Meet Our Faculty
If you are interested in teaching art classes for kids, teens, adults and families at the Michener, please call 215.340.9800 ext. 115 or email Andrea Thompson.
Cara Alderfer graduated from Millersville University with a BSE in Art and has her MAEd in Fine Art Metals from Arcadia University. She has worked in the Central Bucks School District since 2003, at Barclay, Gayman, Groveland, Buckingham, Titus, Bridge Valley, Warwick, Jamison, Cold Spring and Kutz Elementary Schools. She has a strong background in musical theater, performing arts, and vocal performance. Mrs. Alderfer began as a Michener adjunct faculty member in 2006.
Faculty member Stephanie Bacskai is a Cum Laude graduate from The College of New Jersey earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Masters in the Art of Teaching for Elementary Education. Stephanie has studied typography, printmaking, illustration and graphic design at the American Intercontinental University in London. Stephanie is a highly experienced Enrichment and Gifted & Talented educator, specializing in the area of S.T.E.M. and SustaInability. She has created curriculum and community projects empowering her students to be local and global leaders as a Green Flag USA Eco-School. Stephanie’s innovative lessons have spanned visual and dramatic storytelling projects to large-scale constructions, such as painting rain barrel events, and designing and installing a garden solar oven and a spiraling aquaponics unit at her school.
Stephanie’s educational work has been recognized with the National Wildlife Federation, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education, New Jersey Sustainable Schools and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
Stephanie is a conceptual artist who has a passion for mixed media collage, sculpture, and photography. She is inspired by the form and function of the natural world. Stephanie is excited to share her love for authenticity and collaboration at the Michener. She is currently in her thirteenth year as an educator at Holland Township School in Milford, New Jersey.
Faculty member Rachael Brown is a visual art educator and working artist. She is an honors graduate of both the Bachelors of Fine Arts program at Maryland Institute College of Art and the Masters in Art Education program at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has been a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a Museum Educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Creative Director at Bella Forte Designs in Philadelphia, and an instructor at the Fairmount Art Center. She currently teaches high school fine arts, photography and developmental art in the Central Bucks School District. Rachael is enthusiastic about her work at the Michener Art Museum, “I am committed to the growth and development of students and art education to enrich the community. I love working with high school students. It is such an important time in their lives, and I am grateful to be a part of it.”
Erin Casey (formerly Erin McInerney) received a BS in Art Education from Saint Joseph’s University in 2007 and a Masters of Education at Cabrini College in 2013. As an undergraduate student she studied art in Rome, Italy. After graduating she taught with the Big Picture Program for Philadelphia Mural Arts, assisting in creating the largest mural in Philadelphia. She is currently an elementary art teacher at Simon Butler Elementary in the Central Bucks School District. She began teaching Saturday art classes at the Michener in 2014. In the summer, Erin teaches a variety of classes at the Michener. Erin continues to create art independently in the form of painting, stained glass and jewelry making.
Autumn Dow attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12, Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics, and a Special Education Minor. During her time at Penn State she worked in an early childcare educational center as a studio alterista. She ran workshops and summer camps at a discovery science museum creating lessons focusing on art and science, along with teaching Saturday morning high school art classes. As part of the Penn State program, she taught in Pittsburgh at the elementary and middle school levels, as well with students ages 5-21 with life skills support, autistic support, and multiple disability support needs.
Autumn has been teaching full-time in the Centennial School District as a K-5th grade art educator since 2014. In 2016, she graduated with a Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations from Moore College of Art and Design. Her passion for art making and learning is a quality she passes onto each of her students. Using both traditional and nontraditional materials to create artwork makes the creative process just as important as the final result in a work of art. She is an active member of the State and National Art Education Associations. She joined the adjunct staff at the Michener in 2017.
Melissa Easton Sandquist
Melissa Easton Sandquist first joined the Michener Art Museum community as a docent, leading visitors of all ages through our galleries to explore the collection. She became Education Coordinator in September, 2008, and has since worked with educators, docents and the Curator of Education in designing and implementing curriculum related to museum exhibitions. Her experience as a preschool teacher, K-6 School Librarian, and Special Education teaching assistant provides Melissa with a unique approach to incorporating art with literature, and engaging learners while looking, discussing and creating with a variety of arts media. Melissa has lived in England and Denmark, travelling extensively in Europe and eagerly exploring art museums with her family. She currently coordinates adult and school tours at the Michener, and is instrumental in the Michener docent program.
Allison Farrell holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University; she graduated from both programs with honors. Through the arts, she provides creative work and life experiences that help students become critical thinkers and processors, in turn fostering lifelong learners. She is an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about art education, with demonstrated experience building relationships within the community through the arts. She currently teaches at Bridge Valley and Jamison Elementary Schools in the Central Bucks School District.
