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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.
Richard Berman
Richard Berman, Owner, Pour Richard's Coffee Company
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew
Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Colin Clarke
Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D., is the Director of Policy and Research at The Soufan Group. Clarke’s research focuses on domestic and transnational terrorism, international security, and geopolitics. Prior to joining The Soufan Group, Clarke was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he spent a decade researching terrorism, insurgency, and criminal networks. At RAND, Clarke led studies on ISIS financing, the future of terrorism and transnational crime, and lessons learned from all insurgencies since the end of the World War II. Clarke is also an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague, a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET), and a member of the “Network of Experts” at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Clarke serves as part of the research advisory council at the RESOLVE Network and is a member of the advisory board at the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR). He serves on the editorial board of three of the leading scholarly journals in the field of terrorism studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Perspectives on Terrorism. Clarke has testified before Congress on numerous occasions as an expert witness on a range of terrorism-related issues, appears frequently in the media to discuss national security-related matters, and has published several books on terrorism, including his most recent, After the Caliphate: The Islamic State and the Future Terrorist Diaspora. Clarke has briefed his research at a range of national and international security forums, including the U.S. Army War College, US Air Force Special Operations School, Society for Terrorism Research International Conference, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the Counter ISIS Financing Group (CIFG), which is part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. In 2011, he spent several months as an analyst with Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-Shafafiyat at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, working for General H.R. McMaster, the former U.S. National Security Advisor, where he was responsible for analyzing criminal patronage networks in Afghanistan and how these networks fueled the insurgency. Clarke has a Ph.D. in international security policy from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
Mary Coe
Mary Coe, Hike Leader, Willows Park Preserve
Cathleen Cohen
Cathleen Cohen is Montgomery County’s 2019 Poet Laureate. A painter, poet and teacher, she founded ArtWell’s “We the Poets” program in Philadelphia ( She has taught students of all ages from a variety of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in the USA and in Israel. Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, 6ix, Philadelphia Stories and other publications. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” won a Moonstone Arts Press prize. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy. Her paintings are on view at Cerulean Arts gallery in Philadelphia (
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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, 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!
Charo Evangelista
CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is
Susan Fogarty
Susan Fogarty has been a pioneer throughout her life. Starting her career 45 years ago in engineering and was the first woman to qualify as a Foundry Technician at Bolton Institute in the north of England. As a business woman she adapted to changing economic circumstances in the engineering industry until she moved from England to Wales. In north Wales she started a new life and successful business in tourism. Having lived in north Wales for 25 years, she learned the language and embraced the culture. In recent years she discovered a hidden talent for reading poetry, subsequently becoming one of the founders and director of the RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society. She directs the annual poetry & art festival in Aberdaron north Wales and co-leads RS Thomas poetry retreats in the UK and America with her partner John McEllhenney who lives in Cornwall PA. Susan is a Licenced Lay Minister in the Anglican Church in Wales, which recognises her Pioneer Ministry through Poetry.
Cynthia Foxworth
Cynthia Foxworth is a certified Spanish and French Teacher. She has a BA from Temple, an MA from Rutgers and has been teaching world languages for over 25 years. She recently collaborated with other professional course developers to update the French curriculum for Lincoln Learning Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing products/strategies to empower learning communities. She is currently teaching online Spanish classes for Achieve Test Prep, a school that prepares students to sit for an exam to earn college credits. Cynthia enjoys reading, dancing and singing in her church’s choir. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now resides in South Jersey.
Nancy Frankel-Halbert
Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
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.
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.
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.
Robert Groebel
Robert Groebel, Accomplished Home Cook and Software Executive
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Staff Institute of Golf
Staff, Institute of Golf
Laura Kanavy
Laura Kanavy, Medical and Legal Interpreter
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.
Sarah Langan
Sarah Langan's an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent novel, Good Neighbors (S&S 2021), was a B&N Book of the Month selection, an Amazon readers' choice, an Apple must-listen, and got raves from EW, People, Newsweek, AARP, the ALA, The Guardian, The Observer, the NYT and according to Gabino Iglesias at NPR, is "One of the creepiest, most unnerving deconstructions of American suburbia I've ever read." Her novella "You Have the Prettiest Mask," is out now from LCRW via Small Beer Press, and her short story "Night Nurse" is also now out in Best Horror of the Year, Volume 12. She's won three Bram Stoker Awards, and her previous novels are The Keeper, The Missing, and Audrey's Door. She has an MFA from Columbia University, an MS in Environmental Toxicology from NYU, is a founding board member of the Shirley Jackson Award, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the writer/director JT Petty, their two daughters, and a maniac rabbit.
