Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Yasemin Akis
Yasemin Akis is a professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and a part time faculty member at The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D in Philosophy in 2014 at Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey. Since then, she has taught philosophy and theology courses at the undergraduate, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels both in Turkey and in the United States. As postdoctoral research, she decided to work on Sufism, Islamic mysticism to expand her knowledge in the area of Philosophy of Religion and world religions. She has been teaching “Wisdom of Sufism” and “The Religious Traditions of Middle East” at Villanova University since 2017. Her research interests focus on existentialism, the relation of philosophy and religion and religious and mystical traditions of the Middle East. Her current research is on the Sufis of Anatolia.
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.
Amy Anna
Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website,, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at
Kevin Arba
Kevin’s spiritual healing journey began in 2012, when after hitting rock bottom he experienced two miracles that transformed his life. The primary focus of his life became healing himself first, then helping others to do the same. He has devoted his life to learning and practicing various approaches to promote transformation at all levels, including meditation, energy healing, shamanism, nutrition, psychological process work, metaphysics, and astrology. Once he began learning astrology, Kevin was blown away by the depth of insight that could be gleaned from the birth chart. He discovered that the horoscope revealed profoundly useful information that could be used for healing on the physical, psychological, relational, and spiritual levels. He also found that it answered many questions about his true nature and life purpose, and gave him a map to fulfilling his soul’s deepest longings and healing his primary wounds. Kevin’s astrology readings and coaching sessions incorporate everything he has learned. His multi-faceted approach gives him the ability to assist his clients with almost any intention.
Tom Arnold
After 20 years in accounting and finance taking him from Wilmington, DE to Bermuda to Radnor, PA, Tom caught the entrepreneurial bug and took a passion for home brewing and turned it into Locust Lane with the help of two great friends from college. Tom’s brewing education started with the Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering course at Siebel Institute, continued at the American Brewer’s Guild and continues at Locust Lane every day. Facebook: Locust Lane Craft Brewery Instagram & Twitter: locustlanecb
Gwenne Baile
Gwenne Baile became interested in raising chickens about 2007 when, watching The Martha Stewart Show, Martha brought a few of her chickens into her studio. A lightbulb went off in Gwenne’s head that a person could have just a few chickens and not a farm. However, chickens were illegal in her town of Haddon Township in Camden County, NJ. Once she retired from her career as an RN and Certified Nurse Midwife in 2009, she made it her mission to educate herself about backyard hens and convince her town council to change the law. Five years and many, many hours of taking chicken classes, her town passed a law allowing a pilot program in backyard chickens which essentially she authored. Her first two hens arrived the end of January, 2016. Once she had her own hens, she developed the class required by most towns in her area which she has mentored in changing their laws, too. She is certified as a Backyard Chicken Keeper from Chickens and You through the Gossamer Foundation. She also is a Certified Handler of Therapy Chickens and now certifies others. She has lectured nationally on therapy hens and is being featured in an international documentary on domestic animals featuring her two therapy hens.
Katherine Barham
Katherine Barham holds a Masters from UVA in secondary English education and an MFA degree in Poetry from Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She retired from teaching English at Conestoga High School, where she developed a writing course titled The Writer’s Craft. Since then she has written a chapbook titled From the Familiar, Moonstone Press, and a book of poems, How It Shone, Atmosphere Press. She currently resides in Rose Valley, PA, writing and birdwatching with her cat, Elliott.
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.
Lynn Berkowitz
Lynn Berkowitz, MFA, BFA, with a career in art museums, has developed an array of award-winning gallery tours, experiences, and apps aimed at helping audiences of all ages and abilities engage with a diversity of art ‘isms and approaches.
Richard Berman
Richard Berman, Owner, Pour Richard's Coffee Company
David Beruh
Dave is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is a former US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Dave has had a lifelong interest in health and wellness. In 2010 at age 50, he lost 60 pounds and discovered the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle. Since then he has been active in discovering bio-hacks and following the latest in longevity research.
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Erin Betley
Erin Betley is a Biodiversity Specialist and Programs Coordinator at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. After a childhood spent combing the beaches and woods of Massachusetts, Erin was inspired by a truly remarkable high school biology teacher to enter the life sciences. She graduated from Boston University in 2001 with a B.A. in Biology and initially pursued a career in molecular and cellular biology. A chance encounter with a billboard that stated “Learn What You Love” inspired some reflection on her true motivations, and after two fisheries internships with the Student Conservation Association involving Pacific salmon research in Alaska with the USDS Forest Service and in Oregon with the Bureau of Land Management, Erin found her true calling in ecology and conservation biology. She worked full-time managing a cell biology laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center while completing her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology at Columbia’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. During her studies, she was fortunate to learn from another life changing mentor, Dr. Eleanor Sterling, and followed Dr. Sterling to the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History. As Biodiversity Specialist, she provides research, writing, and coordination support for various CBC projects. She is content research specialist for the AMNH traveling exhibitions Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture and Water: H2O=Life. She is author of numerous scholarly and educational materials on the topics of biocultural stewardship and conservation, evidence-informed conservation, human well-being, equity, stakeholder engagement, systems thinking, food, and water, including case studies for the CBC’s Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners and the AMNH Seminars on Science course Water: Environmental Science, a CODiE Award winner for Best Professional Development Solution from the Software & Information Industry Association. She serves as practitioner instructor for courses at Columbia on food, ecology, globalization, and health. Erin also coordinated the CBC’s sea turtle research and conservation project at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Pacific, where she conducted field research. Along with Dr. Sterling and colleagues at the CBC, Erin launched Untold Stories, organized by the Women in Natural Sciences chapter at the American Museum of Natural History, highlighting the stories of individuals from underrepresented groups whose contributions to exploration, discovery, and our understanding of our natural world have been largely unknown. Prior to coming to the CBC, she also served as Research and Expedition Coordinator for the No Water No Life nonprofit photodocumentary project in the Columbia River Basin.
Owen Biddle
OWEN BIDDLE has been taking pictures for thirty-five years and teaching photography for about thirty years. One thing he loves about teaching is watching his students' unique vision and creativity unfold as they master the how-to's of the camera. He loves challenging his students to see the camera as a tool for creating meaningful images. He also loves studying the masters of photography, and strives to inspire his students to use the lessons that can be learned from those who came before us, both in photography and in art, in general. Owen reports that the whole class has a lot of fun together, following and developing their passion for this wonderful media.
David Block
For 30 years, David Block has worked as a documentary producer/director and a freelance journalist. As a freelance journalist, he has over 1500 articles published in a variety of publications such as, Jazz Journal International, The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner's World, Runner’s Gazette, Running Times, and dozens of local magazines and newspapers. During his extensive career, he has interviewed high profile athletes, celebrities, government agents, and musicians such as Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby, Joe Frazier, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Bruce Jenner, Lee Majors, Sarah Palin's parents - Charles and Sally Heath, David Sanborn, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington, Jr. He has never shied away from difficult assignments and never missed a deadline. In December 2017, David Block earned his Master of Journalism Degree from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He is also a recipient of the journalism awards, The Lori Schipper Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement, April 2016. To date, he has made eight documentaries, many of which have been televised and screened at film festivals. He has won a number of film festival awards. A complete list of the awards and descriptions of his documentaries are listed on his website: After 11 years 11 months Jan. 2010 to Nov. 2021 David finished and published a book titled, "Understanding the 613 Mitzvot" and it is available for purchase on Amazon. While he was a student at Aish HaTorah Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem, he would have appreciated a book such as this. So, David began to create the study tool he had wished he had. It will be a useful companion to laypeople, students and anyone interested in Torah.
Steven Blum
Steven Blum, Esq, Steven G Blum and Associates LLC, Author, Negotiating your Investments, Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew
Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Kent Bottles
Dr. Kent Bottles teaches health policy and payment reform at The Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health in Philadelphia and regularly consults and presents on population health, health care reform, digital medicine, and the future of the doctor patient relationship. He has been a Professor and Chair of academic medical school pathology departments, a Chief Medical Officer of a state-wide integrated delivery system, a President and CEO and DIO of an educational and research collaborative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a President and CEO of an evidence-based medicine health care consortium in Minneapolis, and a President and Chief Knowledge Officer of a genomics bio-tech start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Bottles has received the following awards and honors: Phi Beta Kappa, The Rodney T. West Literary Achievement Award for the most important article on medical management in 2001 from the American College of Physician Executives, the Resident Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Iowa Department of Pathology, the UC San Francisco Class of 1991 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Major Contribution, the UC San Francisco Class of 1990 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Stimulating Lecture Series, and the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching at UC San Francisco for Basic Science.
Christine Boyland
Christine Boyland has served as Main Line School Night's Computer and Technology Program Coordinator since early 2019. She began at MLSN as an instructor of digital multimedia classes, including podcasting and video making, and she continues to teach in addition to overseeing the technology curriculum. Along with her work at MLSN, Christine is the Senior Educational Technology Specialist at Bryn Mawr College. She began there in 2006 as the Director of the Language Learning Center. Concurrent with her employment at the College, she served as a Technology Fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), conducting in-person and online workshops on a variety of technology and pedagogy topics to a national audience. Prior to Bryn Mawr, Christine taught Russian Language and Literature and Film Studies for more than a decade at Yale University, Trinity College (CT) and the College of William and Mary, and she was an Instructional Designer and taught in the Humanities Program at St. Anselm College.
Jennifer Brandt
JENNIFER BRANDT has been practicing family law for more than 17 years. She is licensed both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is currently a partner at Cozen O’Connor. She also appears frequently as a legal expert on local and national television such as CNN, CNN Headline News, and Fox News. Jennifer received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. You can view her complete bio at
Eileen Brill
Eileen Brill has a degree in Economics from Carnegie Mellon and spent twelve years in the corporate world writing trend reports for hotels, restaurants and real estate developers. Her debut novel, A Letter in the Wall, was released in May 2022. Eileen is also an artist and sign language interpreter. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband Eli.
Jane Brinks
Ainsley and Jane are both Interior Designers at Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. For years they have used their valuable knowledge on interior design to transform ordinary kitchens spaces into one their clients have only ever dreamed of.
Judy Buxton
Judy L. Buxton, Creative Cook
Greg Cazillo
GREGORY CAZILLO is the owner of Cazillo Photography and Web Design. He has over fifteen years of photography experience and a degree from Antonelli Institute of Photography. He has practical expertise in commercial and product photography as well as portraiture for small businesses and large corporations alike. He derives great pleasure from creating beautiful, timeless images for families and couples to treasure and share. Gregory believes that the key to Photography and Art is to be creative, bend rules, and above all, think like an artist! You may see many samples of his work as well as photography tutorials on his website
Maria Ceferatti
Maria Ceferatti is a published writer of short stories, essays and poetry, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. She is a writing instructor and music teacher in the Philadelphia area.
Bass Chadwick
Bass joined the firm in the summer of 2021. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a Juris Doctorate from Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, South Carolina, and is currently a candidate for his Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Taxation at Georgetown Law. Bass is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. A native of the State of Maine, Bass now lives in Wayne with his wife, Kate, their daughter, and his loyal companion Winston, an English Golden Retriever. Bass focuses his practice on trust and estate planning for individuals and families. He strives to provide innovative and practical solutions to a wide range of legal matters, including wealth transfer planning, trust and estate administration, individual and fiduciary tax returns, asset protection, charitable giving, and premarital planning.
Margie Cherry
Margie Cherry’s multiple professional identities include Associate Director of Alumni Career Services at Lafayette College, career coach, professional speaker, and former long-running cartoonist and short-term stand-up comic. Margie is the author and illustrator of "Mom's Comedy Coloring Book", published by Humor Outcasts Press, and her work has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and publications including "The Best of the Best American Humor"; and "The Best Contemporary Women's Humor".
