The faculty at Mercy Center of the Arts are dedicated teachers with a special love for young children.
Sister Catherine Edward Delaney, Administrator
Sister Catherine Edward is the director of programs at Mercy Center of the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music from Mercyhurst College. She received her M.A. in Music Education from Duquesne University and has studied graduate level Music Education at Northwestern University. In 1970, she and Patricia Daley were instrumental in creating the pilot program which grew to become Mercy Center of the Arts. She holds memberships in the National Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
MERCY CENTER'S STAFF
Catherine Dugan, Music and Dramatic Movement Teacher: Mrs Dugan completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication Arts from Gannon University. She also obtained her teaching certificate from Gannon University. She has been teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts since 1989. Her background includes the study of dance, piano, choral music and sacred organ, as well as art and pottery.
Deborah Lindvay, Art Teacher: Mrs. Lindvay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and Elementary Certification in Education at Edinboro University, and has completed coursework for a Master in Education with an emphasis on Arts Integration in Science, Math and Literature and on teaching the gifted student at Edinboro. She has taught in the preschool program for seventeen years, and has directed the Summer Art Programs and after school art classes for elementary age children at Mercy Center of the Arts for many years. Deborah is a locally recognized artist.
Farhat Azam, Science and Creative Exploration Teacher, Office Assistant: Mrs. Azam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and is pursuing a Master of Education degree from Mercyhurst College. She joined the staff as administrative assistant and substitute teacher in September of 2009. Mrs. Azam has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Center.
Darla Speranza, Treasurer: Mrs. Speranza received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and her Master in Business Administration from Gannon University. She has worked in accounting, tax and finance and has taught accounting at a local business school. Darla has worked for the past 13 years as a tax professional.
(L-R) Sr. Catherine Edward Delaney, Deborah Lindvay, Catherine Dugan, Darla Speranza, Farhat Azam