Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Justin Ahlbach
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Justin Ahlbach has an MA in Literature from Rosemont College, and has taught Composition, Language Arts and American Literature at schools in China and the Philippines.
Frances Alloway
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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.
Tommy Amorim
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Tommy Amorim started working at Di Bruno Bros. in the Italian Market store on 9th street as a Cheesemonger in 2008. His Grandfather, Giuseppe Abbruzzo, who was an incredible inspiration, had just passed away and was a staple behind the Italian Market store counter for 62 years. Tommy understood even then, that being the end of the line for cheesemakers and affineurs from all around the world was a tradition that was to be honored and upheld. He realized it was his job to help people find exactly what they wanted; it was in his blood to aid fellow food lovers in this search. It was more than a job-- it was a calling: to find, learn about, teach, serve, and celebrate the amazing producers and gourmet delights all day, every day. Mongers like Tommy, stand vigilant at the counter to highlight the tireless efforts of the farmers, cheesemakers, and affineurs who make possible everything Di Bruno Bros. offers and enjoy. Consider Tommy as your library and cheese sherpa through the abundance of selection the world has to offer. Tommy competed in and won The Cheesemonger Invitational in NYC, a competition that pits Cheesemongers from all over the country against each other for guts, glory, and honor!
Amy Anna
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Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website, www.cutprintfilm.com, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at www.amyannaart.com.
Kevin Arba
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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.
David Back
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David R. Back, Blacksmith
Katherine Barham
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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
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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.
Eric Bell
ericbellwriter@gmail.com
Eric Bell is the author of two juvenile fiction books: Alan Cole Is Not a Coward and its sequel, Alan Cole Doesn't Dance, both published by HarperCollins. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward was nominated for the 2018 ALA Rainbow List of GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens. Eric has experience leading workshops and classes in the Philadelphia area. He is eager to bring his unique blend of writing experience, interactivity, and good humor to Main Line School Night.
Lynn Berkowitz
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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.
Kirk Berlenbach
kirk.berlenbach@gmail.com
Trained as a philosopher and social worker, Kirk works an Episcopal priest. He has studied Japanese swords and Samurai culture for more than 25 years. Since 2004 he has been studying Doshinkan Aikido and currently holds a 3rd Dan ranking.
Richard Berman
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Richard Berman, Owner, Pour Richard's Coffee Company
David Beruh
daveberuh@gmail.com
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
dominic@berwynsquash.com
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Owen Biddle
owenbiddlephotography
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.
Buzz Bissinger
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Buzz Bissinger was born in 1954. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, whose books include the New York Times betsellers "3 Nights in August" and "Friday Night Lights". He has served as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and as a sports columnist for the Daily Beast, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, Time and many other publications. He lives in both southwestern Washington State and Philadelphia. He is married to Liz Smith and has three children.
Susanna Blake
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Stanford University, BA and MA
David Block
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For 30 years, David Block has worked as a documentary producer/director and a freelance journalist. As a freelance journalist, he has over 1500 articles published in a variety of publications such as, Jazz Journal International, The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner's World, Runner’s Gazette, Running Times, and dozens of local magazines and newspapers. During his extensive career, he has interviewed high profile athletes, celebrities, government agents, and musicians such as Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby, Joe Frazier, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Bruce Jenner, Lee Majors, Sarah Palin's parents - Charles and Sally Heath, David Sanborn, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington, Jr. He has never shied away from difficult assignments and never missed a deadline. In December 2017, David Block earned his Master of Journalism Degree from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He is also a recipient of the journalism awards, The Lori Schipper Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement, April 2016. To date, he has made eight documentaries, many of which have been televised and screened at film festivals. He has won a number of film festival awards. A complete list of the awards and descriptions of his documentaries are listed on his website: www.blindfilmaker.com 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.
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew
roislindubh@gmail.com
Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Kent Bottles
kentbottles@gmail.com
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.
Jeanne Buckley
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Dr. Jeanne Buckley is on the faculty of Arcadia University, where she teaches courses on Gender Inequality and Bruce Springsteen. While some might think these are diametrically opposed topics, Jeanne considers herself both a feminist and fan of rock and roll singer-songwriters.
Judy Buxton
dentjlb@aol.com
Judy L. Buxton, Creative Cook
Tasha Carson
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Tasha is a fitness enthusiast with over 25 years of experience. She is an avid hiker, enjoys biking, camping and kayaking. Tasha is the proud mom of 3 active boys and has been a lifetime resident of the Main Line. She has been teaching fitness classes for a little over 25 years and is certified to teach Yoga (all types), Body Pump, Barre, Pilates, step aerobics, weight training.
Greg Cazillo
greg@cazillo.com
GREGORY CAZILLO is the owner of Cazillo Photography and Web Design. He has over fifteen years of photography experience and a degree from Antonelli Institute of Photography. He has practical expertise in commercial and product photography as well as portraiture for small businesses and large corporations alike. He derives great pleasure from creating beautiful, timeless images for families and couples to treasure and share. Gregory believes that the key to Photography and Art is to be creative, bend rules, and above all, think like an artist! You may see many samples of his work as well as photography tutorials on his website Cazillo.com.
Maria Ceferatti
mcef869@gmail.com
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
bchadwick@timoneyknox.com
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.
