Staff

Meet the engine and heart of The Moth.

Full Time Staff

Artistic Director

Catherine Burns
Catherine Burns is The Moth's long-time Artistic Director. Born and raised in Alabama, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and seven year old son. Find her on Twitter: @burnzieny

Executive Director

Sarah Haberman
Sarah Haberman is The Moth's Executive Director. A native of Wisconsin, she's a devoted Packers fan and cheesehead. Having been involved with The Moth since 2002, she's always looking for ways to support this beautiful artform.

Executive Producer

Sarah Austin Jenness
SAJ has been on staff at The Moth since 2005. Despite rumors that it must be a laugh-track, her distinctive laugh can be heard on many Moth recordings. Each laugh is absolutely genuine.

Senior Director

Jenifer Hixson
Each year Jenifer asks hundreds of people to identify the turning points of their lives and helps them shape those experiences into stories. She falls a little bit in love with each storyteller, and hopes you will too.

Senior Director

Meg Bowles
You: Seat 21A on a flight from Copenhagen to New York - you told me that amazing story about the crazy thing that happened to you. Me: The person who wants to convince you to stand on stage and tell it to a room full of people.

Director of MothWorks

Kate Tellers
Kate went to her first StorySLAM, fortuitously themed BEGINNINGS, in 2007 and has been a part of The Moth ever since. She lives in Brooklyn with her furry husband, baby and dog.

Managing Director of Programs

Jennifer Birmingham
From Wisconsin, Jennifer shared 1 bathroom, a pillow and a communal sock drawer with 10 siblings. The ultimate team training, this experience gave her a deep appreciation for stretching budgets and finding quiet voices in a crowd.

Director of Finance and Administration

Marina Klutse
A strange and unwavering connection to numbers from a young age combined with a love for the arts and over a decade of nonprofit accounting experience has led Marina to the Moth. When she's not working Marina spends most of her time exploring other parts of the world learning, listening, and laughing to the stories from individuals of all walks of life.

Senior Curatorial Producer

Suzanne Rust
Suzanne believes in talking to strangers, whether in her native New York, or in Rome, where she lived for ten years. A favorite Italian memory was Marcello Mastroianni giving her a kiss on the hand when she was an extra in a Fellini film. After years of working in the publishing industry, Suzanne is thrilled to be at the Moth to help find great stories and tell them in new ways.

Director of Marketing

Brandon Grant
Brandon has always loved telling a good story—and that passion informs his work as Director of Marketing for The Moth. Brandon is a die-hard Marvel fan, a tequila connoisseur, and proud uncle. As a Florida native, he gravitates towards the sun and beach, but he has an equal love for his adopted home of New York City—the food, the culture, the skyline, and the people.

Director of Development

Inga Glodowski
Mom of two tween boys, Inga is always looking for ways (other than basketball) to connect with them. Moth stories have proved, time and again, to be powerful keys for unlocking the doors to their magical hearts and minds.

Chief of Staff

Sarah Jane Johnson
A proud Nebraskan, Sarah Jane is a former homecoming queen and rugby player who is passionate about gardening, carbs, and the transformative power of storytelling.

Assistant Director of Production

Aldi Kaza
Living in Chicago, LA and San Francisco, Aldi has spent a decade designing and producing event experiences that blend performance, community, and media. He also once auditioned for Blue Man Group, believes Anne Lamott is his spirit animal, and is an incognito Red Sox fan that's new to NYC.

Senior Manager, Education Program

Hanna Campbell
Listening to stories is one of Hanna's favorite pastimes. On her 31st birthday, she gave her family a theme and made each person tell a Moth story. She timed each story and gave each teller some notes to consider for next time.

Assistant Director, Institutional Giving

Maggie Albert
Maggie joins The Moth after most recently working at Art21, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Lark Play Development Center. An avid supporter of the arts, she also enjoys cooking, yoga, and indulging in an unhealthy amount of reality television. This summer, she strives to actually finish her reading in time for book club meetings and break in those hiking boots she bought three years ago.

Master Instructor

Larry Rosen
After 25 years teaching, directing, and practicing theater and comedy performance, Larry discovered the simplicity, power, and beauty of true stories. Shortly thereafter he found The Moth. As they say, timing is everything.

Media and Archive Manager

Michael La Guerra
As a Sagittarius, Michael has a fierce love for podcasts, music, crystals, non-fiction, poetry, and watching Pose. He has lived all over the United States and has a background in libraries, museums, galleries, and TV. Michael sees the importance of stories as they provide us with our own personal histories. You can always find him somewhere eating nachos and drinking margaritas.

Producer

Michelle Jalowski
After exploring and adventuring for much of her 20s, Michelle is happy to have landed back in New York and at The Moth, where she can fulfill her insatiable need for building connection through stories.

Producer

Patricia Ureña
Shy of her first birthday, Patricia’s family emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx, NY. Sometime after that she did a short stint in Florida and is now back in the borough that raised her. Patricia highly enjoys binge watching a great show, dancing the night away, and spending almost every weekend with her 3 year-old nephew.