Jenn Hallgren received her BFA from Wright State University in 2000, where she majored in Painting and minored in Art History. As an undergraduate student Jenn was awarded numerous merit-based scholarships, including a full scholarship to study painting and art history at Webster University’s Vienna Campus (Vienna, Austria), to study painting at the Chautauqua Institute (Chautauqua, NY), and to begin her teaching career as an Art History Teaching Assistant at Wright State University (Dayton, OH). Since graduating, Jenn has enjoyed numerous teaching opportunities from teaching K-12 students at K12 Gallery for Young People, teaching graphic design courses to college students at Norwalk Community College, teaching senior citizens to paint at the Philadelphia Senior Art Camp, and teaching a wide range of fun-loving folks to paint at Painting with a Twist. She began teaching Saturday art classes at the Michener in 2019, and continues her full-time art career in the form of drawing, painting, and mixed media.
Danielle Hallman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of Hartford in 2009, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of the Arts in 2011. While in Hartford, Danielle began her path toward teaching by collaborating as a teaching assistant for two of her professors working with college freshman to build their skills in drawing, painting, and graphic design. Her teaching career began in Chestnut Hill, PA at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in 2011 and has been working in the Central Bucks School District since 2015. Danielle strives to and believes that it is important to create a comfortable studio environment for her students in which they embrace their individuality, celebrate their peers, develop creative problem-solving skills, explore a variety of media, progress toward mastery, and grow in self-confidence. When not in the classroom, Danielle creates commissioned artwork as a freelance illustrator. Her enthusiasm and innovation have added to the quality of the Michener high school program beginning in 2018.
Jody Holbert received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Penn State University and has extensive graduate level experience at the University of the Arts, Kutztown University, St. Joseph’s University, and Gratz College. She has taught Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Computer Arts, Textile Design, Ceramics, and Glass in the Methacton School District, in the Central Bucks School District, and at the Mud Shack in North Wales. She has been a lead Drawing and Painting instructor at the New Hope/Solebury and Central Bucks Community Schools. Jody has given private lessons to adult students for several years as well. Jody also has experience with mural painting, and set and costume design in her work with the school districts and a variety of local theater organizations. Jody brings her expertise, passion and vision to the Michener Art Museum’s adult art classes.
Rose Hurley earned a B.S. in Elementary Education/Fine Arts from Shippensburg University and a M.ED. from Temple University. She has completed extensive graduate level work at The University of the Arts. She has thirty-three years of teaching experience in Bensalem Township School District in both elementary and gifted programs. She has implemented several programs offered by the Education Department at the Michener in her humanities program connecting visual and language arts. Most recently she has been writing curriculum for museum programs at the Michener.
Robin Lane received her undergraduate degree in Art Education at Penn State University and her Master’s Degree in Museum Education at the University of the Arts. She has been teaching art since 1980. She has worked with children of all ages and has been a teacher-trainer for adults as well as an adjunct at Arcadia University. She is interested in art history, reading historical fiction, music, and spending time with her children and grandchild. Robin has painted numerous murals at the Finletter School in Philadelphia as well as portraits for various colleagues. Robin Lane has won the distinguished Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Ruth Hare Award for Philadelphia’s Central Region, and was honored by Art Reach for work in their Art in Schools program. Ms. Lane’s teaching philosophy is simple – love what you do and share that enthusiasm with your students. She has been working with the Michener Museum since 1999.
Amy McMenamin earned a Bachelors degree in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Amy is a recipient of Cleveland’s Joseph Mccullough Award in painting. She is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership. Amy has worked as a teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton since 2008. She has a wealth of experience having taught art classes for over twenty years. She has previously taught as a studio art teacher at several colleges as well as at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She loves working with a variety of students with diverse backgrounds and abilities. She has taught art classes to students from as young as 3 years old to senior adults; and to students with special needs. When not in the classroom Amy enjoys creating her own landscape paintings. She works primarily in oils, but also enjoys acrylics and watercolors, as well as drawing.
Megan Miller has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University, as well as a Masters of Education from Concordia University. She has worked with the Michener since 2006, first as a college intern, then as a teaching assistant, and currently as an adjunct staff member. She teaches a variety of classes during the summer including Fabulous Fives, All About Art, and Drawing and Painting. She is also an art teacher in the Pennsbury School District, teaching at the middle school level. Her large scale paintings are inspired by nature; she works primarily in oils and watercolors.