Svetlana Chamoun
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Svetlana Chamoun, MD, PhD, DipABLM Founder & President, CardioSeeds, LLC Creator, CardioSeeds Podcast Co-Chair of Cardiology Group at American College of Lifestyle Medicine Dr. Chamoun is a double Board-certified cardiologist, the Founder & President of CardioSeeds, Creator of the CardioSeeds podcast, and a Member of The American Society for Preventive Cardiology and the American Medical Women’s Association. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach by the nationally and internationally recognized American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA). Dr. Chamoun serves as a Co-Chair of Cardiology group at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine where she works to build collaborations with other organizations and to advance the field of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Chamoun has more than 20 years of combined expertise in clinical and academic cardiology, Lifestyle Medicine, cardiac imaging, and the cardiac safety industry. Dr. Chamoun entered medical school in her home country Ukraine at age 17 and obtained her MD degree, Summa Cum Laude, when she was only 23. She received her PhD degree at age 26. She subsequently moved to the US and completed her Internal Medicine Residency Program at one of the University of Virginia School of Medicine programs, and the Cardiovascular Fellowship with a subspecialty in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She practiced state-of-the-art non-invasive cardiology and multi-modality cardiac imaging at CASEP, the largest private-practice group on the Main Line of Philadelphia. She participated in the training of cardiovascular disease fellows, residents, and cardiac sonographers and took part in public health and wellness education. From 2007 through August 2021, Dr. Chamoun served as a Chief Cardiologist at Clario (former ERT), - the leading global database, technology, and innovation company for clinical trials. At Clario, she developed and implemented novel cardiac safety solutions and participated in company’s expansion to global markets. Dr. Chamoun is an experienced educator in the field of Lifestyle Medicine and Preventive Cardiology. For decades, she has been cultivating knowledge about unhealthy lifestyles as the root cause of chronic diseases. When the covid-19 pandemic started, she worked with her company’s HR to revise workplace wellness programs and improve employee work-life balance. Dr. Chamoun remembers watching helplessly, however, as the medical professional burnout crisis, brewing under the surface for a long time, was now raging not sparing her friends and family members. This is when she realized that her professional mission was not accomplished until she helped fellow medical workers to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. In April 2022, Dr. Chamoun pivoted her 20-year career as a cardiologist, to fully concentrate on pursuing medical professional burnout prevention and management. She founded CardioSeeds, LLC - a company that works on restoring health of healthcare through provider burnout reduction which, Dr. Chamoun believes, needs to be addressed on both system and individual level. CardioSeeds works with members of medical community, hospital administrators, training programs, policy makers, and technology companies addressing physician burnout as one of the top priorities of American healthcare. Dr. Chamoun is also the founder/host of the CardioSeeds podcast dedicated to Lifestyle Medicine and burnout prevention. CardioSeeds podcast has a robust following and rapidly growing popularity. Now, thank her passion, expertise, and commitment, Dr. Chamoun became a known and effective burnout prevention advocate and educator among medical professionals and trainees alike, and has a strong on-line presence and robust following of her podcast and other social media platforms. She is a frequent speaker on podcasts and seminars, profess
Staff Chanticleer
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Staff, Experienced Chanticleer Tour Guide
Ellen Charry
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Ellen T. Charry, BA, MSW, MA, PhD taught systematic and historical Christian theology, Judaism, and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam at Princeton Theological Seminary for two decades following serving on the faculty at Perkins School of Theology and a post-doc at Yale Divinity School. Her monographs are Franz Rosenzweig on the Freedom of God, By the Renewing of your Minds, God and the Art of Happiness, and Psalms 1-50: Sighs and Psalms of Israel. Her edited books include Inquiring after God: Classic and Contemporary Readings, and The Austin Dogmatics of Paul M. van Buren.
Margie Cherry
margiebcherry@gmail.com
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".
Grace Cipressi
senseabilityconsulti
Grace Cipressi, Assistive Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College
Stephanie Cirillo
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Stephanie Cirillo is a Digital Marketing Specialist and MLSN’s own Social Media Strategist & photographer. Stephanie has a degree in Marketing and Communications from MMC in NYC, is a Main Line native and a MLSN enthusiast!
Staff, Cliveden House
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Elizabeth Cochran
etclizard@gmail.com
ELIZABETH COCHRAN plays the Double Bass and received an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She also received a Diploma in Music from the New School of Music in Philadelphia, where she was a student of Michael Shahan. Elizabeth performs with numerous symphonic and chamber ensembles in the Philadelphia region, including the Delaware Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly Pops. In addition to her work as a bassist, she is the organist at Central Baptist Church in Wayne.
Mary Coe
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Mary Coe, Hike Leader, Willows Park Preserve
Michael Martin Cohen
michaelmartincohen@gmail
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 www.healthysailing.com
Jeffrey Cohen
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Jeffrey A Cohen, PhD, Chair, Growth & Structure of Cities Department, Bryn Mawr College
Jennifer Colucciello
jenilyn77@msn.com
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
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Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher
Roberta Cooks
robertacooks87@gmail.com
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
Premier.performances@g
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, www.PerformancesParExcellence.com. Dr. Covington is also a world traveler, adventurer, and a former avid mountaineer. His ability to incorporate his first-hand experiences into his lecture performances serves to both enlighten and enthrall his audiences. He delights in the opportunity to share his unique concept of combining lifelong learning with entertainment that will educate, stimulate, and inspire his audiences today and tomorrow!
I Creative Voice Development Gro
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Staff, Creative Voice Development Group
Harrington Crissey
hcrissey45@gmail.com
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.
Christiane De Boisseson
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Christiane de Boisseson, Native Speaker and Former Instructor at the Baldwin School
Antonella De Carlo Aoli
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Antonella De Carlo Aloi is a former attorney and fundraiser, turned Entrepreneur who is passionate about healthy Italian cooking, enjoys sharing recipes and empowering people to learn how to cook easy meals, for healthy dinners. She's in the process of starting her own business, where she creates custom ordered sauces and fresh pasta for her clients.
Kenneth DeMarco
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Kenneth F DeMarco, MS, JD
Susan DeVoe
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I was raised in the south where smocking is prevalent and have been smocking for over 30 years.
Staff Deaf-Hearing Communication Cen
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Staff, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre
Jennifer Dean Nagle
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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.
Carla DiMuzio
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Experienced bridge player and long-time tennis coach.
Jeffrey Dobkin
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JeffreyDobkin.com 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.
Staff, Dock Street Brewery
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Sarah Doody
travel@mainlineschooln
Sarah Doody, Founder & President, Engaging Journeys
Elizabeth Durand
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Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
East Falls Glassworks
info@eastfallsglass.com
Staff, East Falls Glassworks
Staff, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
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Buntzie Ellis Churchill
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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
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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
elanureroglu@icloud.com
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.freespirityoga@g
CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is www.inkalight.com.
Susan Evans
susanevanspacp@gmail.com
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
Julie Fisher Farbman
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Legacies live on through the stories we tell. From interviewing the likes of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and Michelle Obama, to creating and hosting the series Modern Hero (Amazon) highlighting women role models, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Julia Fisher Farbman, has dedicated her career to doing just that. Now she's determined to share the legacy of healthcare hero, Dr. Audrey Evans with the world through her upcoming feature film “Audrey’s Children.” Evans, who passed away in September 2022 at the age of 97, was a revolutionary pediatric oncologist who transformed cancer treatments and co-founded the Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides housing and support to millions of families around the world. Evans was also a dear friend, mentor, and family-of-choice to Julia, who wrote and produced “Audrey’s Children” about Evans’ incredible life. The film stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as “Audrey” and takes place in 1969 when Evans was recruited to CHOP as the first female Chief of Pediatric Oncology when most of her patients didn't survive, and follows Evans as she works tirelessly to change that. Join Julia as she shares her journey of bringing this icon’s story from concept to the big screen, and the tremendous honor and responsibility she feels to make Evans, and those whose lives she has touched, proud.
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.
