Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Justin Ahlbach
Justin Ahlbach has an MA in Literature from Rosemont College, and has taught Composition, Language Arts and American Literature at schools in China and the Philippines.
Frances Alloway
I have been teaching cooking and nutrition classes for many years as a consultant and employee. As a consultant, I have worked with hospitals, child care sites, senior centers, and libraries including the Free Library of Philadelphia. I have presented programming on Radnor 21 and WGTV television stations that included seasonal food and health topics. As an employee of Penn State Extension and Early Head Start, I co-authored Dining with Diabetes, Totally Veggies, The Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You curricula and taught hundreds of classes for all age groups. I am a registered dietitian and nutritionist, a certified ServSafe instructor and have child abuse clearances.
Eileen Angelini
Eileen M. Angelini, recipient of a 2010-2011 Canada-U.S. Fulbright award as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) and named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in August 2011, received her B.A. in French from Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies from Brown University (Providence, RI). Dr. Angelini, named to the 2013-2017 Fulbright Specialist Roster, was the Grantee for Fulbright Specialist Project #6796: “Francophone Culture: Literature, Pedagogy and Additional Language Acquisition” at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba): January 3-16, 2016. Presently, Dr. Angelini is Associate Dean of the School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College. As Associate Dean, Dr. Angelini leads the academic operations of the School for Graduate Studies. In addition, she serves on the SUNY Empire Presidential Task Force to Enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her projects include working with Teacher Education faculty to incorporate Holocaust content and pedagogy into methodology coursework as well as fostering interdisciplinary curricular efforts on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In support of these projects, Dr. Angelini has been named a 2020-2022 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE) Professor and was invited to participate in the 2020-2022 Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights Summer Seminar.
Amy Anna
Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website,, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at
Michele Archawski
Michele Archawski, Native Speaker
Gwenne Baile
Gwenne Baile became interested in raising chickens about 2007 when, watching The Martha Stewart Show, Martha brought a few of her chickens into her studio. A lightbulb went off in Gwenne’s head that a person could have just a few chickens and not a farm. However, chickens were illegal in her town of Haddon Township in Camden County, NJ. Once she retired from her career as an RN and Certified Nurse Midwife in 2009, she made it her mission to educate herself about backyard hens and convince her town council to change the law. Five years and many, many hours of taking chicken classes, her town passed a law allowing a pilot program in backyard chickens which essentially she authored. Her first two hens arrived the end of January, 2016. Once she had her own hens, she developed the class required by most towns in her area which she has mentored in changing their laws, too. She is certified as a Backyard Chicken Keeper from Chickens and You through the Gossamer Foundation. She also is a Certified Handler of Therapy Chickens and now certifies others. She has lectured nationally on therapy hens and is being featured in an international documentary on domestic animals featuring her two therapy hens.
Stefania Baita
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.
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.
Nancy Bea Miller
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.
Lynn Berkowitz
Lynn Berkowitz, MFA, BFA, with a career in art museums, has developed an array of award-winning gallery tours, experiences, and apps aimed at helping audiences of all ages and abilities engage with a diversity of art ‘isms and approaches.
Kirk Berlenbach
Trained as a philosopher and social worker, Kirk works an Episcopal priest. He has studied Japanese swords and Samurai culture for more than 25 years. Since 2004 he has been studying Doshinkan Aikido and currently holds a 2nd Dan ranking.
Richard Berman
Richard Berman, Owner, Pour Richard's Coffee Company
David Beruh
Dave is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is a former US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Dave has had a lifelong interest in health and wellness. In 2010 at age 50, he lost 60 pounds and discovered the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle. Since then he has been active in discovering bio-hacks and following the latest in longevity research.
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Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
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.
David Block
For 30 years, David Block has worked as a documentary producer/director and a freelance journalist. As a freelance journalist, he has over 1500 articles published in a variety of publications such as, Jazz Journal International, The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner's World, Runner’s Gazette, Running Times, and dozens of local magazines and newspapers. During his extensive career, he has interviewed high profile athletes, celebrities, government agents, and musicians such as Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby, Joe Frazier, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Bruce Jenner, Lee Majors, Sarah Palin's parents - Charles and Sally Heath, David Sanborn, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington, Jr. He has never shied away from difficult assignments and never missed a deadline. In December 2017, David Block earned his Master of Journalism Degree from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He is also a recipient of the journalism awards, The Lori Schipper Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement, April 2016. To date, he has made eight documentaries, many of which have been televised and screened at film festivals. He has won a number of film festival awards. A complete list of the awards and descriptions of his documentaries are listed on his website: After 11 years 11 months Jan. 2010 to Nov. 2021 David finished and published a book titled, "Understanding the 613 Mitzvot" and it is available for purchase on Amazon. While he was a student at Aish HaTorah Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem, he would have appreciated a book such as this. So, David began to create the study tool he had wished he had. It will be a useful companion to laypeople, students and anyone interested in Torah.
Steven Blum
Steven Blum, Esq, Steven G Blum and Associates LLC, Author, Negotiating your Investments, Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
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Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Kent Bottles
Dr. Kent Bottles teaches health policy and payment reform at The Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health in Philadelphia and regularly consults and presents on population health, health care reform, digital medicine, and the future of the doctor patient relationship. He has been a Professor and Chair of academic medical school pathology departments, a Chief Medical Officer of a state-wide integrated delivery system, a President and CEO and DIO of an educational and research collaborative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a President and CEO of an evidence-based medicine health care consortium in Minneapolis, and a President and Chief Knowledge Officer of a genomics bio-tech start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Bottles has received the following awards and honors: Phi Beta Kappa, The Rodney T. West Literary Achievement Award for the most important article on medical management in 2001 from the American College of Physician Executives, the Resident Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Iowa Department of Pathology, the UC San Francisco Class of 1991 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Major Contribution, the UC San Francisco Class of 1990 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Stimulating Lecture Series, and the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching at UC San Francisco for Basic Science.
Christine Boyland
Marsha Brown Woodard
The Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard is a graduate of Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kansas), Eden Theological Seminary (Webster Groves, Missouri) and Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA) from which she received the Doctor of Ministry degree. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and was licensed and ordained by the Antioch Baptist Church. She currently serves as Director of Supervised Ministries, Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University, in St. Davids, PA. She has also served as adjunct, or guest lecturer at other seminaries and institutions. She has a weekly broadcast that airs on Thursday on She has served as Pastor or on the Pastoral staff of congregations in Pennsylvania and Missouri and for many years served as the “Resident Chaplain” for the Biblical Institute of the Zion Baptist Church of Ambler, PA Dr. Woodard currently serves as Director of Christian Education for PEKBA (Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association), First Vice-President for the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Secretary of the Mainline Black Interdenominational Ministers Alliance., Vice-President of NewCORE (New Conversations on Race and Ethnicity, as well as serving as a member of other boards and committees both locally and nationally. Dr. Woodard has preached and conducted workshops, seminars and retreats throughout the United States as well as in Africa. She and the Rev. Dr. Phaedra Blocker are founders of Daughters of Thunder a collaborative endeavor whose mission is to support, nurture and empower female clergy of African descent. Her sermons and devotions have been included in numerous publications, most recently, “Oh Lord, Why Me?”. She is the author of “I Was Tired Today”, and “I Choose To Thrive”. Dr. Woodard is a member of the Saints Memorial Baptist Church in Bryn Mawr, where she serves as Associate Pastor.
Jeanne Buckley
I hold an Ed.D. in Educational Technology from Columbia University, two masters degrees (Simmons College and Syracuse University), and have spent my career in higher education, as a Dean, CIO and Vice President. I retired form full-time administrative work in 2017, but have continued teaching. I have taught college-level courses for the last 35 years. Currently, I teach this particular course (which I designed) to upper-level students at Arcadia University, where it is designated as a writing course.
Hannah Campbell
Instructor Hannah Dougherty Campbell has been published over 100 times in Philadelphia and Maine newsprint as well as in 3 National Magazines. She presents Student Journalism Workshops to area middle school students, has taught Creative Writing Courses at the Haverford Adult School as well as Baking Classes at Lower Merion. Hannah is a substitute teacher in area Private and Parochial Schools.
Brad Carney
Brad Carney is a lead Teaching Artist with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Brad is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, with a degree in drawing, painting and sculpture. He loves collaborating with students and neighborhoods, and sees every project as an opportunity to create powerful human connections. Brad's pedagogy is an exploration of the light within, and of shared experiences through the creative process.
Greg Cazillo
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
Maria Ceferatti
Maria Ceferatti is a published writer of short stories, essays and poetry, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is a writing instructor and music teacher in the Philadelphia area.
Bass Chadwick
Bass joined the firm in the summer of 2021. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a Juris Doctorate from Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, South Carolina, and is currently a candidate for his Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Taxation at Georgetown Law. Bass is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. A native of the State of Maine, Bass now lives in Wayne with his wife, Kate, their daughter, and his loyal companion Winston, an English Golden Retriever. Bass focuses his practice on trust and estate planning for individuals and families. He strives to provide innovative and practical solutions to a wide range of legal matters, including wealth transfer planning, trust and estate administration, individual and fiduciary tax returns, asset protection, charitable giving, and premarital planning.
Staff, Chanticleer
Staff, Experienced Chanticleer Tour Guide
Margie Cherry
Margie Cherry’s multiple professional identities include Associate Director of Alumni Career Services at Lafayette College, career coach, professional speaker, and former long-running cartoonist and short-term stand-up comic. Margie is the author and illustrator of "Mom's Comedy Coloring Book", published by Humor Outcasts Press, and her work has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and publications including "The Best of the Best American Humor"; and "The Best Contemporary Women's Humor".
