Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography Email
Amy Anna 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. N/A
Stefania Baita 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. N/A
Chani Barton 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. N/A
Christina Basciano -Manage distribution network for an Automation and robotic organization headquartered in Switzerland ABB.com -Familiar of all levels of cyber security. -Single mom of twin boys who are 10 years old. Extremely familiar of all gamer platforms, hacker schemes, social media and apps for young individuals who are looking to game and virtually interact safely. N/A
Eric Bell 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. ericbellwriter@gmail.com
Owen Biddle 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. owenbiddlephotography
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania roslynb-l@comcast.net
Judy Bogad 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. N/A
Len Boris Len Boris, Director of Beverage for Fearless Restaurants attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu where he graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 2008. He has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15 and transitioned to a front of the house role after he graduated culinary school. He said his love for cooking started when he was in college, “I tried several different fields while in college, not really finding my niche. While I was at West Chester University, I started to watch Emeril at 3 am. That started my desire to want to cook for people; before that, it was Hot Pockets and Pop-Tarts.” Len incorporates his culinary background into his creative cocktails as well as incorporating the senses into cocktail making. “Taste and sight are obvious; but, I love a cocktail that has an additional aroma component that isn’t part of the actual drink,” Len said his favorite cocktail is the Smoking Sazerac at Autograph Brasserie. Before joining Fearless Restaurants, Len served Banquet Director and Assistant General Manager at Georges’ immediately after culinary school, he was then the bar manager for Susanna Foo. He also held positions as the Food and Beverage Manager at Valley Forge Casino. Len said his passion for creating cocktails comes from, “taking people one step out of their comfort zone, having somebody try an ingredient or combination that they have never had before.” N/A
Lorene Cary N/A
Greg Cazillo 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. greg@cazillo.com
Mary Coe Mary Coe, Friends of Radnor Trails N/A
Marebeth Conard Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher N/A
Jack Covington 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! N/A
I Creative Voice Development Gro Staff, Creative Voice Development Group N/A
Dianne Dillman 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! butterbaker@yahoo.com
Rob Eames Rob Eames, Founder, Path to Freedom Buddhist Meditation Center N/A
Steve K. D. Eichel N/A
Nina Epstein 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. N/A
Charo Evangelista 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. charo.freespirityoga@g
Susan Evans 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. N/A
Mary Fischer-Nassib 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. N/A
David Fisher Rev David A Fisher, Faculty Member, Philosophy and World Religions, Rosemont College N/A
Carla Gambescia 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.
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Gabriel Garfinkle 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. GTGarfinkle@gmail.com
Gabrielle Geib 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. N/A
David Grauel 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. dgrauel99@gmail.com
Anne Harris 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. vwbug66@aol.com
Jenn Hartmann Jennifer A. Hartmann, DC, is a Pennsylvania Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Practicioner with almost 20 years experience in sports medicine and therapy. In 2007, she graduated from National University of Health Sciences for her doctorate, as well as, attaining her BS in human anatomy; also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Functional Movement Specialist, Golf Fitness Instructor, Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Provider and Dietitian. Dr. Hartmann’s focus on sports medicine and nutrition has evolved from her early love of sports, as young as 5 years old, and has been designed to help patients achieve healthier lifestyles. She is the Founder and President of Strafford Chiropractic & Healing Center in Wayne; a wellness mecca on the Mainline. Dr. Hartmann is trusted by the area’s premier medical doctors, neurosurgeons, orthopedists and other alternative practitioners for care and guidance on spine and non-spinal conditions alike. Dr. Hartmann has treated many professional athletes in baseball, basketball, football, ultimate frisbee, pro and amateur cyclists, Iron-man triathletes, and also treated top level amateurs in tennis, squash, and golf. Using a truly holistic approach to wellness and healing is what distinguishes Dr. Hartmann from the typical chiropractor and practitioner. A holistic approach to care means that we are interested in engaging and developing the person as a whole. You can think of this as the 7 dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, financial, intellectual, occupational, and environmental. It’s the concept that the human being is multidimensional and multi-factorial. Dr. Hartmann’s strong relationships with some of the best specialists and other allied health professionals nationwide is a major benefit to her patients, who rely on those trusted connections for immediate expert referrals. N/A
Deborah Hassan Deborah Hassan, Deloitte & Touche LLP Partner (Ret.); Board Chair, Girl Scouts, Eastern PA N/A
Ann Hazan 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. N/A
Gina Henry 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. N/A
Andrew Herron 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. N/A
Seth Holzman 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. zepharpo@aol.com
