Meet the Instructors and Staff


    Beth Connor

    Co-Founder and Director

    Beth Connor is the co-founder of the Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts, LLC.  She is a graduate of Wyoming Area Secondary Center and holds a Bachelor of Music with an Outside Field in Theater with an Emphasis in Dance degree from Ithaca College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Kings College and a Masters in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University.  Beth taught for the Wyoming Area School district for thirteen years, teaching 4th and 6th grade, as well as General Music. She now teaches lessons in music, theater, dance, and art and also serves as the artistic and program director at PHCA.  She has performed in such roles as Sandy in Grease and Maria in West Side Story.  She was the choreographer and president of a student-run theater group at Ithaca College.  Beth acted as the assistant director and director of the Wyoming Area Drama Club for several years directing plays such as “Grease” and “Death by Chocolate.”  She has also performed in a few local bands like “Something Else,” “Willow,” “Cheap Thrills,” and “Soul,” who performed at local venues, the Poconos Caesar resorts, and Mohegan Sun.  Beth spent two summers working in the Live Entertainment Department at Dorney Park and was once featured as a vocal coach on MTV’s Made. She is so excited to finally see her dream come to life at PHCA.

        Jeremy Connor

        Co-Founder

        Jeremy Connor is the co-founder of the Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts, LLC.  He is a graduate of Riverside High School and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University.  He taught pre-K and Kindergarten for over ten years at Wyoming Valley Montessori School and is an advocate for Montessori Education and Sustainable Living.  He is now a head teacher at Discovery MI, a Montessori school in Scranton. Jeremy teaches our Woodworking classes. You name it, he can build it, and he will show you how to do that as well.  In addition to sharing his skills at PHCA, Jeremy is also starting a new career path forming his own company, Perfect Harmony Trees and Gardens, LLC, where he gets to utilize those rock climbing skills and helps promote sustainable living through organic gardening and composting.

            Sandra Trocki

            Art Instructor

            Sandra Trocki has a B.F.A. in Illustration and Education from Philadelphia University of the Arts, including credits towards a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Marywood University. She has developed her understanding of European Culture and the Arts by visiting various museums and studying abroad throughout Europe. In Connecticut, she taught art to socially and emotionally challenged children and established a ceramics program at a juvenile detention facility. In addition, she taught 8th grade students art in a public school. Sandra has taught children and adults ceramics/tile-making workshops at The Art Seen Gallery and the Wyoming Valley Art League. She has independently exhibited her oil paintings and ceramic-tile designs in numerous state and local group shows. Sandra has commissioned portraits in oil paint, as well as painting public and private murals for local commercial and restaurant business owners.

                Tara Hartensfels

                Art Instructor

                Tara Hartenfels is happy to join Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts as one of the art instructors. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and is currently studying to become an art history professor. While instructing classes primarily focused on studio art, Tara incorporates aspects of art history into her lessons to provide a background, as well as a better understanding of the methods being taught. Having experience in many artistic mediums, Tara is excited to teach and encourage students to explore different tools and techniques to further their creative expressions.

                    Kaitlin Dommermuth

                    Creative Makeup Instructor

                    Kaitlin Dommermuth has been enthusiastic about makeup of all sorts and measures ever since she was a young girl. After graduating from the University of Scranton with an education background, she knew she enjoyed both expressing herself artistically and working with children.  She has since achieved her cosmetology license and various makeup accreditations throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  She loves working with costume, theme, and stage makeup. Now, almost at age twenty-six, Kaitlin hopes she can help this generation’s youth explore their creativity, develop their own identities, and express themselves artistically through makeup design and her classes at PHCA.  In her spare time, she loves hot yoga, hot chocolate, and snuggle time with her dogs.

                        Caitlin Kraynak

                        Summer Camp Art Instructor

                            Lauren Wiedl

                            Summer Camp Art Instructor

                                Brendan Carter

                                Master Drum Instructor

                                    Angelo Miraglia

                                    Piano Instructor - Master Instructor

                                    Angelo Miraglia, 31, was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He began studying piano at age 11, advanced to Wilkes University classical piano courses at age 15. He performs live in bands such as Sweet Pepper and the Longhots and teaches for a living.

