Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography Email
Staff, Mt. Cuba Staff, Mt. Cuba Center N/A
Docent, African American Museum of Phi "The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans." "Visit us and experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art." "They inspire, educate, promote dialogue, and bring together community." N/A
Jonathan Alderson Jonathan Alderson, Founder and Principal, Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects N/A
Frances Alloway I have been teaching cooking and nutrition classes for many years as a consultant and employee. As a consultant, I have worked with hospitals, child care sites, senior centers, and libraries including the Free Library of Philadelphia. I have presented programming on Radnor 21 and WGTV television stations that included seasonal food and health topics. As an employee of Penn State Extension and Early Head Start, I co-authored Dining with Diabetes, Totally Veggies, The Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You curricula and taught hundreds of classes for all age groups. I am a registered dietitian and nutritionist, a certified ServSafe instructor and have child abuse clearances. N/A
Amy Anna Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website, www.cutprintfilm.com, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at www.amyannaart.com. N/A
Tom Bang Tom Bang, Former Corporate Executive N/A
Mita Barot Mita works at a Main Line School District’s Nutrition Department. She frequently entertains large groups in her home in Chester County introducing her guests to the many healthy dishes of India and has been teaching cooking classes since 2009, most recently in St. Mary’s County, MD. Mita is passionate about healthy cooking, entertaining and loves to laugh and have fun while cooking. BarotM@tesd.net;
Chani Barton My name is Chani Barton. I am a wife and mother of 3 terrific children; two of which are grown and out of the house. My youngest son is in High School. I am currently enjoying my 20th year in education. During the day, I work as a Technology Integration Coach at a local school district. I am involved with instructional design for adult learners, planning and implementing blended learning classroom lessons, and modeling effective classroom practices. Throughout my career I have facilitated multiple learning experiences for audiences that range from grade level teams to statewide conferences. I am a Google Level 2 Certified Instructor, a SMART Certified Champion, and an Apple Teacher. N/A
Oliver Bass Oliver Bass, President Natural Lands. He has dedicated much of his career to conservation. He has worked for Natural Lands for 23 years. Prior to his promotion to the role of president in 2018, he led the organization’s communications efforts and grew its mission commitment to connecting people to nature, greatly expanding participation in public programs and volunteerism, elevating the organization’s public profile, and launching a new initiative to improve equitable access to green spaces in underserved communities of our region’s suburbs. Bass, who grew up in rural east Texas, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Early in his career, he held fundraising positions with West Virginia Public Radio and WXPN-FM public radio in Philadelphia. He spent five years working in the performing arts community in Philadelphia prior to coming to Natural Lands. “Growing up, I spent much of my youth outdoors,” said Bass. “The east Texas forests of yellow pine were my backyard and the large wooded lot next to our house was my playground. My friends and I had the freedom to explore the nearby creeks, climb trees, build forts, and get dirty. Nature became a place of play, discovery, and joy. Natural Lands has afforded me the opportunity to invest my career in providing places where others can have the same chance to enjoy and learn from nature.” Oliver is a member of the Land Trust Alliance’s National Land Trust Leadership Council, vice president of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association’s Board of Directors, and serves on the executive committee of the PA Growing Greener Coalition. N/A
Eric Bell Eric Bell is the author of two juvenile fiction books: Alan Cole Is Not a Coward and its sequel, Alan Cole Doesn't Dance, both published by HarperCollins. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward was nominated for the 2018 ALA Rainbow List of GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens. Eric has experience leading workshops and classes in the Philadelphia area. He is eager to bring his unique blend of writing experience, interactivity, and good humor to Main Line School Night. ericbellwriter@gmail.com
Tami Berry, MD Dr Tami Berry blends her foundation in Western Medicine with an ever-deepening knowledge of Eastern Medicine and Wisdom Traditions to enhance health and wellness. Dr Berry’s knowledge base, experience coupled with her commitment to teach, lead, and live from a place of open-heartedness, kindness, and curiosity make her a truly remarkable teacher. tamiberry.md@gmail.com
Owen Biddle OWEN BIDDLE has been taking pictures for thirty-five years and teaching photography for about thirty years. One thing he loves about teaching is watching his students' unique vision and creativity unfold as they master the how-to's of the camera. He loves challenging his students to see the camera as a tool for creating meaningful images. He also loves studying the masters of photography, and strives to inspire his students to use the lessons that can be learned from those who came before us, both in photography and in art, in general. Owen reports that the whole class has a lot of fun together, following and developing their passion for this wonderful media. owenbiddlephotography
Steven Blum Steven Blum, Esq, Steven G Blum and Associates LLC, Author, Negotiating your Investments, Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania Len Boris Len Boris, Director of Beverage for Fearless Restaurants attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu where he graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 2008. He has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15 and transitioned to a front of the house role after he graduated culinary school. He said his love for cooking started when he was in college, “I tried several different fields while in college, not really finding my niche. While I was at West Chester University, I started to watch Emeril at 3 am. That started my desire to want to cook for people; before that, it was Hot Pockets and Pop-Tarts.” Len incorporates his culinary background into his creative cocktails as well as incorporating the senses into cocktail making. “Taste and sight are obvious; but, I love a cocktail that has an additional aroma component that isn’t part of the actual drink,” Len said his favorite cocktail is the Smoking Sazerac at Autograph Brasserie. Before joining Fearless Restaurants, Len served Banquet Director and Assistant General Manager at Georges’ immediately after culinary school, he was then the bar manager for Susanna Foo. He also held positions as the Food and Beverage Manager at Valley Forge Casino. Len said his passion for creating cocktails comes from, “taking people one step out of their comfort zone, having somebody try an ingredient or combination that they have never had before.” N/A
Hannah Campbell Instructor Hannah Dougherty Campbell has been published over 100 times in Philadelphia and Maine newsprint as well as in 3 National Magazines. She presents Student Journalism Workshops to area middle school students, has taught Creative Writing Courses at the Haverford Adult School as well as Baking Classes at Lower Merion. Hannah is a substitute teacher in area Private and Parochial Schools. N/A