Russell Chomiak
MBA/BS in Mechanical Engineering; Former CEO of a local engineering and industrial distribution company; Division President of Fortune 100 company; Alumni Board of NJIT; Member of the Ukrainian Institute in NY and various Ukrainian organizations that promote local Ukrainian culture and international good will
Bethel AME Church
Grace Cipressi
Grace Cipressi, Assistive Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College
Elizabeth Cochran
ELIZABETH COCHRAN plays the Double Bass and received an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She also received a Diploma in Music from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where she was a student of Michael Shahan. Elizabeth performs with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly Pops. In addition to her work as a bassist, she is the organist at Central Baptist Church in Wayne.
Mary Coe
Mary Coe, Hike Leader, Willows Park Preserve
Cathleen Cohen
Cathleen Cohen is Montgomery County’s 2019 Poet Laureate. A painter, poet and teacher, she founded ArtWell’s “We the Poets” program in Philadelphia ( She has taught students of all ages from a variety of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in the USA and in Israel. Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, 6ix, Philadelphia Stories and other publications. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” won a Moonstone Arts Press prize. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy. Her paintings are on view at Cerulean Arts gallery in Philadelphia (
Michael Martin Cohen, MD
Michael Martin Cohen, M.D. has a long-standing interest in the aging brain – both personal and professional. He has been in Neurology private practice on the Main Line for nearly 40 years and is a former Chief of Neurology at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center for almost 20 years.
Jennifer Colucciello
Jen has been involved in many aspects of EMS for over 20 years. She has worked in communications, large scale logistics planning and response, rural and urban EMS as well as specialty response teams. Jen has been an EMT instructor for over 9 years and along with teaching, she has written several classes. She teaches topics such as basic first aid, CPR and EMT, as well as topics that are not as common, including eye injuries, eating disorders, body modification injuries and situational awareness.
Marebeth Conard
Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher
Ginny Conover
Roberta Cooks
Roberta Cooks, MD, Gokhale Method® teacher, trained as a physician at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Cooks has been a Gokhale Method®Teacher for ten years, guiding hundreds of people of all ages away from back, neck and musculoskeletal pain through teaching healthy ways to perform our daily movements of life. Dr. Cooks is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer and Qigong Medicine practitioner.
Jack Covington
Dr. Covington is an Oxford-educated historian and classically trained stage actor and lecturer. He is also 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 lecture 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 lectured and performed for many historical museums and cultural organizations. Performance topics he has presented are listed on his website, 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!
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Staff, Creative Voice Development Group
Harrington Crissey
Harrington Crissey, is an ESL instructor who has a BA degree in classical languages from the University of Rochester and an MEd in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Temple University. Since 1974 he has taught English at institutions such as Temple University, the Nationalities Service Center, Arcadia University, Saint Joseph's University and Harcum College. He currently does substitution work at English Language Services (Saint Joseph's University) and mentors graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kimberly Davis Cuthbert
Christiane De Boisseson
Christiane de Boisseson, Native Speaker and Former Instructor at the Baldwin School
Eleena De Lisser
Eleena de Lisser is a real estate investor who started investing in apartments in 2015. In less than 24 months, she has gone from 0 to 1008 apartment units and is currently an equity partner in four different apartment communities. Eleena understands the challenges of real estate investing while still working a 9-to-5 job. She is Director of Marketing Communications for a division of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a former journalist with the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, Eleena is a creative strategist and problem solver who brings a keen business insight and extensive experience as a marketer to real estate investing. She believes in the power of real estate to build wealth and create a financial legacy.
Kenneth DeMarco
Kenneth F DeMarco, MS, JD
Cynthia DeStefano
Cynthia DeStefano, Ukrainian Egg Artist
Jennifer Dean Nagle
Jennifer Dean Nagle, Reiki Master Practitioner Jennifer was introduced to Reiki as a complementary treatment at Paoli Hospital while going through cancer treatment. And can say Reiki changed her life. Reiki helped her get through cancer treatment, and she decided to learn the art of Reiki, and devote her life to it. Jennifer is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner for both people and their pet companions, specializing in Kundalini Reiki and chakra balancing.
Michelle Detwiler
Michelle is an ecological landscape consultant, planting designer, and naturalist educator in the Pennsylvania Piedmont. She believes in the art and science of ecological gardening to inform a modern, intelligent, and compassionate approach to landscape stewardship through the use of native plants, unique in their capacity to support native insects, birds, and other animals. She’s a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist and recently brought the Pollinator Pathway Northeast program to Lower Merion and Narberth. She works at Redbud Native Plant Nursery in Media, PA and owns her own business, Wild About Native Plants which specializes in helping homeowners and public space stewards create resilient living landscapes by incorporating native plants. She has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University as well as a decade of experience in planting and tending native plants.
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!
Tao Drum
Tao Drum is a shamanic energy medicine practitioner, sound healer & musician/artist. She encourages you to breathe into this moment, open your heart & experience that Everything Is Alive and Has Spirit! Tao does healing sessions & events, both telesession & in person, at Village Wellness in Berwyn.
Elizabeth Durand
Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
Rob Eames
"Rob Eames is a Relationship Coach and founder of Couples Focus LLC ( Rob supports individuals and couples to create and maintain fulfilling romantic relationships. Rob draws upon skills from Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and Relational Life Therapy to shed light on the dynamics specific to each relationship. Rob teaches "relational skills", sadly neither taught in traditional schools nor modeled in our culture. Unlike traditional couples work, Rob's coaching produces quick results that are seen and felt as major shifts in relationships."
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.
Elanur Eroglu
I am a current graduate student at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, pursuing a Master of Science in Education (Reading, Writing and Literacy). Additionally, I hold a Master of Philosophy in Children's Literature from Trinity College Dublin (2021), and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Montreal, in English, Creative Writing, and Sustainability Studies (2020).
Charo Evangelista
CHARO 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
Susan Evans
SUSAN has been a solopreneur for eight years and operated her businesses (YOUR OFFICE ASSISTANT and FAMILY TALES AND TRAILS) as “side hacks” before that. Her background includes working as a Paralegal in Estate Planning/Administration, Corporate & Real Estate law; banking (commercial loan documentation) for Bryn Mawr Trust & an SBA lender; Financial Aid & Alumni Affairs at Villanova University and the insurance world. (She jokes that she has made a career out of not having a career!) Susan has maintained personal and business accounts in Quicken. However, all business financials are currently maintained in QuickBooks, a program recommended by the SBA. Susan enjoys sharing with others the “tips & tricks” she has sometimes learned the hard way. For over 30 years, Susan has researched several of her family lines, one of which enabled her to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan’s background in law enables her to present students with a unique perspective to doing genealogical research and opens doors to records not commonly discussed, even in professional settings. As FAMILY TALES & TRAILS, Susan performs heir searches, assists folks in getting organized and entering data into family history programs and conducts a bi-weekly genealogy meetup (virtual). She is available for one-on-one consultations and as a guest speaker. B.A. in Liberal Arts, Villanova University; A.A. in Liberal Arts, Delaware County Community College. Member: Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society
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Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau MEDCENN/A
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.
Leah Feigenbaum
LEAH FEIGENBAUM who has been teaching Mah Jongg for approximately ten years and has taught hundreds of students. She began learning as a child and has continued her love of the game. Leah has brought several students to the tournament level of play. Chances are, if you play Mah Jongg in the Delaware Valley, you know someone who has taken lessons with Leah, either as a beginner or to improve their strategy. Please visit her website:
Ariadna Fink
Ariadna Fink holds a Masters In Hispanic Literature from Villanova University. Since then, she has been teaching Spanish to high school and to College and private adult classes. Teaching Spanish through literature, culture, and art has become Ariadna's passion. Recently, she decided to embark on an Asthanga yoga teacher training. She enjoys practicing yoga and focuses on the ancient philosophy of Buddhist and Hinduism meditation with their applications in the modern world. She loves to share topics related to spirituality. Some examples of this are: Yoga philosophy and ancient texts. Living a yogic lifestyle following principles such as dharma, karma, and ahimsa. Ethics for strong and healthy communications skills or selfless service to others. Learn how to set priorities and boundaries
Susan Fogarty
Susan Fogarty has been a pioneer throughout her life. Starting her career 45 years ago in engineering and was the first woman to qualify as a Foundry Technician at Bolton Institute in the north of England. As a business woman she adapted to changing economic circumstances in the engineering industry until she moved from England to Wales. In north Wales she started a new life and successful business in tourism. Having lived in north Wales for 25 years, she learned the language and embraced the culture. In recent years she discovered a hidden talent for reading poetry, subsequently becoming one of the founders and director of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society. She directs the annual poetry & art festival in Aberdaron north Wales and co-leads RS Thomas poetry retreats in the UK and America with her partner John McEllhenney who lives in Cornwall PA. Susan is a Licenced Lay Minister in the Anglican Church in Wales, which recognises her Pioneer Ministry through Poetry.
Cynthia Foxworth
Cynthia Foxworth is a certified Spanish and French Teacher. She has a BA from Temple, an MA from Rutgers and has been teaching world languages for over 25 years. She recently collaborated with other professional course developers to update the French curriculum for Lincoln Learning Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing products/strategies to empower learning communities. She is currently teaching online Spanish classes for Achieve Test Prep, a school that prepares students to sit for an exam to earn college credits. Cynthia enjoys reading, dancing and singing in her church’s choir. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now resides in South Jersey.
Nancy Frankel-Halbert
Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
David Fraser
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.
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.
