Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Staff, Albertson's Cooking School Staff, Albertson's Cooking School
I Anastasia Anastasia, Professional Belly Dancer
Amy Anna Amy B Anna is an artist and attorney living in Media, PA. She is a contributing writer for the film website,, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at
Stefania Baita Stefania Baita is a certified Life & Career Coach who passionately works with adults on how to be more productive and happy with their time and work-life balance choices; she also focuses on Goal setting and Career transitions. Stefania loves to support mothers during the delicate phase of going back to work after having a baby as well as people that are planning to go back to work after an extended leave. Before transitioning to coaching, Stefania successfully worked in the Corporate world for more than a decade. Stefania has 2 children under 6, lived and worked in 4 countries and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French. She has been recently featured on CBS3 for her coaching on Goal setting.
Katherine Baker Katherine Ann Baker MFA, Assistant Professor of Writing, Rosemont College
Michael Barna With over 4 decades working with some of the industry’s biggest names like Philly’s-5 diamond 4 star Rittenhouse Hotel, the iconic NYC- Dean & DeLuca food emporium and Brand Ambassador/Culinary Entertainer to Readers Digest/Taste of Home Cooking Magazines live cooking shows attended coast to coast. American by birth, Chef Michael has more than four decades as an award-winning master of food, cooking and entertaining. His roots come from the lessons learned in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother affectionately called 'Nan'. Raised in a small rural farm town in Port Murray (North East NJ) were he grew up with memories of huge gardens filled with sun kissed vegetables and clove-laced raisin pies cooling on the window sill that connected family and friends with home cooked meals around the dinner table. He began his training opening the 1 st Casino in Atlantic City at Capriccio in Resorts International as an apprentice to Ex. Chefs Luigi Burretta and Vito Perrucci crafting classical Italian cuisine. He then transferred inner hotel to the French room of Le Palais studying under CMC Teddy Kriner, AKA: The Sauce Dr. ending his AC run with opening gourmet rooms with two Trump properties, Ivana’s at the Plaza and Delphino’s at the Castle. After his impressive 5 Diamond 4 Star tenure at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, he ventured into the culinary mecca of the quintessential gourmet grocer, Dean & Deluca in New York City where he perfected the art of legendary customer service opening three properties in Philly where he currently lives. Chef Michael toured the country extensively for over five years reaching 25 states as a traveling celebrity chef for Readers Digest's Taste of Home Cooking School where he taught in front of live audiences in 165 shows to sold-out arenas from coast-to-coast. Inspired by his travels, Michael is continually developing fresh concepts and evolving as a chef and educator, both adapting to and impacting the culinary world around him.  Lastly, Chef Michael is a Culinary Hand Model and SAG member for over 30 years represented by Expressions Modeling Agency in Philadelphia. He has appeared in numerous National commercials, print work, billboards, industrial videos, live event promotions and movies. Yes, he was that hand model doubling for Mel Gibson’s hands chopping the alien’s fingers off in the 2002 M. Knight Shyamalan thriller “Signs”… of course, a chef's knife was involved! I hope you enjoy exploring the many services, recipes and menu options listed throughout this website. I’ve created foods ranging from gourmet plated dishes to every day regional comforts, delicious plant inspired dishes, delicate hors d’oeuvres and spectacular party platters realized from my many years in the industry that can be recreated in your home, office or stage. ? Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from CIA (Culinary Institute of America) ? Certified Food Safety Trainer- National Restaurant Association , License TE20262709 ? Graduated from ROUXBE-Forks over Knives completing 179 course/60 hour interactive plant based food course ? 18 Food Service Management classes through MEA ? Allergen Awareness Training – National Restaurant Association, License 612219 ? Serve Safe Manager Trainer Certificate- Sodexo Service Trainer ? Food Service Management Courses, Cornell University, in home studies Television Appearances include: Commercials: Good Morning Arkansas Proctor & Gamble Productions- Crisco Oil KBS/WDK Cape Girardeau, MO. Lancaster Brand Meats- Acme Markets, Inc. KNOE 8 News Monroe, La. Mushroom Council- Kennett Square NBC / ABC / CBS / FOX Live Event/Promotions: Principal in 150+, 2.5 hour live cooking events for Readers Digest-Taste of Home Productions Head Instructor teaching over 60 classes at Zagara’s Cooking School and Lifestyle Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Gifted for numerous private residence, special occasion cooking classes throughout the Tri state area
Mita Barot Mita works at a Main Line School District’s Nutrition Department. She frequently entertains large groups in her home in Chester County introducing her guests to the many healthy dishes of India and has been teaching cooking classes since 2009, most recently in St. Mary’s County, MD. Mita is passionate about healthy cooking, entertaining and loves to laugh and have fun while cooking.
Kimberly Beam Kimberly Beam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in PA. She earned her Masters in Social Work from West Chester University with a 4.0. She has gone on to become both a clinical therapist and a hospital social worker. Kimberly Beam is studying to be a qualified MBSR instructor through Oasis Institute: The Center for Mindfulness, through UMass Medical School. 40 years ago, John Kabat-Zinn started a "experiment" with mindfulness at UMass Medical School and from there Mindfulness was born. Kimberly Beam has been instructed by Saki Santorelli, John Kabat-Zinn's first intern.
Madeleine Bell Madeline Bell is the President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States. A bold and visionary leader, Ms. Bell champions change with empathy and integrity, inspiring the nearly 20,000 employees in the hospital’s $3-billion-a-year health system and research institute to create breakthroughs that have worldwide impact.

Ms. Bell began her career as a pediatric nurse at CHOP in 1983, later leaving the organization to move into hospital administration. She returned to CHOP in 1995, and has since held a number of leadership positions, advancing from Vice President to Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President to Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, she assumed the title of President and CEO.

Ms. Bell has made numerous contributions to CHOP, including the development of one of the largest pediatric ambulatory care networks in the country, the expansion of the hospital’s 4-million-square-foot campus, and the development of many nationally recognized clinical care programs. She has also secured many philanthropic gifts to help further the institution’s mission.

