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.

Melanie Hartman

Director, Catalog & Specialty Auctions
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.

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.