Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography Email
Staff, Mt. Cuba Staff, Mt. Cuba Center N/A
Docent, African American Museum of Phi "The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans." "Visit us and experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art." "They inspire, educate, promote dialogue, and bring together community." N/A
Jonathan Alderson Jonathan Alderson, Founder and Principal, Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects N/A
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
Mita Barot 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. BarotM@tesd.net;
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
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
Hannah Campbell 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. N/A
Brad Carney 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. N/A
Grace Cipressi Grace Cipressi, Assistive Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College 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
Laura Cruz Like many of us, Laura traces her love of the outdoors back to her childhood. “There was a small patch of woods and a stream on my parents’ property where my friends and I would play for hours. We found crayfish, which was very exciting, and would constantly be stuck in the mud. Even though it was right in my backyard it felt like the wilderness.” Prior to working for Natural Lands, Laura was a horticulture intern at Winterthur and a natural lands gardener at Longwood Gardens. Most recently, she was a research and development gardener and ecological sales representative at North Creek Nurseries. Laura received her B.S. in Psychology from Ursinus College. She earned a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Sheffield. N/A
Rob Eames Rob Eames, Founder, Path to Freedom Buddhist Meditation Center 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
Chris Fehlhaber 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. N/A
Ariadna Fink Ariadna Fink, MA, Hispanic Literature, Villanova University N/A
Nancy Frankel-Halbert Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator nefh@mac.com
Gregory Frost 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. gfrost1@swarthmore.edu
Nancy Gabel NANCY GABEL taught high school French at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for thirty-five years where she also headed the Foreign Language Program for the district. After retiring from public education, she taught at The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School and The Episcopal Academy. She was a founder and President of the Board of the French International School in Bala Cynwyd, as well as Board Member and President of Main Line School Night. She is thrilled to be teaching adults at MLSN, where she has offered a variety of courses. 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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Jane Golden Jane Golden, Founder and Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia. She has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception in 1984, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program and a global model for transforming public space and community through art. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Reimagining the intersection of art and public space to address societal challenges, she has developed groundbreaking programs that transform practice and policies related to youth education, restorative justice, environmental issues and behavioral health. Golden has overseen a series of increasingly complex, ambitious, and award-winning public art projects, and launched the knowledge-sharing Mural Arts Institute in 2017 to help guide best-practices across the globe. Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award, the Philadelphia Award, the Hepburn Medal from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, the Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal and Philadelphia Magazine’s Trailblazer Award. In 2018, she received the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, and the Dare to Understand Award from the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation. 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
Wendy Greenfield 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. N/A
Gretchen Groebel Gretchen Groebel, Hike Leader; Executive Director, Radnor Conservancy N/A
Luke Hamilton N/A
Rick Hamilton 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. N/A
David Hardy David P. Hardy is the Co-Founder and retired CEO of Boys' Latin of Philadelphia charter school. Boys' Latin, which opened in 2007 in West Philadelphia, is Pennsylvania's first and only single- gender charter school has a student body that is 98% African-American and 74% economically disadvantaged. Blending classical studies with contemporary pedagogy, the school offers rigorous coursework and an extensive selections extra-curricular activities including robotics, drama, entrepreneurship, mock trial, and 10 varsity sports. In its first four graduating classes, Boys' Latin has sent 85% of graduates to post-secondary education-80% of which attending four-colleges. Boys' Latin students matriculate into the finest colleges and universities in the nation including Pomona, Bowdoin, Carleton, Penn, U Va, and Penn State, as well as 13 of the14 members of the State University System. It added a middle school in 2013, increasing enrollment to 850 students to make it the largest 6-12 grades all-male school of any type in the region. The school has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC with Megyn Kelly. After retiring from Boys' Latin in 2017, David Hardy served as Executive Director of Excellent Schools PA, a school choice advocacy organization. He also is the principal of a consulting practice, Parkway Educational Consultants. He has recently returned to Boys’ Latin as interim CEO as the school undergoes a leadership change. Mr. Hardy served as the spokesman for philly schoolchoice.com , was a founding board member of the Philadelphia Schools Partnership, and is a former board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the North Carolina Outward Bound School. He currently serves on the boards of the Center for Education Reform, the Pennsylvania State Coalition of Public Charter Schools, and Ad Prima Charter School. David Hardy lives in center city Philadelphia with his wife and they have two adult sons. N/A
Muriel Harmon Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker murielharmonms@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
I Harriton House Bruce Gill, Executive Director, The Harriton Association 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
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