Ms. Bell serves on the Board of Directors for Comcast-NBCUniversal, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Solutions for Patient Safety. She is a member of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and of The Economic Club of New York. She is also an adviser to numerous international hospitals and frequently lectures on the topics of children’s healthcare and women in leadership. In 2017, she received The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Industry Icon Award, and she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2017 and 2018 and one of its “Top 25 Women Leaders” in 2019. She was also included on WomenInc.’s 2018 list of “Most Influential Corporate Directors.”

Ms. Bell is the author of the blog Heels of Success (, which offers guidance to women on how to elevate themselves in the workplace, and the host of Breaking Through with Madeline Bell, a podcast that features interviews with CHOP doctors and scientists, as well as philanthropists, innovators, and business and civic leaders. She holds a bachelor of science in Nursing from Villanova University and a master of science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Berman Richard Berman, Owner, Pour Richard's Coffee Company
David Beruh Dave is a graduate of Gettysburg College and is a former US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. Dave has had a lifelong interest in health and wellness. In 2010 at age 50, he lost 60 pounds and discovered the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle. Since then he has been active in discovering bio-hacks and following the latest in longevity research.
Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club Staff, Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club
Jim Bevlock Jim Bevlock, Owner, Herban Design
Owen Biddle OWEN BIDDLE has been taking pictures for thirty-five years and teaching photography for about thirty years. One thing he loves about teaching is watching his students' unique vision and creativity unfold as they master the how-to's of the camera. He loves challenging his students to see the camera as a tool for creating meaningful images. He also loves studying the masters of photography, and strives to inspire his students to use the lessons that can be learned from those who came before us, both in photography and in art, in general. Owen reports that the whole class has a lot of fun together, following and developing their passion for this wonderful media.
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Judy Bogad At ESPN Judy was the first femaile producer at SportsCenter. She wrote, produced, and reported for Major League Baseball, reporting on Spring Training, All-Star games, Post-Season playoffs and the World Series. Judy also wrote and produced corporate videos. During Judy's 14 years at QVC, she collaborated on the network's first Digital Asset Management System. She now is the founder and owner of her own video production company, specializing in productions for corporations, small businesses, and entertainment ventures.
William Bower Bill Bower received a B.A. in history from West Chester University (1970) and a M.S. in Education from Wheelock College, Boston, MA (1981). Bill's career at Friends' Central School, Wynnewood, PA spanned four decades (1970122-2012). During his forty-year teaching career, Bill taught lower school history and social studies, middle school ancient civilizations, and upper school American history. He has been a workshop leader and an expert in thematic education. In 2003-2004, Bill taught Lewis & Clarke's journey of discovery for School Night. He is an avid fan of early American flight and eager to share highlights from the Golden Age of Aviation. Bill is glad to return to Main Line School Night.
Christine Boyland
Donna Bronstein Donna Bronstein, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Dotty Brown Dotty Brown is a former reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer. During her newspaper career, she edited numerous award-winning projects, including one that won a Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of Wellesley College (where she did not learn to row despite its historic crew program) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (where she did learn to report and write). She came to rowing as part of the surging wave of masters rowers and is a member of the Vesper Boat Club, on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia.
Charo Cabello 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
Kevin Cannon Kevin Cannon is currently a professor at Penn State Abington College (16th year) and an assistant adjunct professor at Temple University (26th year). His research interests include both heterocyclic chemistry and the history of science. Kevin started his chemical career at age 15, working as a part-time laboratory technician at Leatex Chemical Company in Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Temple University and Princeton University respectively; he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Penn State in 2003, Kevin worked nearly 15 years as an industrial chemist, spending 3.5 years at the Dow Chemical Company (Freeport, TX) and the remaining time at Elf Atochem/Atofina/Arkema (King of Prussia, PA). Throughout most of his industrial career, Kevin taught chemistry as an adjunct at local colleges and universities, including Chestnut Hill College and Philadelphia University. Kevin occasionally teaches short courses at the Wagner Free Institute in Philadelphia.
Ciara Cantwell Ciara Cantwell is a make-up specialist. She is the owner and creator of local business, “Lipstick Lunches”, which brings the “Master Makeup in Minutes” idea to a party atmosphere for guests. She also teaches make-up on YouTube and through social media platforms like Instagram. Her make-up collection and knowledge is extensive and her passion for wanting to make people feel beautiful through make-up and skin care is evident with one conversation. Ciara can be found at or
Cindy Carter-Hopson Cindy Carter-Hopson, Certified Mindfulness Instructor and Founder of zafooz, a mindful cushion for kids to sit, breathe...and be happyI am a certified mindfulness meditation teacher with over 20 years of personal meditation practice. I have taught many adults and children a gentle approach to mindfulness to help them navigate the demands and stressors of life. I am a life long learner and enjoy reaping the rewards of living a life centered in the present moment. I am equally passionate about inspiring others to explore their own mindfulness practice. Practicing mindfulness has changed my life in so many amazing ways. It is always my pleasure to guide others on their journey to live a more mindful life. Through my love of practicing mindfulness and the desire to raise more mindful kids I created a sweet and fun way to encourage kids to sit peacefully with themselves. Sit, breathe and be happy! Please check out my website at You can also follow zafooz on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find out more about me please check out:
Greg Cazillo GREGORY CAZILLO is the owner of Cazillo Photography and Web Design. He has over fifteen years of photography experience and a degree from Antonelli Institute of Photography. He has practical expertise in commercial and product photography as well as portraiture for small businesses and large corporations alike. He derives great pleasure from creating beautiful, timeless images for families and couples to treasure and share. Gregory believes that the key to Photography and Art is to be creative, bend rules, and above all, think like an artist! You may see many samples of his work as well as photography tutorials on his website
Maria Ceferatti Maria Ceferatti is an MFA candidate at Rosemont College. She teaches writing with the Young Writers' Day Program. Her work has been published in Apiary Magazine, Driftwood Press, Minerva Rising, Schuylkill Valley Journal and Philadelphia Stories.
Margie Cherry Margie Cherry’s multiple professional identities include Associate Director of Alumni Career Services at Lafayette College, career coach, professional speaker, and former long-running cartoonist and short-term stand-up comic. Margie is the author and illustrator of "Mom's Comedy Coloring Book", published by Humor Outcasts Press, and her work has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and publications including "The Best of the Best American Humor"; and "The Best Contemporary Women's Humor".