Lynn Feinman
lynnwestfeinman@gmail.com
Lynn W. Feinman, ND, Doctor of Naturopathy, Board Certified (American Naturopath Medical Certification Board.) Dr. Lynn Feinman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Life Cycles and Personal Growth from Ithaca College, A Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Therapies, and Dance Movement Therapies from Leslie College. And her Doctorate Degree in high honors from Clayton College of Health. She has a private practice in Paoli offering Naturopathic Counseling programs focusing in digestive health, hormonal balance and immune building. She developed the “Nutritional Cleanse” program, and also authored a cookbook,” Foundational Cooking for Optimal Health”. www.naturalhealthoptions.us
Ariadna Fink
ariadnafink4@gmail.com
Ariadna Fink holds a Masters In Hispanic Literature from Villanova University. Since then, she has been teaching Spanish to high school and to College and private adult classes. Teaching Spanish through literature, culture, and art has become Ariadna's passion. Recently, she decided to embark on an Asthanga yoga teacher training. She enjoys practicing yoga and focuses on the ancient philosophy of Buddhist and Hinduism meditation with their applications in the modern world. She loves to share topics related to spirituality. Some examples of this are: Yoga philosophy and ancient texts. Living a yogic lifestyle following principles such as dharma, karma, and ahimsa. Ethics for strong and healthy communications skills or selfless service to others. Learn how to set priorities and boundaries
Kate Fossner
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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: www.backstageapothecary.com
Cynthia Foxworth
profesora631@gmail.com
Cynthia Foxworth is a certified Spanish and French Teacher. She has a BA from Temple, an MA from Rutgers and has been teaching world languages for over 25 years. She recently collaborated with other professional course developers to update the French curriculum for Lincoln Learning Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing products/strategies to empower learning communities. She is currently teaching online Spanish classes for Achieve Test Prep, a school that prepares students to sit for an exam to earn college credits. Cynthia enjoys reading, dancing and singing in her church’s choir. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now resides in South Jersey.
David Fraser
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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.
Jean French
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Jean French served as a Museum Educator for twenty-eight years at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. She received her degree in Art History from Rosemont College. She is a House Committee member and guide at Historic Waynesborough (Anthony Wayne's house).
Nancy Gabel
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NANCY GABEL taught high school French at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for thirty-five years where she also headed the Foreign Language Program for the district. After retiring from public education, she taught at The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School and The Episcopal Academy. She was a founder and President of the Board of the French International School in Bala Cynwyd, as well as Board Member and President of Main Line School Night. She is thrilled to be teaching adults at MLSN, where she has offered a variety of courses.
Carla Gambescia
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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
GTGarfinkle@gmail.com
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.
Michele Gargiulo
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Michele got her start at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation she got her first job as a Sommelier at Savona in Philadelphia. This charming restaurant located on the Main Line of Philadelphia was founded and created by Evan Lambert, one of the founders of The American Sommelier Association and Star Wine. She worked there for four years, hosting weekly wine tastings and monthly wine dinners. During this time, she started working for Angel’s Envy as a Whiskey Guardian, where she worked for three years. From Savona she moved to Steven Starr’s Barclay Prime. Shortly after, she started working at The Four Season’s Jean Georges in Philadelphia, on top of the Comcast building. The COVID 19 pandemic hit, with her there just over a year. Michele moved down to South Carolina to manage a restaurant while the North East was shut down. During the lock-down, Michele wrote her first book: Pairing Paws: Dog Breeds and Their Spirit Wines. Pairing Paws: Cat Breeds and Their Spirit Wines is expected June 2023. She is currently the Wine & Beverage Director at the Fearless Restaurant Group, overseeing 10 restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Alice Garrett
rosaliegarrett@gmail.com
Alice Garrett graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a degree in English Literature. She received her MA in Classical Studies in 1986 from Boston University. Since that time she taught high school Latin at Haverford High School and Lower Merion High School.
Bruce Gill
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Bruce Gill, Beekeeper and Blacksmith
Liz Goldberg
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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.
Esther Gordon
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Esther taught French at Harriton High School for her entire career, learned Mah Jongg years ago and has since been teaching it to small groups.
David Grauel
dgrauel99@gmail.com
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.greenberg@gmail.com
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: http://www.linniegreenberg.net/
Wendy Greenfield
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Wendy Greenfield, Executive Director An experienced non-profit and marketing professional, Wendy Greenfield joined Main Line School Night as Executive Director in September, 2016 following an eighteen-year career as Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Bryn Mawr College. Prior to Bryn Mawr, Wendy was a marketing and communications executive in New York. An avid hiking enthusiast, Wendy enjoys hiking with her red Lab Rhett on local trails.
Jeff Groff
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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."
Heather Gustafson
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Heather is a licensed wellness practitioner and educator with over 25 years experience. She is the founder of Reset Relief which incorporates Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT), yoga, and meditation. IPT is groundbreaking work in pain relief developed by author and neuromuscular therapist Lee Albert (Heather's mentor) to address the root cause of pain. Heather is Lee's teaching assistant and Lee's work has been featured on PBS! Credentials Certified Integrated Positional Therapist (endorsed by Lee Albert, Founder) Insight Yoga 500 Hour Teacher Certification (Yin, Mindfulness Meditation) Kripalu Yoga 500 hour Teacher Certification (includes Meditation certification) Wholistic Yoga 200 Hour Certification, Our Lady of Lourdes Institute MBA with specialization in Health Administration, St. Joseph’s University Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of PA since 1988 Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Bloomsburg University Registered with Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 Member ABMP
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Helga Halbfass
halbfass@dca.net
Helga Halbfass, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Alison Hallam
BoneWiseInfo@gmail.com
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
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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
patsjewelryandteach@gma
Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen
Perry Hamilton
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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
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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.
Sam Handlin
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Muriel Harmon
murielharmonms@gmail.com
Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker; French Instructor
Anne Harris
vwbug66@aol.com
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.
Ann Hazan
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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.
Andrew Heckert
andrewheckert@gmail.com
ANDREW HECKERT, in 1973, began studying Tai Chi in Philadelphia with Maggie Newman, and was one of the six senior students of Cheng Man-ching’s school in Manhattan, the Shr-jung. In 1981, he began study with William Chen in New York City. For the next ten years he commuted to New York to attend classes in Chen’s school and took private lessons. During summers he attended weeklong workshops in the Catskills given by his classmate Ben Lo of San Francisco. In 1989, he became a student of Dr. Ping-siang Tao of Taiwan. Andrew Heckert, Germantown Tai Chi Study Group
Allen Heffler
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For 30 years, Allen Heffler CLU, ChFC, President of MyMedicareAdvisor, has helped thousands of people with their Medicare plans. The entire Medicare process can be complex and confusing. Our Mission is to educate consumers about Medicare and their Medicare options in a clear, concise & honest way that allows those consumers to make informed decisions. Allen Heffler and MyMedicareAdvisor- We Make Your Medicare Decision Easy. www.MyMedicareAdvisor.com, email: mymedadvisor@gmail.com
Robert Hekking
skyguy@aol.com
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.
Gina Henry
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Gina Henry, owner of GoGlobal, has traveled to over 80 countries and states. She takes free vacations three months every year. Check out www.goglobalinc.com for more instructor information.
Andrew Herron
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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
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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.
Sue Hilger
sue.hilger@gmail.com
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.
Erika Hovland Bahij
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Erika Hovland Bahij, Certified Forest Therapy Guide Erika Hovland, certified Forest Therapy guide, Rose and Redwood, LLC Certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) as a Forest Therapy Guide.
Amy Hunt
amy@grapewoodflorals.com
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.
