Michele Anstine holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Delaware . A native Delawarean, she began her career as Education Coordinator at the Read House and Gardens and later became Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer for the Delaware Historical Society. She serves on the boards of The Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places and the Delaware Museum Association.
Ciera H. Fisher
Deputy Director & Senior Program Officer
Ciera Fisher comes to Delaware Humanities from the museum world. At DH Ciera works with programs including Literature and Medicine, the Annual Lecture, and special initiatives such as DEstination: Space. As a newcomer to Delaware, she has enjoyed learning more about the First State’s history and culture.
Erin Samarasinghe is pleased to join the DH staff as the Grant Officer, after years spent working in the museum sector. A passionate arts and humanities advocate and educator, Erin is excited to play a hands-on role with the grant-making process; from inception to implementation, and finally evaluation.
Bob Bercaw has been with Delaware Humanities as the Fiscal Officer for over five years. He has extensive experience working with other non-profits as both an accountant and as a consultant. He received a degree in Fine Arts from St. Andrews University in North Carolina, and spent many years working in the field of education, teaching English as a Second Language, administering International Student Exchange programs, and as a college registrar. He then received training as an accountant and tax-preparer and has been working in this field for over 25 years.
Program and Administrative Assistant
Casira Copes is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a background in public relations, design, and English literacy education. An avid traveler and language learner, she values new opportunities for cultural exploration. Casira is a volunteer for YWCA Delaware and provides assistance for the Racial & Social Justice Program, as well as the WAND Program. Having grown up in Delaware, she is excited to continue working with local nonprofits and organizations to foster greater cultural and educational connections within the community.