Marc Lapadula
Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in Film And Media Studies at Yale University where he runs and teaches the screenwriting program. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School. He also created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards. He has been invited to lecture on a wide range of classic and contemporary films across America as well as in cities in Canada, England and Mexico. His acclaimed presentations have been at many notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Guthrie Theater, The Commonwealth Club, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, The New York Historical Society and The Festival of Ideas in Mexico City to name only a few. He produced ANGEL PASSING, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright. The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and won, among many other awards, the grand prize at Worldfest Houston. Other movies he produced include MENTOR, starring Rutger Hauer, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival.
Sue Laskin
Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Halimah Marcus
Halimah Marcus is the Executive Director of Electric Literature, an innovative digital publisher based in Brooklyn, and the Editor-in-Chief of its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. She is also the editor of Horse Girls, an anthology that reclaims and recasts the horse girl stereotype, published withHarper Perennial on August 3, 2021. Her short stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, One Story, BOMB, The Literary Review, and The Southampton Review. Halimah grew up in Narberth, attended Friends' Central School and rode in Radnor and Malvern. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College and lives in the Catskill region of New York.
Mary Ann Meyers
Mary Ann Meyers, PhD, Senior Fellow, John Templeton Foundation, Former Lecturer, American Religious History, University of Pennsylvania The Senior Fellow and a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, Mary Ann Meyers served for more than a decade as Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania where she also taught the history of religion in America. She had previously taught at Haverford College and subsequently served as President of The Annenberg Foundation. A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Meyers earned a Ph.D. in American civilization at Penn. She is the author of Art, Education, and African American Culture: Albert Barnes and the Science of Philanthropy and A New World Jerusalem: The Swedenborgian Experience in Community Culture. With Gerald O'Collins, she edited Light from Light: Scientists and Theologians in Dialogue.
Dianne Moore
Dianne Moore, MSW, MS, CHC, CNE, FNLPfounder & owner of MooreBetterFood is a Functional Nutrition and LifestylePractitioner focusing on Nutrition and Wellness. Certified through theFunctional Nutrition Alliance, Institute of Integrative Nutrition and theAcademy of Culinary Nutrition, she also holds a Masters in Social work fromTemple University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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
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.
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.
Marie Roberts
MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is and she can be reached at
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
Richard Rossello
Avery Galleries is a relative newcomer to the gallery world having been founded in 2001. The principal, Richard Rossello spent the first part of his career in an entirely different entrepreneurial business pursuit. What motivated him to form Avery Galleries was an enduring passion for American fine art. Rossello was a lifelong collector and avidly pursued collecting opportunities as an avocation. Lightning struck on his forty-eighth birthday when he suffered a mild heart attack. While recovering from the resultant bypass surgery, he decided that life was too short to do anything by half measure. He retired from his restaurant operating company and opened Avery Galleries. The gallery was founded on two guiding principles and they have become bedrock beliefs of the company. First, was to manage the quality of the art sold by purchasing it outright rather than taking art on consignment. This “put your money where your mouth is” orientation has allowed Avery to focus on works deemed to be most desirable, not on serving the needs of consignors who may or may not be selling works that meet the highest standards. Second, Rossello only buys paintings that he would want to own personally. These tenets have helped Avery Galleries to establish a reputation for consistent quality in the works of art offered. Furthermore, although at Avery Galleries, we have primarily focused on offering extraordinary works of art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in recent years, we have come to appreciate the strong bond between historic and contemporary art. It has become a new mission for the gallery to illuminate the relationships that exist between generations of artists, and we hope to break down the imaginary barriers that so many collectors and curators have erected. To that end, Avery has selectively begun showing the work of contemporary artists who, we believe, are making important contributions to the unfolding history of American art. Restoration and Framing When we buy paintings we believe we assume a curatorial responsibility. Each work of art we acquire is restored in a responsible manner. Specifically, we ensure that the surface is stable and old varnish and dirt are removed. We believe it is important that a restorer use the least intrusive methods and that any restoration is fully reversible. When clients acquire a painting from us, they are fully apprised of the work that has been performed. The way a painting is framed can be an important factor in the way artwork is perceived. Paintings from different periods require different styles of frames and different painting palettes require different frame colors or tones. In most cases, we think that paintings should be framed the way the artist would have wanted to see his or her painting framed at the time it was executed. Many artists were extremely particular in making these choices, some going so far as designing specific frames for their work. In each case, we purchase antique, “period” frames that were created at a time that would be appropriate for that painting. Once we have decided on the right period and style for the frame, we assess the color tones that will best complement the artwork. Finding just the right frame can take days or weeks and is becoming more and more expensive as authentic period frames become ever scarcer. Nevertheless, the resulting “marriages” of painting to frame are essential to fully revealing the qualities of each work of art.