Liz Hyams
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Liz Hyams is the owner of the Law Office of Elizabeth Hyams, LLC in Wayne, Pennsylvania, specializing in estate planning, special needs, and guardianship matters. She is committed to providing clients with high quality and reasonably priced estate planning services. Liz received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her law degree from Georgetown University. She has over 35 years of legal experience in both large law firms and as in-house counsel. Keeping her fees predictable and reasonable is important to Liz, and so is making her services accessible – Liz routinely schedules meetings in the evenings or on the weekends, so clients do not have to miss work in order to get their wills and related documents prepared. Prior to establishing her own firm in 2015, Liz worked as an attorney at McAndrews Law Offices, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and PECO Energy. liz@lizhyams.com; www.lizhyams.com
John Immerwahr
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John Immerwahr, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University; Guide, Philadelphia Museum of Art
JKST Inc
narberthtennis@jkst.com
Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
Brannon Johnson
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Brannon Johnson is the head coach and owner of BLJ Community Rowing, one of the most diverse community rowing programs in the Philadelphia metro area. After beginning to row at the age of 15, Brannon received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas, where she rowed at the Division I varsity level all 4 years. In 2003, she competed as a single sculler in the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most prestigious regattas held on the Thames River in England. She has been rowing, teaching and coaching over the past 15+ years, having taught and coached 80 classes and roughly 700 Philadelphia area residents, ranging from ages 18 to 65.
Jean Johnson
pumpkinsoprano@gmail.com
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
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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
Laura Kanavy
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Laura Kanavy, is a Native Speaker from Venezuela with 6 years as a legal interpreter in the Administrative Court System of Philadelphia and is CoreCHI (proficient in medical terminology) and CHI(Certified Healthcare Interpreter).
Sona Kapadia
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With over 20 years of experience I am an organized professional with a proven track record of good values, mentoring, guidance and counseling skills. Extremely inclined towards administrative skills, education and organizing co-scholastic activities for students has been my passion and domain for past 20 years. Education and Certification • Bachelor Of Commerce from University of Poona, Maharashtra, India (1990) • Masters in Computer Management from University of Poona, Maharashtra, India (1992) • Bachelor of Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi (2007) Additional Information • A quick learner, a logical thinker with great organizing, planning and execution skills • Easy with using technology • Very interactive and good interpersonal skills. Love to shoulder additional responsibility. Hands on following software • MS Office Suite of Applications o MS Word o MS Excel o MS PowerPoint o MS Access • Google Suites • HTML 6 • Visual BASIC • SCRATCH • MSW LOGO • ROBOTICS – WEDO , BLOCKLY – DASH n DOT • Presently working as Coding and STEM facilitator. My work responsibility include Conducting various classes which mainly include Programming fundamentals, ROBOTICS Research on STEM projects. Conducting science and engineering experiments for demonstrations to students
Larry Kaufman
lfkmal@verizon.net
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.
Sean Keenan
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Sean Keenan, Educational and Scholarly Technology Assistant Bryn Mawr College
Nardeep Khurmi
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Gloria Kingcade
dancesing4fitnes@aol.com
GLORIA KINGCADE started instructing line dancing in October 1998. She is a Certified Primary Aerobic Instructor AAAI & ISMA (AAAI-American Aerobic Association International, ISMA-International Sports Medicine Association). In January 2001 Gloria founded “D.A.S.H.E.R.S. Entertainment Network” (Dancing and Singing Help Everyone Relieve Stress). The Dancing is R&B or Soul Line Dancing and the Singing is Karaoke. For more information, contact her at (215) 232-6232 or e-mail DANCESING4FITNES@aol.com or www.leathaslinedancing.com/D.A.S.H.E.R.S.html.
Sandi Kirschner
sandikirschner@aol.com
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
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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.
Christopher Klein
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I’m a total history geek. Favorite historical figure: Teddy Roosevelt. Favorite historical event: the Defenestration of Prague. (Go ahead, Google it.) I love writing about history because it allows me to indulge my passion, travel back in time, and constantly learn more about humanity’s incredible backstory. History helps to explain our present-day world and acts as our roadmap to the future. After all, how can we know where we are going without knowing where we’ve been? (Not to mention, writing about dead people means never having to worry about your subjects returning your phone calls.) I love to sweep away the cobwebs of history and introduce modern-day audiences to incredible figures who have begun to fade from our collective memory. My latest book is When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom, the outlandish, untold story of the Irish American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading Canada. I am also the author of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores, and The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston. I have written more than 400 stories for History.com, the web site of the History Channel, covering everything from Harvard’s secret colonial-era body-snatching club to the surprisingly real history of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. I often write about subjects from the past for the travel and Ideas section of the Boston Globe. I have also written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Red Sox Magazine, Preservation, Mental Floss, B Magazine, The Daily, The Boston Phoenix, GO, AAA Horizons, The Patriot Ledger, St. Petersburg Times, New England Travel, JSTOR Daily, Public Domain Review, ESPN.com, Biography.com, SI.com, Smithsonian.com, and AmericanHeritage.com. I have lectured at dozens of libraries and historical societies and have appeared on television and radio programs from Tokyo, Japan, to Yellowknife, Canada. I have also contributed to Lonely Planet’s Boston City Guide and National Geographic Traveler: Ireland. In addition to my historical and travel writing, I have more than 15 years of experience authoring business books, market research reports, and white papers for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. I have written articles for numerous industry newsletters and magazines, including The Zweig Letter, Professional Services Management Journal, SMPS Marketer, CE News, Structural Engineer, BE Magazine, and Construction Specifier. I graduated summa cum laude and with honors from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, in 1994. I am a member of the Authors Guild, Biographers International Organization, Boston Authors Club, and Irish American Writers & Artists.
Sandra Koberlein
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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
MissMaxineK@gmail.com
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
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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.
Paulette Kouffman Sherman
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Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is a psychologist, relationship expert and author. She has long been a dating coach and is also a Gottman trained couples therapist who does marital retreats. She does in person and online therapy and coaching. She loves to teach and is a new transplant to Delaware County, PA from NYC. She has been quoted as an expert in Glamor, Cosmopolitan, The NY Times, Oprah Magazine, Redbook and more. Her website is www.DrPauletteSherman.com
Lisa Kramer
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Lisa Kramer MSW, PCC is the founder and president of Leading with Intention http://www.leadingwithintention.com. 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.
Tuscarora Lapidary Society
hansensm@gmail.com
Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Vincent Lartigue
jacqvin2@aol.com
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
suelaskin@comcast.net
Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Staff Laurel Hill Cemetery
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Devin Lawson
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Devin Lawson has an academic background in computer science and serves as a Digital Scholarship Graduate Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, where she is completing a doctoral degree in Classics.
