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The Usdan faculty is composed of renowned and experienced practitioners and instructors dedicated to encouraging students to be creative in every endeavor throughout their lives. The Usdan staff works year round to create a memorable, transformative summer experience for all students.

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Students

David Schecher

Executive Director

Lauren Brandt Schloss

Associate Executive Director

Andrew Copper

B.Mus., University of Illinois. M.Mus., Carnegie Mellon University. Fellow, European Mozart Academy. Hornist and chamber musician with performances throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. Contributor to A Collective Voice for Classical Music Today.

Coordinator of Electronic Media

Lafiya Watson Ramirez

Admissions Counselor and Bookkeeper

Yolanda Lebron

Director of Admissions and Student Placement

Kerry Barnhart

Admissions Counselor and Coordinator of Community Partnerships

Barbara Altman


Oscar Amaya


Anthony Amico

Interim Director of Development

JJ Lind

Assistant Director for Administration

Art Schaeffler

Office Staff

Megan Marino

Office Staff

Kyra Leeds

Long Island Bussing

Karla Aristy

Long Island Bussing

Courtney Kassinger


Julio Garcia

Director of Education

Jillian Greenberg

Registered Nurse

Sally Cappy

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth Scanello