Amy Mermaid Isakov Amy Mermaid Isakov is a tech savvy and innovative dreamer passionate about connection, spirituality, music, ritual arts, and how the Divine can manifest in all its forms. Having left the traditional education path, she has studied in-depth with shamans, bodyworkers, evolutionary thought leaders, and green builders since 2001. She is a Pachakuti Mesa carrier, writer, teacher, singer, and mother – among other things. N/A
Sona Kapadia 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 N/A
Sandi Kirschner Sandi Kirschner, MEd, Certified Group Fitness Instructor N/A
Kara Klaiber 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. N/A
Jacqueline Kloss Together, Drs. Kloss and Swain provide a mind-body approach to sleep health. Jacqueline D. Kloss, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, is currently a Co-PI on an NIH sponsored study on women and sleep through the reproductive years. She has also published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the areas of sleep, insomnia, and women’s health. Amanda Swain, M.D. is Staff Physician, University of Pennsylvania, Student Health Service, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Clinical Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Joshua Klur Josh Klur produces The PurposeGirl Podcast, doing all the behind-the-scenes magic: Securing and managing the equipment, setting up the interviews, editing and publishing the episodes, promoting the podcast, and more. The PurposeGirl Podcast has released over 85 weekly episodes, has been downloaded over 110,000 times, and has attracted several sponsors. Josh stays current on podcasting best practices, has attended the largest podcast industry convention, Podcast Movement, for the last several years, and has consulted on launching podcasts. In his prior career Josh taught math for 20 years, and he still continues to tutor math in addition to his current work as the Business Manager for PurposeGirl. N/A
Maxine Koenig 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. MissMaxineK@gmail.com
Lisa Kohn Lisa Kohn is an accomplished leadership consultant, executive coach, author, and keynote speaker with a strong business background and a creative approach. She has over 20 years of experience partnering with Fortune 500 clients in areas of leadership, communication styles, managing change, interpersonal and team dynamics, and strategy, as well as life balance and fulfillment. Lisa’s latest book is her memoir to the moon and back: a childhood under the influence (Heliotrope Books). Lisa works with organizations across a broad range of industries, in companies such as Verizon, World Wrestling Entertainment, Citigroup, New York City Department of Education, American Civil Liberties Union, and Comcast. Lisa brings a unique perspective to clients that transforms the way organizations develop and manage their people and the way leaders fulfill their roles and effectively manage today’s realities – doing more with less, delivering projects on time and under budget, and flexing in an environment of fast pace and continual change. By emphasizing the importance of thoughtful, intentional leadership, Lisa helps clients to not only uncover issues to implement real changes, but also to successfully address their own inner challenges and effectively connect with others to ensure the changes stick. Lisa earned her BA in psychology from Cornell University and her MBA from Columbia University’s Executive Program. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and New York University’s Stern School of Business, and has been featured in several professional publications addressing topics on management, leadership, and communications. She has been awarded the designation of Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Lisa is an Accredited Facilitator for Everything DiSC®, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive TeamTM, The Leadership CircleTM, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Lisa is the co-author of The Power of Thoughtful Leadership: 101 Minutes to Being the Leader You Want to Be. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania with her family. Keep up with Lisa at www.chatsworthconsulting.com and www.lisakohnwrites.com or follow her on Twitter (@thoughtfulldrs and @lisakohnwrites), Facebook, and LinkedIn. Lisa can be reached at lkohn@chatsworthconsulting.com. N/A
Stephanie Lantz My passion is cooking. It is my joy to cook for people and see the expression on their faces while they experience the dishes I create.  I have wonderful memories of being in the kitchen as a little girl and watching my mother and various guests cooking all types of nutritious and delicious food. Hannah, from Israel, was creating Mediterranean delights and braiding challah on our kitchen floor. Yolanda, from Mexico, was preparing authentic Mexican sauces, home-made tortillas while toasting chilies and spices. My mother, the consummate entertainer, was able to transform recipes into lighter versions without sacrificing taste and I learned this skill from her. Watching various cooking TV shows from the ’70s to today and reading cookbooks, blogs, magazines, my inspiration continues to blossom. It is a dream come true for me to plan, cook, and teach about nutritious, delicious foods. N/A
Marc Lapadula 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. N/A
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Sue Laskin Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher suelaskin@comcast.net
R. Barry Levis R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012 levis@rollins.edu
Irene Levy Baker Irene Levy Baker is the author of two Philly-centric books, 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die (first and second editions) and Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia, and owner of Spotlight Public Relations, a firm specializing in restaurants and hospitality. Prior to that she spent many years working at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Irene is always hungry for adventures that will surprise and delight her readers. For the latest news about the Philadelphia region follow: @100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia on Facebook and Instagram. @100Philly on Twitter. N/A
Kevin Manning 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. N/A
