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Meet Our Instructors

Program Director

Stephanie Gush enjoys working with Penn State students to develop and promote art programs for all ages! She began her career with the CFAC as an instructor for youth art camps and after-school art classes and continues to find excitement in creating opportunities for exploration and expression through art. She freelances in graphic design and illustration, paints, enjoys hiking, and volunteers in the administration of community art events. She has experience teaching printmaking, bookmaking, and drawing/painting to children and adults. She is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Art, with an emphasis in printmaking.

Administrative Support Assistant

Mandi Gatto is a Penn State graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Integrative Arts, with a focus on drawing and painting. She joined the CFAC in 2006. She teaches a variety of craft 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 spending time with her family and doing anything crafty, such as scrapbooking and drawing.


Sonya Aboud has been teaching ceramics for more than fourteen years and still can’t get enough. Teaching children and adults wheel-thrown and hand-built 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.

Melanie Devon is a junior at Penn State majoring in Interdisciplinary Studio with a minor in Landscape Architecture. She has had an interest in Art and Design for most of her life but has never been confined to one specific medium as she enjoys creating both 2D and 3D art. She also enjoys working collaboratively with others to help them with their own art.

Sonika Kohli is a freshman majoring in BioMedical Engineering at Penn State. She is from Tolland, CT and is an avid crocheter! Her favorite thing to make are stuffed animals, and she is very excited to be a crochet instructor this semester!

Jesse McCreery is a junior Drawing and Painting BFA and Art Education student at Penn State. She enjoys drawing with pastels and painting in abstract color fields.  This past summer she was a camp counselor and face paint artist at a local theme park. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and playing Just Dance with her friends.

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 school 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 Steelers football with friends and family.

Alexandra Terrizzi is currently a junior at Penn State, majoring in Art Education and minoring in Psychology. She is from State College, PA. She enjoys drawing, painting, and ceramics, but loves the journey of trying new materials. She is always looking for an opportunity to grow as an artist and to expand her knowledge of art. She looks forward to becoming an art teacher someday!

Operational Staff

Anna Fetzko is a sophomore at Penn State, studying Biobehavioral Health. She loves to draw, paint, and listen to music in her free time.

Emma Holland is a junior at Penn State who studies English and Communication Arts & Sciences. She has been working for the CFAC since her freshman year and hopes to fill her life after graduation with art and adventure.

Zara Meyer is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. In her free time, she likes to paint and draw. She also loves the outdoors and camping.

Corisa Mills is a junior at Penn State, studying Nutrition, with a minor in Drawing and Painting. She loves doing arts and crafts.

Jacob Saar is a senior Film/Video major at Penn State, who also likes to run for fun! He is in an a capella group called Shades of Blue and spent a semester working in Los Angeles for movie studios.