Kim Gadlin
Kim Gadlin is the newly appointed Director of Educational Programs for The Philadelphia Dance Company that is warmly known as PHILADANCO! and the current Director of the youth ensemble D/3. She teaches for the Philadelphia Dance Arts School and recently, she has been asked to teach master classes for PHILADANCO!’s first and second companies. Ms. Gadlin was a soloist with PHILADANCO! and a principal dancer with the Joseph Holmes Dance Theater of Chicago. She has created and set choreography within higher education institutions and secondary schools. Ms. Gadlin has been casted in movies, commercials, and videos throughout her dance career. Presently, she is the co-founder of D.ancestors Presents…a platform where dance is used as a modality of healing and selfdevelopment. She is also the co-founder of The African Diasporic Dance Conference at the Claremont Colleges. She has been teaching dance in higher education for the past 20 years. Currently, she is teaching at Drexel University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has taught Dunham inspired classes, production, dance history, arts integration, and dance from a womanist’s perspective. Throughout her career she has also taught African infused dance, ballet, jazz, Graham, Horton, improvisation, and dance/movement workshops that focus on dance as a healing modality. She received her professional dance training from the Alvin Ailey Studios- Merit Scholarship, Joel Hall: New School North, Joseph Holmes School of Dance-Chance to Dance Scholarship, Philadanco!, Ruth Page School of Dance, and STEPS. She has studied and worked closely with Joseph Holmes, Joan Myers Brown, Milton Myers, Talley Beatty, Harriet Ross, Keith McDaniel, Thea Barnes, Tommy Gomez, Homer Bryant, and many other renowned teachers and choreographers. Ms. Gadlin was a Pitzer College New Resource student and graduated with a B.A. in Dance. She has a M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Dance Education from Claremont Graduate University (CGU), and she is completing a Ph.D. in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. She is working towards gaining a certification in Dance/Movement Therapy and in the Dunham Technique. One of Ms. Gadlin’s core beliefs is that dance has the power to build sustainable and creative communities that transforms lives.
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.
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.
Alice Garrett
Alice Garrett graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a degree in English Literature. She received her MA in Classical Studies in 1986 from Boston University. Since that time she taught high school Latin at Haverford High School and Lower Merion High School.
Derrick G. Gilbert
Derrick G. Gilbert is the Director of Information Technology (IT) for American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), a faith-based, non-profit and has over 25 combined years of professional experience in IT. Derrick holds an Executive MBA from Saint Joseph’s University, M.S., and B.S. degree in computer science from Monmouth University and Jackson State University, respectively. As a strong believer in transformational leadership, he says, “To be an effective leader, you have to be an effective communicator. To be a great leader, you have to be a great communicator.” Derrick is an 8-year member of Toastmasters and he is excited about his public speaking endeavors and desires to be a successful leader. As a Toastmaster, he has achieved his Competent Communicator (CC), Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB), Advanced Communicator Bronze designations and is currently pursuing the Dynamic Leadership track in Toastmaster’s Pathways Professional Development Program.
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.
Linnie Greenberg
Linnie Greenberg, Artist
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.
Jeff Groff
Jeff Groff recently retired as Estate Historian at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. He also served as Director of Public Programs and Director of Interpretation. For sixteen years he was Executive Director of Wyck Historic House and Garden in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture of the University of Delaware. For over forty years he has studied and lectured on American country houses and gardens, particularly those of Philadelphia’s “Main Line” and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on country life and sports, and gentleman farming. He served as co-curator of Winterthur’s very successful exhibitions “Costumes of Downton Abbey” and “Costuming The Crown.
Alison Hallam
Alison Hallam PT MSc is a Physical Therapist of 30 years, specializing in Bone Health and Wellness. She is also an international lecturer, currently teaching at Arcadia University, and is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She is also the owner of BoneWise, designing customized exercise programs for individuals and classes.
Pat Halsey
Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen
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.
Joseph Hancock, II
Joseph “Joe” Henry Hancock, II is an international authority in the area of fashion branding as a form of storytelling. He is known internationally for his scholarship on cargo pants. He started in academia after 20 years in the retailing industry having worked for such legendary companies as The Gap, L. Brands, and Target Corporation. He has written the books, Brand/Story: Ralph, Vera, Johnny, Billy and Other Adventures in Fashion Branding (2009), Brand/Story: Explorations and Cases in Fashion Branding (2016, both through Bloomsbury Press) and edited the books Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media & Contemporary Studies (2013), Global Fashion Brands: Style, Luxury & History (2014), Cotton: Companies, Fashion & The Fabric of Our Lives (2016), and Transglobal Fashion Narratives: Clothing Communication, Style Statements, and Brand Storytelling (2018) all with Intellect Books UK. His most recent edited collection The Fashion Business Reader (2019, Bloomsbury) is the first comprehensive reader reinforcing the impact the arts and humanities have played with understanding the business side of fashion. Dr. Hancock’s works on branding and storytelling have appeared in such publications as The Brand Challenge edited by Kartikeya Kompella (Kogan Page 2016) and Strategic Design Thinking edited by Natalie Nixon (Bloomsbury, 2015). For the past 8 years, Dr. Hancock has been the Principle Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Intellect Publishers) and he is working on a photographic monograph discussing Jeans (2021) and a third edition of his first book soon to be called Fashion Branding Stories (2022) both with Bloomsbury. In the area of leadership, he is the former Executive Director for Events for the Popular Culture/American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA, 2010-2015) and was their 2009 recipient of the Felicia F. Campbell Award for Area Chairs. He has been awarded Drexel's 2008 Steinbright Cooperative Career Center's faculty of the year, received the 2011 Stanley J. Gwiazda Professorship Award from the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, was awarded the 2018-2019 Honors College Faculty of the Year and was their Faculty Fellow that same year! Dr. Hancock has received over $130,000 in grants, fellowships, awards and corporate gifts for Drexel University. He has been the invited speaker, lectured and taught courses at Denison University, Albright College, Cornell University, University of Delaware, Oregon State University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, Stockholm University, Sweden and London College of Fashion.
Muriel Harmon
Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker
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.
I Harriton House
Bruce Gill, Executive Director, The Harriton Association
Irene Hasenberg Butter
Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emierita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is a frequent and favored inspirational speaker, talking about her experience during World War II and stressing the importance of "never a bystander" and that "one person can make a difference." Irene is a co-founder of Zeitouna, an organization of Jewish and Muslim women working for peace, and a founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Project at University of Michigan.
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.
Andrew Heckert
ANDREW HECKERT, in 1973, began studying Tai Chi in Philadelphia with Maggie Newman, and was one of the six senior students of Cheng Man-ching’s school in Manhattan, the Shr-jung. In 1981, he began study with William Chen in New York City. For the next ten years he commuted to New York to attend classes in Chen’s school and took private lessons. During summers he attended weeklong workshops in the Catskills given by his classmate Ben Lo of San Francisco. In 1989, he became a student of Dr. Ping-siang Tao of Taiwan. Andrew Heckert, Germantown Tai Chi Study Group
Allen Heffler
For 30 years, Allen Heffler CLU, ChFC, President of MyMedicareAdvisor, has helped thousands of people with their Medicare plans. The entire Medicare process can be complex and confusing. Our Mission is to educate consumers about Medicare and their Medicare options in a clear, concise & honest way that allows those consumers to make informed decisions. Allen Heffler and MyMedicareAdvisor- We Make Your Medicare Decision Easy., email:
Robert Hekking
ROBERT HEKKING has been working as a professional musician for well over thirty years. After receiving a BA in Sociology from Gettysburg College, he returned to Philadelphia to establish Rob Hekking's Guitar Studio, which has been active since 1978. His professional playing has included several positions as staff guitarist at the Valley Forge Music Fair, Sands Hotel and Casino, Caesar's and Brighton Casino. He feels his greatest accomplishment to date has been the successful mentoring of many students.
Bernadette Hennessy May
For Bernadette Hennessy May, M.Ed., founding Game Friendzy was a dream realized over thirty years that grew from her love of playing and teaching games and crafts. She has developed and facilitated training and educational programs for schools, not-for-profits and corporations. She now enjoys integrating her 30+ years of instruction experience to every in-person and online class or game she leads at Game Friendzy. Bernadette's friendly and welcoming style encourages beginner and intermediate players alike. She is a TAP-accredited & best practices instructor, ACBL-accredited bridge instructor, and ACBL accredited director.
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 for more instructor information.
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.
Sue Hilger
SUE HILGER has been teaching knitting at Main Line School Night for nearly thirty years and, more recently, crochet. She was the owner of EWE and I, a knitting and needlepoint store located in Bryn Mawr for nineteen years and is currently working as a free lance designer in both knitting and crochet for the Plymouth Yarn Co.
Tony Hiss
Tony Hiss is the author of fifteen books, including the award-winning "The Experience of Place". He was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than thirty years, was a visiting scholar at New York University for twenty-five years, and has lectured around the world. He lives in New York with his wife, young-adult writer Lois Metzger.
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.
Vittia Horwitz
Vittia Horwitz, Tyler School of Art, Exhibited Sculptor
Amy Hunt
Amy received her Floral Design Certificate from Longwood Gardens and has been in the floral industry for over 20 years. She is the owner of Grapewood Florals,LLC and specializes in weddings.