Mary Coe Mary Coe, Friends of Radnor Trails
Jennifer Colucciello Jen has been involved in many aspects of EMS for over 20 years. She has worked in communications, large scale logistics planning and response, rural and urban EMS as well as specialty response teams. Jen has been an EMT instructor for over 9 years and along with teaching, she has written several classes. She teaches topics such as basic first aid, CPR and EMT, as well as topics that are not as common, including eye injuries, eating disorders, body modification injuries and situational awareness.
Marebeth Conard Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher
Roberta Cooks Roberta Cooks MD, Gokhale Method Teacher, trained as a physician at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Cooks has been a Gokhale Method Teacher for ten years, guiding hundreds of people of all ages away from back, neck and musculoskeletal pain through teaching healthy ways to perform our daily movements of life. Dr. Cooks is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer and Quigong Medicine practitioner.
Jack Covington Dr. Jack A. Covington, 18th-Century Cultural Historian
I Creative Voice Development Gro Staff, Creative Voice Development Group
Carlo DeMarco Carlo grew up in Villanova, attended the Haverford School, University of Massachusetts and the Culinary Institute of America. Carlo has owned 333 Belrose since 1999. I He apprenticed under Georges Perrier at Le Bec Fin. He has 2 sons and lives in Malvern.
Kenneth DeMarco Kenneth F DeMarco, MS, JD
Dianne Dillman Chef Dianne graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in their first class to admit women. She's been a chef at three and four star restaurants, a caterer, a food purchaser and a baker. Chef Dianne loves pie so much she's been known to spend the day foraging in the woods for black and red raspberries for them and even to steal apples from the neighbor's tree for them!
Jenne Dudrear Jenne Dudrear has been needle felting about fifteen years ago when her kids were young and was looking for something more portable than sewing and quilting. After watching someone demonstrate she picked up a beginners needle felting kit and haven't stopped. She began with pumpkins and have taught herself more and more along the way. She now sells needle felted creations - mostly at craft shows in the area under the name Lilac Road and teach classes whenever she can.
Elizabeth Durand Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
Colleen Falicki Colleen Falicki grew up in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Radio/TV, from Shippensburg University. She was volunteer co-leader of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Holistic Mom’s Network for five years and spent 12 years as a Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Colleen is passionate about providing a sustainable future for our children & in 2017, she founded Back to Earth Compost Crew, LLC. Back to Earth Compost Crew provides residential and commercial compost pick-up services in the Suburban Philadelphia area. Colleen has been a board member for The Giving Angels Foundation since 2016. She resides in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania with her husband, Rick and two children. Colleen enjoys going to the gym, especially spin class, cheering at her kids sporting events and gluten/dairy free baking.
Leah Feigenbaum LEAH FEIGENBAUM who has been teaching Mah Jongg for approximately ten years and has taught hundreds of students. She began learning as a child and has continued her love of the game. Leah has brought several students to the tournament level of play. Chances are, if you play Mah Jongg in the Delaware Valley, you know someone who has taken lessons with Leah, either as a beginner or to improve their strategy. Please visit her website:
Thomas Firchow Thomas M Firchow believes that success comes from helping people, companies and brands to grow and prosper. His experience in producing high-end video and digital content, as a client advocate, team leader, consensus builder and LinkedIn trainer, has helped drive top line results and market share increases for a number of well-known clients. With over twenty-five years of Marketing, Sales, and Executive Leadership experience, his proven abilities center around business relationship development, creative problem-solving, and delivering results for clients including communications strategy and tactics, and brand identity development. His strong executive, producer-director, and project management experience helps deliver projects on schedule and on budget. He enjoys networking with others and is a "connector" focused on providing help and solutions for others.
David Fisher Rev David A Fisher, Faculty Member, Philosophy and World Religions, Rosemont College
Olga Fraimbault Olga studied pastry in Paris after a Business Degree. She obtained a certificate in French Pastry specialties, Chocolate and Ice Cream. She had the opportunity to work with the pastry Chef of Chamber of Senators in Paris - 06 and Hediard, one of the finest catering and restaurant in Paris, Place de la Madeleine. She is teaching basics of Pastry recipes to students at the French International School in Bala Cynwyd. She wishes to extend her classes to the Public Schools.
Nancy Frankel-Halbert Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
Nancy Gabel NANCY GABEL taught high school French at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for thirty-five years where she also headed the Foreign Language Program for the district. After retiring from public education, she taught at The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School and The Episcopal Academy. She was a founder and President of the Board of the French International School in Bala Cynwyd, as well as Board Member and President of Main Line School Night. She is thrilled to be teaching adults at MLSN, where she has offered a variety of courses.
Carla Gambescia Carla Gambescia is the author of the acclaimed bookLa Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z, a rousing tribute to Italy, Italians and a culture that has contributed so much to the world. A native of Philadelphia, Carla is also a marketing executive, former restaurateur and avid traveler; she co-created the Giro del Gelato bike tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Trip in Western Europe.
Gabrielle Geib Master of Acupuncture Studies (Won Institute of Graduate Studies), Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), Licensed Acupuncturist, Reiki Level II practitioner In my time as a healing practitioner I have had the honor of helping patients: diminish pain (musculoskeletal, nervous, inflammatory, migraine), improve circulation to extremities, regain sensation in extremities, release chronic tension, reduce stress, process overwhelming emotions, reduce anxiety, lift out of depression, regulate appetite, improve digestion and elimination, reduce excessive urination, regulate the menstrual cycle, improve breathing after bronchitis, experience more restful sleep, feel refreshed and energized, and regain the sense of moving forward in life and overcoming disease.
Beth Goldner Beth Goldner is the author of a short story collection (Wake) and a novel (The Number We End Up With), both published by Counterpoint Press. Her work was well received by the Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, New York Times, Kirkus Review, Entertainment Weekly, and Orlando Sentinel. Her stories have appeared in a variety of literary journals, the Missouri Review, the Massachusetts Review, StoryQuarterly, among others. Her most recent publications have been in The Baltimore Review, Westview, and Northern Virginia Review (in press).

