Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Staff, Albertson's Cooking School Staff, Albertson's Cooking School
I Anastasia Anastasia, Professional Belly Dancer
Amy Anna Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website, www.cutprintfilm.com, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at www.amyannaart.com.
Michele Archawski Michele Archawski, Native Speaker
Matthew Armond Matthew is a Tibetan Singing Bowl Teacher/Practitioner, Founder of the Reiki 3 Tibetan Singing Bowl Method, a Tibetan Bowl Distributor and a certified Reiki Master Teacher. He travelled the East and West coast to study the methodology of Tibetan Singing Bowls for brain entrainment, healing and meditation. In 2009, Matthew deepened his studies under the tutelage of Chogye Dorje Rinpoche. Matthew is a cancer survivor of 8 years and diagnosed 10 years ago with ulcerative colitis which is in remission. The Tibetan Singing Bowls are a significant piece of his healing. Matthew is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport; NY a Masters of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; NY with a focus on Theology, Interfaith studies, Womanist and African American approach to theology; a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Villanova University. Matthew grew up Roman Catholic and has studied Eastern philosophies and practices for over sixteen years. He completed his pastoral internship at the United Church of Christ, NY. Utilizing these gifts Matthew has traveled guest speaking at Interfaith Workshops, Worship services, and other spiritual venues.
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.
Courtney Bambrick Courtney K. Bambrick is Philadelphia Stories’ poetry editor. Her poetry has appeared at The Fanzine, Apiary, Certain Circuits, Dirty Napkin, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. Courtney teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Rosemont College, Delaware County Community College, and Widener University.
Tom Bang Tom Bang, Former Corporate Executive
Mita Barot Mita works at a Main Line School District’s Nutrition Department. She frequently entertains large groups in her home in Chester County introducing her guests to the many healthy dishes of India and has been teaching cooking classes since 2009, most recently in St. Mary’s County, MD. Mita is passionate about healthy cooking, entertaining and loves to laugh and have fun while cooking.
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.
Kimberly Beam Kimberly Beam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in PA. She earned her Masters in Social Work from West Chester University with a 4.0. She has gone on to become both a clinical therapist and a hospital social worker. Kimberly Beam is studying to be a qualified MBSR instructor through Oasis Institute: The Center for Mindfulness, through UMass Medical School. 40 years ago, John Kabat-Zinn started a "experiment" with mindfulness at UMass Medical School and from there Mindfulness was born. Kimberly Beam has been instructed by Saki Santorelli, John Kabat-Zinn's first intern.
Christian Becker Christian Becker, Nordic Walking Instructor and Owner, By Foot Again, LLC
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.
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.
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Jim Bevlock Jim Bevlock, Owner, Herban Design
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: www.blindfilmaker.com
Steven Blum Steven Blum, Esq, Steven G Blum and Associates LLC, Author, Negotiating your Investments, Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Judy Bogad At ESPN Judy was the first femaile producer at SportsCenter. She wrote, produced, and reported for Major League Baseball, reporting on Spring Training, All-Star games, Post-Season playoffs and the World Series. Judy also wrote and produced corporate videos. During Judy's 14 years at QVC, she collaborated on the network's first Digital Asset Management System. She now is the founder and owner of her own video production company, specializing in productions for corporations, small businesses, and entertainment ventures.
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.
William Bower Bill Bower received a B.A. in history from West Chester University (1970) and a M.S. in Education from Wheelock College, Boston, MA (1981). Bill's career at Friends' Central School, Wynnewood, PA spanned four decades (1970122-2012). During his forty-year teaching career, Bill taught lower school history and social studies, middle school ancient civilizations, and upper school American history. He has been a workshop leader and an expert in thematic education. In 2003-2004, Bill taught Lewis & Clarke's journey of discovery for School Night. He is an avid fan of early American flight and eager to share highlights from the Golden Age of Aviation. Bill is glad to return to Main Line School Night.
Christine Boyland
Donna Bronstein Donna Bronstein, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Ciara Cantwell Ciara Cantwell is a make-up specialist. She is the owner and creator of local business, “Lipstick Lunches”, which brings the “Master Makeup in Minutes” idea to a party atmosphere for guests. She also teaches make-up on YouTube and through social media platforms like Instagram. Her make-up collection and knowledge is extensive and her passion for wanting to make people feel beautiful through make-up and skin care is evident with one conversation. Ciara can be found at Facebook.com/LipstickLunch or Facebook.com/CantwellBeauty
Greg Cazillo GREGORY CAZILLO is the owner of Cazillo Photography and Web Design. He has over fifteen years of photography experience and a degree from Antonelli Institute of Photography. He has practical expertise in commercial and product photography as well as portraiture for small businesses and large corporations alike. He derives great pleasure from creating beautiful, timeless images for families and couples to treasure and share. Gregory believes that the key to Photography and Art is to be creative, bend rules, and above all, think like an artist! You may see many samples of his work as well as photography tutorials on his website Cazillo.com.
Maria Ceferatti Maria Ceferatti is an MFA candidate at Rosemont College. She teaches writing with the Young Writers' Day Program. Her work has been published in Apiary Magazine, Driftwood Press, Minerva Rising, Schuylkill Valley Journal and Philadelphia Stories.
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
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, Friends of Radnor Trails
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 (www.theartwell.org). She has taught students of all ages from a variety of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in the USA and in Israel. Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, 6ix, Philadelphia Stories and other publications. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” won a Moonstone Arts Press prize. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy. Her paintings are on view at Cerulean Arts gallery in Philadelphia (https://ceruleanarts.com)
Steve Cohen STEPHEN D. COHEN recently retired as Director of Development for Astral Artistic Services, a small nonprofit that mentors and helps launch the professional careers of world-class musicians. Prior to entering the non-profit world Steve spent over thirty years working for local corporations. He has authored and presented numerous papers to diverse groups, including papers to the Governor’s Conference on Partnerships on issues surrounding public education; the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference of Foundations; the Harris County, Texas Department of Education Superintendents’ Institute, and the Pennsylvania Statewide Grantmakers Conference.
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
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 cultural historian and classically trained stage actor. He is the Creative Director of “Characters-on-Call” – 1 st person living history biographies.  He presents dynamic first-person historical impersonations of famous literary and historical personages from the pages of history – in authentic period costume – history brought to life! He is a refreshingly innovative, enlightening, and engagingly dynamic educator, actor, and entertainer of the most creative kind – one who loves both his craft and his audience – who consistently delivers a show in true “that’s entertainment” style.  He deliberately steps outside the proverbial box, breaking down barriers and successfully injecting spontaneity, wit, and warmth into his lecture performances. He has performed for many historical and cultural organizations and also served as a tour guide for houses on the historical register. Performance topics he has presented are listed on his website, www.PerformancesParExcellence.com. Dr. Covington is also a world traveler, adventurer, and a former avid mountaineer.  His ability to incorporate his first-hand experiences into his lecture performances serves to both enlighten and enthrall his audiences. He delights in the opportunity to share his unique concept of combining lifelong learning with entertainment that will educate, stimulate, and inspire his audiences today and tomorrow!
I Creative Voice Development Gro 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.
Lissa-Marie Cunillera Lissa-Marie Cunillera, MEd, Native Speaker
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
Paul DiMaggio Paul DiMaggio is the founder of Tech Targets LLC, an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure engineering company specializing in Smart Home planning, configuration, and implementation as well as ongoing IT security and maintenance. The company also specializes in IT Managed Services for small businesses. Prior to starting his own company, Paul was employed by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a federal employee, and US Department of Defense (DoD) as a defense contractor responsible for deploying IT infrastructure to multiple security classification environments. Paul is an expert in configuring and deploying the Home Assistant (https://www.home-assistant.io/) Smart Home platform used to manage smart devices from the broadest possible range of different manufactures. In the past few years, Paul has become a Microsoft PowerShell (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/) evangelist and uses the programming/scripting language wherever possible to help automate infrastructure deployments. In his spare time, he assists others with PowerShell scripting/debugging and builds tools for the community to use (https://github.com/pldmgg). Paul graduated from Harvard University with a B.S. in Government (Political Science). He currently resides in Bryn Mawr, PA and Avalon, NJ. You can follow Paul on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pldmgg and see his body of publicly available work on GitHub (https://github.com/pldmgg).
