Meet Our Staff
For General Information, please contact us at: 610.374.4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyssa Hossler | Camp Director
Alyssa Hossler is an industrial designer currently attending Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College of Design. Alyssa has also studied at Nuova Accadamia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, Italy and completed a collaborative design project at the Köln International School of design in Köln, Germany. Her love for art, design, and jewelry-making is what drew her initial interest to the GoggleWorks community. Alyssa will pursue a career in product design upon graduating in 2015.
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Krickett Yetter | Finance Director
Krickett received a BS in Business Administration Accounting from Bloomsburg in 1985. She worked in finical department in many different organizations including Ernst and Whinney, Saint Joseph Hospital, R. J. Caron Foundation, Reinsel & Company and The Rose Corporation TRC Services, Inc. She has taught Financial and Managerial Accounting at the Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College and prior to joining the GoggleWorks team she was a Banquet Hall Manager for the Lincoln Park Fire Company. Krickett enjoys volunteering at various agencies including the Heatland Hospice, Berks County Solid Waste Authority Recycling and Collection Events, and at the Lincoln Park Fire Company Monthly Breakfasts.
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Lauralynn White | Gallery Director
Lauralynn White has been a member of the GoggleWorks team since October 2010. She began as Gallery Coordinator and was made Gallery Director in November of 2011. She has worked for over 10 years in management and public relations. She has completed a variety of freelance projects as a fine artist and illustrator including Mother Nature´sDaughter by P.S. Lutz. Lauralynn is a an exhibiting artist associated with the National Association of Women Artists, NYC, the Visual Arts in Chautauqua, NY, and the Allied Arts Association of America. She shows extensively in the United States and has most recently exhibited in the Museo Dabwenyo, Philippines, and the Volkhochschule, Reutlingen, DE, Geramany. Lauralynn attended Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, and graduated Magna cum laude with a BFA in Illustration and Art History.
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James Pastore | Ceramics Studio Manager
A New Jersey native, James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. James has taught at numerous art centers throughout the country and is a utilitarian potter. Prior to joining GoggleWorks, James worked at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. In his work, James uses historical archetypes paired with contemporary design to allow functional pots to enter our daily life.
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Margaret Elaine Murphy | Facilities Coordinator
Margaret has been working at GoggleWorks since 2005 and has been involved in many areas of the organization, including front desk, theatre, Program Department and was the Assistant Gallery Director for Outsider Folk Art Gallery, previously located on the 5th floor at GoggleWorks. She currently serves as Facilities Coordinator, renting the facility for various events and weddings.
Prior to joining GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in September, 2005, Margaret had recently moved home to Pennsylvania two years after receiving her B.F.A. in Painting (cum lade) from Savannah College of Art and Design (2003).
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Tim Lash | Facilities Director
Tim Lash is a native of Reading, PA ,and currently resides in Mohnton, PA. Prior to joining GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in August 2005, Tim was Building Maintenance Manager for National Brands Center from 1985-2005. This position required Tim´s experience in electrical, plumbing, heating and building maintenance. Affiliated companies included Fromm Electric, Construction Fasteners, SFS Intec and S&F Real Estate. From 1968-1985, Tim worked at Talbott Knitting Mills in the maintenance department and attended Berks Vocational Technical School for electrical training and acquired a electrical license in 1979 and in 1980 he became maintenance supervisor.
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Scott Krenitsky | Glassblower/Studio Manager
Scott Krenitsky, GoggleWorks Glass Studio Manager, was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA. He received his BFA in glass from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in 2000. He lives in Reading where he pursues his love for creating glass art as a glassblower, instructor and manager of the Glass Studio at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art facility perfect for cold-working, fusing, kiln casting, flame-working, stained glass, hot casting and glassblowing. Transparency, light, optics, shape, form, texture and color all play vital roles in Scott’s glass designs as he creates one-of-a-kind pieces of art glass that are owned and exhibited worldwide. His work captures the true magnificence of super-cooled liquid glass whether he is expressing his visions through functional vessels or exotic sculptural forms.
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Kristin Kramer | Director of Marketing & Development
Kristin joined GoggleWorks in 2009 bringing with her a diverse background in communications, public relations, marketing, event planning and development. She earned her BA in Journalism from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. She has worked on regional and national marketing/public relation campaigns and events including for nonprofit clients, while employed at a full-service communications agency in Boston, MA. As Editor-in-Chief of Berks County Living, she managed the monthly regional lifestyle magazine. She assisted with developing and expanding the brand of the magazine by building a valuable network within Berks County and beyond, partnering with area organizations and businesses, and sponsoring events. As part of the Corporate Communications team for Sovereign Bank, Kristin managed the monthly employee magazine and spearheaded a 13-city series of economic forums attended by hundreds of community and business leaders throughout the northeast. She is also been very active with the Greater Reading Young Professionals (GRYP) and currently serves as the organization´s board president.
