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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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Bosco, Senior Educator & Program Manager
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. She is a board member for theater company KJK Productions, town soccer and Habitat for Humanity. Linda supervises programs in Westchester, Connecticut and other metro areas outside of NYC.
Annabelle Rolland, Senior 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.
Felicia Walcott, Senior 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.
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.
Heather Berkowe, Educator
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.
Zoe McWhirter, Educator
Zoe grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Anthropology. Following graduation, she moved to NYC where she was a program assistant for a museum service organization as well as an educator for ArchForKids. In 2018 she moved to Scotland to complete a Masters degree in Human Osteoarchaeology from the University of Edinburgh. Now back in New York, Zoe is thrilled to be a part of the ArchForKids team again.
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 a teacher at a New York City public school, who works for ArchForKids summers and weekends. She was formerly an educator for the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau. An accomplished artist and designer, she paints, sketches and crafts. Peta holds a B.S. in business administration from Mercy College and received her graduate degree and teaching certification through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. With ArchForKids, she enjoys enabling young people to explore their ideas and inner talents.
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.
Julia Santoli, Educator
Asal Shakeri, Educator
Kathy Tzortzidis, Educator
Karen Orloff, Co-Founder and Consultant
Karen Orloff has a B.A. in mathematics and psychology from Colby College, followed by architecture/interior coursework at UCLA. She spent the next 10 years working at architectural 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 for the Built Environment. She co-founded ArchForKids in 2013. Due to a recent relocation, Karen is no longer involved in day-to-day operations, but remains involved as a curriculum consultant.