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!
Elizabeth Durand Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
Alice Dustin ALICE DUSTIN is a professional artist whose paintings are exhibited in galleries along the East Coast. She has been teaching oil painting for over ten years providing students of every level a supportive atmosphere and a chance to grow. Check www.alicedustin.com for examples of her work.
Rob Eames Rob Eames, Founder, Path to Freedom Buddhist Meditation Center
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.
Charo Evangelista CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is www.inkalight.com.
Susan Evans Susan has been researching her family for over 30 years. In addition to on-line resources, she has used courthouse, church, cemetery, libraries, archives and historical societies. Due to the extent of her family, Susan has traveled to Nova Scotia, Scotland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts and made the pilgrimage to Salt Lake City. Memberships include: National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan, owner of Family Tales & Trails, assists others 'place their families in history' through classes, workshops and private consultations.
Colleen Falicki Colleen Falicki grew up in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Radio/TV, from Shippensburg University. She was volunteer co-leader of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Holistic Mom’s Network for five years and spent 12 years as a Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Colleen is passionate about providing a sustainable future for our children & in 2017, she founded Back to Earth Compost Crew, LLC. Back to Earth Compost Crew provides residential and commercial compost pick-up services in the Suburban Philadelphia area. Colleen has been a board member for The Giving Angels Foundation since 2016. She resides in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania with her husband, Rick and two children. Colleen enjoys going to the gym, especially spin class, cheering at her kids sporting events and gluten/dairy free baking.
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: www.mahjonggmentor.com
Lynn Feinman Lynn W. Feinman, ND, Doctor of Naturopathy, Board Certified (American Naturopath Medical Certification Board. Dr. Lynn Feinman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Life Cycles and Personal Growth from Ithaca College, A Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Therapies, and Dance Movement Therapies from Leslie College. And her Doctorate Degree in high honors from Clayton College of Health. She has a private practice in Paoli offering Naturopathic Counseling programs focusing in digestive health, hormonal balance and immune building. She developed the “Nutritional Cleanse” program, and also authored a cookbook,” Foundational Cooking for Optimal Health”. www.naturalhealthoptions.us
Ted Feldenkreis Ted Feldenkreis, Advertising & Communications Consultant, Private Video Coach & Manager
Fencing Acy/Phil.Inc Staff, Fencing Academy of Philadelphia
Thomas Firchow Thomas M Firchow believes that success comes from helping people, companies and brands to grow and prosper. His experience in producing high-end video and digital content, as a client advocate, team leader, consensus builder and LinkedIn trainer, has helped drive top line results and market share increases for a number of well-known clients. With over twenty-five years of Marketing, Sales, and Executive Leadership experience, his proven abilities center around business relationship development, creative problem-solving, and delivering results for clients including communications strategy and tactics, and brand identity development. His strong executive, producer-director, and project management experience helps deliver projects on schedule and on budget. He enjoys networking with others and is a "connector" focused on providing help and solutions for others.
David Fisher Rev David A Fisher, Faculty Member, Philosophy and World Religions, Rosemont College
Carin Ford Carin Ford has loved dogs all her life, but it wasn’t until she got a dog from a puppy mill that she dived into dog training in earnest. Using science-backed positive reinforcement training techniques, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession.

“With positive reinforcement, training is both fun and an incredible bonding experience for you and your dog,” Carin says. “I’m a big believer in setting dogs and people up for success. Not only is positive training an enjoyable process, but it really works.”

In addition to her private clients, Carin has spent the past several years working with the behavioral issues of shelter dogs, and also has a certificate in Life-Saving Centered Animal Shelter Management from University of the Pacific. She is one of the founders of DogsHome, a nonprofit rescue that has the mission of providing homeless dogs with shelter, quality care, training, re-homing and lifetime support.

“The key to working with dogs is learning how to ‘speak dog,’ and that’s what I help my clients do,” Carin says. “Communication is a two-way process, and dogs have an entirely different language from ours – most of which is nonverbal. Many people think their dogs are mind-readers because the dogs know what they’re going to do even before they do it! That’s because dogs have tremendous powers of observation, picking up on all kinds of nonverbal cues.”

If you have any questions for Carin, please email her at Carin@DogsHomePA.org

Website: www.DogsHomePA.org

Freelance Writer

Carin Ford is a writer and editor with more than 30 years’ experience in short stories, children’s nonfiction, business writing and journalism. She has written more than 40 juvenile nonfiction books and won Booklist’s Top Ten Nonfiction Series for her six-part Civil War series. Her biography of Helen Keller won the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Best Selection for Young Adults award. Carin also has had dozens of romantic short stories published in national magazines, and her feature stories have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has taught English and Journalism at Villanova University, Cabrini University and other area colleges.
Sandra Forman SANDRA FORMAN is an award-winning dancer who trained in England from an early age, and has taught, competed, and performed for many years. She currently teaches all levels of ballroom and Latin American dancing at the Healing Touch Center in Haverford, PA. Sandra specializes in wedding dances for the bride and groom as well as the father/daughter, mother/son dance. Intermediate and advanced classes, small groups and private instruction are available by appointment. You may email Sandra at: sandyforman@yahoo.com for further information.
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.
Olga Fraimbault Olga studied pastry in Paris after a Business Degree. She obtained a certificate in French Pastry specialties, Chocolate and Ice Cream. She had the opportunity to work with the pastry Chef of Chamber of Senators in Paris - 06 and Hediard, one of the finest catering and restaurant in Paris, Place de la Madeleine. She is teaching basics of Pastry recipes to students at the French International School in Bala Cynwyd. She wishes to extend her classes to the Public Schools.
Nancy Frankel-Halbert Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
Sara Friedman Sara Friedman is the owner FreedWoman Retreats, which empowers women through the outdoors. As an avid camper and former cooking class instructor, she is excited to bring her passions of camping, cooking, and teaching together to offer this fun and engaging course.
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.
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.
Gabrielle Geib Master of Acupuncture Studies (Won Institute of Graduate Studies), Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), Licensed Acupuncturist, Reiki Level II practitioner In my time as a healing practitioner I have had the honor of helping patients: diminish pain (musculoskeletal, nervous, inflammatory, migraine), improve circulation to extremities, regain sensation in extremities, release chronic tension, reduce stress, process overwhelming emotions, reduce anxiety, lift out of depression, regulate appetite, improve digestion and elimination, reduce excessive urination, regulate the menstrual cycle, improve breathing after bronchitis, experience more restful sleep, feel refreshed and energized, and regain the sense of moving forward in life and overcoming disease.
Derrick G. Gilbert As director of Technology Management at American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), Derrick Gilbert helps to select, deploy and support the organization’s information technology (IT) equipment. Gilbert sees his primary role as providing strategic technology advice and effective IT assistance, support and coaching to ABHMS’ leadership and staff. Before joining ABHMS, Gilbert was the owner and principal technology strategist of Gil Technology Group, a minority-owned, values-based information technology planning services sole proprietorship. Gilbert managed business operations and provided guidance to nonprofit and small business owners, executives and program directors in making well-informed IT solution decisions. Before founding Gil Technology Group, Gilbert was senior technology planner/consultant and IT business analyst with BCT Partners, where he shared responsibility for developing comprehensive and strategic technology plans. No stranger to strategic technology planning, IT solutions requirements analysis and software systems implementation, Gilbert has more than 14 years of professional experience in the government, telecommunications, human services and IT consulting industries. He also has more than four years of experience in reviewing, analyzing, evaluating and documenting user needs and requirements.
