Cori Solomon, Executive Director
Cori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Elementary Education and Mathematics, from Queens University, as well as Nonprofit Management & Development and Financial Management Certificates from LaSalle University. Solomon is finishing a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Cori’s extensive teaching, visual and performing arts experience includes serving as a Gifted and Talented Certified Teacher at Flowertown Elementary School, Primary School teacher in Cottingham, England, and Arts Director and Administrator at Kamp Kohut.
She also served as Assistant Camp Director at Camp Curtain Call Performing Arts Camp and Theater Director at S.T.A.R.T.S. Summer Day Camp, and is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Area Camp Experts. Solomon’s passion for the arts is a natural extension of her own experiences as an actress, director, dancer and visual artist. Cori joined the staff at Appel Farm as a Camp Director at Appel Farm in 2007, and was named Executive Director in 2014.
Jennie Quinn, Associate Director
Jennie is a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Education. Jennie started her arts education career at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as an intern for Youth and Family Programming’s national tours, and the Theater Training Program.
She worked in development and graphic design at the Wilma Theater, co-produced the short film series Through the Lens for WYBE Public Television, worked as an independent film producer, and is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Area Camp Experts.
Jennie has been a Camp Director at Appel Farm since 2001 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2015.
Tracy Power, Camp Director
Tracy earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Florida State University in Theatre Management. She also holds honors degrees in Communication and Theatre from Mississippi University for Women. Tracy joined Appel Farm in 2013 as a member of our Leadership Team and served as the Program Director for the past two summers. In addition to her work with camp, Tracy joined Appel Farm’s full-time staff as the Community Programs Coordinator in 2014.
Prior to working at Appel Farm, Tracy was the Associate Community Engagement Manager for Florida State University’s School of Theatre. She also worked for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs as a touring performer and educator. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and TYAUSA. Tracy is thrilled for the opportunity to combine her in-depth knowledge of the camp program, her experience in non-profit arts management, and her passion for education as Camp Director.
Assistant Camp Director
Cara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, in English and History, from The University of Vermont. She joined the Appel Farm team as Assistant Camp Director in 2015.Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Cara has spent the last eighteen years at sleepway camp, as a camper, CIT and Counselor. In 2006, she joined the staff at Camp Canadensis where she served as Theatre Specialist and Evening Activities Director.
In 2008, she joined their full-time staff and became Head Counselor of the CIT Leadership Program. In her free time, Cara serves as Alpha Delta Pi’s Recruitment and Marketing advisor at West Chester University. Cara looks forward to combining her own background in the fine and performing arts with her knowledge of and passion for summer camp at Appel Farm.
Camper Coordinator and Director of Special Events & Conferences
Melissa graduated from Temple University with a BFA in Fine Art.She is a professional and accomplished portrait and landscape painter and has published two fine arts books. She is a leader in the Philadelphia arts community and founder of the award-winning cooperative MamaCITA.
She serves as the Art Editor of Philadelphia Stories and is co-owner of Conway Collision. Melissa joined the Appel Farm team in 2010 as a member of our Leadership Team, and now oversees Appel Farm’s on-site events and conferences during the year, and is our Camper Coordinator and Head of North during the summer. She is joined in the summer by her two children, long-time campers, Jacob and Chloe.
Office Manager & Program Assistant
Audrey, a native of Canton, Ohio, graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2013.She is a talented ceramics artist, jewelry maker, fiber artist, and avid hoop dancer. Audrey came to Appel Farm in 2013 as part of the camp staff before joining Appel Farm year round as an intern for 2014-2015.
She has become an essential part of the camp staff through her work as office manger, and is thrilled to be joining Appel Farm as a permanent staff member. In addition to her work for camp, Audrey is coordinating and managing Appel Farm’s on-site after school arts program, Arts Lab, and several social service programs.