Class Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography Email
Staff, Albertson's Cooking School Staff, Albertson's Cooking School
I Anastasia Anastasia, Professional Belly Dancer anastasiabellydance@gma
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 N/A
Matthew Armond Matthew is a Tibetan Singing Bowl Teacher/Practitioner, Founder of the Reiki 3 Tibetan Singing Bowl Method, a Tibetan Bowl Distributor and a certified Reiki Master Teacher. He travelled the East and West coast to study the methodology of Tibetan Singing Bowls for brain entrainment, healing and meditation. In 2009, Matthew deepened his studies under the tutelage of Chogye Dorje Rinpoche. Matthew is a cancer survivor of 8 years and diagnosed 10 years ago with ulcerative colitis which is in remission. The Tibetan Singing Bowls are a significant piece of his healing. Matthew is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport; NY a Masters of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; NY with a focus on Theology, Interfaith studies, Womanist and African American approach to theology; a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Villanova University. Matthew grew up Roman Catholic and has studied Eastern philosophies and practices for over sixteen years. He completed his pastoral internship at the United Church of Christ, NY. Utilizing these gifts Matthew has traveled guest speaking at Interfaith Workshops, Worship services, and other spiritual venues. N/A
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. N/A
Courtney Bambrick Courtney K. Bambrick is Philadelphia Stories’ poetry editor. Her poetry has appeared at The Fanzine, Apiary, Certain Circuits, Dirty Napkin, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. Courtney teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Rosemont College, Delaware County Community College, and Widener University.
Tom Bang Tom Bang, Former Corporate Executive N/A
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.
Chani Barton My name is Chani Barton. I am a wife and mother of 3 terrific children; two of which are grown and out of the house. My youngest son is in High School. I am currently enjoying my 20th year in education. During the day, I work as a Technology Integration Coach at a local school district. I am involved with instructional design for adult learners, planning and implementing blended learning classroom lessons, and modeling effective classroom practices. Throughout my career I have facilitated multiple learning experiences for audiences that range from grade level teams to statewide conferences. I am a Google Level 2 Certified Instructor, a SMART Certified Champion, and an Apple Teacher. N/A
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.
Christian Becker Christian Becker, Nordic Walking Instructor and Owner, By Foot Again, LLC
Eric Bell 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.
Kirk Berlenbach 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 2nd Dan ranking. N/A
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
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. owenbiddlephotography
Steven Blum Steven Blum, Esq, Steven G Blum and Associates LLC, Author, Negotiating your Investments, Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
Roslyn Blyn LaDrew Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Kent Bottles Dr. Kent Bottles teaches health policy and payment reform at The Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health in Philadelphia and regularly consults and presents on population health, health care reform, digital medicine, and the future of the doctor patient relationship. He has been a Professor and Chair of academic medical school pathology departments, a Chief Medical Officer of a state-wide integrated delivery system, a President and CEO and DIO of an educational and research collaborative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a President and CEO of an evidence-based medicine health care consortium in Minneapolis, and a President and Chief Knowledge Officer of a genomics bio-tech start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Bottles has received the following awards and honors: Phi Beta Kappa, The Rodney T. West Literary Achievement Award for the most important article on medical management in 2001 from the American College of Physician Executives, the Resident Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Iowa Department of Pathology, the UC San Francisco Class of 1991 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Major Contribution, the UC San Francisco Class of 1990 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for a Stimulating Lecture Series, and the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching at UC San Francisco for Basic Science.
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Donna Bronstein Donna Bronstein, Experienced Canasta Teacher N/A
Victor Brown Vic Brown enjoyed a 30-year career in the chemical industry with FMC Corporation, where he held a number of senior positions and worked internationally in sales, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing, information technology and procurement. In 2002 he embarked on a second career in academia, serving on the faculty and in the administration of Ursinus College. Brown taught for thirteen years in the Department of Business and Economics, retiring in 2014. Brown now works as an independent writer, focusing primarily on topics related to the intersection of higher education, business and government policy. His work has been featured in National Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, and See Thru Edu (a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation). He has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and consults frequently for industry. His consulting work includes personalized coaching for managers and conducting seminars on the topics of business courtesy and protocol. See Brown's website at N/A
Hannah Campbell Instructor Hannah Dougherty Campbell has been published over 100 times in Philadelphia and Maine newsprint as well as in 3 National Magazines. She presents Student Journalism Workshops to area middle school students, has taught Creative Writing Courses at the Haverford Adult School as well as Baking Classes at Lower Merion. Hannah is a substitute teacher in area Private and Parochial Schools N/A
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".
