Board of Trustees


Dr. Jack Devine

Vice President:

Marian Talese


Jane Charles


David Nahan

Jeff Barnes

Joanne Coffman

Tim Faherty

Suzanne Forrest

Janet Gabriel

Mary Garrett

Hillary Heywood

Hazel Kavle

Susan Matthews

Ruthann Meyer

Julie Nugent

Eleanor Raymond

Connie Smedley

Our Staff Members

Executive Director:

Rosalyn Lifshin

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Jill Watson

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Office Director/Front Desk:

Lynn Sullivan

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Graphic Artist/Front Desk:

Jenny Fischer

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Front Desk:

Merryl Cool

Gail Beckley

Our Teachers

Reid Alburger

Reid Alburger has a Bachelor’s of Music from George Mason University. He has over four decades of teaching experience. Reid has played, recorded and performed all over the country. Many of Reid’s former students are ‘working’ professionals.

Brooke Artz

Brooke Artz holds a BA in Dance with Arts Administration and a MAED in Special Education with LDT/C endorsements from the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Brooke has been on the OCAC staff for many years as a year-round dance instructor. She is also a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant for Hamilton Township School District. Each year is a new journey and watching the students grow into artists is her favorite part of the program! "To be is to do" -Socrates

Robert Boney

Robert Boney has been a professional drummer for 42 years and has been taught by & played with the area’s best musicians.

Frank Callio

Frank Callio has been teaching at the Arts Center for the past 16 years. He studied under Ed Pedrick and Eddie Wu.

Mary Alice Campanaro

I have been knitting since age 15, beginning with wool socks on 4 needles. I now work one day a week at The Knitting Niche in OC, NJ. I was a former teacher in elementary schools, at Widener University and Neumann College. “Knitting keeps me in stitches.”

Mary Ann Daly

Mary Ann Daly taught elementary school and worked with youth in various social service settings. Graduated from Rowan university with a degree in Elementary Ed & Geography. She has studied pottery with Sue Van Duyne since 2002.

Joe DiMatteo

Joe has been a ceramics instructor at OCAC since 2013. He’s long been inspired by Asian pottery, including Japanese tea wares of all influences, as well as Korean and Chinese porcelain and stoneware styles and forms. His work is an interpretation of these and forms from nature. His goal for students is for them to develop their basic skills, in which ever way they choose and to discover their own path with clay, imprinting their own influences and personality into their creations.

Jason Elia

Jason Elia has been teaching art for over 13 years, within various age groups and disciplines. He is currently the Ceramic Arts teacher at EHT High School.

Edward Fischer

Edward Fischer is a certified, seasoned Ballroom and Latin Dance instructor. His 20 years in Ballroom has allowed him to bring the elegance and tradition of Ballroom into a social setting that is fun! "Ballroom makes your bad days good and your good days great!"

Susan Irland

Susan Irland is an experienced facilitator in the arts, working in public school and college level environments. In part, Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio and Art History, and a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration with a Visual Arts focus and has completed additional graduate and undergraduate work.

Leland Kuchler

Leland Kuchler is a graduate from Glassboro State College with a BA and Master of Arts degrees in Music Education. He is a NJ & PA certified teacher with post graduate studies at West Chester State University, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ & Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Lee has chaired various music festivals in NJ and PA. He is retired from the music departments of the Bensalem School District, PA.

Renee Leopardi

Renee has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, she took an Advanced Painting workshop at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. Through her studies, she realized that painting with pastels has pushed her to explore and create more than she thought she could. Working with pastels has altered her overall painting style by giving it a turn toward impressionism. She finds inspiration in the local seasonal landscapes of southern New Jersey. She has exhibited in many local galleries and had a solo show at Village on High Gallery in Millville, NJ. She has won many awards for her artwork.

Ed McCabe

Ed McCabe has been a dedicated guitar instructor for over 25 years and has taught thousands of students of all ages. He has studied jazz harmony with Vincent Corrao, has been a session musician for Lifesong Records in NYC, has worked with producers Bruce Tergeson (Cream), Tom Dowd (Allman Bros.), and Cashman & West (Jim Croce). He also has worked and/or performed with members of the New York Rock Ensemble, E Street Band, Steely Dan and many more.

Charlotte Mitchell

Charlotte Mitchell is a certified Zumba instructor since 2009, with an extensive background in dance and choreography. She is an Ice Dancing coach for the Atlantic City Figure Skating Club and has a Gold Medal in Ice Dancing (United States Figure Skating Association). Licensed to teach Zumba-Gold and Zumba-Toning with weights.

Marie Natale

Marie Natale received her Master’s Degree from Rowan University in Art Education. She taught in public schools for 10 years and won the coveted “Teacher of the Year” award. Marie has designed her own clothing line with national and worldwide distribution. Specializing in watercolor painting, her work graces private collections around the world. She studied with "watercolor greats" Charles Reid, Mel Stabin, Alvaro Castagnet, and Joseph Zbukvic. Marie teaches workshops throughout the East coast and abroad.

Christine O'Brien

Christine O'Brien has been teaching Children's art classes at local art centers for over 17 years. She is an assistant teacher at Margate Community Church Nursery School, as well as owns a business called "Designit." She has a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Art from Stockton State College.

Michele Pasciullo

Michele Pasciullo studied Graphic Design at Cumberland County College but found her true passion creating mosaics in 2008. Inspired by the natural beauty of the coast and the feelings it evokes, Michele combines bright colors and interesting materials like glass and mirror to make happy vibrant designs. She has displayed and sold her work at many area venues as well as online.

Susan Rau

Susan Rau was raised in Ohio. She has spent her life painting. She works in art in various mediums and presently works primarily in the water mediums. She creates unique and unusual decorative items including furniture pieces and home decorations. Susan’s watercolors express her love of nature through working with colors, shapes and movements of design. Her works are included in many collections in the U.S. and abroad. Susan has been a teacher at the Ocean City Arts Center for many years.

Barbara Rosin

Barbara Rosin is a professional Philadelphia artist who studied at the University of PA, Tyler Art School and Fleisher Art Memorial. She has had several residencies at Vermont Studio Center as well as in France and Italy. Her work is in private collections across the U.S. and has been shown abroad in France and Italy. She specializes in painting commissions of landscapes. She has had more than 30 years of teaching adult students and enjoys helping them find their ‘inner creative spirit’.

Collette Smith

Collette Smith was born in New Jersey and attended Drexel University, completing a degree in Fashion Design. She and her husband then spent 2 years in Colombia as Peace Corps Volunteers. Upon returning to the U.S. she began serious work in clay. Taking various classes and workshops with known artists, she developed her own style. She has taught at The Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, Ct; The Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY; Baltimore Clayworks, MD; The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ; currently teaching here at the Ocean City Arts Center, NJ. She has exhibited her work in stores and galleries throughout the U.S. She recently received an award for “Feats of Clay” in Lincoln, CA. “I am increasingly pushing the limits of what clay can and cannot do…For me, clay is a journey and I hope to continue for as long as possible.”

Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson has been teaching guitar and bass for over 15 years. He has performed locally with The Mudsharks (rock), ‘Yo Man (reggae), The Bubba Mack Blues Band, The Blue Sky Jazz Trio and more. He has held teaching positions at Grassroots Music in Ocean City, Hambro’s Music in Northfield, Music Boutique in Somers Point, and The Richard Stockton College of NJ.