Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Frances Alloway
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I have been teaching cooking and nutrition classes for many years as a consultant and employee. As a consultant, I have worked with hospitals, child care sites, senior centers, and libraries including the Free Library of Philadelphia. I have presented programming on Radnor 21 and WGTV television stations that included seasonal food and health topics. As an employee of Penn State Extension and Early Head Start, I co-authored Dining with Diabetes, Totally Veggies, The Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You curricula and taught hundreds of classes for all age groups. I am a registered dietitian and nutritionist, a certified ServSafe instructor and have child abuse clearances.
Evelyn Amoruso
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Evelyn Amoruso is a proud Italian grandmother that is known for making famous Raviolis, Meatballs, and countless other Italian dishes. As her grandchildren grew up, she would spend days and nights teaching them how to recreate her most famous recipes. The tradition continues, as Evelyn often hosts her grandchildren and their friends for delicious dinners!
I Anastasia
anastasiabellydance@gma
Anastasia is a professional belly dancer based in Philadelphia. Known for her emotional and dynamic performances, she brings an exuberance to events that has made her a popular local entertainer. Anastasia performs regularly in Middle Eastern restaurants and hookah lounges, as well as private events and weddings. She has extensive experience with live performances, and understands how to get the audience engaged! Anastasia has studied extensively over her ten year career, and trained with many teachers, both locally and internationally. She is a knowledgeable source for the music, history, and culture behind the art form of belly dance.
Amy Anna
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Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website, www.cutprintfilm.com, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at www.amyannaart.com.
Asare B. Christian, MD, MPH
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Dr. Christian is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (physiatrist). Clinically, Dr. Christian enjoys pain medicine and musculoskeletal medicine. He is the previous outpatient medical director of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Lehigh Valley, PA, and he has an academic appointment with the University of Pennsylvania Department of PM&R. Dr. Christian earned his board certification through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the owner and medical director of Aether Medicine in the Wayne, Mainline Philadelphia, PA area. https://aethermedicine.com/dr-asare-christian
Gwenne Baile
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Gwenne Baile became interested in raising chickens about 2007 when, watching The Martha Stewart Show, Martha brought a few of her chickens into her studio. A lightbulb went off in Gwenne’s head that a person could have just a few chickens and not a farm. However, chickens were illegal in her town of Haddon Township in Camden County, NJ. Once she retired from her career as an RN and Certified Nurse Midwife in 2009, she made it her mission to educate herself about backyard hens and convince her town council to change the law. Five years and many, many hours of taking chicken classes, her town passed a law allowing a pilot program in backyard chickens which essentially she authored. Her first two hens arrived the end of January, 2016. Once she had her own hens, she developed the class required by most towns in her area which she has mentored in changing their laws, too. She is certified as a Backyard Chicken Keeper from Chickens and You through the Gossamer Foundation. She also is a Certified Handler of Therapy Chickens and now certifies others. She has lectured nationally on therapy hens and is being featured in an international documentary on domestic animals featuring her two therapy hens.
Stefania Baita
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Stefania Baita is a certified Life & Career Coach who passionately works with adults on how to be more productive and happy with their time and work-life balance choices; she also focuses on Goal setting and Career transitions. Stefania loves to support mothers during the delicate phase of going back to work after having a baby as well as people that are planning to go back to work after an extended leave. Before transitioning to coaching, Stefania successfully worked in the Corporate world for more than a decade. Stefania has 2 children under 6, lived and worked in 4 countries and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French. She has been recently featured on CBS3 for her coaching on Goal setting.
Mita Barot
BarotM@tesd.net;
Mita works at a Main Line School District’s Nutrition Department. She frequently entertains large groups in her home in Chester County introducing her guests to the many healthy dishes of India and has been teaching cooking classes since 2009, most recently in St. Mary’s County, MD. Mita is passionate about healthy cooking, entertaining and loves to laugh and have fun while cooking.
Chani Barton
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My name is Chani Barton. I am a wife and mother of 3 terrific children; two of which are grown and out of the house. My youngest son is in High School. I am currently enjoying my 20th year in education. During the day, I work as a Technology Integration Coach at a local school district. I am involved with instructional design for adult learners, planning and implementing blended learning classroom lessons, and modeling effective classroom practices. Throughout my career I have facilitated multiple learning experiences for audiences that range from grade level teams to statewide conferences. I am a Google Level 2 Certified Instructor, a SMART Certified Champion, and an Apple Teacher.
Christina Basciano
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Christina is a Key Account Manager for Hitachi ABB Power Grids within the utility industry in the Northeast selling within a diverse portfolio of high voltage products. She has been with the company since 2013, working within all divisions of the company. Christina has a Master of Science degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Saint Joseph’s University. Long time native of the surrounding Philadelphia suburb area and happily lives with her identical twin sons Christopher and Nicholas in Bryn Mawr.
Eric Bell
ericbellwriter@gmail.com
Eric Bell is the author of two juvenile fiction books: Alan Cole Is Not a Coward and its sequel, Alan Cole Doesn't Dance, both published by HarperCollins. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward was nominated for the 2018 ALA Rainbow List of GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens. Eric has experience leading workshops and classes in the Philadelphia area. He is eager to bring his unique blend of writing experience, interactivity, and good humor to Main Line School Night.
Lynn Berkowitz
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Lynn Berkowitz, MFA, BFA, with a career in art museums, has developed an array of award-winning gallery tours, experiences, and apps aimed at helping audiences of all ages and abilities engage with a diversity of art ‘isms and approaches.
Kirk Berlenbach
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Trained as a philosopher and social worker, Kirk works an Episcopal priest. He has studied Japanese swords and Samurai culture for more than 25 years. Since 2004 he has been studying Doshinkan Aikido and currently holds a 2nd Dan ranking.
Richard Berman
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Richard Berman, Owner, Pour Richard's Coffee Company
David Beruh
daveberuh@gmail.com
Dave is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is a former US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Dave has had a lifelong interest in health and wellness. In 2010 at age 50, he lost 60 pounds and discovered the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle. Since then he has been active in discovering bio-hacks and following the latest in longevity research.
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
dominic@berwynsquash.com
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Owen Biddle
owenbiddlephotography
OWEN BIDDLE has been taking pictures for thirty-five years and teaching photography for about thirty years. One thing he loves about teaching is watching his students' unique vision and creativity unfold as they master the how-to's of the camera. He loves challenging his students to see the camera as a tool for creating meaningful images. He also loves studying the masters of photography, and strives to inspire his students to use the lessons that can be learned from those who came before us, both in photography and in art, in general. Owen reports that the whole class has a lot of fun together, following and developing their passion for this wonderful media.
Steven Blum
Steven Blum, Esq, Steven G Blum and Associates LLC, Author, Negotiating your Investments, Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew
roislindubh@gmail.com
Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Judy Bogad
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At ESPN Judy was the first femaile producer at SportsCenter. She wrote, produced, and reported for Major League Baseball, reporting on Spring Training, All-Star games, Post-Season playoffs and the World Series. Judy also wrote and produced corporate videos. During Judy's 14 years at QVC, she collaborated on the network's first Digital Asset Management System. She now is the founder and owner of her own video production company, specializing in productions for corporations, small businesses, and entertainment ventures.
Marc Bookman
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Marc Bookman is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR). From 1993 to 2010 he was in the Homicide Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Since 1995 he has taught at many death penalty conferences, including those sponsored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and has been on the faculty of numerous hands-on trainings sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, as well as those sponsored by ACCR. He has published essays in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, VICE and Slate on various aspects of capital jurisprudence, and his first book, A Descending Spiral: Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays, has been published by the New Press in May 2021. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Kent Bottles
kentbottles@gmail.com
Dr. Kent Bottles teaches health policy and payment reform at The Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health in Philadelphia and regularly consults and presents on population health, health care reform, digital medicine, and the future of the doctor patient relationship. He has been a Professor and Chair of academic medical school pathology departments, a Chief Medical Officer of a state-wide integrated delivery system, a President and CEO and DIO of an educational and research collaborative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a President and CEO of an evidence-based medicine health care consortium in Minneapolis, and a President and Chief Knowledge Officer of a genomics bio-tech start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Bottles has received the following awards and honors: Phi Beta Kappa, The Rodney T. West Literary Achievement Award for the most important article on medical management in 2001 from the American College of Physician Executives, the Resident Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Iowa Department of Pathology, the UC San Francisco Class of 1991 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Major Contribution, the UC San Francisco Class of 1990 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Stimulating Lecture Series, and the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching at UC San Francisco for Basic Science.
Jennifer Brandt
jbrandt@cozen.com
JENNIFER BRANDT has been practicing family law for more than 17 years. She is licensed both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is currently a partner at Cozen O’Connor. She also appears frequently as a legal expert on local and national television such as CNN, CNN Headline News, and Fox News. Jennifer received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. You can view her complete bio at www.cozen.com.
Barbara Browne
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I am a professional pianist and educator who has taught piano and coached singers at Cabrini University, Westminster Choir College, University of the Arts and Luzerne Music Center. I perform throughout the region as both soloist and collaborator.
Jeanne Buckley
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I hold an Ed.D. in Educational Technology from Columbia University, two masters degrees (Simmons College and Syracuse University), and have spent my career in higher education, as a Dean, CIO and Vice President. I retired form full-time administrative work in 2017, but have continued teaching. I have taught college-level courses for the last 35 years. Currently, I teach this particular course (which I designed) to upper-level students at Arcadia University, where it is designated as a writing course.
Hannah Campbell
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Instructor Hannah Dougherty Campbell has been published over 100 times in Philadelphia and Maine newsprint as well as in 3 National Magazines. She presents Student Journalism Workshops to area middle school students, has taught Creative Writing Courses at the Haverford Adult School as well as Baking Classes at Lower Merion. Hannah is a substitute teacher in area Private and Parochial Schools.
Brad Carney
brad.carney@muralarts.org
Brad Carney is a lead Teaching Artist with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Brad is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, with a degree in drawing, painting and sculpture. He loves collaborating with students and neighborhoods, and sees every project as an opportunity to create powerful human connections. Brad's pedagogy is an exploration of the light within, and of shared experiences through the creative process.
Greg Cazillo
greg@cazillo.com
GREGORY CAZILLO is the owner of Cazillo Photography and Web Design. He has over fifteen years of photography experience and a degree from Antonelli Institute of Photography. He has practical expertise in commercial and product photography as well as portraiture for small businesses and large corporations alike. He derives great pleasure from creating beautiful, timeless images for families and couples to treasure and share. Gregory believes that the key to Photography and Art is to be creative, bend rules, and above all, think like an artist! You may see many samples of his work as well as photography tutorials on his website Cazillo.com.
Maria Ceferatti
mcef869@gmail.com
Maria Ceferatti is a published writer of short stories, essays and poetry, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is a writing instructor and music teacher in the Philadelphia area.
Russell Chomiak
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MBA/BS in Mechanical Engineering; Former CEO of a local engineering and industrial distribution company; Division President of Fortune 100 company; Alumni Board of NJIT; Member of the Ukrainian Institute in NY and various Ukrainian organizations that promote local Ukrainian culture and international good will
Grace Cipressi
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Grace Cipressi, Assistive Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College
Colin Clarke
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Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D., is the Director of Policy and Research at The Soufan Group. Clarke’s research focuses on domestic and transnational terrorism, international security, and geopolitics. Prior to joining The Soufan Group, Clarke was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he spent a decade researching terrorism, insurgency, and criminal networks. At RAND, Clarke led studies on ISIS financing, the future of terrorism and transnational crime, and lessons learned from all insurgencies since the end of the World War II. Clarke is also an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague, a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET), and a member of the “Network of Experts” at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Clarke serves as part of the research advisory council at the RESOLVE Network and is a member of the advisory board at the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR). He serves on the editorial board of three of the leading scholarly journals in the field of terrorism studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Perspectives on Terrorism. Clarke has testified before Congress on numerous occasions as an expert witness on a range of terrorism-related issues, appears frequently in the media to discuss national security-related matters, and has published several books on terrorism, including his most recent, After the Caliphate: The Islamic State and the Future Terrorist Diaspora. Clarke has briefed his research at a range of national and international security forums, including the U.S. Army War College, US Air Force Special Operations School, Society for Terrorism Research International Conference, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the Counter ISIS Financing Group (CIFG), which is part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. In 2011, he spent several months as an analyst with Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-Shafafiyat at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, working for General H.R. McMaster, the former U.S. National Security Advisor, where he was responsible for analyzing criminal patronage networks in Afghanistan and how these networks fueled the insurgency. Clarke has a Ph.D. in international security policy from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
Elizabeth Cochran
etclizard@gmail.com
ELIZABETH COCHRAN plays the Double Bass and received an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She also received a Diploma in Music from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where she was a student of Michael Shahan. Elizabeth performs with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly Pops. In addition to her work as a bassist, she is the organist at Central Baptist Church in Wayne.