Brad Carney Brad Carney is a lead Teaching Artist with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Brad is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, with a degree in drawing, painting and sculpture. He loves collaborating with students and neighborhoods, and sees every project as an opportunity to create powerful human connections. Brad's pedagogy is an exploration of the light within, and of shared experiences through the creative process. N/A
Grace Cipressi Grace Cipressi, Assistive Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College N/A
Mary Coe Mary Coe, Friends of Radnor Trails N/A
Jack Covington Dr. Covington is an Oxford-educated cultural historian and classically trained stage actor. He is the Creative Director of “Characters-on-Call” – 1 st person living history biographies.  He presents dynamic first-person historical impersonations of famous literary and historical personages from the pages of history – in authentic period costume – history brought to life! He is a refreshingly innovative, enlightening, and engagingly dynamic educator, actor, and entertainer of the most creative kind – one who loves both his craft and his audience – who consistently delivers a show in true “that’s entertainment” style.  He deliberately steps outside the proverbial box, breaking down barriers and successfully injecting spontaneity, wit, and warmth into his lecture performances. He has performed for many historical and cultural organizations and also served as a tour guide for houses on the historical register. Performance topics he has presented are listed on his website, www.PerformancesParExcellence.com. Dr. Covington is also a world traveler, adventurer, and a former avid mountaineer.  His ability to incorporate his first-hand experiences into his lecture performances serves to both enlighten and enthrall his audiences. He delights in the opportunity to share his unique concept of combining lifelong learning with entertainment that will educate, stimulate, and inspire his audiences today and tomorrow! N/A
I Creative Voice Development Gro Staff, Creative Voice Development Group N/A
Laura Cruz Like many of us, Laura traces her love of the outdoors back to her childhood. “There was a small patch of woods and a stream on my parents’ property where my friends and I would play for hours. We found crayfish, which was very exciting, and would constantly be stuck in the mud. Even though it was right in my backyard it felt like the wilderness.” Prior to working for Natural Lands, Laura was a horticulture intern at Winterthur and a natural lands gardener at Longwood Gardens. Most recently, she was a research and development gardener and ecological sales representative at North Creek Nurseries. Laura received her B.S. in Psychology from Ursinus College. She earned a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Sheffield. N/A
Kenneth DeMarco Kenneth F DeMarco, MS, JD N/A
Donna Di Novelli Donna Di Novelli has a writing career that spans film, opera, music-theater and stage.Di Novelli attended the 2018 Sundance Film Festival as the co-writer of Madeline’s Madeline, directed by Josephine Decker, widely lauded as a ‘masterpiece’ and chosen as one of the top ten movies of the decade by The New Yorker magazine. The film screened at the Berlinale and BAM’s CinemaFest, is distributed by Oscilloscope, and available on Amazon Prime. She conceived and wrote the found text piece, The Good Swimmer, a Pop Requiem composed by Heidi Rodewald and directed by Kevin Newbury, which sold out in BAM’s 2018 Next Wave Festival, after a workshop at the Prototype Festival. She has written libretti for Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses, Kennedy Center, Barbican Centre; and for the San Francisco Opera commissioned, Heart of a Soldier, music by Grammy- nominated Christopher Theofanidis. With long-time collaborator, Randall Eng, she wrote the text for edgy, jazz-infused opera Florida, performed at UrbanArias in 2018 and with Eng is at work on a new opera, Before the Night Sky. As a lyricist, she has collaborated with Oscar-winner, Rachel Portman, composer of Little House on the Prairie, which sold out in its premiere at the Guthrie Theater and subsequently went on a National Tour. As a screenwriter, she penned the award-winning short film, Stag directed by Newbury and available on iTunes. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at New York University. She has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, UCross, N/A
Dianne Dillman Chef Dianne graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in their first class to admit women. She's been a chef at three and four star restaurants, a caterer, a food purchaser and a baker. Chef Dianne loves pie so much she's been known to spend the day foraging in the woods for black and red raspberries for them and even to steal apples from the neighbor's tree for them! butterbaker@yahoo.com
Rev. Peter Donohue The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has served as Villanova University’s 32nd president since June 1, 2006. Under his leadership, the University has charted a course of significant transformation that includes initiating and embarking on two ambitious, 10-year strategic plans, launching the University’s largest comprehensive fundraising campaign, initiating a vibrant physical campus renovation, and dramatically expanding student opportunities. Father Donohue earned a BA, with a concentration in theatre and communication arts, from Villanova University in 1975 and was ordained an Augustinian priest in 1979. He holds an MA in theatre from the Catholic University of America, a MDiv from the Washington Theological Union, and a PhD in theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing his doctorate, Father Donohue taught theatre at the University of Illinois, where he received honors for outstanding teaching. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Father Donohue is a tenured full professor at Villanova who served as chair of the University’s department of theatre from 1992 to 2006. He annually directed musical theatre productions on campus, earning six Barrymore Award nominations and one Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. N/A
Rob Eames Rob Eames, Founder, Path to Freedom Buddhist Meditation Center N/A
Randall Eng RANDALL ENG’s music lies at the intersection of opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His opera Florida (libretto by Donna Di Novelli) premiered in 2018 at UrbanArias in Washington, DC, after development at Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, and the Public Theater. His opera Henry’s Wife (libretto by Alexis Bernier) has been developed and presented by the Center for Contemporary Opera, American Opera Projects, the Virginia Arts Festival, and Manhattan School of Music. His latest opera with Donna Di Novelli is Before the Night Sky. A contemporary re-telling of the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux collided with the stories of their twin sisters Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra, Before the Night Sky was featured at Opera America’s New Opera Showcase at Town Hall in 2017, and is in development at American Opera Projects. Harbor, a song for soprano and orchestra created with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, premiered at Symphony Hall in Boston in 2019 by the Boston Pops conducted by KeithLockhart. His choral work Remain, a setting of an immigration rights pamphlet, premiered in 2018 by MasterVoices at Cooper Union in NYC. Miracles, a setting of a Walt Whitman poem, will premiere at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC by Mirror Visions Ensemble in April 2021. He has been awarded grants, prizes, and residencies from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, the Ucross Foundation, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival, Boston Metro Opera, American Opera Projects, the Eugene O’Neill Music Theatre Conference, Tapestry Opera, New Dramatists, the American Music Center, and the American Composers Forum. Randall is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where he is now an Associate Arts Professor and runs the Tisch Opera Lab. A Staten Island native and Jeopardy! champion, he can be found at www.randalleng.com. N/A
