Meet the SMARTS Team

Staff & Teacher Directory

SMARTS Teachers

SMARTS Community Teaching Artists are employed by SMARTS and placed in partnering school systems to teach Visual Art, Music, and Dance year-round during and after school.

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Visual Arts

SMARTS visual arts teachers are restoration artists, interior designers, founders of art galleries, painters, and animators.

Weslie Broderick studied Interpersonal Communication and Studio Fine Art at the University of Toledo, followed by receiving her post-baccalaureate certificate in Ceramics from YSU. She is a visual arts community teaching artist through SMARTS for the seventh and eighth grade classes at Liberty High School, as well as the facilitator of the LHS Art Club for seventh through twelfth grade students. Weslie owns and operates West Meadow Pottery in Columbiana, OH, where she enjoys making cheerful mugs and individualized pieces of pottery. She loves spreading joy, laughter, and color to the community through both works of art and the written word.

 

Marites Eldred is a multi-media artist and musician who believes creating is the most powerful act. She formally studied at Olivet College where she was awarded the Evenlyn Gray Anderson Memorial Scholarship and the Justus W. Cohoe Art Scholarship. Her work has been published and shown in many shows including the Butler Institute of American Art and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Robert Kerr is a professional artist and animator specializing in both digital and traditional media.

Self-taught and formally trained, he appreciates the guidelines of creating art while testing the artistic boundaries. His formative years included work in television production, graphic / web design, illustration and animation.

His creative process is organic and unique unto itself, like each project commissioned. With over twenty years of experience in the visual arts, he brings an individual tone and energy to every creation.

Kristine Postal has been teaching art for over 15 years to students of all age groups. She earned her degree at Youngstown State University and taught students from Ohio, DC and Denver. Kristine said that teaching art is her life's joy, but when she is not teaching, she is spending time creating on her own. She loves to paint in oils, acrylics and watercolor. She is even trying to teach herself cookie and cake decorating!

Kara Terlecki has brought her knowledge and expertise of the arts to SMARTS PK-12 and adult students this year. She has a degree in Art History and Studio Arts from YSU and has worked as a freelance professional artist and restoration conservator for The Butler Institute of American Art. She has been a part of SMARTS since 2017 and enjoys implementing her creativity and passion for art and self-expression into every class.  Kara teaches art and theater to SMARTS students.

SMARTS Classes: Adult Methods in Mixed Mediums

Daniel Rauschenbach is an American contemporary artist, curator, and gallerist. He completed his BFA in Ceramics and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in American Studies with a focus in Community Development at YSU. Daniel is “planted” as a SMARTS art teacher at South Side Academy and is the owner at the SOAP Gallery. He is also a board member with the Legal Creative. Daniel is a painter, printmaker, and ceramicist. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows on the east coast and his artwork is displayed in private collections worldwide. He was selected as one of Youngstown’s 25 Under 35 by the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals in 2017 and has been a SMARTS art teacher since 2016.

SMARTS Community Teaching: Visual Art, South Side Academy

Michael Vigliotti graduated from Youngstown State with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. He teaches as an Adult Education Art Teacher at MCCTC. He also teaches adult and youth art at the YMCA (Davis Center). Michael is a watercolor artist dealing mainly as a realism painter and specializes in pet portraits. He has done watercolors of local landmarks and Mill Creek Park. He also does both pencil and pen and ink drawings. He started his business (Expresso Art) in which he offers his work as both prints and note cards.

Music

SMARTS music teachers are recording artists, classical musicians, piano and instrumental soloists, church music directors, and are in rock and jazz bands.

Dr. Haley Beverburg strives to provide her students with a well-rounded musical experience that combines the different facets of her musical background; piano, music theory, and composition. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BM in Music Composition and a BS in Physics and went on to earn her Master's and PhD in Music Theory at the University of Michigan. She studied piano as her applied instrument at both institutions. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience, including private instruction in piano, theory, and composition, and classroom instruction at the University of Michigan, YSU, and Youngstown City Schools. She also spent a year in Germany teaching English to high school students as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Haley has been teaching at SMARTS since 2017.

SMARTS Classes: Piano 101A, Piano 101B, Piano 101C

Rosie Bresson graduated from Youngstown State University in May 2020 with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Her recent credits include Cabaret (Emcee), Chicago (Roxie), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), How I Learned to Drive (Li’l Bit), and The Last Five Years (Cathy). She is also an avid musician and has worked as a music director, director and choreographer. Rosie has been a 2-time Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominee at the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a 2018 Region II KCACTF Musical Theatre Initiative Finalist, and was among 120 students selected to attend the 2018 Open Jar Institute Summer College Intensive in New York City.

