Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Jonathan Alderson
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Jonathan Alderson, Founder and Principal, Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects
Len Boris
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Len Boris, Director of Beverage for Fearless Restaurants attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu where he graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 2008. He has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15 and transitioned to a front of the house role after he graduated culinary school. He said his love for cooking started when he was in college, “I tried several different fields while in college, not really finding my niche. While I was at West Chester University, I started to watch Emeril at 3 am. That started my desire to want to cook for people; before that, it was Hot Pockets and Pop-Tarts.” Len incorporates his culinary background into his creative cocktails as well as incorporating the senses into cocktail making. “Taste and sight are obvious; but, I love a cocktail that has an additional aroma component that isn’t part of the actual drink,” Len said his favorite cocktail is the Smoking Sazerac at Autograph Brasserie. Before joining Fearless Restaurants, Len served Banquet Director and Assistant General Manager at Georges’ immediately after culinary school, he was then the bar manager for Susanna Foo. He also held positions as the Food and Beverage Manager at Valley Forge Casino. Len said his passion for creating cocktails comes from, “taking people one step out of their comfort zone, having somebody try an ingredient or combination that they have never had before.”
Jack Covington
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Dr. Covington is an Oxford-educated cultural historian and classically trained stage actor. He is the Creative Director of “Characters-on-Call” – 1 st person living history biographies.  He presents dynamic first-person historical impersonations of famous literary and historical personages from the pages of history – in authentic period costume – history brought to life! He is a refreshingly innovative, enlightening, and engagingly dynamic educator, actor, and entertainer of the most creative kind – one who loves both his craft and his audience – who consistently delivers a show in true “that’s entertainment” style.  He deliberately steps outside the proverbial box, breaking down barriers and successfully injecting spontaneity, wit, and warmth into his lecture performances. He has performed for many historical and cultural organizations and also served as a tour guide for houses on the historical register. Performance topics he has presented are listed on his website, www.PerformancesParExcellence.com. Dr. Covington is also a world traveler, adventurer, and a former avid mountaineer.  His ability to incorporate his first-hand experiences into his lecture performances serves to both enlighten and enthrall his audiences. He delights in the opportunity to share his unique concept of combining lifelong learning with entertainment that will educate, stimulate, and inspire his audiences today and tomorrow!
Rogan Dwyer
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Rogan is the Chairman of the Board of Observatory Strategic Management, Inc., and is one of the two founding shareholders of the Company where he oversees operations, marketing, strategy and product development. Prior to joining OSM, Rogan has been President of Global Asset Protection, Inc. an independent insurance agency focused on US business overseas exposures which he founded in 2000. In 2010 Rogan was engaged in setting up and serving as CEO of a Bermuda licensed insurance company providing extension risk for the Life Settlement industry, a role continued until 2013 when he resumed a more active consultancy role in the US providing services to various market sectors including energy, security and cyber. Meeting Gerry Kennedy in 2017 re-energized Rogan and their shared interest in improving insurance outcomes has led them to the ground-breaking partnership they have created at Observatory In 2000, Rogan immigrated from the United Kingdom where he had spent twenty-three years at Lloyd's of London, culminating in a role as Named Underwriter of Syndicate 323 specializing in non-marine business, kidnap and ransom and political risks. Rogan enjoys family, sport, history and travel in his spare time and is the proud father of three daughters and a son.
Chris Fehlhaber
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Chris Fehlhaber is an assistant horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden. His goal is to raise the public’s consciousness and appreciation of enriching, progressive horticulture. He believes we may all lead better lives by making the world a more beautiful place. Chris holds degrees in Landscape Architecture-Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Marc Lapadula
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Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Professor Lapadula has taught at Columbia University's Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, and The New York Historical Society.
Vicki Miller
vicki@vinocityevents.com
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.
David Nasaw
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Professor David Nasaw is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History Emeritus at the CUNY Graduate Center and a past president of the Society of American Historians. He received his Ph.D. degree in history from Columbia University. The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War was published by Penguin Press in September, 2020. His previous work, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Five Best Non-Fiction Books of the Year and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography. David Nasaw is also the author of Andrew Carnegie, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the winner of the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize; The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst which was awarded the Bancroft Prize for History, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-Fiction, the Ambassador Book Prize for Biography, and the Sperber Prize for Biography, Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements and Children of the City: At Work and At Play, which was the source for Newsies, the film and musical.
Michelle Partlow
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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.
Joel Price
jfwp@jfwp.com
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.
Chef Mike Selser
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Executive Chef White Dog Cafe Haverford/Glen Mills Michael Selser, Executive Chef for White Dog Cafe, Haverford, will take the role of Executive Chef of White Dog Glen Mills when it opens in early 2020. He has been in the culinary industry for 23 years, serving early on in his career as a cook at Green Valley Country Club and at Passerelle and then as a chef at Du Jour which later changed to White Dog Café, Haverford. He attended the prestigious Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and said his cooking style is a take on classic dishes and that he prefers to create delicious, simple food using local ingredients. He uses a classic combination of flavors when he cooks and said his favorite dish to prepare is French Toast, “it seems simple but actually requires proper techniques to create the perfect dish.” The kitchen has always provided the focus for him he said, “I enjoy the high-energy, the passion and the teamwork of the kitchen.” When offering advice to aspiring chefs he said, “taste everything, as a chef we pull from those flavor “memories” when cooking also read every cookbook you can,” he added. The White Dog Cafes are true farm to table and the majority of the ingredients used at the restaurants are purchased from local farms, located no more than 50 miles from the restaurants. They offer seasonal menus and incorporate organic items when possible. A fan of using sustainable and local products, he added, “Price will always be a factor in where the public eats, but I would like to see a balance between the use of local ingredients, more eco-conscious food and price point so that everyone can have the access to more sustainable way of eating.”
I Staff, MLSN
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Staff, MLSN
Gregg Swain
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Gregg Swain is an internationally known authority on the history of mahjong and the art seen on its tiles and boxes. She's a graduate of Smith College with a major in Art History, and she earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Baylor. Gregg feels the game of mahjong brings together both these interests. She's often a participant on mahjong-related webinars and zooms, and podcasts, in addition to being interviewed by various media. She's the author of two books published by Tuttle: Mah Jongg The Art of the Game, and American Mah Jongg for Everyone. Her website, www.mahjongtreasures.com ,is the go-to source for information about mahjong art and image interpretation.
I Wayne Ballet & Center for
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Laura Berland, Owner, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts