Facilitators Bio's:


Marcia E. Vanderlee:
A recent graduate from the College at Brockport, Vanderlee has presented her work nationally at Cornell University and Salisbury University and has studied with Khalid Saleem since 2008.  She is a member of Saleem’s personal group, Percussion ah Saleem, as well as an active member of Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble. In addition to studying with nationally and internationally renowned artists at the College at Brockport, Vanderlee has also participated in the American Dance Festival (ADF).  In her graduate studies, Vanderlee taught dance to children with developmental disabilities with Together Including Every Student (TIES).  She is committed and passionate about the arts and is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance and drumming with the community. Vanderlee has a Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and also holds a Bachelors of Science in Dance and Physical Education.   

 Zachary Spath:
Spath has been studying African Drumming since 2001 under Khalid Saleem. In 2005 he began facilitating drum circles for children with developmental disabilities. In addition to his drumming experience Zachary holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Zachary is passionate about drumming and using drum circles as a means to increase communication and build relationships.