Orsolya Lazar
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Growing up in Hungary, Orsolya enjoyed fresh fruit and vegetables from our family garden. Traveling and hiking through Europe introduced me to varied landscapes and gardening styles. After becoming an Ecologist in Hungary, she earned Master Degree in Molecular Biology in the US. As a landscape designer, she drew on her science education and take inspiration from natural landscapes, has designed and maintained gardens for 15 years in 3 different countries, while keeping nature and wildlife in mind and discourages planting invasives and promote the use of native plants and sustainable landscape practices. www.learndothrive.com
Olive Ledlie
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Olive Ledlie, PhD, Former Chair English Department, The Baldwin School
Annie Leguennec
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Annie Leguennec, Licensed Philadelphia Guide
J. Michael Lennon
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J. Michael Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist, editor, authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including: Pieces and Pontifications (1982); Critical Essays on Norman (1986); Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988); Norman Mailer: Works and Days (2000); The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing (2003), and (with Mailer) On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007). His biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life (Simon and Schuster), appeared in 2013, and in 2014 he edited Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (Random House). He is currently editing Mailer’s works for the Library of America. He has also edited The James Jones Reader (1991), and was co-producer of the 1985 PBS documentary, James Jones: From Reveille to Taps. His work has appeared in Paris Review, New Yorker, New York, TLS, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Mailer Review, Hippocampus, Creative Nonfiction, NYRB, and Provincetown Arts, among others. The founding president of the Norman Mailer Society and chair of the editorial board of the Mailer Review, he also serves on the board of the James Jones Literary Society. Co-founder of the Wilkes University MA/MFA Program, he has taught in it since 2005. Prior to that he was the Provost at Wilkes from 1992-2000. From 1972-1992, he was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He received his B.A. from Stonehill College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. His memoir, Mailer’s Last Days: New and Selected Literary Remembrances of a Life in Literature, will be published in 2022 by Etruscan Press. website: jmichaellennon.com
Howard Levinson
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Mr. Levinson is a retired trial attorney, and currently teaches several law courses at Rutgers University. Follow this link for a more complete bio. https://www.rjglaw.com/attorneys/howard-m-levinson/
R. Barry Levis
levis@rollins.edu
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
wan.lew@earthlink.net
Has been teaching both classes and privately for over 25 years. Wanamaker Lewis has played at every major music venue in the area including Phila Folk Fest and The Keswick-he’s even played at Carnegie Hall in New York!
Haiying Li
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Haiying Li, Native Speaker
Michael Lizzio
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Michael Lizzio, Certified Pool Instructor
Nicola Loughlin
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My work and teaching encompasses many mediums: painting, drawing, mark making, printmaking and mixed media. I continually aspire to motivate others to express themselves and am committed to making art accessible for all. Graduate in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and Master's Level Postgraduate in Art Education from the University of Cambridge, England.
David Low
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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 davidlowmsphd.com.
Hali MacLaren
hali@hkmjewelry.com
Hali MacLaren, HKM Jewelry Owner and Maker, creates handmade jewelry that is inspired by the sea, to spread awareness about its importance and beauty. She holds a BFA in Jewelry and a minor in Photography from The University of the Arts. She teaches classes and workshops Main Line Art Center, Wayne Art Center, ArtFusion in Pottstown and at her studio in West Chester. https://hkmjewelry.com/
Laura Mack
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Laura Mack has been working with her mother, Carole Giegerich, for several years. As succulent enthusiasts, they have been deepening their knowledge of the world of succulents. For a few years now, they have been providing workshops, team building activities and special occasion parties for numerous different groups, sharing their passion and creativity and providing a hands-on experience that gives each participant a wonderful creation to take home and nurture. See some of their creations and learn more about them on their website, http://www.sweetsucculentcreations.net.
Joanie Mackie
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Kristina Maletta
kristinakunza@sbcglobal.n
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. www.kristinaanndesigns.com
Daniel Malley
paxonpro@comcast.net
Dan Malley, Paxon Hollow Country Club
Kevin Manning
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Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year.
Scott Mason
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Scott Mason is one of today’s leading poets writing haiku in English. Since 2003 his poems have placed first in more than two dozen international competitions including those sponsored by the national haiku organizations of America, Canada (3x), Great Britain (5x), Ireland (2x) and New Zealand. In 2009 he was flown to Japan to accept the top award in the International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition, and in November 2014 he served as a literary artist-in-residence at the Studios of Key West. Scott’s book The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes (2017) received the Kirkus Star from Kirkus Reviews, the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award from The Haiku Foundation, and a Merit Book Award (Best Prose) from the Haiku Society of America. His Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19: The Haiku Hecameron (2020) also received a Merit Book Award (Best Anthology). From 2011-2021 Scott served as an editor with the online haiku journal The Heron’s Nest and today he is on the board of The Haiku Foundation as Director of Strategy. He also serves as an executive committee member of the Katonah Poetry Series, now in its sixth decade, near his home in Westchester County, New York. Scott is pleased to return to Main Line School Night.
Peter Mavrides
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Peter Mavrides, Curator Spogue and LeBerger Galleries
John McBride
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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.
Paul & Ellen McCabe
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Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders
Jill McCracken
historytchr@hotmail.com
Jill A. McCracken is a retired teacher of History, International Relations and AP Psychology from Holmdel High School, Holmdel, NJ. where she taught for 30 years. As an AP Psychology teacher for over a decade, her students regularly scored a 4.4 average on the 5 point AP Psychology exam. Her program on Forensic Psychology was based on the research by the FBI profilers, ending with students creating a profile for the Zodiac killer. She also taught terrorism as part of the International Relations program she created. Jill is a Mandel Fellow with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and a fellow with the U.S. Institute of Peace, both Washington, D.C. and completed an internship at the US Mission to the United Nations in NYC. She was a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHHanGE) at Brookdale Community college for over two decades. From 2000-2006, she has worked with reconciling Albanian and Serbian teenagers in Kosovo after ethnic cleansing. She is a co-author Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism and 9/11 curriculum, developed by the N.J. Commission on Holocaust Education, the Liberty Science Center and Families of 9/11. For this work, Jill received the 9/11 Tribute Center Educator’s Award. She is received the NJ State Holocaust Commission’s Maud Dahme Award for Moral Courage. Ms. McCracken received her B.A. in History Education from the College of New Jersey, her MA in Education from Seton Hall University and her MA in Diplomacy and International Conflict Management from Norwich University. She is married to Daniel, and has two daughters. She has conducted election observation missions with OSCE-ODIHR across Europe and Central Asia
Keith McMenamin
keith.mcmenamin1@gmail.com
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.
Dar Meshi
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Dar Meshi (PhD, Columbia University; BS, UCLA) is an assistant professor at Michigan State University. He investigates how our brains process socially communicated information. In particular, he is interested in how information conveyed through social media motivates us and influences our decisions—humans are drawn to positive, rewarding social information, such as “likes” on social media. Social media platforms are a relatively new phenomenon, but they tap into social cognitive processes that have been hardwired into our brains over years of evolution. Social media platforms themselves are also evolving, with a new breed of social network being built upon blockchain technology. Thus, Dar's research program focuses on overall social media use, considering the brain and behavior of both adults and adolescents. To answer his research questions, he conducts behavioral experiments both in the lab and online. He also conducts neuroimaging experiments with an MRI scanner to examine brain activation and structures related to social information processing. Ultimately, with the knowledge gained by this research, Dar hopes to contribute to a better understanding of socially motivated human behavior.