Samuel Chew
Born in Radnor, Pa. Sam attended Episcopal Academy and St. Georges School in Newport, RI. He graduated from Temple University where he was one of the first disc jockeys at WRTI-FM. He worked as an announcer at WCAU and WHYY. Dick Clark encouraged him to pursue a career in acting and VoiceOver work in Hollywood, which he did. He was a contract player at 20th Century Fox and appeared in many television shows and feature films in co-starring roles, most notably as a recurring character on Bionic Woman, General Hospital, and Operation Petticoat. Sam has been a radio disc jockey, talk show host, acting coach, and teacher of Public Speaking at Shipley School, as well as an acting teacher for many years. He has narrated hundreds of Books on Tape, documentaries including Shark Week and many National Geographic shows.
Russell Chomiak
MBA/BS in Mechanical Engineering; Former CEO of a local engineering and industrial distribution company; Division President of Fortune 100 company; Alumni Board of NJIT; Member of the Ukrainian Institute in NY and various Ukrainian organizations that promote local Ukrainian culture and international good will
Mary Coe
Mary Coe, Hike Leader, Willows Park Preserve
Michael Martin Cohen
Michael Martin Cohen, M.D. has been in Neurology private practice on the Main Line for 40 years and is a former Chief of Neurology at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center for almost 20 years. He is teaching two courses this fall / winter. The first is Your Aging Brain: And What You Can Do About It. This course focuses on how your brain functions, what can go wrong as we age, how to stay healthy, and perhaps most importantly how to become the best advocate for yourself and your family; avoiding the marketing nonsense that fills the airways and social media. The second course is Nautical Health: Your Body on The Water, which reflects a lifelong interest in boating health dating back to his original text, Dr. Cohen’s Healthy Sailor Book, published in 1983. In the 80’s Dr. Cohen and two other physicians formed Health On the Water to provide hands-on first aid seminars for boaters from Maine to Florida. Dr. Cohen is a life-long sailor and the author of the current Healthy Boating and Sailing: Optimize Your Health and Performance on the Water
Jennifer Colucciello
Jen has been involved in many aspects of EMS for over 20 years. She has worked in communications, large scale logistics planning and response, rural and urban EMS as well as specialty response teams. Jen has been an EMT instructor for over 9 years and along with teaching, she has written several classes. She teaches topics such as basic first aid, CPR and EMT, as well as topics that are not as common, including eye injuries, eating disorders, body modification injuries and situational awareness.
Marebeth Conard
Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher
Roberta Cooks
Roberta Cooks, MD, Gokhale Method® teacher, trained as a physician at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Cooks has been a Gokhale Method®Teacher for ten years, guiding hundreds of people of all ages away from back, neck and musculoskeletal pain through teaching healthy ways to perform our daily movements of life. Dr. Cooks is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer and Qigong Medicine practitioner.
Jack Covington
Dr. Covington is an Oxford-educated historian and classically trained stage actor and lecturer. He is also the Creative Director of “Characters-on-Call” – 1 st person living history biographies. He presents dynamic first-person historical impersonations of famous literary and historical personages from the pages of history – in authentic period costume – history brought to life! He is a refreshingly innovative, enlightening, and engagingly dynamic educator, actor, and entertainer of the most creative kind – one who loves both his craft and his audience – who consistently delivers a lecture in true “that’s entertainment” style. He deliberately steps outside the proverbial box, breaking down barriers and successfully injecting spontaneity, wit, and warmth into his lecture ‘performances’. He has lectured and performed for many historical museums and cultural organizations. Performance topics he has presented are listed on his website, Dr. Covington is also a world traveler, adventurer, and a former avid mountaineer. His ability to incorporate his first-hand experiences into his lecture performances serves to both enlighten and enthrall his audiences. He delights in the opportunity to share his unique concept of combining lifelong learning with entertainment that will educate, stimulate, and inspire his audiences today and tomorrow!
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Staff, Creative Voice Development Group
Harrington Crissey
Harrington Crissey, is an ESL instructor who has a BA degree in classical languages from the University of Rochester and an MEd in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Temple University. Since 1974 he has taught English at institutions such as Temple University, the Nationalities Service Center, Arcadia University, Saint Joseph's University and Harcum College. He currently does substitution work at English Language Services (Saint Joseph's University) and mentors graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.
Staff Deaf-Hearing Communication Cen
Staff, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre
Jennifer Dean Nagle
Jennifer Dean Nagle, Reiki Master Practitioner Jennifer was introduced to Reiki as a complementary treatment at Paoli Hospital while going through cancer treatment. And can say Reiki changed her life. Reiki helped her get through cancer treatment, and she decided to learn the art of Reiki, and devote her life to it. Jennifer is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner for both people and their pet companions, specializing in Kundalini Reiki and chakra balancing.
Larry Decina
Mr. Decina has a BS in Psychology and Biology and a MS in Information Science from Drexel University. He is past president and current trip coordinator of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. He is an amateur paleontologist and has published in the field.
Jeffrey Dobkin
N/A Jeffrey has been on the board of directors of the American Society of Inventors(.org) for 14 years, and the president for 4 more years. He has guest lectured all over the U.S. including for the US Patent Office, Edison Inventors, The UIA (United Inventors Association), the Yankee Inventor Expo (11 times), and our own Free Library of Philadelphia (4 times). He is the author of 7 books mostly on marketing for the small business.
Alan Drew
Alan Drew is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, The Recruit, Shadow Man, and Gardens of Water. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. An associate professor of English at Villanova University, he lives near Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Elizabeth Durand
Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
East Falls Glassworks
Staff, East Falls Glassworks
Buntzie Ellis Churchill
Buntzie Ellis Churchill, co-author (with Bernard Lewis), Islam: The Religion and the People; Notes on a Century: Recollections of a Middle East Historian Buntzie Ellis Churchill led the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as president for almost a quarter century and built a national reputation for the organization. She moderated the Council's daily radio show on WFLN-FM for a decade, has conducted educational trips to more than 60 countries and now lectures frequently. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a trustee of Drexel University, and a director of the Union League of Philadelphia. Awarded several honorary doctorates she has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community. Buntzie has coauthored two books with Princeton professor, emeritus, Bernard Lewis -- Islam: the Religion and the People and “Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian”. Mrs. Churchill was graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in political science and international relations. She has two almost perfect children and three absolutely perfect grandchildren.
Nina Epstein
Nina Epstein is known as the Digital Diva and has been an information technology instructor and consultant for over 25 years, helping individuals and small business owners use technology and solve their computing problems. Nina has been teaching technology courses in local communities for over 15 years.
Elanur Eroglu
I am a current graduate student at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, pursuing a Master of Science in Education (Reading, Writing and Literacy). Additionally, I hold a Master of Philosophy in Children's Literature from Trinity College Dublin (2021), and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Montreal, in English, Creative Writing, and Sustainability Studies (2020).
Charo Evangelista
CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is
Susan Evans
SUSAN EVANS has been a solopreneur for eight years and operated her businesses (YOUR OFFICE ASSISTANT and FAMILY TALES AND TRAILS) as “side hacks” before that. Her background includes working as a Paralegal in Estate Planning/Administration, Corporate & Real Estate law; banking (commercial loan documentation) for Bryn Mawr Trust & an SBA lender; Financial Aid & Alumni Affairs at Villanova University and the insurance world. (She jokes that she has made a career out of not having a career!) Susan has maintained personal and business accounts in Quicken. However, all business financials are currently maintained in QuickBooks, a program recommended by the SBA. Susan enjoys sharing with others the “tips & tricks” she has sometimes learned the hard way. For over 30 years, Susan has researched several of her family lines, one of which enabled her to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan’s background in law enables her to present students with a unique perspective to doing genealogical research and opens doors to records not commonly discussed, even in professional settings. As FAMILY TALES & TRAILS, Susan performs heir searches, assists folks in getting organized and entering data into family history programs and conducts a bi-weekly genealogy meetup (virtual). She is available for one-on-one consultations and as a guest speaker. B.A. in Liberal Arts, Villanova University; A.A. in Liberal Arts, Delaware County Community College. Member: Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society
Lynn Feinman
Lynn W. Feinman, ND, Doctor of Naturopathy, Board Certified (American Naturopath Medical Certification Board.) Dr. Lynn Feinman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Life Cycles and Personal Growth from Ithaca College, A Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Therapies, and Dance Movement Therapies from Leslie College. And her Doctorate Degree in high honors from Clayton College of Health. She has a private practice in Paoli offering Naturopathic Counseling programs focusing in digestive health, hormonal balance and immune building. She developed the “Nutritional Cleanse” program, and also authored a cookbook,” Foundational Cooking for Optimal Health”.
Kate Fossner
Kate Fossner is a fiber artist who enjoys knitting, crocheting, felting and embroidery, among other crafts. She is also the founder of Backstage Apothecary, a Phoenixville, PA company where she hand makes organic products for home and body:
Sarah Foster-Chang
Dr. Foster-Chang is currently an assistant editor for Workplace Health and Safety and a trainer for the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She has over 30 years of clinical, teaching and consulting experience in a variety of health-related venues. Her father, Robert L. Foster, was the Chief Engineer for the Mercury project and the Operations Mananger for the Gemini Program. His papers and artifacts are housed in the Robert L. Foster collection at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
Chad Frame
Chad Frame is the author of Little Black Book (2022, Finishing Line Press) and two forthcoming chapbooks, Cryptid and Smoking Shelter. He is the Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program, as well as a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Montgomery County, PA, serves as the Poetry Editor of Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing, is a founding member of the No River Twice poetry/improv performance troupe, and is Founder and Director of the annual Caesura Poetry Festival and Retreat. His work has appeared in Rattle, Pedestal, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere, on iTunes from the Library of Congress, and was sent to the moon as part of the Lunar Codex Project.
David Fraser
David Fraser is a painter who is retired from careers in rare books, higher education, and the online industry. He holds a Masters degree in Art History (Romanticism) and a Doctorate in Information Science (Visual Memory), He aspires to teach fellow artists ways to explore computer-assisted techniques for creating works of art. Teaching experience includes Haverford College, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina, Convivio Conference, Main Line School Night, and the Center for Creative Works. I have been represented by the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia and Tyme Gallery in Havertown.
Ru Freeman
Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer, poet, and activist whose work appears internationally in English and in translation. She is the author of the forthcoming short-story collection, Sleeping Alone (Graywolf, 2022), and the essay collection, Bon Courage (Etruscan, 2023) and the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice Book. She is the editor of the anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015) and co-editor of Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security (2018). She writes for the UK Guardian, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe and blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics. She is a winner of the Mariella Gable Award for Fiction, and the JH Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. She teaches creative writing in the US and abroad, and is the Director of the Artists Network at Narrative 4.
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.
Carla Gambescia
Carla Gambescia is the author of the acclaimed bookLa Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z, a rousing tribute to Italy, Italians and a culture that has contributed so much to the world. A native of Philadelphia, Carla is also a marketing executive, former restaurateur and avid traveler; she co-created the Giro del Gelato bike tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Trip in Western Europe.
Gabriel Garfinkle
Gabriel Garfinkle has been teaching philosophy at Penn State University since 2012, and began teaching religion and philosophy at Delaware County Community College in 2016. He brings passion with his scholarship in an effort to make his classes both practical and profound.