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Silvia Games DuBos, an Argentinian cellist, has been established in the USA for more than 15 years, specializing in music instruction and chamber music. She teaches music at SMARTS and works with private students ages 7 to adults, combining traditional and Suzuki as a method of teaching. Since 2019 she has been one of the Music Directors of the Arts Docta International Music Festival, giving lessons, group classes, and chamber music coaching, working with students from the USA, France, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador among others. She has given masterclasses, workshops, and performances in the USA, Europe, and Latin America. Being fluent in Spanish and English as well as having knowledge of Portuguese allows her to connect with a wide spectrum of students, facilitating her to understand their needs, cultures, and languages.

Silvia holds an Artists Diploma and MM in performance from Duquesne University. She has also developed a vast orchestral activity in orchestras in Argentina and in USA. At the present, she plays as a freelance musician in orchestras and ensembles in the area and is currently working in a new chamber music project as a member of the Ars Duo (cello-piano), ensemble created to reinforce the knowledge of new composers and contemporary works, focusing mainly on Argentinian repertoire.

Simon Kenneally is a singer/songwriter, composer who has established multiple musical projects and solo projects. He has recorded and released thirteen studio albums. He has performed thousands of shows across the country and has been commissioned multiple times to create original scores for plays at various playhouses. He studied classical guitar at the Dana School of Music focusing on music education. He also studied secondary education at Youngstown State University and has been teaching music theory and composition publicly and privately for over 20 years. Simon teaches Rock Band, Studio Recording and Production, ukulele, guitar, and piano to SMARTS students.

SMARTS Classes: Rock Band, Ukulele 101

Brendan McEvoy is a violinist, composer, and violist from Fowler, Ohio. He is in his third year at the Dana School of Music at YSU, pursuing a degree in Music Composition. Brendan has been playing the violin for 14 years, and has performed with the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Dana Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and at many local churches. He is also an active chamber musician as a violinist and violist, performing in duets, trios, and quartets playing works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Yun. He currently is the first violinist of the Ougheberrt Quartet at the Dana School of Music. As a composer, Brendan has had several original works and arrangements premiered by student chamber groups at Dana. His piece "Magisterial March" for wind ensemble received its premiere by the W. D. Packard Concert Band in Warren, Ohio in February 2020.

As a teacher, Brendan is the instructor for the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra's Strings of Joy program, a non-profit initiative that offers free violin lessons to Trumbull County students in grades 3-7. He has held this position for the last two years. In addition to the Strings of Joy program, Brendan also maintains a private studio of violin students.

Dance

SMARTS dance teachers work in studios all across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. They dance in a large variety of styles: Jazz, Modern, contemporary, Latin, African, Bollywood, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Tap.

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Hailey Gelzheiser is a dance educator and choreographer who has been bringing her love of movement to students at SMARTS since 2017. During her time at SMARTS, she has served as a Community Teaching Artist and as a dance educator for the SMARTS Empowers program. She graduated in 2019 from Youngstown State University with a B.A. in Dance Management, receiving an extensive education not only in dance technique and choreography, but also dance pedagogy. Along with teaching at SMARTS, Hailey is also the Artistic Director of the JCC School of Dance, an instructor at The Dancing School, and a choreographer for the Moon High School dance team. Dance is her passion, and she feels so lucky to be able to bring the joy of movement to her students every day.

Kat McGlothren Kat studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap with Laura Pelligrini, Karen Westerfield, and Becky Myhal at the Boardman Dance Institute for 10 years. She also studied at the Dance Institute at the University of Akron, with The White Mountain Dance Project, and at the State University of New York, Purchase. Kat has performed in several Youngstown Playhouse productions as a dancer, singer, and actor, including "A Chorus Line", "Cats", and "Young Frankenstein." She studied dance at The Ohio State University and Vocal Performance at YSU's Dana School of Music. Kat recently earned her Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing from YSU.

Sydney Moore is a senior at Youngstown State University studying Dance Management. She is currently a Student Assistant at SMARTS and will be teaching dance classes for the upcoming spring semester. Over the years at Youngstown State, she has participated in Dance Ensemble, showcasing her talents in modern and contemporary dance. This year, she served as the treasurer. Sydney attended high school at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her four years of high school, Sydney participated in many musicals as a dancer and while also playing small roles in plays in the performing arts program. Her dance training began at Amie’s Dance Academy in Forest Hills, PA, where she performed her senior solo to Defying Gravity from the Broadway show Wicked.

