Staff

Staff

Michele Anstine

Executive Director

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 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 Nothing Less.

Erin Samarasinghe

Grant Officer

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.

Casira Copes

Communications & Development Officer

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.

Karla Leonard

Administrative Assistant

Karla Leonard is excited to join the Delaware Humanities staff as the Administrative Assistant and manages the Speakers program.  She comes from a diverse work background which includes several different areas of the legal field. She has 15 years of non-profit work experience with a trust company. Karla looks forward to her administrative role while helping others within our communities.

Danielle Levredge

Community Programs Officer

Danielle Levredge comes on board with over ten years of experience in community advocacy and environmental conservation. From the Seaford, DE area, Danielle brings with her a firm belief in accessing and empowering statewide assets, organizations, and individuals. Additionally, Danielle is passionate about promoting understanding and awareness of LGBTQ+ identities, prioritizing racial equity, and sustainable environmental ethics. Previous roles include work with Public Allies Delaware, the PeaceCorps, Delaware State Parks, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware.