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The ArchForKids Team

Janny Gedeon, ArchForKids co-founder
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 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 janny@archforkids.com

Karen Orloff, ArchForKids co-founder
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 at UCLA.  After a professor hired her as a designer for his practice, she spent the next 10 years working at firms in Los Angeles and New York City. A deep 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 karen@archforkids.com

Partner Kathryn Slocum
Kathryn Slocum, Partner and Executive 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 (GHHN) and Jazz Forum Arts.  At ArchForKids, Kathryn handles the finances, marketing/website/social media, contracts and general administration. She can also assist with grants for ArchForKids services. Reach her at kathryn@archforkids.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 with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. Khuumba was recently elected Vice President of the National Conference of Artists (NCA), New York Chapter. Her motto is Creativity Saves Minds

Linda Bosco, Educator

Linda Bosco has a MA in Special Education from Manhattanville College and a BA in Elementary & Special Education from SUNY Old Westbury. She worked as a Special Ed teacher for 10 years. For the past 20 years she has been a parent producer for middle school plays/musicals and has run the greenhouse at Chappaqua’s Grafflin Elementary School. Linda has co-written two grants for hydroponics and aquaponics for both elementary and MS levels. She is a board member for theater company KJK Productions, town soccer and Habitat for Humanity. Linda is excited to bring out the curiosity and wonder of our future young builders and designers.

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.

Stephanie Grau
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. Committed to pursuing a career in education, Stephanie has been accepted into the Teacher-in-Residence program of the Achievement First charter school network. 

Anna Melo, Educator

Anna is a Brooklyn native with a passion for the arts. In 2018 she received BA in Art History from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, which she attended on a full tuition scholarship. She has worked as a tour guide and educator in both museums and classrooms all around the city. Anna is currently pursuing becoming a classroom teacher in order to share her love of music, art and history with young people.

Kersten Harris
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.

Educator Peta Patterson
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.

Educator Annabel Rolland
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.

Educator Simone Robins
Simone Robins, Educator

Simone grew up in Connecticut in a very design- and aesthetic-minded environment — her father is an architect and her mother an interior designer. She earned a BS in Psychology and minored in Art History at George Washington University in D.C. After college, Simone completed a 10-month Fulbright Grant teaching English to students in the Netherlands, where she fell in love with canal houses, biking and tulips. Now, Simone is pursuing her Masters in Museum Education at Bank Street College of Education. She is teaching in a variety of informal education spaces like museums and historic houses. When she isn’t teaching or studying, Simone enjoys baking bread, listening to podcasts, and exploring NYC.

Educator Julia Santoli
Julia Santoli, Educator
Julia is an interdisciplinary artist and educator (www.juliasantoli.net), with a BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has presented work at spaces ranging from Widow Jane Mine Cave to Queens Museum to residencies in Germany and Japan. In 2018, she was named artist in residence at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. Julia has over 5 years of experience teaching art in summer camps and afterschool programs in New York and abroad. She also completed internships as an educator and public programmer at the Rubin and Brooklyn museums.Julia loves learning through collaborating and sharing work with others, and sees teaching as vital extension of this process.
Educator Julia Santoli
Asal Shakeri, Educator
Asal is a multidisciplinary designer and educator from a diverse background; familiar with the tools to create, develop and implement unique stories and experiences for individuals and communities. She has a MA in Exhibition & Experience Design from SUNY FIT and BA in Graphic Design. For over 20 years she has worked as a designer with various companies, arts and cultural institutions in the US and abroad. Since 2012, she has been a consulting instructor and thesis judge with FIT graduate schools. With a deep passion for education, she has designed lesson plans and workshops for children in California and New York. As a lifetime learner, Asal loves to explore, experience and develop new teaching methods!
Educator Kathy Tzortzidis
Kathy Tzortzidis, Educator
Kathy graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in English and worked for over 10 years as a graphic designer, including a freelance position with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While being a stay-at-home mom for 5 years raising her two children, she received a Masters in Special Education from the College of New Rochelle. She then worked in the New York City schools as a Special Education teacher for grades K-3 for 20 years. In 2018 Kathy retired from teaching to join the ArchForKids team. This is a wonderful venue to continue working with young, eager and creative minds. 
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.