Mary Coe
N/A
Mary Coe, Friends of Radnor Trails
Cathleen Cohen
cpoems@gmail.com
Cathleen Cohen is Montgomery County’s 2019 Poet Laureate. A painter, poet and teacher, she founded ArtWell’s “We the Poets” program in Philadelphia (www.theartwell.org). She has taught students of all ages from a variety of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in the USA and in Israel. Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, 6ix, Philadelphia Stories and other publications. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” won a Moonstone Arts Press prize. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy. Her paintings are on view at Cerulean Arts gallery in Philadelphia (https://ceruleanarts.com)
Michael Martin Cohen, MD
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Michael Martin Cohen, M.D. has a long-standing interest in the aging brain – both personal and professional. He has been in Neurology private practice on the Main Line for nearly 40 years and is a former Chief of Neurology at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center for almost 20 years.
Marebeth Conard
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Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher
Ginny Conover
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Roberta Cooks
robertacooks87@gmail.com
Roberta Cooks, MD, Gokhale Method® teacher, trained as a physician at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Cooks has been a Gokhale Method®Teacher for ten years, guiding hundreds of people of all ages away from back, neck and musculoskeletal pain through teaching healthy ways to perform our daily movements of life. Dr. Cooks is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer and Qigong Medicine practitioner.
Jack Covington
Premier.performances@g
Dr. Covington is an Oxford-educated cultural historian and classically trained stage actor. He is the Creative Director of “Characters-on-Call” – 1 st person living history biographies.  He presents dynamic first-person historical impersonations of famous literary and historical personages from the pages of history – in authentic period costume – history brought to life! He is a refreshingly innovative, enlightening, and engagingly dynamic educator, actor, and entertainer of the most creative kind – one who loves both his craft and his audience – who consistently delivers a show in true “that’s entertainment” style.  He deliberately steps outside the proverbial box, breaking down barriers and successfully injecting spontaneity, wit, and warmth into his lecture performances. He has performed for many historical and cultural organizations and also served as a tour guide for houses on the historical register. Performance topics he has presented are listed on his website, www.PerformancesParExcellence.com. Dr. Covington is also a world traveler, adventurer, and a former avid mountaineer.  His ability to incorporate his first-hand experiences into his lecture performances serves to both enlighten and enthrall his audiences. He delights in the opportunity to share his unique concept of combining lifelong learning with entertainment that will educate, stimulate, and inspire his audiences today and tomorrow!
Trudy Coxe
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As CEO and Executive Director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, Trudy Coxe oversees a collection of 11 historic house museums, including seven National Historic Landmarks, spanning nearly 300 years of American architectural history. These include the Gilded Age icons, The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms and Rosecliff.  Prior to the COVID -19 pandemic the Preservation Society of Newport County also known as the Newport Mansions had 400 full-time and seasonal employees, an annual operating budget of $25 million, 35,000 members and it delivered over one million tours for four consecutive years.The Newport Mansions is the most visited cultural attraction in Rhode Island, and ranks among the top four in New England. Trudy’s key accomplishments include: · raising $39 million for a recent comprehensive campaign · launching an aggressive plan to ensure the long-term preservation of the houses, eliminating a deferred maintenance bill of $13 million · achieving accreditation, and later reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (fewer than 1,100 of the 35,000 museums in the U.S. are accredited) · establishing a Fellows program for young scholars · creating popular app/audio tours at the most visited houses · growing the organization's membership from 3,800 to 35,000 supporters Immediately prior to joining the Preservation Society in December 1998, Coxe served six years as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Environmental Affairs, where she presided over completion of the Boston Harbor cleanup and creation of the next generation of clean drinking water technology; protected more than 100,000 acres of land; and led the national fight for alternative- fueled vehicles.  Previously, she was Executive Director of Rhode Island’s Save The Bay for 11 years, turning it into the largest citizen action organization in New England.  She also served for two years as Director of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Coxe holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Roger Williams University, an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Rhode Island, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Other honors include: the 2018 Woman of the Year Award by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, the 2011 Business Woman Award for Overall Career Achievement from the Providence Business News, and a 2006 Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. for her lifetime of environmental advocacy. In 2014, she was named one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly magazine. She is also a past recipient of the Mary Brennan Tourism Award from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.  She serves on several boards, including, Grow Smart Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Commodores. In addition, she sits on the Advisory Board of the Conservation Law Foundation/Rhode Island, the Audubon Society of RI and she is an Incorporator of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, BankNewport and the Newport Health Care Corporation.
I Creative Voice Development Gro
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Staff, Creative Voice Development Group
Harrington Crissey
hcrissey45@gmail.com
Harrington Crissey, is an ESL instructor who has a BA degree in classical languages from the University of Rochester and an MEd in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Temple University. Since 1974 he has taught English at institutions such as Temple University, the Nationalities Service Center, Arcadia University, Saint Joseph's University and Harcum College. He currently does substitution work at English Language Services (Saint Joseph's University) and mentors graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chuck Darrow
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Chuck Darrow has been covering the Philadelphia/Atlantic City entertainment scene for more than 45 years as a journalist and broadcaster. His award-winning career began at the Temple News, the student-run newspaper at Temple University. His first byline ever there was atop his own weekly rock music column. By the time he left the News, he’d served as entertainment editor, features editorand editor-in-chief. In March, 1980, at age 23, Chuck began his professional career as the music columnist/entertainment writer-critic for the Philadelphia Journal. When the Journal folded in December, 1981, Chuck left journalism, but returned in 1985, when he began a 23-year-run at the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, N.J. During his time at the Courier-Post, Chuck published thousands of articles on everything from the legendary Live Aid concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium to the opening of multiple casino-hotels to feature stories filed from the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. At one time or another, he held the positions of pop music critic, movie critic, theater critic, television critic, casual dining critic, fine dining critic and radio columnist (often wearing multiple hats simultaneously). Among the hundreds of celebrities Chuck interviewed for the Courier-Post were Donald Trump, Sir Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Dick Clark. It was also at the Courier-Post in 1986 that he began writing a weekly column about entertainment, dining and gaming in Atlantic City—a beat that would ultimately become his “brand.” And in 2004, he created Chuck Darrow’s Phillies Blog,the paper’s first- ever online blog. While at the Courier-Post, Chuck was the recipient of two New Jersey Press Association awards (for critical writing and as part of the reporting team that covered the collapse of an Atlantic City casino parking garage). In 2008, Chuck realized his long-held dream of working for the Philadelphia Daily News when he was hired to be the paper’s first full-time casino-beat writer. In that capacity, he covered entertainment, gaming and business topics, as well as contributing non-casino lifestyle and entertainment stories. In January 2013, he was named the paper’s theater columnist/critic, a post he held until leaving the Daily News at the end of 2015. Today, Chuck is the Casino Lifestyle Editor at BettorsInsider.com, a leading sports-wagering info website. He is also an in-demand freelance writer who has been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer; PhillyVoice.com, SJ Magazine; SJ First magazine (the membership publication of the Southern New Jersey chapter of AAA) and Inside Jersey magazine (the monthly published by the Star-Ledger of North Jersey). But Chuck’s show business experience extends well beyond writing about it. For 30 years,he has been the creative partner of entertainer and former Saturday Night Live star Joe Piscopo. Together, the two have written TV and film scripts, as well as material for Joe’s acclaimed live act. In the early 1980s, Chuck was road manager for the late RCA recording artist, Robert Hazard, composer of Cyndi Lauper’s smash hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Chuck is a musician himself, with almost 50 years of experience. Currently, he is the bassist and co-composer for the original band, Nytrous, as well as bassist for two “cover” bands, Flute 66, which offers a unique take on classic-rock thanks to the use of a flute as the lead instrument, and Janice Is Gone, which specializes in the“jangle-rock” of the 1980s and 1990s. Additionally, Chuck is a stand-up comic, having performed at a variety of venues, including Punch Line Philly, Catch A Rising Star in Atlantic City, and Sarcasm in Cherry Hill, NJ. And he is well-known to radio listeners in the Philadelphia market, as he has been a part-time talk show host on several of the city’s leading outlets including WWDB-FM, WPHT-AM and sports-talk outlets WIP-AM and WPEN-AM where, in 2006, he hosted a weekly program devoted to poker. From 2016-’18, he hosted That’s Show Biz on Philly’s WWDB-AM. It was the market’s only regularly scheduled broadcast program dedicated exclusively to arts and entertainment, dining and travel. Among the entertainment-industry giants who appeared on “That’s Show Biz” are Paul Anka; The Amazing Kreskin; Herb Alpert; Trevor Noah; Alice Cooper; David Crosby; Johnny Mathis; Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller); Hal Holbrook; Ed Asner; (The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Lou Grant) and Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H). Chuck is a partner in Exit 13A Entertainment, a TV and film production company. He is also an entrepreneur. He is CEO of Scentrifugal Events LLC which produces public and private, fragrance-based experiential events. Chuck is a Philadelphia native.
Richard Davis
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Rick Davis is an archaeologist who studies the human cultural record during the long epoch of hunting and gathering, commonly known as the Stone Age or Paleolithic. He has excavated at many sites in France, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Siberia, and Alaska. For nearly forty years he was a Professor of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College.
Kenneth DeMarco
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Kenneth F DeMarco, MS, JD
Michelle Detwiler
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Michelle is an ecological landscape consultant, planting designer, and naturalist educator in the Pennsylvania Piedmont. She believes in the art and science of ecological gardening to inform a modern, intelligent, and compassionate approach to landscape stewardship through the use of native plants, unique in their capacity to support native insects, birds, and other animals. She’s a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist and recently brought the Pollinator Pathway Northeast program to Lower Merion and Narberth. She works at Redbud Native Plant Nursery in Media, PA and owns her own business, Wild About Native Plants which specializes in helping homeowners and public space stewards create resilient living landscapes by incorporating native plants. She has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University as well as a decade of experience in planting and tending native plants. www.wildaboutnativeplants.com
Dianne Dillman
butterbaker@yahoo.com
Chef Dianne graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in their first class to admit women. She's been a chef at three and four star restaurants, a caterer, a food purchaser and a baker. Chef Dianne loves pie so much she's been known to spend the day foraging in the woods for black and red raspberries for them and even to steal apples from the neighbor's tree for them!
Sarah Doody
travel@mainlineschooln
Sarah Doody, Founder & President, Engaging Journeys
Elizabeth Durand
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Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
Rogan Dwyer
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Rogan is the Chairman of the Board of Observatory Strategic Management, Inc., and is one of the two founding shareholders of the Company where he oversees operations, marketing, strategy and product development. Prior to joining OSM, Rogan has been President of Global Asset Protection, Inc. an independent insurance agency focused on US business overseas exposures which he founded in 2000. In 2010 Rogan was engaged in setting up and serving as CEO of a Bermuda licensed insurance company providing extension risk for the Life Settlement industry, a role continued until 2013 when he resumed a more active consultancy role in the US providing services to various market sectors including energy, security and cyber. Meeting Gerry Kennedy in 2017 re-energized Rogan and their shared interest in improving insurance outcomes has led them to the ground-breaking partnership they have created at Observatory In 2000, Rogan immigrated from the United Kingdom where he had spent twenty-three years at Lloyd's of London, culminating in a role as Named Underwriter of Syndicate 323 specializing in non-marine business, kidnap and ransom and political risks. Rogan enjoys family, sport, history and travel in his spare time and is the proud father of three daughters and a son.
