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The ArchForKids Team
Janny Gédéon, Co-Founder and Design Facilitator
Janny Gédéon has a B.S. in architecture from the City College of New York and a M.S. in urban planning from Hunter College. In 1997, she participated in a Brooklyn middle school career day. There she was alarmed by the number of students who thought that school was not relevant to their lives. That experience inspired Janny to pursue a career that combined her passions for architecture and teaching. For nearly 20 years, Janny has been a highly regarded Architect-Educator in schools, community centers, and arts organizations throughout the metro NY region. She is also led teacher training workshops under the auspices of the NYC Department of Education, Carnegie Mellon, MIT Museum, the NYC YMCA, and many individual schools in the metro area. Reach her at email@example.com
Karen Orloff, Co-Founder and Design Facilitator
Karen Orloff has a B.A. in mathematics and psychology from Colby College, followed by architecture/interior coursework design at UCLA. After a professor hired her as a designer for his downtown office, she spent the next 10 years working at firms in Los Angeles and New York City. An interest in education inspired a career switch to teaching environmental education for the New York Botanical Garden. Then for six years, she taught for the Salvadori Center, where she helped schoolchildren and their teachers see the beauty of math and science through architectural investigations. At ArchForKids, Karen believes there is no better classroom than the world around us. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Slocum, Partner and Managing Director
Kathryn Slocum has more than 25 years of experience as a senior staff member for cultural and educational organizations. Formerly the Director of Development for the Architectural League of New York, she has also worked at the Hudson River Museum, MASS MoCA, Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, Kathryn serves on the boards of Greater Hudson Heritage Network of Historical Agencies & Museums and Jazz Forum Arts. At ArchForKids, Kathryn handles the finances, marketing/website/social media, contracts and general administration of the organization. She can also assist with grants for ArchForKids services. Reach her at email@example.com
Elena Herrera, Senior Educator
Elena graduated from Pomona College with a degree in psychology. She has over 20 years experience as a public affairs executive in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors in New York and Washington, D.C. Most recently she has been involved in arts education as a volunteer in New York and Philadelphia public schools and at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. At the Barnes she worked with staff and other volunteers to develop programs and activities for family programs, newly created when the institution moved to the city’s museum district in 2012. Elena also designs and crafts her own line of jewelry, see it here.
Nicholas Maluf, Senior Educator
Nick grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York and has lived there for most of his life. He was a student at Oberlin College for two years and is currently completing his undergraduate degree in new media at Purchase College. Previously, he interned at P.S. 316 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a counselor at Brooklyn’s Trail Blazer Camp as well as the Cavalier Camp located at the Harvey School in Katonah, NY.
Khuumba Ama, Educator
Khuumba was born in Savannah, Georgia. She has been a proud resident of Harlem NY for many years. A multi-media artist whose work has been exhibited internationally, she is also a master Reiki therapist and certified peer counselor. Similar to how she mixes her crafts – painting, photography/film making, design – Khuumba has found unique ways to blend her skills as a teaching artist. In addition to working with young people, she designed a program for seniors challenged with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. Khuumba’s motto is “Creativity Saves Minds.” She is happy to be a part of the ArchForKids community.
Nancy Delmerico, Educator
Nancy is a versatile artist with more than 30 years’ experience in graphic design and a lifelong love of photography. Her design work runs the gamut from identity programs to brochures, posters, ads, publishing, exhibit signage and more. In addition, Nancy introduced Art Adventures, a successful artist-in-residence program in Dobbs Ferry. It introduces young children to the beauty and wonders of visual art. She has also served as a Trustee on the Dobbs Ferry Village Board, and volunteers for the Conservation Advisory Board, Architectural Review Board, and Waterfront Committee. Nancy holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Moicherie Francis, Educator
Moicherie received her B.S. in psychology from Lehman College. She works as a substitute teacher in Mount Vernon public schools in addition to working for ArchForKids. Creative and interested in the arts, she loves to engage and assist children and enjoys a challenge. Moicherie’s future plans include law school.
Stephanie Grau, Educator
Stephanie was born and raised in Yonkers, NY. She attended Saunders Trades and Technical High School, where she studied – and received a NOCTI certification – in architecture. In 2018, she received her B.A. in English and Communications from the University at Albany. Stephanie loves working with children and being a staff member of ArchforKids.
Amy Graydon, Educator
Amy has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University. She has been in private practice as an architect for over 30 years. Amy views design as an excellent way to teach problem solving skills, which can be applied to all aspects of our lives. She is very excited to share her love of architecture and New York City with children through ArchForKids.
Kersten Harries, Educator
Kersten has a B.F.A. and B.Arch. from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Bologna. For the last 15 years, she has enjoyed working as an architect, teaching and volunteering both in the USA and abroad – Italy, Mexico and Spain. Her current work with ArchForKids allows Kersten to be continuously inspired by the creativity, knowledge and fun that architectural education can spark.
Kathleen Murphy, Educator
Kathleen has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds two Masters degrees, the first in Psychology and the second in Educational Counseling Psychology, both from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has over 16 years’ experience working as a school counselor for the NYC Department of Education. Kathleen is delighted to join the staff and use her skills working with children.
Peta Gay Patterson, Educator
Peta is an educator for the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and a substitute teacher in Mount Vernon’s public schools. An accomplished artist and designer, she paints, sketches and crafts. At ArchForKids programs, she enjoys enabling young people to explore their ideas and inner talents. Peta holds a B.S. in business administration from Mercy College and has started the NYC Teaching Fellows program.
Annabelle Rolland, Educator
Annabelle studied at Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Saint-Luc in Brussels and is a certified architect in Belgium. She practices architecture in Hastings-on-Hudson and has taught art, design and French over the years. She enjoys both the architectural and the teaching world, as well as how the two feed off of one another. Her design background enables her to see the world differently. She wishes to train others’ eyes in this way so that they notice wonderful packaging, the crazy architecture of a pineapple or the hundred ways there are to build a trivet.
Julia Santoli, Educator
Felicia Walcott, Educator
Felicia was born in Brooklyn and has lived there all her life. With a lifetime love of art and teaching, she completed her B.F.A in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College. She is also a certified ESL teacher. Felicia has a passion for developing children’s love of knowledge through tutoring English as a Second Language and teaching art programs throughout New York City.