Nina Epstein Nina Epstein is known as the Digital Diva and has been an information technology instructor and consultant for over 25 years, helping individuals and small business owners use technology and solve their computing problems. Nina has been teaching technology courses in local communities for over 15 years. N/A
Charo Evangelista CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is www.inkalight.com. charo.freespirityoga@g
Chris Fehlhaber Chris Fehlhaber is an assistant horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden. His goal is to raise the public’s consciousness and appreciation of enriching, progressive horticulture. He believes we may all lead better lives by making the world a more beautiful place. Chris holds degrees in Landscape Architecture-Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin. N/A
Ariadna Fink Ariadna Fink, MA, Hispanic Literature, Villanova University N/A
Nancy Frankel-Halbert Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator nefh@mac.com
Gregory Frost Gregory Frost is a writer of best-selling fantasy, supernatural thrillers and science fiction. His latest novel-length work is the YA-crossover duology, Shadowbridge & Lord Tophet (Del Rey/Random House), voted “one of the four best fantasy novels of the year” by the American Library Association. His previous novel, the historical thriller, Fitcher’s Brides (Tor Books), was a finalist for both the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards for Best Novel. He is currently Director of the Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College. gfrost1@swarthmore.edu
Nancy Gabel NANCY GABEL taught high school French at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for thirty-five years where she also headed the Foreign Language Program for the district. After retiring from public education, she taught at The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School and The Episcopal Academy. She was a founder and President of the Board of the French International School in Bala Cynwyd, as well as Board Member and President of Main Line School Night. She is thrilled to be teaching adults at MLSN, where she has offered a variety of courses. N/A
Carla Gambescia Carla Gambescia is the author of the acclaimed bookLa Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z, a rousing tribute to Italy, Italians and a culture that has contributed so much to the world. A native of Philadelphia, Carla is also a marketing executive, former restaurateur and avid traveler; she co-created the Giro del Gelato bike tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Trip in Western Europe.
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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. rosaliegarrett@gmail.com
Gabrielle Geib Master of Acupuncture Studies (Won Institute of Graduate Studies), Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), Licensed Acupuncturist, Reiki Level II practitioner In my time as a healing practitioner I have had the honor of helping patients: diminish pain (musculoskeletal, nervous, inflammatory, migraine), improve circulation to extremities, regain sensation in extremities, release chronic tension, reduce stress, process overwhelming emotions, reduce anxiety, lift out of depression, regulate appetite, improve digestion and elimination, reduce excessive urination, regulate the menstrual cycle, improve breathing after bronchitis, experience more restful sleep, feel refreshed and energized, and regain the sense of moving forward in life and overcoming disease. N/A
Jane Golden Jane Golden, Founder and Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia. She has been the driving force of Mural Arts Philadelphia since its inception in 1984, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation’s largest public art program and a global model for transforming public space and community through art. Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created over 4,000 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Reimagining the intersection of art and public space to address societal challenges, she has developed groundbreaking programs that transform practice and policies related to youth education, restorative justice, environmental issues and behavioral health. Golden has overseen a series of increasingly complex, ambitious, and award-winning public art projects, and launched the knowledge-sharing Mural Arts Institute in 2017 to help guide best-practices across the globe. Sought after nationally and internationally as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award, the Philadelphia Award, the Hepburn Medal from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, the Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal and Philadelphia Magazine’s Trailblazer Award. In 2018, she received the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, and the Dare to Understand Award from the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation. N/A
David Grauel DAVID GRAUEL comes to MLSN by way of New York City where he was a Technical Support and Training Specialist in Microsoft Office products for such companies as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. David teaches classes on a variety of Microsoft products and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with others. dgrauel99@gmail.com
Wendy Greenfield Wendy Greenfield, Executive Director An experienced non-profit and marketing professional, Wendy Greenfield joined Main Line School Night as Executive Director in September, 2016 following an eighteen-year career as Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Bryn Mawr College. Prior to Bryn Mawr, Wendy was a marketing and communications executive in New York. An avid hiking enthusiast, Wendy enjoys hiking with her red Lab Rhett on local trails. N/A
Emily Greenwood Emily Greenwood is John M. Musser Professor of Classics at Yale University, where she also holds a courtesy appointment in African American Studies. She gained her Ph.D. in Classics from Cambridge University and taught at the University of St Andrews is Scotland before moving to Yale in 2009. She specializes in ancient Greek literature and responses to ancient Greece and Rome in different Black traditions. Her publications include Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (2010), and Thucydides and the Shaping of History (2006). She is currently writing a book entitled Black Classicisms and the Expansion of the Classical Tradition N/A
Gretchen Groebel Gretchen Groebel, Hike Leader; Executive Director, Radnor Conservancy N/A
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. BoneWiseInfo@gmail.com
Luke Hamilton N/A
Rick Hamilton Richard Hamilton is the Paul Shorey Professor of Greek, emeritus, at Bryn Mawr College, where he taught for forty years. He is the editor of Bryn Mawr Commentaries and the founder of Bryn Mawr Classical Review. N/A
David Hardy David P. Hardy is the Co-Founder and retired CEO of Boys' Latin of Philadelphia charter school. Boys' Latin, which opened in 2007 in West Philadelphia, is Pennsylvania's first and only single- gender charter school has a student body that is 98% African-American and 74% economically disadvantaged. Blending classical studies with contemporary pedagogy, the school offers rigorous coursework and an extensive selections extra-curricular activities including robotics, drama, entrepreneurship, mock trial, and 10 varsity sports. In its first four graduating classes, Boys' Latin has sent 85% of graduates to post-secondary education-80% of which attending four-colleges. Boys' Latin students matriculate into the finest colleges and universities in the nation including Pomona, Bowdoin, Carleton, Penn, U Va, and Penn State, as well as 13 of the14 members of the State University System. It added a middle school in 2013, increasing enrollment to 850 students to make it the largest 6-12 grades all-male school of any type in the region. The school has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC with Megyn Kelly. After retiring from Boys' Latin in 2017, David Hardy served as Executive Director of Excellent Schools PA, a school choice advocacy organization. He also is the principal of a consulting practice, Parkway Educational Consultants. He has recently returned to Boys’ Latin as interim CEO as the school undergoes a leadership change. Mr. Hardy served as the spokesman for philly schoolchoice.com , was a founding board member of the Philadelphia Schools Partnership, and is a former board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the North Carolina Outward Bound School. He currently serves on the boards of the Center for Education Reform, the Pennsylvania State Coalition of Public Charter Schools, and Ad Prima Charter School. David Hardy lives in center city Philadelphia with his wife and they have two adult sons. N/A