She has been a guest lecturer at several conferences, including the University of Pennsylvania Writers Conference and the Montgomery County Community College Writers Conference. She has taught creative writing at Rosement College and Boise State University.
Juliet Goodfriend Retired founder and President of Strategic Marketing Corporation, a global custom marketing research and consulting firm to the pharmaceutical industry, Juliet Goodfriend refocused her attention onto the community and created the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, a restored historic movie theater and film education center with over 9000 members and a year-round program of first run movies and film courses for students of all ages. Her experience inspired her to help create NELI, the nonprofit executive leadership program at Bryn Mawr College. Goodfriend has served on many local and national boards including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Inglis Foundation, and Bryn Mawr College. She has retired as CEO of Bryn Mawr Film Institute and maintains her connection to the organization as its board chair and member of the programming staff. Among the awards she has received are the 2000 Paradigm Award from the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and being named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by the governor.
Jerry Gordon JERRY GORDON was the founder of Third Street Jazz, once one of the most famous jazz record stores in the world. He also founded Evidence Music, a jazz and blues record label that issued over 350 recordings, all of which he personally supervised, reissued, or produced, including the historic reissues of Sun Ra's legendary 'Saturn' recordings. He served three years as a member of the National Endowment of the Arts Recording Panel, one year as its co-chairman. Currently he is a radio host on WPRB, Princeton University, where he presents jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and pop music, and is a consultant to the recording industry. He has been collecting records since 1964. Jerry is happy to answer all questions directed to him at
Valerie Grant Valerie has been teaching fitness and presenting at conferences internationally for over 25 years, and delights in seeing the “light bulb” moment in all of her students. Her professional experience includes working at prestigious clubs throughout the Philadelphia area. In 2010, she was awarded “Best Posture Coach” by Philadelphia Magazine. She specializes in taking the elusive tenets of The Feldenkrais Method to the fitness world and making them obvious by sharing practical tips for both group fitness and personal trainers to use in every class or session. She has been an adjunct teacher at Delaware County Community College, Main Line Adult School, and Drexel University, specializing in relating to students of all ages, turning perceived disabilities into possibilities through mind-body awareness. An instructor for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid CPR, Valerie also programs and leads mind-body retreats worldwide, supporting her charities of choice. In January of 2014 she and 3 partners opened Purenergy Studio in Paoli PA which brings the components of fitness, wellness and balance under one roof. Specialties: Pilates, Yoga and Feldenkrais. Certifications: ACE (CPT), AFAA (GFI), Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Guild of Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners (GCFP), NKT1 NeuroKinetic Therapy, American Red Cross Authorized Instructor.
Ian Grant Ian Grant was trained in the Anat Baniel Method® and completed the Children's Mastery in 2016. Anat has created 9 Essentials® to help wake up the brain to integrate new neural patterns. Clients Ian has seen includes adults suffering post stroke, a person living with MS, Parkinson's and people suffering from chronic tension and pain. Ian also has experience working with children that live with Microcephaly, Cerebral Palsy, and Developmental delays.
David Grauel DAVID GRAUEL comes to MLSN by way of New York City where he was a Technical Support and Training Specialist in Microsoft Office products for such companies as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. David teaches classes on a variety of Microsoft products and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
William Greenwood WILLIAM J GREENWOOD has presented his advanced Painter's Studio Class for over a decade at MLSN. He brings over forty-five years of professional experience to his students. Bill studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Hussian School of Art. He spent 14 years painting and studying with his late mentor Morris Blackburn, in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and at his private summer landscape studio and home in Taos, New Mexico. Bill has a very positive, constructive critique approach and will help artists unravel techniques as well as the mystery of the centuries old art of composition in painting.

Marty Grims Marty Grims is a third generation restaurateur who has operated restaurants in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and on the Mainline of Philadelphia for over 35 years. He attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration graduating in 1983. Upon graduation he opened  Philadelphia’s Four Season’s Fountain Restaurant. Two years later Marty started his entrepreneurial pursuits managing La Fourchette Restaurant in Wayne, PA.

Many of Marty’s restaurants have received critical acclaim from the country’s most prestigious publications ie. Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, and many other local publications. Two years ago Marty’s daughter Sydney has joined him in business marking the fourth generation to be in the hospitality business.

Restaurant Timeline:
1985-2005- Founded Restaurant Taquet & Bravo Bistro, Passerelle, Radnor Pa.
1990-2010- Founded Central Bar & Grill, Bryn Mawr Pa.
2000-2016- Founded Dujour Markets & Cafe, Haverford & Philadelphia
2003-2011- Founded Basil Bistro, Paoli, Pa.
2003-Present- Purchased  Moshulu Restaurant, Phila, Pa.
2003-Present -Founded Plantation Restaurant, Loveladies, New Jersey.
2006-Present- Founded Daddy O Restaurant & Hotel, Long Beach Island ,NJ.
2008-Present-Purchased White Dog Cafe, Phila, Pa.
2010-Present- Founded White Dog Cafe, Wayne ,Pa.
2014-Present-Purchased Tucker’s Tavern, Long Beach Island, NJ.
2015-Present-Founded White Dog Cafe, Haverford,Pa.
2016-Present-Founded Autograph Brasserie,  Wayne,Pa.
2018-Present-Founded Louie- Louie Brasserie, Phila, Pa.
2019-Opening White Dog Café Glen Mills Brinton Lakes Shopping Center
2019-Opening Rosalie in the former paramour space in the Wayne Hotel
Andrea Hallmark ANDREA HALLMARK is a Landscape Architect who has designed and installed hundreds of gardens in Pennsylvania, New Jersey,New York, Florida, Texas and Mexico. She currently teaches Design Communication at Temple University. She has taught garden and design courses at the University of Pennsylvania, School of General Studies, The Barnes Foundation, Longwood Gardens, and The Morris Arboretum. Ms. Hallmark started as a fine artist and painted at The Penn Academy Of Fine Art and continues fine art as a hobby. She also does Jewelry Design.
