Faculty

Making the arts available to the community

The Fine Arts Association’s faculty is one of the most highly qualified collection of instructors in northeast Ohio. Nearly all of our instructors are degreed in their particular craft, and have pursued specialized study in related areas. In addition to unquestionable educational background, many continue to perform in their art, thus bringing a new dimension of vitality and professionalism to the classroom.

Students of all ages continue to take classes in our expansive facility. From preschoolers through senior citizens, thousands of students have experienced the satisfaction of learning a new craft, or the excitement of performing Chopin on the piano.

Art Therapy

Diane Fleisch-Hughes MA, A.T., PC

Art Therapy

Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling, Ursuline College, (2014). Diane has been a visual arts instructor at Fine Arts since 2009 and has been receiving Art Therapy clients since June…

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Diane Meros MA, ATR-BC, ATCS

Diane has developed and conducted art therapy programs for children and adults with disabilities in school, residential and vocational settings. She has been active on state and national art therapy boards and…

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Sara Wasserman

Sara Wasserman has a wide range of skills as a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with all types of clients including children, adolescents, adults and families. She…

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Visual Arts

Diane Fleisch-Hughes MA, A.T., PC

Art Therapy

Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling, Ursuline College, (2014). Diane has been a visual arts instructor at Fine Arts since 2009 and has been receiving Art Therapy clients since June…

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Kathy Mercer

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and Associate of Applied Business in Graphic Arts, Lakeland Community College. Former Director and Preschool Teacher at St. Felicitas Preschool. Substitute teacher at Lakeland…

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Linda Merchant

Ms. Merchant holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Youngstown State University and a M.S. Degree in Special Education from National University, as well as teaching credentials in K-12 and Pre-K special education. …

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Sandy Patterson

M.A. & B.A. University of Louisville. Attended the Art Institute of Chicago on scholarship for 6 years. Taught at St. Xavier College , Chicago; Beverly Hills Fine Arts Association, Chicago; Rhode Island…

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Hannah Sandham

Ms. Sandham is a freelance design professional with a background in costuming, photography and social media marketing. She has a B.A. in Spanish and History from Grove City College and became a…

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Melissa Sextella

Melissa is a certified visual art teacher licensed to teach Pre-K through 12th grade. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University in…

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Dianne Stiver-Lang

Dianne Stiver- Lang earned her B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Ceramics, and a minor in Photography. She also earned an OSTNA (Ohio State…

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Brittany Weisbarth

Brittany Hoose Weisbarth earned her Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College where she learned most of her ceramic craft. Brittany continued her education at Cleveland State University and completed her…

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Dance

Kailei Fields

Kailei began dancing at the age of seven. She graduated from Lake Erie College with a BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology. She teaches a variety of dance forms including Hip…

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Lisa-Marie French

Lisa-Marie French began her professional career as a ballerina with McGill Danse of Montreal, Que. Upon return to the United States, she was Artistic Director of Ballet at a private studio in…

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Beatrice Hammett-Parker

Mrs. Parker’s training includes a multitude of dance forms including jazz, modern, African and other cultures around the world. She is also involved with The Fine Arts Association’s Sarah Weeden Richardson Minority…

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Rebecca Sanders

Rebecca holds her BFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University.  She trained in a variety of dance forms including African, jazz, ballet, tap, modern and character. Rebecca performed and taught…

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Janice Smith

As one of our Fine Arts dance instructors for many years, Janice Smith holds an advanced performance and teaching degree from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London England, including a…

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Brass

Dr. Bryan DePoy

Trumpet

Dr. Bryan DePoy, our instructor of trumpet, is also currently the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lake Erie College before which he was the dean of the College of Creative…

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Kenneth Hughes

Tuba / Euphonium

M.M. Northwestern University; B.M. Ohio State University. Retired from Conn-Selmer, Inc. and is a member of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland Civic Band and Heights Chamber Orchestra Seasonal Brass.

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Dr. Saunders Matthew

Trombone

Dr. Saunders has taught music from kindergarten to college in styles from madrigal to mariachi. Dr. Saunders is Professor of Music and music department chair at Lakeland Community College, where he also directs…

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Guitar

Denny Carleton

Guitar, Bass

Denny has taught guitar for many years, from beginners to more advanced students, always specializing in the creative aspect of playing, while teaching students the theory behind the instrument. He has written…

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George Gecik

Guitar, Electric Bass, Banjo

Master of Music coursework, Youngstown State University; BA in Music, Kent State University; Classic Guitar Studies with Aaron Shearer, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Sophocles Pappas. Narciso Yepes Master Classes in Paris, France 1975.…

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Alfredo Guerrieri

Piano, Bass Guitar, Upright String Bass, Guitar

An Acoustic/Electric Bassist, Pianist, and Guitarist, Alfredo has toured all over the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong. He has performed and/or recorded with an array of artists such as the Keith…