Muriel Harmon Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker murielharmonms@gmail.com
Anne Harris ANNE HARRIS holds a BA in German from Wake Forest University, an MA in German from Duke University and an MEd (with concentration in adult education) from Worcester State University. She has lived and worked in Germany and has more than thirty years of experience teaching German to adults. Currently she is an instructor at the DonauSchule. vwbug66@aol.com
I Harriton House Bruce Gill, Executive Director, The Harriton Association N/A
Ann Hazan Ann Hazan is a food consultant and instructor and the co-author of 'The Original Philadelphia Neighborhood Cookbook,' 'The Original Baltimore Neighborhood Cookbook,' and 'The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook.' She holds a degree in Food and Nutrition from Drexel University. Ann emphasizes healthy foods and cooking in all her work, as well as in her home. N/A
Andrew Herron Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year. N/A
Seth Holzman Seth Holzman, (BA Music, Syracuse University) has been playing harmonica since 1965, teaching harmonica since 1975, and has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, and many others. Seth was inspired to play by (and eventually studied with) the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry. He is a caring and thoughtful instructor who teaches the techniques and musical knowledge he wishes he had known when he began his own studies. Seth currently performs with Stevie and the Bluescasters in the greater Philadelphia area. zepharpo@aol.com
Amy Mermaid Isakov Amy Mermaid Isakov is a tech savvy and innovative dreamer passionate about connection, spirituality, music, ritual arts, and how the Divine can manifest in all its forms. Having left the traditional education path, she has studied in-depth with shamans, bodyworkers, evolutionary thought leaders, and green builders since 2001. She is a Pachakuti Mesa carrier, writer, teacher, singer, and mother – among other things. N/A
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) pumpkinsoprano@gmail.com
Laura Kanavy Laura Kanavy, Medical and Legal Interpreter N/A
Sona Kapadia With over 20 years of experience I am an organized professional with a proven track record of good values, mentoring, guidance and counseling skills. Extremely inclined towards administrative skills, education and organizing co-scholastic activities for students has been my passion and domain for past 20 years. Education and Certification • Bachelor Of Commerce from University of Poona, Maharashtra, India (1990) • Masters in Computer Management from University of Poona, Maharashtra, India (1992) • Bachelor of Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi (2007) Additional Information • A quick learner, a logical thinker with great organizing, planning and execution skills • Easy with using technology • Very interactive and good interpersonal skills. Love to shoulder additional responsibility. Hands on following software • MS Office Suite of Applications o MS Word o MS Excel o MS PowerPoint o MS Access • Google Suites • HTML 6 • Visual BASIC • SCRATCH • MSW LOGO • ROBOTICS – WEDO , BLOCKLY – DASH n DOT • Presently working as Coding and STEM facilitator. My work responsibility include Conducting various classes which mainly include Programming fundamentals, ROBOTICS Research on STEM projects. Conducting science and engineering experiments for demonstrations to students N/A
Eric Kaplan As Chief of Staff to the Dean of Penn GSE, Dr. Kaplan provides high-level strategic support on a variety of projects and activities that are critical to achieving Penn GSE’s priorities. He works with myriad constituencies within the school and with university-wide leadership to advance Penn GSE’s most important initiatives. As a Senior Fellow, he teaches courses in enrollment management in Penn GSE’s master’s and doctoral programs. Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Kaplan served as Director of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management where he directed all academic and administrative aspects of this cohort-based Ed.D. program for mid- to senior-level leaders in higher education, nonprofits, and industry. He also served as Penn’s Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations for International Initiatives (2010–2013), Associate Secretary of the University (2006, 2008–2010), and Interim Dean of Admissions (2007–2008), as well as in several leadership roles in the undergraduate admissions office including Associate Dean and Director of Admissions from 1994–2003. Dr. Kaplan led enrollment efforts as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Lehigh University from 2003–2006. Earlier in his career, he worked in the admissions offices at Brandeis University, Boston University and Westbrook College. Dr. Kaplan serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Connecticut College as well as the Board of Directors of Need in Deed, an organization that partners with teachers to promote service-learning opportunities for students in the School District of Philadelphia. He is involved with the Point Foundation as a scholarship reader and served as scholar mentor, and is a participant in the 2016–17 Leadership Philadelphia Core Program. N/A
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Tiffany Kennedy Tiffany joined the Mother Compost team in 2019 but has been a compost enthusiast for years. While studying nutrition at West Chester University, Tiffany volunteered on the campus garden where she was first introduced to composting. Realizing how important composting was to both the food and waste cycle she started multiple composting initiatives before graduating in 2019. Tiffany also runs the school garden for Great Valley School District where she successfully grows produce for the school cafeterias and local food bank, along with educating students in proper growing techniques and nutrition. Tiffany hopes to continue to use her passion for sustainable food and waste cycles to educate and improve her local community. N/A
Beth Kephart Beth Kephart, Author; Partner, Fusion Communications N/A
Tom Kershner Tom Kershner, Gwynedd Preserve Manager and Tree Management Coordinator N/A
Panayota Kevgas Mrs. Kevgas is the Principal of Radnor High School. Before taking the helm of the school in June 2019, she was the RHS Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs since 2015. Mrs. Kevgas has served Radnor High School since January 2002 as a mathematics and biology teacher. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Kevgas developed syllabi for Advanced Placement (AP) Biology and Honors Biology courses, developed and instituted the AP Biology curriculum, facilitated and led technology trainings for fellow teachers and was a member of the district's Strategic Planning Committee (2008-13) and its Schoology Advance Team (2013-14). Mrs. Kevgas also served as graduation coordinator for four years. Mrs. Kevgas earned a B.A. from Villanova University in 2000, a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University in 2002 and a K-12 Principal Certification from Immaculata in 2014. N/A