Pat Halsey Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen
I Harriton House Bruce Gill, Executive Director, The Harriton Association
Ann Hazan Ann Hazan is a food consultant and instructor and the co-author of 'The Original Philadelphia Neighborhood Cookbook,' 'The Original Baltimore Neighborhood Cookbook,' and 'The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook.' She holds a degree in Food and Nutrition from Drexel University. Ann emphasizes healthy foods and cooking in all her work, as well as in her home.
Jeff Heller Jeff Heller, Historical Novelist Studied history, government and economics at Georgetown University. Jeff specializes in Colonial-era Canada. He has presented at cultural festivals, night schools, book clubs and libraries throughout the Northeast US.
Andrew Herron Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS ™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners. They have over 20 years of combined experience helping individuals and families get to and through retirement. Andrew and Kevin have an expertise 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 Education Nights throughout the year.
Debbie Heth Debbie Heth took over A Taste of Britain in 2012 and has fallen head over heels for the world of tea! She sources over 50 different flavors, including house-blended specialties at her shop. She graduated from Villanova University and worked in Corporate America before becoming an entrepreneur. She says her favorite part of owning A Taste of Britain is being the backdrop for special moments that happen over tea.
Vittia Horwitz Vittia Horwitz, Tyler School of Art, Exhibited Sculptor
Amy Mermaid Isakov Amy Mermaid Isakov is a tech savvy and innovative dreamer passionate about connection, spirituality, music, ritual arts, and how the Divine can manifest in all its forms. Having left the traditional education path, she has studied in-depth with shamans, bodyworkers, evolutionary thought leaders, and green builders since 2001. She is a Pachakuti Mesa carrier, writer, teacher, singer, and mother – among other things.
JKST Inc Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
Megan Kelly Megan is practiced and certified in many areas of natural medicine including: Holistic Health Counseling, Herbalism, Naturopathy, Iridology, Yoga, Reiki, Access Bars, Vedic Thai Massage, Reflexology, and Birth & Postpartum Doula Support. Located in the heart of of Bryn Mawr, PA, Megan is the proprietor of Sunset Moon Wellness Center: a multi-faceted , zero-waste wellness center offering a full service Superfoods Cafe, a Movement Arts Studio, and Integrative Health Center. Megan is dedicated to helping others to revive and revitalize from the inside out, discover their true nature, and expand to their highest potential!
Linnie Kerrigan-Greenberg Linnie Kerrigan-Greenberg, Artist
Kara Klaiber Kara Klaiber is a lifelong resident of Chester County, PA and a practicing attorney in Wayne, Delaware County, PA. Kara has been a licensed attorney since 2001 as a member of the Pennsylvania and Georgia State Bars. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (1996) and Temple University Beasley School of Law (2001). Kara currently works for the law firm of David Bennett Spiess & Livingood in Wayne and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, business law matters and real estate.
Mary Ann Kleschick Mary Ann Kleschick has helped clients from the Main Line, Philadelphia and Bucks County create beautiful functioning interiors for over 30 years. A graduate of Drexel University (majoring in Interior Design) Mary Ann has the education, knowledge and experience to help homeowners transform their homes into spaces that reflect their taste and style.
Jacqueline Kloss Together, Drs. Kloss and Swain provide a mind-body approach to sleep health. Jacqueline D. Kloss, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, is currently a Co-PI on an NIH sponsored study on women and sleep through the reproductive years. She has also published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the areas of sleep, insomnia, and women’s health. Amanda Swain, M.D. is Staff Physician, University of Pennsylvania, Student Health Service, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Clinical Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Franmar Kopko Franmar Kopko, RPh., has been a registered pharmacist for over 19 years and has worked in retail, managed care and now in the medical cannabis industry. Franmar has been counseling patients at a local dispensary on the use of medical cannabis for their specific medical issues and providing insight on the numerous products available.
Nancy Kotkin Nancy Kotkin is a professional writer, editor, and writing instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Prose Morsels Press.
Eric LaMorte Eric LaMorte, Registered Patent Attorney, LaMorte & Associates
Stephanie Lantz My passion is cooking. It is my joy to cook for people and see the expression on their faces while they experience the dishes I create.  I have wonderful memories of being in the kitchen as a little girl and watching my mother and various guests cooking all types of nutritious and delicious food. Hannah, from Israel, was creating Mediterranean delights and braiding challah on our kitchen floor. Yolanda, from Mexico, was preparing authentic Mexican sauces, home-made tortillas while toasting chilies and spices. My mother, the consummate entertainer, was able to transform recipes into lighter versions without sacrificing taste and I learned this skill from her. Watching various cooking TV shows from the ’70s to today and reading cookbooks, blogs, magazines, my inspiration continues to blossom. It is a dream come true for me to plan, cook, and teach about nutritious, delicious foods.
Sue Laskin Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Fred Lavner Fred Lavner worked his way thru Temple University in the early 70s as a joke writer, churning out pages of gags for the likes of David Brenner, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, and Steve Landesberg. The joke was on them when Fred decided to work in a more stable profession upon graduation, embarking on an award-winning career as a writer/producer/creative director in advertising. Fred managed to keep his head in humor over the years by moonlighting as a script doctor, speech writer, and essayist for numerous publications. In recent years Fred has written several humor books, performs both stand-up and sit-down comedy, and continues to find the funny in everyday life.
R Barry Levis R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012
Wanamaker Lewis Has been teaching both classes and privately for over 25 years. Wanamaker Lewis has played at every major music venue in the area including Phila Folk Fest and The Keswick-he’s even played at Carnegie Hall in New York!
Jessica Liddell Gorlin Jessica Liddell is a professional artist known around the region for her architectural mosaic and fused glass installations. She has been commissioned to create artwork for parks, hospitals and corporations throughout the country. Jessica has also facilitated many community projects with schools and non profit organizations. She is enthusiastic about her craft and has taught at the Main Line Art Center, MALT and Fleisher Art Memorial. She owns Bella Mosaic Art, a studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Michael Lizzio Michael Lizzio, Certified Pool Instructor
Joan Mackie
Kevin Manning Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS ™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners. They have over 20 years of combined experience helping individuals and families get to and through retirement. Andrew and Kevin have an expertise 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 Education Nights throughout the year.
