The Team


Brandon Schneider

Executive Assistant to Stephanie Klemons

Brandon is thrilled to support Stephanie in realizing her vision for Katie's Art Project. For two years, Stephanie and Brandon have worked together bringing Katie’s Art Project events and programs to life. Brandon is a proud graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music with plans to dedicate his life to the arts and helping others through performance and administration. In addition to his work with Katie's Art Project, Brandon is an avid runner who just ran his first marathon.

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Molly Richey


Molly Richey is very excited to be a part of Katie’s Art Project. She is a North Carolina native, and attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied Spanish Literature and Ethnic Studies.  Molly's diverse career started in Real Estate in Denver for 3 years before meeting her future husband and moving to Dallas, Texas.  Once in Dallas, she became a bilingual teacher, teaching first through third graders 7 years.  Molly received her Masters in Educational Administration from Lamar University, and later moved to Chicago with her Husband Brent, where they still reside.  Molly has one daughter, Elizabeth. Molly truly believes in the mission of Katie’s Art Project and feels that creating a legacy for children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses through art and music provides an irreplaceable sense of consistency and calm during a somewhat chaotic time in their lives. It also provides a definite future where one may not exist.  Molly is honored to be helping to bring this project to children in New York and Chicago.


Clara Thomson 

Executive Director of Campus Chapters

Clara is from Edmond, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. She is currently a medical student at OU College of Medicine. Her journey began with Music is Medicine (MiM) and continues with KAP as the Campus Chapters Director! In 2014, she started the first student chapter of MiM with her founding team of what is now known as an official KAP campus chapter at the University of Oklahoma. She continued as a regional director in her state to advise her OU student community after she graduated. In 2018, she participated in the Music is Medicine program and recorded a song in NY called Strong Like Me for a patient named Charlie. Music has always been a big part of her life and she loves its ability to connect people together. As an aspiring physician and leader, she wants to give back to the patient population through multiple means. KAP is multifaceted and has allowed her to explore new areas of expertise and meet inspiring people from diverse backgrounds. Her goal with campus chapters is to bring the mission of KAP to talented students at different universities and facilitate awareness of this growing organization! She looks forward to meeting and speaking with all the interested student leaders in our nation by getting the opportunity to lay the foundations of this campus program of KAP!

Board of Directors

Photo Courtesy of Dirty Sugar

Photo Courtesy of Dirty Sugar

Stephanie Klemons

President and Founder

Originally from Colts Neck, New Jersey, Stephanie Klemons is an award-winning Broadway performer and choreographer, most recently adding direction to her resume. Currently, Stephanie serves as the Associate Choreographer and Global Dance Supervisor of Broadway’s smash hit Hamilton, helping lead the ship to 11 Tony Awards and 7 Olivier Awards, including Best ChoreographyBefore there was Hamilton, Stephanie worked on the Broadway and pre-Broadway productions of Bring It On (Associate Choreographer), In the Heights (Dance Captain, Assoc. Choreographer of the 1stNat’l tour), and If/Then ( Dance Captain, B'way).

Stephanie is a Carbonell Award Nominee for her work on In the Heights(Actor’s Playhouse, Miami) and most recently directed and choreographed the production in a semi-staged concert format at the incomparable Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Broadway Center Stage series in March 2018. More recently, Stephanie has been involved in Only Golda musical conceived, directed, and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler with a score by pop star Kate Nash. She’s also developing, directing and choreographing a new piece based on the book This is Sadie (New York Children’s Theater) opening for young audiences next spring (2019).

Stephanie’s commercial credits include the viral sensation Super Bowl LLI NFL Commercial, “Dirty Dancing”, starring Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the offensive linemen of the Giants, commercials for Victoria's Secret, a remake of George Michael’s “Freedom”, How I Met Your MotherSesame Street, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Other choreography credits include Rock of Ages (Drury Lane), Frank Wildhorn’s Zelda (Flatrock Playhouse), originally titled Waiting for the MoonChildren of Salt (NYMF). She serves as choreographer for the New Deco Orchestra, a New York based Musical Experience, American Dance Machine at The Joyce in New York City, and has been commissioned to create pieces for the NBA BROOKLYNETTES Dance Team

Stephanie is a passionate educator and philanthropist who is most proud of the non-profit she founded some years ago, Katie’s Art Project. Her dream is to create a world where artists can easily access communities in need of their gifts.

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Stephanie gives a master class at R.Evolucion Latina

Stephanie gives a master class at R.Evolucion Latina


Marybeth (Beth) Andryca

Mother of Katie Andryca, currently retired and living the beach life in Asbury Park, NJ...Loves Music, dancing, zumba, bowling, and an avid movie goer. Thrilled to be part pf Stephanie's dream to honor Katie and bring happiness and joy to those who most need it, the children whose lives are on the line with illnesses we have yet to conquer.


Walter Andryca

Father of Katie Andryca, also living the beach life in Asbury Park, NJ but still working in Aerospace Industry after 40 plus years in the Financial markets. Love to fish, dance (to the right music), read, cook, and most recently, fly big kites. I am so honored that Stephanie has chosen Katie as a channel to help bring Art in all forms to those children whose lives begin and end each day in a hospital room.

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Rachel Engel

Rachel has been involved in volunteering with non-profit work for the past few years. After losing her first wife to cancer she created a community that gave money to those who were going through difficult illnesses and gave their families some hope and happiness. Rachel has now begun working with Katie's Art Project to bring in sponsorship's and donations. This is her way of helping to raise money for a non-profit near and dear to her heart.

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Mary Pat Fortier

For the last 15 years Mary Pat has been the assistant to key executives in the classical performing arts, including the former General Manager of the Met Opera and, since 2009, the present Chairman of the Met Opera.Her current job involves communication and coordination with several charitable organizations specializing in the arts and education for a very active philanthropist. Her prior work experience has included positions in both business and not-for-profit in New York, California, Colorado and Virginia.

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Cheri Golub

As a former special education teacher and current Learning Disabilities Consultant, Cheri has been working alongside children for 26 years. She is an advocate of keeping the arts in education and in the lives of all children. Cheri and her husband, Keith are Executive Producers of the dance movies High Strung and High Strung: Free Dance. Cheri serves on the board of directors for another non-profit that helps to fund dance education for children that cannot afford it. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children, Zachary and Amanda.


Marcus Paul James

Actor, Singer/Songwriter - seen in Broadway’s "MOTOWN: The Musical", Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony award-winning "In The Heights", Jonathan Larson's Tony award-winning "RENT", and The Public Theaters Off-Broadway run of "Miss You Like Hell". TV/Film include Collateral BeautyRENT: Filmed Live, The WIZ Live, and Golden Globe-nominated The Greatest Showman. A native New Yorker with albums available on Itunes and CDBaby, including his newest EP "Paper Hearts". For more info visit


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