Beth Goldner Beth Goldner is the author of a short story collection (Wake) and a novel (The Number We End Up With), both published by Counterpoint Press. Her work was well received by the Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, New York Times, Kirkus Review, Entertainment Weekly, and Orlando Sentinel. Her stories have appeared in a variety of literary journals, the Missouri Review, the Massachusetts Review, StoryQuarterly, among others. Her most recent publications have been in The Baltimore Review, Westview, and Northern Virginia Review (in press).

She has been a guest lecturer at several conferences, including the University of Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the Montgomery County Community College Writers Conference. She has taught creative writing at Rosement College and Boise State University.
Jerry Gordon JERRY GORDON was the founder of Third Street Jazz, once one of the most famous jazz record stores in the world. He also founded Evidence Music, a jazz and blues record label that issued over 350 recordings, all of which he personally supervised, reissued, or produced, including the historic reissues of Sun Ra's legendary 'Saturn' recordings. He served three years as a member of the National Endowment of the Arts Recording Panel, one year as its co-chairman. Currently he is a radio host on WPRB, Princeton University, where he presents jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and pop music, and is a consultant to the recording industry. He has been collecting records since 1964. Jerry is happy to answer all questions directed to him at JerryGord@aol.com
Valerie C. Grant Valerie has been teaching fitness and presenting at conferences internationally for over 25 years, and delights in seeing the “light bulb” moment in all of her students. Her professional experience includes working at prestigious clubs throughout the Philadelphia area. In 2010, she was awarded “Best Posture Coach” by Philadelphia Magazine. She specializes in taking the elusive tenets of The Feldenkrais Method to the fitness world and making them obvious by sharing practical tips for both group fitness and personal trainers to use in every class or session. She has been an adjunct teacher at Delaware County Community College, Main Line Adult School, and Drexel University, specializing in relating to students of all ages, turning perceived disabilities into possibilities through mind-body awareness. An instructor for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid CPR, Valerie also programs and leads mind-body retreats worldwide, supporting her charities of choice. In January of 2014 she and 3 partners opened Purenergy Studio in Paoli PA which brings the components of fitness, wellness and balance under one roof. www.purenergystudio.com. Specialties: Pilates, Yoga and Feldenkrais. Certifications: ACE (CPT), AFAA (GFI), Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Guild of Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners (GCFP), NKT1 NeuroKinetic Therapy, American Red Cross Authorized Instructor.
Ian Grant Ian Grant was trained in the Anat Baniel Method® and completed the Children's Mastery in 2016. Anat has created 9 Essentials® to help wake up the brain to integrate new neural patterns. Clients Ian has seen includes adults suffering post stroke, a person living with MS, Parkinson's and people suffering from chronic tension and pain. Ian also has experience working with children that live with Microcephaly, Cerebral Palsy, and Developmental delays.
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.
Michael Greenwald Michael Greenwald is a Managing Director at Tiedemann-Constantia and a Senior Vice President at Tiedemann Advisors. Greenwald leads Tiedemann’s business development in the Middle East. Michael provides geopolitical, and macroeconomic guidance to the firm and clients. Greenwald serves as a trusted advisor and manages senior relationships with family offices in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining Tiedemann, Greenwald worked in senior roles within the United States Treasury in national security positions working with Africa, Europe, and serving as a financial diplomat in the Middle East spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Geithner, Lew and Mnuchin. Greenwald served from 2015 to 2017 as the U.S. Treasury attache´ to Qatar and Kuwait, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s senior-most representative to both countries. In this role, he worked with security and regulatory authorities to understand, degrade, and disrupt the funding of terrorist groups, organized crime, and rogue states across the region. His work with the Qatari and Kuwaiti governments resulted in some of the most significant recent disruptions and prosecutions of terrorist financing and support to terrorist organizations. Greenwald also served as the point person for the U.S. government’s relationships with Qatar and Kuwaiti sovereign wealth funds, finance ministries, central banks, and financial institutions. This work was focused on navigating fiscal issues and reform in a low oil price environment, increasing stability and transparency in banking systems, developing debt capital markets, and promoting sovereign wealth investment in the United States. He previously held counterterrorism and intelligence roles in the US government traveling to over 20 countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East on behalf of the United States Government. Greenwald was part of the Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, which marked the first time Western debt and equity markets were employed against a sovereign power. He has also served in a variety of roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Council at the U.S Treasury working closely with the National Security Council at the White House working on issues related to countering ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and North Korea. Greenwald is a frequent speaker, writer & CNBC commentator on international security, the Middle East & illicit finance issues. Past speaking engagements include lectures at The Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic Council, Harvard University, Yale Law School, Stanford, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern Business School in Doha. Greenwald has many other business interests including Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs & Adjunct Professor, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. He is a Senior Member of the Atlantic Council and Board Member of Halo Maritime Defense Systems, Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and Aspen Institute, Vanguard Society of Fellows. He is Deputy Director of the Trilateral Commission North America Group. His philanthropic work includes serving as Chair, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Next Generation Board, Senior Advisor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & National Board Member & Chairman of the Finance Committee, Susan G Komen Foundation.
William Greenwood WILLIAM J GREENWOOD has presented his advanced Painter's Studio Class for over a decade at MLSN. He brings over forty-five years of professional experience to his students. Bill studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Hussian School of Art. He spent 14 years painting and studying with his late mentor Morris Blackburn, in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and at his private summer landscape studio and home in Taos, New Mexico. Bill has a very positive, constructive critique approach and will help artists unravel techniques as well as the mystery of the centuries old art of composition in painting.

Robert Groebel Robert Groebel, Accomplished Home Cook and Software Executive
William Gustafson William Gustafson FAIA, Senior Principal Ballinger Architects & Engineers
Helga Halbfass Helga Halbfass, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
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.
Andrea Hallmark ANDREA HALLMARK is a Landscape Architect who has designed and installed hundreds of gardens in Pennsylvania, New Jersey,New York, Florida, Texas and Mexico. She currently teaches Design Communication at Temple University. She has taught garden and design courses at the University of Pennsylvania, School of General Studies, The Barnes Foundation, Longwood Gardens, and The Morris Arboretum. Ms. Hallmark started as a fine artist and painted at The Penn Academy Of Fine Art and continues fine art as a hobby. She also does Jewelry Design.
Pat Halsey Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen
Amie Hamel Amie Hamel is currently the Practice Manager for two healthcare/wellness offices. She is also the lead massage therapist for both locations. Amie has a very diverse career background; which includes healthcare administration,hospice, consulting, finance & massage/bodywork. Amie has been educating and helping to guide clients with their understanding and use of hemp products for the last several years. She was named a local CBD expert this past summer in Main Line Today. She is extremely passionate about helping others and helping them live their best life. When she is not serving others, Amie enjoys yoga, sleeping, spending time with family and being in nature. She also has an ongoing, avid love affair with coffee.
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
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.
Charlene Healy CHARLENE HEALY is a trained Wilton Method Instructor and has taught many types of pastry decoration. Charlene has been teaching cake decorating for ten years and loves to teach all ages and students from beginning to advanced techniques. She has competed in cake decorating contests in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, New Jersey and Maryland.
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. www.MyMedicareAdvisor.com, email: mymedadvisor@gmail.com
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.
Jeff Heller Jeff Heller, Historical Novelist Studied history, government and economics at Georgetown University. Jeff specializes in Colonial-era Canada. He has presented at cultural festivals, night schools, book clubs and libraries throughout the Northeast US.
Jerry Henige Jerry Henige, Former Director, Service Planning & Product Support, Unisys Corporation; Co-moderator, Main Line School Night ‘Culture Wars’ current events classes; Co-Chair, Tredyffrin Democrats; Member ACT 101/ADP Advisory Board, West Chester University; MLSN Director
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.