Thomas McGuire Tom McGuire is a native of the Philadelphia area whose history activities began in 1975-76 at the Valley Forge Historical Society Museum [predecessor of the Museum of the American Revolution] and Valley Forge National Historical Park 1977-81. A graduate of Villanova University (B. A. 1979; M. A. 1985), he has been teaching history at Malvern Prep since 1980 and has authored six books: The Surprise of Germantown [Thomas Publications, 1994]; Battle of Paoli [2000]; Brandywine Battlefield State Park Trail of History Guide [2001], The Philadelphia Campaign Volume I and Volume II [2006-07]; Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace [2011]. Tom also researched for David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book John Adams and its sequel 1776 . He was VP of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund 1996-2002 and guest-curated the Chester County Historical Society’s “War Comes to Chester County 1777-78” exhibition in 1997. He is currently a member of the Board of Educators of the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR.) N/A
Mack McKamey With over 8 years of experience as an herbalist, Mack's take on herbal uses blends traditional wisdom with modern science and practical applications. A special place in her heart has always been the use of locally available botanicals, be they the pine needles in winter, or the sweet violets in spring! Mack currently runs The Raw Spa, a skincare apothecary that specializes in unique creations for all skin types. mack@therawspa.net
Thais McNeal Thais McNeal, Senior Director, GlaxoSmithKline; Professional and Philanthropic Leader N/A
Amy Meyerson Amy Meyerson is the bestselling author of The Booksho,p of Yesterdays, which will be translated into 11 languages. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Her new novel, The Imperfects, published in May 2020. N/A
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Maria Ocando Finol Maria’s experience with online learning began in 2014 as part of her teaching and doctoral work at Arizona State University. There, she piloted, taught and evaluated hybrid and online Spanish courses, served on committees to evaluate and advance the School of International Letters and Cultures’ tech-enhanced and online offerings, and co-founded a community of practice on computer-assisted language learning. With over ten years of experience teaching in low- and high-tech educational contexts, and a strong background in pedagogy, Maria is an educational technology specialist at BMC, and serves as project coordinator for the Online Teaching Institute. mari.ocando@gmail.com
Lindsey Palumbo Lindsey Palumbo, Associate Director of Institutional Research at Bryn Mawr College N/A
Sharon Pastore 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 sharongpastore@gmail.com
Tania Perelberg 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. taniaperelberg@comcast.net
Linda Pessar Linda F. Pessar, LFP, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Emerita; Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biological Sciences SUNY Buffalo N/A
Elena Popchock Elena Popchock is the exhibition developer at the National Constitution Center, overseeing exhibit content from conception through installation. Since 2016, she has served as the lead developer for several exhibits, including Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation and most recently, the permanent exhibit Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality. She is currently writing and developing an exhibit on the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed voting rights for women. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the National Park Service’s collections facility outside Washington, D.C. She has also assisted with the development of exhibits at Ford’s Theatre, The President Woodrow Wilson House, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her background is in American history and exhibition development, having earned museum studies degrees at Juniata College and The George Washington University. N/A
Julie Potter Julie Potter, Artist cmjulie15@yahoo.com
Gene Pratter Judge Pratter began her judicial service in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in June 2004 after a career with Duane Morris LLP where she concentrated in litigation. Judge Pratter became that firm’s first General Counsel. Judge Pratter continues life-long service in numerous professional, community and education organizations. As an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School she has taught Trial Advocacy for a number of years and she previously served on the School’s Board of Overseers. Judge Pratter was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts first to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules where she participated in the recent amendment of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In 2019, she was appointed to the Judicial Conference Rules of Practice and Procedures Committee (“Standing Rules Committee”). Judge Pratter has written articles for professional publications, frequently speaks on professionalism and ethics topics and has traveled several times to former Soviet-bloc countries to address judicial ethics and case management for complex litigation in joint Department of State/Department of Justice Rule of Law programs for judges, practitioners and law students. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. N/A
Christine Reyes 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™. N/A
Marie Roberts 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. heart239@hotmail.com
Leslie Robison 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 N/A
Paula Sam Paula Sam, Wellness Advocate, owner Sama Center, a holistic health, yoga & wellness center N/A
Andrea Samz-Pustol Andrea Samz-Pustol, Digital Scholarship Fellow N/A
Lorri Sarosy 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. sarolori@yahoo.com
Steven Schiffman Steven Schiffman, CEO, D. Atlas Estates sjscoh
Jane Schultz Jane Schultz is a predominantly self-taught mobile artist from Pennsylvania. Jane's images have been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. She was named multiple times as a Most Wanted Visionary by New Era Museum and declared a New Era Museum Artist. She has also been recognized in numerous art competitions. Jane curates for the New Era Museum and administers @ig_artistry, an Instagram hub which promotes originality, creativity, and emotive art. N/A
