Dean, Continuing Studies
Erin Elman has served as the Dean for Continuing Studies at the University of the Arts since 2008. Over the past two decades, Elman has partnered with organizations as diverse as school districts, arts organizations, and international universities to provide both access to the arts and innovative programming to teens, adults and educators. Elman received her BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), an MA in Art Education and an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking, both from the University of the Arts. She has taught studio art courses and seminars to various populations and is a working artist. Elman has artwork in numerous public and private collections.
Associate Dean, Continuing Studies
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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.
Director of Operations, Continuing Studies
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Melissa DiGiacomo joined Pre-College Programs as Assistant Director in 2002. She received her BFA in Photography from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and an MFA, also in Photography, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. DiGiacomo previously worked as a Marketing Coordinator for American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. and was also a staff member in the photography department at the Smithsonian Institute Air and Space Museum. She currently teaches photography to undergraduate students at the University of the Arts, and her work has been exhibited in several galleries in Georgia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
Data Coordinator, Continuing Studies
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Gehia Davenport has been employed with the University of the Arts since 1995. She holds a BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. Shortly after graduation, she became a member of The Company Grace, which led her to an instructor role at the Amos Playground Recreation Center’s dance program. Gehia became the organization’s Director of Dance Programs in 1999. In 2002, she opened the doors of her namesake, non-profit establishment entitled Gehia’s School of Dance.
Davenport is an instructor and community advocate at heart. She has taught youths and adults in various Pennsylvania establishments such as Progressive Center for Dance, Wissahickon Dance Academy and Porter’s Daycare. She has guest choreographed and danced for the following non-profit organizations: Summit Presbyterian Liturgical Dance Group, Upper Room and Beloved Baptist Church. She has graced the stage of gospel recording headliner, Byron Cage, within the Breaking Chain Foundation event in 2010. Gehia currently leads the Women’s Dance and Fitness and Teen Dance Ministries within her church affiliation, New Hope Temple Baptist Church, where she introduced the art of dance within worship in 1995.
Communications Assistant, Continuing Studies
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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.
Program Assistant for Summer Music Studies + Data Clerk, Continuing Studies
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Adrienne Harding came to The University of the Arts in 2014, soon after spending two years in Salzburg, Austria as the recipient of a US Fulbright grant. Her research in interdisciplinary music and dance was the culmination of work as a professional flutist, having made her Carnegie Hall debut as principal flutist of the 2001 National Festival Orchestra under legendary Maestro Lukas Foss, and her passionate hobby as an amateur competitive ballroom dancer, winning a national championship. She has taught for the University of Delaware Department of Music and Community Music School, as well as the Music School of Delaware. She received a Master of Music in Flute Performance (2001) from the University of Delaware and recently completed a second master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University (2015) with an award for Academic Excellence. Harding draws inspiration being immersed in the arts, whether behind the scenes in administration, or center stage.
Assistant to the Dean + Development Coordinator, Continuing Studies
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Kendra Moleé joined the staff of The University of the Arts in October 2013. Previously, she was the Operations Manager at Astral Artists for 10 years, House Manager for both the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware, and served as interim Director of Operations for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Moleé received a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Arts Management from the University of Delaware, where she studied French horn with Cynthia Carr and Dr. Michael Johns. Ms. Moleé has been a member of the UD woodwind quintet, UD horn ensemble, Trenton Youth Orchestra, and the New Jersey Regional Orchestra with whom she also toured Italy.
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Kaitlynd O’Doherty earned her BA in Art History from Boston University. While at BU, she 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. She is currently earning her MA in Museum Communication at The University of the Arts.
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Sarah Pater received her MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Boston University. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, Brennan & Griffin in New York, and FJORD in Philadelphia. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and in Pre-College at The University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art. Her research interests include the history of image making, American minimalism, and the aesthetics of everyday social spaces. Pater’s work was featured in the New American Paintings 2017 northeast issue. She recently completed a residency at the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation in New Berlin, New York.