Walt Hunter
CBS 3's Walt Hunter, who retired in May, 2016, after 45 years in journalism was one of the market's most outstanding investigative reporters . His hard-driving and in-depth reporting style won scores of awards and honors including 17 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and the prestigious Board of Governors Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2007, Hunter was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He also was honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Associated Press, and the Philadelphia Press Association. For 7 years Hunter hosted a popular weekly talk show on radio. His "live" radio broadcast on the funeral for murdered Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski in 2010 received the top award for "Outstanding Radio Story " from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Hunter made his move to television in 1980, working for 36 years as a CBS 3 reporter, after 5 years of all-news radio reporting. He also worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin. He started his career at the Main Line Times, a weekly, where, at 23 , he was the youngest Managing Editor in the paper's history. A Philadelphia native, Hunter worked his way through high school and college as a deck hand on an oil barge at a Philadelphia refinery. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. For 30 years, Hunter served as a volunteer firefighter in his community and continues to lend his advice and support to fire companies around the region. In retirement, Hunter, through his firm, Walt Hunter Media Consulting, offers Media Crisis Management Training to 1st Responders and municipal agencies. He is also a writer and Adjunct Professor in the English Department at Immaculata University.
John Immerwahr
John Immerwahr, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University; Guide, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
Staff, Japanese Tea House
Staff, Japanese Tea House
Jean Johnson
A classically trained coloratura, Ms. Johnson studied privately under Mr Gregory H Hopkins, Dr Francis H Williamson, Dr ebronette Barnes-Aborom and Mrs Rita McKinley-Pride. Her eclectic taste in music is reflected in her repertoire which includes various forms of liturgical music, musical theater and classical. Her Experience spans The Philadelphia Freedom Festival – Philadelphia, PA (2014) - Chorister (Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., Festival Artistic Director; Andre Raphel, Conductor; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Uri Caine, Composer; Jay Fluellen, Chorus Master) “Can You Hear God Crying?” - Philadelphia, PA (2013) - Chorister (Hannibal Lokumbe, Composer; Dirk Brossé, Music Director; The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) The Gate Called Straight gospel adaptation of “The Wiz” - Philadelphia, PA (2012) - Vocal Coach (Stephanie Mills, Director; Bill Jolly, Executive Musical Director; Kelly Beard, Executive Producer) “Sounds of Joy” a Music Ministry - Philadelphia, PA - Chorister/Soloist (Sheila D. Booker, Director; Donna Drake, Business Manager)
Spencer Jones
Dr. Spencer Jones is a Senior Lecturer and is an award-winning historian and author. He is a Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces & War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and serves as the Regimental Historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. He is the author of several books including From Boer War to World War and The Great Retreat of 1914: From Mons to the Marne. His most recent work is The Darkest Year: The British Army on the Western Front 1917.
Laura Kanavy
Laura Kanavy, Medical and Legal Interpreter
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
Megan Kelly
Megan is practiced and certified in many areas of natural medicine including: Holistic Health Counseling, Herbalism, Naturopathy, Iridology, Yoga, Reiki, Access Bars, Vedic Thai Massage, Reflexology, and Birth & Postpartum Doula Support. Located in the heart of of Bryn Mawr, PA, Megan is the proprietor of Sunset Moon Wellness Center: a multi-faceted , zero-waste wellness center offering a full service Superfoods Cafe, a Movement Arts Studio, and Integrative Health Center. Megan is dedicated to helping others to revive and revitalize from the inside out, discover their true nature, and expand to their highest potential!
William Kelly
William Kelly is an historian of urbanism in the context of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. His book project (in progress) explores urban housing struggles, everyday life, and race in Cuba in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. His project is informed by 15 months of archival research in Cuba, most of which was made possible by a CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. His work will soon appear in an issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cuban Studies that will highlight unique approaches to the study of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. William holds a PhD in Latin American and Caribbean history from Rutgers University, an MA in history from the University of Chicago, and a BA in anthropology from the University of South Florida.
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.
Mary Ann Kleschick
Mary Ann Kleschick has helped clients from the Main Line, Philadelphia and Bucks County create beautiful functioning interiors for over 30 years. A graduate of Drexel University (majoring in Interior Design) Mary Ann has the education, knowledge and experience to help homeowners transform their homes into spaces that reflect their taste and style.
Sandra Koberlein
Sandra Koberlein is an artist and an artist educator. She has over thirty years experience working with others in various creative capacities. Her artwork is primarily abstract and composed of intriguing layers, similar to the layers of her life. Sandra exhibits her work in competitive galleries, art centers, hospitals and universities both locally and nationally. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in private collections. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and encaustic instructor. Sandra conducts workshops at art centers and in her Woodstown, NJ studio (Supawna Studio). She serves on several non-profit boards, supporting visual and performing arts and arts education. Sandra earned her Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, her BA in Art and BA in Art Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She added a minor degree in Early Italian Renaissance Art History at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Sandra earned her MA in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Maxine Koenig
MAXINE KOENIG has an MA in Music from Temple University. She is multi-talented and plays almost every instrument. Maxine believes that music should not be tedious and should be fun. Her students are constantly entertained by her witty yet informative style of teaching.
Franmar Kopko
Franmar Kopko, RPh., has been a registered pharmacist for over 19 years and has worked in retail, managed care and now in the medical cannabis industry. Franmar has been counseling patients at a local dispensary on the use of medical cannabis for their specific medical issues and providing insight on the numerous products available.
Marc Lapadula
Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in Film And Media Studies at Yale University where he runs and teaches the screenwriting program. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School. He also created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards. He has been invited to lecture on a wide range of classic and contemporary films across America as well as in cities in Canada, England and Mexico. His acclaimed presentations have been at many notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Guthrie Theater, The Commonwealth Club, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, The New York Historical Society and The Festival of Ideas in Mexico City to name only a few. He produced ANGEL PASSING, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright. The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and won, among many other awards, the grand prize at Worldfest Houston. Other movies he produced include MENTOR, starring Rutger Hauer, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival.
Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Vincent Lartigue
VINCENT LARTIGUE is a native French teacher, born and raised in Paris. He is a graduate from the University of Paris. He has over thirty years of experience as a French teacher working with adults at all levels, from beginner to advanced. His method is conversational and direct and he teaches on a Private, Semi-Private and/or Group-based instruction. He travels back to France several times a year so that his French is up-to-date. During his career he has worked with the major chains of language schools in the US and Europe.
Sue Laskin
Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Olive Ledlie
Olive Ledlie, PhD, Former Chair English Department, The Baldwin School
J. Michael Lennon
J. Michael Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist, editor, authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including: Pieces and Pontifications (1982); Critical Essays on Norman (1986); Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988); Norman Mailer: Works and Days (2000); The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing (2003), and (with Mailer) On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007). His biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life (Simon and Schuster), appeared in 2013, and in 2014 he edited Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (Random House). He is currently editing Mailer’s works for the Library of America. He has also edited The James Jones Reader (1991), and was co-producer of the 1985 PBS documentary, James Jones: From Reveille to Taps. His work has appeared in Paris Review, New Yorker, New York, TLS, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Mailer Review, Hippocampus, Creative Nonfiction, NYRB, and Provincetown Arts, among others. The founding president of the Norman Mailer Society and chair of the editorial board of the Mailer Review, he also serves on the board of the James Jones Literary Society. Co-founder of the Wilkes University MA/MFA Program, he has taught in it since 2005. Prior to that he was the Provost at Wilkes from 1992-2000. From 1972-1992, he was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He received his B.A. from Stonehill College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. His memoir, Mailer’s Last Days: New and Selected Literary Remembrances of a Life in Literature, will be published in 2022 by Etruscan Press. website:
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
Wanamaker Lewis
Has been teaching both classes and privately for over 25 years. Wanamaker Lewis has played at every major music venue in the area including Phila Folk Fest and The Keswick-he’s even played at Carnegie Hall in New York!
Haiying Li
Jessica Liddell Gorlin
Jessica Liddell is a professional artist known around the region for her architectural mosaic and fused glass installations. She has been commissioned to create artwork for parks, hospitals and corporations throughout the country. Jessica has also facilitated many community projects with schools and non profit organizations. She is enthusiastic about her craft and has taught at the Main Line Art Center, MALT and Fleisher Art Memorial. She owns Bella Mosaic Art, a studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Laura Mack
Laura Mack has been working with her mother, Carole Giegerich, for several years. As succulent enthusiasts, they have been deepening their knowledge of the world of succulents. For a few years now, they have been providing workshops, team building activities and special occasion parties for numerous different groups, sharing their passion and creativity and providing a hands-on experience that gives each participant a wonderful creation to take home and nurture. See some of their creations and learn more about them on their website,
Daniel Malley
Dan Malley, Paxon Hollow Country Club
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.
Vytas Masalaiti
Vytas Masalaitis, McKaig Park Ranger, VP KoP Historical Society (Ret.)
Scott Mason
Scott Mason’s knowledge of Japanese aesthetics began with his involvement in haiku as a poet (winner of more than two dozen international competitions), journal editor, and author. His book The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes was named one of the “Best 100 Indie Books of 2019” by Kirkus Reviews. He currently serves on the board of The Haiku Foundation. Scott’s passion for art goes back even further: to his college days when it was his undergraduate major. In the decades since, Scott has visited countless museums, churches and other places of great art worldwide.
Cristine Matos
Cristine Matos, MA, Native Speaker, Portuguese Teacher
John McBride
John has degrees from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Classical Japanese literature), Australian National University, (International Relations), and The University of Melbourne (MBA). John’s interest in travel writing in Japanese classical literature has seen him walking the old highway systems of Japan for over 40 years. For the past eight years he has been guiding history walks in Japan. In 2010, John was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his services to business and cultural links between Australia and Japan.