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
John Hosbach, Jr John Rockwell Hosbach, Jr. is a highly effective Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Arborist and Landscape Consultant with over fifteen years of experience in the diagnosis and evaluation of woody plants. John possesses a strong ability to assess longevity, potential risk, monetary value and the ability to tolerate environmental change or construction injury of trees and shrubs.
Richard House Richard House enjoyed a thirty-nine year career at Germantown Academy, during which he taught French and Spanish and, for over thirty years, served as head of the middle school. He retired in 2010 and began teaching memoir in the fall of 2013. Richard earned his BA at the University of London and his MA in Liberal Studies at Villanova.
John Immerwahr John Immerwahr, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University; Guide, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Amy Mermaid Isakov Amy Mermaid Isakov is a tech savvy and innovative dreamer passionate about connection, spirituality, music, ritual arts, and how the Divine can manifest in all its forms. Having left the traditional education path, she has studied in-depth with shamans, bodyworkers, evolutionary thought leaders, and green builders since 2001. She is a Pachakuti Mesa carrier, writer, teacher, singer, and mother – among other things.
JKST Inc Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
Brannon Johnson Brannon Johnson is the head coach and owner of BLJ Community Rowing, one of the most diverse community rowing programs in the Philadelphia metro area. After beginning to row at the age of 15, Brannon received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas, where she rowed at the Division I varsity level all 4 years. In 2003, she competed as a single sculler in the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most prestigious regattas held on the Thames River in England. She has been rowing, teaching and coaching over the past 15+ years, having taught and coached 80 classes and roughly 700 Philadelphia area residents, ranging from ages 18 to 65.
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)
Laura Kanavy Laura Kanavy, Medical and Legal Interpreter
Deborah Kaplan Deborah Kaplan, Calligrapher; Illustrator; Founding Member, Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society
Rebeka Karrant REBEKA KARRANT began teaching herself to play the guitar at age 11 and she played solely by ear for many years. Then in her mid-thirties she decided to take lessons. For several years she studied Dennis Sandole’s method and the classical guitar method of Aaron Shearer. She enjoys playing all genres of music and has played guitar for over 34 years. She has been teaching guitar since 1997.
Sandi King In 2013 I made a career change into the health and fitness field. I began my studies at the C.H.E.K Institute in California. Teachings include full postural assessments, corrective exercise to realign the posture, conditioning the core and improving stabiliaztion. The C.H.E.K Institutes' philosophy that true health is more than physical fitness, changed my life. Paul Chek teaches about the 4 doctors: Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, Dr. Happiness, and Dr. Movement. It is balance (yin/yang) of all the doctors that takes you on the path to true health. In 2016 I was introduced to Dr. Guy VOYER, DO, a French Osteopath who created a program known as SOMA Training. Through the teachings of Guy, I learned about ELDOA (aimed to create space between joints in the spine, hip, shoulders, and sacrum), segmental strengthening (strengthening each fiber of the muscle, and MyoFascial Stretching (to maintain the health of the fascia (connective tissue). I am blessed to have the opportunity to learn under two amazingly brilliant men. I use these teachings to work one on one with clients and teach group classes, to aid clients in improving their overall well being. I am continuing my education under Guy VOYER, as I work to complete his program. Currently, I am one of forty-eight students in the United States with an ELDOA Trainer certification. Email Sandi at eldoaphiladelphia@gmail.com
Gloria Kingcade GLORIA KINGCADE started instructing line dancing in October 1998. She is a Certified Primary Aerobic Instructor AAAI & ISMA (AAAI-American Aerobic Association International, ISMA-International Sports Medicine Association). In January 2001 Gloria founded “D.A.S.H.E.R.S. Entertainment Network” (Dancing and Singing Help Everyone Relieve Stress). The Dancing is R&B or Soul Line Dancing and the Singing is Karaoke. For more information, contact her at (215) 232-6232 or e-mail DANCESING4FITNES@aol.com or www.leathaslinedancing.com/D.A.S.H.E.R.S.html.
Sandi Kirschner Sandi Kirschner, MEd, Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Kara Klaiber Kara Klaiber is a lifelong resident of Chester County, PA and a practicing attorney in Wayne, Delaware County, PA. Kara has been a licensed attorney since 2001 as a member of the Pennsylvania and Georgia State Bars. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (1996) and Temple University Beasley School of Law (2001). Kara currently works for the law firm of David Bennett Spiess & Livingood in Wayne and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, business law matters and real estate.
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.
Joshua Klur Josh Klur produces The PurposeGirl Podcast, doing all the behind-the-scenes magic: Securing and managing the equipment, setting up the interviews, editing and publishing the episodes, promoting the podcast, and more. The PurposeGirl Podcast has released over 85 weekly episodes, has been downloaded over 110,000 times, and has attracted several sponsors. Josh stays current on podcasting best practices, has attended the largest podcast industry convention, Podcast Movement, for the last several years, and has consulted on launching podcasts. In his prior career Josh taught math for 20 years, and he still continues to tutor math in addition to his current work as the Business Manager for PurposeGirl.
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.
Nancy Kotkin Nancy Kotkin is a professional writer, editor, and writing instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Prose Morsels Press.
Joe Krush Joe Krush, Philadelphia College of Art, Freelance Artist
David Langfitt David Langfitt is a lawyer and writer who has practiced civil litigation in Philadelphia for nearly thirty years. A partner for many years at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, Mr. Langfitt now has his own law firm, Langfitt Garner PLLC located at 20th and Market Streets. His is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, The London School of Economics, and NYU School of Law. Winnabow is his first novel. He was raised in Merion, Pennsylvania and comes from a family of four brothers. He lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife Margaret, a native of the Cape Fear region in North Carolina. They have three children, all of whom went to grade school, middle school, and high school on the Main Line.
Frank Langfitt Frank Langfitt is NPR’s London correspondent, covering Brexit, terrorism and other stories in Western Europe. Before coming to the United Kingdom, he spent a decade as a reporter in China, most recently as NPR’s correspondent in Shanghai, where he drove a free taxi around the city for a series on a changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. Langfitt got the idea for the series from his experience decades earlier driving taxis in Philadelphia and on the Main Line during summers home from college. The NPR radio series inspired his first book, “The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China.”
Stephanie Lantz My passion is cooking. It is my joy to cook for people and see the expression on their faces while they experience the dishes I create.  I have wonderful memories of being in the kitchen as a little girl and watching my mother and various guests cooking all types of nutritious and delicious food. Hannah, from Israel, was creating Mediterranean delights and braiding challah on our kitchen floor. Yolanda, from Mexico, was preparing authentic Mexican sauces, home-made tortillas while toasting chilies and spices. My mother, the consummate entertainer, was able to transform recipes into lighter versions without sacrificing taste and I learned this skill from her. Watching various cooking TV shows from the ’70s to today and reading cookbooks, blogs, magazines, my inspiration continues to blossom. It is a dream come true for me to plan, cook, and teach about nutritious, delicious foods.
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. He can be reached by email at: expressctr@aol.com, or by phone at (610)296-5269.
Sue Laskin Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Fred Lavner WHAT'S SO FUNNY? THE NIGHTCLUB YEARS
Fred worked his way thru Temple University in the early 70s as a joke writer, churning out pages of gags for the likes of David Brenner, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, and Steve Landesberg. The joke was on them when Fred decided to work in a more stable profession upon graduation, embarking on an award-winning career as a writer/producer/creative director
in advertising. Fred managed to keep his head in humor over the years by moonlighting as a script doctor, speech writer, and essayist for numerous publications. In recent years Fred has written several humor books, performs both stand-up and sit-down comedy, and continues to find the funny in everyday life.