Elizabeth Cochran 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 Mary Coe, Friends of Radnor Trails N/A
Cathleen Cohen Cathleen Cohen is Montgomery County’s 2019 Poet Laureate. A painter, poet and teacher, she founded ArtWell’s “We the Poets” program in Philadelphia ( She has taught students of all ages from a variety of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in the USA and in Israel. Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, 6ix, Philadelphia Stories and other publications. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” won a Moonstone Arts Press prize. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy. Her paintings are on view at Cerulean Arts gallery in Philadelphia ( N/A
Steve Cohen STEPHEN D. COHEN recently retired as Director of Development for Astral Artistic Services, a small nonprofit that mentors and helps launch the professional careers of world-class musicians. Prior to entering the non-profit world Steve spent over thirty years working for local corporations. He has authored and presented numerous papers to diverse groups, including papers to the Governor’s Conference on Partnerships on issues surrounding public education; the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference of Foundations; the Harris County, Texas Department of Education Superintendents’ Institute, and the Pennsylvania Statewide Grantmakers Conference.
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. N/A
Marebeth Conard Marebeth Conard, Experienced Pinochle Teacher N/A
I Creative Voice Development Gro Staff, Creative Voice Development Group N/A
Kenneth DeMarco Kenneth F DeMarco, MS, JD N/A
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!
Alice Dustin ALICE DUSTIN is a professional artist whose paintings are exhibited in galleries along the East Coast. She has been teaching oil painting for over ten years providing students of every level a supportive atmosphere and a chance to grow. Check for examples of her work.
Rob Eames Rob Eames, Founder, Path to Freedom Buddhist Meditation Center N/A
Nina Epstein Nina Epstein is known as the Digital Diva and has been an information technology instructor and consultant for over 25 years, helping individuals and small business owners use technology and solve their computing problems. Nina has been teaching technology courses in local communities for over 15 years. N/A
Charo Evangelista CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is charo.freespirityoga@g
Susan Evans Susan has been researching her family for over 30 years. In addition to on-line resources, she has used courthouse, church, cemetery, libraries, archives and historical societies. Due to the extent of her family, Susan has traveled to Nova Scotia, Scotland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts and made the pilgrimage to Salt Lake City. Memberships include: National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. Susan, owner of Family Tales & Trails, assists others 'place their families in history' through classes, workshops and private consultations. N/A
Chris Fehlhaber 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. N/A
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:
Lynn Feinman Lynn W. Feinman, ND, Doctor of Naturopathy, Board Certified (American Naturopath Medical Certification Board. Dr. Lynn Feinman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Life Cycles and Personal Growth from Ithaca College, A Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Therapies, and Dance Movement Therapies from Leslie College. And her Doctorate Degree in high honors from Clayton College of Health. She has a private practice in Paoli offering Naturopathic Counseling programs focusing in digestive health, hormonal balance and immune building. She developed the “Nutritional Cleanse” program, and also authored a cookbook,” Foundational Cooking for Optimal Health”.
Fencing Acy/Phil.Inc Staff, Fencing Academy of Philadelphia
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. N/A
David Fisher Rev David A Fisher, Faculty Member, Philosophy and World Religions, Rosemont College N/A
Carin Ford Carin Ford has loved dogs all her life, but it wasn’t until she got a dog from a puppy mill that she dived into dog training in earnest. Using science-backed positive reinforcement training techniques, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession.

