Education Staff Profiles

Conceptual photo of the education staff

Education staff and summer interns, 2017. Photograph by Dina Helal

Hakimah Abdul-Fattah
Assistant to School and Educator Programs

Hakimah assists with all School and Educator Programs including Guided Tours for K-12 students, School Partnerships, and Teacher Exchange. Before joining the Education department, Hakimah was a curatorial intern at the Brooklyn Museum in the Arts of Africa department. She has also worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem in Development and the Director’s office and at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Education and Photographic Services. Additionally, she has taught ESL classes to kids in both France and Senegal, and has worked as an ESL and citizenship teacher for Vietnamese adults in New Jersey.

Justin Allen
ASSISTANT TO ACCESS AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Justin assists with development, administration, and delivery of the Whitney’s Access and Community Programs and contributes to research and outreach activities in the Museum’s downtown neighborhood. He has worked at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Creative Time, and the Cue Art Foundation. Before joining the Whitney’s Education department, Justin was the technical director at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.

Anne Byrd
Director of Interpretation and Research

Anne oversees the production of interpretive materials, including texts, videos, and audio programs. She began working at the Whitney as a Teaching Fellow in 2006, and has a PhD in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Elena Ketelsen González
Assistant to Family Programs

Elena assists in coordinating all Family Programs, Museum family tours, workshops, and events. Before joining the Education department, she was an educator at the Museum of The City of New York in Family and Community Programs and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She has also worked as a bilingual educator in a project based classroom at Castlebridge School.

Dina Helal
MANAGER OF EDUCATION RESOURCES

Dina produces education resources for onsite and online delivery. She joined the Education department in 1990 to coordinate and implement public education programs at the Whitney Museum at Altria. In 1995, she became head of School, Youth, and Family Programs, and from 1999–2008, she oversaw the planning, development, and evaluation of educational web content. Dina is a practicing artist.

Megan Heuer
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Megan develops and oversees all adult public programs, including artists’ talks, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and courses. Prior to joining the Whitney in 2014, she was a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she previously worked in the curatorial and education departments at the New Museum. She is completing a Ph.D. in art and archaeology at Princeton University.

Christine Howard Sandoval
COORDINATOR OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Christine coordinates and helps to develop all adult public programs, including artists’ talks, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and courses. Prior to joining the Whitney in 2017 she was faculty at The New School and Public Program Coordinator at CALL/CITY As Living Laboratory. Christine is also a practicing artist.

Dani Lencioni
MANAGER OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Dani manages the Education Department. She keeps everything running smoothly, assisting with administrative duties, managing the budget, and supporting the Education Committee. Prior to joining the Whitney’s Education department in November 2015 as Temporary School Programs Coordinator, Dani worked at The Public Theater and as a freelance teaching artist. Dani is also a musician and writer.

Heather Maxson
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL, YOUTH, AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Heather oversees all aspects of School, Youth, and Family Programs, including school visits and partnerships, teacher workshops, an annual summer institute for teachers, weekend family programs, and after-school teen programs.

Kathryn Potts
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, HELENA RUBINSTEIN CHAIR OF EDUCATION

Kathryn is responsible for directing all aspects of the Whitney's education programming for adults, school, youth, family, community, and access audiences. Kathryn also directs the Museum’s exhibition interpretation program, overseeing content for exhibition wall texts, multimedia guides, and the Museum’s video program featuring interviews with exhibiting artists. Kathryn joined the Museum in 1997.

Emma Quaytman
Assistant to Interpretation and Research

Emma assists in the coordination and implementation of all interpretive materials and as well as the Docent and Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program. Prior to joining the Education staff, she worked as an artist assistant, organized alumnae exhibitions at Barnard College, and was an intern in the Painting and Sculpture department at MoMA.

EDUARDO RESTREPO CASTAÑO
ASSISTANT TO TEEN PROGRAMS

Eduardo assists with the Whitney’s Youth Insights programs and drop-in teen events. Before joining the Education department, Eduardo taught after-school art programs at East Side House Settlement and Coalition for Hispanic Family Services. She is a practicing artist and the co-founder of Sweety’s, a collaborative artist project that organizes programming by and for artists of color.

Melissa Robles
Coordinator of School and Educator Programs

Melissa is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all guided school group tours for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as School Partnerships and multi-session projects with teachers and students. Additionally, she oversees a staff of freelance Museum educators. Before coming to the Whitney, Melissa worked as the Manager of Education Programs at the Children's Museum of the Arts, New York.

Dyeemah Simmons
COORDINATOR OF TEEN PROGRAMS

Dyeemah coordinates and develops the Whitney’s teen programs including Youth Insights and drop-in teen events. Before joining the Education department in September 2015, Dyeemah spent a year teaching art in Greece. She has also worked as an intern in the Education Department at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Ellen Tepfer
manager of docent and teaching fellow programs

Ellen oversees the Education department’s Docent and Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Program and the recruitment and training of new Docents and Teaching Fellows. Ellen has a long history with the Museum, both as an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program in Curatorial Studies and as a former Teaching Fellow. Ellen has a Ph.D. in Art History.

Billie Rae Vinson
SENIOR COORDINATOR OF FAMILY PROGRAMS

Billie coordinates and develops all things “family,” including family tours, workshops, courses, partnerships, and resource materials. She also creates and organizes all of the Whitney’s large-scale family events. Before joining the Education department in 2012, Billie completed the Intern Educator Program at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Sasha Wortzel
DIRECTOR OF ACCESS AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Sasha is responsible for creating policies, programs, and outreach initiatives to make the Whitney a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and abilities. Previously Sasha oversaw teen programs at the Whitney and worked in the education department at the New Museum. Sasha is also an artist and filmmaker.

Madison Zalopany
COORDINATOR OF ACCESS AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Madison coordinates development, administration, and delivery of the Whitney’s access and community programs, and contributes to research and outreach activities in the Museum’s downtown neighborhood. Prior to joining the department, she was an intern with Access and Community Programs in summer 2015.