Assistant Controller

Jen Lue
Jen's first story was about a bird and a bunny who find each other, lose each other and find each other again. While the cast of characters has changed, she's been writing and listening to some iteration of this story ever since.

Producer

Chloe Salmon
Chloe came to The Moth from Manhattan, Kansas (yes, really). She loves mysteries and would be the world’s best detective if given the chance, but is more than happy to live in the suspense that can be found in a story well-told.

Producer

Jodi Powell
For Jodi, stories are a common fabric of humanity. She connects to her story of Mama’s home cooking, the bumpy country roads of her Jamaican childhood and the glories of elementary rubber band dealing through tales told by others.

Manager, Brand Partnerships

Heather Colvin
Heather developed a deep appreciation for the art of live storytelling while acting as her mother's captive audience on long drives throughout her childhood. Now as an adult she often finds herself in the driver's seat when it comes to sharing wild and true tales about her own life. Just ask her about falling off a cliff during her high school years on Maui or the time she accidentally kissed her boyfriend's father's neck.

Manager, Membership & Special Events

Jessica Cepeda
Jessica brings with her from her previous experience the Tenement Museum both a deep knowledge of 19th and early 20th century New York immigrant history and an abiding passion for great storytelling. Outside of work, Jessica spends a great deal of time reading, exploring NYC, and watching a few too many tv shows and movies. She is also a huge fan of bar trivia, though not an expert in any trivia area aside from Harry Potter.

Producer, The Moth Podcast

Julia Purcell
When Julia realized the novel she was writing at age 10 was a shameless rip-off of The Giver, she decided it'd be better to help other people tell their stories instead. When she's not busy trying to guess the sun signs of our Moth storytellers (and/or producing the podcast), Julia can be found digging through your local thrift store or walking over the Williamsburg Bridge.

Digital Media Producer

Jano Tantongco
Jano blends his experience as a visual communications specialist, journalist, and events photographer toward digital media storytelling at The Moth. He's a Queens native and enjoys hiking, Zen meditation, and Bossa Nova.

Manager, Education and Instructor Programs

Melissa Brown
The daughter of traveling scientists, by age 6 Melissa had moved from Missouri to Washington State, gone to kindergarten in Holland, and had once been detained by the German police (a story for another time). Now she finds that listening to stories can transport you anywhere. She’s been with The Moth since 2011.

Manager, Community Program

Greg Ayres
Greg is very pleased to be a part of The Moth team and brings with him almost 20 years of experience working in non-profit Arts in New York and Los Angeles. He is passionate about reading, writing, telling and listening to stories. He hopes his work at The Moth helps to get more stories that matter told, by voices that might otherwise not have a chance to be heard.

Global Producer

Ignacia Delgado
Ignacia comes from the world of Theatre, where she works as a dramaturg on new plays. She is a mom to a grumpy dog named Herbie, still considers herself an Angelino even after living in New York for ten years and she looks very good in the color yellow. She comes off better in person than on paper. Prince Forever.

Program Manager, High Schools

Delia Bloom
Delia has been telling stories since writing her first Blue's Clues fanfic at five years old. While her stories have grown up, her sense of humor hasn't. She loves meeting people and gushing to them about the Minnesota State Fair.

Program Manager, Community Engagement

Juan Rodriguez
Juan, a native New Yorker, earned his BA in Journalism at SUNY Stony Brook. He has served NYC through several city agencies and non-profits, as a program manager and coordinator. This experience has given him a deep passion for charitable work. Juan is thrilled to be at The Moth because he believes in the power of words. He enjoys cooking, reading, writing and relaxing with his dog, Storm. His favorite saying is, “Not all those who Juander are lost."

Associate Producer, The Moth Radio Hour

Emily Couch
Emily enjoys a well-spun yarn, both figuratively and literally. An avid listener, amateur writer, and occasional motormouth, she has always been drawn to stories. As her last name suggests, you can most often find her on a couch tangled in knitting and surrounded by cats.

Associate Producer, MothWorks

Amanda Garcia
Born and raised in Warwick New York, Amanda’s favorite part of growing up was the sleep-away camp she attended every summer in Connecticut. She first discovered The Moth Radio Hour while doing laundry, and it incentivized her to make the chore a weekly routine. One of her favorite things about the New York experience is overhearing strangers share their stories with one another on the subway.

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Clayton Okaly
With a background in classical music and yoga, Clayton joins the Moth with a love for deep listening, wild compassion, inspired thought, and a desire to learn and share the stories of our lives and others, no matter the conduit. He loves traveling, hiking, meditating, trying to keep plants alive, making ceramics, endlessly photographing his two cats, Clarence and Freddy, and eating things he originally intended to be shared.

Digital Media Assistant

Quinn McNeill
Upon moving from small wonder Delaware to big apple NYC, Quinn almost immediately found herself in the audience of a StorySLAM. She fell in love with the stomach-dropping roller coaster feeling of hearing a good story. Now, she gets to feel, design graphics and post Instagram stories about that feeling every single day.