Rob Eames
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"Rob Eames is a Relationship Coach and founder of Couples Focus LLC (www.couplesfocus.com). Rob supports individuals and couples to create and maintain fulfilling romantic relationships. Rob draws upon skills from Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and Relational Life Therapy to shed light on the dynamics specific to each relationship. Rob teaches "relational skills", sadly neither taught in traditional schools nor modeled in our culture. Unlike traditional couples work, Rob's coaching produces quick results that are seen and felt as major shifts in relationships."
Buntzie Ellis Churchill
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Buntzie Ellis Churchill, co-author (with Bernard Lewis), Islam: The Religion and the People; Notes on a Century: Recollections of a Middle East Historian Buntzie Ellis Churchill led the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as president for almost a quarter century and built a national reputation for the organization. She moderated the Council's daily radio show on WFLN-FM for a decade, has conducted educational trips to more than 60 countries and now lectures frequently. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a trustee of Drexel University, and a director of the Union League of Philadelphia. Awarded several honorary doctorates she has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community. Buntzie has coauthored two books with Princeton professor, emeritus, Bernard Lewis -- Islam: the Religion and the People and “Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian”. Mrs. Churchill was graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in political science and international relations. She has two almost perfect children and three absolutely perfect grandchildren.
Nina Epstein
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Nina Epstein is known as the Digital Diva and has been an information technology instructor and consultant for over 25 years, helping individuals and small business owners use technology and solve their computing problems. Nina has been teaching technology courses in local communities for over 15 years.
Elanur Eroglu
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I am a current graduate student at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, pursuing a Master of Science in Education (Reading, Writing and Literacy). Additionally, I hold a Master of Philosophy in Children's Literature from Trinity College Dublin (2021), and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Montreal, in English, Creative Writing, and Sustainability Studies (2020).
Charo Evangelista
charo.freespirityoga@g
CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is www.inkalight.com.
Susan Evans
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Susan has been researching her family for over 30 years. In addition to on-line resources, she has used courthouse, church, cemetery, libraries, archives and historical societies. Due to the extent of her family, Susan has traveled to Nova Scotia, Scotland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts and made the pilgrimage to Salt Lake City. Memberships include: National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan, owner of Family Tales & Trails, assists others 'place their families in history' through classes, workshops and private consultations.
Chris Fehlhaber
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Chris Fehlhaber is an assistant horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden. His goal is to raise the public’s consciousness and appreciation of enriching, progressive horticulture. He believes we may all lead better lives by making the world a more beautiful place. Chris holds degrees in Landscape Architecture-Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Leah Feigenbaum
lfeige1574@gmail.com
LEAH FEIGENBAUM who has been teaching Mah Jongg for approximately ten years and has taught hundreds of students. She began learning as a child and has continued her love of the game. Leah has brought several students to the tournament level of play. Chances are, if you play Mah Jongg in the Delaware Valley, you know someone who has taken lessons with Leah, either as a beginner or to improve their strategy. Please visit her website: www.mahjonggmentor.com
Rosemarie Fettig
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Ariadna Fink
ariadnafink4@gmail.com
Ariadna Fink, MA, Hispanic Literature, Villanova University
Mary Fischer-Nassib
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Mary Fischer-Nassib, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy; Co-founder of Sow Good Now. sowgoodnow.org Mary's passion is for improving lives and leading philanthropic discussion and education. I teach athletes how to impact the lives of others through the sports they love. I provide fundamental philanthropic education and collaborative opportunities for them to leverage their time, talents, and treasures through organized sporting activities. By jump-starting the philanthropic learning curve, philanthropic athletes increase their lifetime philanthropic impact. Successful sports teams leverage unique talents, foster collaborative environments and are strategic in overcoming obstacles in order to win - this is the same mindset we use with our philanthropy at Sow Good Now.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty has been a pioneer throughout her life. Starting her career 45 years ago in engineering and was the first woman to qualify as a Foundry Technician at Bolton Institute in the north of England. As a business woman she adapted to changing economic circumstances in the engineering industry until she moved from England to Wales. In north Wales she started a new life and successful business in tourism. Having lived in north Wales for 25 years, she learned the language and embraced the culture. In recent years she discovered a hidden talent for reading poetry, subsequently becoming one of the founders and director of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society. www.rsthomaspoetry.co.uk She directs the annual poetry & art festival in Aberdaron north Wales and co-leads RS Thomas poetry retreats in the UK and America with her partner John McEllhenney who lives in Cornwall PA. Susan is a Licenced Lay Minister in the Anglican Church in Wales, which recognises her Pioneer Ministry through Poetry. www.broenlli.com
Olga Fraimbault
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Olga studied pastry in Paris after a Business Degree. She obtained a certificate in French Pastry specialties, Chocolate and Ice Cream. She had the opportunity to work with the pastry Chef of Chamber of Senators in Paris - 06 and Hediard, one of the finest catering and restaurant in Paris, Place de la Madeleine. She is teaching basics of Pastry recipes to students at the French International School in Bala Cynwyd. She wishes to extend her classes to the Public Schools.
Nancy Frankel-Halbert
nefh@mac.com
Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
Gregory Frost
gfrost1@swarthmore.edu
Gregory Frost is a writer of best-selling fantasy, supernatural thrillers and science fiction. His latest novel-length work is the YA-crossover duology, Shadowbridge & Lord Tophet (Del Rey/Random House), voted “one of the four best fantasy novels of the year” by the American Library Association. His previous novel, the historical thriller, Fitcher’s Brides (Tor Books), was a finalist for both the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards for Best Novel. He is currently Director of the Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College.
Carla Gambescia
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Carla Gambescia is the author of the acclaimed bookLa Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z, a rousing tribute to Italy, Italians and a culture that has contributed so much to the world. A native of Philadelphia, Carla is also a marketing executive, former restaurateur and avid traveler; she co-created the Giro del Gelato bike tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Trip in Western Europe.
Gabriel Garfinkle
GTGarfinkle@gmail.com
Gabriel Garfinkle has been teaching philosophy at Penn State University since 2012, and began teaching religion and philosophy at Delaware County Community College in 2016. He brings passion with his scholarship in an effort to make his classes both practical and profound.
Alice Garrett
rosaliegarrett@gmail.com
Alice Garrett graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a degree in English Literature. She received her MA in Classical Studies in 1986 from Boston University. Since that time she taught high school Latin at Haverford High School and Lower Merion High School.
Gabrielle Geib
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Master of Acupuncture Studies (Won Institute of Graduate Studies), Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), Licensed Acupuncturist, Reiki Level II practitioner In my time as a healing practitioner I have had the honor of helping patients: diminish pain (musculoskeletal, nervous, inflammatory, migraine), improve circulation to extremities, regain sensation in extremities, release chronic tension, reduce stress, process overwhelming emotions, reduce anxiety, lift out of depression, regulate appetite, improve digestion and elimination, reduce excessive urination, regulate the menstrual cycle, improve breathing after bronchitis, experience more restful sleep, feel refreshed and energized, and regain the sense of moving forward in life and overcoming disease.
Derrick G. Gilbert
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Derrick G. Gilbert is the Director of Information Technology (IT) for American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), a faith-based, non-profit and has over 25 combined years of professional experience in IT. Derrick holds an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University, M.S., and B.S. degree in computer science from Monmouth University and Jackson State University, respectively. As a strong believer in transformational leadership, he says, “To be an effective leader, you have to be an effective communicator. To be a great leader, you have to be a great communicator.” Derrick is an 8-year member of Toastmasters and he is excited about his public speaking endeavors and desires to be a successful leader. As a Toastmaster, he has achieved his Competent Communicator (CC), Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB), Advanced Communicator Bronze designations and is currently pursuing the Dynamic Leadership track in Toastmaster’s Pathways Professional Development Program.
Mark Goodman
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David Grauel
dgrauel99@gmail.com
DAVID GRAUEL comes to MLSN by way of New York City where he was a Technical Support and Training Specialist in Microsoft Office products for such companies as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. David teaches classes on a variety of Microsoft products and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
Linnie Greenberg
linnie.greenberg@gmail.com
Linnie Greenberg, Artist
Wendy Greenfield
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Wendy Greenfield, Executive Director An experienced non-profit and marketing professional, Wendy Greenfield joined Main Line School Night as Executive Director in September, 2016 following an eighteen-year career as Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Bryn Mawr College. Prior to Bryn Mawr, Wendy was a marketing and communications executive in New York. An avid hiking enthusiast, Wendy enjoys hiking with her red Lab Rhett on local trails.
Robert Groebel
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Robert Groebel, Accomplished Home Cook and Software Executive
William Gustafson
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William Gustafson FAIA, Partner (ret.) Ballinger Architects & Engineers
Alison Hallam
BoneWiseInfo@gmail.com
Alison Hallam PT MSc is a Physical Therapist of 30 years, specializing in Bone Health and Wellness. She is also an international lecturer, currently teaching at Arcadia University, and is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She is also the owner of BoneWise, designing customized exercise programs for individuals and classes.
Pat Halsey
patsjewelryandteach@gma
Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen
Rick Hamilton
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Richard Hamilton is the Paul Shorey Professor of Greek, emeritus, at Bryn Mawr College, where he taught for forty years. He is the editor of Bryn Mawr Commentaries and the founder of Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Muriel Harmon
murielharmonms@gmail.com
Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker
Anne Harris
vwbug66@aol.com
ANNE HARRIS holds a BA in German from Wake Forest University, an MA in German from Duke University and an MEd (with concentration in adult education) from Worcester State University. She has lived and worked in Germany and has more than thirty years of experience teaching German to adults. Currently she is an instructor at the DonauSchule.
I Harriton House
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Bruce Gill, Executive Director, The Harriton Association
Ann Hazan
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Ann Hazan is a food consultant and instructor and the co-author of 'The Original Philadelphia Neighborhood Cookbook,' 'The Original Baltimore Neighborhood Cookbook,' and 'The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook.' She holds a degree in Food and Nutrition from Drexel University. Ann emphasizes healthy foods and cooking in all her work, as well as in her home.
Andrew Heckert
andrewheckert@gmail.com
ANDREW HECKERT, in 1973, began studying Tai Chi in Philadelphia with Maggie Newman, and was one of the six senior students of Cheng Man-ching’s school in Manhattan, the Shr-jung. In 1981, he began study with William Chen in New York City. For the next ten years he commuted to New York to attend classes in Chen’s school and took private lessons. During summers he attended weeklong workshops in the Catskills given by his classmate Ben Lo of San Francisco. In 1989, he became a student of Dr. Ping-siang Tao of Taiwan. Andrew Heckert, Germantown Tai Chi Study Group
Allen Heffler
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For 30 years, Allen Heffler CLU, ChFC, President of MyMedicareAdvisor, has helped thousands of people with their Medicare plans. The entire Medicare process can be complex and confusing. Our Mission is to educate consumers about Medicare and their Medicare options in a clear, concise & honest way that allows those consumers to make informed decisions. Allen Heffler and MyMedicareAdvisor- We Make Your Medicare Decision Easy. www.MyMedicareAdvisor.com, email: mymedadvisor@gmail.com
Robert Hekking
skyguy@aol.com
ROBERT HEKKING has been working as a professional musician for well over thirty years. After receiving a BA in Sociology from Gettysburg College, he returned to Philadelphia to establish Rob Hekking's Guitar Studio, which has been active since 1978. His professional playing has included several positions as staff guitarist at the Valley Forge Music Fair, Sands Hotel and Casino, Caesar's and Brighton Casino. He feels his greatest accomplishment to date has been the successful mentoring of many students.
Joshua Henkin
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Joshua Henkin's is the author, most recently, of the novel "Morningside Heights". He is also the author of the novels "Swimming Across the Hudson", a Los Angeles Times Notable Book; "Matrimony", a New York Times Notable Book; and "The World Without You", which was named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune and was the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. He lives with his wife and daughters in Brooklyn, NY, and directs and teaches in the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.
Gina Henry
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Gina Henry, owner of GoGlobal, has traveled to over 80 countries and states. She takes free vacations three months every year. Check out www.goglobalinc.com for more instructor information.
Andrew Herron
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Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year.
Sue Hilger
sue.hilger@gmail.com
SUE HILGER has been teaching knitting at Main Line School Night for nearly thirty years and, more recently, crochet. She was the owner of EWE and I, a knitting and needlepoint store located in Bryn Mawr for nineteen years and is currently working as a free lance designer in both knitting and crochet for the Plymouth Yarn Co.