“With positive reinforcement, training is both fun and an incredible bonding experience for you and your dog,” Carin says. “I’m a big believer in setting dogs and people up for success. Not only is positive training an enjoyable process, but it really works.”

In addition to her private clients, Carin has spent the past several years working with the behavioral issues of shelter dogs, and also has a certificate in Life-Saving Centered Animal Shelter Management from University of the Pacific. She is one of the founders of DogsHome, a nonprofit rescue that has the mission of providing homeless dogs with shelter, quality care, training, re-homing and lifetime support.

“The key to working with dogs is learning how to ‘speak dog,’ and that’s what I help my clients do,” Carin says. “Communication is a two-way process, and dogs have an entirely different language from ours – most of which is nonverbal. Many people think their dogs are mind-readers because the dogs know what they’re going to do even before they do it! That’s because dogs have tremendous powers of observation, picking up on all kinds of nonverbal cues.”

If you have any questions for Carin, please email her at


Freelance Writer

Carin Ford is a writer and editor with more than 30 years’ experience in short stories, children’s nonfiction, business writing and journalism. She has written more than 40 juvenile nonfiction books and won Booklist’s Top Ten Nonfiction Series for her six-part Civil War series. Her biography of Helen Keller won the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Best Selection for Young Adults award. Carin also has had dozens of romantic short stories published in national magazines, and her feature stories have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has taught English and Journalism at Villanova University, Cabrini University and other area colleges.
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. N/A
Nancy Frankel-Halbert Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
Sara Friedman Sara Friedman is the owner FreedWoman Retreats, which empowers women through the outdoors. As an avid camper and former cooking class instructor, she is excited to bring her passions of camping, cooking, and teaching together to offer this fun and engaging course. N/A
Carla Gambescia Carla Gambescia is the author of the acclaimed bookLa Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z, a rousing tribute to Italy, Italians and a culture that has contributed so much to the world. A native of Philadelphia, Carla is also a marketing executive, former restaurateur and avid traveler; she co-created the Giro del Gelato bike tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Trip in Western Europe.
Gabriel Garfinkle Gabriel Garfinkle has been teaching philosophy at Penn State University since 2012, and began teaching religion and philosophy at Delaware County Community College in 2016. He brings passion with his scholarship in an effort to make his classes both practical and profound.
Alice Garrett Alice Garrett graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a degree in English Literature. She received her MA in Classical Studies in 1986 from Boston University. Since that time she taught high school Latin at Haverford High School and Lower Merion High School.
Derrick G. Gilbert As director of Technology Management at American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), Derrick Gilbert helps to select, deploy and support the organization’s information technology (IT) equipment. Gilbert sees his primary role as providing strategic technology advice and effective IT assistance, support and coaching to ABHMS’ leadership and staff. Before joining ABHMS, Gilbert was the owner and principal technology strategist of Gil Technology Group, a minority-owned, values-based information technology planning services sole proprietorship. Gilbert managed business operations and provided guidance to nonprofit and small business owners, executives and program directors in making well-informed IT solution decisions. Before founding Gil Technology Group, Gilbert was senior technology planner/consultant and IT business analyst with BCT Partners, where he shared responsibility for developing comprehensive and strategic technology plans. No stranger to strategic technology planning, IT solutions requirements analysis and software systems implementation, Gilbert has more than 14 years of professional experience in the government, telecommunications, human services and IT consulting industries. He also has more than four years of experience in reviewing, analyzing, evaluating and documenting user needs and requirements. N/A
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.