Ellen McCabe
Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders
Paul McCabe
Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders
Patricia McCandless
The United Nations 20th Anniversary Forum on World Creativity and Innovation invited Patsie McCandless to present “Your Roadmap Out of the Dark and Into the Light." She also delivered a TEDx Talk on “Saving the Magic of Childhood.” She has been a guest on nationwide radio, TV, and podcasts, and writes her Light Lessons in her weekly Blog ( She is an award-winning artist in watercolor and her trademark, PaperSolo art: no paint, no pen, no ink ~ only layers of exquisite paper, which she has presented in museums and exhibitions in Florida, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Mexico ( She is also a musician (flute)and composer. A speaker, artist, author, musician, educator, mother and grandmother, Patsie McCandless is abundantly multifaceted, and Savvy Magazine has called her, “the ultimate renaissance woman of the Main Line.”
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.
Dori McClennen
Dori McClennen, Teaching Artist, Member Haverford Guild
Jason Meyers
Jason Meyers, USA Certified Cycling Coach
Mary Ann Meyers
Mary Ann Meyers, PhD, Senior Fellow, John Templeton Foundation, Former Lecturer, American Religious History, University of Pennsylvania The Senior Fellow and a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, Mary Ann Meyers served for more than a decade as Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania where she also taught the history of religion in America. She had previously taught at Haverford College and subsequently served as President of The Annenberg Foundation. A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Meyers earned a Ph.D. in American civilization at Penn. She is the author of Art, Education, and African American Culture: Albert Barnes and the Science of Philanthropy and A New World Jerusalem: The Swedenborgian Experience in Community Culture. With Gerald O'Collins, she edited Light from Light: Scientists and Theologians in Dialogue.
Vicki Miller
Vicki Miller is the founder of Vinocity. Although Vicki has been a practicing attorney in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, she also has been a long-time student in formal wine study. Over the years Vicki has been asked to speak on wine and has developed numerous wine events for a variety of institutions, non-profits and various businesses. Vicki developed the Art and Wine event program for a corporate sponsor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wine and Literature event for the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Vinocity was born because Vicki realized that wine courses are highly information-filled, but are not socially engaging. Traditional wine tastings, while offering more social interaction, don't provide the kind of useful information to make an informed wine selection. A Vinocity event combines the best of both worlds, as Vicki weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting short stories and anecdotes about wine history and culture.
Gabrielle Miller
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.
Larry Minisci
LAWRENCE MINISCI (aka Larry, Laurent or Lorenzo by his students) has been teaching ESL, French and Italian to children, adults and corporate executives for more than twenty years. In addition to his current responsibilities at MLSN, Mr. Minisci works as a Foreign Language & Cross Cultural Trainer, Freelance Translator and Project Manager for a global language service provider which consults for local, national and multinational companies. Mr. Minisci speaks nine languages and keeps his linguistic and pedagogical skills current by visiting family and friends in Europe, researching new teaching methods and materials, as well as attending professional workshops, seminars and conferences. He studied at Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge (UK), Gratz College and the Goethe Institute.
Matt Mittman
Matt Mittman launched his real estate and coaching/teaching career nearly 20 years ago. Upon graduating from Bucknell, Matt found his way back to the Greater Philadelphia area where he set out to build the foundation and systems of his business. The growth of these systems and successes provided the opportunity for him to open RE/MAX Ready in Conshohocken in 2013. Matt’s business and teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief of Knowledge=Confidence and Confidence=Performance. In addition to running his real estate business, Matt is a certified real estate instructor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has taught nationally recognized courses for the Realtor® Associations, as well as for many area schools and organizations. You can find out more about Matt at or
Dianne Moore
Dianne Moore, MSW, MS, CHC, CNE, FNLP founder & owner of MooreBetterFood is a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner focusing on Nutrition and Lifestyle Wellness. Certified through the Functional Nutrition Alliance, Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, she also holds a Master of Social work from Temple University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Staff, Mother Compost
Gwenn Nolan is the owner & operator of Mother Compost, a local food scraps/household waste collection service, which provides pick-ups for residents and businesses interested in composting on the Main Line. Gwenn began composting over four years ago at home and started Mother Compost after arriving at the conclusion that everyone should compost but not everyone has the time or space to do so. Familiar with composting both in the backyard and on commercial scale, Gwenn can discuss the differences between home & commercial processing. Gwenn grew up in the area and went to college at Penn State, where she studied Public Relations & Spanish. She currently lives in Wynnewood with her husband and 3 children. Information on Gwenn’s company can be found here
Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy is a certified Philadelphia tour guide and author of over 50 articles on Philadelphia’s heroes and historic sites. Many of these stories first appeared in the Society Hill Reporter and Queen Village Neighbors Association Magazine. Jim’s updated columns, along with nine new ones, are now being compiled into a book to be published by Temple University Press in 2021. He also spearheaded William Penn birthday celebrations at Welcome Park and City Hall in Philadelphia, and led a free 3-hour “Jane's Walk” celebrating William Penn’s 375th birthday in October 2019. In addition, Jim guided the first half of three 12-hour Great River-to-River Tours conducted by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, and served on its Board for about four years. Jim has presented this William Penn program to professional associations, historical societies, churches, libraries, community groups, high-rise condos and cooperatives in Philadelphia, Delaware County and New Jersey. Jim lived in Delaware County most of his life, and wrote and edited “Choices,” the award-winning magazine of the Franklin Mint FCU Magazine “Choices” for nine years. At that time, “Choices” had a circulation of 80,000 copies. A former creative director of copy for Devon Direct Marketing and Advertising, Jim has run his own marketing consulting business since 2004. He moved to center city Philadelphia – just blocks away from Independence Mall – where he loves to read newspapers, sip coffee and appreciate the difficult work that went into creating our nation.
Staff, Museum of the American Revolut
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit
Juliet Najdawi
JULIET NAJDAWI is a native speaker and teacher of the Arabic Language - Modern Standard. She has been teaching Arabic at MLSN and other local high schools since 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. This background allows her to implement the most effective methods of planning and conducting energetic lesson plans to accommodate most learning styles. She can be reached at for questions and comments.
Teresa Nance
Zachary Nelson
Zachary Nelson, Technology Consultant
Neal Newman
Over the past 40 years, Neal Newman has directed extensively in classical, Shakespeare, modern theater, musicals, and opera. He trained as an actor at California State University, and trained in Shakespeare at ACT of San Francisco, where he directed A CRY OF PLAYERS, and THE CRITIC, and acted the title role in RICHARD II. He trained as a director at Carnegie Mellon, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He directed many Off-Broadway productions in New York (DANCE ON A COUNTRY GRAVE, CRADLE WILL ROCK, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD); ran a summer stock company, (ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, TAMING OF THE SHREW); and directed five seasons of Shakespeare in the Park in Philadelphia, (MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, HAMLET, HENRY IV). Opera productions include many by Gilbert & Sullivan, BOHEME, and CARMEN. He was a New York Critic for Show Business Magazine for 7 years, and continues as a record producer. He has taught and directed at The Walnut Street Theater, Fordham University (CABARET, FIGARO); University of the Arts (SEAGULL, CRUCIBLE); Cabrini College (MISS JULIE, 2 GENTLEMEN OF VERONA); and the University Of Pennsylvania, (MIKADO). At Steel River Playhouse he directed RAGTIME, MIRACLE WORKER, CHRISTMAS CAROL, BLITHE SPIRIT and TOYS IN THE ATTIC. As an actor, Neal has appeared at Steel River in THE CRUCIBLE, (Danforth) and PIPPIN, (Charlemange). He was co author of GOLDILOCKS AND THE DOWN HOME BEARS presented at Steel River, and will soon present a reading of the new musical LITTLE PRINCESS.
Char Nolan
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, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more.
Deborah Nye
First an investor then an agent, designer Deborah Nye bought her first investment property during the crash in 2008. The property was a small 2BR row house that needed total renovation. After completing it pretty quickly with few problems, and renting it with few problems, Deborah was hooked. She has gone on to purchase and renovate single family homes as well as commercial and multi-unit properties, the most recent in Texas! Deborah is active in a real estate investment group where she lends her expertise in teaching others how to invest. She is now offering her no-nonsense approach and dynamic personality to anyone interested in getting started in real Real Estate investing.
Gail Oldfield
GAIL OLDFIELD is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. From touring the country in her early career to becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, she has enjoyed many memorable dance experiences. She was Dance Director at Cabrini College for several years, as well a choreographer for over sixty musical productions across the tri-county area. Recently, she served as Vice President of the Rockette Alumnae Association in New York City.
Claire Oshetsky
Claire Oshetsky is author of Chouette (2021) and two other novels. Claire lives in Santa Cruz, California, but she grew up in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and she credits her many, many visits to the walk-through Giant Heart at The Franklin Institute with first exciting her literary imagination.
Michelle Partlow
Michelle is a professional educator and teaches Mah Jongg locally and around the country. She is a tournament player, lauded as an outstanding teacher who is enthusiastic and patient.
Sharon Pastore
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
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.
Lennie Perrott
LENNIE PERROTT received her M.S. in Counseling (Villanova University, 1984) and has pursued doctoral studies at Immaculata College. She completed advanced studies in Jungian psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Philadelphia and is a certified Imago Relationship therapist and an Enneagram trained therapist. Since 1987 Lennie has been a consultant to several religious denominations in the area of marriage enrichment where she brings an eclectic approach to issues of marriage and family life. In addition, she gives presentations and talks for married couples, parent associations, support groups, and health and wellness audiences.
Elizabeth Perry
Beth Perry, Tai Chi Instructor
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.