Tony Hiss
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Tony Hiss is the author of fifteen books, including the award-winning "The Experience of Place". He was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than thirty years, was a visiting scholar at New York University for twenty-five years, and has lectured around the world. He lives in New York with his wife, young-adult writer Lois Metzger.
James Hockenberry
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James Hockenberry, a career financial executive retired from Corporate America and redirected his life to suspense writing with his award winning “World War One Intrigue” trilogy. The change has allowed him to interweave three of his long-time passions: history, literature, and his German-American roots. His in-depth research has given him a unique understanding of The Great War and its consequences. He has lectured locally on World War One, including at the State Library in Trenton and the Princeton Present Day Club. For the last fifteen years, he has run the Princeton Chapter of the Financial Network Group (FENG) with over 2,200 members. He has appeared on the radio shows of Joe Gans and Louis Harrison, the RealUGuru, and on Bonnie Bruderer’s “the Ask BONBON” show, and was on two Trillerfest panels.
Seth Holzman
zepharpo@aol.com
Seth Holzman, (BA Music, Syracuse University) has been playing harmonica since 1965, teaching harmonica since 1975, and has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, and many others. Seth was inspired to play by (and eventually studied with) the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry. He is a caring and thoughtful instructor who teaches the techniques and musical knowledge he wishes he had known when he began his own studies. Seth currently performs with Stevie and the Bluescasters in the greater Philadelphia area.
Vittia Horwitz
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Vittia Horwitz, Tyler School of Art, Exhibited Sculptor
John Immerwahr
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John Immerwahr, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University; Guide, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Staff Institute of Golf
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Staff, Institute of Golf
JKST Inc
mjadeja3400@gmail.com
Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
Edward Jakmauh
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Edward Jakmauh FAIA, Fulbright Scholar, Partner (ret.) Ballinger Architects & Engineers
Mike Jesberger
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Mr. Jesberger is an independent military historian who specializes in the American Revolution and Civil War time periods. He is renowned for his depth and breadth of knowledge , as well as his engaging and passionate presentation style, whether providing formal lectures, living history presentations or tours of historic sites in the Tri-state area. A member of numerous history based organizations and active in the reenactment community, he participates in numerous battle reenactments, living history programs and ceremonies to honor our first and current veterans. A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia region, Mr. Jesberger is a native of Northeast Philadelphia and has relocated to Bucks and Montgomery County, PA and currently resides in Lansdale, PA with his wife and three children.
Jean Johnson
pumpkinsoprano@gmail.com
A classically trained coloratura, Ms. Johnson studied privately under Mr Gregory H Hopkins, Dr Francis H Williamson, Dr ebronette Barnes-Aborom and Mrs Rita McKinley-Pride. Her eclectic taste in music is reflected in her repertoire which includes various forms of liturgical music, musical theater and classical. Her Experience spans The Philadelphia Freedom Festival – Philadelphia, PA (2014) - Chorister (Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., Festival Artistic Director; Andre Raphel, Conductor; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Uri Caine, Composer; Jay Fluellen, Chorus Master) “Can You Hear God Crying?” - Philadelphia, PA (2013) - Chorister (Hannibal Lokumbe, Composer; Dirk Brossé, Music Director; The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) The Gate Called Straight gospel adaptation of “The Wiz” - Philadelphia, PA (2012) - Vocal Coach (Stephanie Mills, Director; Bill Jolly, Executive Musical Director; Kelly Beard, Executive Producer) “Sounds of Joy” a Music Ministry - Philadelphia, PA - Chorister/Soloist (Sheila D. Booker, Director; Donna Drake, Business Manager)
Sona Kapadia
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With over 20 years of experience I am an organized professional with a proven track record of good values, mentoring, guidance and counseling skills. Extremely inclined towards administrative skills, education and organizing co-scholastic activities for students has been my passion and domain for past 20 years. Education and Certification • Bachelor Of Commerce from University of Poona, Maharashtra, India (1990) • Masters in Computer Management from University of Poona, Maharashtra, India (1992) • Bachelor of Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi (2007) Additional Information • A quick learner, a logical thinker with great organizing, planning and execution skills • Easy with using technology • Very interactive and good interpersonal skills. Love to shoulder additional responsibility. Hands on following software • MS Office Suite of Applications o MS Word o MS Excel o MS PowerPoint o MS Access • Google Suites • HTML 6 • Visual BASIC • SCRATCH • MSW LOGO • ROBOTICS – WEDO , BLOCKLY – DASH n DOT • Presently working as Coding and STEM facilitator. My work responsibility include Conducting various classes which mainly include Programming fundamentals, ROBOTICS Research on STEM projects. Conducting science and engineering experiments for demonstrations to students
Robert Kaplan
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ROBERT D. KAPLAN, the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is the bestselling author of nineteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Good American, The Revenge of Geography, Asia’s Cauldron, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He was a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board and the U. S. Navy’s Executive Panel. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”
Sean Keenan
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Sean Keenan, Educational and Scholarly Technology Assistant Bryn Mawr College
Dale Kinney
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Dale Kinney joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College in 1972 to teach early medieval and Byzantine art; she retired in 2011 after serving eight years as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her research is focused on medieval Rome and on the reuse of Roman antiquities (spolia) in medieval art and architecture. Her publications include “The Concept of Spolia” and Reuse Value: Spolia and Appropriation from Constantine to Sherrie Levine, co-edited with Richard Brilliant.
Sandi Kirschner
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Sandi Kirschner, MEd, Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Sandi is a wellness consultant, helping people meet their lifestyle goals. Sandy is a certified fitness instructor and holds a M.Ed in group dynamics. She teaches corporate wellness and fitness classes to promote overall well being.
Kara Klaiber
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Kara Klaiber is a lifelong resident of Chester County, PA and a practicing attorney in Wayne, Delaware County, PA. Kara has been a licensed attorney since 2001 as a member of the Pennsylvania and Georgia State Bars. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (1996) and Temple University Beasley School of Law (2001). Kara currently works for the law firm of David Bennett Spiess & Livingood in Wayne and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, business law matters and real estate.
Mary Ann Kleschick
maryann@inter
Mary Ann Kleschick has helped clients from the Main Line, Philadelphia and Bucks County create beautiful functioning interiors for over 30 years. A graduate of Drexel University (majoring in Interior Design) Mary Ann has the education, knowledge and experience to help homeowners transform their homes into spaces that reflect their taste and style.
Sandra Koberlein
sandrakoberleinartist
Sandra Koberlein is an artist and an artist educator. She has over thirty years experience working with others in various creative capacities. Her artwork is primarily abstract and composed of intriguing layers, similar to the layers of her life. Sandra exhibits her work in competitive galleries, art centers, hospitals and universities both locally and nationally. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in private collections. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and encaustic instructor. Sandra conducts workshops at art centers and in her Woodstown, NJ studio (Supawna Studio). She serves on several non-profit boards, supporting visual and performing arts and arts education. Sandra earned her Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, her BA in Art and BA in Art Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She added a minor degree in Early Italian Renaissance Art History at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Sandra earned her MA in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Maxine Koenig
MissMaxineK@gmail.com
MAXINE KOENIG has an MA in Music from Temple University. She is multi-talented and plays almost every instrument. Maxine believes that music should not be tedious and should be fun. Her students are constantly entertained by her witty yet informative style of teaching.
Franmar Kopko
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Franmar Kopko, RPh., has been a registered pharmacist for over 19 years and has worked in retail, managed care and now in the medical cannabis industry. Franmar has been counseling patients at a local dispensary on the use of medical cannabis for their specific medical issues and providing insight on the numerous products available.
Eric LaMorte
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Eric LaMorte, Registered Patent Attorney, LaMorte & Associates
Sarah Langan
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Sarah Langan's an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent novel, Good Neighbors (S&S 2021), was a B&N Book of the Month selection, an Amazon readers' choice, an Apple must-listen, and got raves from EW, People, Newsweek, AARP, the ALA, The Guardian, The Observer, the NYT and according to Gabino Iglesias at NPR, is "One of the creepiest, most unnerving deconstructions of American suburbia I've ever read." Her novella "You Have the Prettiest Mask," is out now from LCRW via Small Beer Press, and her short story "Night Nurse" is also now out in Best Horror of the Year, Volume 12. She's won three Bram Stoker Awards, and her previous novels are The Keeper, The Missing, and Audrey's Door. She has an MFA from Columbia University, an MS in Environmental Toxicology from NYU, is a founding board member of the Shirley Jackson Award, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the writer/director JT Petty, their two daughters, and a maniac rabbit.
Marc Lapadula
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Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Professor Lapadula has taught at Columbia University's Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, and The New York Historical Society.
Tuscarora Lapidary Society
hansensm@gmail.com
Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Sue Laskin
suelaskin@comcast.net
Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Orsolya Lazar
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Growing up in Hungary, Orsolya enjoyed fresh fruit and vegetables from our family garden. Traveling and hiking through Europe introduced me to varied landscapes and gardening styles. After becoming an Ecologist in Hungary, she earned Master Degree in Molecular Biology in the US. As a landscape designer, she drew on her science education and take inspiration from natural landscapes, has designed and maintained gardens for 15 years in 3 different countries, while keeping nature and wildlife in mind and discourages planting invasives and promote the use of native plants and sustainable landscape practices. www.learndothrive.com
R. Barry Levis
levis@rollins.edu
R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012
Haiying Li
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Jessica Liddell Gorlin
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Jessica Liddell is a professional artist known around the region for her architectural mosaic and fused glass installations. She has been commissioned to create artwork for parks, hospitals and corporations throughout the country. Jessica has also facilitated many community projects with schools and non profit organizations. She is enthusiastic about her craft and has taught at the Main Line Art Center, MALT and Fleisher Art Memorial. She owns Bella Mosaic Art, a studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Laura Mack
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Laura Mack has been working with her mother, Carole Giegerich, for several years. As succulent enthusiasts, they have been deepening their knowledge of the world of succulents. For a few years now, they have been providing workshops, team building activities and special occasion parties for numerous different groups, sharing their passion and creativity and providing a hands-on experience that gives each participant a wonderful creation to take home and nurture. See some of their creations and learn more about them on their website, http://www.sweetsucculentcreations.net.
Kevin Manning
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Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year.
Halimah Marcus
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Halimah Marcus is the Executive Director of Electric Literature, an innovative digital publisher based in Brooklyn, and the Editor-in-Chief of its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. She is also the editor of Horse Girls, an anthology that reclaims and recasts the horse girl stereotype, published withHarper Perennial on August 3, 2021. Her short stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, One Story, BOMB, The Literary Review, and The Southampton Review. Halimah grew up in Narberth, attended Friends' Central School and rode in Radnor and Malvern. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College and lives in the Catskill region of New York.
Vytas Masalaiti
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Cristine Matos
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Cristine Matos, MA, Native Speaker, Portuguese Teacher
Ira Mazur
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John Mazzeo
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John W. Mazzeo is currently an attorney practicing in Philadelphia focusing on immigration and national security litigation. He is a 2016 graduate of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law where he won the CALI Best Performing Student Award in International Law (2014). John is a 2013 graduate of Ursinus College, majoring in Politics and earning an honors designation for his thesis titled: "Immigration in the Thought of America's Founding Fathers and Its Implications Today."
Jack McCarthy
Jacksnotes88@verizon.net
Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations and directed numerous archives and public history projects. Jack is particularly noted for his work in Philadelphia music history. He has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on Philadelphia music. He serves as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Music Center. For the Orchestra, he has managed the historical components of several major festivals: the 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski Centennial, 2017 Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival, and 2018 Leopold Stokowski/Albert Barnes Festival. Jack served as director of the 2018-2019 project, Documenting and Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy, funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and he co-produced, gave several presentations, and curated the accompanying exhibit for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s 2016 multi-part series Memories and Melodies: A Journey Through Philadelphia’s Musical Legacy. He served as consulting archivist for several Philadelphia music documentaries: the 2014 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio; the 2018 film biography Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me; and the (in-production) film Beethoven in Beijing, which focuses on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s history in China. He also periodically gives two walking tours: Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy and Lost Sites and Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music. Jack writes on Philadelphia music for the popular online daily magazine Hidden City Philadelphia and the scholarly, peer-reviewed online resource, Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden. For the latter he has written articles on Philadelphia jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, doo wop, soul music, gospel, DJs, and opera and opera houses, as well as a series of articles on iconic Philadelphia popular songs. He was recruited by the Oxford African American Studies Center to write the article Philadelphia Soul Music, which was published on the Center’s website in 2018. He wrote two articles on Philadelphia gospel music for radio station WXPN’s 2019 documentary project, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul.
