Our Staff

David Cordier

Founder and Owner
David Cordier is founder of Cordier Auctions & Appraisals. Mr. Cordier has been in the antiques business since 1980, and an appraiser since 1990. He is a graduate of Winterthur Museum’s Winter Institute and has attended classes in the Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University, New York. Mr. Cordier studied the Arts and Decorative Arts in Pennsylvania at Penn State University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Penn State Capital Campus. He has also worked in human services and health care, and holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Oxford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cordier has written extensively for the Harrisburg Patriot News, reporting on antiques and related events in central Pennsylvania. He also wrote a bi-weekly feature column “Eye on Antiques” for the Sunday Patriot News from 2001 to 2006. David is a Leadership Harrisburg alumni and a senior member of the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club. He also volunteers at the Cumberland and Dauphin County Historical Societies and is a member of the HACC Auctioneering Advisory Committee. David is a Pennsylvania licensed auctioneer (#AU005321), a certified appraiser, and an accredited auctioneer of real estate.

Erika Kelly

Director of Administration
After working part time as an administrator and bookkeeper for Cordier Auctions and Appraisals since 2003, Erika joined the staff full time in 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from Penn State Capital College while working as a Project Coordinator for Siemens Building Technologies, and later completed the HACC Auctioneering program in the Fall of 2013. Erika is a member of the HACC Auctioneering Advisory Committee, and a member and board member of the Kiwanis Club of Harrisburg. She is a Pennsylvania licensed auctioneer (#AU005881) and a certified appraiser by the Certified Appraisers Guild of America, as well as a Pennsylvania Notary and a Motor Vehicle Agent. Erika is currently pursuing a Graduate Gemologist Diploma with the Gemological Institute of America. She and her husband and their daughters reside in Camp Hill. When not working, Erika enjoys reading, cooking, and crafts. She has been a Certified Patient Partner Program volunteer with the Kidney Foundation of Central PA and currently enjoys volunteering through Kiwanis.

Ed Rowe

Manager of Onsite Auctions
After spending 35 years in the transportation industry, Ed Rowe joined Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in 2009. Ed is a veteran of the United State Army and a Vietnam Veteran. He is also a Pennsylvania licensed auctioneer (#AU005556).Ed is active in his church and has taught both children’s and adult Sunday School and has sat on the Church Council. He has been a member of The Free and Accepted Masons for more than thirty years. Ed and his wife Karen have lived in New Cumberland for 35 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

Melanie Hartman

Catalog Specialist, Antiques and Art
Melanie joined Cordier Auctions and Appraisals in 2011. Melanie earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Archaeology from Mercyhurst College and was an archaeological field tech before entering the 401(k) industry in 2000. Melanie and her husband James live in Palmyra with their son where she sits on the Palmyra Church of the Brethren’s Education Committee. A former USTA Middle States Team Captain, when Melanie is not playing tennis she can be found gardening or cooking. Melanie is a certified appraiser by the Certified Appraiser’s Guild of America.

Melissa Fretz

Catalog Specialist, Antiques and Art
After living and working in Michigan since 2009, Melissa Fretz relocated back to her home state and joined the Cordier team in August, 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science concentrating in Cataloging and Digital Content Management from Wayne State University. Melissa has several years of business and account management experience, and interned with the Detroit Historical Society Archive in conjunction with the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. She held a Content Management Specialist position at the General Motors Heritage Center from 2015 to 2017. Melissa is CPR certified and was a Michigan state licensed foster parent prior to her move. She was also involved with community clean-up around Detroit. Melissa and her husband Andy live in Midtown, Harrisburg where they are renovating their Queen Anne style townhome. They enjoy outdoor activities including hiking and boating, and Melissa also enjoys reading and yoga.

Peter Seibert

Senior Cataloging Specialist
Peter received both his Bachelor of Humanities and his Master of Arts in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University. He received the Joel Sater Prize for Decorative Arts Scholarship and the Distinguished Alumni Award, both from Penn State. His professional career includes service at the Historical Societies of Dauphin and Cumberland Counties and Fort Hunter Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was President and CEO of The Heritage Center of Lancaster County, and is a past recipient of the City of Harrisburg Mayor’s Award for Distinguished Public Service. He is the former Executive Director of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos New Mexico where he curated exhibitions on Maria Martinez--the famed potter of San Ildefonso Pueblo and on Fred Harvey--the noted Western hotelier. Peter is the author of several books and many essays and articles primarily on Pennsylvania decorative arts. He has also lectured extensively on various topics including presentations at Winterthur Museum and the American Folk Art Museum in New York. He is a regular columnist of Antiques and Auction News. Peter currently resides in Williamsburg Virginia with his wife and children, where he continues his life-long obsession with collecting. Peter is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans, Sons of the Revolution and the Free and Accepted Masons.