SINATRA
Fred is a writer by profession and a local historian for the last 50 years. His collection of audio-visual materials, documents, photographs, first-hand accounts and stories of 20 th Century Philadelphia has been featured in newspaper and magazine features, TV programs, books, movies and live presentations. For added authenticity, Fred was a next door neighbor of Frank
Sinatra in Ventnor, NJ for one week in the summer of ’94.



MOBS & MAYHEM
Fred is a writer by profession and a local historian for the last 50 years. His collection of documents, photographs, first-hand accounts and stories has been the basis for three books written about organized crime in the Philadelphia region. For added authenticity, Fred was a numbers runner for his mob boss uncle from the ages of six to ten.




REMEMBER THEN
Fred is a writer by profession and a local historian for the last 50 years. His collection of audio-visual materials, documents, photographs, first-hand accounts and stories of 20 th Century Philadelphia has been featured in newspaper and magazine features, TV programs, books, movies and live presentations. For added authenticity, Fred worked the Atlantic City boardwalk
as Mr. Peanut during one 1960s summer.
Olive Ledlie Olive Ledlie, PhD, Former Chair English Department, The Baldwin School
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
Irene Levy Baker Irene Levy Baker is author of Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia, which tells the stories behind 90 Philadelphia restaurants plus tips on where to find secret menu items, get reservations at trendy restaurants, get into speakeasies and more. She also wrote 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die, which includes tried-and-true attractions and hidden gems along with tips to enhance each experience. She has spent more than 25 years eating her way through Philadelphia’s restaurants. After working at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, she opened Spotlight Public Relations, a public relations firm specializing in restaurants and hospitality. What she has learned working one-on-one with chefs, restaurant owners, food writers, and diners will satisfy your appetite for a good meal and a great story.
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.
Christina Lisk I have a lifelong passion for storytelling, which has driven me to write professionally, teach workshops, and help others heal through storytelling. My B.A. from Bryn Mawr College is in English literautre. Creative writing has taken me to multiple parts of the country, ranging from The East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy to Mighty Writers West in Philadelphia. Other experience includes writing about hearing loss for Phonak and wellness for Your Integrated Hypnosis. Professional experience also includes public relations, performance art, and grant writing. Currently, I am conducting independent research on Italian language and culture for my own novel, a disability love story involving an Italian man and American woman. Whether in professional or personal outlets, writing is the center of my world and I am happy to share it with anyone who wants to learn.
Michael Lizzio Michael Lizzio, Certified Pool Instructor
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, http://www.sweetsucculentcreations.net.
Joan Mackie
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.
Scott Mason Scott Mason is the author of The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes, named one of the 100 best independent books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews. An editor with the online haiku journal The Heron’s Nest for the last ten years, Scott has received the top award in more than twenty international competitions for his own haiku poetry.
Greg Maughan Greg Maughan is the founder and Executive Director of Philly Improv Theater, where he has taught improv for the past 15 years. In addition, he has provided corporate team building through improv to hundreds of clients ranging from national brands like Comcast, Cirque du Soleil, and Guinness to professional services companies like Ballard Spahr, PWC, and Vanguard, to local favorites like Wawa, the Philadelphia 76ers, and University of Pennsylvania. Greg has been acting in and directing improv and sketch comedy shows since 1999 – first in Detroit and then in Philadelphia. As an improviser he has performed across the United States and shared the stage at various points in time with Keegan Michael-Key (Key & Peele), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade), and Marc Evan Jackson (The Good Place). Teaching improv, especially to new students, is one of his favorite things (beating out raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens).
Paul & Ellen McCabe Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders
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
Thomas McGuire Tom McGuire is a native of the Philadelphia area whose history activities began in 1975-76 at the Valley Forge Historical Society Museum [predecessor of the Museum of the American Revolution] and Valley Forge National Historical Park 1977-81. A graduate of Villanova University (B. A. 1979; M. A. 1985), he has been teaching history at Malvern Prep since 1980 and has authored six books: The Surprise of Germantown [Thomas Publications, 1994]; Battle of Paoli [2000]; Brandywine Battlefield State Park Trail of History Guide [2001], The Philadelphia Campaign Volume I and Volume II [2006-07]; Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace [2011]. Tom also researched for David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book John Adams and its sequel 1776 . He was VP of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund 1996-2002 and guest-curated the Chester County Historical Society’s “War Comes to Chester County 1777-78” exhibition in 1997. He is currently a member of the Board of Educators of the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR.)
Mack McKamey With over 8 years of experience as an herbalist, Mack's take on herbal uses blends traditional wisdom with modern science and practical applications. A special place in her heart has always been the use of locally available botanicals, be they the pine needles in winter, or the sweet violets in spring! Mack currently runs The Raw Spa, a skincare apothecary that specializes in unique creations for all skin types.
Keith McMenamin I'm an aspiring Chief Information Officer with a unique set of skills and experience. I've led corporate IT departments, served as an adjunct professor teaching technology to new students and owned / operated my IT services company - often times managing these roles simultaneously. I enjoy educating non-technical people on ways to increase their cyber IQ, particularly in the area of security. I taught technology basics to adults for two years (2011-2013) at Kaplan University and recently offered this same course at the Upper Merion Community Center. I'm also a regular career day speaker to schools in Philadelphia.
James Miller James Miller is Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Among his books are Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (2011) and The Passion of Michel Foucault (1993). (1984). From 2000 to 2008, he was the editor of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the editor of an English edition of Diogenes Laertius’s Lives of the Eminent Philosophers (2018), and the author, most recently, of Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, From Ancient Athens to Our World (2018).
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.
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 therealestategps.com or KCPgrowth.com
Dianne Moore Dianne Moore, MSW, MS, CHC, CNE founder & owner of MooreBetterFood, is a Nutrition & Wellness Coach and Certified Nutrition Expert. Certified through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she also holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Science degree. https://www.MooreBetterFood.com/
Anne Morris Anne Morris, Silver Life Master, ACBL Certified Instructor
Carolyn Muir Carolyn Muir received her PhD from the University of Manchester (UK) and taught European art history for 34 years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Honored by her university with an award for teaching excellence, she has also published numerous articles and a book on aspects of Renaissance and Baroque art. Having recently retired and relocated to the Main Line, she is excited about shifting her focus to teaching adults at MLSN.
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 juliet@najdawi.com for questions and comments.
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.
Ronald Nimitz Ronald Nimitz, Certified International Federation of Fly Fishers Instructor
Char Nolan Char Nolan has been plant-based for ten years. She is a certified plant-based chef with a certificate in plant-based nutrition from é-Cornell. She teaches nutrition and plant-based cooking throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a contributor to "Veg World Magazine," and many of her recipes also appear at PAeat.com, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more.
Gwenn Nolan Gwenn Nolan is the owner & operator of Mother Compost, a local food scraps/household waste collection service, which provides pick-ups for residents and businesses interested in composting on the Main Line. Gwenn began composting over four years ago at home and started Mother Compost after arriving at the conclusion that everyone should compost but not everyone has the time or space to do so. Familiar with composting both in the backyard and on commercial scale, Gwenn can discuss the differences between home & commercial processing. Gwenn grew up in the area and went to college at Penn State, where she studied Public Relations & Spanish. She currently lives in Wynnewood with her husband and 3 children. Information on Gwenn’s company can be found here www.mothercompost.com
Kathryn Noska Kathryn E Noska is an oil painter of representational still life in mythic landscapes using symbolic imagery and philosophic whimsy. After receiving an AFA from Montgomery County Community College she studied 17th Century Still Life painting at Chester County Art Association under Bill Ewing. Kathryn has won many awards of excellence in the local Philadelphia Suburban area. She took first prize of the National Platinum Award for Trompe l’oeil at the Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishing in Las Vegas, NV and has been accepted in numerous juried exhibitions including the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Kathryn has a strong passion, purpose and persistence to find and use safe art materials due to developing Multiple Chemical Sensitivity which greatly impacted and influenced her artistic journey, direction, and choice of media. Through much research and exploration, she made a momentous discovery, and now uses solvent-free painting techniques, cold-pressed walnut oil paint and eco-friendly panels. This quest has taken many artistic twists and turns, but being a painter at heart, she has come full circle, back to her roots, empowered to continue the journey.