Dori McClennen
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Dori McClennen, Teaching Artist, Member Haverford Guild
Keith McMenamin
keith.mcmenamin1@gmail.com
I'm an aspiring Chief Information Officer with a unique set of skills and experience. I've led corporate IT departments, served as an adjunct professor teaching technology to new students and owned / operated my IT services company - often times managing these roles simultaneously. I enjoy educating non-technical people on ways to increase their cyber IQ, particularly in the area of security. I taught technology basics to adults for two years (2011-2013) at Kaplan University and recently offered this same course at the Upper Merion Community Center. I'm also a regular career day speaker to schools in Philadelphia.
Mary Ann Meyers
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Mary Ann Meyers, PhD, Senior Fellow, John Templeton Foundation, Former Lecturer, American Religious History, University of Pennsylvania The Senior Fellow and a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, Mary Ann Meyers served for more than a decade as Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania where she also taught the history of religion in America. She had previously taught at Haverford College and subsequently served as President of The Annenberg Foundation. A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Meyers earned a Ph.D. in American civilization at Penn. She is the author of Art, Education, and African American Culture: Albert Barnes and the Science of Philanthropy and A New World Jerusalem: The Swedenborgian Experience in Community Culture. With Gerald O'Collins, she edited Light from Light: Scientists and Theologians in Dialogue.
Vicki Miller
vicki@vinocityevents.com
Vicki Miller is the founder of Vinocity. Although Vicki has been a practicing attorney in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, she also has been a long-time student in formal wine study. Over the years Vicki has been asked to speak on wine and has developed numerous wine events for a variety of institutions, non-profits and various businesses. Vicki developed the Art and Wine event program for a corporate sponsor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wine and Literature event for the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Vinocity was born because Vicki realized that wine courses are highly information-filled, but are not socially engaging. Traditional wine tastings, while offering more social interaction, don't provide the kind of useful information to make an informed wine selection. A Vinocity event combines the best of both worlds, as Vicki weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting short stories and anecdotes about wine history and culture.
Gabrielle Miller
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Gabrielle Miller is an award-winning filmmaker and actress who has performed and directed across the world. Her short film, “9 Lives: Chapter One” was an Official Selection for over 25 international film festivals and garnered over 10 awards of excellence including the coveted Best Short Film Award. She has taught courses at Marymount Manhattan College, the University of Idaho and currently teaches in Film Studies at Saint Joseph's University. She has performed her one-woman educational performance for thousands including at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, Universal Studios Educational Theatre and for the United States Naval Base receiving an accomodation for her work. She was the Chair of Theatre and Film at the Episcopal Academy for 5 years where she added film studies programming to the humanities curriculum. She can be seen on QVC as a guest host and in such films as “Hollywould” alongside Eric Roberts. She has been teaching at Saint Joseph’s University for 10 years creating new curriculum in courses such as Women in Film, The Art of Comedy, Chaplin/Keaton, and Great American Performances.
Matt Mittman
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Matt Mittman launched his real estate and coaching/teaching career nearly 20 years ago. Upon graduating from Bucknell, Matt found his way back to the Greater Philadelphia area where he set out to build the foundation and systems of his business. The growth of these systems and successes provided the opportunity for him to open RE/MAX Ready in Conshohocken in 2013. Matt’s business and teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief of Knowledge=Confidence and Confidence=Performance. In addition to running his real estate business, Matt is a certified real estate instructor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has taught nationally recognized courses for the Realtor® Associations, as well as for many area schools and organizations. You can find out more about Matt at therealestategps.com or KCPgrowth.com
Dianne Moore
diannemoore@moorebett
Dianne Moore, MSW, MS, CHC, CNE, FNLPfounder & owner of MooreBetterFood is a Functional Nutrition and LifestylePractitioner focusing on Nutrition and Wellness. Certified through theFunctional Nutrition Alliance, Institute of Integrative Nutrition and theAcademy of Culinary Nutrition, she also holds a Masters in Social work fromTemple University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. https://www.MooreBetterFood.com/
David Nasaw
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Professor David Nasaw is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History Emeritus at the CUNY Graduate Center and a past president of the Society of American Historians. He received his Ph.D. degree in history from Columbia University. The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War was published by Penguin Press in September, 2020. His previous work, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Five Best Non-Fiction Books of the Year and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography. David Nasaw is also the author of Andrew Carnegie, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the winner of the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize; The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst which was awarded the Bancroft Prize for History, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-Fiction, the Ambassador Book Prize for Biography, and the Sperber Prize for Biography, Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements and Children of the City: At Work and At Play, which was the source for Newsies, the film and musical.
Zachary Nelson
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Zachary Nelson, Technology Consultant
Neal Newman
nealnewman@gmail.com
Over the past 40 years, Neal Newman has directed extensively in classical, Shakespeare, modern theater, musicals, and opera. He trained as an actor at California State University, and trained in Shakespeare at ACT of San Francisco, where he directed A CRY OF PLAYERS, and THE CRITIC, and acted the title role in RICHARD II. He trained as a director at Carnegie Mellon, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He directed many Off-Broadway productions in New York (DANCE ON A COUNTRY GRAVE, CRADLE WILL ROCK, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD); ran a summer stock company, (ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, TAMING OF THE SHREW); and directed five seasons of Shakespeare in the Park in Philadelphia, (MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, HAMLET, HENRY IV). Opera productions include many by Gilbert & Sullivan, BOHEME, and CARMEN. He was a New York Critic for Show Business Magazine for 7 years, and continues as a record producer. He has taught and directed at The Walnut Street Theater, Fordham University (CABARET, FIGARO); University of the Arts (SEAGULL, CRUCIBLE); Cabrini College (MISS JULIE, 2 GENTLEMEN OF VERONA); and the University Of Pennsylvania, (MIKADO). At Steel River Playhouse he directed RAGTIME, MIRACLE WORKER, CHRISTMAS CAROL, BLITHE SPIRIT and TOYS IN THE ATTIC. As an actor, Neal has appeared at Steel River in THE CRUCIBLE, (Danforth) and PIPPIN, (Charlemange). He was co author of GOLDILOCKS AND THE DOWN HOME BEARS presented at Steel River, and will soon present a reading of the new musical LITTLE PRINCESS.
Char Nolan
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Char Nolan has been plant-based for ten years. She is a certified plant-based chef with a certificate in plant-based nutrition from é-Cornell. She teaches nutrition and plant-based cooking throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a contributor to "Veg World Magazine," and many of her recipes also appear at PAeat.com, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more.
Gwenn Nolan
gwenn@mothercompost.com
Gwenn Nolan is the owner & operator of Mother Compost, a local food scraps/household waste collection service, which provides pick-ups for residents and businesses interested in composting on the Main Line. Gwenn began composting over four years ago at home and started Mother Compost after arriving at the conclusion that everyone should compost but not everyone has the time or space to do so. Familiar with composting both in the backyard and on commercial scale, Gwenn can discuss the differences between home & commercial processing. Gwenn grew up in the area and went to college at Penn State, where she studied Public Relations & Spanish. She currently lives in Wynnewood with her husband and 3 children. Information on Gwenn’s company can be found here www.mothercompost.com
Jim O'Donnell
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Jim O’Donnell is the first person in human history ever to decide that rocket science is boring because it was what he grew up watching middle-aged men in blue suits doing from 9 to 5. He set out to find something edgy, dangerous, and thrilling, and so naturally took to the study of Greek and Latin. He has taught at Bryn Mawr, Penn, Georgetown, and Arizona State University, serving as Provost at Georgetown and now University Librarian at ASU. He has been a pioneer in digital scholarship, teaching, and publishing, and his 1998 book *Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace* explores the long history of reading and media.
Gail Oldfield
hances.point@gmail.com
GAIL OLDFIELD is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. From touring the country in her early career to becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, she has enjoyed many memorable dance experiences. She was Dance Director at Cabrini College for several years, as well a choreographer for over sixty musical productions across the tri-county area. Recently, she served as Vice President of the Rockette Alumnae Association in New York City.
Monika Panger
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I am German and lived in the US for 35 years. I have been taking classes at the MLSN for nearly as long. I work in financial services and am a Board member of MLSN. I am also a member of the International Women’s Club of Philadelphia.
Michelle Partlow
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Michelle is a professional educator and teaches Mah Jongg locally and around the country. She is a tournament player, lauded as an outstanding teacher who is enthusiastic and patient.
Sharon Pastore
sharongpastore@gmail.com
Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. She is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She has tracked her dreams for over 7 years, recorded over 500 dreams, and interpreted over 250 dreams. She works with entrepreneurs, creatives, teens and young adults, to follow their dreams and live lucid. This includes: career, business, and major life decisions, personal and business branding, high levels of creativity, relationships, or heal from loss. She founded Dream Girl Power and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams that Change Our Lives, and Lucid Dream Magazine. In addition to dreamwork, Sharon spent 17 years in nonprofits and education, and the past 8 years as co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center, a mediation and legal services firm that helps couples separate and divorce in a holistic, peaceful and structured way. She is also a business and marketing consultant and freelancer. She holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with Sharon at dreamgirlpower.com
Donald Pell
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Donald Pell, Landscape Designer and Founder, Donald Pell Gardens
Tania Perelberg
taniaperelberg@comcast.net
I grew up watching a master seamstress at work—my mother—and started sewing as a child. Quilting has always been my passion. Back in Brazil, where the art of quilting is not widespread, I had to make (invent) my own quilts with my own supplies and my own techniques. Luckily, eight years ago I moved to the United States, the quilting capital of the world, and since then I have been in heaven, quilting on a daily basis, six to ten hours a day. I have taken scores of classes, attended many quilting exhibitions and constantly improving my techniques. No quilt is impossible to me, I see the most difficult ones as challenges I have to face and succeed. I have made more than two hundred quilts, I have my own studio at home with a professional long arm quilting machine. I sell the quilts on Etsy (MyCrazyBulldogQuilts) , eBay (mycrazybulldog) as well on Facebook (My Crazy Bulldog) , and at various craft fairs along the year, not for the sake of the money, but for the love of quilting . As a Biologist I donate all profits to various animal welfare organizations.
Lennie Perrott
lenoreperrott1@yahoo.com
LENNIE PERROTT received her M.S. in Counseling (Villanova University, 1984) and has pursued doctoral studies at Immaculata College. She completed advanced studies in Jungian psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Philadelphia and is a certified Imago Relationship therapist and an Enneagram trained therapist. Since 1987 Lennie has been a consultant to several religious denominations in the area of marriage enrichment where she brings an eclectic approach to issues of marriage and family life. In addition, she gives presentations and talks for married couples, parent associations, support groups, and health and wellness audiences.
Elizabeth Perry
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Beth Perry, Tai Chi Instructor
Robert Peters
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Robert Peters, Wine Specialist, Best of 'Philadelphia Magazine' has over 25 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Wine Specialist at the Ardmore Fine Wine & Good Spirits store which is the number one store in the southeast Pennsylvania area. Rob has been working with MLSN for over 15 years.