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Joe Wheelock

Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Piano

Joe Wheelock began his journey with music on the piano at the age of five with studies in jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms and the thought that music is a language and performing…

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Music Therapy

Becca Bankert MT-BC

Music Therapy

Becca received her post-Baccalaureate degree in MusicTherapy Equivalency from Baldwin Wallace University in 2016 and her B.S. degree in Music Education with a vocal concentration from Malone University in 2013. Becca is…

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Emily McDonald MT-BC

Music Therapy

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from The University of Akron and post-baccalaureate certification in Music Therapy from Cleveland State University. She became board-certified in October 2016 after completing…

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Danielle E. Musat MT-BC

Music Therapy

B.M in Music Therapy, minor in Psychology, Baldwin-Wallace College in 2000. She spent the first 3 years of her career working as a Music Therapist in a residential treatment facility for children and…

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Ann Marie Raddell MT-BC, NICU MT

Music Therapy

B.M., Music Therapy, University of Dayton. Board Certified Music Therapist, since 2006. Specialized certification in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy. Ann Marie completed her music therapy internship and first two years…

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Percussion

Greg Kochan

Percussion

Masters degree in Education., Cleveland State University; B.M.E., Bowling Green University. Mr. Kochan has thirty-seven years of teaching experience, most recently at Perry High School for twent-eight years. He is also a…

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Piano

Bella Brandelis

Piano/Violin

M.A. Cleveland State University , B. A. Moscow Conservatory. Member of Suburban Symphony Orchestra (violin). Suzuki teacher training in violin and piano. Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Ohio…

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Rita Cyvas-Kliorys

Piano

Rita Cyvas-Kliorys has knowledge of music from many different perspectives. Having received her B.A. in Piano Performance and Music Education from Cleveland State University, she is a successful pianist, organist, accompanist, teacher,…

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Alfredo Guerrieri

Piano, Bass Guitar, Upright String Bass, Guitar

An Acoustic/Electric Bassist, Pianist, and Guitarist, Alfredo has toured all over the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong. He has performed and/or recorded with an array of artists such as the Keith…

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Cliff Habian

Piano

The late jazz critic, Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times, said that “Cleveland has an engaging eclectic in Habian, everything switches around from cut to cut: the size of the band,…

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Sanni Kearns

Piano

Sanni Tenkku Kearns is delighted to be part of the Fine Arts tradition, providing a nurturing environment to enhance each individual’s development. As a dedicated piano and organ instructor with over 40…

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Barbara Klonowski

Piano

Graduate Studies, Cleveland Institute of Music; Peabody Conservatory of Music. Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance; four year talent scholarship. Chamber music, Bowdoin College. CIM Preparatory School. Piano studies with David Bean,…

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Feroza LaBonne

Suzuki & Traditional Piano

Piano Teaching Diplomas from both the Royal Schools of Music and the Trinity College of Music, London, UK. Her Masters Degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University-Cleveland Institute of Music…

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Darryl Lewis

Piano

Darryl Lewis is a singer, composer, playwright, actor and educator.  He currently holds a position at Kent State University in the department of Pan African Studies.  He is also the Music Director…

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Maryann Messina

Piano

Bachelor of Music Education, Cleveland State University (duel major in performance and education).  Studied piano with Andrius Kuprevicius and James Savage (Fine Arts founder).  Graduate classes in Piano Pedagogy taken for private…

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Dr. Timothy Minnis

Piano

D.M.A., Ohio State University, M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Has taught at Kenyon College, Ohio State, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Metropolitan Music School of New York City, where he was…

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Marge Syroney

Suzuki and Traditional Piano

Marge has her B.M. degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music; and both her B.S. in Education and M.M. degrees in Music Ed. are from the University of Akron. She did her…

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Joe Wheelock

Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Piano

Joe Wheelock began his journey with music on the piano at the age of five with studies in jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms and the thought that music is a language and performing…

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Strings

Bella Brandelis

Piano/Violin

M.A. Cleveland State University , B. A. Moscow Conservatory. Member of Suburban Symphony Orchestra (violin). Suzuki teacher training in violin and piano. Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Ohio…

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Natalia DePoy

Violin

Dr. Bryan DePoy, our instructor of the trumpet, is also currently the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lake Erie College. Before, he was the dean of the College of Creative…

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Jonathan (Skip) Edwards

Cello

Johnathan (Skip) attended CIM and the Berkeley College of Music. In addition to cello, Skip teaches piano and guitar as well as the upright & electric bass. In addition to teaching at…

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Lauren Godfrey

Suzuki and Traditional Violin

Lauren Godfrey is a product of the Fine Arts Association. She studied at the Fine Arts with Maurice Wolfson of the Cleveland Orchestra while she was a student at Mentor High School.…

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Alfredo Guerrieri

Piano, Bass Guitar, Upright String Bass, Guitar

An Acoustic/Electric Bassist, Pianist, and Guitarist, Alfredo has toured all over the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong. He has performed and/or recorded with an array of artists such as the Keith…