Karl Middleman
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Karl Middleman counts over 300 music courses and lectures in his repertoire. A particularly versatile performer, he is equally at home with Hart and Hammerstein as he is with Handel and Haydn. He has been hailed for the easy ways his presentations mix scholarship with showmanship. Karl has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew center for Arts and Heritage and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has lectured for the Philadelphia Orchestra over 50 times. For his work as a symphony conductor he has been cited in 19th Century Music and Philadelphia Magazine, twice winning the Best in Philly Award. He teaches at Temple University's Boyer College of Music.
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.
Nancy Miller
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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.
Larry Minisci
larryminisci@yahoo.com
LAWRENCE MINISCI (aka Larry, Laurent or Lorenzo by his students) has been teaching ESL, French and Italian to children, adults and corporate executives for more than twenty years. In addition to his current responsibilities at MLSN, Mr. Minisci works as a Foreign Language & Cross Cultural Trainer, Freelance Translator and Project Manager for a global language service provider which consults for local, national and multinational companies. Mr. Minisci speaks nine languages and keeps his linguistic and pedagogical skills current by visiting family and friends in Europe, researching new teaching methods and materials, as well as attending professional workshops, seminars and conferences. He studied at Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge (UK), Gratz College and the Goethe Institute.
Matt Mittman
matt@therealestategps.com
Matt Mittman launched his real estate and coaching/teaching career nearly 20 years ago. Upon graduating from Bucknell, Matt found his way back to the Greater Philadelphia area where he set out to build the foundation and systems of his business. The growth of these systems and successes provided the opportunity for him to open RE/MAX Ready in Conshohocken in 2013. Matt’s business and teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief of Knowledge=Confidence and Confidence=Performance. In addition to running his real estate business, Matt is a certified real estate instructor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has taught nationally recognized courses for the Realtor® Associations, as well as for many area schools and organizations. You can find out more about Matt at therealestategps.com or KCPgrowth.com
Dianne Moore
diannemoore@moorebett
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@mothercompost.com
Gwenn Nolan is the owner & operator of Mother Compost, a local food scraps/household waste collection service, which provides pick-ups for residents and businesses interested in composting on the Main Line. Gwenn began composting over four years ago at home and started Mother Compost after arriving at the conclusion that everyone should compost but not everyone has the time or space to do so. Familiar with composting both in the backyard and on commercial scale, Gwenn can discuss the differences between home & commercial processing. Gwenn grew up in the area and went to college at Penn State, where she studied Public Relations & Spanish. She currently lives in Wynnewood with her husband and 3 children. Information on Gwenn’s company can be found here www.mothercompost.com
Khalid Mumin
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Juliet Najdawi
juliet.najdawi@gmail.com
JULIET NAJDAWI is a native speaker and teacher of the Arabic Language - Modern Standard. She has been teaching Arabic at MLSN and other local high schools since 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. This background allows her to implement the most effective methods of planning and conducting energetic lesson plans to accommodate most learning styles. She can be reached at juliet@najdawi.com for questions and comments.
Andrew Newberg
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Dr. Andrew Newberg is the director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and a physician at Jefferson University Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. Dr. Newberg, the author of Neurotheology: How Science Can Enlighten Us about Spirituality, is a neuroscientist who studies the relationship between brain function and various mental states. He is a pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field known as “neurotheology.” His research includes taking brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, in an attempt to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual practices and attitudes.
Neal Newman
nealnewman@gmail.com
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.
Eliot Niles
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Eliot Niles, Licensed NYC Guide, Member of GNYC
Char Nolan
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Char Nolan has been plant-based for ten years. She is a certified plant-based chef with a certificate in plant-based nutrition from é-Cornell. She teaches nutrition and plant-based cooking throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a contributor to "Veg World Magazine," and many of her recipes also appear at PAeat.com, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more.
Scott Noye
chefdad928@yahoo.com
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.
Melissa Oeth
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Melissa is a lifelong resident of the Main Line. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling from Villanova University which plays a huge role in the work she does in helping people with the difficult transition of preparing and selling their homes. She started The Well Kept Home in 2014 because she wanted to help friends, family and now an extensive network of clients to make their homes more enjoyable, more beautiful and more profitable. Melissa is authentic, compassionate and committed to providing service to others in any aspect of real estate.
Paul Offit
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Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC; for this achievement Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In 2009, Dr. Offit received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2011, Dr. Offit received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Biologics Industry Organization (BIO), the David E. Rogers Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Odyssey Award from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Offit received the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine fro the Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Offit received the Maxwell Finland award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Innovators in Health Award from the Group Health Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Offit won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Offit won the Franklin Founder Award from the city of Philadelphia, The Porter Prize from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine from the American Philosophical Society. In 2018, Dr.Offit received the Gold Medal from the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Dr. Offit was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research. He is also the author of nine medical narratives: The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine Crisis, (Yale University Press, 2005), Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases (HarperCollins, 2007), for which he won an award from the American Medical Writers Association, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Columbia University Press, 2008), Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (Basic Books, 2011), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews and Booklist as one of the best non-fiction books of the year, Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (HarperCollins, 2013), which won the Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking from the Center for Skeptical Inquiry and was selected by National Public Radio as one of the best books of 2013, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine (Basic Books, 2015), which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as an “Editor’s Choice” book in April 2015, Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong (National Geographic Press/Random House, April 2017), which was nominated for Best Science and Technology book of 2017 by Goodreads, and Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information (Columbia University Press, June 2018). Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far will be published by HarperCollins in April, 2020.
Gail Oldfield
hances.point@gmail.com
Gail Oldfield is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. From touring the country in her early career to becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, she has enjoyed many memorable dance experiences. She was Dance Director at Cabrini College for several years, as well a choreographer for over sixty musical productions across the tri-county area. Recently, she served as Vice President of the Rockette Alumnae Association in New York City.
Michelle Oosterbaan
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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
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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.
Sharon Pastore
sharongpastore@gmail.com
Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. She is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She has tracked her dreams for over 7 years, recorded over 500 dreams, and interpreted over 250 dreams. She works with entrepreneurs, creatives, teens and young adults, to follow their dreams and live lucid. This includes: career, business, and major life decisions, personal and business branding, high levels of creativity, relationships, or heal from loss. She founded Dream Girl Power and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams that Change Our Lives, and Lucid Dream Magazine. In addition to dreamwork, Sharon spent 17 years in nonprofits and education, and the past 8 years as co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center, a mediation and legal services firm that helps couples separate and divorce in a holistic, peaceful and structured way. She is also a business and marketing consultant and freelancer. She holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with Sharon at dreamgirlpower.com
Staff, Penn Museum
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Staff, Penns Woods Winery
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Elizabeth Perry
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Beth Perry, Tai Chi Instructor
Robert Peters
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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.