Clayton Platt
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Clayton Platt is a seasoned Executive Coach, Lead Training Facilitator, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and Registered Life Planner. Through CP Enterprises, he works closely with senior leaders of small to mid-sized organizations to uncover gaps in learning and professional development, and then provides customized training and coaching programs focusing on effective communication and presentation skills for improved leadership, sales and customer service, along with Diversity & Inclusion, and Career Management/Coaching. Clayton is associated with several well-established global training companies, most notably BlessingWhite/GP Strategies, NeuroLeadership Institute, and Prototype Entities, where he has worked with large multi-national clients and non-profit organizations of all sizes. Among Clayton’s most notable clients are Cigna, Cargill, eBay, Intuit, State Street Bank, MetLife, Unum, UTC, Colgate Palmolive, and the Graduate School of Princeton University. After earning a degree in Economics from Princeton University, Clayton spent 35 years in management/senior leadership positions within the financial services and not-for profit sectors. During his time in wealth management, Clayton earned the CIMA (Certified Investment Management Analyst) designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the RLP (Registered Life Planner) designation from the Kinder Institute of Life Planning. During his years in frontline management, Clayton became obsessed with the importance of brain-based coaching, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness in the workplace. He also understood the importance of communication and listening skills, all of which lead to greater sales, more attuned customer service, highly effective management, as well as deeper, longer lasting client relationships. For the past twenty years, Clayton has practiced Mindfulness Meditation and was accepted into the very selective and intensive Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Certification Program in 2019, offered by Sounds True and led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. He has been teaching virtual Mindfulness classes for a national audience since the beginning of 2020. Clayton brings a high level of engagement, interaction, and education into his classroom, virtual trainings, and coaching engagements, while always modeling the importance of being in the moment. His “secret sauce” is the combination of real world experience with a natural passion for helping others succeed, which he brings to both the creation and delivery of his training and coaching content. Website link: www.cpenterprisesusa.com (training and coaching) www.clayton-platt.com (Mindfulness Meditation)
Julie Potter
cmjulie15@yahoo.com
Julie Potter, Artist
Staff, Preservation Alliance of Phila
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Staff, Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia
Joel Price
jfwp@jfwp.com
Joel F W Price is the Technology Outreach Team Lead at Swarthmore College. In addition, he has consulted for schools, musicians, and small businesses, including social media strategy and implementation, individual and small-group training and photography. He has spoken nationally at conferences on the topic of responsible and creative emerging media implementation.
Susan Rains
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Susan Rains is the owner and Interior Designer at Susan Rains Design. She creates homes her clients can live in indefinitely with joy and ease. Everyone has unique talents, and she describe hers as a mixture of creative and analytic. She became an interior designer because of designs ability to foster a better life. Not only because of her creative talent and love for beautiful things. Susan holds two degrees, a Bachelors in Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The second, a Masters of Interior Architecture from Drexel University. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Susan has worked as a creative professional for over twenty years. Including, graphic design, custom picture framing, fine craft and management experience. Susan keeps her skills sharp and brings her clients the latest and greatest. Susan cultivates her design skills, resource, and product knowledge through membership in IFDA (International Furniture and Design Association. She also attends conferences, trade show and design events thought the year. www.susanrainsdesign.com
Charles Ray
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Charles has over 50 years of experience in international affairs, with 20 years in the U.S. Army, and 30+ years in the U.S. Foreign Service. His military experience included assignments in Unconventional Warfare Planning, Psychological Operations, Intelligence and Public Affairs. During his Foreign Service career, he managed troubled organizations in Asia and Africa, and was instrumental in reestablishing a mil-to-mil relationship with Cambodia after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As deputy chief of mission in Sierra Leone, he managed the military training program and oversaw USAID’s humanitarian assistance effort. He was also instrumental in brokering democratic elections in Sierra Leone, which saw a peaceful transfer of power from the military junta that had taken over the country the year before his assignment; this election took place during an externally-supported rebel war. He encouraged the government of Cambodia to take a more active role in combatting human trafficking, and implemented a successful Muslim outreach program in that country, which reversed the negative views the small Islamic community had about the United States. Charles served as deputy chief of mission in Sierra Leone, was the first post-war consul general in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, served as ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), during which time, he oversaw development of the US government interagency policy on personnel recovery, working with the Department of State, FBI, DEA, and USAID to develop a comprehensive plan to provide proactive and reactive support to USG personnel working abroad. Since retiring from government service in 2012, Charles has consulted with DOD, participating in the development of a training continuum for Defense Attaches in support to chiefs of mission during personnel recovery operations, and provided training support to the US Army as an SME on interagency matters, preparing army units for deployment abroad in noncombat operations. He also conducts a workshop on professional writing for Rangel foreign affairs scholars. A prolific writer, Charles has published more than 60 books of fiction and nonfiction, including works on ethics, leadership, and diplomacy. He works with the Potomac Institute for Public Policy, developing a program on the use of diplomacy as a tool to combat terrorism and violent extremism. Charles has a B.S. in business administration from Benedictine College, an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California, and an M.S. in national security management from the National War College of the National Defense University. He speaks Thai, Vietnamese, and Mandarin, and is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Association of Black American Ambassadors. Charles is chairman of the board of the Cold War Museum, at Vint Hill, VA, and chairs the board of advisors of the Institute of Science, Technology, and the Arts (ISSTA), an international boarding school, planned for construction in Orlando, Florida.
Rosae Reeder
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Rosae M. Reeder is a Book Artist / Printmaker and teacher of many things Book Arts and Printmaking. Living, teaching and constantly making in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as Letterpress, Lithography, Monotype along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection. A moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally.
Christine Reyes
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Christine Reyes, Certified Zentangle™ Teacher (CZT) who has been doing Zentangle™ since 2012 when she had an operation to remove a brain tumor. Zentangle™ helped in the recovering process. Her goal is to help others find relief from the negative parts of their lives by using the meditative art form of Zentangle™.
Catherine Robert
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Catherine Jeanne Robert, PhD, BA, Connecticut College for Women, MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, has taught at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. She is currently on the faculty of the University of The Arts with a joint appointment in Liberal Arts and Dance Studies. Dr. Robert wrote her dissertation under the direction of Dr. Robert Regan.
Marie Roberts
heart239@hotmail.com
MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is www.marierobertsheartandsoul.com and she can be reached at heart239@hotmail.com.
Leslie Robison
leslie@masteryconsulting
Leslie Robison has provided coaching and organizing services 1999. She is passionate about helping you achieve more ease, credibility and satisfaction at home and at work. Master your day, master your life: Leslie@MasteryConsulting.net
Nicole Rodriguez
nicole@painfreeinphilly.c
Nicole Rodriguez is a certified Postural Alignment Specialist. She worked as an Exercise Therapist at Egoscue of Philadelphia before opening Pain Free Philly. She was disabled in a car accident and a chronic pain sufferer for years until she was healed by posture therapy. She has a background in dance, movement and teaching. Nicole sees clients via Zoom or at Montgomery Integrative Health Group in Wyndmoor. Learn more at painfreeinphilly.com.
Gary Rosen
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Gary Rosen has been a litigator in federal and state courts for more than 35 years. He holds degrees from Haverford College and the University of Michigan Law School. After law school, he served as a clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and is the author of two books on law and popular culture, Unfair to Genius (2012) and Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer (2020).
Eugenia Roskos
genir@comcast.net
Geni Roskos, ACE Certified Group Instructor, Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center
Richard Rossello
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Michelle Rothwell
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Michelle Rothwell is a former Associate Professor with more than 30 years of professional experience in the arts. She has developed college degree programs and dozens of college courses. Her client list includes DuPont, Proctor & Gamble, GlaxoSmith-Kline, Merrill Lynch, SAP, and others. Michelle is a practicing Fine Art whose work has been shown internationally and nationally in solo and group shows. She has been a student of ancient healing practices for over 20 years. She is the founder of Holistic Creativity, a complete System for personal growth and creative development.
Anthony Francis Russo
tonino613@gmail.com
Anthony Russo, AB, German Language and Literature with Italian Minor, Villanova University, 1970; MA German Language and Literature, Villanova University, 1974 Hired as a teacher of German in 1970, I initiated an Italian curriculum within 3 years, and within 10 years, the program had grown to a full 4 year curriculum. Two full-time teachers of Italian were needed due to student number, about five years later. In 1996, hired again as a teacher of German for the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Chester County, I was asked to initiate an Italian curriculum once again at Conestoga High School, and this program grew to a full 4 year curriculum in four years, with 2 full-time teachers of Italian within 9 years. During my career, I have led 15 tours with students and adults, to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, but mostly to Italy. I led a tour of 35 students and adults to Italy and Sicily most recently. As leader of the group, and as lead teacher, I was required to deal with such diverse situations as rooming and other hotel issues, retail store negotiations which students were not able to handle, logistical issues of timing with the tour bus, the Metro in Rome, and the like. While touring with my students, I also had the unique privilege to sing in the Teatro di Ercolano (the ancient theater in Herculaneum) as a demonstration of the incredible acoustics which the ancient Romans developed over 2000 years ago. No microphone is necessary even today, to project the voice of the actor or singer to reach the hundreds in the audience. Almost thirty-nine years of classroom teaching in high school, adult night school, and several courses at the university level in not only Italian, but also in Cultural Diversity, have given me an excellent proficiency in written and spoken Italian, and virtually native fluency in speaking. Never having lived in Italy for any extended period of time, I have nonetheless more than held my own in both business and personal conversations with natives - even those using in part their local dialect - on various topics.
Anthony Saguto
anthonysaguto@gmail.com
Anthony Saguto, Board Certified Tai Chi Instructor
Lorri Sarosy
sarolori@yahoo.com
Lorri holds BA and MBA degrees in finance and marketing. Her work career includes 25 years corporate management and 10 years non-profit professional experience. Lorri’s grant writing experience includes work for four distinctly different non-profit entities. This experience combined with financial, planning and management skills have contributed to her success.
Rona Satten
ronasatten@mac.com
RONA CORDISH SATTEN is a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association and a Certified Level III Instructor. She is certified by Master Li JunFeng to teach Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong, and has been certified as an Associate Healing Tao Instructor. Rona is a lifelong shamanic qigong student of Master Zhongxian Wu. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong Therapist through the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has a healing practice combining qi healing with other energy therapies. Rona loves teaching and her priority is to share the joyful, self-healing qigong practice with everyone interested. More information is available from her at: innersageqigong@gmail.com.
Steven Schiffman
sjscoh
Steven Schiffman, CEO, D. Atlas Estates
Jane Schultz
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Jane Schultz is a visual artist, whose work ranges from an expressionist exploration of emotions to an impressionist exploration of movement, all documented in IOS based photographic images. Her work has been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. She has been recognized in numerous art competitions including the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, MIRA Mobile Prize, Mobile Photography Awards, Florence International Photography Awards, and Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit. In addition to creating, Jane administers Edit from the Soul and @ig_artistry, Facebook and Instagram sites which promote originality, creativity, and emotive art, curates for the New Era Museum, judges photographic competitions, and teaches mobile photography and artistry.
Sharon Segal
sms8005@gmail.com
Sharon Segal, ACBL Certified Instructor
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness
julie@sevillefitness.com
Julie has been leading group exercise classes for nearly 30 years and has been teaching classes at Main Line School Night since 1995. Fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Julie strives to make every class fun, informative and motivating, and to help her students achieve their health and fitness goals.
Carol Shelkin
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CAROL SHELKIN is an artist that honed her skills as a painter, potter and educator for many years. After attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts she continued a successful career teaching and showing her artwork. Her work has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego, Chicago's Navy Pier and Philadelphia Magic Gardens to name a few. She has been accepting mosaic commissions, teaching, and creating contemporary and fine art works. Carol has designed and collaborated on several community projects and installations which included working with seven hundred school children. More information is available on her website: http://www.carolshelkinmosaics.com.
Yuming Si
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Yuming Si, Native Speaker; Author; Former Chinese School Principal
Ginny Simon
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Ginny Simon has had her own writing business, Project Marketing, for more than 25 years. She has published hundreds of articles under her own name as well as on behalf of many and varied clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is the author of "Getting Started in Freelance Writing," published by CornerOffice Books.
Anne Sims
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Anne Sims, Visitor Services Administrator, Chanticleer Garden
Skatium
kc.skatium@yahoo.com
Certified Staff Professionals, The Skatium
Ken Sklar
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Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues
Debbie Smith
dancr4evvr@aol.com
Debbie Smith has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She teaches Ballet, Tap and Jazz to both children and adults at Dain Dance Academy (formerly McHenry Dance Center) where she is a faculty member. She enjoys continuing education classes at the University of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Koresh, and Dance Masters of America summer intensive at NY University and taking classes from the many tap masters throughout the Philadelphia Area. She is a member of a tap company known as UCTT (Uniting Colleges Through Tap) and is proud to be a part of this ambitious talented company of tap dancers.
Emily Smith
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Emily Smith, Therapeutic Movement Guide, Myofascial Release and Licensed Massage Therapist is heartfelt in helping others listen to the body’s wisdom to create health and happiness. Emily creatively shares simple and effective skills that treat and prevent chronic pain naturally as well as create resiliency and strength.