Clayton Platt
Clayton Platt is a seasoned Executive Coach, Lead Training Facilitator, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and Registered Life Planner. Through CP Enterprises, he works closely with senior leaders of small to mid-sized organizations to uncover gaps in learning and professional development, and then provides customized training and coaching programs focusing on effective communication and presentation skills for improved leadership, sales and customer service, along with Diversity & Inclusion, and Career Management/Coaching. Clayton is associated with several well-established global training companies, most notably BlessingWhite/GP Strategies, NeuroLeadership Institute, and Prototype Entities, where he has worked with large multi-national clients and non-profit organizations of all sizes. Among Clayton’s most notable clients are Cigna, Cargill, eBay, Intuit, State Street Bank, MetLife, Unum, UTC, Colgate Palmolive, and the Graduate School of Princeton University. After earning a degree in Economics from Princeton University, Clayton spent 35 years in management/senior leadership positions within the financial services and not-for profit sectors. During his time in wealth management, Clayton earned the CIMA (Certified Investment Management Analyst) designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the RLP (Registered Life Planner) designation from the Kinder Institute of Life Planning. During his years in frontline management, Clayton became obsessed with the importance of brain-based coaching, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness in the workplace. He also understood the importance of communication and listening skills, all of which lead to greater sales, more attuned customer service, highly effective management, as well as deeper, longer lasting client relationships. For the past twenty years, Clayton has practiced Mindfulness Meditation and was accepted into the very selective and intensive Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Certification Program in 2019, offered by Sounds True and led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. He has been teaching virtual Mindfulness classes for a national audience since the beginning of 2020. Clayton brings a high level of engagement, interaction, and education into his classroom, virtual trainings, and coaching engagements, while always modeling the importance of being in the moment. His “secret sauce” is the combination of real world experience with a natural passion for helping others succeed, which he brings to both the creation and delivery of his training and coaching content. Website link: (training and coaching) (Mindfulness Meditation)
Julie Potter
Julie Potter, Artist
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.
Rosae Reeder
Rosae M. Reeder is a Book Artist / Printmaker and teacher of many things Book Arts and Printmaking. Living, teaching and constantly making in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as Letterpress, Lithography, Monotype along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection. A moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally.
Jim Remsen
Retired Inquirer journalist, Lower Merion resident, author of three Pennsylvania history books, has given 90 public presentations for his last two history books.
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™.
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Catherine Robert
Catherine Jeanne Robert, PhD, BA, Connecticut College for Women, MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, has taught at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. She is currently on the faculty of the University of The Arts with a joint appointment in Liberal Arts and Dance Studies. Dr. Robert wrote her dissertation under the direction of Dr. Robert Regan.
Marie Roberts
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 and she can be reached at
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:
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
Gary Rosen
Gary has more than 30 years’ experience litigating patent, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property and commercial disputes. He holds a degree in physics from Haverford College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has been a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Drexel University School of Law. Gary is the author of two books on law and American popular culture, Unfair to Genius (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Adventures of a Jazz Age Lawyer (University of California Press, 2020), as well as a blog, Jazz Age Lawyer. He has also contributed a chapter on the Great American Songbook to the forthcoming Cambridge History of American Popular Culture.
Eugenia Roskos
Geni Roskos, ACE Certified Group Instructor, Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center
Krista Ross
Michelle Rothwell
Michelle Rothwell is a former Associate Professor with more than 30 years of professional experience in the arts. She has developed college degree programs and dozens of college courses. Her client list includes DuPont, Proctor & Gamble, GlaxoSmith-Kline, Merrill Lynch, SAP, and others. Michelle is a practicing Fine Art whose work has been shown internationally and nationally in solo and group shows. She has been a student of ancient healing practices for over 20 years. She is the founder of Holistic Creativity, a complete System for personal growth and creative development.
Anthony Francis Russo
Anthony Russo, AB, German Language and Literature with Italian Minor, Villanova University, 1970; MA German Language and Literature, Villanova University, 1974 Hired as a teacher of German in 1970, I initiated an Italian curriculum within 3 years, and within 10 years, the program had grown to a full 4 year curriculum. Two full-time teachers of Italian were needed due to student number, about five years later. In 1996, hired again as a teacher of German for the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Chester County, I was asked to initiate an Italian curriculum once again at Conestoga High School, and this program grew to a full 4 year curriculum in four years, with 2 full-time teachers of Italian within 9 years. During my career, I have led 15 tours with students and adults, to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, but mostly to Italy. I led a tour of 35 students and adults to Italy and Sicily most recently. As leader of the group, and as lead teacher, I was required to deal with such diverse situations as rooming and other hotel issues, retail store negotiations which students were not able to handle, logistical issues of timing with the tour bus, the Metro in Rome, and the like. While touring with my students, I also had the unique privilege to sing in the Teatro di Ercolano (the ancient theater in Herculaneum) as a demonstration of the incredible acoustics which the ancient Romans developed over 2000 years ago. No microphone is necessary even today, to project the voice of the actor or singer to reach the hundreds in the audience. Almost thirty-nine years of classroom teaching in high school, adult night school, and several courses at the university level in not only Italian, but also in Cultural Diversity, have given me an excellent proficiency in written and spoken Italian, and virtually native fluency in speaking. Never having lived in Italy for any extended period of time, I have nonetheless more than held my own in both business and personal conversations with natives - even those using in part their local dialect - on various topics.
Anthony Saguto
Anthony Saguto, Board Certified Tai Chi Instructor
Rona Satten
RONA CORDISH SATTEN is a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association and a Certified Level III Instructor. She is certified by Master Li JunFeng to teach Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong, and has been certified as an Associate Healing Tao Instructor. Rona is a lifelong shamanic qigong student of Master Zhongxian Wu. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong Therapist through the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has a healing practice combining qi healing with other energy therapies. Rona loves teaching and her priority is to share the joyful, self-healing qigong practice with everyone interested. More information is available from her at:
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.
Carol Seelaus
CAROL SEELAUS has worked as a professional organizer and time management consultant since 1995. Her tips have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on Comcast's "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne." She is also a highly sought- after motivational speaker and looks forward to teaching how to get your time and clutter under control.
Sharon Segal
Sharon Segal, ACBL Certified Instructor
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.
Anjali Shaw
I have a B.A. in European Studies/French literature and an M.A. in Information Science. I have also spent a number of years studying film at the New School in New York City. I was a tenured faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC before moving to the Main Line in 2006. I have been an avid student of film and culture for decades, but only discovered Hindi Cinema more recently. It has changed my life in that it is so much more than movies; there is a profound wisdom and emotional connection that these movies provide. It has become my passion to help others experience this.
Carol Shelkin
CAROL SHELKIN is an artist that honed her skills as a painter, potter and educator for many years. After attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts she continued a successful career teaching and showing her artwork. Her work has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego, Chicago's Navy Pier and Philadelphia Magic Gardens to name a few. She has been accepting mosaic commissions, teaching, and creating contemporary and fine art works. Carol has designed and collaborated on several community projects and installations which included working with seven hundred school children. More information is available on her website:
Yuming Si
Yuming Si, Native Speaker; Author; Former Chinese School Principal
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.
Certified Staff Professionals, The Skatium
Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She teaches Ballet, Tap and Jazz to both children and adults at Dain Dance Academy (formerly McHenry Dance Center) where she is a faculty member. She enjoys continuing education classes at the University of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Koresh, and Dance Masters of America summer intensive at NY University and taking classes from the many tap masters throughout the Philadelphia Area. She is a member of a tap company known as UCTT (Uniting Colleges Through Tap) and is proud to be a part of this ambitious talented company of tap dancers.
Emily Smith
Emily Smith, Therapeutic Movement Guide, Myofascial Release and Licensed Massage Therapist is heartfelt in helping others listen to the body’s wisdom to create health and happiness. Emily creatively shares simple and effective skills that treat and prevent chronic pain naturally as well as create resiliency and strength.
Mariann Smith
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.
Asali Solomon
Asali Solomon’s first novel, Disgruntled, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post. Her debut story collection, Get Down, earned her a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honor, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Essence, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney’s, on NPR, and in several anthologies including The Best Short Stories of 2021: The O. Henry Prize Collection. Her latest novel, The Days of Afrekete, has been called “a feat of engineering” by the New York Times and “pristine” in a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. Solomon holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from the famed Iowa Writers’ Project. She is an Associate Professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at Haverford College.
Margot Soven
Margot Soven, English Dept, La Salle University
Richard Sperry
Richard S. Sperry (Rick) is the founder of the American History website, History He is a graduate of Yale University were he was in the Navy ROTC and studied Chinese and Japanese history. Rick served in the Navy as a LT (jg) on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in Vietnam and subsequently spent his working career in the Cable TV business, most recently as VP Marketing for Comcast. He is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and numerous other veterans groups.
Elizabeth Spicer
Dr. Elizabeth Spicer is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She has been a Metaphysics and Energy explorer since 1980, and is the author of the book, Ask Your Body., which details the use of the Energy Field in determining and relieving food and substance sensitivities.