Taryn Patterson is a new teacher and student assistant at SMARTS, but she has been the Hip Hop teacher and choreographer at Kathi's Dance & Gym Center for 3 years. Taryn danced at Kathi’s for the last 18 years, where she received training in all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Pointe. During her senior year at Kathi’s, she passed her Cecchetti Level VI Exam. Taryn graduated in the top ten of her class from East Palestine High School in 2019. She is currently pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance at Youngstown State University as a member of the Honors College to help and inspire others through the arts. She is also the Secretary of YSU’s Dance Ensemble, and is a new member of both YSU's Competitive and Performance Hip Hop Teams. Taryn is very grateful for the opportunity to work at SMARTS, and she is looking forward to what the future has in store for her!

Margie Rapp

SMARTS Community Teaching: Dance, Liberty High School

 

Dagmar Stahl is currently in her fourth year at Youngstown State University working to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Management. She currently teaches at The Pennsylvania Dance company and is a student worker at SMARTS. Dagmar has also taught for Ballet Western Reserve, where she received her early dance training. During her time in high school, Dagmar received certificates in Bartenieff Fundamentals of movement. As a student at YSU, she has served as the treasurer for the Dance Ensemble, performed in their concert for four years, and choreographed for their show twice. In 2020 her piece, Danse Macabre de Femmes was chosen to be adjudicated at The American College Dance Association, but unfortunately was unable to be performed due to COVID. Dagmar has also been the recipient of the Kocinski award, given to students who have played a significant role in the Dance Ensemble and demonstrate academic integrity as well as artistry and creativity in the field of dance.

Theater

SMARTS theater teachers are prop and costume designers, directors, actors, playwrights, and storytellers.

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Amanda Beagle is a Warren, Ohio based singer/actor who has spent the greater part of her professional life invested in the development of young people through the arts. She has maintained a private vocal studio since 2001, both in the Warren/Youngstown area and New York City. She has been on faculty with music schools in New York City and South Orange, New Jersey serving a diverse body of students. An experienced theatre teaching artist, she has also trained extensively with Lincoln Center Education, The Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department and The City College of New York in educational theatre and teaching artistry.  Ms. Beagle currently serves on the Musical Theatre voice faculty at Youngstown State University.

Amanda's history with SMARTS dates back to 2001 when she was a sophomore vocal performance major at Youngstown State University. During that time, she worked on a SMARTS team that facilitated the Metropolitan Opera Guild's education program called Creating an Original Opera in which students wrote, produced and performed their own works of musical theatre. SMARTS was also Amanda's community service platform as she competed for the job of Miss Ohio.

 

Jeremiah Kibler is a stage actor, writer, and director with over 16 years of experience in community and professional theatre in the Mahoning Valley. With a background in engineering and a lifelong love of all things theatre, Jeremiah is a well-rounded individual with a passion for teaching. Jeremiah is a theater teacher at SMARTS and is currently studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at Youngstown State University.

Savannah Teter graduated from WV Wesleyan College with a BA in Theatre Arts: Acting/Directing. Since then, she has been working as the theatre instructor at the Youngstown JCC teaching improv and directing plays for children. She has also taught acting classes at the Youngstown Playhouse. When she's not teaching, she is actively auditioning for professional theatre companies.

Creative Writing

SMARTS creative writing teachers choose their own adventures, study heroes and villains, solve mysteries, and more.

Christiana Peterson is the author of two non-fiction books, many essays, and a few poems. She has written about the mystics, motherhood, fairytales and death at such places as Christianity Today, Christian Century, and Geez Magazine. She has taught a few writing workshops for elementary students and adults and has been a speaker at universities and conferences. Christiana has a BA in English from Abilene Christian University. She received a Masters in Theology and a PhD in Creative Writing from St Andrews University. She sings, plays a bit of guitar and leads worship at the church where her husband pastors. They have four children.

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Kara Zone likes to make words and pictures. As a writer and an artist, she enjoys spilling her emotions out on a page or a canvas just to see what they look like. Sometimes they are a chaotic mess, and sometimes they are a beautiful mess, but it's always great because they get out of her head and heart, and she can examine them closer.

​She enjoys digital art as much as physical art. She says that digital art gives you the freedom to try something in a hundred ways if need be, and then you get to print it out or save it forever.

 

Becky Keck, SMARTS President.

SMARTS Circle Members: Myra Vitto, President; Paul Garchar, Vice President; Nicole Ramson, Treasurer; Misty Hazy, Secretary; Christine Rhoades, Past President; Denise Holt, Bergen Giordani, Alura Webb, and John A. McNally IV.

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