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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 was involved in musical...
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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 dance including ballet, jazz,...
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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 Delta Alpha (National Dance...
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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 am also the co-captain...
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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 training with Cheri Noble,...
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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 and Choreographer for the...
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East Coast Karate

Mrs. Karen Logue, Program Coordinator, 2nd Kyu Brown Belt

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eastcoastkarate@yocuminstitute.org
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Mr. George Stettler, 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 Snyder at East Coast...
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Mr. Jerry Buffa, Black Belt


Mr. Lee Barto, 2nd Kyu Brown Belt


Mr. Randy Fromm, Black Belt


Mrs. Heather Wrage, Black Belt


Sensei John Snyder, Black Belt

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9th Dan Karate 9th Dan Hanshi Kobudo Senior American Student of Grand Master Seikichi Odo Ryu Kyu Hon Kenpo Kobujutsu International Board of Directors Mr. Snyder was born on 7/7/53 in Pittsburgh, PA and...
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Vickie Cahoe


Mr. Dale Trythall


Music

Susan Gish Forry

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RETIRED Susan Gish Forry teaches piano for ages 4 to adult. She has studied with Dr. Malvina Leshock, internationally acclaimed concert pianist and composer. In addition to private lessons and introductory classes to young...
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Tara (Reber) Bernstel, Music Dept. Head

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Tara (Reber) Bernstel currently teaches music classes and private voice and piano lessons at Yocum Institute. Tara is a graduate of Kutztown University with degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. She is currently...
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Danny Phillips

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Danny Phillips teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, ukelele and other stringed instruments at the Yocum Institute and has been studying and playing guitar for over 40 years. He has performed in numerous local and regional...
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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 in Music from SUNY...
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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 that range between Blues,...
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Rod Nevin

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Rod teaches voice, bagpipes (Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Smallpipes), trombone, beginner ukulele and beginner Irish whistle. Born and raised in Tioga County, Rod received his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University in...
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Mary Grace Harris


Alex Wolfe

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Alex Wolfe is a diverse trumpet player and a recent graduate of M.M. in jazz studies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Wolfe has played with numerous groups at the University...
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Theater

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 Dept. to direct the...
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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 director, and workshop leader.
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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 a degree in Elementary/Special...
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Jody Reppert

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Jody Reppert has been the theater department advisor for Wilson High School for almost 20 years. He has worked with thousands of students and has acted, directed, or produced more than 300 productions in...
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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 her art freehand, layering...
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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, first as an illustrator...
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Phylis Moser, Exhibits Coordinator

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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 work can be found...
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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 in Education with The...
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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 pre-K-12 youth and adults...
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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 is a published illustrator...
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Danielle Wynen

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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 Associates Degree in Liberal...
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