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Education Staff Profiles

Education staff, June 2014. Photograph by Edith Young

Education staff, June 2014. Photograph by Edith Young

Emily Arensman
Coordinator of Public Programs

Emily coordinates and produces all adult public programs, including artists' talks, lectures, panel discussions, and courses. She also manages the specialized gallery tours, lectures, and off-site collaborations making up our Senior Programs. Emily joined the Whitney education staff in 2010 and has a particular interest in American paintings.

Anne Byrd

Director of Interpretation
and Academic Programs

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. 

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 PhD in art and archaeology at Princeton University.

Danielle Linzer
Director of access and community programs

Danielle oversees institutional compliance and educational programs for people with disabilities at the Whitney, as well as community-based partnerships and outreach strategies for audiences that have traditionally been underserved by cultural institutions. She is also the project director for the Whitney’s research into long-term impacts of intensive teen programs in contemporary art museums.

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.

Pauline Noyes
Coordinator of School and educator Programs

Pauline is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all guided school group tours for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as multi-session projects with teachers and students, and school partnerships. Additionally, she oversees and trains a staff of freelance museum educators. Before joining the Whitney’s Education department, Pauline worked at the Rubin Museum, where she ran the high school and college programs and also worked in school and teacher programs.

Kathryn Potts
Associate Director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education

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

Jamie Rosenfeld
Education Assistant

Prior to joining the Whitney’s Education Department in September 2012, Jamie was an intern with School and Educator Programs for the 2011-2012 school year. Jamie assists in coordinating all Family Programs and to register families who come to the Museum for weekday and weekend family tours, workshops, classes, and events. She also assists with Youth Insights, the Whitney’s teen program, and helps the Director of School, Youth, and Family Programs with special projects.

Edward Salas

Assistant to Access and Community Programs

Edward assists with development, administration, and delivery of the Whitney’s accessible programs and community-based partnerships, and contributes to research and outreach activities in the Museum’s future neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. He is also a practicing artist.

Hannah Swihart
Department Manager

Hannah manages the education department. She keeps everything running smoothly, assisting with administrative duties, managing the budget, and supporting the Education Committee. Hannah joined the Whitney education staff in October 2013. 

Ellen Tepfer
Manager of the Docent Program and Teaching Fellows

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

Billie Rae Vinson
Coordinator of Family Programs

Billie joined the Whitney’s Education Department in August 2012. She 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. Billie recently completed the Intern Educator Program at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She worked as a freelance educator at Tate Britain before moving to New York in 2011.

Education staff, hard hat tour footwear, June 2014. Photograph by Edith Young

Education staff, hard hat tour footwear, June 2014. Photograph by Edith Young