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Instructor Biographies

George Broderick, Jr. has worked as a professional in comics since 1982. He’s written stories for DC and Marvel Comics and handled scripting and editing on the LOST IN SPACE and QUANTAM LEAP comics for Innovation Publishing.

Douglas Brown is a Pittsburgh native who attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After pursuing a career as a package designer and free-lance artist for almost 40 years, he recently returned to the Pittsburgh area.  He is a signature member and past president of the Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society. For the past 20 years he has taught watercolors and shared his love of the beauty of colors with hundreds of students.

Ruthann Farinacci has a B.S. in Art Education from Edinboro University. She has experience teaching in the public schools, a challenge program at La Roche College, and over 10 years teaching at the North Hills Art Center.

Laura Focareta has a Masters in Art Education from Carlow University and a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from Otterbien University. She is a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and has taught Art in several Summer programs around the city . Laura enjoys finding fun and engaging ways to introduce the Arts to young students.

Kim Freithaler has a B.F.A. in Painting from St. John’s University in New York City and has taught elementary level  art in the Manhattan public schools. She participates in area art shows and does portraits by commission.

Annie Heisey earned a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Fine Art from Penn State University before pursuing her MFA at Boston University, which she received in 2007.  She has taught at various universities, art camps, and private companies such as Nike's Blue Ribbon Studio.  Annie has exhibited her paintings in cities across the country, including Portland, OR, Boston, and New York City.  For more information please visit www.annieheisey.com.

Laura Hilston has a B.S. in Art Education K-12 from Youngstown State University. She has over 20 years experience in teaching art to children and adults. Laura has been at the North Hills Art Center teaching private drawing lessons, group lessons and birthday parties and scout workshops for seven years. In addition to teaching, Laura enjoys acrylic and watercolor painting and beading.

Lisa Jakab received her M.F.A. with Distinction at American University and her B.F.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Alfred University. She has experience teaching at universities, arts organizations, and arts camps. She has exhibited internationally, working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video. Visit lisajakab.com for more information.

Katie Moran has a B.A. in Studio Arts and Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She focuses acrylic and oil painting of natural, abstract and fantasy subjects. She has shown her work in several regional galleries of Pittsburgh.

Jeanne Perrier has focused on botanical illustration in colored pencil for the past 15 years. She earned a Second Level Certificate in Botanical Illustration from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and has Participated in numerous exhibitions, most recently winning Best of Show at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery in Hagerstown, Maryland. She is Currently on faculty at the Oil Valley Center for the Arts, and at Phipps Conservatory in the Botanical Art and Illustration program. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society, Colored Pencil Society of America, and Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Diane Pontoriero has a Masters in Art Education degree from Carlow University and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a full time elementary art teacher in the North Hills, is a board member of the North Hills Art Center and has been teaching classes at the Art Center for over 15 years.

Eva Pontoriero has a psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in studio arts. She works with autistic children and teaching art to children. She enjoys painting and ceramics.

Jan Steinle began her journey as an artist 40 years ago upon graduation from the Ivy School of Professional Art.  She spent the next several years creating store decor and displays for various retailers. After taking time off to raise her family, Jan became a Creative Memories Consultant, and later co-owned a custom picture framing shop in Shadyside.  In 2014, Jan fell in love with the Zentangle® art form, becoming a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) in April 2015.  Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  Jan's mission is to share this meditative practice, empowering people to discover and embrace their inner creativity.


Emily Tambellini recently graduated as a classical music performance vocal major with a business minor. She has been creating custom ceramic pieces for six years. She placed in the top three in the nation in the National Fine Arts convention for a sculpture in high school. She enjoys teaching people how to sculpt and create ceramic pieces.


Gloria Tsang has been teaching the continuing education pottery classes at CCAC since 2007. She moved from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh about twenty years ago. She believes her Asian heritage keenly influences her works -- a taste of “East meets West.” She has been selected to participate in various Visual Arts Exhibitions for the 12 past years.

Emily Wozniak garners inspiration from what is around her. Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA and living in Chicago, IL has provided her with a landscape of a past industrial hub and a city that has influenced the history of American Architecture. Her education and experience in leading art classes have inspired people to find their ‘inner Picasso’ and have fun while doing it. This brings her such pleasure. We become an artist with proper landscape and INSPIRATION.

Amanda Zimmerman graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art with a mix of fine art and graphic design skills. A fan of

Sci-fi and Fantasy work, she has continued to push her work towards realistic fantasy.  She draws inspiration from the natural world, artifacts and cultural costumes when building a character for story or game.

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