Sandi Kirschner Sandi Kirschner, MEd, Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Sandi is a wellness consultant, helping people meet their lifestyle goals. Sandy is a certified fitness instructor and holds a M.Ed in group dynamics. She teaches corporate wellness and fitness classes to promote overall well being. N/A
Marc Lapadula Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Professor Lapadula has taught at Columbia University's Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, and The New York Historical Society. N/A
Tuscarora Lapidary Society Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society hansensm@gmail.com
Sue Laskin Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher suelaskin@comcast.net
Orsolya Lazar Growing up in Hungary, Orsolya enjoyed fresh fruit and vegetables from our family garden. Traveling and hiking through Europe introduced me to varied landscapes and gardening styles. After becoming an Ecologist in Hungary, she earned Master Degree in Molecular Biology in the US. As a landscape designer, she drew on her science education and take inspiration from natural landscapes, has designed and maintained gardens for 15 years in 3 different countries, while keeping nature and wildlife in mind and discourages planting invasives and promote the use of native plants and sustainable landscape practices. www.learndothrive.com N/A
R. Barry Levis R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012 levis@rollins.edu
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! wan.lew@earthlink.net
Daniel Malley Dan Malley, Paxon Hollow Country Club paxonpro@comcast.net
Kevin Manning Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year. N/A
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 and an instructor for the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, Scott has received the top award in more than two dozen international haiku competitions. N/A
John Mazzeo John W. Mazzeo is currently an attorney practicing in Philadelphia focusing on immigration and national security litigation. He is a 2016 graduate of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law where he won the CALI Best Performing Student Award in International Law (2014). John is a 2013 graduate of Ursinus College, majoring in Politics and earning an honors designation for his thesis titled: "Immigration in the Thought of America's Founding Fathers and Its Implications Today." N/A
Paul & Ellen McCabe Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders N/A
Jack McCarthy Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations and directed numerous archives and public history projects. Jack is particularly noted for his work in Philadelphia music history. He has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on Philadelphia music. He serves as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Music Center. For the Orchestra, he has managed the historical components of several major festivals: the 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski Centennial, 2017 Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival, and 2018 Leopold Stokowski/Albert Barnes Festival. Jack served as director of the 2018-2019 project, Documenting and Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy, funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and he co-produced, gave several presentations, and curated the accompanying exhibit for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s 2016 multi-part series Memories and Melodies: A Journey Through Philadelphia’s Musical Legacy. He served as consulting archivist for several Philadelphia music documentaries: the 2014 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio; the 2018 film biography Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me; and the (in-production) film Beethoven in Beijing, which focuses on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s history in China. He also periodically gives two walking tours: Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy and Lost Sites and Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music. Jack writes on Philadelphia music for the popular online daily magazine Hidden City Philadelphia and the scholarly, peer-reviewed online resource, Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden. For the latter he has written articles on Philadelphia jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, doo wop, soul music, gospel, DJs, and opera and opera houses, as well as a series of articles on iconic Philadelphia popular songs. He was recruited by the Oxford African American Studies Center to write the article Philadelphia Soul Music, which was published on the Center’s website in 2018. He wrote two articles on Philadelphia gospel music for radio station WXPN’s 2019 documentary project, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul. Jacksnotes88@verizon.net
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. keith.mcmenamin1@gmail.com
Jason Meyers Jason Meyers, USA Certified Cycling Coach N/A
Vicki Miller Vicki Miller is the founder of Vinocity. Although Vicki has been a practicing attorney in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, she also has been a long-time student in formal wine study. Over the years Vicki has been asked to speak on wine and has developed numerous wine events for a variety of institutions, non-profits and various businesses. Vicki developed the Art and Wine event program for a corporate sponsor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wine and Literature event for the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Vinocity was born because Vicki realized that wine courses are highly information-filled, but are not socially engaging. Traditional wine tastings, while offering more social interaction, don't provide the kind of useful information to make an informed wine selection. A Vinocity event combines the best of both worlds, as Vicki weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting short stories and anecdotes about wine history and culture. vicki@vinocityevents.com
Bill Murphy Bill Murphy is a Board Member of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies and an Assistant News Editor for Anomalist.com, where he reviews articles on UFOs and archaeology. Prior to these positions, he was a Field Investigator, Section, and State Director and Newsletter Editor for Michigan for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). A former college instructor in history and archaeology and corporate Quality facilitator, trainer, and data analyst, Bill has presented about UFOs to audiences of all ages. He’s edited corporate departmental and professional association newsletters and been published in the International UFO Reporter, Journal of Scientific Exploration, and several MUFON state newsletters. N/A
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ChaCha N'Kole ChaCha N’Kole is a Philadelphia based fashion designer and instructor with over 17 years of sewing experience and 13 years of pattern making and draping experience. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in fashion design prior to launching her international clothing line, Ace Blakley by ChaCha N’Kole, specializing in contemporary plus size womens apparel. You can find more information about ChaCha at www.chachankole.com or her clothing line at www.aceblakley.com . She is also on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. N/A
Andrew Newberg Dr. Andrew Newberg is the director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and a physician at Jefferson University Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. Dr. Newberg, the author of Neurotheology: How Science Can Enlighten Us about Spirituality, is a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between brain function and various mental states. He is a pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field known as “neurotheology.” His research includes taking brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, in an attempt to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and attitudes. N/A