MLSN Staff
Staff, MLSN
Jack Stagliano
JACK STAGLIANO taught painting and drawing at Villanova University for 21 years. He holds an MFA degree from Bard College and is certified as a design consultant for the renovation of worship spaces. Each year since 2012 he has produced a calendar with twelve of his Philadelphia watercolor scenes. Jack has specialized in teaching beginners, using sequential learning lesson plans, and at semester's end regularly hears students express their surprise and enjoyment at how much they have learned. Jack can be reached at
Todd Stofka
Todd Stofka, CH, HNLP, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He developed the Stofka Method by integrating NLP and Hypnotherapy with his background in Aikido, Jujitsu and a variety of competitive sports. Founder of the Philly Hypnosis Centers, since 2001 has spent transforming smokers into non-smokers, and sports enthusiasts into ace athletes. Whether weight management or lack of confidence is an issue, or a person is facing fear filled phobias, Todd is deftly able to “rewire” the negative thoughts or behaviors and assist his clients in overcoming a wide variety of obstacles. ToddStofkaheadshotoc Todd is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College teaching classes on hypnosis. Todd has been published and is a frequent contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Trend, The Local, Philly Fit, 2009 US Open Golf, Sports Psychology Tennis, Self growth, Think well, Expert click, American Chronicle, Green Doc, Soft Ball Gloves, Circadian Dreams, Smoke, Alternative Fitness, Thomas Cox, Simply Healthy, My Life, Expert contributor for Ezine Article, Article base, Podcast Alley, Video / TV – Veoh, Metacafe, YouTube, Clisper, AOL, Yahoo, Metacafe, Kewago, Daily Motion, Radio – Blog Talk Radio, WOGL, WKYW, Sports 610 As a former competitive ski racer and sports trainer, he folds these varied disciplines into his Stofka Method to help people reach their personal goals. He is noted for his ability to reach deep into a person’s psyche and touch their core talent and dream, while creating just the right connection to anchor this as a new behavior in their daily life. He is skilled at stimulating his client’s ability to embody the skills used by outstanding performers and experts in the field of aspired excellence. Todd builds rapport easily and he is known for his honest assessment of his clients needs. As a result he has earned a reputation of trust. Prior to founding the Philly Hypnosis Centers, Todd was a corporate executive holding various management positions from construction to technology oriented companies. He excelled at strategy, vision and mission planning and continuously exceeded sales goals. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President of Sales for Titan Technology Partners, a national software firm. Mr. Stofka has a BS in engineering and management from Clarkson University and is currently working on his MBA. He has always strived to refine and develop himself further and he has taken a myriad of independent course work, from the Sandler Selling System to Management of People Skills and Development at Cornell University. Originally, Todd took a hypnosis course to improve certain aspect of his own life and business performance. During his initial studies, he had a personal turning point, which inspired him to seek the healer within and dedicate his life to helping others reach their personal excellence. He proceeded to take courses in Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He has numerous certifications in both disciplines, including “Certified Master Practitioner”. Todd is a member of NGH, (National Guild of Hypnotists) and NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). Mr. Stofka’s, Philly Hypnosis Centers are located in Chalfont, Pennsylvania and The Virtual Office on Skype. In addition, Todd teaches skiing and snowboarding. He resides with his wife and two children in the Philadelphia area.
Brad Stone
Brad Stone is the author of four books, including Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, published by Simon & Schuster in May 2021. It traces the transformation of Amazon into one of the largest and most feared companies of the world and the accompanying emergence of Jeff Bezos as the richest man alive. Brad is also the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, which chronicled the foundational early years of the company and its founder. The book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, was translated into more than 35 languages and won the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2017, he also published The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley. Brad is Senior Executive Editor for Global Technology at Bloomberg News where he oversees a team of 65 reporters and editors that covers high-tech companies, startups, cyber security and internet trends around the world. Over the last ten years, as a writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, he’s authored over two dozen cover stories on companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Softbank, Twitter, Facebook and the Chinese internet juggernauts Didi, Tencent and Baidu. He’s a regular contributor to Bloomberg’s technology newsletter Fully Charged, and to the daily Bloomberg TV news program, Bloomberg Technology. He was previously a San Francisco-based correspondent for The New York Times and Newsweek. A graduate of Columbia University, he is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three daughter
Staff, Stoneleigh: a natural garden
Staff, Stoneleigh: a natural garden
Jackie Strauss
Broadcast Pioneers Board member Jackie Strauss is a Philly girl, born and raised. Her memories of growing up in the city led her to her position as "Neighborhood Correspondent" on the "Remember When"radio program, along with hosts, Steve Ross and Jim Murray, formerly on CBS "The Big Talker, 1210 AM” and then on “News Talk 990 AM WNTP for over a decade. During the six years Jackie was a part of the radio show, her segment was one of the longest-running features; reporting on people's birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and events in their lives, and researching the various neighborhoods in the Delaware Valley which prompted calls from listeners anxious to talk about their memories and their pride in the places where they grew up. Jackie is a ‘natural’ pianist, who has been at the keyboard since the age of 10, as well as a singer having been with "The Tridels” a 60s 'cover group' for 4 years.
Karen Strauss
Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach
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
Andy Talley
Head Football Coach Emeritus, Villanova University Chairman & Founder, The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class 2009 FCS National Champions 2009, 1997 FCS National Coach of the Year College Football Hall of Fame Coach Andy Talley won more than 250 games during his legendary head coaching career, which spanned 37 seasons overall and 32 years at Villanova. Talley compiled a career record of 258-155-2 (.624) as a head coach, including 230-137-1 (.626) in his 32 seasons with the Wildcats. He is the winningest head coach in Villanova football history, and during his final season in 2016 had the most wins of any active FBS or FCS head coach. Talley guided the Wildcats to their first-ever national championship season in 2009, and Villanova made a total of 12 appearances in the FCS playoffs during his tenure. The team also won at least a share of six conference championships under Talley's watch, in addition to winning the Lambert Meadowlands Cup three times to go along with three ECAC Team of the Year awards. Talley's all-time record in the postseason was 12-11, and he won 9 of his final 14 playoff games. In addition to the great teams he built, Talley was also able to lead great players. He mentored three Walter Payton Award winners, one Jerry Rice Award honoree, 16 first team All-Americans, 243 All-Conference performers, 15 major conference award winners and 62 All-East honorees. Brian Finneran was the 1997 winner of the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top player in FCS football. He remains the only wide receiver to ever win the award, and he has since been joined among Villanova winners by Brian Westbrook (2001) and John Robertson (2014). Robertson also won the Jerry Rice Award as the top FCS freshman in 2012, and his selection as the 2014 Walter Payton Award winner made the Wildcats the only FCS program to have three winners of the highest FCS honor. Talley coached the following players to first team All-America distinction during his time at Villanova: Eamonn Allen (offensive line, 2001); Paul Berardelli (guard, 1988); Chris Boden (quarterback, 1997); Don Cherry (linebacker, 2014); Curtis Eller (linebacker, 1991-92); Brian Finneran (wide receiver, 1996-97); Tyrone Frazier (linebacker, 1994); Brett Gordon (quarterback, 2002); Brian Hulea (linebacker, 2005); Ben Ijalana (offensive tackle, 2009-10); Tanoh Kpassagnon (defense end, 2016); Greg Miller (defensive line, 2008); John Robertson (quarterback, 2014); Bryan Russo (center, 1989); Matt Szczur (wide receiver, 2009); and Brian Westbrook (running back/kick returner, 1998, 2000, 2001). Eller was named to the Yankee Conference 50th Anniversary Team in 1996. He was a two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1991-92, while Kpassagnon joined him in earning that distinction in 2016. Westbrook was the conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001, while Gordon (2002), Szczur (2009) and Robertson (2014) also won that award. Szczur made history in 2009 when he became just the second player in league history to win two major awards in one year. He was both the Offensive Player of the Year and the Special Teams Player of the Year that season. Other major conference honors for the Wildcats during Talley's watch include quarterbacks John Robertson (2012) and Zach Bednarczyk (2015) being named the conference Offensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Dillon Lucas being selected as the league Defensive Rookie of the Year (2011) and offensive lineman Jake Prus winning the Chuck Boone Leadership Award in 2015. For Talley, the team and individual accomplishments on the field were only a part of the story. Perhaps of greater importance to him than the victories and the athletic accolades were the type of student-athletes that were a part of his program. Villanova had 14 Capital One Academic All-Americans during his career, as well as two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners and more than 300 academic all-conference performers. Talley was appreciative of the opportunities provided to him through athletics from the early days of his coaching career, and continually looked for ways to give something back to others. The area off the field to which Talley dedicates most of his time is the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation. Utilizing the power of collegiate athletics, the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation recruits college football teams nationwide to host stem cell/marrow donor registry drives on campus. These drives add healthy, young donors to the Be The Match Registry®, increasing the odds of a patient in need finding their life-saving match. In 2008, Talley officially partnered with Be The Match to start the "Get In The Game and Save a Life" (GITG) initiative. Since that time, and with the help of over 155 college football programs that Talley has enlisted from all divisions, over 119,000 new potential donors have been added to the worldwide registry of potential donors. Even more impressive, the GITG program has been responsible for over 800 potentially life-saving stem cell/marrow transplants. For his efforts with the bone marrow program, Talley has received numerous awards and accolades. In September 2014, he was awarded the Rod Carew Leadership Award which is given by the National Marrow Donor Program to the person or organization who make a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families. In January of 2015, he was named the Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the March of Dimes, while in April of 2015, Talley was given the Gift of Life Award by the National Bone Marrow Foundation. In the spring of 2010, he was presented The Person of the Decade Award by the Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program of Temple University Hospital. In 2009, he was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Laurie Strauss Foundation and the Collegiate Award by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). The Strauss Foundation Award recognizes an individual for instilling compassion in collegiate student-athletes and the Collegiate Award is given to an individual or university in honor of outstanding commitment to raising awareness, recruiting donors and supporting life-saving work of the NMDP. During the summer of 2008, The Philadelphia Sports Congress gave Talley its 2008 Community Service Award which is presented to the individual, business or organization that has done the most to contribute to the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports. He was also named one of the 75 greatest Living Philadelphians in a survey conducted by the Philadelphia Eagles and Dunkin Donuts for his long-standing commitment and ongoing contributions to the city of Philadelphia. Talley also often serves as a featured speaker at many business and community functions. He acts as President of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Philadelphia Chapter. In December of 2000, Talley was one of two chapter presidents to be honored by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and received an award for his leadership of the Philadelphia Chapter at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Talley was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 2000 by the All-American Football Foundation. Before coming to Villanova, Talley served as the head football coach at St. Lawrence University, where in 1982, he led St. Lawrence to the Division III Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as the top team in the East. That year, Talley was named the American Football Coaches Association/Kodak Division III Region I Coach of the Year, as well as the Metropolitan New York Sportswriters/ECAC Coach of the Year. Talley's coaching career began at Simsbury (Conn.) High School in 1967 where he was an assistant coach for two years. In 1969, he became the defensive secondary coach at Springfield (Mass.) College for one year and then was the offensive backfield coach at Middlebury (Vt.) College from 1970-73. Talley had his first experience of rebuilding a program when he became the offensive back-field coach at Brown University in 1973. Having experienced several losing seasons prior to 1973, Talley was on the staff while they compiled a 36-15-2 overall record in six seasons, including the Ivy League title in 1976. From there, he was named the head coach at St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University, a position he held until his appointment at Villanova in May, 1984. Talley rebuilt the St. Lawrence program, and led the Saints to a 28-18-1 record in five seasons, including an undefeated regular season in 1982 when he advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals. During the winter of 1996, Talley was inducted into the Haverford Hall of Fame. He played four seasons at defensive back for Southern Connecticut University, graduating with honors in 1967 and earning a Masters Degree in Education in 1969. In the spring of 1998, Talley was inducted into the Southern Connecticut Hall of Fame. In November, 2005, he was recognized by the Delaware County Hall of Fame, while in June of 2006, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Delaware County Chapter. During the summer of 2007, he earned a spot in the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame. In March, 2012, Talley earned yet another Hall of Fame honor when he was inducted into the Villanova University Varsity Club Hall of Fame. A graduate of Haverford (Pa.) High School just five minutes from the Villanova campus, Talley is a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Arlene, currently reside in Berwyn, Pa. They are the parents of two children: Josh, a graduate of both Brown University, and Villanova Law School who is currently a practicing lawyer in Philadelphia and Gina, who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree from New York University. Currently, Gina is a doctoral candidate in history at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a faculty advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University.
