansberry graduated with a teaching degree from Kutztown University in 1992, and teaches Elementary Art at Northern Lebanon School District. She is currently working on her Masters of Art
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Rebecca Kline

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Rebecca Kline graduated Kutztown University in May 2017, with the major Bachelors of Science in Art Education and a concentration in Painting. She has a range of experience working with
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Tammy Updegrove

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Tammy Updegrove is an accomplished artist in multiple mediums including, but not limited, to charcoals, collage, and acrylics. She has painted hundreds of murals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. She
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Danielle Wynen- Past Faculty

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Danielle Wynen recently returned to the city of Reading after a 15 year period in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California. While in CA, she started a family, pursued an
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