Brannon Johnson Brannon Johnson is the head coach and owner of BLJ Community Rowing, one of the most diverse community rowing programs in the Philadelphia metro area. After beginning to row at the age of 15, Brannon received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas, where she rowed at the Division I varsity level all 4 years. In 2003, she competed as a single sculler in the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most prestigious regattas held on the Thames River in England. She has been rowing, teaching and coaching over the past 15+ years, having taught and coached 80 classes and roughly 700 Philadelphia area residents, ranging from ages 18 to 65. N/A
Laura Kanavy Laura Kanavy, Medical and Legal Interpreter 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
Eric Kaplan As Chief of Staff to the Dean of Penn GSE, Dr. Kaplan provides high-level strategic support on a variety of projects and activities that are critical to achieving Penn GSE’s priorities. He works with myriad constituencies within the school and with university-wide leadership to advance Penn GSE’s most important initiatives. As a Senior Fellow, he teaches courses in enrollment management in Penn GSE’s master’s and doctoral programs. Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Kaplan served as Director of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management where he directed all academic and administrative aspects of this cohort-based Ed.D. program for mid- to senior-level leaders in higher education, nonprofits, and industry. He also served as Penn’s Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations for International Initiatives (2010–2013), Associate Secretary of the University (2006, 2008–2010), and Interim Dean of Admissions (2007–2008), as well as in several leadership roles in the undergraduate admissions office including Associate Dean and Director of Admissions from 1994–2003. Dr. Kaplan led enrollment efforts as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Lehigh University from 2003–2006. Earlier in his career, he worked in the admissions offices at Brandeis University, Boston University and Westbrook College. Dr. Kaplan serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Connecticut College as well as the Board of Directors of Need in Deed, an organization that partners with teachers to promote service-learning opportunities for students in the School District of Philadelphia. He is involved with the Point Foundation as a scholarship reader and served as scholar mentor, and is a participant in the 2016–17 Leadership Philadelphia Core Program. N/A
Sean Keenan N/A
Beth Kephart Beth Kephart, Author; Partner, Fusion Communications N/A
Tom Kershner Tom Kershner, Gwynedd Preserve Manager and Tree Management Coordinator N/A
Panayota Kevgas Mrs. Kevgas is the Principal of Radnor High School. Before taking the helm of the school in June 2019, she was the RHS Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs since 2015. Mrs. Kevgas has served Radnor High School since January 2002 as a mathematics and biology teacher. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Kevgas developed syllabi for Advanced Placement (AP) Biology and Honors Biology courses, developed and instituted the AP Biology curriculum, facilitated and led technology trainings for fellow teachers and was a member of the district's Strategic Planning Committee (2008-13) and its Schoology Advance Team (2013-14). Mrs. Kevgas also served as graduation coordinator for four years. Mrs. Kevgas earned a B.A. from Villanova University in 2000, a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University in 2002 and a K-12 Principal Certification from Immaculata in 2014. N/A
Sandi Kirschner 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. 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
Tuscarora Lapidary Society Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society hansensm@gmail.com
Sue Laskin Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher suelaskin@comcast.net
Orsolya Lazar 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 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
Cristine Matos Cristine Matos, MA, Native Speaker, Portuguese Teacher N/A
Jack McCarthy 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. Jacksnotes88@verizon.net
Vicki Miller 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. vicki@vinocityevents.com
Gabrielle Miller 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. N/A
Bill Murphy Bill Murphy is a Board Member of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies and an Assistant News Editor for Anomalist.com, where he reviews articles on UFOs and archaeology. Prior to these positions, he was a Field Investigator, Section, and State Director and Newsletter Editor for Michigan for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). A former college instructor in history and archaeology and corporate Quality facilitator, trainer, and data analyst, Bill has presented about UFOs to audiences of all ages. He’s edited corporate departmental and professional association newsletters and been published in the International UFO Reporter, Journal of Scientific Exploration, and several MUFON state newsletters. N/A
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ChaCha N'Kole ChaCha N. Hudson is an international fashion designer, philanthropist, motivator, and educator. She has taught fashion and design innovation courses at the University of Delaware, advanced sewing courses at Moore College of Art & Design, and fashion business strategies and clothing construction workshops at Charthess School of Fashion and MBA Mode Institute in Accra, Ghana. ChaCha is the owner of The SEWcial Cafe, a female-focused creative coworking space in Philadelphia. The SEWcial Cafe provides space, sewing machinery, and educational workshops and courses encouraging women to create, collaborate, and develop handmade products. Current members are transitioning from creating handmade sewn goods as a hobby to building small businesses. N/A
Andrew Newberg Dr. Andrew Newberg is the director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and a physician at Jefferson University Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. Dr. Newberg, the author of Neurotheology: How Science Can Enlighten Us about Spirituality, is a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between brain function and various mental states. He is a pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field known as “neurotheology.” His research includes taking brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, in an attempt to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and attitudes. N/A
Char Nolan 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. N/A