Liz Goldberg
My work is an exploration of the theme of the “diva” – the flamboyantly uninhibited female and the personal and political empowerment she represents. As a painter, graphic artist, and animator I have been inspired by puppets and absurdist theatre. Although my images are often drawn from life, they are influenced by puppet– like characters reminiscent of Alfred Jarry’s forerunner of absurdist theater, Ubu-Roi, the buffoons of modernist playwright Michel de Ghelderode, the existentialist mime plays of Samuel Beckett, and the symbolist and political figures of European puppet theater. As a point of departure, there is a degree of abstraction in a puppet. I find this to be a freeing force, giving me considerable license to explore colorist and gestural solutions to the depiction of contradictions these images embody: awkward yet fluid, wooden yet alive, constrained yet brashly extroverted personalities, often mischievous, egotistical, erotic, even magical exaggerations of human behavior. I have developed some of these “diva” and puppet-inspired works into experimental animated films requiring thousands of drawings. My animations have usually been in collaboration with filmmaker Warren Bass. They have been broadcast on American Public Television and cable, and have received awards and juried recognition in over 20 countries. They use animation as an analog to painting, dance and poetry, and are intended to re-define the paradigm of what an animation can be into a painterly art form.. The process of animation has, in turn, influenced my full scale paintings and works-on-paper producing diptychs, triptychs, and serial prints with progressive deviations. On a formal level, I think of myself as a colorist who is interested in the interaction between color, line and gesture and in the complex and suggestive depiction of interior character and personality through graphic means. In the fashion world in 2018, I produced “Vogueing and Other Pleasures” with film maker Warren Bass,, which was shown at the Film Festival at the Barnes in conjunction with the Musee de Paris, director Terry Fox. In 2018, the film was also shown ” Contexualizing Fashion”, at Pratt. A full room installation, was created at Joan Shepp where she was a resident artist for 3 years 2017- 2020, installing the entire room with 1,750 hand-drawn cells from the animation, as well as paintings and prints. Her current show “Cuban Queens” ,(film, painting and Fashion) which was postponed due to Covid , will shown at In-Liquid Gallery in March 2022. She also collaborated in 2020, with Reverend G.Morgan-Thomas of American Hats LLC, producing a virtual fashion runway show featuring the”Hatted Ladies of Harlem” paintings .She is now collaborating with Jaeyoon Jeong on garments and scarves with her imagery. Her current solo show “Cuban Queens “ was shown March 9-April 16 2022, at the In Liquid Gallery in Philadelphia . She exhibited her Cuban Queens prints in conjunction with Jovani Designs at the Empire State Building 80th floor on March 8th. Liz has taught Fashion Illustration at Pratt and Drexel University for the past 12 years .She is currently teaching Visual Studies , Figure for Fashion in the Fine Arts Department at Drexel and Ilustration classes in the Honors College at Drexel University.
Ron Granieri
Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is Associate Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College, as well as a Templeton Education Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he is Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Chicago and a former Federal Chancellor Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Dr. Granieri is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966 (Berghahn, 2003) as well as articles on German History, European-American Relations, the Cold War, and contemporary politics in journals such as Orbis, Central European History, Foreign Policy, and The International History Review and has also published op-ed essays in The Hill and the Washington Post.
David Grauel
DAVID GRAUEL comes to MLSN by way of New York City where he was a Technical Support and Training Specialist in Microsoft Office products for such companies as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. David teaches classes on a variety of Microsoft products and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
Linnie Greenberg
Linnie Kerrigan-Greenberg has earned Professional Art Member status from the Main Line Art Center and is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2017, through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she hosted 20 free collage workshops for children and disadvantaged groups including those suffering from dementia, addiction and veterans with PTSD. Website:
Jeff Groff
Jeff Groff recently retired as Estate Historian at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. He also served as Director of Public Programs and Director of Interpretation. For sixteen years he was Executive Director of Wyck Historic House and Garden in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture of the University of Delaware. For over forty years he has studied and lectured on American country houses and gardens, particularly those of Philadelphia’s “Main Line” and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on country life and sports, and gentleman farming. He served as co-curator of Winterthur’s very successful exhibitions “Costumes of Downton Abbey” and “Costuming The Crown.
Alison Hallam
Alison Hallam PT MSc is a Physical Therapist of 30 years, specializing in Bone Health and Wellness. She is also an international lecturer, currently teaching at Arcadia University, and is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She is also the owner of BoneWise, designing customized exercise programs for individuals and classes.
Paul Halpern
Acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern is the author of seventeen popular science books exploring the subjects of space, time, higher dimensions, dark energy, dark matter, exoplanets, particle physics, and cosmology. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. A regular contributor to NOVA's "The Nature of Reality" physics blog, he has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including “Science Friday,” "Future Quest," "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special," and "Book Talk" on C-SPAN. Paul Halpern's latest book, “Flashes of Creation," investigates how physicists George Gamow and Fred Hoyle debated about whether or not the universe began in a Big Bang. He is also the author of Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat, a look at the contributions and clashes of physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger. Paul Halpern's latest book, “Flashes of Creation," investigates how physicists George Gamow and Fred Hoyle debated about whether or not the universe began in a Big Bang. He is also the author of Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat, a look at the contributions and clashes of physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger
Pat Halsey
Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen
Perry Hamilton
Perry was born and raised in Lower Merion where he and his wife Betsy have raised their three children. He graduated from Susquehanna University in 1974 with a BA in History. Since graduating from college, he has enjoyed a business career of more than 45 years in a variety of private sector industries such as Commercial Banking, Automobile manufacturing, and Wholesale Lumber. During his adult life, Perry has read countless history books with much of his personal focus on business history. Among his associations is the Lower Merion Historical Society where he has been a board member and officer for more than 5 years.
Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton received his A.B. at Harvard in 1965, then taught high school in Syracuse, NY for two years before going on to graduate school at the University of Michigan in 1968, from which he received a Ph.D in Classical Studies in 1971. He taught Greek for 39 years at Bryn Mawr College and retired in 2010 as Paul Shorey Professor of Greek. He wrote over 20 articles on a variety of subjects from epic to comedy and four books (Greek lyric poet Pindar, Greek epic poet Hesiod, Greek vases and religion, Delian religious inscriptions). He edited over 100 student commentaries on Greek and Latin and created the world's oldest extant online journal, Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Joseph Hancock, II
Joseph “Joe” Henry Hancock, II is an international authority in the area of fashion branding as a form of storytelling. He is known internationally for his scholarship on cargo pants. He started in academia after 20 years in the retailing industry having worked for such legendary companies as The Gap, L. Brands, and Target Corporation. He has written the books, Brand/Story: Ralph, Vera, Johnny, Billy and Other Adventures in Fashion Branding (2009), Brand/Story: Explorations and Cases in Fashion Branding (2016, both through Bloomsbury Press) and edited the books Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media & Contemporary Studies (2013), Global Fashion Brands: Style, Luxury & History (2014), Cotton: Companies, Fashion & The Fabric of Our Lives (2016), and Transglobal Fashion Narratives: Clothing Communication, Style Statements, and Brand Storytelling (2018) all with Intellect Books UK. His most recent edited collection The Fashion Business Reader (2019, Bloomsbury) is the first comprehensive reader reinforcing the impact the arts and humanities have played with understanding the business side of fashion. Dr. Hancock’s works on branding and storytelling have appeared in such publications as The Brand Challenge edited by Kartikeya Kompella (Kogan Page 2016) and Strategic Design Thinking edited by Natalie Nixon (Bloomsbury, 2015). For the past 8 years, Dr. Hancock has been the Principle Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Fashion, Style and Popular Culture (Intellect Publishers) and he is working on a photographic monograph discussing Jeans (2021) and a third edition of his first book soon to be called Fashion Branding Stories (2022) both with Bloomsbury. In the area of leadership, he is the former Executive Director for Events for the Popular Culture/American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA, 2010-2015) and was their 2009 recipient of the Felicia F. Campbell Award for Area Chairs. He has been awarded Drexel's 2008 Steinbright Cooperative Career Center's faculty of the year, received the 2011 Stanley J. Gwiazda Professorship Award from the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, was awarded the 2018-2019 Honors College Faculty of the Year and was their Faculty Fellow that same year! Dr. Hancock has received over $130,000 in grants, fellowships, awards and corporate gifts for Drexel University. He has been the invited speaker, lectured and taught courses at Denison University, Albright College, Cornell University, University of Delaware, Oregon State University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, Stockholm University, Sweden and London College of Fashion.
Muriel Harmon
Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker
Anne Harris
ANNE HARRIS holds a BA in German from Wake Forest University, an MA in German from Duke University and an MEd (with concentration in adult education) from Worcester State University. She has lived and worked in Germany and has more than thirty years of experience teaching German to adults. Currently she is an instructor at the DonauSchule.
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Staff, The Harriton Association
Irene Hasenberg Butter
Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emierita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is a frequent and favored inspirational speaker, talking about her experience during World War II and stressing the importance of "never a bystander" and that "one person can make a difference." Irene is a co-founder of Zeitouna, an organization of Jewish and Muslim women working for peace, and a founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Project at University of Michigan.
Ann Hazan
Ann Hazan is a food consultant and instructor and the co-author of 'The Original Philadelphia Neighborhood Cookbook,' 'The Original Baltimore Neighborhood Cookbook,' and 'The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook.' She holds a degree in Food and Nutrition from Drexel University. Ann emphasizes healthy foods and cooking in all her work, as well as in her home.
Allen Heffler
For 30 years, Allen Heffler CLU, ChFC, President of MyMedicareAdvisor, has helped thousands of people with their Medicare plans. The entire Medicare process can be complex and confusing. Our Mission is to educate consumers about Medicare and their Medicare options in a clear, concise & honest way that allows those consumers to make informed decisions. Allen Heffler and MyMedicareAdvisor- We Make Your Medicare Decision Easy., email:
Robert Hekking
ROBERT HEKKING has been working as a professional musician for well over thirty years. After receiving a BA in Sociology from Gettysburg College, he returned to Philadelphia to establish Rob Hekking's Guitar Studio, which has been active since 1978. His professional playing has included several positions as staff guitarist at the Valley Forge Music Fair, Sands Hotel and Casino, Caesar's and Brighton Casino. He feels his greatest accomplishment to date has been the successful mentoring of many students.
Bernadette Hennessy May
For Bernadette Hennessy May, M.Ed., founding Game Friendzy was a dream realized over thirty years that grew from her love of playing and teaching games and crafts. She has developed and facilitated training and educational programs for schools, not-for-profits and corporations. She now enjoys integrating her 30+ years of instruction experience to every in-person and online class or game she leads at Game Friendzy. Bernadette's friendly and welcoming style encourages beginner and intermediate players alike. She is a TAP-accredited & best practices instructor, ACBL-accredited bridge instructor, and ACBL accredited director.
Gina Henry
Gina Henry, owner of GoGlobal, has traveled to over 80 countries and states. She takes free vacations three months every year. Check out for more instructor information.
Andrew Herron
Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year.
Robert Hicks
Robert D. Hicks, Ph.D., has edited a recent book about and including the diary of a physician, Civil War Medicine: A Surgeon’s Experience (University of Indiana Press, 2019). The book includes essays by distinguished Civil War scholars that illuminate the surgeon's (Fulton) experience. No comparable book about the medical Civil War exists for the general reader, despite the huge literature on the Civil War. Dr. Hicks is the Senior Consulting Scholar and William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine (former Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library), The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Dr. Hicks' career path has included criminal justice, the Navy, and he has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums. He holds a doctorate in maritime history from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona.
Helen Hieble
Helen Hieble received a Bachelor's Degree from Goddard College in 2013, where she majored in fantasy literature with a minor in disability studies. She has written and self-published an adult fantasy romance novella and a children's picture book, Both are available for purchase on Amazon. She has also written two guided journals as well as an auto-ethnography of her life which have also been self-published and are available for purchase at She has been a writer and lover of fantasy fiction since she was a young child. She has also been a teacher for 4 years and has experience working with school age children as well as young adults.
Staff, Highlands Mansion and Garden
Sue Hilger
SUE HILGER has been teaching knitting at Main Line School Night for nearly thirty years and, more recently, crochet. She was the owner of EWE and I, a knitting and needlepoint store located in Bryn Mawr for nineteen years and is currently working as a freelance designer in both knitting and crochet for the Plymouth Yarn Co.
Seth Holzman
Seth Holzman, (BA Music, Syracuse University) has been playing harmonica since 1965, teaching harmonica since 1975, and has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, and many others. Seth was inspired to play by (and eventually studied with) the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry. He is a caring and thoughtful instructor who teaches the techniques and musical knowledge he wishes he had known when he began his own studies. Seth currently performs with Stevie and the Bluescasters in the greater Philadelphia area.
Staff, Hope Lodge
Amy Hunt
Amy received her Floral Design Certificate from Longwood Gardens and has been in the floral industry for over 20 years. She is the owner of Grapewood Florals,LLC and specializes in weddings.