Assistant Producer, Community and Education

Julio Chavez
Julio left his hometown of El Cajon, California for the hustle and bustle of New York City. He realized his love for storytelling after watching videos from The Moth's StorySLAM archive years ago, eventually putting on a solo performance sharing his wildest life moments for his college community. He is excited to bring out the storyteller in all of us, and is grateful to do so with The Moth.

Assistant Producer

Zora Shaw
Raised in Bed-Stuy, Zora loves stories in all forms. Despite its troubles, she loves New York and will fight for its soul and the multitudes of stories that it holds. She takes long evening walks and only stops to pet dogs.

Assistant Producer

Adriene Z. Montalvo
Adriene’s journey at The Moth originally began in 2013 in the EDU program, where she fell in love with storytelling. After winning a pitchfest in college and an unexpected crash course in Film & Television Production, Adriene earned 4 Southeast Regional Emmys for her original television series, Hot Case.

Assistant Archivist

Taylor Norton
Taylor has made books in London, climbed mountains in Colorado, and ridden horses in Florida. With an MA in Photojournalism and an (soon-to-be) MS in Library Science, she is well aware of how creating, finding, and sharing stories have brought her from a small town in Kentucky to New York. Spend enough time with her and she will try to feed you mac and cheese or make you a cup of chai.

Junior Accountant

Nicole Sol Cruz
I was born in the Philippines, and I moved to NY when I was just 10 years old. I love spending my weekends on finding either a new spot for Korean barbecue and a new Ramen spot. I'm very much a food person, and I'm always willing to try new delicious food! I also love my summer days, and my beach days - the only thing I look forward to during the year.

Part Time Staff

Video Editor

Suzette Burton

Publicist

Meryl Weinsaft Cooper

Lead MothWorks Instructor

Bonnie Levison

Education Consultant

Catherine McCarthy

Event Recording Supervisor

Miles Smith

Interim Assistant Producer, Global Program

Isabel Levey-Swain

Community & Education Program Instructors

MothWorks Instructor

Mary Adkins

Niccolo Aeed

Hannah Allen

Anooj Bhandari

Micaela Blei

MothWorks Instructor

Tricia Rose Burt

Vera Carothers

Arlene Chico Lugo

Chris De La Cruz

Casey Donahue

Sandrine Dupiton

MothWorks Instructor

Meg Ferrill

Jasmine François

Dawn Fraser

Cyndi Freeman

Julian Goldhagen

Lauren Gonzalez

Nisse Greenberg

Jean Michele Gregory

Anindya Kundu

Tim Lopez

Tim Manley

Nora McLoughlin

MothWorks Instructor

Vikram Patel

Melle Powers

Onnesha Roychoudhuri

MothWorks Instructor

Stephen Ruddy

Brielle Silvestri

Judith Stone

Callie Thuma

Diavian Walters

Nica Williams

Local StorySLAM Producers

Ann Arbor and Detroit StorySLAM Producer

Patricia Wheeler

Asheville StorySLAM Producer

Sara Fields

Atlanta StorySLAM Producer

Meredith Williams

Berkeley StorySLAM Producer

Chris Williams

Boston StorySLAM Producer

Jaiy Dickson

Boston StorySLAM Producer

Christine Petersen

Boston StorySLAM Producer

Genevieve Sponsler

Burlington StorySLAM Producer

Susanne Schmidt

Chicago StorySLAM Producer

Joyce Kim

DC StorySLAM Producer

Natalie Amini

Denver StorySLAM Producer

Betsy Lamberson

Houston StorySLAM Producer

Jasper Gumatay

Houston StorySLAM Producer

Jessica Nguyen

Los Angeles StorySLAM Producer

Gary Buchler

London StorySLAM Producer

Anna Lumsden

London StorySLAM Producer

Clare Wadlow

Louisville StorySLAM Producer

Tara Anderson

Madison StorySLAM Producer

Jen Rubin

Madison StorySLAM Producer

Alexandria Delcourt

Melbourne StorySLAM Producer

Merrilee McCoy

Miami StorySLAM Producer

Virginia Lora

Milwaukee StorySLAM Producer

Niki Robinson

Nashville StorySLAM Producer

Bliss Cortez

New Orleans StorySLAM Producer

Eritria Pitts

Philadelphia StorySLAM Producer

Paul Richards

Philadelphia StorySLAM Producer

Aman Goyal

Phoenix StorySLAM Producer

Sarah Ventre

Pittsburgh StorySLAM Producer

Kelly Flanagan Dee

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Meghan Sinnott

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Dave Williams

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Masimbaashe “Cookie” Zvovushe

San Francisco StorySLAM Producer

Brenna Beluk

San Francisco StorySLAM Producer

Eileen Lee

Seattle StorySLAM Producer

Yolanda Suarez

Sydney StorySLAM Producer

Alli Sebastian Wolf

Twin Cities StorySLAM Producer

Alauna Yust

Interns

Production Intern

Aleeza Kazmi

Development Intern

Saipriya Valoth

Production Intern

Taylor Washing