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:
Ginny Simon
Ginny Simon has had her own writing business, Project Marketing, for more than 25 years. She has published hundreds of articles under her own name as well as on behalf of many and varied clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is the author of "Getting Started in Freelance Writing," published by CornerOffice Books.
Certified Staff Professionals, The Skatium
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.
MLSN Staff
Staff, MLSN
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.
Sarah Megan Thomas
Sarah Megan Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker. Wikipedia: For her latest film, A Call to Spy, Sarah wrote the original screenplay, produced, and played legendary American spy Virginia Hall. The feature released to critical acclaim in 2020 (IFC Films domestically; Amazon Original in India; Netflix and Signature in Europe), and provided fuel to the specialty box office” in a pandemic landscape (Deadline). A Call to Spy won the Anti-Defamation League "Stand Up" Award, and several Audience Choice Awards. The BBC praised the film as the “Hidden Figures of the spy world.” The CIA said A Call To Spy is “the best depiction we’ve seen from Hollywood on what it is like to be a spy.” Previously, Sarah created the concept, co-wrote the story, produced, and starred in the groundbreaking "Equity,” the first female driven Wall Street thriller. The Film premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to Sony Pictures Classics for a profit. A.O Scott at The New York Times made "Equity" a Critic's Pick when it was released theatrically nationwide. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed Sarah's performance as "subtle, but gutsy." Sarah was honored with a Women's Image Network Award for "Equity.” Sarah also wrote, produced and starred in the romance-drama "Backwards" opposite James Van Der Beek, and has appeared in various television shows and Off-Broadway productions. On stage, she starred as Eva Braun in “Summit Conference,” extended due to popular demand and cited as “one of the most provocative dramas to be found on or off Broadway” (Curtain Up). In 2017, Fortune selected Sarah for their “Most Powerful Women, Next Generation” list. Sarah graduated with honors from Williams College, and received a graduate degree in acting at Drama Studio London.
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato
Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Ellen Trachtenberg
Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant.
La Shonda Tyree
La Shonda Tyree wants to live in a world where glass ceilings are smashed, dreams do come true, and everyone is using handcrafted natural soap. A Paterson, New Jersey resident, La Shonda has been a certified soap maker for over eighteen years. In 2003, what started as a soap-making hobby bloomed into a natural handmade bath and body brand called Nyah Beauty, a sole proprietorship, offering natural soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in small batches with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce. Her products have been sold in several Christmas Tree Store locations, the Jersey Bound store in the Newark Airport, and the Just Jersey store in Morristown, NJ. In her eighteen years of business, La Shonda has served the handcrafted natural soap and cosmetics industry as a board member of The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. Initially located in Paterson, NJ, for the past four years, Nyah Beauty has called Kearny Point in Kearny, NJ home. The new space offered up a range of different opportunities for business expansion. Hosting several classes a month, La Shonda teaches others how to make natural soaps and skincare with her in-person hands-on classes. As a social, creative experience, she hosts Sip and Soap events where participants can visit her studio for a more relaxed evening, a girls' night out with friends, date night or family fun. La Shonda also offers corporations DIY activities for their employee wellness activities. Clients include Macy's Flower Show, Kean University, and Barclays. Over the past two years, her business has expanded into private label manufacturing servicing bath bombs for a major hotel chain as well as soaps for local indie brands in The Bronx and Brooklyn in New York, Philadelphia, and NJ. In addition to operating her own business, La Shonda, who is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy, also nurtures budding entrepreneurs as an instructor and for Rising Tide Capital.