Rachelle Moes is an Honors graduate of Millersville University and the University of North Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Secondary Social Studies and a Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction: Focus on Creativity & Art Integration, respectively. Rachelle is an experienced educator and fine artist with great enthusiasm for the accessibility and exploration of the arts in the community. She is happy to be part of the continued mission of the education department at the Michener. Her positive energy and enthusiasm coupled with her background and passion for arts in education will make her a wonderful addition to our adjunct staff. She is currently an educator with the Bucks County Artmobile.
Adrienne Neszmelyi-Romano, Director of Interpretation and Innovation, has been associated with the Michener Art Museum since 1995. She develops and manages all K-12 onsite and offsite programs for schools and teachers and also creates interdisciplinary resource materials. In addition, she works with curatorial staff to identify and implement unique interpretive and participatory experiences for a variety of audiences, and has curated exhibits focused on engaging the community and with a goal of fostering new audiences. Adrienne also leads the Museum’s collaborative efforts to identify and implement the use of technology and new media in exhibitions, the Museum’s permanent collection, and in education. Adrienne received her Masters in Art Education from Tyler School of Art and is a practicing and exhibiting artist in the medium of Jewelry and Metalsmithing.
Casey Repasy is an Honors graduate from Penn State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, with minors in German and Architectural History. Prior to coming to the Michener, she worked in the Collections Department at the Chadds Ford Historical Society and in the Group Services Department at the National Museum of American Jewish History. She interned with the Michener’s Department of Arts Education in 2013, and worked as the Arts Education Administrative Assistant and Photo Archivist during the summers of 2017 and 2018. Casey‘s organization and insight, intelligence and inspiration, will help the Department of Arts Education continue to build its reputation for excellent youth, family, and adult programming in the years to come. In addition to her administrative work, Casey will oversee the Education Gallery exhibitions at the Museum.
Ashley Rutherford received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in coordination with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; a program that pairs PAFA’s renowned fine arts studio training with an Ivy League liberal arts education. She earned PAFA’s Violette De Mazia Scholarship in 2016, the 2015 Hal and Linda Robinson Book Award, and the 2015 Charles Toppan Curricular Prize. Her work has been selected for exhibitions in Philadelphia galleries including Seraphin Gallery and Spillway Collective. She maintains a rich historical connection to the Doylestown community through her family’s establishment, Rutherford’s Camera Shop, and provides the third generation in a lineage of contribution to Bucks County’s vibrant culture. Ashley has advanced experience in several art mediums, and is eager to share her knowledge and passion for the arts and the Michener Art Museum with our community of learners. A recent Michener adult student enthusiastically commented, “Ashley is changing the way I look at art.”
Danielle Scicluna earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Tyler School of Art, and is currently working towards her Masters in Curriculum Program Design through the University of the Arts. She was a Teaching Artist with Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership and a K-8 Art Teacher through the School District of Philadelphia. She taught summer art classes at George School, and ran Digital Arts workshops through the Central Bucks Community School. Danielle is currently teaching high school and middle school arts in the Central Bucks School District. When she is not in the classroom, she is a freelance graphic designer and multidisciplinary artist. Danielle is passionate about bringing awareness to global issues through the artmaking process, working in a rescue with animals, and utilizing the power of visual arts to fundraise for animal rescue groups.
Stephani Thomas received a BS in Art Education from Millersville University in 1992 and an MS in Art Education from Arcadia University in 2001. She is a Nationally Board Certified Art Teacher. She has worked in the Central Bucks School District since 1994. She has been a teacher mentor for both new teachers and for high school students. She has been the Arts Director for an extensive summer camp program at both Cold Spring and Pine Run Elementary Schools. She is a painter, printmaker and mural artist. Ms. Thomas has worked with the Michener Museum since 1995, teaching 2D and 3D after-school classes and directing the Museum’s summer arts program, which focuses on a variety of multicultural themes. Ms. Thomas earned the Bucks County Teacher of the Year award in 2015.
Andrea Thompson is an Honors graduate from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and is working toward her Master’s Degree in Arts Education from Penn State University. She has been the Arts Education Manager at the Michener since 2018, and with the Michener since 2014. One parent noted, “Andrea has built confidence in my children, and made their art class enjoyable and exciting. We appreciate her dedication and devotion to them and to the whole program. We feel truly blessed to have her as a teacher.”
Victoria Whiteley graduated with a BFA in drawing and printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2016. She completed an internship with the Michener Art Museum in 2016 and is currently working as an adjunct teacher in selected Michener art classes. She works primarily as a printmaker and has a strong interest in sequential drawing.
Maria Wible earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting and Art History from Penn State University in 2012, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of the Arts in 2016. She is currently the elementary art teacher at Inglewood Elementary in North Penn School District teaching grades K – 6. Maria joined the adjunct staff at the Michener in 2015.