Char Nolan Char Nolan has been plant-based for ten years. She is a certified plant-based chef with a certificate in plant-based nutrition from é-Cornell. She teaches nutrition and plant-based cooking throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a contributor to "Veg World Magazine," and many of her recipes also appear at PAeat.com, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more. N/A
Mitchell Orenstein Mitchell A. Orenstein is Professor and Chair of Russian and East European Studies at University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow in the Eurasia Program at Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a scholar of the political economy and foreign policy of post-communist Europe and the author or co-author of six books, most recently The Lands in Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War and From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Postcommunist Countries. His forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions, provides an overview of the successes and painful consequences of economic reform after communism, and the long path many countries have traveled to achieve a good life under capitalism. N/A
Michelle Partlow Michelle is a professional educator and teaches Mah Jongg locally and around the country and is a tournament player, lauded as an outstanding teacher who is enthusiastic and patient. N/A
Sharon Pastore Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. She is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She has tracked her dreams for over 7 years, recorded over 500 dreams, and interpreted over 250 dreams. She works with entrepreneurs, creatives, teens and young adults, to follow their dreams and live lucid. This includes: career, business, and major life decisions, personal and business branding, high levels of creativity, relationships, or heal from loss. She founded Dream Girl Power and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams that Change Our Lives, and Lucid Dream Magazine. In addition to dreamwork, Sharon spent 17 years in nonprofits and education, and the past 8 years as co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center, a mediation and legal services firm that helps couples separate and divorce in a holistic, peaceful and structured way. She is also a business and marketing consultant and freelancer. She holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with Sharon at dreamgirlpower.com sharongpastore@gmail.com
Donald Pell Donald Pell, Landscape Designer and Founder, Donald Pell Gardens N/A
Kathy Peoples Kathy Peoples, Professional Photographer, runs and owns Katydid Photography Studio in Bucks County, Pa. She is known for her skills to teach others and her patience. Kathy teaches up and coming photographers and those who just want to improve on their own personal photo journey. She has won many photographic awards and enjoys helping people understand the ins and outs of lighting, camera technique and features and much more. 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! katydidphotography@com
Robert Peters Robert Peters, Wine Specialist, Best of 'Philadelphia Magazine' has over 25 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Wine Specialist at the Ardmore Fine Wine & Good Spirits store which is the number one store in the southeast Pennsylvania area. Rob has been working with MLSN for over 15 years. N/A
Marisa Porges Dr. Marisa Porges is known for her work on gender and education, leadership, and national security and is the author of What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women (Viking Press, 2020). She is currently the eighth Head of School of The Baldwin School, a 130-year-old all-girls school outside of Philadelphia, that is renowned for academic excellence and preparing girls to be leaders and changemakers. She is an alumna of Baldwin and personally understands the power of its approach to educating girls: it provided the foundation for her own military service and work on national security and foreign affairs. Prior to joining Baldwin, Dr. Porges was a leading counterterrorism and national security expert. Most recently, she served in the Obama White House as a senior policy advisor and White House Fellow at the National Economic Council, where she oversaw the development of domestic cybersecurity and consumer protection policies. She also has served as a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and at the Council on Foreign Relations, where her research focused on counterterrorism. In these roles, she traveled alone throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan to conduct research, interview former members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, meet with Syrian rebel fighters in hiding, and serve as an embedded civilian advisor at NATO military headquarters in Afghanistan. She also worked as a counterterrorism policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Treasury and as a foreign affairs advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense. In all these roles, she stood out as one of a few – if not the only – women present, at any given time. Dr. Porges started her career on active duty in the U.S. Navy, flying jets off carriers as a naval flight officer on EA-6B Prowlers. Ten years after the Navy first allowed women to fly jets into combat, she pursued her dream of being launched off an aircraft carrier while serving her country. She earned a B.A. in geophysics from Harvard, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in war studies from King’s College London. Her awards include the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 21st Century Leader Award and the NATO Medal for service in Afghanistan. Dr. Porges lives outside of Philadelphia, with her family. N/A
Julie Potter Julie Potter, Artist cmjulie15@yahoo.com
Joel Price Joel F W Price is the Technology Outreach Team Lead at Swarthmore College. In addition, he has consulted for schools, musicians, and small businesses, including social media strategy and implementation, individual and small-group training and photography. He has spoken nationally at conferences on the topic of responsible and creative emerging media implementation. jfwp@jfwp.com
Rosae Reeder Rosae M. Reeder is a Book Artist / Printmaker and teacher of many things Book Arts and Printmaking. Living, teaching and constantly making in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as Letterpress, Lithography, Monotype along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection. A moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally. N/A
Christine Reyes Christine Reyes, Certified Zentangle™ Teacher (CZT) who has been doing Zentangle™ since 2012 when she had an operation to remove a brain tumor. Zentangle™ helped in the recovering process. Her goal is to help others find relief from the negative parts of their lives by using the meditative art form of Zentangle™. N/A
Michael Riedel Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. New York magazine has called his column a “must-read” for the theater world. Michael began his radio career as regular on the Imus in the Morning show in 2011. In 2017 WOR, New York’s oldest and highest-rated station, asked him to cohost its morning show with well-known sportscaster Len Berman. The Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning show is the highest-rated morning radio program in the New York City area. Michael’s book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015 and is widely considered to be the successor to William Goldman’s celebrated 1967 book about Broadway, The Season. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael lives in the West Village. --Simon and Schuster N/A
Marie Roberts MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is www.marierobertsheartandsoul.com and she can be reached at heart239@hotmail.com. heart239@hotmail.com