Mariann Smith
jpmws44@yahoo.com
Mariann Smith, MA. Prior to moving back to this area, she worked for 26 years in the Education Department--for the last 12 years as curator--in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, which focuses primarily on modern and contemporary art. Her major responsibilities included docent training; writing, recording, and editing audio tours and video programs; researching and preparing label copy and brochures for exhibitions; presenting lectures on a wide variety of topics; and curating a number of exhibitions. She is the author of Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Highlights of the Collection (2011) and a major contributor to The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2011). Since moving back to Chester County, she had a one-year appointment as Curatorial Assistant, Art & Artifacts Dept., Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College, working with the Art and Artifacts staff on collection-based projects, exhibitions, and the museum studies program. She also worked as consultant at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, revising audio tour scripts and preparing exhibition labels. Mariann received her AB in French Studies from Bryn Mawr in 1981 and a Masters in Art History (1986) and Certificate of Museum Practice (1987) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also currently a consultant for the Center for Humanities in Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biological Sciences.
Sybastian Smith
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Sybastian Smith is an LGBTQ+ social justice advocate, consultant, Certified Health Educator and Medical Assistant of fifteen years. Mr. Smith has a dual Academic Associates degree in Medical Office Management: Administrative and Assisting, as well as an Associates of Science degree with a health science concentration and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree. Sybastian also possesses many certifications in LGBTQ+ health competencies, including HIV/AIDS health education. His goals are to specialize in transgender patients' affirmative healthcare and addressing public health factors that affect the lives of the BIPOC transgender and non-binary community. Sybastian was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He has now resided in Atlanta, GA for over ten years. He is a member and holds a position on the board of the national organization, Black Trans Men Inc. (BTMI), and maintains leadership roles in the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC). He also serves as staff during the annual Black Transgender Advocacy Conference held in Dallas, TX and is regularly a part of yearly advocacy projects. Sybastian participates in panel discussions, ambassadorships in local grassroots organizations, interviews and provides culture competency training at schools and businesses nationwide on transgender issues and topics. Sybastian is a man of many titles and accolades professionally, socially and academically. He has been crowned Mr. Black Trans International 2018, awarded BTMI Man of the Year 2019 and is a 2020 HRC ACTIVATE program fellow. Sybastian feels as a transgender man himself, he was born to help underserved communities and people who look like him. With the help of BTMI, BTAC and several other organizations, he can help make a difference in one of the most underserved communities, the transgender community. He believes that open dialogue and education are the keys to erasing ignorance. The need to educate people about transgender lives and experiences is why he works so diligently to advocate for LGBTQ+ competent healthcare, and equal social and economic rights. Sybastian models his life, work, and advocacy after this famous quote, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” ~Malcolm X
Rick Spector
krypton1992@gmail.com
Rick Spector has been teaching local and national nostalgia to enthusiastic groups for 37 years. He founded Moviehouse Productions in 1983, delighting audiences throughout the Delaware Valley with his multi-media nostalgia shows. His core programs include his multi-part series on the popular history of Philadelphia. Rick's works were inspired by his Philly childhood, the tales his father shared with him, his travels about the city and research into its underappreciated past. Rick worked for 35 years for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in community relations. "Radio Rick" hosted the Milestones radio show for PCA during its entire five-year run. Rick is a graduate of the Philly school system and Temple University. Visit his website at www.moviehouseproductions.com to view his podcasts and for further information about his work.
Elizabeth Spicer
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Dr. Elizabeth Spicer is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She has been a Metaphysics and Energy explorer since 1980, and is the author of the book, Ask Your Body., which details the use of the Energy Field in determining and relieving food and substance sensitivities.
Gustavus Stadler
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Gustavus Stadler is the author of Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life (2020) and Troubling Minds: The Cultural Politics of Genius in the U.S. 1840-1890 (2006). His essays on U.S. literature, left politics, music, and sound culture have appeared in Al Jazeera, Public Books, avidly.com, Social Text, American Literature, and many other venues. He is currently beginning work on a book about Cafe Society, New York's first fully integrated nightclub. He is Professor of English at Haverford College and lives in Haverford.
MLSN Staff
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Staff, MLSN
Jack Stagliano
jstagliano@aol.com
JACK STAGLIANO taught painting and drawing at Villanova University for 21 years. He holds an MFA degree from Bard College and is certified as a design consultant for the renovation of worship spaces. Each year since 2012 he has produced a calendar with twelve of his Philadelphia watercolor scenes. Jack has specialized in teaching beginners, using sequential learning lesson plans, and at semester's end regularly hears students express their surprise and enjoyment at how much they have learned. Jack can be reached at Jstagliano@aol.com.
Todd Stofka
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Todd Stofka, CH, HNLP, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He developed the Stofka Method by integrating NLP and Hypnotherapy with his background in Aikido, Jujitsu and a variety of competitive sports. Founder of the Philly Hypnosis Centers, since 2001 has spent transforming smokers into non-smokers, and sports enthusiasts into ace athletes. Whether weight management or lack of confidence is an issue, or a person is facing fear filled phobias, Todd is deftly able to “rewire” the negative thoughts or behaviors and assist his clients in overcoming a wide variety of obstacles. http://PhillyHypnosis.com https://www.youtube.com/phillyhypnosis ToddStofkaheadshotoc Todd is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College teaching classes on hypnosis. Todd has been published and is a frequent contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Trend, The Local, Philly Fit, 2009 US Open Golf, Sports Psychology Tennis, Self growth, Think well, Expert click, American Chronicle, Green Doc, Soft Ball Gloves, Circadian Dreams, Smoke Free.org, Alternative Fitness, Thomas Cox, Simply Healthy, My Life, Expert contributor for Ezine Article, Article base, Podcast Alley, Video / TV – Veoh, Metacafe, YouTube, Clisper, AOL, Yahoo, Metacafe, Kewago, Daily Motion, Radio – Blog Talk Radio, WOGL, WKYW, Sports 610 As a former competitive ski racer and sports trainer, he folds these varied disciplines into his Stofka Method to help people reach their personal goals. He is noted for his ability to reach deep into a person’s psyche and touch their core talent and dream, while creating just the right connection to anchor this as a new behavior in their daily life. He is skilled at stimulating his client’s ability to embody the skills used by outstanding performers and experts in the field of aspired excellence. Todd builds rapport easily and he is known for his honest assessment of his clients needs. As a result he has earned a reputation of trust. Prior to founding the Philly Hypnosis Centers, Todd was a corporate executive holding various management positions from construction to technology oriented companies. He excelled at strategy, vision and mission planning and continuously exceeded sales goals. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President of Sales for Titan Technology Partners, a national software firm. Mr. Stofka has a BS in engineering and management from Clarkson University and is currently working on his MBA. He has always strived to refine and develop himself further and he has taken a myriad of independent course work, from the Sandler Selling System to Management of People Skills and Development at Cornell University. Originally, Todd took a hypnosis course to improve certain aspect of his own life and business performance. During his initial studies, he had a personal turning point, which inspired him to seek the healer within and dedicate his life to helping others reach their personal excellence. He proceeded to take courses in Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He has numerous certifications in both disciplines, including “Certified Master Practitioner”. Todd is a member of NGH, (National Guild of Hypnotists) and NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). Mr. Stofka’s, Philly Hypnosis Centers are located in Chalfont, Pennsylvania and The Virtual Office on Skype. In addition, Todd teaches skiing and snowboarding. He resides with his wife and two children in the Philadelphia area.
Jackie Strauss
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Broadcast Pioneers Board member Jackie Strauss is a Philly girl, born and raised. Her memories of growing up in the city led her to her position as "Neighborhood Correspondent" on the "Remember When"radio program, along with hosts, Steve Ross and Jim Murray, formerly on CBS "The Big Talker, 1210 AM” and then on “News Talk 990 AM WNTP for over a decade. During the six years Jackie was a part of the radio show, her segment was one of the longest-running features; reporting on people's birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and events in their lives, and researching the various neighborhoods in the Delaware Valley which prompted calls from listeners anxious to talk about their memories and their pride in the places where they grew up. Jackie is a ‘natural’ pianist, who has been at the keyboard since the age of 10, as well as a singer having been with "The Tridels” a 60s 'cover group' for 4 years.
Karen Strauss
karen@confidentcomputing
Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach
Mary Swan Braverman
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Mary Swan has over 20 years of experience working with both equities and options as part of an overall investment strategy. She received her MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and holds a Series 7 certification.
Lawrence Swesey
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I am a retired educator and military officer, married with three adult children. My educational experience is primarily in mentoring and instructing adult (both young and mature) students in a variety of disciplines. My professional educational career centered upon instructing juniors and seniors in a highly regarded academic public high school in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. My military career included a long assignment as a primary instructor at the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Advanced Course at Ft Knox, Kentucky. Additionally, my professional career included several years as an adjunct facility instructor at the college level. I have also, presented lectures, learning sessions and workshops at professional conferences and various organizations, developed and conducted educational tours of historical significant locations and mentored young professionals. After retiring from public school instruction I accepted a position as Adjunct Professor at Valley Forge Military College instructing Ethics and History. Since my professional retirement I have continued to give occasional lectures and conduct historical site educational tours. I also serve as a volunteer in the Museum Programs Department at The Benjamin Franklin Institute , Philadelphia, PA. Certifications and degrees include: Bachelor of Science The United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 1969 Master of Education Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1978 U.S. Army Instructor 275th U.S. Army Reserve School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1985 Major educational assignments include: High School Teacher Lower Moreland High School Huntingdon Valley, PA High School Teacher Lower Merion School District Lower Merion, PA Advanced Course Inst U.S. Officer Reserve Advanced Course Ft Knox, KY High School Teacher West Windsor-Plainsboro Sch. Dis trict Princeton Junction, NJ Adjunct Professor Valley Forge Military College Wayne, PA
Gail Tatum
gailstatum@gmail.com
CEO and Founder, Gail Force Solutions, a 'Force' to be reckoned with. ReFirement Expert and Columnist, Don't Retire...ReFire! My entire adult life has been devoted to helping people in many capacities. I thrive on making a difference in the lives of others, whether they be subtle or grand. I studied Psychology at Villanova and have over 40 years of life experience in the art of human behavior. It is in understanding the human condition, that we are understood. www.gailstatum.lifeVantage.com
Staff, The Rail Park
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Staff, The Rail Park
Sarah Megan Thomas
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Sarah Megan Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Megan_Thomas For her latest film, A Call to Spy, Sarah wrote the original screenplay, produced, and played legendary American spy Virginia Hall. The feature released to critical acclaim in 2020 (IFC Films domestically; Amazon Original in India; Netflix and Signature in Europe), and provided fuel to the specialty box office” in a pandemic landscape (Deadline). A Call to Spy won the Anti-Defamation League "Stand Up" Award, and several Audience Choice Awards. The BBC praised the film as the “Hidden Figures of the spy world.” The CIA said A Call To Spy is “the best depiction we’ve seen from Hollywood on what it is like to be a spy.” Previously, Sarah created the concept, co-wrote the story, produced, and starred in the groundbreaking "Equity,” the first female driven Wall Street thriller. The Film premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Sony Pictures Classics for a profit. A.O Scott at The New York Times made "Equity" a Critic's Pick when it was released theatrically nationwide. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed Sarah's performance as "subtle, but gutsy." Sarah was honored with a Women's Image Network Award for "Equity.” Sarah also wrote, produced and starred in the romance-drama "Backwards" opposite James Van Der Beek, and has appeared in various television shows and Off-Broadway productions. On stage, she starred as Eva Braun in “Summit Conference,” extended due to popular demand and cited as “one of the most provocative dramas to be found on or off Broadway” (Curtain Up). In 2017, Fortune selected Sarah for their “Most Powerful Women, Next Generation” list. Sarah graduated with honors from Williams College, and received a graduate degree in acting at Drama Studio London.
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato
fkfay8@gmail.com
Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Ellen Trachtenberg
braintreebooks@gmail.com
Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant.