Mary Scullion Sister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. In 1989, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project HOME has grown from an emergency winter shelter to 900 units of housing, three social enterprises, the Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Lab which is acatalyst for education and employment; and the Steven Klein Wellness Center.  Sister Mary has received numerous honorary doctorates for her leadership, most recently from Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania. She was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s Most Influential People in 2009”. In addition, Sister Mary and Joan received the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University in 2011, the most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. N/A
Chef Mike Selser Executive Chef White Dog Cafe Haverford/Glen Mills Michael Selser, Executive Chef for White Dog Cafe, Haverford, will take the role of Executive Chef of White Dog Glen Mills when it opens in early 2020. He has been in the culinary industry for 23 years, serving early on in his career as a cook at Green Valley Country Club and at Passerelle and then as a chef at Du Jour which later changed to White Dog Café, Haverford. He attended the prestigious Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and said his cooking style is a take on classic dishes and that he prefers to create delicious, simple food using local ingredients. He uses a classic combination of flavors when he cooks and said his favorite dish to prepare is French Toast, “it seems simple but actually requires proper techniques to create the perfect dish.” The kitchen has always provided the focus for him he said, “I enjoy the high-energy, the passion and the teamwork of the kitchen.” When offering advice to aspiring chefs he said, “taste everything, as a chef we pull from those flavor “memories” when cooking also read every cookbook you can,” he added. The White Dog Cafes are true farm to table and the majority of the ingredients used at the restaurants are purchased from local farms, located no more than 50 miles from the restaurants. They offer seasonal menus and incorporate organic items when possible. A fan of using sustainable and local products, he added, “Price will always be a factor in where the public eats, but I would like to see a balance between the use of local ingredients, more eco-conscious food and price point so that everyone can have the access to more sustainable way of eating.” N/A
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness 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. julie@sevillefitness.com
Ginny Simon 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. N/A
Susannah Sinclair Susannah M. Sinclair is the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) & Digital Communications Manager at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR). Among her duties, she manages the CRM software system used by the Field Education Office, which houses a database of more than 800+ agencies and users, and creates and manages social media and digital communications like e-newsletters and website updates for the GSSWSR. Susannah is the lead team member of the Technology Working Group at the GSSWSR, and manages technology support for students through the Student Services department. Susannah received her master's degree in Management Information Systems through the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is certified in IT Project Management, Business Process Management, and Business Analytics. Susannah is committed to improving digital competency and online visibility in the field of higher education and making technology more accessible to students. She passionately believes that technology should be a tool that improves student outcomes and experiences, rather than a learning obstacle, and should enrich learning and retention in higher education and anywhere else learning takes place. Technology can help encourage more equitable use and access for everyone, creating connectivity between learners of all ages, backgrounds, and expertise. N/A
Emily Smith 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. N/A
Linda Smith Linda L. Smith, MBA, University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she earned a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) designation. Linda has worked as an executive at Delaware Investments, Goldman Sachs and now, as needed at Glenmede Trust. She is a winner of the Ace of Clubs award for bridge. As head of Ladies' Golf at Bala Golf Club, Linda was approached by fellow golfers to teach them bridge. That was her inspiration for becoming certified as a bridge teacher. llsmith818@comcast.net
Mariann Smith 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. jpmws44@yahoo.com
Marilou Smith Marilou Smith is a Senior Project Manager in the Facilities Management Office at Villanova University. She graduated from Villanova University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, is LEED certified and has over 35 years of experience in design, construction and project management. Marilou has managed a wide range of projects for the University including the construction of the Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick Hall, and a 200,000 square foot renovation to the Mendel Hall Science building. Recently, she completed the largest Construction project development at Villanova University. This project included transforming the University main parking lots along Lancaster Avenue into a new living and learning environment that is highlighted by the Commons, residential housing for 1,135 students, The John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts, a pedestrian bridge crossing Lancaster Avenue to the entrance of St. Thomas of Villanova Church, a (2) story addition and face lift to an existing garage on campus and new parking garage on Ithan Avenue. N/A
Russ Stavig Russ Stavig was born and raised in South Dakota, attended the University of South Dakota graduating with a degree in business. He spent his entire career with Armstrong World Industries, Inc., in sales and customer service management positions. Upon retiring in 2015, he became involved as a volunteer with the Wolf Sanctuary of PA and now gives guided public and private educational tours along with other sanctuary duties, including feeding and watering the wolves and wolf-dogs. From time to time he also gives off site sanctuary presentations. Russ has long had a fascination with wolves since his youth and devoured Jack London, Jack O'Brien and Zane Grey novels. The Wolf Sanctuary provides him with the perfect opportunity to continue his passion for wolf education and preservation. He has been married for 42 years and has two grown children. N/A