Lou Marrocco Lou Marrocco is an event planner, event consultant, wedding planner, and hospitality educator, and the founder of Brandywine Events. Brandywine Events is a premier international event group, a result of 30+ years in the field. Lou Marrocco was an asset to the prestigious Ridgewells Caterers at the start of his career, involved with four Presidential Inaugurations and many corporate, social, and political events. He brings a collective knowledge and expertise in his ability to maintain the highest quality of services for his clientele.
Jack McCarthy Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations and directed numerous archives and public history projects. Jack is particularly noted for his work in Philadelphia music history. He has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on Philadelphia music. He serves as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Music Center. For the Orchestra, he has managed the historical components of several major festivals: the 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski Centennial, 2017 Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival, and 2018 Leopold Stokowski/Albert Barnes Festival. Jack served as director of the 2018-2019 project, Documenting and Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy, funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and he co-produced, gave several presentations, and curated the accompanying exhibit for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s 2016 multi-part series Memories and Melodies: A Journey Through Philadelphia’s Musical Legacy. He served as consulting archivist for several Philadelphia music documentaries: the 2014 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio; the 2018 film biography Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me; and the (in-production) film Beethoven in Beijing, which focuses on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s history in China. He also periodically gives two walking tours: Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy and Lost Sites and Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music. Jack writes on Philadelphia music for the popular online daily magazine Hidden City Philadelphia and the scholarly, peer-reviewed online resource, Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, sponsored by the Mid- Atlantic Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden. For the latter he has written articles on Philadelphia jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, doo wop, soul music, gospel, DJs, and opera and opera houses, as well as a series of articles on iconic Philadelphia popular songs. He was recruited by the Oxford African American Studies Center to write the article Philadelphia Soul Music, which was published on the Center’s website in 2018. He wrote two articles on Philadelphia gospel music for radio station WXPN’s 2019 documentary project, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul.
Jill McCracken 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
Mack McKamey With over 8 years of experience as an herbalist, Mack's take on herbal uses blends traditional wisdom with modern science and practical applications. A special place in her heart has always been the use of locally available botanicals, be they the pine needles in winter, or the sweet violets in spring! Mack currently runs The Raw Spa, a skincare apothecary that specializes in unique creations for all skin types.
Vicki Miller Vicki Miller is the founder of Vinocity. Although Vicki has been a practicing attorney in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, she also has been a long-time student in formal wine study. Over the years Vicki has been asked to speak on wine and has developed numerous wine events for a variety of institutions, non-profits and various businesses. Vicki developed the Art and Wine event program for a corporate sponsor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wine and Literature event for the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Vinocity was born because Vicki realized that wine courses are highly information-filled, but are not socially engaging. Traditional wine tastings, while offering more social interaction, don't provide the kind of useful information to make an informed wine selection. A Vinocity event combines the best of both worlds, as Vicki weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting short stories and anecdotes about wine history and culture.
Dianne Moore Dianne Moore, MSW, MS, CHC, CNE founder & owner of MooreBetterFood, is a Nutrition & Wellness Coach and Certified Nutrition Expert. Certified through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she also holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Science degree.
Carolyn Muir Carolyn Muir received her PhD from the University of Manchester (UK) and taught European art history for 34 years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong. Honored by her university with an award for teaching excellence, she has also published numerous articles and a book on aspects of Renaissance and Baroque art. Having recently retired and relocated to the Main Line, she is excited about shifting her focus to teaching adults at MLSN.
Zachary Nelson Zachary Nelson, Technology Consultant
Gwenn Nolan 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
Kathryn Noska Kathryn E Noska is an oil painter of representational still life in mythic landscapes using symbolic imagery and philosophic whimsy. After receiving an AFA from Montgomery County Community College she studied 17th Century Still Life painting at Chester County Art Association under Bill Ewing. Kathryn has won many awards of excellence in the local Philadelphia Suburban area. She took first prize of the National Platinum Award for Trompe l’oeil at the Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishing in Las Vegas, NV and has been accepted in numerous juried exhibitions including the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Kathryn has a strong passion, purpose and persistence to find and use safe art materials due to developing Multiple Chemical Sensitivity which greatly impacted and influenced her artistic journey, direction, and choice of media. Through much research and exploration, she made a momentous discovery, and now uses solvent-free painting techniques, cold-pressed walnut oil paint and eco-friendly panels. This quest has taken many artistic twists and turns, but being a painter at heart, she has come full circle, back to her roots, empowered to continue the journey.
Sharon Pastore Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. 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 is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. 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
Kathy Peoples Kathy has been country dancing for 20 years and loving every minute of it. She was featured on a dance team and TV shows in the late 90's. She continues to help people understand how to put one foot after the other and before they know it they're dancing. Great exercise for the mind and the body!
Tania Perelberg I grew up watching a master seamstress at work—my mother—and started sewing as a child. Quilting has always been my passion. Back in Brazil, where the art of quilting is not widespread, I had to make (invent) my own quilts with my own supplies and my own techniques. Luckily, eight years ago I moved to the United States, the quilting capital of the world, and since then I have been in heaven, quilting on a daily basis, six to ten hours a day. I have taken scores of classes, attended many quilting exhibitions and constantly improving my techniques. No quilt is impossible to me, I see the most difficult ones as challenges I have to face and succeed. I have made more than two hundred quilts, I have my own studio at home with a professional long arm quilting machine. I sell the quilts on Etsy (MyCrazyBulldogQuilts) , eBay (mycrazybulldog) as well on Facebook (My Crazy Bulldog) , and at various craft fairs along the year, not for the sake of the money, but for the love of quilting . As a Biologist I donate all profits to various animal welfare organizations.
Robert Peters Robert Peters, Best of 'Main Line Today'
Alexandre Pfundt
Julie Potter Julie Potter, Artist
Ossi Qualli Ossi Qualli has a passion for flowers and has been designing flower arrangements for the past 50 years and was the former owner of the Potting Shed, Society Hill and the Green Thumb in NYC, Ossi has designed for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Presidents. Now retired, he enjoyed being a head designer at Waterloo Gardens, Valley Forge Flowers and Albrechts Nurseries and attended Philadelphia College of Art and resides in Phila. with his wife, Hope.
