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Education Staff Profiles

Education staff, July 2013. Photograph by Maggie Downing

Education staff, July 2013. Photograph by Maggie Downing

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.

Mary Ann Bonet

Whitney-Columbia Teachers College Research Fellow

Mary Ann is a research fellow dedicated to investigating the long-term impacts of intensive teen programs in contemporary art museums via a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, as part of a three-year national study housed at the Whitney Museum.  

Hannie Chia

Hannie coordinates and oversees programs for teens, including Youth Insights and drop-in events. Before joining the Whitney’s Education Department, Hannie worked at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in various capacities, most recently as the Programs Manager. In this role, she oversaw Group Visits, School Partnerships, Family Programs, and Teen Programs.

Correna Cohen
Youth Programs Fellow

Prior to joining the Whitney’s Education Department in September 2012, Correna was the 2012 summer intern for Youth Programs. Correna assists with the coordination of Youth Programs, providing administrative backup and helping to run the Youth Insights program and teen events at the Museum.

Daniela Fifi

Teen Programs Research Coordinating Fellow

Daniela is the project coordinator for a national research project investigating the long-term impacts of intensive teen programs in contemporary art museums, a three-year study conducted in partnership with the Walker Art Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.  

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
Manager 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.

Meredith Martin
Assistant to School Programs

Meredith works primarily with the K−12 students and teachers who visit the Whitney. She is responsible for scheduling both school and private group tours and coordinating these tours with the Whitney’s freelance educators. 

Heather Maxson
Manager 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.

Gene McHugh
Interpretation Fellow

Gene’s work focuses on research and exhibition interpretation for gallery and online audiences. He produces interpretive materials for the Museum’s exhibitions and collection displays, including video and web projects.

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. Her main role is to assist in coordinating all Family Programs and to register families who come to the Museum for weekday and weekend family tours, workshops, classes, and events. Jamie also assists the Manager 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.

Ai Wee Seow
Coordinator of School and educator Programs

Ai Wee 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 eleven freelance museum educators. Ai Wee is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Education.

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
Coordinator 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.