Education and Community Relations Coordinator
Shahidah has a been in the DC area for over 15 years and has seen the city grow and change in many ways. Because of this change, she has developed a passion for Non-Profit work and building community with families and children across all wards of the city. This passion has led her to understand the power of diversity and expression through all mediums, and that is her driving force for the work that she does with CHAW. She is excited to be apart of the team!
Facilities Coordinator and Theater Department Chair
Danny Cackley graduated with a BA in Drama from the University of Virginia. Since 2010 he has been acting, teaching, and choreographing all over the country and in the D.C. region. From 2013-2014 he was a member of the National Players (Tour 65) and performed three classical plays in rotating repertory for 11 months, in roughly 35 of the 48 contiguous United States. He also developed arts curriculum and taught over 500 students. In the D.C. area, he has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (as an actor and teaching artist), Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Young Playwrights Theatre, Taffety Punk (CHAW's Resident Theatre Company), Faction of Fools, Flying V Theatre Co, Brave Spirits Theatre, Educational Theatre Company, and LiveArt DC. Danny is an Advanced Actor/Combatant, certified by the Society of American Fight Directors. He joined the CHAW staff in 2017, and is thrilled to be a part of this thriving artistic community.
Office Coordinator and Bookkeeper
Charlene has been working at CHAW since 2012. A Washington DC resident for over 30 years, Charlene has graced the northwest quadrant with her calm demeanor and serves on a neighborhood board for co-op residents where she works with youth on annual projects. After finishing her DCPS career at Dunbar Sr. High in 1989, Charlene went on to attend Hair Academy School for hair in New Carrolton, MD where she received her hair licence and continued to practice her art of styling for over 16 years. While working in the beauty industry Charlene also took positions in banking, tax revenue, and after a short break, found CHAW and has been here ever since. Charlene loves dancing, singing, and cooking and enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, children, and grandchildren traveling all over the place.
Front Desk Administrator
Jerod is originally born and raised in the Washington, DC region. Jerod took an early interest in sketching and music, and still fosters his sense of creativity playing the guitar or sketching in his free time. Jerod graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from American University, and developed a deep passion for social justice and racial equity within the criminal justice system. Jerod began his career working with disadvantaged youth and adults in the criminal justice system providing rehabilitative services. From then on, Jerod decided that helping others would become his career. Jerod has worked with several local non-profits in the Washington, DC region, and currently works full-time at Miriam's Kitchen on the Permanent Supportive Housing team, ensuring individuals experiencing homelesness are given a home and never lose it. Jerod is excited to join CHAW as a part-time receptionist in the evenings, where he can continue to foster his sense of creativity and be of support to the awesome CHAW staff!
Marketing and Events Manager
Carolina Meurkens is a writer, art-educator, and event curator based in Washington, D.C. with a passion for fostering community building and neighborhood equity through the arts. She comes to CHAW after working with various D.C organizations such as the Latin American Youth Center, An Indivisible Art Collective, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In addition to her work in the arts non-profit realm, Carolina is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College where she is working on an essay collection exploring the intersection of her cultural heritage as a first-generation American of Afro-Brazilian and German descent, stories of immigration, and Diaspora.
Amy Moore has been a member of the staff at CHAW since 2008, serving as Director of Education and Programs until 2016 when she assumed her current position of Executive Director. She holds a BS in elementary education and a BA in flute performance from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She holds an MA in music theory and history and MM in flute performance from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the staff at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, her 30+ year arts management career includes serving as Director of Membership for GALA Choruses, Operations Manager for the Arlington Symphony, Assistant Manager for Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra and Tour Manager for the Polish National Radio Symphony.
Stephanie graduated with a BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology for Fine Arts and Art History and Italian. She has been a Teaching Artist at CHAW since moving into the district in 2015 from Brooklyn. Her classes span from drawing to bookbinding to printmaking. An artist in her own right, her work has been selected and featured in juried art shows across the country with the latest one in our very own Eastern Market. Stephanie is also actively involved in the local arts community by freelancing and advocating for accessible art opportunities. She is proud of her ongoing relationships formed with DC DOC, DCPS, and emerging artists throughout the DMV area.
Private Music Coordinator
Lydia’s love of music started early in life, when she began studying piano at age of four. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, with a major in voice and a minor in piano. She then went on to Westminster Choir College, where she studied under the legendary Sharon Sweet and completed her Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance.
Lydia has performed as solo soprano in Shanghai, China. After she moved in United States, she performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and Berliner Philharmonic as a part of a chorus. She especially enjoys teaching young children, and has recently been privately tutoring piano, voice, and Mandarin to children, as well as adults.
Having recently relocated to DC, Lydia as taken positions as a teaching artist at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, a production assistant for the National Children’s Chorus, and a substitute teacher at Washington Yuying Public Charter School.
When she is not teaching, Lydia likes to volunteer at the John F. Kennedy Center, yoga, creative crafts, and cook. She also enjoys learning new languages and learning about new cultures.