Susan Rains Susan Rains is the owner and Interior Designer at Susan Rains Design. She creates homes her clients can live in indefinitely with joy and ease. Everyone has unique talents, and she describe hers as a mixture of creative and analytic. She became an interior designer because of designs ability to foster a better life. Not only because of her creative talent and love for beautiful things. Susan holds two degrees, a Bachelors in Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The second, a Masters of Interior Architecture from Drexel University. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Susan has worked as a creative professional for over twenty years. Including, graphic design, custom picture framing, fine craft and management experience. Susan keeps her skills sharp and brings her clients the latest and greatest. Susan cultivates her design skills, resource, and product knowledge through membership in IFDA (International Furniture and Design Association. She also attends conferences, trade show and design events thought the year.
Deborah Reeder Deborah Reeder, Cellist, Former member Philadelphia Orchestra
Christine Reyes Christine Reyes, Certified Zentangle™ Teacher (CZT) who has been doing Zentangle™ since 2012 when she had an operation to remove a brain tumor. Zentangle™ helped in the recovering process. Her goal is to help others find relief from the negative parts of their lives by using the meditative art form of Zentangle™.
Carl Richard Pickleball and Tennis Coach
Marie Roberts MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is and she can be reached at
Leslie Robison Leslie Robison has provided coaching and organizing services 1999. She is passionate about helping you achieve more ease, credibility and satisfaction at home and at work. Master your day, master your life:
Ilene Rosen Ilene S. Rosen, M.Ed., C-IAYT Co-author, Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Children with Maureen Heil (Redleaf Press, 2019) IECA Associate Member Board Member, ABC-LM
Anthony Saguto Anthony Saguto, Board Certified Tai Chi Instructor
Deanna Santiago Deanna Santiago, creator of hipPOP fitness™ , started teaching the format at a local gym in Lancaster, PA. She combined her lifelong dance experience, fitness and yoga training into one class that is easy and fun for everyone of all ages and fitness levels. Now after 10 years, Deanna is sharing her successful trademarked format to the MainLine.
Lorri Sarosy Lorri holds BA and MBA degrees in finance and marketing. Her work career includes 25 years corporate management and 10 years non-profit professional experience. Lorri’s grant writing experience includes work for four distinctly different non-profit entities. This experience combined with financial, planning and management skills have contributed to her success.
Jane Schultz Jane Schultz is a predominantly self-taught mobile artist from Pennsylvania. Jane's images have been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry. She was named multiple times as a Most Wanted Visionary by New Era Museum and declared a New Era Museum Artist. She has also been recognized in numerous art competitions. Jane curates for the New Era Museum and administers @ig_artistry, an Instagram hub which promotes originality, creativity, and emotive art.
Carol Seelaus CAROL SEELAUS has worked as a professional organizer and time management consultant since 1995. Her tips have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on Comcast's "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne." She is also a highly sought- after motivational speaker and looks forward to teaching how to get your time and clutter under control.
Adrian Seltzer Adrian Hope Seltzer is a cooking teacher, blogger and aspiring food scientist. Using her passion for food, humor and her motto - if at first you don’t succeed, improvise, Adrian simplifies the culinary methods needed to make you a better cook. Take a class and find out how. Check out her website
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness Julie has been leading group exercise classes for nearly 30 years and has been teaching classes at Main Line School Night since 1995. Fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Julie strives to make every class fun, informative and motivating, and to help her students achieve their health and fitness goals.
Bonni Shinfeld Bonni Shinfeld, MLSN Trip and Travel Director
David Silverman David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of Thundersticks, Red Brethren, Ninigret, and Faith and Boundaries. His essays have won major awards from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the New York State Historical Association.
Ginny Simon Ginny Simon has had her own writing business, Project Marketing, for more than 25 years. She has published hundreds of articles under her own name as well as on behalf of many clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is working on her own book on freelance writing to be published by CornerOffice Books.
Emily Smith Emily Smith, Therapeutic Movement Guide, Myofascial Release and Licensed Massage Therapist is heartfelt in helping others listen to the body’s wisdom to create health and happiness. Emily creatively shares simple and effective skills that treat and prevent chronic pain naturally as well as create resiliency and strength.
Margot Soven Margot Soven, English Dept, La Salle University
Richard Sperry Richard S Sperry, Former US Naval Officer; (Ret.) VP Marketing, Comcast
Jack Stagliano 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
Russ Stavig Russ Stavig was born and raised in South Dakota, attended the University of South Dakota graduating with a degree in business. He spent his entire career with Armstrong World Industries, Inc., in sales and customer service management positions. Upon retiring in 2015, he became involved as a volunteer with the Wolf Sanctuary of PA and now gives guided public and private educational tours along with other sanctuary duties, including feeding and watering the wolves and wolf-dogs. From time to time he also gives off site sanctuary presentations. Russ has long had a fascination with wolves since his youth and devoured Jack London, Jack O'Brien and Zane Grey novels. The Wolf Sanctuary provides him with the perfect opportunity to continue his passion for wolf education and preservation. He has been married for 42 years and has two grown children.
