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.

Director of Creative Operations

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.

Director of Production

Aldi Kaza
Aldi has spent more than a decade designing and producing event experiences that blend performance, community, and media. He once auditioned for Blue Man Group, wishes he were penpals with Anne Lamott, and is an incognito Red Sox fan living in New York.

Assistant Director of Production

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 Director of Institutional Giving

Melissa Dognazzi
A New York transplant, Melissa is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to tell stories through the intersection of poetry, sound, and dance. Apart from her work in arts fundraising, you can find her strolling through galleries, walking her overly dramatic doggo, Hamilton, and journeying on the quest for the City’s best bagel.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Manager of Education

Ana Stern
Ana is extremely thrilled to join the Moth! Although she has traveled all over the world, she is a die-hard New Yorker with a bachelor’s and MPA from New York University. For over 10 years she has worked with programs that amplify and promote young people voices, their stories, and their dreams. The current chapter of Ana’s story features bike rides through Brooklyn, her two cats Andre 3000 and Big Boi, getting her hands dirty with her pottery craft, speaking different languages, reading books in the park, and now being a team member at the Moth!

Manager of People and Culture

Keighly Baron
When counting all of the different routes that led her to The Moth, Keighly's (kay-lee) favorite has to be the NJ Transit Coast Line. A few runner-ups include the D train from the Bronx to Coney Island, Metro-North late at night, and the M train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge in the snow. Keighly has a vested interest in getting your name right the first time and hearing the long version of your story.

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, 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, MothWorks

Anna Roberts
Anna was drawn to the Moth because of her fascination with the stories we tell ourselves and how they inform the decisions we make. Raised by artists and educators, she is driven by progressive action, fairness and amplifying the perspectives of women and people of color. She‘s a writer, an artist, an amateur travel photographer, and is probably covered in cat hair.

Manager, Community Program

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."

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.

Manager of Membership

Melissa Weisberg
There is nothing Melissa enjoys more than getting lost in someone else's story. Her love for reading and performance art drew her to The Moth, where you can find her fostering community through its membership program. In her free time, she's somewhere sipping tea, visiting museums, or hanging outside.

Digital Marketing Manager

Angelica Jacinto
Angelica is a visual storyteller – whether through video, photography, or graphic design, she's looking to tell the stories we don't usually hear. She was born and raised in a Filipino-American household in New Jersey, but now lives in Brooklyn with her rescue dog (who is probably part piglet) Momo. Outside of The Moth, Angelica is a filmmaker, amateur ballerina, and loves live shows, art, and going to the beach.

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.

Producer, Special Projects and Radio

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.

Community Program Manager

Devan Sandiford
Born and raised in a small town in Southern California, Devan spent his childhood and young adult years keeping his personal stories hidden from almost everyone. Feeling a voice within him longing to be heard, he moved to Brooklyn, New York to push himself out of his comfort zone and find his voice. Becoming a published writer and NYC StorySLAM champion, he loves searching for people who are quietly waiting to speak and yet urgently needing to be heard.

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.

Associate 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.

Associate Producer

Jo Chiang
A queer second generation Taiwanese-American, Jo is quite proud of her many diligent years as a Girl Scout and Junior Park Ranger. Among her accolades, she’s only slightly embarrassed that she won Most Library Books Checked Out when she was a freshman in high school. You can always find her riding shotgun, compiling the trip playlist, and making sure everyone is hydrating.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Salma Ali
Salma is a storyteller with an offbeat perspective and a knack for giving life to the ideas incubating in her brain. She is most comfortable behind the lens of a camera or with a pen in her hand. She spends her free time concocting the perfect recipe for green juice, cuddling her cats, and planning how to take over the world (or at least planning her next passion project).

Assistant Producer

Neaco Fox
Born in the dry heat of Arizona, Neaco is a designer, technician, and educator with a deep love for theatre and storytelling. In their free time, Neaco enjoys dragon boating, hiking, and eating dim sum.

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.

Associate Archivist

Vella Voynova
Realizing that archiving combines her love of history and culture with her inclination towards community building, Vella pursued her MSLIS, which led her to The Moth. When she’s not unwinding on the yoga mat, she can be found hanging out with her parrot, reading a good book, or bingeing early 2000s TV.

Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator

Travis Coxson
Travis came to The Moth by way of the theater, after working as a stage manager for Broadway, off-Broadway, touring, and regional stage productions. He has a knack for finding order and creating systems in the inherently messy creative process, and feels very lucky to now utilize those skills in empowering people to own their stories. He loves melted cheese, the beach, and dogs of all sizes.

Part Time Staff

Publicist

Meryl Weinsaft Cooper

Lead MothWorks Instructor

Bonnie Levison

Event Recording Supervisor

Miles Smith

Podcast Producer

Davy Sumner

Video Editor

Light Liu

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

Catherine McCarthy

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

Eileen Lee

Birmingham StorySLAM Producer

Claire Flowers

Burlington StorySLAM Producer

Susanne Schmidt

Chicago StorySLAM Producer

Joyce Kim

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

London StorySLAM Assistant Producer

Adam Cohn

Louisville StorySLAM Producer

Tara Anderson

Madison StorySLAM Producer

Jen Rubin

Melbourne StorySLAM Producer

Merrilee McCoy

Miami StorySLAM Producer

Virginia Lora

Milwaukee StorySLAM Producer

Niki Robinson

New Orleans StorySLAM Producer

Eritria Pitts

Philadelphia StorySLAM Producer

Aman Goyal

Phoenix StorySLAM Producer

Sarah Ventre

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Meghan Sinnott

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Dave Williams

Portland StorySLAM Producer

Masimbaashe “Cookie” Zvovushe

San Francisco StorySLAM Producer

Brenna Beluk

Seattle StorySLAM Producer

Yolanda Suarez

Twin Cities StorySLAM Producer

Julie Censullo

Twin Cities StorySLAM Producer

Kate Westlund Tovsen

Twin Cities StorySLAM Producer

Alauna Yust

Interns

Education Intern

Liza Garrity