At GoggleWorks, Kristin oversees communications, advertising and PR for the community arts center as a whole, as well as for multiple areas including classes and workshops, special events, studio and facility rentals, exhibitions, GoggleWorks Store and memberships as well as helps with development efforts and grant writing.
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Penny Golden | Store Manager
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in art education, Penny taught high-elective art at Hamburg High School. In the intervening years, she has been involved in many volunteer experiences, mostly with the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, the Reading Public Museum, Penn State Berks and the Greater Berks Food Bank. Penny joined the Auxiliary Board of the Reading Hospital in the late 1970s and she served as Board President for a two-year term in the 1990s and sat on the Board of the Reading Hospital and Medical and Center. Penny was involved at the Reading Public Museum in several ways, serving on the Board, the Friends of the Reading Museum Board and as a docent.
During the six years Penny has been involved with GoggleWorks she revamped the Store and added many more consignors, along with other items that fit with the mission of GoggleWorks. Most recently, she chaired arts festival READING, the first arts festival in Reading hosted by GoggleWorks. The first year was most successful and it will be a continuing fundraiser for GoggleWorks.
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Judy Gauker | Information Desk Manager
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Brian Foreman | Program Director
A native of Berks County, Brian graduated from Wilson High School, West Lawn, PA, and attended West Chester University, where he earned his BFA in Graphic Design. Brian then pursued his dream of teaching art by earning his Teaching License from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA, and teaching art at Wilson High School for several years. Brian has developed and run many art programs throughout the county, specifically with his former employer, the Berks County Youth Center and Family Immigration Shelter before joining the GoggleWorks staff in 2012.
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Cindy Boscov | Volunteer Coordinator & Special Events Liaison
Cindy joined GoggleWorks in 2008 as the Volunteer Coordinator & Special Events Liaison. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a substitute teacher while assisting numerous educational and non-profit organizations with various fundraising efforts. She also brings unique career experience from both education and business to the organization. Cindy is constantly inspired by the dedication and positive attitude of volunteers. She feels that volunteering is not only immensely rewarding but that it truly makes an incredible difference to an organization, and in our case, in the lives of children.
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Phil Walz | Executive Director
For more than 30 years, Phil Walz has worked in non-profit leadership positions in the arts, culture, cultural planning, and capital development in Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in October, 2012, Walz managed the Greater Akron Musical Association (2009-2012) and New Hampshire Music Festival (1981-87).
From 1991-2005, Walz served as Executive Director for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts where he launched new programs including: the Giant Puppet Procession (1992), First Night State College (1994) and the Italian Street Painting Festival (2001). Beginning in 1995, Walz and Ernie DiMartino formed the First Night State College Ice Sculptors and began contracting outreach services to new stand-alone ice events in Chambersburg, Lewisburg, Lewistown, and Lititz, PA, all of which continue to this day. Separately, the CPFA Giant Puppet Procession Team annually served the needs of the Detroit Festival of the Arts, a project of Midtown Detroit, from 1994-2005.
Walz served as Director of Development/Capital Campaign Director for Plymouth, NH, State University´s (1987-91) first major capital campaign to build The Silver Cultural Arts Center, which consisted of a public-private partnership totaling over $10 million. He served in a comparable position for Rockland, Maine´s Island Institute (2005-08) where he managed the final phase of their $20 million “Sustaining A Way of Life” Campaign for “Maine Islands and Working Waterfronts” Capital Campaign.
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Meet Our Theatre Staff
Dennis Kohr | Theatre Manager
Born and raised in Lebanon, PA, Dennis is a graduate of Lebanon High School. In the 1960s, Dennis began his career in the music industry, working in audio and video for the next 30 years. In 1965, he started working part-time as a relief projectionist and stage hand at all the theatres in Lebanon. In the ?90s he turned to the theatres full-time, working as projectionist and manager as well as community theatres and stage hand for many touring shows. He later moved to Reading and worked for an educational film distributor for 19 years. After retiring in January 2006 he became manager and projectionist at the GoggleWorks Film Theatre.
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Meet Our Administrative Staff
Kim J. Hiester | Interim Administrative Coordinator
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