Gail Tatum
CEO and Founder, Gail Force Solutions, a 'Force' to be reckoned with. ReFirement Expert and Columnist, Don't Retire...ReFire! My entire adult life has been devoted to helping people in many capacities. I thrive on making a difference in the lives of others, whether they be subtle or grand. I studied Psychology at Villanova and have over 40 years of life experience in the art of human behavior. It is in understanding the human condition, that we are understood.
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Fukue (Fay) Toyozato
Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
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.
La Shonda Tyree
La Shonda Tyree wants to live in a world where glass ceilings are smashed, dreams do come true, and everyone is using handcrafted natural soap. A Paterson, New Jersey resident, La Shonda has been a certified soap maker for over eighteen years. In 2003, what started as a soap-making hobby bloomed into a natural handmade bath and body brand called Nyah Beauty, a sole proprietorship, offering natural soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in small batches with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce. Her products have been sold in several Christmas Tree Store locations, the Jersey Bound store in the Newark Airport, and the Just Jersey store in Morristown, NJ. In her eighteen years of business, La Shonda has served the handcrafted natural soap and cosmetics industry as a board member of The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. Initially located in Paterson, NJ, for the past four years, Nyah Beauty has called Kearny Point in Kearny, NJ home. The new space offered up a range of different opportunities for business expansion. Hosting several classes a month, La Shonda teaches others how to make natural soaps and skincare with her in-person hands-on classes. As a social, creative experience, she hosts Sip and Soap events where participants can visit her studio for a more relaxed evening, a girls' night out with friends, date night or family fun. La Shonda also offers corporations DIY activities for their employee wellness activities. Clients include Macy's Flower Show, Kean University, and Barclays. Over the past two years, her business has expanded into private label manufacturing servicing bath bombs for a major hotel chain as well as soaps for local indie brands in The Bronx and Brooklyn in New York, Philadelphia, and NJ. In addition to operating her own business, La Shonda, who is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy, also nurtures budding entrepreneurs as an instructor and for Rising Tide Capital.
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Richard Unti
Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur
Brad Upp
Civil War re-enactor, Lower Merion resident, board member of Lower Merion Historical Society, which supported the Camp Discharge research project, former schoolteacher.
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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.
William Verdeur
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia Main Line, I graduated from the Shipley School in 2014 and went on to Trinity College, Connecticut, where I double-majored in Classical Studies and English Literature. I graduated in 2018, Magna Cum Laude, with honors in English, and was inducted into the Classics Honors Society, Eta Sigma Phi. The following year I completed a Post-Baccalaureate program in the Classical languages at the University of Pennsylvania, and then went on to earn a Master’s in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia this past year.
Peg Wahrman
I have my Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where I graduated with academic honors. In addition I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College, where I was awarded Outstanding Achievement at the Graduate Level. I received my Bachelors Degree as a joint degree from Mills College and The University of California at Berkeley. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, The Association of Professional Resume Writers and Career Coaches,The National Career Development Association, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce and The Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association. I am an Adjunct Professor at The Community College of Philadelphia, and Rosemont College where I teach courses in Psychology. I have worked as a recruiter, where I counseled professionals on their resumes, interview preparation and job coaching. I have also worked as a career counselor at academic institutions and in-house at companies where I counseled individuals on all aspects of the job search process.
Don Wallace
Don Wallace is an entrepreneur and business owner who is passionate about how public speaking and storytelling can benefit not only your career but your entire life. He works with anyone looking to become a better speaker. Don knows what it feels like when trying to find your voice and wondering how to get your message across. He believes that everyone has the ability to be a great speaker and enjoys teaching you how to captivate the room. Since joining Toastmasters in 2017, Don has won multiple speaking competitions, and served numerous Toastmaster officer roles, including club president.
Marylyn Waltzer
Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
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Barby Roche, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts Barby Hobyak Roche received degrees in Theatre & Education from Villanova University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Favorite theatrical roles over the years include Maria (West Side Story/Vasey Theatre), Cinderella (Into The Woods/Vasey ), Masie (The Boyfriend/Vasey), Eve (The Meat Opera/Phila & NY Fringe Festivals), Cassie (A Chorus Line/Candlelight Dinner Theater), Peggy (42nd Street/Candlelight), Polly (Crazy For You/Candlelight), Give My Regards to Broadway & Hooray for Hollywood (Three Little Bakers). She has performed with a variety of Dance Companies: Opus, Koresh Dance Company, Jazz Dance Theatre, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Artichoke Dance Co, NetCo, and Fiddlekicks. Barby has enjoyed teaching dance (and choreographing musicals) in Villanova University’s Theatre Dept. for the past 24 years.
Susan Weisgrau
Susan Weisgrau, MA, English Literature; Retired English teacher (Åkiba Hebrew Academy)
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 and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
Lynne Williams
Lynne M. Williams, Ed.D. Candidate is the Executive Director of a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections. In addition, Lynne writes resumes and LinkedIn profiles and presents unique research-based workshops on LinkedIn and other career topics. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on the topic of LinkedIn. Connect at
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.
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.
Suzanne Wolko
Suzanne Wolko grew up in Finance & Accounting roles for Financial Services firms. While there she created a Global Business Travel role negotiating airline and hotel contracts for business travelers which combined her two loves - Finance & Travel. Traveling solo to nearly fifty countries, she has navigated the world of airline miles, credit card points and little known travel sites to explore the world for less. Her best award redemptions have been business class to Australia, Easter Island and South Africa. Those savings have allowed her to upgrade her travel experiences and discover private guides, charming cities and feed her chocolate addiction. Recently, she has appearred on interviews with WHYY "You Oughta Know" and BYU radio. She has over 15 years of HR experience which includes recruiting, intern programs and compensation. Sue has been on both sides of the job search - as recruiter and job seeker so she understands the day to day process of job search and the importance of building a strategy for success. She jokes that "meeting Oprah is easier than a job search" and is keen to help job seekers find their voice, tell their story to build networks and have a strategy for job search.
Kathy Wolper - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs.
Anthony Wood
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
George Wrangham
George D. Wrangham has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University and is the former Head of the History Department of the Shipley School. An internationally published commentator on the teaching of history, George enjoys sharing his passion for understanding how the past influences the present.
Sebastian Young
Sebastian Young, MA, East Asian Languages & Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
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.
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young
TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, a native of Ukraine, is a professor of Anthropology, an archaeologist-Mayanist, a world traveler, a professional dancer, a historical fashionista, and an artisan. Digging through history has been her life’s passion which has ultimately led to her attaining doctorate in Anthropology, with emphasis in ancient Maya. Tatiana is well-traveled, has over 10 years of archeological fieldwork – domestic and abroad, and accompanying years teaching cultural anthropology collegiately. Among her other passions is dance. Tatiana has been involved in performing and teaching Middle Eastern dance for over 17 years. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina Asurah; and, appeared on MIND TV in the history of Belly Dance. Additionally, Tatiana also performs historical dance in the outfits of the time (Colonial, Victorian, Regency and Edwardian) which she has sewn herself. Tatiana enjoys creating during her free time. This can be seen through her resin art with dry flowers, necklaces with different stones and objects, and fluid painting. Tatiana has been teaching at MLSN for the past 10 years and has even been featured at local station MLTV21.
Jacques deLisle
Jacques deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. DeLisle is also professor of political science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer and advisor to legal reform, development and education programs, primarily in China.