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Education Staff Profiles

Thermal image of Education staff from Laura Poitras, Last Seen, 2016. Photograph by Cody Lee

Thermal image of Education staff from Laura Poitras, Last Seen, 2016. Photograph by Cody Lee

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. 

Lily Foster

Manager of Public Programs
and Public Engagement

Lily coordinates and produces all adult public programs, including artists' talks, lectures, panel discussions, and courses. Before joining the Whitney’s Education department, she worked for several years as an Associate at the investment and technology firm D.E. Shaw and then received her PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute in London.

Shaniece Frank

Assistant to School and Educator Programs

Shaniece assists with all School and Educator programs, tours, and art-making workshops. She has been part of the Whitney since 2009 when she joined Youth Insights while attending high school at Gotham Professional Arts Academy. 

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.

Anna Kay

Assistant to Family Programs

Anna assists in coordinating all Family Programs, Museum family tours, workshops, and events. She also helps the Director of School, Youth, and Family Programs with special projects. Prior to joining the Education department, Anna was the Programming Assistant at Recess, a non-profit artist space in New York City.

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.

Director of access and community programs

The Director of Access and Community Programs 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. 

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.

Jamie Rosenfeld

COORDINATOR OF SCHOOL AND EDUCATOR PROGRAMS

Jamie 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. Jamie joined the Education team as an intern in 2011 and was hired as Education Assistant for Family Programs in 2012.

Dyeemah Simmons

Assistant to Teen Programs

Dyeemah assists with all aspects of the Whitney’s Youth Insights programs 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.

M’kina Tapscott

Coordinator of Access and Community Programs

M’kina is responsible for building and sustaining outreach for audiences that have traditionally been underserved by cultural institutions. She also creates educational opportunities that go beyond the single museum visit, bringing art, ideas, and dialogue to classrooms, senior centers, and community-based organizations around the city. Before joining the Education department in 2016, M’kina was a visiting Professor at Texas Southern University and curatorial assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  

Ellen Tepfer
Manager of the Docent Program and Teaching Fellows

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
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

Coordinator of Teen Programs

Sasha develops and produces the Whitney’s teen programs, including Youth Insights and drop-in events. Before joining the Education department, Sasha worked at the New Museum where she coordinated the G: Class and High School Programs. She formed partnerships with New York City public high schools and community based organizations and taught the afterschool program for teens. Sasha is also a filmmaker.

Madison Zalopany

Assistant to Access and Community Programs

Madison 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. Prior to joining the department, she was an intern with Access and Community Programs in summer 2015.