Nicole Rodriguez Nicole Rodriguez is a certified Postural Alignment Specialist. She worked as an Exercise Therapist at Egoscue of Philadelphia before opening Pain Free Philly. She was disabled in a car accident and a chronic pain sufferer for years until she was healed by posture therapy. She has a background in dance, movement and teaching. Nicole sees clients via Zoom or at Montgomery Integrative Health Group in Wyndmoor. Learn more at painfreeinphilly.com. N/A
Marc Ross Marc Howard Ross is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. He is particularly interested in conflict and its management and has conducted research over the years in Kenya, France, Spain, Canada, Turkey, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United States. N/A
Andrea Samz-Pustol Andrea Samz-Pustol, Digital Scholarship Fellow N/A
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. ronasatten@mac.com
Steven Schiffman Steven Schiffman, CEO, D. Atlas Estates sjscoh
Jane Schultz Jane Schultz is a visual artist, whose work ranges from an expressionist exploration of emotions to an impressionist exploration of movement, all documented in IOS based photographic images. Her work has been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. She has been recognized in numerous art competitions including the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, MIRA Mobile Prize, Mobile Photography Awards, Florence International Photography Awards, and Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit. In addition to creating, Jane administers Edit from the Soul and @ig_artistry, Facebook and Instagram sites which promote originality, creativity, and emotive art, curates for the New Era Museum, judges photographic competitions, and teaches mobile photography and artistry. N/A
Chef Mike Selser Executive Chef White Dog Cafe Haverford/Glen Mills Michael Selser, Executive Chef for White Dog Cafe, Haverford, will take the role of Executive Chef of White Dog Glen Mills when it opens in early 2020. He has been in the culinary industry for 23 years, serving early on in his career as a cook at Green Valley Country Club and at Passerelle and then as a chef at Du Jour which later changed to White Dog Café, Haverford. He attended the prestigious Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and said his cooking style is a take on classic dishes and that he prefers to create delicious, simple food using local ingredients. He uses a classic combination of flavors when he cooks and said his favorite dish to prepare is French Toast, “it seems simple but actually requires proper techniques to create the perfect dish.” The kitchen has always provided the focus for him he said, “I enjoy the high-energy, the passion and the teamwork of the kitchen.” When offering advice to aspiring chefs he said, “taste everything, as a chef we pull from those flavor “memories” when cooking also read every cookbook you can,” he added. The White Dog Cafes are true farm to table and the majority of the ingredients used at the restaurants are purchased from local farms, located no more than 50 miles from the restaurants. They offer seasonal menus and incorporate organic items when possible. A fan of using sustainable and local products, he added, “Price will always be a factor in where the public eats, but I would like to see a balance between the use of local ingredients, more eco-conscious food and price point so that everyone can have the access to more sustainable way of eating.” N/A
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness Julie has been leading group exercise classes for nearly 30 years and has been teaching classes at Main Line School Night since 1995. Fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Julie strives to make every class fun, informative and motivating, and to help her students achieve their health and fitness goals. julie@sevillefitness.com
Cathy & Bill Siegl Bill & Cathy Siegl, Hike Leaders N/A
Ginny Simon Ginny Simon has had her own writing business, Project Marketing, for more than 25 years. She has published hundreds of articles under her own name as well as on behalf of many and varied clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is the author of "Getting Started in Freelance Writing," published by CornerOffice Books. N/A
Susannah Sinclair Susannah M. Sinclair is the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) & Digital Communications Manager at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR). Among her duties, she manages the CRM software system used by the Field Education Office, which houses a database of more than 800+ agencies and users, and creates and manages social media and digital communications like e-newsletters and website updates for the GSSWSR. Susannah is the lead team member of the Technology Working Group at the GSSWSR, and manages technology support for students through the Student Services department. Susannah received her master's degree in Management Information Systems through the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is certified in IT Project Management, Business Process Management, and Business Analytics. Susannah is committed to improving digital competency and online visibility in the field of higher education and making technology more accessible to students. She passionately believes that technology should be a tool that improves student outcomes and experiences, rather than a learning obstacle, and should enrich learning and retention in higher education and anywhere else learning takes place. Technology can help encourage more equitable use and access for everyone, creating connectivity between learners of all ages, backgrounds, and expertise. N/A
Ken Sklar Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues N/A
Tom Smarr Tom Smarr, Executive Director, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens N/A
Mariann Smith Mariann Smith, MA. Prior to moving back to this area, she worked for 26 years in the Education Department--for the last 12 years as curator--in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, which focuses primarily on modern and contemporary art. Her major responsibilities included docent training; writing, recording, and editing audio tours and video programs; researching and preparing label copy and brochures for exhibitions; presenting lectures on a wide variety of topics; and curating a number of exhibitions. She is the author of Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Highlights of the Collection (2011) and a major contributor to The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2011). Since moving back to Chester County, she had a one-year appointment as Curatorial Assistant, Art & Artifacts Dept., Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College, working with the Art and Artifacts staff on collection-based projects, exhibitions, and the museum studies program. She also worked as consultant at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, revising audio tour scripts and preparing exhibition labels. Mariann received her AB in French Studies from Bryn Mawr in 1981 and a Masters in Art History (1986) and Certificate of Museum Practice (1987) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also currently a consultant for the Center for Humanities in Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biological Sciences. jpmws44@yahoo.com
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. N/A
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Russ Stavig Russ Stavig was born and raised in South Dakota, attended the University of South Dakota graduating with a degree in business. He spent his entire career with Armstrong World Industries, Inc., in sales and customer service management positions. Upon retiring in 2015, he became involved as a volunteer with the Wolf Sanctuary of PA and now gives guided public and private educational tours along with other sanctuary duties, including feeding and watering the wolves and wolf-dogs. From time to time he also gives off site sanctuary presentations. Russ has long had a fascination with wolves since his youth and devoured Jack London, Jack O'Brien and Zane Grey novels. The Wolf Sanctuary provides him with the perfect opportunity to continue his passion for wolf education and preservation. He has been married for 42 years and has two grown children. N/A