Michael Greenwald Michael Greenwald is a Managing Director at Tiedemann-Constantia and a Senior Vice President at Tiedemann Advisors. Greenwald leads Tiedemann’s business development in the Middle East. Michael provides geopolitical, and macroeconomic guidance to the firm and clients. Greenwald serves as a trusted advisor and manages senior relationships with family offices in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining Tiedemann, Greenwald worked in senior roles within the United States Treasury in national security positions working with Africa, Europe, and serving as a financial diplomat in the Middle East spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Geithner, Lew and Mnuchin. Greenwald served from 2015 to 2017 as the U.S. Treasury attache´ to Qatar and Kuwait, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s senior-most representative to both countries. In this role, he worked with security and regulatory authorities to understand, degrade, and disrupt the funding of terrorist groups, organized crime, and rogue states across the region. His work with the Qatari and Kuwaiti governments resulted in some of the most significant recent disruptions and prosecutions of terrorist financing and support to terrorist organizations. Greenwald also served as the point person for the U.S. government’s relationships with Qatar and Kuwaiti sovereign wealth funds, finance ministries, central banks, and financial institutions. This work was focused on navigating fiscal issues and reform in a low oil price environment, increasing stability and transparency in banking systems, developing debt capital markets, and promoting sovereign wealth investment in the United States. He previously held counterterrorism and intelligence roles in the US government traveling to over 20 countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East on behalf of the United States Government. Greenwald was part of the Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, which marked the first time Western debt and equity markets were employed against a sovereign power. He has also served in a variety of roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Council at the U.S Treasury working closely with the National Security Council at the White House working on issues related to countering ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and North Korea. Greenwald is a frequent speaker, writer & CNBC commentator on international security, the Middle East & illicit finance issues. Past speaking engagements include lectures at The Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic Council, Harvard University, Yale Law School, Stanford, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern Business School in Doha. Greenwald has many other business interests including Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs & Adjunct Professor, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. He is a Senior Member of the Atlantic Council and Board Member of Halo Maritime Defense Systems, Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and Aspen Institute, Vanguard Society of Fellows. He is Deputy Director of the Trilateral Commission North America Group. His philanthropic work includes serving as Chair, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Next Generation Board, Senior Advisor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & National Board Member & Chairman of the Finance Committee, Susan G Komen Foundation. N/A
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.
William Gustafson William Gustafson FAIA, Senior Principal Ballinger Architects & Engineers N/A
Pat Halsey Pat Halsey, Member, PA Guild of Craftsmen patsjewelryandteach@gma
Amie Hamel Amie Hamel is currently the Practice Manager for two healthcare/wellness offices. She is also the lead massage therapist for both locations. Amie has a very diverse career background; which includes healthcare administration,hospice, consulting, finance & massage/bodywork. Amie has been educating and helping to guide clients with their understanding and use of hemp products for the last several years. She was named a local CBD expert this past summer in Main Line Today. She is extremely passionate about helping others and helping them live their best life. When she is not serving others, Amie enjoys yoga, sleeping, spending time with family and being in nature. She also has an ongoing, avid love affair with coffee. N/A
Muriel Harmon Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker
I Harriton House Bruce Gill, Executive Director, The Harriton Association N/A
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. N/A
Charlene Healy CHARLENE HEALY is a trained Wilton Method Instructor and has taught many types of pastry decoration. Charlene has been teaching cake decorating for ten years and loves to teach all ages and students from beginning to advanced techniques. She has competed in cake decorating contests in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, New Jersey and Maryland. N/A
Robert Hekking ROBERT HEKKING has been working as a professional musician for well over thirty years. After receiving a BA in Sociology from Gettysburg College, he returned to Philadelphia to establish Rob Hekking's Guitar Studio, which has been active since 1978. His professional playing has included several positions as staff guitarist at the Valley Forge Music Fair, Sands Hotel and Casino, Caesar's and Brighton Casino. He feels his greatest accomplishment to date has been the successful mentoring of many students.
Jerry Henige Jerry Henige, Former Director, Service Planning & Product Support, Unisys Corporation; Co-moderator, Main Line School Night ‘Culture Wars’ current events classes; Co-Chair, Tredyffrin Democrats; Member ACT 101/ADP Advisory Board, West Chester University; MLSN Director
Andrew Herron Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year. aherron@stonepinefinan
Seth Holzman Seth Holzman, (BA Music, Syracuse University) has been playing harmonica since 1965, teaching harmonica since 1975, and has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, and many others. Seth was inspired to play by (and eventually studied with) the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry. He is a caring and thoughtful instructor who teaches the techniques and musical knowledge he wishes he had known when he began his own studies. Seth currently performs with Stevie and the Bluescasters in the greater Philadelphia area.