Karen Strauss Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach
Byron Suber Byron Suber, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Performing & Media Arts, Cornell University
Amanda Swain Together, Drs. Kloss and Swain provide a mind-body approach to sleep health. Jacqueline D. Kloss, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, is currently a Co-PI on an NIH sponsored study on women and sleep through the reproductive years. She has also published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the areas of sleep, insomnia, and women’s health. Amanda Swain, M.D. is Staff Physician, University of Pennsylvania, Student Health Service, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Clinical Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Gerard Sweeney Gerard H. Sweeney has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Brandywine since the Company’s founding in 1994. He has overseen Brandywine’s growth from 200,000 square feet with a total market capitalization of less than $5 million, to nearly 25 million square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $5.0 billion. Under his leadership, Brandywine has grown into one of the largest, publicly-traded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States, with a core focus on urban, town center, and transit–oriented development in the Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., and Austin, TX markets. Mr. Sweeney has overseen more than $2.5 billion and approximately 12 million square feet of successful development to-date, with many more projects currently in the pipeline. Mr. Sweeney believes that buildings are bridges to the communities they serve. He is passionate about placemaking and creating thoughtful, dynamic spaces that have a positive impact on surrounding communities. Prior to 1994, Mr. Sweeney served as Vice President of LCOR, Incorporated, a real estate development firm, and Financial Vice President and General Partner of the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR). Mr. Sweeney holds a BS degree in Economics from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sweeney is Chair of the Schuylkill River Development Corporate (SRDC), the Center City District Foundation (CCDF), and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He also serves on the boards of several other Philadelphia-based organizations. Additionally, Mr. Sweeny is co-founder and co-CEO of Bonomo Turkish Taffy LLC. Mr. Sweeney is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Gail Tatum CEO and Founder, Gail Force Solutions, a 'Force' to be reckoned with. ReFirement Expert and Columnist, Don't Retire...ReFire! My entire adult life has been devoted to helping people in many capacities. I thrive on making a difference in the lives of others, whether they be subtle or grand. I studied Psychology at Villanova and have over 40 years of life experience in the art of human behavior. It is in understanding the human condition, that we are understood.
Doris Torigoe Doris Torigoe, Owner, Etsy shop EverydayOrigamiGifts
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Steven Ujifusa Steven Ujifusa is an historian and resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His second book, Barons of the Sea: And the Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship, tells the saga of the great 19th century American clipper ships and the Yankee merchant dynasties they created. Warren Delano II, maternal grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, takes center stage in the narrative. For this project, he was the recipient of a 7-week writing fellowship from the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Barons of the Sea was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2018. In 2012 The Wall Street Journal named his first book, A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Buld the SS United States (Simon & Schuster), as one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year. He has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and numerous media outlets. He is a frequent contributor to the urban history website He is also the aurhor of the corporate history of Airgas, Inc., and is currently working on the official history of J.M. Forbes & Company, one of the oldest independent financial services firms inthe United States. A native of New York City and raised in Chappaqua, New York, Steven received his undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and a joint masters in historic preservation and real estate deelopment from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Independence Seaport Museum and the Boys Latin Charter School of Philaelphia. He is a rowing member of the University Barge Club and a singing member of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. Steven resides with his wife Alexandra (a pediatric emergency room physician) and son in Philadelphia's historic Cedar Park neighborhood.
Richard Unti Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur
Carey Vickers, L.Ac. I am a Pennsylvania-licensed acupuncturist. I earned my Master of Science degree with honors in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City, where I received extensive training in three styles of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM), which integrates classical acupuncture with modern myofascial trigger point therapies; and Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese acupuncture (KM). I am also a trained in the Mei Zen style of cosmetic acupuncture. My journey to acupuncture has been one of self-discovery. A near-death experience as a child and my family's adoption of my brother, who came from Vietnam with profound injuries from the war, left lasting impressions on my life. Later I had a personal health crisis that caused recurring episodes of neuralgia, leaving me with a deep sympathy for others suffering from intense chronic pain. From my life’s experiences, and coming to the realization that matters of health and wellness have always been present and foremost in my life, I feel it is my life's fulfillment to help others.
Tom Voravolya Tara (Tom) Voravolya is a native of Thailand with more than thirty years of experience in Thai cooking. Students love the easy and clear steps of cooking instruction, and enjoy full meal toward the end of every class. Tom also enjoys providing students with the culture and taste of Thai cooking.
Marylyn Waltzer Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
Kristin Weaver
Nancy White Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Nancy's company website is and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
Phil Witmer Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience. He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society, past-president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country, and is on the board of Audubon PA. He is also active locally in Bird Town initiatives, volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls, monitors American kestrel boxes and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding. While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them. He leads walks at Mill Grove Center and lectures on a variety of related topics. He has spent many hours enjoying the birds at his backyard feeders.
Luana Wolk Luana Wolk, Native Speaker
Kathy Wolper - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs.
Anthony Wood Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at
David Young Originally from Chicago, David Young has a B.A. in German Studies from Northwestern and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where he won a Fulbright fellowship to support research on local politics, culture, and economics in postwar Germany. Young has led historical organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including the Salem County Historical Society, the Johnson House Historic Site, Cliveden of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and currently at the Delaware Historical Society since 2018. He has taught at colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and the Seminar for Historical Administration (now the History Leadership Institute) in Indianapolis. He has served as an officer of the Historic Germantown consortium of museums, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Concord Schoolhouse, winning local and national awards for his work. He serves on the Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service Advisory which makes recommendations about National Historic Landmarks. Young has published on Underground Railroad and African American history in the Mid-Atlantic, historic site sustainability, and public history theory and practice in The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America (Temple University Press, 2019)
Jan Zacharjasz Jan M. Zacharjasz, M.S., is a Certified Life Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, and Retirement Lifestyle Consultant. She is the founder of Coaching for Resilience, specializing in life transitions of people in their 40’s to 60’s, helping them feel balanced, empowered, and equipped to make important decisions as they face changes in career, health, or family and new roles. She is a director on the National Life Planning Network Board and membership chair of the Philadelphia chapter. Jan provides life coaching, energy leadership assessments, workshops, and discussion groups on resilient living and successful aging. She is a proud member of the Sandwich Generation, providing endless love and devotion to her mother, daughters, and husband.
Michael Zavorski Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, native of Kiev, Ukraine, is a professional belly dancer who has been involved in Middle Eastern dance for many years and is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Temple University. Tatiana performs Egyptian cabaret and modern Egyptian dance and teaches archaeology classes for Main Line School Night. She performed across the tri-state area under her stage name, Kahina Asurah and appeared on the MIND TV program in the history of Belly Dance section. Tatiana travels (and has been living in some countries) around the world to achieve a deeper understanding of dance, its cultural significance and its sacred and primordial nature as well as visited many archaeologically significant areas.. She can be reached by, or you are welcome to visit her website
Drew Zimmerman Drew Zimmerman is a professional artist who has made and exhibited masks, marionettes, sculpture and bas-relief collages for over 30 years.
Jacques deLisle Jacques deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. DeLisle is also professor of political science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer and advisor to legal reform, development and education programs, primarily in China.