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.
Caroline O'Halloran-Moderator Caroline O’Halloran is the founding editor and publisher of the award-winning online newsmagazine, SAVVY Main Line. Before she created SAVVY, Caroline was a longtime journalist, editor and freelance writer whose articles appeared in regional newspapers, national magazines and collegiate publications. Hundreds of articles carried her byline in the Main Line Times, Main Line Suburban Life and Main Line Life where she served as features, education, society and news editor. An honors graduate of Brown University, Caroline began her journalism career on all-news radio as an anchor, reporter, public affairs show host and producer. She is a proud graduate of Merion Mercy Academy and lives in Malvern.
Paul Offit Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC; for this achievement Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In 2009, Dr. Offit received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2011, Dr. Offit received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Biologics Industry Organization (BIO), the David E. Rogers Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Odyssey Award from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Offit received the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine fro the Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Offit received the Maxwell Finland award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Innovators in Health Award from the Group Health Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Offit won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Offit won the Franklin Founder Award from the city of Philadelphia, The Porter Prize from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine from the American Philosophical Society. In 2018, Dr.Offit received the Gold Medal from the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Dr. Offit was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research. He is also the author of nine medical narratives: The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine Crisis, (Yale University Press, 2005), Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases (HarperCollins, 2007), for which he won an award from the American Medical Writers Association, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Columbia University Press, 2008), Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (Basic Books, 2011), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews and Booklist as one of the best non-fiction books of the year, Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (HarperCollins, 2013), which won the Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking from the Center for Skeptical Inquiry and was selected by National Public Radio as one of the best books of 2013, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine (Basic Books, 2015), which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as an “Editor’s Choice” book in April 2015, Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong (National Geographic Press/Random House, April 2017), which was nominated for Best Science and Technology book of 2017 by Goodreads, and Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information (Columbia University Press, June 2018). Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far will be published by HarperCollins in April, 2020.
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.
Paul Paluba Paul Paluba, Professional Computer Instructor
Lindsey Palumbo
Sharon Pastore Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. 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 is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with Sharon at dreamgirlpower.com
Kathy Peoples Kathy has been country dancing for 20 years and loving every minute of it. She was featured on a dance team and TV shows in the late 90's. She continues to help people understand how to put one foot after the other and before they know it they're dancing. Great exercise for the mind and the body!
Fernando Peralta Chef Fernando is determined to impact human health and environment, by influencing what we eat with his passion for plant-based healthy nutrition and food. He is an instructor at Montgomery County Community College Culinary Arts, and former owner of PlantPure Café and Vge Café.
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.
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.
Joe Poon Joe Poon, Master Chef
Elena Popchock Elena Popchock is the exhibition developer at the National Constitution Center, overseeing exhibit content from conception through installation. Since 2016, she has served as the lead developer for several exhibits, including Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation and most recently, the permanent exhibit Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality. She is currently writing and developing an exhibit on the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed voting rights for women. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the National Park Service’s collections facility outside Washington, D.C. She has also assisted with the development of exhibits at Ford’s Theatre, The President Woodrow Wilson House, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her background is in American history and exhibition development, having earned museum studies degrees at Juniata College and The George Washington University.
Julie Potter Julie Potter, Artist
Joel Price Joel F W Price is the Technology Education Coordinator 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.
Ossi Qualli Ossi Qualli has a passion for flowers and has been designing flower arrangements for the past 50 years and was the former owner of the Potting Shed, Society Hill and the Green Thumb in NYC, Ossi has designed for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Presidents. Now retired, he enjoyed being a head designer at Waterloo Gardens, Valley Forge Flowers and Albrechts Nurseries and attended Philadelphia College of Art and resides in Phila. with his wife, Hope.
Susan Rains Susan Rains is the owner and Interior Designer at Susan Rains Design. She creates homes her clients can live in indefinitely with joy and ease. Everyone has unique talents, and she describe hers as a mixture of creative and analytic. She became an interior designer because of designs ability to foster a better life. Not only because of her creative talent and love for beautiful things. Susan holds two degrees, a Bachelors in Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The second, a Masters of Interior Architecture from Drexel University. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Susan has worked as a creative professional for over twenty years. Including, graphic design, custom picture framing, fine craft and management experience. Susan keeps her skills sharp and brings her clients the latest and greatest. Susan cultivates her design skills, resource, and product knowledge through membership in IFDA (International Furniture and Design Association. She also attends conferences, trade show and design events thought the year. www.susanrainsdesign.com
Kelly Ray Kelly Ray, Dance Instructor
Deborah Reeder Deborah Reeder, Cellist, Former member Philadelphia Orchestra
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™.
Carl Richard Pickleball and Tennis Coach
Marie Roberts MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is www.marierobertsheartandsoul.com and she can be reached at heart239@hotmail.com.
Leslie Robison Leslie Robison has provided coaching and organizing services 1999. She is passionate about helping you achieve more ease, credibility and satisfaction at home and at work. Master your day, master your life: Leslie@MasteryConsulting.net
Laurie Rofini Laurie A. Rofini is Director of Chester County Archives and Records Services. The department, which is administered for the County of Chester by the Chester County Historical Society, preserves and makes available the historic government records of Chester County. She holds an MSLIS from Drexel University and an MA and BA in History from West Chester University, and is a member of the Council of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. Ms. Rofini hascurated several museum exhibits for Chester County Historical Society, including “Do Everything”: Women and Reform in Chester County, and Meeting for Equality: The 1852 Pennsylvania Woman’s Rights Convention. She is the co-author, with William R. Meltzer, of “The Woman Suffrage Campaign in West Chester” in West Chester, the First 200 Years: 1799-1999 and is a contributor to the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.
Eugenia Roskos Geni Roskos, ACE Certified Group Instructor, Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center
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
Deanna Santiago Deanna Santiago, creator of hipPOP fitness™ , started teaching the format at a local gym in Lancaster, PA. She combined her lifelong dance experience, fitness and yoga training into one class that is easy and fun for everyone of all ages and fitness levels. Now after 10 years, Deanna is sharing her successful trademarked format to the MainLine. www.hippopdancefit.com
Lorri Sarosy Lorri holds BA and MBA degrees in finance and marketing. Her work career includes 25 years corporate management and 10 years non-profit professional experience. Lorri’s grant writing experience includes work for four distinctly different non-profit entities. This experience combined with financial, planning and management skills have contributed to her success.
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: innersageqigong@gmail.com.
Steven Schiffman Steven Schiffman, CEO, D. Atlas Estates
Michael Schneller Michael owned and operated a USDA facility and retail store for 15 years in Kingston, New York. He developed and manufactured 56 products including 30+ varieties of sausages. As a master butcher by trade, he have instructed and trained many employees and colleagues in the art of charcuterie. We specialized in PRIME dry-aged beef but also sold just about anything to do with high-end retail food. As a master butcher by trade, I have instructed many employees and colleagues as part of my business duties.
Jane Schultz Jane Schultz is a predominantly self-taught mobile artist from Pennsylvania. Jane's images have been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. She was named multiple times as a Most Wanted Visionary by New Era Museum and declared a New Era Museum Artist. She has also been recognized in numerous art competitions. Jane curates for the New Era Museum and administers @ig_artistry, an Instagram hub which promotes originality, creativity, and emotive art.
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.
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: http://www.carolshelkinmosaics.com.