Richard Unti
Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur
Victoria Wyeth
A 2008 Associated Press feature on Victoria Wyeth, who was 29 at the time, was published in numerous newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Providence Journal. She has also been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Vogue. Victoria Browning Wyeth, the only grandchild of iconic artist Andrew Wyeth, is the daughter of Nicholas and Jane Wyeth. Her father is a private art dealer, and her mother is an art advisor who was trained as an art historian. Ms. Wyeth is the great-granddaughter of illustrator N.C. Wyeth and the niece of contemporary realist Jamie Wyeth. The summer after Ms. Wyeth’s sophomore year in high school, she began working at the Farnsworth Art Museum, near her family’s summer home in Maine. She was the Museum’s first-ever docent for their Andrew Wyeth Collection, the primary attraction for the majority of the Museum’s summer visitors. Before starting her first summer job, the young docent interviewed her grandfather at length about each of his works on view. When she couldn’t answer someone’s question during her tour, she’d visit the artist when she returned home to hear the correct answer. Unlike other speakers on the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Ms. Wyeth’s years of conversations with the artists about their work give her talks a unique perspective. Since her first gallery talk in June, 1995, Ms. Wyeth has interspersed discussions of subject matter and technique with direct quotes to her from her grandfather and her uncle. She also, of course, adds many personal memories and family stories. A 1997 graduate of the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York, Ms. Wyeth earned a B.A. in American Cultural Studies in 2001 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She then spent a year as a Visiting Graduate Student at Harvard University, where she studied the History of Science and the History of Medicine. She further pursued her academic studies by attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT., earning a Master of Arts degree in the History of Clinical Psychiatry. Her M.A. thesis was titled: Delusions of Body and Soul: Chronicling Delusions at the Connecticut Hospital for the Insane, 1867-1886. During Ms. Wyeth’s senior year of college, she organized and curated her first museum exhibition, which was held at the Bates College Museum of Art. Andrew Wyeth: Her Room was an in-depth study of her grandfather’s process in creating a tempera painting. Her Room, painted in 1963, was lent by the Farnsworth Art Museum. From their personal collection, her grandparents lent all the preparatory studies. From the artist’s initial drawings for Her Room to his final detailed watercolors, no exhibition of this kind had ever before been held. The catalogue’s introductory essays were written by Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and by author Richard Meryman. From 2004 until 2011, Ms. Wyeth conducted gallery talks five days a week at the Brandywine River Museum, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, near her grandparents’ home. The Brandywine Museum is renowned for its collection of works by the Wyeth family. At one of her gallery talks in Chadds Ford, she met the Medical Director of the Norristown (PA.) State Hospital, resulting in her offer of a part-time job there, which she started in early 2008. She began as a Research Assistant to a forensic psychiatrist, eventually becoming a therapist until she left in April, 2017 for medical reasons. Ms. Wyeth has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She’s given gallery talks and Power Point lectures at Wyeth museum exhibitions from Tokyo to Paris. Her early morning gallery talks during the 2006 Andrew Wyeth retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum were consistently sold-out. Standing room only is the norm at Ms. Wyeth’s PowerPoint lectures. In addition to lecturing at museums, she’s lectured on her grandfather’s work at Bonhams Auction House in New York, at the Palm Beach Art Fair, at annual conferences of doctors and travel agents, and to college alumni groups. She’s given innumerable talks across the country to Private Wealth Management clients. In October, 2017, Ms. Wyeth was the guest speaker in Rockland, Maine, for the annual Judicial Conference for the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She was thrilled that two of the audience members were Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Stephen Breyer. Ms. Wyeth has devoted much of her time to giving pro bono lectures. She’s spoken to students of all ages, and in 2015, Ms. Wyeth delivered a TEDx talk to more than 1,600 junior high school students in Pennsylvania. She’s also spoken at prisons and nursing homes. For her 10th college reunion in June, 2011, Ms. Wyeth curated Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Selections from the Private Collection of Victoria Browning Wyeth for the Bates College Museum of Art. Ms. Wyeth is a gifted photographer; the Philadelphia Museum of Art used her photographs of her grandfather for publicity purposes for their 2006 retrospective Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic. Moreover, her black and white photographs of the artist were exhibited in conjunction with his exhibitions at the Bates College Museum of Art (2000-2001), the Mississippi Museum of Art (2001), and the High Museum of Art (2005-2006). Two museum shows including Ms. Wyeth's photographs were held in 2017. The first solo museum exhibition of her photographs, Victoria Wyeth: My Andy, was at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, which has the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by her grandfather. Her other show in 2017 was at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where she was guest curator of Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance, organized to celebrate Wyeth’s 100th birthday that July. The exhibition consisted primarily of loans from Ms. Wyeth’s personal collection and included sketches, paintings, her grandfather’s paint brushes, two of his painting smocks, illustrated letters the artist had written to his granddaughter, and his denim jacket with the American flag on the back which she is wearing in his 1999 portrait of her. Also included in the show were 19 photographs of Andrew Wyeth that his granddaughter had taken of him since she was in 7th grade. In the introduction to the Fenimore catalogue, Ms. Wyeth wrote, “I feel it’s time the world saw the Andy in Andrew Wyeth….My hope is that people who love his work will now fall in love with him as a person – a husband, a father, and, of course, a grandfather.” In the summer of 2018, Ms. Wyeth began working as a Research Assistant at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. (Dr. Beck is the founder of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.) The first gallery exhibition of Ms. Wyeth’s photographs was held in the fall of 2018 in Philadelphia’s Stanek Gallery. Although she is the first Wyeth to use a camera, her grandfather never disparaged her photos but rather gave her hints about how to improve the composition. His “eye” is evident in many of her photographs. N.C. Wyeth’s legacy now continues with the 4th generation.