Vittia Horwitz Vittia Horwitz, Tyler School of Art, Exhibited Sculptor N/A
John Hosbach, Jr John Rockwell Hosbach, Jr. is a highly effective Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Arborist and Landscape Consultant with over fifteen years of experience in the diagnosis and evaluation of woody plants. John possesses a strong ability to assess longevity, potential risk, monetary value and the ability to tolerate environmental change or construction injury of trees and shrubs. N/A
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. N/A
Brannon Johnson 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. N/A
Jean Johnson A classically trained coloratura, Ms. Johnson studied privately under Mr Gregory H Hopkins, Dr Francis H Williamson, Dr ebronette Barnes-Aborom and Mrs Rita McKinley-Pride. Her eclectic taste in music is reflected in her repertoire which includes various forms of liturgical music, musical theater and classical. Her Experience spans The Philadelphia Freedom Festival – Philadelphia, PA (2014) - Chorister (Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., Festival Artistic Director; Andre Raphel, Conductor; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Uri Caine, Composer; Jay Fluellen, Chorus Master) “Can You Hear God Crying?” - Philadelphia, PA (2013) - Chorister (Hannibal Lokumbe, Composer; Dirk Brossé, Music Director; The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) The Gate Called Straight gospel adaptation of “The Wiz” - Philadelphia, PA (2012) - Vocal Coach (Stephanie Mills, Director; Bill Jolly, Executive Musical Director; Kelly Beard, Executive Producer) “Sounds of Joy” a Music Ministry - Philadelphia, PA - Chorister/Soloist (Sheila D. Booker, Director; Donna Drake, Business Manager)
Paul Kelley Paul Kelley was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, but was taken on family vacations all over the Northeast and the Midwest, which is where he spent twenty-three years before returning east in 2007. He has bachelor’s and graduate degrees in geography and a college minor in English. Paul has been teaching popular lifelong learning courses in the area for twelve years. N/A
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. N/A
Joshua Klur Josh Klur produces The PurposeGirl Podcast, doing all the behind-the-scenes magic: Securing and managing the equipment, setting up the interviews, editing and publishing the episodes, promoting the podcast, and more. The PurposeGirl Podcast has released over 85 weekly episodes, has been downloaded over 110,000 times, and has attracted several sponsors. Josh stays current on podcasting best practices, has attended the largest podcast industry convention, Podcast Movement, for the last several years, and has consulted on launching podcasts. In his prior career Josh taught math for 20 years, and he still continues to tutor math in addition to his current work as the Business Manager for PurposeGirl. N/A
Sandra Koberlein Sandra Koberlein is an artist and an artist educator. She has over thirty years experience working with others in various creative capacities. Her artwork is primarily abstract and composed of intriguing layers, similar to the layers of her life. Sandra exhibits her work in competitive galleries, art centers, hospitals and universities both locally and nationally. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in private collections. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and encaustic instructor. Sandra conducts workshops at art centers and in her Woodstown, NJ studio (Supawna Studio). She serves on several non-profit boards, supporting visual and performing arts and arts education. Sandra earned her Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, her BA in Art and BA in Art Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She added a minor degree in Early Italian Renaissance Art History at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Sandra earned her MA in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. sandrakoberleinartist
Maxine Koenig MAXINE KOENIG has an MA in Music from Temple University. She is multi-talented and plays almost every instrument. Maxine believes that music should not be tedious and should be fun. Her students are constantly entertained by her witty yet informative style of teaching.
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.
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. N/A
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Sue Laskin Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
Fred 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.

Fred is a writer by profession and a local historian for the last 50 years. His collection of audio-visual materials, documents, photographs, first-hand accounts and stories of 20 th Century Philadelphia has been featured in newspaper and magazine features, TV programs, books, movies and live presentations. For added authenticity, Fred was a next door neighbor of Frank
Sinatra in Ventnor, NJ for one week in the summer of ’94.

