Center Stage is located inside Suite C1747 in the College of Medicine, Room # C1747B and C1747Q
Office Phone: (717) 531-6421
Director, Center Stage
One afternoon in December 2010, Claire de Boer was inspired by her experience as an informal musician in Penn State Hershey clinical areas. She recognized an opportunity to organize more arts opportunities for patients, caregivers and staff. Thankfully, the leadership supported the idea and let Claire loose to create and grow the programs, and the Department of Humanities gave her a happy home. Claire’s academic background is in psychology, education and the arts. She serves as vice president of the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Arts in Health.
Coordinator for Artistic Enhancement
Betsy Fallat has been working within the Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center since 2011 and joined the Center Stage team in 2013. Besides painting murals and leading other artistic enhancements in the medical center and College of Medicine, Betsy also helps to coordinate and facilitate various visual arts programing such as Pick a Pic, art workshops, and art exhibits. Betsy academic background is art education from Penn State and she is presently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling and art therapy from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
PS Cancer Institute Events Organizer
Keeley Engle began her involvement with Center Stage in 2012, exhibiting as a fine art photographer and performing with her band The Jayplayers throughout the medical center. Having studied business management, music, and studio art to gain her degree she was well poised to then expand her work with Center Stage in 2016, coming on board as a team member to coordinate programs directly within the Cancer Institute. In addition to her work with Center Stage, Keeley actively pursues a professional career as a singer-songwriter, performing most every weekend with her band all across the tristate area.
Center Stage Assistant
Lorna Davis’ professional background is in nursing and she has worked as a staff nurse on one of our medical floors. Lorna began as a volunteer with Center Stage soon after its inception in 2011. She has since hosted more than one hundred live music performances. Lorna particularly enjoys observing the expressions of surprise and awe on people’s faces and the magic that happens during the musical performances. In 2015, Lorna was hired as a Center Stage assistant, primarily for our research projects and Pick a Pic. Her personal artistic interests are smooth jazz and music of the 40s, textile arts and dance.
Kerry Royer joined Center Stage in 2017 to organize music and art programs at the medical center and College of Medicine. Her academic background is in writing and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art education. She manages programs and writes for the Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and Center Stage. She also doubles as a magazine editor-in-chief.
Alexis Lombardo is an Art Therapist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, providing services to patients in the Children’s Hospital as well as the Cancer Institute. She received her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling from Drexel University in 2017. Prior to this, Alexis earned her bachelor’s degree in art therapy with minors in psychology and art history from Marywood University. Alexis has experience with individuals of all ages receiving treatment for both mental and physical illness within both a pediatric medical setting and substance abuse treatment.
More About Me Program
LaDora Field joined Center Stage in 2018 to pilot the “More About Me” program, a humanistic endeavor, where she visits inpatients to shed light on their personal interests outside of the medical sphere so that caregivers gain a better insight to them as a whole individual rather than a medical chart. Her academic background is in psychology and literature. In her career training, she has focused on echocardiography and non-invasive cardiology. She has worked in Hershey, Lancaster, and Oxford, England. LaDora spends the balance of her time serving as a board member to several non-profits and organizing fundraising events including Association of Faculty and Friends at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.