Gloria Bethea, founding Learning Academy Director, formerly practiced as a Nurse Clinician and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She credits patient education training for equipping her to homeschool her nine children. A sought-after tutor, her tutoring and nursing philosophies are the same: always consider the whole person when serving someone - their attitude, informational processing strengths and weaknesses, learning style, nutritional health, organizational skills and personality. Mrs. Bethea enthusiastically teaches Learning Coaches and students of TCC's Learning Academy to apply a holistic perspective in their creation and execution of an individually designed learning plan for each Learner of the Learning Academy. She is a founding member of the TCC advisory board and has served on the board of MentorPOWER, as a volunteer writing coach for Trenton Central High School, and as a member of the Action Team that researched, evaluated and planned the reorganization of Trenton Central High School into career focused, small learning communities. Mrs. Bethea is the recipient of the 2008 Z-HOPE Humanitarian Of the Year Award and the 2015 Tre'Devon Lane Foundation's Community Service Award.
Dr. Rochelle Ellis, Music Director, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a Lecturer of voice at Princeton University. She has distinguished herself in a broad repertoire that extends from Bach and Beethoven to Verdi, Barber and Gershwin. She made her New York City Opera debut as "Serena" in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and has also performed operas with Chamber Opera Chicago and Skylight Opera Theatre. Internationally, she has performed the Verdi Requiem with the National Opera of China in Beijing, sung opera favorites at the Prague (Czech Republic) Autumn Music Festival, and performed solo recitals in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. In addition to maintaining voice studios at Westminster Choir College and Princeton University, Ms. Ellis is active in both Rider University and community outreach in music. She teaches in the Rider Educational Opportunity Program summer pre-college program, as well as in the Westminster Conservatory High School and Middle School Summer Vocal Institutes. Dr. Ellis is the Teaching Artist for The Princeton Festival Guild, where she holds opera outreach programs each summer in conjunction with the festival's opera presentations. The St. Louis native received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She received her Master of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
John J. Floyd II, Intermediate Choir Director, holds a B.M. In Music Education from Westminster choir College of Rider University. John is a Southern New Jersey native, and has been a part of the community in central New Jersey since 2008. John is the music teacher and choir director at Somerville Middle School.
Constance W. Hurtt, Training Choir Director, holds a B.A. in Music Education from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master’s in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.A retired music instructor from the Trenton Public Schools, she is presently teaching General Music at the International Charter School in Trenton, and teaches private piano lessons weekly. Her professional organizations include NEA, NJEA, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is a member of The ECHO a Capella Chorus and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton, New Jersey.
Mi-Young Kim, Accompanist, has been a collaborative pianist, a piano teacher and a church musician for over 25 years in the New York metropolitan and Chicagoland areas. A Korean native, she grew up in Philadelphia and attended The Juilliard School where she received both B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance. As a church musician, Kim has served as pianist, organist, as well as director for children’s choir. She has also served as the Music Director at Cornerstone Christian School in East Brunswick and directed the Music Conservatory of Korean Church of Chicago in Illinois. A member of the MTNA and NJMTA, Kim is currently active as an accompanist, coach and piano teacher in central NJ.
Linda Helm Krapf, Executive Director, has directed non-profit programs and organizations for more than 30 years. She recently directed the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, un-tapping its full potential as a strong, responsive cultural asset that was awarded five consecutive Citations of Excellence from the NJ State Council on the Arts. For 12 years, Ms. Helm Krapf served as Founding Executive Director of the Myhelan Cultural Arts Center. She also produced and directed an award-winning documentary film on the environmental issues that threaten the health and well being of the Navajo. Prior to her work in the arts, Ms. Helm Krapf directed overseas development projects assisting United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations in utilizing renewable energy resources to meet the energy needs of rural villages in developing countries. Ms. Helm Krapf holds a BS in International Environmental Studies from Cook College, Rutgers University.
Alice Lightner, Choir Manager, has worked in non-profit program development serving children and families in the Trenton area for more than 10 years. Most recently, Alice worked for the Center for Child and Family Achievement as a Program Manager and Site Coordinator, and earlier in her career as a Social Service Specialist for The Children's Home Society of NJ. Alice has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Mercer County Community College, a certification in Case Management from Rutgers University, and is a B.S. candidate in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University.
Desiree Melegrito, Preparatory Choir Director (Tuesday), holds a B.M. in Music Education and Piano Performance from Ithaca College. She also holds an M.M. in Music Education and an MM in Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. A former faculty member at Westminster Conservatory, she currently teaches choral and general music at Chapin School in Princeton. She is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and is trained in Kodaly methodology.
Donna Richards, Director of Development, began her career in public broadcasting with nearly 30 years at NJN Public Television and Radio in various departments, including Programming, Production and Membership, last serving as the On-Air Fundraising Manager. She received nine Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter for her work on the public affairs program Another View. Donna served as a Development Associate for the American Red Cross in Princeton, managing all aspects of special events and designing collateral media. She also spent two years at the Food Bank of South Jersey as Senior Manager, then Director of Individual Giving, responsible for a donor relations strategy to advance an integrated messaging approach to increase revenue. Donna joins TCC with some background in music arts. She is a former alto saxophone player, sang in several choirs, and performed in plays. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Rutgers University with a minor in music.
Kep Short, Operations Manager, holds a Bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from North Carolina State University and has 20 years of experience working professionally with teenagers and young adults. He served as Youth Minister at St. John's Episcopal Church and Myers Park American Baptist Church, both in Charlotte, North Carolina, before moving to New Jersey in 2003, where he served as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey until 2011. From 2004 to 2006, he was coordinator of the National Adults Who Work With Youth Conference at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He also served on the design team for the 2008 International Episcopal Youth Event.
Lucy Strauli, Preparatory Choir Director (Thursday), received her MM from Manhattan School of Music, her BM from San Jose State University, and is a former Tanglewood Vocal Fellow. She is a music teacher in the New Brunswick Public Schools where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2007-08. Ms. Strauli is a frequent guest soloist on the music stage, performing a diverse range of opera, concert and musical theater repertoire.
Eric Thomas, Drumming Instructor, has taught elementary school in Trenton, New Brunswick and Ewing for eighteen years. He attended Howard University and later transferred to Rider University where he received his Bachelor's degree. In addition to drumming, his interests include jazz, music, poetry, art, dance, storytelling and writing stories for children. Mr. Thomas was named Teacher of the Year by the Trenton Board of Education in 2002 and 2008. He is the recipient of the 2010 Community Care Award given by the Three Doctors Foundation and the 2010 Ray Broach Award for the Arts given by the Ewing Public Education Foundation.
Emily Vite, Choral Readiness I Director, is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.M. degree in Music Theory and Composition. While at St. Olaf, she studied choral conducting with Anton Armstrong and was was the alto section leader of the St. Olaf Choir, the school's internationally renowned touring choral ensemble. In addition to maintaining a private piano studio, she is currently a piano accompanist at the Chapin School and accompanies TCC's Chorale.
Linda Helm Krapf
Director of Development
Learning Academy Director
Intermediate Choir Director
Training Choir Director
Choral Readiness Director
Preparatory Choir Director (Tuesdays)
Preparatory Choir Director (Thursdays)