Meet Our Staff
Levi Landis | Executive Director
Levi Landis is an experienced nonprofit executive with over 14 years experience in management, fund development, administration, and education. Before joining GoggleWorks, he was the Director of Business Operations at The Center for Art in Wood, which has been recognized internationally by artists, collectors, scholars and the public as one of the most valuable resources in the field of wood art. Prior to his work in the visual arts, Levi was the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS), which has brought folk music and art to the Greater Philadelphia area for over 50 years. The Philadelphia Folk Festival, the premier program of PFS, is the longest continuously running festival of its size and scope in the country.
Levi holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Villanova University. He is also the Founder and CEO of Floating Festivals, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to producing high-quality festivals and cultural programs that celebrate and engage communities. He serves on the Board of Rock to the Future, which provides music education to thousands of students in Philadelphia’s underserved neighborhoods. Levi began his nonprofit career during his undergraduate studies, by founding Emmaus Inc., a community center in Gettysburg, PA, which housed performing and visual arts programs as well as a thrift store, 300-seat venue, staff housing, and a bowling alley. He is an established recording artist and touring musical performer who has continued to develop his previous education in music and visual arts- ceramics, graphic design, and illustration- as well as theatre, media, and audio production.
Mike Castor | Director of Finance
Mike joined GoggleWorks in November 2016. Since returning to Lancaster County in 2001, he has worked as VP of Franchising at Superior Walls, VP of Finance and Administration at Clean Burn, and Director of Operations at Kitchen Kettle Village. With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, he brings over 25 years of experience in finance, management and organizational improvement.
He has been married to his best friend and wife, Jill, for over 25 years and has three children, two of which still occupy much of his time with their musical and theatrical pursuits. In his free time, he likes to play handyman around the house and travel to Haiti with teams, providing aid and humanitarian relief.
Jamie Smith | Director of Adminstration
Jamie is a Berks County native and graduate of Hamburg Area High School. Following completion of a BA in English at West Chester University, she worked in the marketing department of Animas Corporation, an insulin pump manufacturer in West Chester, PA. Before joining GoggleWorks in December 2013, she was Associate Director of the West Chester University Poetry Center, where she coordinated the annual WCU poetry conference. She volunteers for several non-profit organizations, including the Eastern Kentucky Animal Rescue, where she assists in the transportation of dogs from shelters in Kentucky to homes in Pennsylvania and New York; and the Chester County OIC as an ESL tutor.
James Pastore | Director of Program Operations
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. Website: jamespastore.com
Margaret Elaine Murphy | Event Rentals Director
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 the Events Rental Director, 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 BFA in Painting (cum laude) from Savannah College of Art and Design (2003).
Nova Harris | Marketing Director
Nova recently relocated to Berks County after spending the last 8 years living in Philadelphia. Prior to this, she was a special education advocate working in Berks and Schuylkill Counties for several years after moving to Pennsylvania from her hometown of Long Beach, Ca. She brings with her a strong background in brand strategy/development and experience with marketing/public relations for private and non-profit organizations working under the wide arts and culture umbrella; including Hidden City Philadelphia, DesignPhiladelphia, and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.
Nova’s personal passions lie within the realm of grassroots community development, architecture, and sustainable design. In her spare time, you can find her restoring antique tiles, reimagining discarded furniture, and exploring finishes and reuses for reclaimed materials. She’s also known for her obsession with reliquaries, Zhang Yimou films, and tacos. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a BA in Visual Studies and minor in Fine Arts (Ceramics).
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´s Daughter 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.
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. He acquired a electrical license in 1979 and in 1980 he became maintenance supervisor.
Penny Golden | STORE Manager / arts festival READING
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in art education Penny taught high school elective art, chaired Art Show at Reading Hospital, served as President of the Auxiliary (now the Friends) at Reading Hospital, served several terms on the Reading Public Museum Board, was a Museum docent, founded Art of the Craft at the Museum, and volunteered with the Museum Shop. Each of these endeavors promoted the idea that the arts and art appreciation add a dimension to everyone’s life that allow each of us to have a broader view of our world.
During the seven years Penny has been involved with GoggleWorks she revamped the Store and added over 200 active consigners and creative items that fit the mission of the GoggleWorks. In 2012 she founded arts festival READING, the first arts festival in Reading hosted by GoggleWorks. arts festival READING is held inside the GoggleWorks the first weekend of October during American Craft Week.
Dennis Kohr | Theatre Manager/Projectionist
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 1990s 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.
Scott Krenitsky | Hot Glass 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.
Emily Early | Visitor Experience Coordinator
Emily was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but has lived in various cities all around Pennsylvania for the past four years. She started college at San Jacinto College in Houston, but moved to Williamsport, PA in 2013 to finish her Bachelors Degree at Lycoming College. Emily graduated in January of 2015 and received a BA in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Performance. During and after college, Emily worked as a Box Office Ticket Seller and Supervisor. She most recently worked for ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA as an Office Assistant at both The Banana Factory and the Southside Visitor Center.
Emily tries to find time to pursue all of her artistic goals through theatre and performance, singing and music, painting, and having long photo sessions with her Corgi puppy.
Jessica Santucci | Communications Coordinator
Jessica is a southern Maryland native who moved to Pennsylvania in 2011 to attend college. She received her BFA in illustration from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in 2015. After earning her degree she decided to stay in PA. Since graduating, Jessica has worked at many interesting positions; most recently as the in-house graphic designer for the Lancaster Public Library.
Jessica also works as a freelance illustrator. Her personal body of work reflects her love for mythology, symbolism, and the natural world. She creates her work using watercolor, gouache, and ballpoint pen. When Jessica isn’t working on her professional or personal art, she can most likely be found watching a horror movie, knitting, and consuming unhealthy amounts of coffee.
Suzanne Molyneux | Ceramics Coordinator
Suzanne Molyneux has been a long time patron of GoggleWorks and has lived in the Chester and Berks County area for the last 18 years. During that time, while working in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, she built a small studio at home and pursued ceramics through independent study. In 2013, Suzanne took her first ceramics class at GoggleWorks and before its conclusion, became part of the work exchange program and had her own rental cubby. Since then, the cubby has moved, but she has not. While continuing to focus on her own work, Suzanne teaches a variety of GoggleWorks’ ceramic workshops, private lessons, and classes. She received a BFA from Rosemont College in printmaking and is also a member of a local printmaking collective, whose work has been featured on the Green Wall at GoggleWorks.
Rhonda Aymond | Volunteer Coordinator
Rhonda Aymond became a GoggleWorks volunteer shortly after relocating to Berks County three years ago. She has an extensive background in the insurance industry having spent many years in underwriting and risk management. Rhonda is passionate about both art and community service and is proud to be a part of Goggleworks’ team.