Administration and Faculty

Cathie Dugan, Director and Teacher: Mrs. Dugan completed her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification at Gannon University. She has been teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts since 1989, and is a registered teacher with Music Together®. Her initial role at Mercy Center was art teacher, a position she held for 8 years, before moving to the areas of Dramatic Movement, Literature and Music. In recent years, she has added Science and Math to her teaching repertoire. Beginning the 20-21 school year, she has been appointed to the position of Director and Coordinator of Academic Programming by the Mercy Center of the Arts Board of Directors. Her background includes the study of dance, piano, choral music and sacred organ, as well as art and pottery. She is a dedicated gardener and lover of nature. Mrs. Dugan loves sharing her enthusiasm for books, music and nature with young children and their families.

Amanda Boots, Assistant Director: Miss Amanda is a graduate of Mercyhurst University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She is the Director of the Carpe Diem Academy for graduate students at Mercyhurst University. She loves working in the early childhood field and is very excited to be a part of the Mercy Center of the Arts staff.

Cassi Unger, Art Teacher: Ms. Unger is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Furthermore, Ms. Unger completed the Illustration Academy’s Summer Intensive Program in Kansas City, Missouri. Her paintings and illustrations have been displayed across the country, as well as, locally. When Ms. Unger is not teaching at Mercy Center of the Arts, she spends her time as a private art instructor. She enjoys teaching her students the fundamentals of visual arts by guiding the children to grow their creative potential. 

Crystal Lander, Finance Director: Ms. Lander joined our staff in July 2019. Her background includes over 15 years as Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for St. Boniface Church and School, 5 years as a Finance Director at St. Jude Church, as well as, Our Lady's Christian School. She is currently employed as a Business Manager with the Erie Catholic School System, processing payroll for the six schools and handling the finances for two schools within the system. 



Mercy Center of the Arts

We have relocated to the OLMC Parish Building. We are still on Grandview, east of Rt 8.      Come visit our new classrooms!


1531 East Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16510

Phone: 814-824-2519

Hours: M-W-F, 8:30-12:00


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What's Happening

We are loving our new classrooms at Mount Carmel. The rooms are spacious and lovely, and we are enjoying the outdoor courtyard area. The children's assessment: "it still feels like Mercy Center of the Arts".  What better endorsement could there be? Thank you to Mount Carmel Parish for your warm welcome. 

Music Together Classes

 We are hopeful to be able to have a masked, outdoor class this summer.  We are waiting for the revised guidelines from the CDC and the state regarding group singing.

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