Advisory Board

BANNER ADAMS

Advisor, Art Education and Photography

Banner Adams, of Banner Photography, LLC is a second-generation photographer and former educator. 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Banner has worked as a Montessori teacher, art teacher, classroom teacher and special educator. Banner worked in K5 - 5th grade classrooms in Title 1 schools. She also taught art at Charleston’s Ashley Hall, including a Summer Art Program over a three year period. 

 

At the turn of the millennium, Ms. Adams found that her years of experience working with students in and out of the classroom perfectly complimented her upbringing in the photography industry and she officially opened her studio doors to the public. 

 

Over the years, she has devoted part of her professional time working with subjects with special needs and has worked with The Special Olympics, The Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry and has been commissioned for private portrait sessions for families who have members with special needs who feel like her experiences, expertise and patience bring out the best in their loved ones.

MELISSA BRADSHAW

Advisor, Art Education

Melissa Bradshaw is an experienced elementary teacher with a degree in Arts Education who developed Wee Little Arts in response to a need she saw as a teacher for early childhood arts education. Melissa realized that the students in her elementary school classrooms had been under-served in the development of fine motor skills, critical thinking skills and creativity that early art education encourages.

 

Wee Little Arts is a process-oriented approach to preschool arts education that has been overwhelmingly successful in engaging and empowering children by helping them discover the creative process. Wee Little Arts is a method of releasing the natural creativity of young children through the use of mixed-media, drawing, painting and three dimensions.

 

Melissa has won several awards, including Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive.  Her curriculum has been so well received, respected and loved, she took the next step of franchising her business, hoping that children all over the country would eventually experience the benefits of such a program.

KAREN KOOB

Co-Founder, Outreach Program / Advisor, Education and Music

Ms. Koob  comes to The Children’s Fine and Performing Arts Foundation with vast experience in education and the fine arts. In addition to her education in Music Vocal Performance, Karen has had the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Center, Town Hall; Toscanini’s home; numerous performances in the Charleston, SC area and at The National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

 

Karen first moved to Charleston in 1987. There, she served in Parish Administration at St. Michael’s Church, Charleston and Christ Church, Mount Pleasant for 12 years before moving to Germany for seven years in support of her husband’s Army career. While in Charleston, Karen sang with the Charleston Singer’s Guild (in support of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra) for several years.

 

Ms. Koob is passionate about the arts and children’s education. She has served as a high school teacher and as Director of Spiritual Life at a private school in Virginia. She has experience planning and executing community service projects both domestically and internationally. Karen is the co-founder of Covenant Christian School, a private school in Virginia, which is based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator who reformed England’s educational system, which emphasizes a fine arts education and self-directed learning.

CATHY MARINO

Advisor, Academics and Special Needs Facilitation

Cathy Marino has devoted her career to education with a special focus on Early Childhood Development and Special Education. She was the Founder and Director of the first Infant Toddler Child Care Program in the state of New Jersey.  She has spent over 34 years as an educator, teaching Pre-School, Kindergarten through 5th Grade, and as an Elementary School Principal with children from 34 countries speaking 54 languages.

 

Mrs. Marino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College, a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities ( Summa Cum Laude ) from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed extensive graduate coursework in Special Education and Early Childhood at Harvard, Yale and Columbia Universities.

 

Mrs. Marino is a published author, has served on the President’s National Advisory Council in Washington, DC, and received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teachers in New Jersey. Supporting numerous causes in the Low Country, she serves on the College of Charleston’s School of Education Teacher-Leader Program, and the School of The Arts Advisory Board. She is Vice Chairman of Engaging Creative Minds, a Board Member of The Gaillard Management Corporation, MUSC’s Heart & Vascular Center, Co-Founder of Arts, etc. and Co-Founder of The Children’s Center at Carolina Park. Cathy is also on Growing Together, a State Board for Early Childhood and on the Board of Advisors for The Holocaust Education Film Foundation. Some of her former Board positions include : The S.C. Aquarium Education Committee, Charleston Education Network, Trident United Way, Life Management Center for ADD and ADHD Children, Darkness to Light, WINGS for Kids, Florence Crittenton, The Children’s Museum of The Low-Country and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s National Foundation Board.

DR. GEORGE SACHS

Advisor, Education and Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Sachs is a licensed child psychologist and adult psychologist, specializing in the treatment of ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders in children, teen and adults. Dr. Sachs did his clinical training in Chicago at Cook County Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Child Study Center. He completed his internship and post doctoral work at the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles, where he supervised and trained therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). George Sachs is a Gestalt trained therapist, certified by the Gestalt Associates Training program of Los Angeles. Dr. Sachs consulted to Juilliard in New York City, providing counseling to their dance, drama, and orchestral students. Dr. Sachs is author of Helping the Traumatized Child and Helping Your Husband with Adult ADD. Dr. Sachs has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CBS, WPIX and other major media outlets, discussing his unique holistic approach to Autism and ADHD treatment.  Dr. Sachs also writes for the Huffington Post.  Dr. Sachs is  a member of the American Psychological Association and the New York State Psychological Association.

 

Prior to becoming a clinical child psychologist, George Sachs began his career working in children’s television, developing an NSF funded preschool project for PBS. He later worked with Paramount writing scripts for the Sabrina the Teenage Witch CD-ROM series. It was at this time in 1996 that George and Beth met and began creating concepts for children’s television. George’s decision to work directly with children as a child psychologist has not deterred him from continuing to develop fun and entertaining television shows.

GREG SINACORI

Advisor, Dance and Creative Movement

Mr. Sinacori is an alumnus of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and graduated magna cum laude from the Fordham University/Alvin Ailey BFA program in dance and has received his Masters degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Sinacori has performed with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Alvin Ailey’s second company (Ailey II), Parsons Dance Company and as a guest artist with Battleworks. 

 

Greg is currently featured on the hit Nickelodeon series The Backyardigans as the animated dancing moose, Tyrone, and also performs the movements for Nickelodeon’s Emmy Award Winning animated series The Bubble Guppies. He can be seen in The Music of Regret, a short film directed by Laurie Simmons at the Museum of Modern Art. In the year 2000, Sinacori was a finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search in Miami, Florida. Mr. Sinacori is currently on faculty at The High School of Performing Arts in NYC.