Venessa Phipps
DeGanyaAromatics@gmail.com
Venessa has been in the Natural Products industry since 2008. She toggles between Cold Process, Hot Process and Melt & Pour soaps and the creation of aromatic blends for bath and body products. She is a certified Soap Maker and teacher, certified in Clinical Aromatherapy and Natural Products Manufacturing. She is currently a writer for Making Soap Magazine and publishes a blog on her website and a YouTuber. Owner, DeGanya Aromatics. https://deganyaaromatics.com/
Joseph Poon, Master Chef
chefjoe@josephpoon.com
Joe Poon, Master Chef
Julie Potter
cmjulie15@yahoo.com
Julie Potter, Artist
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.
Margot Rabb
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Margo Rabb’s essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Marie Claire, and have been broadcast on NPR. She is the author of the award-winning novels Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize, Kissing in America, and Cures for Heartbreak, all published by HarperCollins. She has taught writing at Rosemont College and Vermont College. Visit her online at http://www.margorabb.com.
Rabindra Ratan
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Rabindra (Robby) Ratan (PhD, University of Southern California: MA/BA Stanford University) is Associate Professor and Director of the SPARTIE Lab at Michigan State University. (CV). Dr. Ratan conducts social and psychological research on the effects of human-technology interaction, focusing on how media technologies (e.g., avatars, video games, agents/AI, VR) influence meaningful outcomes (e.g., equity, well/being, motivation) across societal contexts, (e.g., education, health, industry). He is particularly interested in the Proteus effect (i.e., avatar characteristics influencing user behaviors), gender, stereotypes in gaming, and virtual meetings. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and receives regular grant funding, including from NSF. Dr. Rutan has also received multiple teaching awards and presently teaches his classes in VR. He engages in public outreach as an expert interviewee (e.g., for Marketplace on NPR) an op–ed author (e.g., for Theconversation.com, Wired), and serves as an expert consultant and invited speaker on future media technology.
Merrill Reese
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Merrill Reese has been the play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Eagles since 1977. The games are aired by CBS stations 94 WYSP and Sportsradio 610 WIP as well as a network of affiliates throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Reese and New England Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos have the longest stretches of service in the NFL. Merrill Reese calls Philadelphia Eagles' Lito Sheppard 102-yard touchdown vs. Dallas Cowboys, October 8, 2006. Early years Reese honed his skills as a student at Temple University, where he broadcast football, baseball, and Big 5 college basketball. Following graduation, he served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Navy. Radio career Following active duty, Merrill began his professional career at WPAZ Radio in Pottstown, PA. A year later, he landed at WBCB in Levittown, PA. Ironically, in 1995, Reese became the managing partner as well as vice president and general manager of WBCB. During the 1980's, he handled the morning sports and served as sports director of WIP Radio – one of the most successful broadcast entities in the country. He was also the communications director, as well as the television play-by-play host, for the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis. Later, he teamed with Hall of Fame tennis star Billie Jean King on telecasts for the Madison Square Garden network in New York. He was also the on-camera host and play-by-play voice of ESPN's award-winning series, "NFL Dream Season," in 1990. Personal life Merrill resides in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, with his wife Cindy. Their son Nolan is a film editor in Hollywood, California, and their daughter Ida is a graphic designer in New York. Reese is an avid golfer and competes in numerous charity tournaments. He is the celebrity chairman of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation. He is also the honorary chairman of the Bucks County March of Dimes. In addition, he has worked with the Spina Bifida Foundation, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, the Eagles Youth Partnership, and the Eagles Fly for Leukemia. Publications His biography, It's Gooooood, was published in 1998. His highly acclaimed book, Sportscasting: Turning Your Passion Into a Profession, was published in June 2010 and is available for purchase through this website. Awards Philadelphia's Best Sportscaster. Philadelphia Magazine Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year, National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters – 2000, 2008 March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award – 2004 Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award, Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater Broadcaster of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters – 2005 Person of the Year, Broadcast Pioneers – 2005 Winner of the Lindsey Nelson Award for Excellence in Sportscasting, All American Football Association Honoree for Special Achievement, Philadelphia Sportswriters Association Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Temple University Communications Hall of Fame Overbook High School Hall of Fame
Catherine Robert
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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
heart239@hotmail.com
MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is www.marierobertsheartandsoul.com and she can be reached at heart239@hotmail.com.
Leslie Robison
leslie@masteryconsulting
Leslie Robison has provided coaching and organizing services 1999. She is passionate about helping you achieve more ease, credibility and satisfaction at home and at work. Master your day, master your life: Leslie@MasteryConsulting.net
Jason Rodriguez
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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. https://jdrpictures.bigcartel.com/
Nicole Rodriguez
nicole@painfreeinphilly.c
Nicole Rodriguez is an exercise therapist. She is certified in Exercise Therapy Skills and Posture Alignment through the Egoscue Institute.She worked as an exercise therapist at Egoscue of Philadelphia before opening Pain Free Philly. She was disabled in a car accident and a chronic pain sufferer for years until she was healed by corrective exercises. Nicole works with clients privately and semi-privately at MovementRx Studio in Wynnewood, where she teaches strengthening/cardio and dance fusion classes. Learn more at https://painfreeinphilly.com/
Anthony Francis Russo
tonino613@gmail.com
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.
Lea Saccomanno
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Lea Saccomanno is an embroidery artist and teacher who offers classes such as beginner embroidery, floral embroidery, clothing up-cycling and beadwork. For more information, see her website, www.sippinandstitchin.com.
Lorri Sarosy
sarolori@yahoo.com
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
ronasatten@mac.com
RONA CORDISH SATTEN is a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association and a Certified Level III Instructor. She is certified by Master Li JunFeng to teach Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong, and has been certified as an Associate Healing Tao Instructor. Rona is a lifelong shamanic qigong student of Master Zhongxian Wu. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong Therapist through the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has a healing practice combining qi healing with other energy therapies. Rona loves teaching and her priority is to share the joyful, self-healing qigong practice with everyone interested. More information is available from her at: innersageqigong@gmail.com.
Libby Saylor
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Libby Saylor, from Your Organizing Consultants is a Professional Organizer and Move Manager who supports people like you navigate your transition. We make your life more manageable as you prepare for an eventual move. Every situation is different, we can partner with you and your family to provide solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. We do everything from helping you decide what to keep to having your home cleaned before your agent takes photos of your home to moving pianos cross country, working with appraisers and packing and unpacking your new home. Getting started is the hardest part, we are your partners! yourorganizingconsultants.com
Jessica Schneider
jessica.h.schneider@gma
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 www.grantwritinggirl.com.
Jane Schultz
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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.
Athena Scott
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Athena Astraea Scott is an interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia, Pa. Currently a resident artist at Cherry Street Pier, she received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her BS degree in Web Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has worked in various industries as a web and graphic designer while also pursuing her fine arts work.