John Immerwahr
John Immerwahr, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University; Guide, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Staff, Inn at Grace Winery
Lance Isakov
LANCE DAVID ISAKOV, Founder of Village Wellness, a holistic acupuncture center in Berwyn, is a CYT Licensed Acupuncturist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Life Coach, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncture Detox Specialist (NADA), Magnified Healing Master, TaeUlju Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, Qi Gong (Mantak Chia) Practitioner, Guided Visualization Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Practitioner, Zero Balancing Practitioner. He received a bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and began teaching Reiki, a form of energetic healing, in 1996. He has a passion for experiencing new cultures and the people living in them.
Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
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)
Barnett Kamen
Barnett Kamen, is a retired teacher of Bible, Literature, and Philosophy at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. He has an MA in Biblical Literature and was a PhD. candidate
Larry Kaufman
Larry Kaufman started learning and doing Improv 22 years ago in 2000, through Temple University's Community Outreach Program, which lasted about ten years until 2010 when Temple cancelled the entire outreach program. We were known as Full Circle Theatre. It was educational in nature and we performed for schools, religious institutions, senior living facilities, corporations, on such topics as, anti smoking, anti bullying, wellness, work place harassment. After Temple shut the program down, we, the improv troupe, went out on our own, as 2nd Circle Improv Players. We continue to meet to this day to learn and practice improv. I was the Director of 2nd Circle Improv Players from 2013 to 2019. My duties included hiring improv teachers, scheduling our practices, advertising our group as we are open to the public to learn with us and join our group. I began to teach my own classes around 2015 through, HTAS Haverford Township Adult School, which lasted a few years. I also started teaching through Chester County Night School around the same time, which has recently become Chester County Lifelong Learning. I continue to teach at CCLL, and have a class scheduled to start on April 4, 2022.
Gloria Kingcade
GLORIA KINGCADE started instructing line dancing in October 1998. She is a Certified Primary Aerobic Instructor AAAI & ISMA (AAAI-American Aerobic Association International, ISMA-International Sports Medicine Association). In January 2001 Gloria founded “D.A.S.H.E.R.S. Entertainment Network” (Dancing and Singing Help Everyone Relieve Stress). The Dancing is R&B or Soul Line Dancing and the Singing is Karaoke. For more information, contact her at (215) 232-6232 or e-mail or
David Kinsey
From growing up making pizza and cheesesteaks in a family business to cooking for Julia Child and alongside Iron Chef Cat Cora, David has over 30 years of experience in the kitchen. French classically trained and a top graduate of his class from Johnson & Wales University, David has worked for some of the top companies in the foodservice & hospitality industry. Teams that David has been a part of have achieved awards of excellence such as Best of Chester County, Best of the Knot, and Best of the Main Line.
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.
Donna Klees
Donna Klees has participated in shell art competitions since 2011, winning first place several times at the Philadelphia Shell Show. Her love for shells crystalized while living on Cape Cod and making trips to Nantucket, where she was first introduced to vintage and modern Sailors Valentines. She enjoys the incredible artistic range of shell art.
Mary Ann Kleschick
Mary Ann Kleschick, Compassionate Move Solutions, Downsizing Specialist, Move Manager, Organizer. Mary Ann has helped clients from the Main Line, Philadelphia and Bucks County create beautiful functioning interiors for over 30 years. A graduate of Drexel University (majoring in Interior Design) Mary Ann has the education, knowledge and experience to help homeowners transform their homes into spaces that reflect their taste and style.
Sandra Koberlein
Sandra Koberlein is an artist and an artist educator. She has over thirty years experience working with others in various creative capacities. Her artwork is primarily abstract and composed of intriguing layers, similar to the layers of her life. Sandra exhibits her work in competitive galleries, art centers, hospitals and universities both locally and nationally. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in private collections. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and encaustic instructor. Sandra conducts workshops at art centers and in her Woodstown, NJ studio (Supawna Studio). She serves on several non-profit boards, supporting visual and performing arts and arts education. Sandra earned her Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, her BA in Art and BA in Art Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She added a minor degree in Early Italian Renaissance Art History at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Sandra earned her MA in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Maxine Koenig
MAXINE KOENIG has an MA in Music from Temple University. She is multi-talented and plays almost every instrument. Maxine believes that music should not be tedious and should be fun. Her students are constantly entertained by her witty yet informative style of teaching.
Franmar Kopko
Franmar Kopko, RPh., has been a registered pharmacist for over 19 years and has worked in retail, managed care and now in the medical cannabis industry. Franmar has been counseling patients at a local dispensary on the use of medical cannabis for their specific medical issues and providing insight on the numerous products available.
Lisa Kramer
Lisa Kramer MSW, PCC is the founder and president of Leading with Intention Since transitioning to full time coaching in 2002, Lisa has successfully coached business leaders and managers, and she has served as a mentor-coach and coach trainer for hundreds of coaches worldwide. More recently, Lisa has pivoted to retirement coaching to assist individuals and couples to design their next chapter. Lisa’s passion for coaching emerged from a successful career in clinical social work and social work education. Lisa served on the faculty of Widener University’s School of Human Service Professions and the University of Texas at Dallas Master’s Program in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching. She is currently a leadership coach at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her coaching certification from the Co-Active Training Institute. She is also a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, an avid cyclist, and she loves all kinds of dancing.
Al Lamperti
Al Lamperti (Master Observer), Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers member
Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Vincent Lartigue
VINCENT LARTIGUE is a native French teacher, born and raised in Paris. He is a graduate from the University of Paris. He has over thirty years of experience as a French teacher working with adults at all levels, from beginner to advanced. His method is conversational and direct and he teaches on a Private, Semi-Private and/or Group-based instruction. He travels back to France several times a year so that his French is up-to-date. During his career he has worked with the major chains of language schools in the US and Europe.
Sue Laskin
Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
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.
Olive Ledlie
Olive Ledlie, PhD, Former Chair English Department, The Baldwin School
R. Barry Levis
R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012; Director, Graduate Program, Liberal Studies, Rollins College (1990-2000)
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!
Jessica Liddell Gorlin
Jessica Liddell is a professional artist known around the region for her architectural mosaic and fused glass installations. She has been commissioned to create artwork for parks, hospitals and corporations throughout the country. Jessica has also facilitated many community projects with schools and non profit organizations. She is enthusiastic about her craft and has taught at the Main Line Art Center, MALT and Fleisher Art Memorial. She owns Bella Mosaic Art, a studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Michael Lizzio
Michael Lizzio, Certified Pool Instructor
David Low
David Low, MS PhD was an entertainer and drug counselor before getting a doctorate in Religious Studies, and teaching as an adjunct professor at Rutgers, Rowan and other colleges in the area for ten years. He has followed eastern spiritual traditions for 40 years and attended many Buddhist temples and retreats. See more about him at
Laura Mack
Laura Mack has been working with her mother, Carole Giegerich, for several years. As succulent enthusiasts, they have been deepening their knowledge of the world of succulents. For a few years now, they have been providing workshops, team building activities and special occasion parties for numerous different groups, sharing their passion and creativity and providing a hands-on experience that gives each participant a wonderful creation to take home and nurture. See some of their creations and learn more about them on their website,
Joanie Mackie
Kristina Maletta
Kristina Maletta is committed to sharing the history, preservation and hands-on creativity of calligraphy. Kristina has worked in the prominent wedding industry in Southern California, and has been an independent artist and teacher for over 10 years. She has studied with Master Penmen and the White House Calligraphers throughout the United States.
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.
John McBride
John McBride has degrees from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Classical Japanese literature), Australian National University, (International Relations), and The University of Melbourne (MBA). John’s interest in travel writing in Japanese classical literature has seen him walking the old highway systems of Japan for over 40 years. For the past eight years he has been guiding history walks in Japan. In 2010, John was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his services to business and cultural links between Australia and Japan.
Jack McCarthy
Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations and directed numerous archives and public history projects. Jack is particularly noted for his work in Philadelphia music history. He has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on Philadelphia music. He serves as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Music Center. For the Orchestra, he has managed the historical components of several major festivals: the 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski Centennial, 2017 Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival, and 2018 Leopold Stokowski/Albert Barnes Festival. Jack served as director of the 2018-2019 project, Documenting and Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy, funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and he co-produced, gave several presentations, and curated the accompanying exhibit for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s 2016 multi-part series Memories and Melodies: A Journey Through Philadelphia’s Musical Legacy. He served as consulting archivist for several Philadelphia music documentaries: the 2014 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio; the 2018 film biography Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me; and the (in-production) film Beethoven in Beijing, which focuses on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s history in China. He also periodically gives two walking tours: Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy and Lost Sites and Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music. Jack writes on Philadelphia music for the popular online daily magazine Hidden City Philadelphia and the scholarly, peer-reviewed online resource, Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden. For the latter he has written articles on Philadelphia jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, doo wop, soul music, gospel, DJs, and opera and opera houses, as well as a series of articles on iconic Philadelphia popular songs. He was recruited by the Oxford African American Studies Center to write the article Philadelphia Soul Music, which was published on the Center’s website in 2018. He wrote two articles on Philadelphia gospel music for radio station WXPN’s 2019 documentary project, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul.
Dori McClennen
Dori McClennen, Teaching Artist, Member Haverford Guild
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.
Wendy Merron
Wendy is a Bd. Certified Hypnotherapist at The Center of Success in Wayne, PA. She is also a Certified Hypnosis Instructor, and Certified in The Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping).
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.
Rimma Milenkova
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.
Nancy Miller
Nancy Bea Miller exhibits her work nationally, with gallery representation in Colorado, Maine and Pennsylvania. She has degrees from Penn and PAFA and teaches at various local institutions and privately. Joseph Sweeney will teach Figure Drawing on Nov. 1 & 8, 2022. Joseph Sweeney, professional artist and instructor, has exhibited nationally and is currently represented by Gallery 222 in Malvern and Cerulean Gallery in Philadelphia. Many public and private institutions, private collections and museums own his works. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and a Master’s Degree in Printmaking from Pennsylvania State University. He teaches at PAFA and the Wayne Art Center.
Gabrielle Miller
Gabrielle Miller is an award-winning filmmaker and actress who has performed and directed across the world. Her short film, “9 Lives: Chapter One” was an Official Selection for over 25 international film festivals and garnered over 10 awards of excellence including the coveted Best Short Film Award. She has taught courses at Marymount Manhattan College, the University of Idaho and currently teaches in Film Studies at Saint Joseph's University. She has performed her one-woman educational performance for thousands including at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, Universal Studios Educational Theatre and for the United States Naval Base receiving an accomodation for her work. She was the Chair of Theatre and Film at the Episcopal Academy for 5 years where she added film studies programming to the humanities curriculum. She can be seen on QVC as a guest host and in such films as “Hollywould” alongside Eric Roberts. She has been teaching at Saint Joseph’s University for 10 years creating new curriculum in courses such as Women in Film, The Art of Comedy, Chaplin/Keaton, and Great American Performances.