Bonni Shinfeld Bonni Shinfeld, MLSN Trip and Travel Director
Yuming Si Yuming Si, Native Speaker; Author; Former Chinese School Principal
Cathy & Bill Siegl Bill & Cathy Siegl, Hike Leaders
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 clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is working on her own book on freelance writing to be published by CornerOffice Books.
Anne Sims Anne Sims, Visitor Services Administrator, Chanticleer Garden
Susannah Sinclair Susannah M. Sinclair is the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) & Digital Communications Manager at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Among her duties, she manages the CRM software system used by the Field Education Office, which houses a database of more than 800+ agencies and users, and creates and manages social media and digital communications like e-newsletters and website updates for the GSSWSR. Susannah currently is completing a master's degree in Management Information Systems through the University of Illinois at Springfield. In addition, she already has earned two certificates in IT Project Management and Business Process Management from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is completing a third, Business Analytics, which will be completed in May 2020. Susannah is committed to improving digital competency and online visibility in the field of higher education and making technology more accessible to students. She passionately believes that technology should be a tool that improves student outcomes and experiences, rather than a learning obstacle, and should enrich learning and retention in higher education and anywhere else learning takes place. Technology can help encourage more equitable use and access for everyone, creating connectivity between learners of all ages, backgrounds, and expertise. In her free time Susannah is a tutor and instructor specializing in academic writing, project management, and technology training and volunteers at CATNIP, a cat and kitten rescue organization in Springfield, PA.
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Ken Sklar Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues
Anne Slater ANNE SLATER has been a bibliovore since she was a small child, and naturally, she ended up working as a librarian-- at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College. While at Bryn Mawr as a twenty-five year reading group member, Anne learned to focus her comments and express herself in a manner that is both productive and contributes to the discussion. She also came to appreciate the information and gamut of opinion that emerge from energetic discussion of the work at hand. She is currently a member of a French reading group and a volunteer librarian at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School in Manayunk.
Debbie Smith Debbie Smith, MLSN Dance Instructor for over 25 years
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.
Linda Smith Linda L. Smith, MBA, University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she earned a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) designation. Linda has worked as an executive at Delaware Investments, Goldman Sachs and now, as needed at Glenmede Trust. She is a winner of the Ace of Clubs award for bridge. As head of Ladies' Golf at Bala Golf Club, Linda was approached by fellow golfers to teach them bridge. That was her inspiration for becoming certified as a bridge teacher.
Mariann Smith Mariann Smith, MA, Curatorial Assistant, Art & Artifacts Dept., Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College As Curatorial Assistant at Bryn Mawr College, Mariann Smith works with the Art and Artifacts staff on collection-based projects, exhibitions, public programs, and museum studies-related research and activities across the campus. Prior to moving back to this area, she worked for 26 years in the Education Department--for the last 12 years as curator--of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, which focuses primarily on modern and contemporary art. Her major responsibilities included docent training, writing and recording of audio tours, 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). 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.
Jule Snyder Julianne (Jule) Snyder is a painter, dog mom, volunteer & owner of Black Arrow Arts. Creative expression is a vital channel of self expression and communication. She has a deep desire to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives and is committed to making the world a more connected place. Dealing with a history of challenging health issues led her to spirituality and prompted her to dig deeper into her own psyche. She feels called to make the world better through her dedication to personal growth, advocacy and the energy she shares. Jule regularly donates her time, artwork and funds to local animal rescues and philanthropic causes. Animals and art are great catalysts for healing. Jule has shown her artwork in Philadelphia & the surrounding area since 2001 and has recently branched out to New Jersey, New York and California. With over 30 exhibitions under her belt, she greatly anticipates life as a full time artist, able to give more to those who need it and share her work and message of empowerment and hope on a larger scale. www.BlackArrowArts.com
Margot Soven Margot Soven, English Dept, La Salle University
Richard Sperry Richard S Sperry, Former US Naval Officer; (Ret.) VP Marketing, Comcast
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.
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 Jstagliano@aol.com.
Russ Stavig Russ Stavig was born and raised in South Dakota, attended the University of South Dakota graduating with a degree in business. He spent his entire career with Armstrong World Industries, Inc., in sales and customer service management positions. Upon retiring in 2015, he became involved as a volunteer with the Wolf Sanctuary of PA and now gives guided public and private educational tours along with other sanctuary duties, including feeding and watering the wolves and wolf-dogs. From time to time he also gives off site sanctuary presentations. Russ has long had a fascination with wolves since his youth and devoured Jack London, Jack O'Brien and Zane Grey novels. The Wolf Sanctuary provides him with the perfect opportunity to continue his passion for wolf education and preservation. He has been married for 42 years and has two grown children.
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. http://PhillyHypnosis.com https://www.youtube.com/phillyhypnosis ToddStofkaheadshotoc Todd is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College teaching classes on hypnosis. Todd has been published and is a frequent contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Trend, The Local, Philly Fit, 2009 US Open Golf, Sports Psychology Tennis, Self growth, Think well, Expert click, American Chronicle, Green Doc, Soft Ball Gloves, Circadian Dreams, Smoke Free.org, Alternative Fitness, Thomas Cox, Simply Healthy, My Life, Expert contributor for Ezine Article, Article base, Podcast Alley, Video / TV – Veoh, Metacafe, YouTube, Clisper, AOL, Yahoo, Metacafe, Kewago, Daily Motion, Radio – Blog Talk Radio, WOGL, WKYW, Sports 610 As a former competitive ski racer and sports trainer, he folds these varied disciplines into his Stofka Method to help people reach their personal goals. He is noted for his ability to reach deep into a person’s psyche and touch their core talent and dream, while creating just the right connection to anchor this as a new behavior in their daily life. He is skilled at stimulating his client’s ability to embody the skills used by outstanding performers and experts in the field of aspired excellence. Todd builds rapport easily and he is known for his honest assessment of his clients needs. As a result he has earned a reputation of trust. Prior to founding the Philly Hypnosis Centers, Todd was a corporate executive holding various management positions from construction to technology oriented companies. He excelled at strategy, vision and mission planning and continuously exceeded sales goals. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President of Sales for Titan Technology Partners, a national software firm. Mr. Stofka has a BS in engineering and management from Clarkson University and is currently working on his MBA. He has always strived to refine and develop himself further and he has taken a myriad of independent course work, from the Sandler Selling System to Management of People Skills and Development at Cornell University. Originally, Todd took a hypnosis course to improve certain aspect of his own life and business performance. During his initial studies, he had a personal turning point, which inspired him to seek the healer within and dedicate his life to helping others reach their personal excellence. He proceeded to take courses in Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He has numerous certifications in both disciplines, including “Certified Master Practitioner”. Todd is a member of NGH, (National Guild of Hypnotists) and NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). Mr. Stofka’s, Philly Hypnosis Centers are located in Chalfont, Pennsylvania and The Virtual Office on Skype. In addition, Todd teaches skiing and snowboarding. He resides with his wife and two children in the Philadelphia area.
Karen Strauss Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach
Laura Surtees Laura Surtees, PhD, Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College
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. www.gailstatum.lifeVantage.com
Doris Torigoe Doris Torigoe, Owner, Etsy shop EverydayOrigamiGifts
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Mike Tucker Mike Tucker, Observing Chair, Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers
La Shonda Tyree
I US Coast Guard Aux. 5NR Staff, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Richard Unti Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur
I Valley Forge MA & C Maria Metz, Director of Horsemanship, Valley Forge Military Academy & College
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.
Tom Voravolya Tara (Tom) Voravolya is a native of Thailand with more than thirty years of experience in Thai cooking. Students love the easy and clear steps of cooking instruction, and enjoy full meal toward the end of every class. Tom also enjoys providing students with the culture and taste of Thai cooking.