                                        Brenda Nighbert

                                        Piano and Flute Instructor - Master Instructor

                                        Brenda Nighbert has over thirty-five years of experience in music.  She has directed and accompanied productions of musicals at The Music Box, Little Theatre, Kiss Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Hazleton PTPA, Nuangola Grove Theatre, King’s College Theatre, Wilkes University Theatre, Coughlin, Wyoming Area, Crestwood, Hanover Area, Lehman HS, Meyers HS, and is currently serving as Conductor of the Orpheus Choral Society of Wyoming Valley.  She is also currently serving as Choir Director/Organist at two churches in the valley, as well as working as a musical therapist with Hospice.

                                            Mary Ann Saylor

                                            Suzuki Violin and Viola Instructor - Master Instructor

                                            Mary Ann Saylor offers high-quality music instruction for students ages three and one-half years through high school and beyond in violin and viola. She teaches in the Lehigh Valley and in the Greater Wilkes-Barre area of Northeast Pennsylvania.

                                                Anna Thomas

                                                Summer Camp Music Instructor

                                                Anna Thomas has been playing piano for over ten years and fell in love with the instrument ever since she began taking lessons. Anna has written some of her own original music and has performed in numerous recitals held by her piano teacher. She has also had the privilege of playing at the Kirby Center three times and Carnegie Hall twice. Anna has participated in the National Guild Audition for ten years and has received the prestigious Paderewski Medal for her dedication. Anna has played at church services, kindergarten graduations, and other performances. Anna was musical director, for three consecutive years, and was President of her drama club at Wyoming Area and is now minoring in music in college.

                                                    Michael Volak

                                                    Guitar Instructor - New Talent Instructor

                                                    Michael Volak has been playing guitar for nine years and, in that time, has studied a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, blues, surf, funk, and even ragtime before settling into his niche of fingerstyle and classical guitar. As a guitar student who took lessons himself for seven years, he has spent a great amount of time studying music notation and music theory. Michael has also earned three credits in Music History and Appreciation while pursuing his Associate’s Degree in Business at Luzerne County Community College. In addition to playing guitar, Michael’s other passions include hiking, camping, and kayaking in the great outdoors and he holds a seasonal job with Pennsylvania’s Bureau of State Parks. Given PHCA’s nature oriented theme of Air, Fire, Earth, and Water, Michael immediately felt right at home in the studio and can’t wait to pass on his knowledge of guitar to anyone who is willing to learn and practice.

                                                        Georgia Bone

                                                        Restorative Yoga Instructor

                                                        Georgia Bone

                                                            Diane Sachaczenski

                                                            Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

                                                            Diane Sachaczenski has been practicing yoga for five years and teaching for over two years. She teaches an all level Vinyasa flow. Her philosophy is that anyone can “do” yoga, and loves when people realize you really don’t have to touch your toes to practice yoga!  Diane takes her yoga wherever she goes and has taught on the beach, campgrounds, and at Bartolai Winery in Harding.  She lives in Falls with her husband, two teens, and two dogs.  Please join us in your yoga journey at Perfect Harmony! ~Namaste

                                                                Kasey Weisz

                                                                Zen Barre and Spanish Instructor

                                                                Kasey Weisz graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014 with a Major in Spanish Language and English Literature. Her love for language began in the 7th grade when she started to understand that language learning would allow her to communicate with more people. Growing up in suburban Boston, she found many people in her life were bilingual and she focused on this as the ultimate goal for her education. Post-college, Kasey began working as a translator and office coordinator but was feeling tired and sore from this desk job. Shortly after starting this position, she found her first Zen Barre class and was instantly hooked. The combination of music, community, and endorphins was everything she needed in a workout. Zen Barre gave her time to relax and release any internal stress from her day while building a strong and healthy body.

                                                                    Madelyn Ebersole

                                                                    Dance Instructor

                                                                        Lizzy Kuna

                                                                        Dance Instructor

                                                                            Beth Irving

                                                                            Office Assistant

                                                                                Melissa Langan

                                                                                Office Assistant

                                                                                    Katie Nelson

                                                                                    Office Assistant

                                                                                        Nina Owen

                                                                                        Theater Instructor and Office Assistant

                                                                                          Photos taken by Photography by Giovanna Arcadu