Karen Strauss Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach karen@confidentcomputing
Mary Swan Braverman Mary Swan has over 20 years of experience working with both equities and options as part of an overall investment strategy. She received her MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and holds a Series 7 certification. N/A
Marcia Tate Marcia Tate is a garden designer & coach, writer, photographer, speaker and teacher specializing in native plants. She helps her clients grow beautiful gardens where people, plants and wildlife thrive together in a healthy setting. She is a member of GardenComm: Garden Communicators International, an organization of green industry professionals and is a founding member of their Sustainability Committee. Marcia is vice-president of the board of directors and active member of Friends of Glen Providence Park, where she regularly leads restoration plantings, stream clean ups and educational community events. In addition to her horticultural work with private and commercial clients, Marcia is a popular speaker and workshop leader for garden clubs, industry conferences, environmental organizations, and public gardens including Mt. Cuba Center, Longwood Gardens, Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Morris Arboretum and Audubon PA. N/A
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 gailstatum@gmail.com
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Ellen Trachtenberg Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant. braintreebooks@gmail.com
La Shonda Tyree La Shonda Tyree wants to live in a world where glass ceilings are smashed, dreams do come true, and everyone is using handcrafted natural soap. A Paterson, New Jersey resident, La Shonda has been a certified soap maker for over eighteen years. In 2003, what started as a soap-making hobby bloomed into a natural handmade bath and body brand called Nyah Beauty, a sole proprietorship, offering natural soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in small batches with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce. Her products have been sold in several Christmas Tree Store locations, the Jersey Bound store in the Newark Airport, and the Just Jersey store in Morristown, NJ. In her eighteen years of business, La Shonda has served the handcrafted natural soap and cosmetics industry as a board member of The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. Initially located in Paterson, NJ, for the past four years, Nyah Beauty has called Kearny Point in Kearny, NJ home. The new space offered up a range of different opportunities for business expansion. Hosting several classes a month, La Shonda teaches others how to make natural soaps and skincare with her in-person hands-on classes. As a social, creative experience, she hosts Sip and Soap events where participants can visit her studio for a more relaxed evening, a girls' night out with friends, date night or family fun. La Shonda also offers corporations DIY activities for their employee wellness activities. Clients include Macy's Flower Show, Kean University, and Barclays. Over the past two years, her business has expanded into private label manufacturing servicing bath bombs for a major hotel chain as well as soaps for local indie brands in The Bronx and Brooklyn in New York, Philadelphia, and NJ. In addition to operating her own business, La Shonda, who is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy, also nurtures budding entrepreneurs as an instructor and for Rising Tide Capital. N/A
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Richard Unti Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur richardunti@verizon.net
Nancy White Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Nancy's company website is digitalconsultingassociates.com and she can be reached at 610-357-1525. nancy@digitalco
Phil Witmer Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience. He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society, past-president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country, and is on the board of Audubon PA. He is also active locally in Bird Town initiatives, volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls, monitors American kestrel boxes and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding. While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them. He leads walks at Mill Grove Center and lectures on a variety of related topics. He has spent many hours enjoying the birds at his backyard feeders. N/A
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. N/A
Kathy Wolper www.kitchenwizards.info - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs. kathy@kitchenwizards.info
Anthony Wood Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at www.Anthonywoodphotography.com tonywood1@mac.com
Hari Zandler He's called a 'teacher of teachers' whose self-mastery yoga and teacher training programs are based on more than 40 years of practice and teaching. Meet Hari Zandler, a classical Hatha yoga instructor, who has explored the roots of Indian spirituality on several journeys to the sub-continent. As recently as 2016, he observed that India is "a place where the universal principles of ancient wisdom are being rediscovered and integrated into a science of enlightened living for the whole modern world." His teaching and practice of Hatha yoga reflect these observations. "Hatha yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial in helping to alleviate the stresses of modern life," he commented. Dating back to before the 15th century, this ancient yoga informs newer yoga styles and brings an authentic perspective to the practice by focusing on restorative poses, meditation and breathing. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, see how this ancient self-discovery approach creates health, harmony and renewal with a foundation of inner peace. Zandler was an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, taught yoga and meditation at St. Joseph's University for 20 years and has been an instructor at Main Line School Night since the early 1980s. At the Philadelphia Inquirer's headquarters, reporters and staff members participate in Zandler's ongoing yoga for stress management classes designed specifically for professionals with challenging jobs. N/A
Michael Zavorski Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert mzavorski@verizon.net
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, a native of Ukraine, is a professor of Anthropology, an archaeologist-Mayanist, a world traveler, a professional dancer, a historical fashionista, and an artisan. Digging through history has been her life’s passion which has ultimately led to her attaining doctorate in Anthropology, with emphasis in ancient Maya. Tatiana is well-traveled, has over 10 years of archeological fieldwork – domestic and abroad, and accompanying years teaching cultural anthropology collegiately. Among her other passions is dance. Tatiana has been involved in performing and teaching Middle Eastern dance for over 17 years. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina; and, appeared on MIND TV in the history of Belly Dance. Additionally, Tatiana also performs historical dance in the outfits of the time (Colonial, Victorian, Regency and Edwardian) which she has sewn herself. Tatiana enjoys creating during her free time. This can be seen through her resin art with dry flowers, necklaces with different stones and objects, and fluid painting. Tatiana has been teaching at MLSN for the past 10 years and has even been featured at local station MLTV21. tua80818@temple.edu