Matt Mittman
Matt Mittman launched his real estate and coaching/teaching career nearly 20 years ago. Upon graduating from Bucknell, Matt found his way back to the Greater Philadelphia area where he set out to build the foundation and systems of his business. The growth of these systems and successes provided the opportunity for him to open RE/MAX Ready in Conshohocken in 2013. Matt’s business and teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief of Knowledge=Confidence and Confidence=Performance. In addition to running his real estate business, Matt is a certified real estate instructor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has taught nationally recognized courses for the Realtor® Associations, as well as for many area schools and organizations. You can find out more about Matt at or
Jamie Mogil
Dianne Moore
Dianne Moore, MSW, MS, CHC, CNE, FNLP founder & owner of MooreBetterFood is a Functional Nutrition Coach focusing on Nutrition and Lifestyle Wellness. Certified through the Functional Nutrition Alliance, Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, she also holds a Master of Social work from Temple University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Staff, Mother Compost
Gwenn Nolan is the owner & operator of Mother Compost, a local food scraps/household waste collection service, which provides pick-ups for residents and businesses interested in composting on the Main Line. Gwenn began composting over four years ago at home and started Mother Compost after arriving at the conclusion that everyone should compost but not everyone has the time or space to do so. Familiar with composting both in the backyard and on commercial scale, Gwenn can discuss the differences between home & commercial processing. Gwenn grew up in the area and went to college at Penn State, where she studied Public Relations & Spanish. She currently lives in Wynnewood with her husband and 3 children. Information on Gwenn’s company can be found here
Staff, Mummers Museum
Dennis Murphy
Dennis Murphy is a lifelong Delaware County native, received a BA from West Chester University and an MA in Counseling from Villanova University. He was deployed to the Republic of Viet Nam and served with the 196 Light Infantry Brigade of the American Division in I Corps on the Laos border. Dennis was a Grenadier with a rifle squad, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry that operated off of Firebase Mary Ann located near the Dak Rose trail, part of the Ho Chi Minh system of trails used to get troops and materials into South Viet Nam. He was awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and an Army Commendation Medal for his service in Viet Nam. He retired after a 40 year career in higher education at schools including Villanova University, Neumann University and Rosemont College. He serves on the Delaware County Veterans Memorial as Co Vice President and several other volunteer organizations.
Juliet Najdawi
JULIET NAJDAWI is a native speaker and teacher of the Arabic Language - Modern Standard. She has been teaching Arabic at MLSN and other local high schools since 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. This background allows her to implement the most effective methods of planning and conducting energetic lesson plans to accommodate most learning styles. She can be reached at for questions and comments.
McKaig Nature Center
Vytas Masalaitis, McKaig Park Ranger, VP KoP Historical Society (Ret.)
Zachary Nelson
Zachary Nelson, Technology Consultant
Staff, Nemours
Neal Newman
Over the past 40 years, Neal Newman has directed extensively in classical, Shakespeare, modern theater, musicals, and opera. He trained as an actor at California State University, and trained in Shakespeare at ACT of San Francisco, where he directed A CRY OF PLAYERS, and THE CRITIC, and acted the title role in RICHARD II. He trained as a director at Carnegie Mellon, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He directed many Off-Broadway productions in New York (DANCE ON A COUNTRY GRAVE, CRADLE WILL ROCK, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD); ran a summer stock company, (ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, TAMING OF THE SHREW); and directed five seasons of Shakespeare in the Park in Philadelphia, (MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, HAMLET, HENRY IV). Opera productions include many by Gilbert & Sullivan, BOHEME, and CARMEN. He was a New York Critic for Show Business Magazine for 7 years, and continues as a record producer. He has taught and directed at The Walnut Street Theater, Fordham University (CABARET, FIGARO); University of the Arts (SEAGULL, CRUCIBLE); Cabrini College (MISS JULIE, 2 GENTLEMEN OF VERONA); and the University Of Pennsylvania, (MIKADO). At Steel River Playhouse he directed RAGTIME, MIRACLE WORKER, CHRISTMAS CAROL, BLITHE SPIRIT and TOYS IN THE ATTIC. As an actor, Neal has appeared at Steel River in THE CRUCIBLE, (Danforth) and PIPPIN, (Charlemange). He was co author of GOLDILOCKS AND THE DOWN HOME BEARS presented at Steel River, and will soon present a reading of the new musical LITTLE PRINCESS. Neal recently presented BIRTH OF A NATION, AND THE FOUNDING OF WHITE SUPREMACY at MLSN.
Char Nolan
Char Nolan has been plant-based for ten years. She is a certified plant-based chef with a certificate in plant-based nutrition from é-Cornell. She teaches nutrition and plant-based cooking throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a contributor to "Veg World Magazine," and many of her recipes also appear at, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more.
Scott Noye
Scott Noye is a native Bostonian who has been living in the Philadelphia area for over 30 years. He received his BS degree in Culinary Arts and Management from Johnson and Wales University, and has been working in the retail, management, education, and customer service areas of the food industry. A father of three, Mr. Scott lives in Broomall, Delaware County Mr. Scott, as he is known by his students, is a home-cook, "foodie", and an avid fan and follower of the local restaurant scene. He is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge and expertise, as well as using healthy, locally grown, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Scott developed the idea for Chef Dad's Table. He was a teaching assistant at Widener University, a PA Certified Substitute Teacher, and a Culinary Instructor at a Lavner Summer Camp. When schools shut down due to COVID, Scott immediately answered parents' needs for homeschool assistance and tutoring. While working with his students, he also discovered that everyone was struggling to find non-traditional learning activities that were Covid-safe, yet interesting and fun. Scott's culinary training led him to develop cooking and baking classes for children. And thus "Chef Dad's Table" was born. Besides cooking and eating great food, one of the missions of Chef Dad's Table is to provide a safe and engaging place for kids and teens to learn and have fun. Whether it is to strengthen their academic skills or to explore their creative side, Chef Dad's Table offers students a variety of extra-curricular classes, activities, and camps. The classes teach life long skills, build confidence and self-esteem, and introduce students to a variety of vocations and opportunities that are available to them later in life. Chef Dad's Table continues to work with local like-minded organizations to educate people about Family and Consumer Sciences with the goal of helping those in need and reducing the burden that Food Insecurity causes. The students of Chef Dad's Table are introduced to volunteering and philanthropy through their efforts to help combat Food Insecurity and to increase social harmony in our communities.
Michelle Oosterbaan
Michelle Oosterbaan’s drawings, wall paintings, and installations describe relationships between motion/stasis, and investigate ideas of cartography, memory and the idea of place, in an ever-evolving notion of the sublime landscape. Oosterbaan has exhibited internationally including the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Drawing Center, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Museum, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO. Recent public art projects include the Democratic National Convention and the Mural Arts Philadelphia. She has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis as a Fred Conway Scholar and an MFA from Indiana University with post-graduate studies in Florence, Italy with S.A.C.I and Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Currently she teaches at PAFA, Drexel University, Wilmington Friends, and the Fleisher Art Memorial.
Michelle Partlow
Michelle is a professional educator and teaches Mah Jongg locally and around the country. She is a tournament player, lauded as an outstanding teacher who is enthusiastic and patient.
Ray Pasternak
Sharon Pastore
Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. She is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She has tracked her dreams for over 7 years, recorded over 500 dreams, and interpreted over 250 dreams. She works with entrepreneurs, creatives, teens and young adults, to follow their dreams and live lucid. This includes: career, business, and major life decisions, personal and business branding, high levels of creativity, relationships, or heal from loss. She founded Dream Girl Power and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams that Change Our Lives, and Lucid Dream Magazine. In addition to dreamwork, Sharon spent 17 years in nonprofits and education, and the past 8 years as co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center, a mediation and legal services firm that helps couples separate and divorce in a holistic, peaceful and structured way. She is also a business and marketing consultant and freelancer. She holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with Sharon at
Tania Perelberg
I grew up watching a master seamstress at work—my mother—and started sewing as a child. Quilting has always been my passion. Back in Brazil, where the art of quilting is not widespread, I had to make (invent) my own quilts with my own supplies and my own techniques. Luckily, eight years ago I moved to the United States, the quilting capital of the world, and since then I have been in heaven, quilting on a daily basis, six to ten hours a day. I have taken scores of classes, attended many quilting exhibitions and constantly improving my techniques. No quilt is impossible to me, I see the most difficult ones as challenges I have to face and succeed. I have made more than two hundred quilts, I have my own studio at home with a professional long arm quilting machine. I sell the quilts on Etsy (MyCrazyBulldogQuilts) , eBay (mycrazybulldog) as well on Facebook (My Crazy Bulldog) , and at various craft fairs along the year, not for the sake of the money, but for the love of quilting . As a Biologist I donate all profits to various animal welfare organizations.
David Perlman
David Perlman, PhD, MS, adjunct professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is interested in how games allow people to test moral understanding, exercise imagination, and explore ethical issues in fantasy environments. Dr. Perlman has over 40 years of experience in role-playing games and has been a Dungeon Master for over a decade.
Lennie Perrott
Lennie Perrott is a licensed psychologist and certified life coach in Wayne, who works with individuals, couples and families. Central to her work is the powerful self-discovery tool, the Enneagram, which she uses extensively in her private practice and in group settings. You can find out more about lennie on her website:
Elizabeth Perry
Beth Perry, Tai Chi Instructor
Robert Peters
Robert Peters, Wine Specialist, Best of 'Philadelphia Magazine' has over 25 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Wine Specialist at the Ardmore Fine Wine & Good Spirits store which is the number one store in the southeast Pennsylvania area. Rob has been working with MLSN for over 15 years.
Alfred Poor
Alfred Poor has been making music with others since he got his first guitar in his teens. He later discovered bluegrass and migrated to the mandolin. Over the past 20 years, he’s been a member of bands in the Doylestown and Lehigh Valley areas: “Faith and Practice,” “Northbranch,” and “Willow Creek.” He has performed on stages including Musikfest in Allentown and the Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association’s annual festival in Wind Gap, PA. Over the years, he has been a frequent participant at area bluegrass jams including the Radnor Medium Jam (now the Malvern Jam), the Doylestown Jam, and the highly-regarded Washington House Jam in Sellersville, PA. In the fall of 2021, he launched the Kelly Center Bluegrass Jam in Havertown.
Julie Potter
Julie Potter, Artist
Staff, Preservation Alliance of Phila
Staff, Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia
Joel Price
Joel F W Price is the Technology Outreach Team Lead at Swarthmore College. In addition, he has consulted for schools, musicians, and small businesses, including social media strategy and implementation, individual and small-group training and photography. He has spoken nationally at conferences on the topic of responsible and creative emerging media implementation.
Rosae Reeder
Rosae M. Reeder is a Book Artist / Printmaker and teacher of many things Book Arts and Printmaking. Living, teaching and constantly making in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as Letterpress, Lithography, Monotype along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection. A moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally.
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™.
Catherine Robert
Catherine Jeanne Robert, PhD, BA, Connecticut College for Women, MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, has taught at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. She is currently on the faculty of the University of The Arts with a joint appointment in Liberal Arts and Dance Studies. Dr. Robert wrote her dissertation under the direction of Dr. Robert Regan.
Marie Roberts
MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is and she can be reached at
Leslie Robison
Leslie Robison has provided coaching and organizing services 1999. She is passionate about helping you achieve more ease, credibility and satisfaction at home and at work. Master your day, master your life:
Jason Rodriguez
Jason D. Rodriguez is an illustrator who specializes in comic art and picture books for children, working digitally and traditionally. He teaches drawing and illustration to adults, teens and children.
Nicole Rodriguez
Nicole Rodriguez is a certified Postural Alignment Specialist. She worked as an Exercise Therapist at Egoscue of Philadelphia before starting 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 and has her Master of Dance Education from Temple University. Nicole works with clients privately and teaches weekly balance/strengthening and dance classes at MovementRx Studio in Wynnewood. Learn more at
Eugenia Roskos
Geni Roskos, ACE Certified Group Instructor, Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center
Eddie Ross
Eddie Ross is the Co-founder and Chief Content Creator of Maximalist Studios, specializing in environmental photography for the home design and consumer products industries. He has worked as a design, decorating and food editor for Better Homes & Gardens, Food Network, Martha Stewart Living and House Beautiful. Recognized by design aficionados for his inventive, out-of-the-box approach to decorating and entertaining, Eddie consistently re-imagines the aesthetic possibilities in secondhand finds, imbuing them with a chic and colorful sophistication within everyone’s reach. His sold-out tours of antique markets across the country have empowered devoted followers to find the best things they can and, at the same time, to give new life to what they may already own. A trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Eddie has styled parties and table settings featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living and InStyle. His design work has been published in Domino, Vanity Fair, Country Living and the New York Times. He has also appeared in Bravo’s interior design competition series Top Design and entertaining specials for HGTV. Eddie lectures widely on the living arts, from food and flowers, to gardening, decorating and entertaining. His first book, entitled Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, was published by Gibbs Smith in September 2015.
