Education Staff Profiles

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Education staff and summer interns, 2019. Photograph by Izzy Dow

Justin Allen

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. 

Camila Caycedo
Assistant to Family Programs

Camila assists in coordinating all Family Programs, Museum family tours, workshops, and events. Before joining the Education department, Camila was an Art Studio Leader at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Her passion is working with children.

Izzy Dow
Assistant to Public Programs

Izzy assists with the planning and implementation of Public Programs, including artist-created events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, symposia, and courses. Izzy was a Whitney summer intern in 2016 and she has also worked in School and Family Programs. Prior to joining the Education department, she was a teaching artist at the Chicago History Museum and ArtReach Chicago community art center.

Andrew Hawkes
Coordinator of Public Programs & Public Engagement

Andrew coordinates public programs, including artists’ talks, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and courses. Prior to joining the Whitney in 2018, he was the public programs assistant at the Brooklyn Museum.

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.

Midrene Lamy
Assistant to Teen Programs

Midrene assists with the Whitney’s Teen and Youth Insights programs as well as drop-in teen events. Before joining the Education department, Midrene completed a Museum Education Fellowship at the Brooklyn Museum and worked as a freelance educator in New York City museums. She is a practicing artist.

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.

Laura Protzel
Coordinator of Family Programs

Laura 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, Laura was the Director of Kids and Community Programs at Artshack in Brooklyn. She is a practicing artist.

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.

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.

Monica Sekaquaptewa
Assistant to School and Educator Programs

Monica assists with all School and Educator Programs including Guided Tours for K-12 students, School Partnerships, and Teacher Exchange. Monica was a Whitney summer intern with School and Educator Programs in 2018.

Dyeemah Simmons
Director of Access and Community Programs

Dyeemah 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. Dyeemah joined the Education department as the Assistant to Teen Programs in 2015 and became the Coordinator of Teen Programs in 2016. She is a practicing photographer.

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.