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Dr. Carol Linsenmeier

Suzuki & Traditional Violin/Viola/Fiddle, Cello

Dr. Carol Linsenmeier received her Ph.D. in Special Education Research from Kent State University; A Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia; A Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from…

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Suzuki

Bella Brandelis

Piano/Violin

M.A. Cleveland State University , B. A. Moscow Conservatory. Member of Suburban Symphony Orchestra (violin). Suzuki teacher training in violin and piano. Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Ohio…

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Lauren Godfrey

Suzuki and Traditional Violin

Lauren Godfrey is a product of the Fine Arts Association. She studied at the Fine Arts with Maurice Wolfson of the Cleveland Orchestra while she was a student at Mentor High School.…

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Sanni Kearns

Piano

Sanni Tenkku Kearns is delighted to be part of the Fine Arts tradition, providing a nurturing environment to enhance each individual’s development. As a dedicated piano and organ instructor with over 40…

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Feroza LaBonne

Suzuki & Traditional Piano

Piano Teaching Diplomas from both the Royal Schools of Music and the Trinity College of Music, London, UK. Her Masters Degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University-Cleveland Institute of Music…

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Dr. Carol Linsenmeier

Suzuki & Traditional Violin/Viola/Fiddle, Cello

Dr. Carol Linsenmeier received her Ph.D. in Special Education Research from Kent State University; A Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia; A Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from…

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Marge Syroney

Suzuki and Traditional Piano

Marge has her B.M. degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music; and both her B.S. in Education and M.M. degrees in Music Ed. are from the University of Akron. She did her…

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Voice

Lauren Feola

Lauren M. Feola, a soprano, obtained her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at the University of Akron and studied with Dr. Laurie Lashbrook. During her studies at Akron, she performed…

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David Fuller

Voice

David W. Fuller holds a Master of Music Degree in Applied Voice from the Boston Conservatory of Music.  He was a finalist in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions and appeared…

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Bob Godfrey

Vocal Music

Bob Godfrey has been a music educator for over 40 years. During that span, he has found time to continue performing and has appeared in operas and musicals in North Eastern Ohio,…

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Darryl Lewis

Piano

Darryl Lewis is a singer, composer, playwright, actor and educator.  He currently holds a position at Kent State University in the department of Pan African Studies.  He is also the Music Director…

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Phyllis Speirs

Vocal Teacher and Coach

Phyllis Speirs majored in Vocal Performance at Kent State University and continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University. She is a featured soloist of opera, oratorios,…

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Woodwinds

Charles Baker

Clarinet

Charles Baker attended a Case Western Reserve University and received his B.M. from the Oberlin College Conservatory. He studied with Robert Marcellus, Alfred Zetzer, George Waln, Alois Heine, and Thomas Thompson. Charles…

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Judith Elias

Flute

Judith Elias received her B.M.E. from Youngstown State University and her Graduate study from Kent State University. She studied extensively with Maurice Sharp and Raymond DeMattia. In addition to being a member…

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Ed Michaels

Saxophone

As a tenor saxophonist, Ed Michaels regularly performs with the top musicians of Northeast Ohio, among them some of his former students. He has recorded a CD, entitled Going Beyond on the…

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Melissa Wallace

Music/Obo/English horn

Melissa Wallace is an oboist and English hornist native to the Cleveland area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master’s degree in Music from…

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Theatre

Doriann D'Apice

Doriann is an ELL (English Language Learners) teacher in Mentor Schools, working with kids from 14 different countries in grades kindergarten through fifth. She also teaches Intro to Humanities for adults up…

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Lisa-Marie French

Lisa-Marie French began her professional career as a ballerina with McGill Danse of Montreal, Que. Upon return to the United States, she was Artistic Director of Ballet at a private studio in…

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Dawn Hill

Dawn Hill has her B.S. degree from Miami University in K-Primary/Elementary Education with a concentration in Dramatic Expression. Her Master’s degree is in Elementary Administration from Cleveland State University.  Dawn has been…

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Sandy Kosovich Peck

Local actress appearing in many area theatre productions. Also directs youth theatre productions as well as instructs youth drama class. FAA Theatre Arts Camp Director, FAA Young Actors Ensemble Director, FAA Chili…

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Darryl Lewis

Piano

Darryl Lewis is a singer, composer, playwright, actor and educator.  He currently holds a position at Kent State University in the department of Pan African Studies.  He is also the Music Director…

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David Malinowski

B.A. Theatre, with minors in English and Philosophy, Ashland University. Active in Theatre as Actor, Teacher, Director and Stage Manager. Previous experience includes Theatre Teacher and Assistant Director at Stagecrafters Summer Theatre…

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Justin Steck

Justin completed his Dramatic Arts degree from Cleveland State University with concentrations in Acting, Directing and Theatre Education. As well as acting all over Cleveland, Justin has directed and taught for various…

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