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness
julie@sevillefitness.com
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
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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
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CAROL SHELKIN is an artist that honed her skills as a painter, potter and educator for many years. After attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts she continued a successful career teaching and showing her artwork. Her work has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego, Chicago's Navy Pier and Philadelphia Magic Gardens to name a few. She has been accepting mosaic commissions, teaching, and creating contemporary and fine art works. Carol has designed and collaborated on several community projects and installations which included working with seven hundred school children. More information is available on her website: http://www.carolshelkinmosaics.com.
Staff, Shofuso Japanese House
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Staff, Japanese Tea House
Yuming Si
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Yuming Si, Native Speaker; Author; Former Chinese School Principal
John Sigmund
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John Sigmund, Public Programs Manager, Fairmount Park Conservancy https://myphillypark.org/who-we-are/staff/john-sigmund/
Ginny Simon
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Ginny Simon has had her own writing business, Project Marketing, for more than 25 years. She has published hundreds of articles under her own name as well as on behalf of many and varied clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is the author of "Getting Started in Freelance Writing," published by CornerOffice Books.
Ken Sklar
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Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues
Debbie Smith
dancr4evvr@aol.com
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
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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.
Elizabeth Spicer
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Dr. Elizabeth Spicer is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She has been a Metaphysics and Energy explorer since 1980, and is the author of the book, Ask Your Body., which details the use of the Energy Field in determining and relieving food and substance sensitivities.
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Staff, L.L. Bean
Jack Stagliano
jstagliano@aol.com
JACK STAGLIANO taught painting and drawing at Villanova University for 21 years. He holds an MFA degree from Bard College and is certified as a design consultant for the renovation of worship spaces. Each year since 2012 he has produced a calendar with twelve of his Philadelphia watercolor scenes. Jack has specialized in teaching beginners, using sequential learning lesson plans, and at semester's end regularly hears students express their surprise and enjoyment at how much they have learned. Jack can be reached at Jstagliano@aol.com.
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Staff, Stoneleigh: a natural garden
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Staff, Stoneleigh: a natural garden
Jackie Strauss
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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”.
Lawrence Swesey
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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, Founder of GREENandSAVE.com Charlie Szoradi is a sustainability professional with 30 years of experience and over 10 years of public speaking across a diverse range of engagements. He is the author of LEARN from LOOKING How Observation Inspires Innovation. Over the course of his career Mr. Szoradi has founded GREENandSAVE, Independence LED Lighting the Energy Intelligence Center, and Purge Virus now part of Clean Solution Technologies. Mr. Szoradi focuses on high performance architecture, sustainable living, and next-generation agriculture. Since 2021, Charlie has been serving as the President of The Agrarian Group. In the early 1990s he wrote his Masters of Architecture thesis on Energy Intelligence – “Eco-Humanism.” Mr. Szoradi is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and he earned his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. Expanded bio: https://learnfromlooking.com/szoradi-speaker-profile/
Staff, The Rail Park
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Staff, The Rail Park
Dominic Tierney
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Dominic Tierney is professor of political science at Swarthmore College, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a former contributing editor at The Atlantic. He has published four books, most recently, The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015). His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and various academic journals.
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato
fkfay8@gmail.com
Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Ellen Trachtenberg
braintreebooks@gmail.com
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.
Tri-State Training
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Tri-State Training, Staff
Catherine Twitmyer
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Catherine Twitmyer has been helping individuals and families understand senior living options since 2014 when she guided her in-laws through the process. She founded Next Nest Advisors to provide families expertise and support in navigating this often-challenging and emotional transition — from touring communities, to analyzing financial and medical options, to reviewing contracts, to lining up movers. Catherine provides insight, objectivity, and compassion and considers her clients an extension of her family. Catherine lives in Wayne and has supported families across the country. She holds an MBA and a BS from the University of Virginia. Catherine@nextnestllc.com; www.nextnestadvisors.com
Staff, Tyler Arboretum
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Staff, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Richard Unti
richardunti@verizon.net
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.
Staff Upper Merion Community Center
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Staff, Upper Merion Community Center
Kate Varley
kateoffcenter@gmail.com
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.
Marylyn Waltzer
waltzermarylyn@gmail.com
Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
Shu-wen Wang
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Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, Haverford College; Co-Director of the Tri-College Asian American Studies Program; Licensed Psychologist, Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates
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Sally Weinstock
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Sally Weinstock is the founder of Pennington Arts. She has taught piano, recorder, drums, music theory, and composition for over forty years. She has also written for radio, television, and print, and has been teaching creative writing and providing editorial services since 1995.
Susan Weisgrau
sulear6@gmail.com
Susan Weisgrau, MA, English Literature; Retired English teacher (Åkiba Hebrew Academy)
Nancy White
nancy@digitalco
Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Nancy's company website is digitalconsultingassociates.com and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
Phil Witmer
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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
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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.
Kathleen Wolper
kathleen.wolper@gmail.com
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
tonywood1@mac.com
Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at www.Anthonywoodphotography.com
Maggie Wreski
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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.
Elizabeth Wright
eawright1016@gmail.com
ELIZABETH WRIGHT learned to knit at a Main Line School Night class twenty years ago, and hasn't stopped knitting since. In addition to having taught at Main Line School Night since 2004, she also teaches knitting and crocheting to children at Agnes Irwin in the summer and gives private lessons. She is a member of the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen, a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and participates in local art shows. She knows that anyone can learn to knit, and thoroughly enjoys introducing new knitters to the hobby and helping experienced knitters learn new skills and expand their knitting knowledge.
Staff Wyck Historic House, Garden
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Sebastian Young
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Sebastian Young, MA, East Asian Languages & Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Yu
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Sarah Yu, MPhil, University of Hong Kong, PhD University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of History, DeSales University
Laurie Zaleski
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Author, Owner & Founder of Funny Farm Rescue, Founder & CEO of Art-Z Graphics Inc.
Hari Zandler
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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
mzavorski@mainlines
Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young
tatiana.young@temple.edu
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.
Michael Zimmerman
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Michael R. Zimmerman, MD, PhD is a retired anthropologist and pathologist. His research is in mummy paleopathology. He was Adjunct Professor of Biology at Villanova University and Consulting Scholar in the UK at the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology. He is a Consulting Scholar at the Penn Museum and was a faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania for 45 years. He has taught courses in Paleopathology, History of Disease, Medical Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology and Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science.
Sue Zonino McNamara
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Sue McNamara, of Long and Foster Real Estate, is an award-winning real estate agent who specializes in the Main Line and beyond. Sue is an expert in helping people navigate the transition to a smaller home. She counsels you in preparing your home for sale, negotiates contracts, and navigates issues at the settlement table. While selling your home can be a bit daunting, Sue is your partner, providing peace of mind in this often-complicated process. A long-time resident of Wayne, Sue has over 20 years of successful real estate experience. She will happily offer a real estate review of your property. susan.mcnamara@LNF.com; www.suemachomes.com