Mary Wagner Mary Wagner is the Managing Partner at Valley Creek Advisors. With over 23 years of experience in the banking, financial planning and investment field, she has extensive knowledge in asset management, investments, insurance and retirement plans. Mary has been a multi-year attendee of the Barron’s top Financial Advisors and the Women's Financial Advisors summits. Barron's attendees are based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work. Mary earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and Journalism with her graduate work in Business Administration. She has attended the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown University, Ohio University, American University, Ursinus College and St Joseph’s University. Mary holds a General Securities Series 7, Investment Company Products Series 6, Investment Advisory Series 65 and Securities Agent State Series 63 registration through LPL Financial. She also holds life and health insurance licenses in DE, FL, NJ, NM, PA, SC, UT. Today Mary provides retirement and investment planning for owners and employees of local companies in the Philadelphia area including the healthcare, technology and engineering sectors. Mary prides herself on providing her clients exceptional financial advice with integrity and superior ethics. In her spare time, Mary enjoys a variety of active outdoor pursuits including cycling, hiking, camping, swimming, tennis, golf and traveling. http://www.valleycreekadvisors.com/team/mary-wagner
Don Wallace Don Wallace is the immediate past president of Valley Forge Toastmasters and two-time speech contest winner. He is known for helping others overcome their fear of public speaking.
Marylyn Waltzer Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
Liz Wanner Liz Wanner is board certified in Qigong for Health and Tai Chi for Health, medical Qigong, integral Qigong, and Tai Chi Easy. I addition, Liz is certified in Kripalu Yoga, Yoga for Arthritis, meditation, and Reiki. She has been teaching in the community for over 25 years.
J. Francis Watson J. Francis (Frank) Watson is a graduate of Lower Merion High School, Eastern College, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He received his PhD from Drew University in Historical Theology in 2001, and is a Lutheran clergyman, historian, and ecclesiastical archivist in New Jersey. Starting in 2002, along with his twin brother William, he has investigated the story of the Irish mass grave of Irish railroad workers at Duffy's Cut, near Malvern, Pennsylvania. Their research has been featured in several major television documentaries, "Death on the Railroad" (PBS and Tile Films, Dublin, for PBS' Secrets of the Dead, 2013) and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Smithsonian Channel, RTE, Tile Films, 2006), and in the podcast "The Dancing Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Ground Truth Report, Season 6, October 2018) on WGBH. They have also authored several books on the story, Massacre at Duffy's Cut: Tragedy and Conspiracy on the Pennsylvania Railroad (History Press, 2018), and The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006).
William Watson J. Francis (Frank) Watson and William E. Watson are twin brothers and graduates of Lower Merion High School, Eastern College. Frank graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and received his PhD from Drew University in Historical Theology, and is a Lutheran clergyman, historian, and ecclesiastical archivist in New Jersey. William received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in history, and is a Professor of History at Immaculata University. Starting in 2002, the brothers have investigated the story of the Irish mass grave of Irish railroad workers at Duffy's Cut, near Malvern, Pennsylvania. Their research has been featured in several major television documentaries, "Death on the Railroad" (PBS and Tile Films, Dublin, for PBS' Secrets of the Dead, 2013) and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Smithsonian Channel, RTE, Tile Films, 2006), and in the podcast "The Dancing Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Ground Truth Report, Season 6, October 2018) on WGBH. They have also authored several books on the story, Massacre at Duffy's Cut: Tragedy and Conspiracy on the Pennsylvania Railroad (History Press, 2018), and The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006).
I Wayne Ballet & Center for Laura Berland, Owner, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts
Susan Weisgrau Susan Weisgrau, MA, English Literature; Retired English teacher (Åkiba Hebrew Academy)
Barbara Weiss Barbara Weiss’ musical experiences range from recording ancient classical Cambodian music to playing harpsichord in operas. A professional keyboard player, she has also performed on clarinet, recorders, and saxophone. While recovering from an injury, she discovered the melodica, a perfect combination of wind and keyboard instruments. She convinced her friends to learn melodica, and they formed the area’s first (but not last!) performing melodica band. Barbara has taught professionals, recorder societies, college students, and children, but her favorite students are adult amateurs. She is also trained to adapt instruments for people with disabilities/injuries. She believes that anyone who loves music can learn to play it.
Lisa Welsh Lisa Welsh, Director, First Position Dance Arts, LLC
Nancy White Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Nancy's company website is digitalconsultingassociates.com and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
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.
Luana Wolk Luana Wolk, Native Speaker
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.
Kathy Wolper www.kitchenwizards.info - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs.
Anthony Wood Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at www.Anthonywoodphotography.com
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.
Elizabeth Wright ELIZABETH WRIGHT learned to knit at a Main Line School Night class twenty years ago, and hasn't stopped knitting since. In addition to having taught at Main Line School Night since 2004, she also teaches knitting and crocheting to children at Agnes Irwin in the summer and gives private lessons. She is a member of the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen, a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and participates in local art shows. She knows that anyone can learn to knit, and thoroughly enjoys introducing new knitters to the hobby and helping experienced knitters learn new skills and expand their knitting knowledge.
Cindy Yovanov Currently working as Vice President, Service Manager for Bryn Mawr Trust in Wayne, PA, Cindy is a banking and finance professional with 10 years of relevant experience. She earned her bachelors degree in Economics and Finance at Southern NH University in Manchester, NH. She has previously participated in a similar and very successful program in NH called ‘CU for Reality’ sponsored by local credit unions. This program allows students to experience real-life financial challenges in a safe environment as well as test their current financial knowledge and level of understanding when it comes to maintaining a household and family budget.
Jan Zacharjasz Jan M. Zacharjasz, M.S., is a Certified Life Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, and Retirement Lifestyle Consultant. She is the founder of Coaching for Resilience, specializing in life transitions of people in their 40’s to 60’s, helping them feel balanced, empowered, and equipped to make important decisions as they face changes in career, health, or family and new roles. She is a director on the National Life Planning Network Board and membership chair of the Philadelphia chapter. Jan provides life coaching, energy leadership assessments, workshops, and discussion groups on resilient living and successful aging. She is a proud member of the Sandwich Generation, providing endless love and devotion to her mother, daughters, and husband. www.coachingresilience.com
Hari Zandler He's called a 'teacher of teachers' whose self-mastery yoga and teacher training programs are based on more than 40 years of practice and teaching. Meet Hari Zandler, a classical Hatha yoga instructor, who has explored the roots of Indian spirituality on several journeys to the sub-continent. As recently as 2016, he observed that India is "a place where the universal principles of ancient wisdom are being rediscovered and integrated into a science of enlightened living for the whole modern world." His teaching and practice of Hatha yoga reflect these observations. "Hatha yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial in helping to alleviate the stresses of modern life," he commented. Dating back to before the 15th century, this ancient yoga informs newer yoga styles and brings an authentic perspective to the practice by focusing on restorative poses, meditation and breathing. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, see how this ancient self-discovery approach creates health, harmony and renewal with a foundation of inner peace. Zandler was an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, taught yoga and meditation at St. Joseph's University for 20 years and has been an instructor at Main Line School Night since the early 1980s. At the Philadelphia Inquirer's headquarters, reporters and staff members participate in Zandler's ongoing yoga for stress management classes designed specifically for professionals with challenging jobs.
Michael Zavorski Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, native of Kiev, Ukraine, is a professional belly dancer who has been involved in Middle Eastern dance for many years and is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Temple University. Tatiana performs Egyptian cabaret and modern Egyptian dance and teaches archaeology classes for Main Line School Night. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina Asurah and appeared on the MIND TV program in the history of Belly Dance section. Tatiana travels (and has been living in some countries) around the world to achieve a deeper understanding of dance, its cultural significance and its sacred and primordial nature as well as visited many archaeologically significant areas.. She can be reached by kahinaasurah@yahoo.com, or you are welcome to visit her website www.kahinaasurah.com.
Drew Zimmerman Drew Zimmerman is a professional artist who has made and exhibited masks, marionettes, sculpture and bas-relief collages for over 30 years.