Meet the Instructors
Meet Our Instructors
Stephanie Gush is a Penn State graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Art, with an emphasis in printmaking. She has been involved with the CFAC for nineteen years, beginning as an instructor for art camps and after school art classes. She enjoys working with Penn State students to develop and promote art programs for all ages. Stephanie freelances in graphic design and illustration, paints, creates with dried gourds, enjoys hiking, and volunteers at community art events. She has experience teaching printmaking, bookmaking, drawing/ painting to children and adults.
Assistant and Instructor
Mandi Gatto is a Penn State graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Integrative Arts, with a focus in drawing and painting. She joined the CFAC in 2006. She teaches scrapbook workshops to adults through the CFAC, and is also the Administrative Support Assistant, creating ads, maintaining email lists, and helping PSU students, staff and faculty sign up for art classes! Mandi has past experience teaching drawing/painting, pottery, and woodworking at summer camps. She enjoys doing anything crafty, including scrapbooking and card making in her free time.
Katelyn Anthony is currently n Penn State undergraduate student studying Engineering on the path to aerospace, but originally from West Chester, PA. Art has always been a major part of her life in high school. She has been throwing for a little over three years now, and enjoys learning new ways to improve. Although new to CFAC, she looks forward to teaching others her knowledge and techniques. She has traveled to Denmark, France, and Spain, which is a huge inspiration for her work! In her free time, she loves to do anything outdoors with friends, just enjoying nature. Whether it’s backpacking to skiing, or hanging up the hammock on a nice sunny day!
Kelly Beck is a local to the State College area and is a major Community, Environment and Development B.S program at Penn State. Kelly has been working with ceramics for over two years and enjoys learning new ways to work with clay. She participates in 4-H Club, where she has held officer positions and taught baking and rabbitry.
Caitlin Dillon is from Pittsburgh, PA and is currently a senior at Penn State studying Fine Arts and Advertising. She loves to paint, travel, and hike with her three sisters! She also enjoys spending time outside with her dog, Penny. Caitlin believes that her love for art started when she spent the summer at camp as a kid, and she carried that love of art with her as she instructed art camps this summer for the CFAC.
Luke Fasano is currently a double major Art Education and Ceramics at Penn State. He has been into art all his life and fell in love with pottery the first time he tried it. He really enjoys hand building and making sculptural pieces. He is excited to teach a workshop for the CFAC!
Rafael Izakov has extensive experiences in black and white, color, slide, and digital photography. He has worked as a freelance reporter and his works have been published in magazines and newspapers. Rafael has won many photo competitions and enjoys photographing people, landscapes, streets, theatre, sporting events, and travel scenes. He works as a volunteer assistant instructor for photography classes at PSU and is now focusing on digital photography with emphasis on improving photographs using new software.
Emma Karpinski is currently working towards a BS in Art Education and a BA in Arts, concentrating on Drawing & Painting. She especially enjoys watercolor painting and collage making with mixed media. She hopes that she can teach people how to find their inner artist. Emma’s hobbies outside of art making include writing, reading, and spending time with her friends and pets.
Rafael Izakov has extensive experiences in black and white, color, slide, and digital photography. He has worked as a freelance reporter, and his works have been published in magazines and newspapers. Rafael has won many photo competitions and enjoys photographing people, landscapes, streets, theatre, sporting events, and travel scenes. He works as a volunteer assistant instructor for photography classes at PSU and is now focusing on digital photography, with emphasis on improving photographs using new software.
Emma Karpinski is a junior at Penn State, majoring in Art Education, focusing mainly on early childhood, but she enjoys sharing art making with anyone and everyone! She has been teaching art to and conducting research with preschool students for the past three semesters, and spends her free time experimenting with new artistic mediums. Lately, she has been working with acrylic paint pouring, ink, gouache, watercolor, and film photography. She also enjoys finding unusual books to read, playing the ukulele, and searching for new music to listen to.