Steve Ross
Biography: Steve Ross Title: 2018 Inductee, Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame Steve Ross has been in the radio business since just before Marconi began his experiment. In fact, it's been rumored that the extent of the equipment at his first station consisted of a two tin cans and a ball of string. Ross boasts proudly that he's also never met a radio station that he couldn't ruin. From 2005-2016, Broadcast Pioneers member Steve Ross, along with fellow members, former Philadelphia Eagles General Manager, Jim Murray, and Jackie Strauss, co-hosted the popular nostalgia program, “Remember When.” The show aired Saturday night's and quickly developed a loyal following, with folks who can easily recall some innocuous something that happened several decades ago but have difficulty recalling what they ate for breakfast that morning. From 1993 until 1997, Ross served as Vice President/Creative Director for Jim Murray, Ltd., a sports marketing, and public relations firm. Ross was intimately involved with the company's lead account, the McDonald's LPGA Championship, one of only four major tournaments on the LPGA tour. The tournament has the distinction of holding the world record for most money ever raised for charity by a single sporting event. He also served as contributing editor for the official program (Note: That sounds a lot more important than it really was – except for the money raised, that is). Ross has spent more than decades as a broadcaster on both radio and television. In his native Philadelphia, he has performed as on-air radio talent at WFIL, WIBG, WWDB, WCAU, WXTU, WIP, WYSP, WIOQ, WZZD & WPEN. Early in his career, Ross also toiled as an air personality at WMID, Atlantic City and WBUD-AM & WKXW-FM, Trenton. Ross began his broadcasting career doing college radio at Drexel's WXDT-AM. During 1992-93, Ross, along with Helene Masiko was host of a comedy morning radio show, “The Dude & Dudess” on WMGM-FM, Atlantic City., the tandem became number one in the market. They were also voted "Best of Atlantic City," by Atlantic City Magazine, as well Ross says: "We were really good, too – and if you don't believe that, just ask us." From 1988 until 1990, Ross was Promotion Director and on-air personality at WIOQ-FM, Philadelphia. During his tenure, he developed several successful promotions, including the Q-102 music collection CD, in conjunction with McDonald's Corporation. Proceeds from each album sale benefited area Ronald McDonald Houses (That was very cool). From 2008-2015, Ross co-hosted “PA Harness Week”- carried locally on NBC Sports Philly. From 1990 to 1992, Ross was executive producer and co-host (with Dick Jerardi) of "Keepin' Track," a national radio program devoted to thoroughbred horse racing. From 1985 to 1988, Ross was Director of advertising and promotion at Garden State Park. Shortly thereafter, he assumed similar duties at Philadelphia Park (now PARX), as well. Ross told us: "It was during this period, that I turned my attention from ruining radio to ruining racetracks." During 1982, 1983 and 1984, Ross served as track announcer and race caller at Laurel, Maryland's Freestate Raceway, before becoming Director of Marketing the following year. Television gigs included producing and co-hosting the ground-breaking sports talk program, "Eagles Cheers" televised on Channel 57, Philadelphia. This show was the first in-your-face, confrontational sports telecast anywhere and spawned many network imitators. Ross commented: "I sure do a lot of co-hosting, don't I?" He and his wife, Karen, Director of Perioperative Services at a Level One Trauma Center, reside in Medford, New Jersey. They have two beautiful and talented adult daughters, Alexis, and Nicole. It's also been rumored that Ross is still in possession of a large urn, containing the ashes of all the radio stations and racetracks he's ruined over these many years.
Michelle Rothwell
Michelle Rothwell is a former Associate Professor with more than 30 years of professional experience in the arts. She has developed college degree programs and dozens of college courses. Her client list includes DuPont, Proctor & Gamble, GlaxoSmith-Kline, Merrill Lynch, SAP, and others. Michelle is a practicing Fine Art whose work has been shown internationally and nationally in solo and group shows. She has been a student of ancient healing practices for over 20 years. She is the founder of Holistic Creativity, a complete System for personal growth and creative development.
Dan Rottenberg
Dan Rottenberg has been chief editor of seven innovative publications, most recently Broad Street Review, an online arts and culture salon he created in 2005. As an advocate for free expression and alternative media, he successfully defended seven libel suits and received Temple University’s Free Speech Award in 1992. His twelve published books include Finding Our Fathers, which launched the modern Jewish genealogy movement in 1977, and Death of a Gunfighter, which was honored as the best Western history book of 2008. He served as a consultant in 1981 when Forbes magazine launched its annual “Forbes 400” list of wealthiest Americans. His syndicated film commentaries appeared in monthly city magazines around the U.S. from 1971 to 1983. Earlier, he was a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, executive editor of Philadelphia Magazine, managing editor of Chicago Journalism Review, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and editor of a daily newspaper in Indiana. For a link to a more extensive biography, go to his perrsonal website:
Jan Rush
Jan Rush, Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers member
Anthony Francis Russo
Anthony Russo, AB, German Language and Literature with Italian Minor, Villanova University, 1970; MA German Language and Literature, Villanova University, 1974 Hired as a teacher of German in 1970, I initiated an Italian curriculum within 3 years, and within 10 years, the program had grown to a full 4 year curriculum. Two full-time teachers of Italian were needed due to student number, about five years later. In 1996, hired again as a teacher of German for the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Chester County, I was asked to initiate an Italian curriculum once again at Conestoga High School, and this program grew to a full 4 year curriculum in four years, with 2 full-time teachers of Italian within 9 years. During my career, I have led 15 tours with students and adults, to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, but mostly to Italy. I led a tour of 35 students and adults to Italy and Sicily most recently. As leader of the group, and as lead teacher, I was required to deal with such diverse situations as rooming and other hotel issues, retail store negotiations which students were not able to handle, logistical issues of timing with the tour bus, the Metro in Rome, and the like. While touring with my students, I also had the unique privilege to sing in the Teatro di Ercolano (the ancient theater in Herculaneum) as a demonstration of the incredible acoustics which the ancient Romans developed over 2000 years ago. No microphone is necessary even today, to project the voice of the actor or singer to reach the hundreds in the audience. Almost thirty-nine years of classroom teaching in high school, adult night school, and several courses at the university level in not only Italian, but also in Cultural Diversity, have given me an excellent proficiency in written and spoken Italian, and virtually native fluency in speaking. Never having lived in Italy for any extended period of time, I have nonetheless more than held my own in both business and personal conversations with natives - even those using in part their local dialect - on various topics.
Andrea Samz-Pustol
Andrea Samz-Pustol, Digital Scholarship Fellow
Lorri Sarosy
Lorri holds BA and MBA degrees in finance and marketing. Her work career includes 25 years corporate management and 10 years non-profit professional experience. Lorri’s grant writing experience includes work for four distinctly different non-profit entities. This experience combined with financial, planning and management skills have contributed to her success.
Rona Satten
RONA CORDISH SATTEN is a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association and a Certified Level III Instructor. She is certified by Master Li JunFeng to teach Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong, and has been certified as an Associate Healing Tao Instructor. Rona is a lifelong shamanic qigong student of Master Zhongxian Wu. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong Therapist through the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has a healing practice combining qi healing with other energy therapies. Rona loves teaching and her priority is to share the joyful, self-healing qigong practice with everyone interested. More information is available from her at:
Jessica Schneider
JESSICA HICKMAN SCHNEIDER has nearly eighteen years of experience running nonprofit organizations. Jessica holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She is currently the Grants Manager for Montgomery County as well as a nonprofit consultant and uses personal experiences and humor to put a spark into a subject that can be boring and bland. Jessica won the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's Human Rights Advocate of the Year award in 2011 from the Montgomery County Advisory Board. Learn more about Jessica and her work at
Jane Schultz
Jane Schultz is a visual artist, whose work ranges from an expressionist exploration of emotions to an impressionist exploration of movement, all documented in IOS based photographic images. Her work has been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. She has been recognized in numerous art competitions including the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, MIRA Mobile Prize, Mobile Photography Awards, Florence International Photography Awards, and Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit. In addition to creating, Jane administers Edit from the Soul and @ig_artistry, Facebook and Instagram sites which promote originality, creativity, and emotive art, curates for the New Era Museum, judges photographic competitions, and teaches mobile photography and artistry.
Martin E. P. Seligman
Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman is the Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology. He is also Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP). He was President of the American Psychological Association in 1998, during which one of his presidential initiatives was the promotion of Positive Psychology as a field of scientific study. He is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 350 scholarly publications and 30 books. Dr. Seligman's books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are The Hope Circuit (Public Affairs, 2018), Flourish (Free Press, 2011), Authentic Happiness (Free Press, 2002), Learned Optimism (Knopf, 1991), What You Can Change & What You Can't (Knopf, 1993), The Optimistic Child (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), Helplessness (Freeman, 1975, 1993) and Abnormal Psychology (Norton, 1982, 1988, 1995, with David Rosenhan). His book Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, was co-authored with Christopher Peterson (Oxford, 2004). His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Reader's Digest, Redbook, Parents, Fortune, Family Circle, USA Today and many other popular magazines. He has been a spokesman for the science and practice of psychology on numerous television and radio shows. He has written columns on such far-flung topics as education, violence, happiness, and therapy. He has lectured around the world to educators, industry, parents, and mental health professionals. Dr. Seligman is the recipient of various awards, including the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Lifetime Contributions to Psychology (2017), the Tang Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychology (2014), the APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution (2006), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Research in Psychopathology (1997), and the Distinguished Contribution Award for Basic Research with Applied Relevance from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology (1992). He also received two awards from the American Psychological Society - the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Applications of Psychological Knowledge (1995) and the William James Fellow Award for Contributions to Basic Science (1991). Dr. Seligman's research and writing has been broadly supported by a number of institutions including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. His research on preventing depression received the MERIT Award of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1991. For 14 years, Dr. Seligman was the Director of the Clinical Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychology. He was named a "Distinguished Practitioner" by the National Academies of Practice, and in 1995 received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's award for “Distinguished Contributions to Science and Practice." He is a past-president of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 1996, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association, by the largest vote in modern history. His primary aim as APA President was to join practice and science together so both might flourish - a goal that has dominated his own life as a psychologist. His major initiatives concerned the prevention of ethnopolitical warfare and the study of Positive Psychology. Since 2000 his main mission has been the promotion of the field of Positive Psychology. He received his A.B. from Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude (Philosophy), 1964; Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), 1967; and nine honorary doctorates.
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness
Julie has been leading group exercise classes for nearly 30 years and has been teaching classes at Main Line School Night since 1995. Fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Julie strives to make every class fun, informative and motivating, and to help her students achieve their health and fitness goals.
Anjali Shaw
I have a B.A. in European Studies/French literature and an M.A. in Information Science. I have also spent a number of years studying film at the New School in New York City. I was a tenured faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC before moving to the Main Line in 2006. I have been an avid student of film and culture for decades, but only discovered Hindi Cinema more recently. It has changed my life in that it is so much more than movies; there is a profound wisdom and emotional connection that these movies provide. It has become my passion to help others experience this.
Carol Shelkin
CAROL SHELKIN is an artist that honed her skills as a painter, potter and educator for many years. After attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts she continued a successful career teaching and showing her artwork. Her work has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego, Chicago's Navy Pier and Philadelphia Magic Gardens to name a few. She has been accepting mosaic commissions, teaching, and creating contemporary and fine art works. Carol has designed and collaborated on several community projects and installations which included working with seven hundred school children. More information is available on her website:
Michael Sielski
A star in the sports journalism world, Mike Sielski is a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the author of three books. His latest, The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality, drew on never-before-heard interview tapes with Bryant and was published in January 2022 to universal praise from readers and reviewers. Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal all gave The Rise starred reviews, and Library Journal called it “a landmark account of Kobe Bryant’s early life [that] will stand as the most objective, definitive record of his youth.” An accompanying podcast, I Am Kobe, which Sielski wrote and narrated, was released in November 2021 through iHeartRadio and is a 2022 finalist for the Webby Award, for “excellence on the Internet,” in the Best Sports Podcast category. Within weeks of The Rise’s publication, Sielski had reached an option agreement with Mark Ciardi—the producer of more than a dozen movies, including Miracle, Invincible, The Rookie, and Secretariat—for the book’s feature film and documentary rights. Ciardi immediately hired Jonathan Hock, who is responsible for five films in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, to direct a documentary based on the book and the podcast. Published in 2009, Sielski’s book Fading Echoes: A True Story of Rivalry and Brotherhood from the Football Field to the Fields of Honor told the tale of two high school football players from a small Pennsylvania town who went on to serve in the Iraq War. Fading Echoes received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and Booklist called it “an emotionally charged book that offers a profound understanding of American life in the first years of the twenty-first century.” Sielski’s first book—How to Be like Jackie Robinson: Life Lessons from Baseball’s Greatest Hero, which he co-authored with longtime NBA executive Pat Williams—was published in 2005.
