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.

Manager, Community Program

Casey Donahue
Casey believes that sharing stories is a sacred and magical thing, so she went to divinity school, where she was delighted to discover great questions. A bonafide baby-whisperer, her enthusiasm can be initially jarring, but once she gets you to giggle, you're done for.

Media and Archive Manager

Michael La Guerra
Michael has a fierce love for audio pieces, organization, Drake's emotions, & Broad City's feminism. He enjoys living as a woke individual & sees the importance of archiving stories as they provide us with deep personal histories.

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.

Manager, MothWorks

Sam Hacker
Sam discovered an internship posting at The Moth the night before the application deadline closed, and the rest is (hi)story. She enjoys word puns, bread products and finding ways to make people care about budgets.

Global Producer

Lola Okusami
Lola has worked extensively in TV/film production in Africa and the United States and understands the joys and the challenges of producing around the world. As a child, growing up in a small southwestern town in Nigeria, she would tell her younger siblings stories in their bunk beds once they were tucked in for the night.

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.

Bookkeeper

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, 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 New York City, 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.

Program Manager, High Schools

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.

Program Manager, Youth Engagement

Jazlyn Pinckney
Jazlyn joins the Moth from the UK. As a new to New Yorker, she's found a love of circular foods (yes, pizza, bagels, and doughnuts, she's talking about you) and a deep excitement for hearing stories from a different continent. Now the only thing missing is a good cup of tea!

Associate Archivist

L Fiorelli
L came to The Moth because they wanted to hear true stories and help share them with other people. They are a prison abolitionist and future library scientist who enjoys getting good reading done in transit.

Associate Producer

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.

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.

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, tweet and post Instagram stories about that feeling every single day.

Assistant Producer, Workshops

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.

Part Time Staff

Event Recording Supervisor

Miles Smith

Senior Instructor, Corporate Program

Bonnie Levison

Video Editor

Suzette Burton

Publicist

Meryl Weinsaft Cooper

Education Consultant

Catherine McCarthy

Community & Education Program Instructors

Niccolo Aeed

Anooj Bhandari

Melissa Brown

Hanna Campbell

Vera Carothers

Arlene Chico Lugo

Sandrine Dupiton

Dawn Fraser

Cyndi Freeman

Julian Goldhagen

Nisse Greenberg

Jean Michele Gregory

Anindya Kundu

Bonnie Levison

Tim Lopez

Tim Manley

Nora McLoughlin

Melle Powers

Onnesha Roychoudhuri

Judith Stone

Callie Thuma

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

Chicago Assistant StorySLAM Producer

Mari DeOleo

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

Finance Intern

Megan Belansky

Production Intern

Kevin Damoah

Development Intern

Lilah Doblin

Development Intern

Sylvie Do-Vu

Global Intern

Isabel Levey-Swain

Production Intern

Christian Z. Montalvo

Archives Intern

Taylor Norton