Claire Killefer is a senior at Penn State majoring in Art Education with a focus in Ceramic Arts. Clay is her favorite medium, so she is very excited to be teaching the wheel throwing ceramics class! Other than ceramics, in her free time, she enjoys cooking, drinking coffee, and pressing flowers. If she could eat one food for the rest of her life it would be pie.
Paige Landay is a senior majoring in Art Education at Penn State. She is from Moon Township, which is outside of Pittsburgh, PA. She spend part of her summer teaching art camps at the CFAC and has previous experience teaching students of various ages! Although she loves creating in all mediums, Paige enjoys drawing, painting and working with cardboard.
Victoria Maglonzo is a junior at Penn State majoring in Early Childhood Education with hopes of making art and self expression a focus in her future elementary classrooms. She has worked with numerous art-types ranging from knitting to drawing and everything in between, but her ultimate passion lies in ceramic work. With experience and awards in both wheel throwing and hand building, she is very excited to continue creating all while sharing this love with her art students.
Cadhla McDonnell is a PhD candidate at Penn State studying Sociology and Demography. She made her first quilt in 2011 and she has been hooked on sewing and quilting ever since. She loves improvisational piecing, unexpected color combinations, and hand quilting. She is originally from Ireland.
Briana Morse is originally from Naples, FL. She is a senior at Penn State and is majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services. She recently participated in the Semester at Sea program, traveling the world and taking classes. Art has been a part of her life since she was little; she was always taking different classes such as drawing, painting, and wheel-thrown pottery. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling to other countries and learning about the human body.
Sarah Nachtman is a senior at Penn State, majoring in Art Education with a minor in Art History. She is originally from State College, PA. She enjoyed the fun and colorful time instructing and assisting with art camps the past two summers and teaching classes to students and faculty/staff this past fall and spring. She enjoys teaching, spending time with family and friends, and visiting new coffee shops.
Sonya Neumann has been teaching ceramics for more than fourteen years and still can’t get enough! Teaching children and adults wheel thrown and handbuilt ceramics is one of her most fulfilling experiences. She minored in ceramics at George Washington University. She was born in Trinidad and has traveled to Turkey, Florence, Rhodes, England and Crete.
Erica Parsons is a 2011 graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. She has recently begun substitute teaching within the local district and her main artistic interest is in drawing and painting. She plans to go to graduate school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in the near future. In her free time, she enjoys camping, reading, and watching Steeler football with friends and family.
Edienna Perez is from Newark, NJ, and a senior at Penn State studying Animal Science. She began belly dancing at the age of 14 and her love for the art form has grown since. She is currently the Vice President of the Penn State Belly Dance Club and a member of the intermediate troupe. Her other interests include poetry, step, special effects make up and community service. She hopes that belly dance will help students embrace who they are and empower others to do the same.
Ken Plattner has studied at the University of Maryland, in Munich, Germany and at Penn State. In 1978 he opened his own stained glass studio on East Main Street in Boalsburg, PA. His work is distributed throughout the world. Ken began teaching stained glass for CFAC in the late 1970s.
Danielle Spewak is a Penn State student who is working towards her undergraduate degree in Art Education. She loves to include wildlife and rural landscapes in her work but isn’t afraid to dive into anything art! From painting to sculpture she is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and organized. In the summer, you will find her in her vegetable garden with her dog, Doctor Bullwinkle, Doc for short. Her favorite artists include Monet, Manet, Michelangelo, and Andy Goldsworthy.
Becky Stem has been dancing for 18 years, and is trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, musical theater, and gymnastics. Currently, she acts as the Vice President for Penn State Lyrical Line (PLL) Dance Company, Penn State’s lyrical focused dance company. She is a senior studying Biomedical Engineering at Penn State, and has been dancing for PLL since her freshmen year.
Seth Young graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelors in Applied Media Arts. He attended The Governor’s School for arts in 2007 and studied four years of animation in college. He has always had a lifelong passion for comics and loves to study the different styles and techniques used in them. In his spare time, Seth is working on a comic with a collaborator in Philadelphia, as well as participating in upcoming conventions.