Mitchell Orenstein Mitchell A. Orenstein is Professor and Chair of Russian and East European Studies at University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow in the Eurasia Program at Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a scholar of the political economy and foreign policy of post-communist Europe and the author or co-author of six books, most recently The Lands in Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War and From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Postcommunist Countries. His forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions, provides an overview of the successes and painful consequences of economic reform after communism, and the long path many countries have traveled to achieve a good life under capitalism. N/A
Monika Panger 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. 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
Donald Pell Donald Pell, Landscape Designer and Founder, Donald Pell Gardens N/A
Robert Peters 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. N/A
Marisa Porges Dr. Marisa Porges is known for her work on gender and education, leadership, and national security and is the author of What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women (Viking Press, 2020). She is currently the eighth Head of School of The Baldwin School, a 130-year-old all-girls school outside of Philadelphia, that is renowned for academic excellence and preparing girls to be leaders and changemakers. She is an alumna of Baldwin and personally understands the power of its approach to educating girls: it provided the foundation for her own military service and work on national security and foreign affairs. Prior to joining Baldwin, Dr. Porges was a leading counterterrorism and national security expert. Most recently, she served in the Obama White House as a senior policy advisor and White House Fellow at the National Economic Council, where she oversaw the development of domestic cybersecurity and consumer protection policies. She also has served as a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and at the Council on Foreign Relations, where her research focused on counterterrorism. In these roles, she traveled alone throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan to conduct research, interview former members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, meet with Syrian rebel fighters in hiding, and serve as an embedded civilian advisor at NATO military headquarters in Afghanistan. She also worked as a counterterrorism policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Treasury and as a foreign affairs advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense. In all these roles, she stood out as one of a few – if not the only – women present, at any given time. Dr. Porges started her career on active duty in the U.S. Navy, flying jets off carriers as a naval flight officer on EA-6B Prowlers. Ten years after the Navy first allowed women to fly jets into combat, she pursued her dream of being launched off an aircraft carrier while serving her country. She earned a B.A. in geophysics from Harvard, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in war studies from King’s College London. Her awards include the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 21st Century Leader Award and the NATO Medal for service in Afghanistan. Dr. Porges lives outside of Philadelphia, with her family. N/A
Joel Price 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. jfwp@jfwp.com
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
Michael Riedel Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. New York magazine has called his column a “must-read” for the theater world. Michael began his radio career as regular on the Imus in the Morning show in 2011. In 2017 WOR, New York’s oldest and highest-rated station, asked him to cohost its morning show with well-known sportscaster Len Berman. The Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning show is the highest-rated morning radio program in the New York City area. Michael’s book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015 and is widely considered to be the successor to William Goldman’s celebrated 1967 book about Broadway, The Season. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael lives in the West Village. --Simon and Schuster N/A
Nicole Rodriguez 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. N/A
Andrea Samz-Pustol Andrea Samz-Pustol, Digital Scholarship Fellow N/A
Jane Schultz 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. N/A
Sharon Segal Sharon Segal, ACBL Certified Instructor sms8005@gmail.com
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
Ken Sklar Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues N/A
Tom Smarr Tom Smarr, Executive Director, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 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
I Staff, LL Bean Staff, L.L. Bean N/A
Karen Strauss Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach karen@confidentcomputing
Marcia Tate Marcia Tate is a garden designer & coach, writer, photographer, speaker and teacher specializing in native plants. She helps her clients grow beautiful gardens where people, plants and wildlife thrive together in a healthy setting. She is a member of GardenComm: Garden Communicators International, an organization of green industry professionals and is a founding member of their Sustainability Committee. Marcia is vice-president of the board of directors and active member of Friends of Glen Providence Park, where she regularly leads restoration plantings, stream clean ups and educational community events. In addition to her horticultural work with private and commercial clients, Marcia is a popular speaker and workshop leader for garden clubs, industry conferences, environmental organizations, and public gardens including Mt. Cuba Center, Longwood Gardens, Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Morris Arboretum and Audubon PA. N/A
Staff, The Rail Park Staff, The Rail Park N/A
Ellen Trachtenberg 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. braintreebooks@gmail.com
Richard Unti Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur richardunti@verizon.net
Kate Varley Kate Varley earned a BA from Clark University, MS and PhD from University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a therapist, psych adjunct, teacher, editor, tutor, and even had a brief stint as a quasi-forger (totally legal). She was founder and editor of the late, lamented zine of autobiographical writing and poetry, Creek Road Gang, and author of a comic mystery Off Center. varleyfam@aol.com
Phil Witmer 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. N/A
Anthony Wood 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 tonywood1@mac.com
Hari Zandler 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. N/A