Founder and Executive Director Lynn Schnurnberger was a Special Consultant in Education to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Founding Director of the Cloisters Summer Workshop Program. An artist whose work is included in worldwide collections, she has also written extensively about children’s issues for publications such as The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and New York magazine.
Program Director Brittany Sommer Katzin is an Education and Youth/Family Development Consultant. As Senior Curriculum Specialist in the Content & Curriculum and Community & Family Engagement departments at Sesame Workshop, Brittany developed the content and age-appropriate UI for websites, interactive games, and other digital assets for Sesame Street, as well as created educational content for multimedia outreach initiatives, including projects addressing childhood resilience, the needs of military families, children of incarcerated parents, and healthy habits. Brittany holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University.
Program Manager Madeleine Kelsey is an artist, writer, and yoga teacher with extensive experience teaching acting and yoga to children. Madeleine is also a professional actress with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of the West of England.
Special Consultant Melanie Adsit has worked in the education departments of The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Morgan Library, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Melanie holds a BA in Art and Psychology from Boston University and a MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her thesis was on special needs children.
Evaluator Dana Freed, a certified school psychologist, is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Rutgers University, and an Adjunct Instructor in the CUNY Brooklyn College School Psychology Graduate Program. She has also been involved as a mentor to a young woman in foster care for the past nine years.