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Ken Sklar
Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues
Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She teaches Ballet, Tap and Jazz to both children and adults at Dain Dance Academy (formerly McHenry Dance Center) where she is a faculty member. She enjoys continuing education classes at the University of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Koresh, and Dance Masters of America summer intensive at NY University and taking classes from the many tap masters throughout the Philadelphia Area. She is a member of a tap company known as UCTT (Uniting Colleges Through Tap) and is proud to be a part of this ambitious talented company of tap dancers.
Emily Smith
Emily Smith, Therapeutic Movement Guide, Myofascial Release and Licensed Massage Therapist is heartfelt in helping others listen to the body’s wisdom to create health and happiness. Emily creatively shares simple and effective skills that treat and prevent chronic pain naturally as well as create resiliency and strength.
Mariann Smith
Mariann Smith, MA. Prior to moving back to this area, she worked for 26 years in the Education Department--for the last 12 years as curator--in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, which focuses primarily on modern and contemporary art. Her major responsibilities included docent training; writing, recording, and editing audio tours and video programs; researching and preparing label copy and brochures for exhibitions; presenting lectures on a wide variety of topics; and curating a number of exhibitions. She is the author of Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Highlights of the Collection (2011) and a major contributor to The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2011). Since moving back to Chester County, she had a one-year appointment as Curatorial Assistant, Art & Artifacts Dept., Special Collections, Bryn Mawr College, working with the Art and Artifacts staff on collection-based projects, exhibitions, and the museum studies program. She also worked as consultant at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, revising audio tour scripts and preparing exhibition labels. Mariann received her AB in French Studies from Bryn Mawr in 1981 and a Masters in Art History (1986) and Certificate of Museum Practice (1987) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also currently a consultant for the Center for Humanities in Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biological Sciences.
Rebecca Soffer
Rebecca Soffer is cofounder of Modern Loss, a global movement offering creative, meaningful, and practical content and community addressing the long arc of grief. In addition to The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief and Building Your Resilience (Running Press; 2022), she is also coauthor of the book Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome. (Harper Wave, 2018) and an internationally recognized speaker on loss and resilience. She writes regularly across media, including the New York Times, Glamour, NBC, and CNN. Rebecca is a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna and a Peabody Award–winning former producer for The Colbert Report. Rebecca and her husband and sons split their time between New York City and The Berkshires. For more information visit
Rick Spector
Rick Spector has been teaching local and national nostalgia to enthusiastic groups for 37 years. He founded Moviehouse Productions in 1983, delighting audiences throughout the Delaware Valley with his multi-media nostalgia shows. His core programs include his multi-part series on the popular history of Philadelphia. Rick's works were inspired by his Philly childhood, the tales his father shared with him, his travels about the city and research into its underappreciated past. Rick worked for 35 years for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in community relations. "Radio Rick" hosted the Milestones radio show for PCA during its entire five-year run. Rick is a graduate of the Philly school system and Temple University. Visit his website at to view his podcasts and for further information about his work.
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Ainsley Stewart
Ainsley and Jane are both Interior Designers at Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. For years they have used their valuable knowledge on interior design to transform ordinary kitchens spaces into one their clients have only ever dreamed of. Ainsley is an Interior Designers at Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. For years she has used her valuable knowledge on interior design to transform ordinary kitchens spaces into one her clients have only ever dreamed of.
Todd Stofka
Todd Stofka, CH, HNLP, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He developed the Stofka Method by integrating NLP and Hypnotherapy with his background in Aikido, Jujitsu and a variety of competitive sports. Founder of the Philly Hypnosis Centers, since 2001 has spent transforming smokers into non-smokers, and sports enthusiasts into ace athletes. Whether weight management or lack of confidence is an issue, or a person is facing fear filled phobias, Todd is deftly able to “rewire” the negative thoughts or behaviors and assist his clients in overcoming a wide variety of obstacles. ToddStofkaheadshotoc Todd is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College teaching classes on hypnosis. Todd has been published and is a frequent contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Trend, The Local, Philly Fit, 2009 US Open Golf, Sports Psychology Tennis, Self growth, Think well, Expert click, American Chronicle, Green Doc, Soft Ball Gloves, Circadian Dreams, Smoke, Alternative Fitness, Thomas Cox, Simply Healthy, My Life, Expert contributor for Ezine Article, Article base, Podcast Alley, Video / TV – Veoh, Metacafe, YouTube, Clisper, AOL, Yahoo, Metacafe, Kewago, Daily Motion, Radio – Blog Talk Radio, WOGL, WKYW, Sports 610 As a former competitive ski racer and sports trainer, he folds these varied disciplines into his Stofka Method to help people reach their personal goals. He is noted for his ability to reach deep into a person’s psyche and touch their core talent and dream, while creating just the right connection to anchor this as a new behavior in their daily life. He is skilled at stimulating his client’s ability to embody the skills used by outstanding performers and experts in the field of aspired excellence. Todd builds rapport easily and he is known for his honest assessment of his clients needs. As a result he has earned a reputation of trust. Prior to founding the Philly Hypnosis Centers, Todd was a corporate executive holding various management positions from construction to technology oriented companies. He excelled at strategy, vision and mission planning and continuously exceeded sales goals. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President of Sales for Titan Technology Partners, a national software firm. Mr. Stofka has a BS in engineering and management from Clarkson University and is currently working on his MBA. He has always strived to refine and develop himself further and he has taken a myriad of independent course work, from the Sandler Selling System to Management of People Skills and Development at Cornell University. Originally, Todd took a hypnosis course to improve certain aspect of his own life and business performance. During his initial studies, he had a personal turning point, which inspired him to seek the healer within and dedicate his life to helping others reach their personal excellence. He proceeded to take courses in Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He has numerous certifications in both disciplines, including “Certified Master Practitioner”. Todd is a member of NGH, (National Guild of Hypnotists) and NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). Mr. Stofka’s, Philly Hypnosis Centers are located in Chalfont, Pennsylvania and The Virtual Office on Skype. In addition, Todd teaches skiing and snowboarding. He resides with his wife and two children in the Philadelphia area.
Jackie Strauss
Broadcast Pioneers Board member Jackie Strauss is a Philly girl, born and raised. Her memories of growing up in the city led her to her position as "Neighborhood Correspondent" on the "Remember When” radio program, along with hosts, Steve Ross and Jim Murray, formerly on “CBS 1210 AM” and then on “ 990 AM WNTP” for over a decade. During the six years Jackie was a part of the radio show, her segment was one of the longest-running features; reporting on people's birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and events in their lives, and researching the various neighborhoods in the Delaware Valley which prompted calls from listeners anxious to talk about their memories and their pride in the places where they grew up. Jackie was always a part of the conversational dialogue between Steve and Jimmy and their listeners, as they took their weekly trip together down "Memory Lane”.
Karen Strauss
Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach
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.
Lawrence Swesey
I am a retired educator and military officer, married with three adult children. My educational experience is primarily in mentoring and instructing adult (both young and mature) students in a variety of disciplines. My professional educational career centered upon instructing juniors and seniors in a highly regarded academic public high school in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. My military career included a long assignment as a primary instructor at the U.S. Army’s Reserve Officer Advanced Course at Ft Knox, Kentucky. Additionally, my professional career included several years as an adjunct facility instructor at the college level. I have also, presented lectures, learning sessions and workshops at professional conferences and various organizations, developed and conducted educational tours of historical significant locations and mentored young professionals. After retiring from public school instruction I accepted a position as Adjunct Professor at Valley Forge Military College instructing Ethics and History. Since my professional retirement I have continued to give occasional lectures and conduct historical site educational tours. I also serve as a volunteer in the Museum Programs Department at The Benjamin Franklin Institute , Philadelphia, PA. Certifications and degrees include: Bachelor of Science The United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 1969 Master of Education Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1978 U.S. Army Instructor 275th U.S. Army Reserve School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1985 Major educational assignments include: High School Teacher Lower Moreland High School Huntingdon Valley, PA High School Teacher Lower Merion School District Lower Merion, PA Advanced Course Inst U.S. Officer Reserve Advanced Course Ft Knox, KY High School Teacher West Windsor-Plainsboro Sch. Dis trict Princeton Junction, NJ Adjunct Professor Valley Forge Military College Wayne, PA
Charlie Szoradi
charlie@theagrariangroup Charlie Szoradi is the President of The Agrarian Group, LLC (TAG), where he provides multiple decades of hands-on experience and insight across sustainability and next-generation agriculture. Prior to joining TAG in 2021, Charlie served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of three interconnected sibling companies that focus on safe and efficient buildings as well as next-generation technologies respectively for LED grow lights, HVAC energy optimization, and indoor air quality to ensure the health and safety of humans and plants. Independence LED Lighting ( – American Made Lighting Energy Intelligence Center ( – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning efficiency Purge Virus ( now rebranded as IAQ Technologies – Indoor Air Quality Over the course of his career, Charlie has filed multiple patents including a building system of tenon engaging edge connecting members for modular construction, a light engine device with direct to linear system drivers for building and indoor farm illumination, and an ultraviolet-c germicidal LED strip kit for HVAC systems to improve air quality for humans as well as plants to thrive in indoor operations. Charlie is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional), a Certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor, and the Leadership Council Chairman of the American LED Alliance. In 2007, Charlie founded and ran GREENandSAVE, a leading efficiency resource focusing on Return on Investment (ROI), that was one of the finalists of the Sustainability Awards. With GREENandSAVE, Charlie was one of the founding signers of the B-Corp Declaration of Interdependence. In 2009, Charlie was elected to the Board of the Sustainable Business Network and selected as a member of the Green Economy Task Force, with direct participation on the Capitol Hill Delegation. In 2011, Charlie won the Green Business of the Year Award by the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. He has been passionate about food desert relief, and in 2012, Charlie founded the First Light Project ( The 501(c)(3) philanthropy focuses on building a network of neighborhood vertical farms and a workforce of 21st-century urban farmers. In 2013, Charlie’s Independence LED won the Best Lighting Retrofit by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Urban Green Award. Over the past six years, Charlie has developed Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) solutions for growers ranging from the producers of lettuce and basil to microgreens and hemp (Envista Farms, Molly Grubb Farms, Hydroponic Life). He has also been the lead developer of the CEA plans for the following: Philadelphia Zoo - The first zoo in the U.S. with onsite shipping container farming to feed the herbivore primates and other animals leafy greens with advanced sensors and IoT included in the final implementation. Conestoga High School - S.T.E.M. education through light-emitting diode (LED) grow lights. Pennsylvania Farm Show - Aquaponic showcase with combination fish and vegetable production. Penn State University - Custom wavelength modulating grow lights for the Agricultural Studies program. Taproot Kitchen - Development of indoor farming for this non-profit that incorporates fresh food and education for people with autism and intellectual disabilities. NASA - Development of a Perpetual Food Machine for Mars colonization with fish effluence, nitrifying bacteria, leafy greens and renewable direct current microgrid power, presented at Kennedy Space Center. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and he earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania with his 1993 thesis on “Eco-Humanism”.