Karen Strauss Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach karen@confidentcomputing
Amanda Swain Together, Drs. Kloss and Swain provide a mind-body approach to sleep health. Jacqueline D. Kloss, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, is currently a Co-PI on an NIH sponsored study on women and sleep through the reproductive years. She has also published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the areas of sleep, insomnia, and women’s health. Amanda Swain, M.D. is Staff Physician, University of Pennsylvania, Student Health Service, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Clinical Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Lawrence Swesey 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 N/A
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Susan Van Allen Susan Van Allen, MLSN Board Chair N/A
Mary Wagner Mary Wagner is the Managing Partner at Valley Creek Advisors. With over 23 years of experience in the banking, financial planning and investment field, she has extensive knowledge in asset management, investments, insurance and retirement plans. Mary has been a multi-year attendee of the Barron’s top Financial Advisors and the Women's Financial Advisors summits. Barron's attendees are based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work. Mary earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and Journalism with her graduate work in Business Administration. She has attended the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown University, Ohio University, American University, Ursinus College and St Joseph’s University. Mary holds a General Securities Series 7, Investment Company Products Series 6, Investment Advisory Series 65 and Securities Agent State Series 63 registration through LPL Financial. She also holds life and health insurance licenses in DE, FL, NJ, NM, PA, SC, UT. Today Mary provides retirement and investment planning for owners and employees of local companies in the Philadelphia area including the healthcare, technology and engineering sectors. Mary prides herself on providing her clients exceptional financial advice with integrity and superior ethics. In her spare time, Mary enjoys a variety of active outdoor pursuits including cycling, hiking, camping, swimming, tennis, golf and traveling. http://www.valleycreekadvisors.com/team/mary-wagner N/A
Alyn Waller Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Philadelphia PA. N/A
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Nancy White 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. nancy@digitalco
Thomas Wieckowski Thomas J. Wieckowski is Vice-President of the Old York Road Historical Society and Chair of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission. He received his B.S. at Villanova University and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is retired from Drexel University in Philadelphia after twenty-seven years where he was Associate Dean of the College of Business and Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, among other positions. He was also Director of the Masters Programs in Business for the LeBow College of Business. In that role, he conceived, developed, and managed one of the first completely online and AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the country, MBAOnline, which opened in 2000. He currently devotes his time to his lifelong hobby, historical research and writing, and is the author of Making Marathon, published in 2009 by Infinity Press, a history of the village of Wyncote that was the first outpost of the Gilded Age, and, A Spectacle for Men and Angels, a narrative documentary of Camp William Penn, published in the fall of 2013. His forthcoming book, Hitherto Invincible, is the story of three generations of the Barker family, influential 19th century Philadelphia bankers. N/A
Benjamin Witmer 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. N/A
Kathy Wolper 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. N/A
Anthony Wood In more than thirty years as a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Anthony R. Wood has written on many and varied subjects, including taxes, coastal development, and the Gulf Stream. He is currently the policy and solutions editor at Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com. His specialties, however, have been climate and weather. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times and won numerous awards, including a National Association of Science Writers award for a newspaper series and a Society of Professional Journalists award for environmental writing. He writes frequently about weather, and his weather columns have long been a popular philly.com feature. Anthony also worked for several years for United Press International in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and New York as an editor/writer. Anthony grew up in beautiful downtown Chester, Pa., and lives in Wayne with his wife, Laura, and no pets that he's aware of. He and Laura have two sons (30 and 25), off making their own lives. N/A
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, native of Kiev, Ukraine, is a professional belly dancer who has been involved in Middle Eastern dance for many years and is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Temple University. Tatiana performs Egyptian cabaret and modern Egyptian dance and teaches archaeology classes for Main Line School Night. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina Asurah and appeared on the MIND TV program in the history of Belly Dance section. Tatiana travels (and has been living in some countries) around the world to achieve a deeper understanding of dance, its cultural significance and its sacred and primordial nature as well as visited many archaeologically significant areas.. She can be reached by kahinaasurah@yahoo.com, or you are welcome to visit her website www.kahinaasurah.com. tua80818@temple.edu
Drew Zimmerman Drew Zimmerman is a professional artist who has made and exhibited masks, marionettes, sculpture and bas-relief collages for over 30 years. paper57mache@mac.com