Mike Tucker
Astroholic1v@verizon.net
Mike Tucker, Observing Chair, Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers
La Shonda Tyree
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La Shonda Tyree wants to live in a world where glass ceilings are smashed, dreams do come true, and everyone is using handcrafted natural soap. A Paterson, New Jersey resident, La Shonda has been a certified soap maker for over eighteen years. In 2003, what started as a soap-making hobby bloomed into a natural handmade bath and body brand called Nyah Beauty, a sole proprietorship, offering natural soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in small batches with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce. Her products have been sold in several Christmas Tree Store locations, the Jersey Bound store in the Newark Airport, and the Just Jersey store in Morristown, NJ. In her eighteen years of business, La Shonda has served the handcrafted natural soap and cosmetics industry as a board member of The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. Initially located in Paterson, NJ, for the past four years, Nyah Beauty has called Kearny Point in Kearny, NJ home. The new space offered up a range of different opportunities for business expansion. Hosting several classes a month, La Shonda teaches others how to make natural soaps and skincare with her in-person hands-on classes. As a social, creative experience, she hosts Sip and Soap events where participants can visit her studio for a more relaxed evening, a girls' night out with friends, date night or family fun. La Shonda also offers corporations DIY activities for their employee wellness activities. Clients include Macy's Flower Show, Kean University, and Barclays. Over the past two years, her business has expanded into private label manufacturing servicing bath bombs for a major hotel chain as well as soaps for local indie brands in The Bronx and Brooklyn in New York, Philadelphia, and NJ. In addition to operating her own business, La Shonda, who is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy, also nurtures budding entrepreneurs as an instructor and for Rising Tide Capital.
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Staff, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Richard Unti
richardunti@verizon.net
Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur
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Don Wallace
donwallace@me.com
Don Wallace is an entrepreneur and business owner who is passionate about how public speaking and storytelling can benefit not only your career but your entire life. He works with anyone looking to become a better speaker. Don knows what it feels like when trying to find your voice and wondering how to get your message across. He believes that everyone has the ability to be a great speaker and enjoys teaching you how to captivate the room. Since joining Toastmasters in 2017, Don has won multiple speaking competitions, and served numerous Toastmaster officer roles, including club president.
Marylyn Waltzer
mwaltzer@optonline.net
Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
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Laura Berland, Owner, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts
Susan Weisgrau
sulear6@gmail.com
Susan Weisgrau, MA, English Literature; Retired English teacher (Åkiba Hebrew Academy)
Nancy White
nancy@digitalco
Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Nancy's company website is digitalconsultingassociates.com and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
Benjamin Witmer
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Benjamin Witmer draws upon over 20 years of experience in helping clients navigate through the mortgage process. He's received the Philadelphia Magazine's 5 Star Mortgage Award, which celebrates those mortgage professionals that provide and create a superior, low cost mortgage experience, 5 years in a row. Benjamin got his start helping clients buy new homes and second homes on the beaches of Florida to being regional sales manager and SVP of a publicly traded mortgage banker. In 2001, frustrated with the big bank mentality that has little consideration for customer service, he created his own boutique mortgage shop specializing in qualifying to closing, hands on client service. Operating with his staff in a downtown Radnor storefront, he continues to assist his clients in PA, NJ, DE and NY.
Phil Witmer
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Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience. He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society, past-president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country, and is on the board of Audubon PA. He is also active locally in Bird Town initiatives, volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls, monitors American kestrel boxes and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding. While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them. He leads walks at Mill Grove Center and lectures on a variety of related topics. He has spent many hours enjoying the birds at his backyard feeders.
Suzanne Wolko
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Suzanne Wolko grew up in Finance & Accounting roles for Financial Services firms. While there she created a Global Business Travel role negotiating airline and hotel contracts for business travelers which combined her two loves - Finance & Travel. Traveling solo to nearly fifty countries, she has navigated the world of airline miles, credit card points and little known travel sites to explore the world for less. Her best award redemptions have been business class to Australia, Easter Island and South Africa. Those savings have allowed her to upgrade her travel experiences and discover private guides, charming cities and feed her chocolate addiction. Recently, she has appearred on interviews with WHYY "You Oughta Know" and BYU radio. She has over 15 years of HR experience which includes recruiting, intern programs and compensation. Sue has been on both sides of the job search - as recruiter and job seeker so she understands the day to day process of job search and the importance of building a strategy for success. She jokes that "meeting Oprah is easier than a job search" and is keen to help job seekers find their voice, tell their story to build networks and have a strategy for job search.
Kathy Wolper
kathy@kitchenwizards.info
www.kitchenwizards.info - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs.
Anthony Wood
tonywood1@mac.com
Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at www.Anthonywoodphotography.com
Victoria Wyeth
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A 2008 Associated Press feature on Victoria Wyeth, who was 29 at the time, was published in numerous newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Providence Journal. She has also been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Vogue. Victoria Browning Wyeth, the only grandchild of iconic artist Andrew Wyeth, is the daughter of Nicholas and Jane Wyeth. Her father is a private art dealer, and her mother is an art advisor who was trained as an art historian. Ms. Wyeth is the great-granddaughter of illustrator N.C. Wyeth and the niece of contemporary realist Jamie Wyeth. The summer after Ms. Wyeth’s sophomore year in high school, she began working at the Farnsworth Art Museum, near her family’s summer home in Maine. She was the Museum’s first-ever docent for their Andrew Wyeth Collection, the primary attraction for the majority of the Museum’s summer visitors. Before starting her first summer job, the young docent interviewed her grandfather at length about each of his works on view. When she couldn’t answer someone’s question during her tour, she’d visit the artist when she returned home to hear the correct answer. Unlike other speakers on the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Ms. Wyeth’s years of conversations with the artists about their work give her talks a unique perspective. Since her first gallery talk in June, 1995, Ms. Wyeth has interspersed discussions of subject matter and technique with direct quotes to her from her grandfather and her uncle. She also, of course, adds many personal memories and family stories. A 1997 graduate of the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York, Ms. Wyeth earned a B.A. in American Cultural Studies in 2001 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She then spent a year as a Visiting Graduate Student at Harvard University, where she studied the History of Science and the History of Medicine. She further pursued her academic studies by attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT., earning a Master of Arts degree in the History of Clinical Psychiatry. Her M.A. thesis was titled: Delusions of Body and Soul: Chronicling Delusions at the Connecticut Hospital for the Insane, 1867-1886. During Ms. Wyeth’s senior year of college, she organized and curated her first museum exhibition, which was held at the Bates College Museum of Art. Andrew Wyeth: Her Room was an in-depth study of her grandfather’s process in creating a tempera painting. Her Room, painted in 1963, was lent by the Farnsworth Art Museum. From their personal collection, her grandparents lent all the preparatory studies. From the artist’s initial drawings for Her Room to his final detailed watercolors, no exhibition of this kind had ever before been held. The catalogue’s introductory essays were written by Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and by author Richard Meryman. From 2004 until 2011, Ms. Wyeth conducted gallery talks five days a week at the Brandywine River Museum, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, near her grandparents’ home. The Brandywine Museum is renowned for its collection of works by the Wyeth family. At one of her gallery talks in Chadds Ford, she met the Medical Director of the Norristown (PA.) State Hospital, resulting in her offer of a part-time job there, which she started in early 2008. She began as a Research Assistant to a forensic psychiatrist, eventually becoming a therapist until she left in April, 2017 for medical reasons. Ms. Wyeth has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She’s given gallery talks and Power Point lectures at Wyeth museum exhibitions from Tokyo to Paris. Her early morning gallery talks during the 2006 Andrew Wyeth retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum were consistently sold-out. Standing room only is the norm at Ms. Wyeth’s PowerPoint lectures. In addition to lecturing at museums, she’s lectured on her grandfather’s work at Bonhams Auction House in New York, at the Palm Beach Art Fair, at annual conferences of doctors and travel agents, and to college alumni groups. She’s given innumerable talks across the country to Private Wealth Management clients. In October, 2017, Ms. Wyeth was the guest speaker in Rockland, Maine, for the annual Judicial Conference for the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She was thrilled that two of the audience members were Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Stephen Breyer. Ms. Wyeth has devoted much of her time to giving pro bono lectures. She’s spoken to students of all ages, and in 2015, Ms. Wyeth delivered a TEDx talk to more than 1,600 junior high school students in Pennsylvania. She’s also spoken at prisons and nursing homes. For her 10th college reunion in June, 2011, Ms. Wyeth curated Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Selections from the Private Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth for the Bates College Museum of Art. Ms. Wyeth is a gifted photographer; the Philadelphia Museum of Art used her photographs of her grandfather for publicity purposes for their 2006 retrospective Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic. Moreover, her black and white photographs of the artist were exhibited in conjunction with his exhibitions at the Bates College Museum of Art (2000-2001), the Mississippi Museum of Art (2001), and the High Museum of Art (2005-2006). Two museum shows including Ms. Wyeth's photographs were held in 2017. The first solo museum exhibition of her photographs, Victoria Wyeth: My Andy, was at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, which has the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by her grandfather. Her other show in 2017 was at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where she was guest curator of Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance, organized to celebrate Wyeth’s 100th birthday that July. The exhibition consisted primarily of loans from Ms. Wyeth’s personal collection and included sketches, paintings, her grandfather’s paint brushes, two of his painting smocks, illustrated letters the artist had written to his granddaughter, and his denim jacket with the American flag on the back which she is wearing in his 1999 portrait of her. Also included in the show were 19 photographs of Andrew Wyeth that his granddaughter had taken of him since she was in 7th grade. In the introduction to the Fenimore catalogue, Ms. Wyeth wrote, “I feel it’s time the world saw the Andy in Andrew Wyeth….My hope is that people who love his work will now fall in love with him as a person – a husband, a father, and, of course, a grandfather.” In the summer of 2018, Ms. Wyeth began working as a Research Assistant at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. (Dr. Beck is the founder of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.) The first gallery exhibition of Ms. Wyeth’s photographs was held in the fall of 2018 in Philadelphia’s Stanek Gallery. Although she is the first Wyeth to use a camera, her grandfather never disparaged her photos but rather gave her hints about how to improve the composition. His “eye” is evident in many of her photographs. N.C. Wyeth’s legacy now continues with the 4th generation.
Sebastian Young
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Sebastian Young, MA, East Asian Languages & Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
Hari Zandler
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He's called a 'teacher of teachers' whose self-mastery yoga and teacher training programs are based on more than 40 years of practice and teaching. Meet Hari Zandler, a classical Hatha yoga instructor, who has explored the roots of Indian spirituality on several journeys to the sub-continent. As recently as 2016, he observed that India is "a place where the universal principles of ancient wisdom are being rediscovered and integrated into a science of enlightened living for the whole modern world." His teaching and practice of Hatha yoga reflect these observations. "Hatha yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial in helping to alleviate the stresses of modern life," he commented. Dating back to before the 15th century, this ancient yoga informs newer yoga styles and brings an authentic perspective to the practice by focusing on restorative poses, meditation and breathing. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, see how this ancient self-discovery approach creates health, harmony and renewal with a foundation of inner peace. Zandler was an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, taught yoga and meditation at St. Joseph's University for 20 years and has been an instructor at Main Line School Night since the early 1980s. At the Philadelphia Inquirer's headquarters, reporters and staff members participate in Zandler's ongoing yoga for stress management classes designed specifically for professionals with challenging jobs.
Michael Zavorski
mzavorski@verizon.net
Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young
tua80818@temple.edu
TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, a native of Ukraine, is a professor of Anthropology, an archaeologist-Mayanist, a world traveler, a professional dancer, a historical fashionista, and an artisan. Digging through history has been her life’s passion which has ultimately led to her attaining doctorate in Anthropology, with emphasis in ancient Maya. Tatiana is well-traveled, has over 10 years of archeological fieldwork – domestic and abroad, and accompanying years teaching cultural anthropology collegiately. Among her other passions is dance. Tatiana has been involved in performing and teaching Middle Eastern dance for over 17 years. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina; and, appeared on MIND TV in the history of Belly Dance. Additionally, Tatiana also performs historical dance in the outfits of the time (Colonial, Victorian, Regency and Edwardian) which she has sewn herself. Tatiana enjoys creating during her free time. This can be seen through her resin art with dry flowers, necklaces with different stones and objects, and fluid painting. Tatiana has been teaching at MLSN for the past 10 years and has even been featured at local station MLTV21.