Dani Tapper
Dani Tapper is a composer/lyricist/writer and has written two full length musicals. Her most recent show, Brilliant, recently had a sold out run as part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in NY this past September and was nominated for Best New Musical off Broadway 2021. Dani has been developing this show for four years. Over that time, she locally produced several readings, concerts, and showcases. She also produced the production in NY so she has experience with casting, working with various directors, designers, recording studios, etc. She has also had much interaction with local producers as well as NY producers. Dani has much to offer writers/composers who have the desire to work on a musical but feel it is not within their reach. She can teach them how it can be attainable.
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato
Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Ellen Trachtenberg
Ellen Trachtenberg is the owner of the Narberth Bookshop, which she opened in 2016 after more than 25 years of book industry experience. Prior to opening the bookshop, Ellen served as a book publicist and publishing consultant.
La Shonda Tyree
La Shonda Tyree wants to live in a world where glass ceilings are smashed, dreams do come true, and everyone is using handcrafted natural soap. A Paterson, New Jersey resident, La Shonda has been a certified soap maker for over eighteen years. In 2003, what started as a soap-making hobby bloomed into a natural handmade bath and body brand called Nyah Beauty, a sole proprietorship, offering natural soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in small batches with plant-based ingredients you can pronounce. Her products have been sold in several Christmas Tree Store locations, the Jersey Bound store in the Newark Airport, and the Just Jersey store in Morristown, NJ. In her eighteen years of business, La Shonda has served the handcrafted natural soap and cosmetics industry as a board member of The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. Initially located in Paterson, NJ, for the past four years, Nyah Beauty has called Kearny Point in Kearny, NJ home. The new space offered up a range of different opportunities for business expansion. Hosting several classes a month, La Shonda teaches others how to make natural soaps and skincare with her in-person hands-on classes. As a social, creative experience, she hosts Sip and Soap events where participants can visit her studio for a more relaxed evening, a girls' night out with friends, date night or family fun. La Shonda also offers corporations DIY activities for their employee wellness activities. Clients include Macy's Flower Show, Kean University, and Barclays. Over the past two years, her business has expanded into private label manufacturing servicing bath bombs for a major hotel chain as well as soaps for local indie brands in The Bronx and Brooklyn in New York, Philadelphia, and NJ. In addition to operating her own business, La Shonda, who is a graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy, also nurtures budding entrepreneurs as an instructor and for Rising Tide Capital.
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Richard Unti
Rich Unti has been a wine professional in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years as a Broker, Importer and Sales Representative. He has visited many wineries around the world and is always on the lookout for the new trends in the industry.
Kate Varley
Kate Varley earned a BA from Clark University, MS and PhD from University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a therapist, psych adjunct, teacher, editor, tutor, and even had a brief stint as a quasi-forger (totally legal). She was founder and editor of the late, lamented zine of autobiographical writing and poetry, Creek Road Gang, and author of a comic mystery Off Center.
Chris Veneziale
Chris has been doing SEO for over 6 years and specializes in local search. He has a Master of Information and Library Science from Drexel, is an SEO writer and does freelance work. Chris is currently working remotely as an SEO Analyst at a digital marketing agency based in Chicago.
William Verdeur
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia Main Line, I graduated from the Shipley School in 2014 and went on to Trinity College, Connecticut, where I double-majored in Classical Studies and English Literature. I graduated in 2018, Magna Cum Laude, with honors in English, and was inducted into the Classics Honors Society, Eta Sigma Phi. The following year I completed a Post-Baccalaureate program in the Classical languages at the University of Pennsylvania, and then went on to earn a Master’s in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia this past year.
Nury Vicens
Nury Vicens holds a MFA from University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Applied Art School of the University of Chile. Nury works in many different kinds of media and she currently works on portrait commissions and indoor murals. She has been noted as a PA Latino artist and was chosen to exhibit her paintings at the State Museum of Pennsylvania and The Berman Museum of Art. She has been invited to exhibit in Germany, Belgium and Chile as well as many juried exhibitions in the States. Her work was exhibited at Zone One Gallery in Philadelphia for many years.
Marylyn Waltzer
Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
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Barby Roche, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts Barby Hobyak Roche received degrees in Theatre & Education from Villanova University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Favorite theatrical roles over the years include Maria (West Side Story/Vasey Theatre), Cinderella (Into The Woods/Vasey ), Masie (The Boyfriend/Vasey), Eve (The Meat Opera/Phila & NY Fringe Festivals), Cassie (A Chorus Line/Candlelight Dinner Theater), Peggy (42nd Street/Candlelight), Polly (Crazy For You/Candlelight), Give My Regards to Broadway & Hooray for Hollywood (Three Little Bakers). She has performed with a variety of Dance Companies: Opus, Koresh Dance Company, Jazz Dance Theatre, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Artichoke Dance Co, NetCo, and Fiddlekicks. Barby has enjoyed teaching dance (and choreographing musicals) in Villanova University’s Theatre Dept. for the past 24 years.
Susan Weisgrau
Susan Weisgrau, MA, English Literature; Retired English teacher (Åkiba Hebrew Academy)
Nancy White
Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Nancy's company website is and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
Lynne Williams
Lynne M. Williams, Ed.D. Candidate is the Executive Director of a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections. In addition, Lynne writes resumes and LinkedIn profiles and presents unique research-based workshops on LinkedIn and other career topics. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on the topic of LinkedIn. Connect at
Cheryl Wills
Author and TV Talk Show Host Cheryl Wills is the author of a series of books about her 3X Great Grandfather Sandy Wills, an enslaved Tennessee man who enlisted in The United States Colored Troops during The American Civil War (1861-1865). The Emmy award winning journalist is a veteran news anchor for Spectrum News based in New York City. As the host of the weekly public affairs program, "In Focus with Cheryl Wills", she interviews national newsmakers and celebrities. The veteran journalist is also the author of "Isn't Her Grace Amazing! The Women Who Changed Gospel Music Forever" published by Harper Collins. On March 25, 2011, Cheryl made history as the first journalist invited to speak at the United Nations during its International Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, The New York Press Club, The Newswomen's Club of New York. Cheryl enjoys teaching students of all ages about the heroic service of the 200,000 black soldier who served during The American Civil War. She is a proud graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Cheryl is most proud to be the Commander and Descendant Member of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Colored Troops, a national organization of Civil War Descendants.
Benjamin Witmer
Benjamin Witmer draws upon over 20 years of experience in helping clients navigate through the mortgage process. He's received the Philadelphia Magazine's 5 Star Mortgage Award, which celebrates those mortgage professionals that provide and create a superior, low cost mortgage experience, 5 years in a row. Benjamin got his start helping clients buy new homes and second homes on the beaches of Florida to being regional sales manager and SVP of a publicly traded mortgage banker. In 2001, frustrated with the big bank mentality that has little consideration for customer service, he created his own boutique mortgage shop specializing in qualifying to closing, hands on client service. Operating with his staff in a downtown Radnor storefront, he continues to assist his clients in PA, NJ, DE and NY.
Phil Witmer
Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience. He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society, past-president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country, and is on the board of Audubon PA. He is also active locally in Bird Town initiatives, volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls, monitors American kestrel boxes and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding. While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them. He leads walks at Mill Grove Center and lectures on a variety of related topics. He has spent many hours enjoying the birds at his backyard feeders.
Suzanne Wolko
Suzanne Wolko grew up in Finance & Accounting roles for Financial Services firms. While there she created a Global Business Travel role negotiating airline and hotel contracts for business travelers which combined her two loves - Finance & Travel. Traveling solo to nearly fifty countries, she has navigated the world of airline miles, credit card points and little known travel sites to explore the world for less. Her best award redemptions have been business class to Australia, Easter Island and South Africa. Those savings have allowed her to upgrade her travel experiences and discover private guides, charming cities and feed her chocolate addiction. Recently, she has appearred on interviews with WHYY "You Oughta Know" and BYU radio. She has over 15 years of HR experience which includes recruiting, intern programs and compensation. Sue has been on both sides of the job search - as recruiter and job seeker so she understands the day to day process of job search and the importance of building a strategy for success. She jokes that "meeting Oprah is easier than a job search" and is keen to help job seekers find their voice, tell their story to build networks and have a strategy for job search.
Kathy Wolper - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs.
Anthony Wood
Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at
George Wrangham
George D. Wrangham has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University and is the former Head of the History Department of the Shipley School. An internationally published commentator on the teaching of history, George enjoys sharing his passion for understanding how the past influences the present.
Maggie Wreski
Maggie Wreski has taught Irish Dance to adults and children since 1968. After living many places in Europe and the US, she moved to Montgomery Country where she taught Irish Dance at the Irish Pub she owned for many years. In the last decade she has taught country line dance and started Appalachian clogging. She and her dance partner have performed at many national festivals. She's also an avid runner.
Yanhong Wu
Dr. Yanhong Wu is a research associate of Bryn Mawr College. Prof. Wu received her Ph.D. in history from Peking University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in sociology from Oklahoma State University in 2008. She taught in the Sociology Department at Adrian College, Michigan and had been a professor of history in the History Department of Zhejiang University, China, until 2022. Her main research interest and publications focus on the sociological understanding of social groups in both historical and contemporary Chinese societies, including the imperial clan, the literati-officials, imperial students, women, “the rootless,” and peasants, especially in legal and ritual domains.
Asil Yaman
Asil Yaman, Archeologist, Dir., Phoenix Archeol. Project, Turkey; Prof., Villanova U. & Penn Museum
Sebastian Young
Sebastian Young, MA, East Asian Languages & Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Yu
Sarah Yu, MPhil, University of Hong Kong, PhD Candidate in History, University of Pennsylvania
Hari Zandler
He's called a 'teacher of teachers' whose self-mastery yoga and teacher training programs are based on more than 40 years of practice and teaching. Meet Hari Zandler, a classical Hatha yoga instructor, who has explored the roots of Indian spirituality on several journeys to the sub-continent. As recently as 2016, he observed that India is "a place where the universal principles of ancient wisdom are being rediscovered and integrated into a science of enlightened living for the whole modern world." His teaching and practice of Hatha yoga reflect these observations. "Hatha yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial in helping to alleviate the stresses of modern life," he commented. Dating back to before the 15th century, this ancient yoga informs newer yoga styles and brings an authentic perspective to the practice by focusing on restorative poses, meditation and breathing. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, see how this ancient self-discovery approach creates health, harmony and renewal with a foundation of inner peace. Zandler was an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, taught yoga and meditation at St. Joseph's University for 20 years and has been an instructor at Main Line School Night since the early 1980s. At the Philadelphia Inquirer's headquarters, reporters and staff members participate in Zandler's ongoing yoga for stress management classes designed specifically for professionals with challenging jobs.
Michael Zavorski
Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young
TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, a native of Ukraine, is a professor of Anthropology, an archaeologist-Mayanist, a world traveler, a professional dancer, a historical fashionista, and an artisan. Digging through history has been her life’s passion which has ultimately led to her attaining doctorate in Anthropology, with emphasis in ancient Maya. Tatiana is well-traveled, has over 10 years of archeological fieldwork – domestic and abroad, and accompanying years teaching cultural anthropology collegiately. Among her other passions is dance. Tatiana has been involved in performing and teaching Middle Eastern dance for over 17 years. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina Asurah; and, appeared on MIND TV in the history of Belly Dance. Additionally, Tatiana also performs historical dance in the outfits of the time (Colonial, Victorian, Regency and Edwardian) which she has sewn herself. Tatiana enjoys creating during her free time. This can be seen through her resin art with dry flowers, necklaces with different stones and objects, and fluid painting. Tatiana has been teaching at MLSN for the past 10 years and has been featured at local station MLTV21.
Lynn Zubernis
Dr. Lynn Zubernis is a licensed clinical psychologist and a professor at West Chester University. She has over twenty years of clinical, teaching and research experience, and worked with Dr. Seligman's research team in graduate school in the '90s investigating optimism and positive psychology. Dr. Zubernis has published multiple books on the psychology of being a fan and how that can be a healthy and enriching experience for so many of us. She writes for Psychology Today and MovieTVTechGeeks, blogs at, and is a frequent expert contributor to many publications, podcasts, youtube and radio shows.