Fred is a writer by profession and a local historian for the last 50 years. His collection of documents, photographs, first-hand accounts and stories has been the basis for three books written about organized crime in the Philadelphia region. For added authenticity, Fred was a numbers runner for his mob boss uncle from the ages of six to ten.

Fred is a writer by profession and a local historian for the last 50 years. His collection of audio-visual materials, documents, photographs, first-hand accounts and stories of 20 th Century Philadelphia has been featured in newspaper and magazine features, TV programs, books, movies and live presentations. For added authenticity, Fred worked the Atlantic City boardwalk
as Mr. Peanut during one 1960s summer.
Olive Ledlie Olive Ledlie, PhD, Former Chair English Department, The Baldwin School N/A
Irene Levy Baker Irene Levy Baker is author of Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia, which tells the stories behind 90 Philadelphia restaurants plus tips on where to find secret menu items, get reservations at trendy restaurants, get into speakeasies and more. She also wrote 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die, which includes tried-and-true attractions and hidden gems along with tips to enhance each experience. She has spent more than 25 years eating her way through Philadelphia’s restaurants. After working at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, she opened Spotlight Public Relations, a public relations firm specializing in restaurants and hospitality. What she has learned working one-on-one with chefs, restaurant owners, food writers, and diners will satisfy your appetite for a good meal and a great story. N/A
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. N/A
Christina Lisk I have a lifelong passion for storytelling, which has driven me to write professionally, teach workshops, and help others heal through storytelling. My B.A. from Bryn Mawr College is in English literautre. Creative writing has taken me to multiple parts of the country, ranging from The East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy to Mighty Writers West in Philadelphia. Other experience includes writing about hearing loss for Phonak and wellness for Your Integrated Hypnosis. Professional experience also includes public relations, performance art, and grant writing. Currently, I am conducting independent research on Italian language and culture for my own novel, a disability love story involving an Italian man and American woman. Whether in professional or personal outlets, writing is the center of my world and I am happy to share it with anyone who wants to learn. N/A
Michael Lizzio Michael Lizzio, Certified Pool Instructor N/A
Laura Mack Laura Mack has been working with her mother, Carole Giegerich, for several years. As succulent enthusiasts, they have been deepening their knowledge of the world of succulents. For a few years now, they have been providing workshops, team building activities and special occasion parties for numerous different groups, sharing their passion and creativity and providing a hands-on experience that gives each participant a wonderful creation to take home and nurture. See some of their creations and learn more about them on their website, N/A
Daniel Malley Dan Malley, Paxon Hollow Country Club
Kevin Manning Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™ and the founding members of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. They have over 30 years of combined experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement. Andrew and Kevin are experts in retirement distribution planning and have created a system called The Flight Path™ to help bring clarity to the complexities of the retirement distribution phase. They also specialize in Social Security planning and are passionate about educating people on how to best take advantage of this retirement benefit. They’ve previously taught classes and seminars on retirement planning and Social Security at local universities and they sponsor community financial education throughout the year. N/A
Paul & Ellen McCabe Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders N/A
Thomas McGuire Tom McGuire is a native of the Philadelphia area whose history activities began in 1975-76 at the Valley Forge Historical Society Museum [predecessor of the Museum of the American Revolution] and Valley Forge National Historical Park 1977-81. A graduate of Villanova University (B. A. 1979; M. A. 1985), he has been teaching history at Malvern Prep since 1980 and has authored six books: The Surprise of Germantown [Thomas Publications, 1994]; Battle of Paoli [2000]; Brandywine Battlefield State Park Trail of History Guide [2001], The Philadelphia Campaign Volume I and Volume II [2006-07]; Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace [2011]. Tom also researched for David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book John Adams and its sequel 1776 . He was VP of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund 1996-2002 and guest-curated the Chester County Historical Society’s “War Comes to Chester County 1777-78” exhibition in 1997. He is currently a member of the Board of Educators of the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR.) N/A
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. diannemoore@moorebett
Dennis Murphy Dennis Murphy is a lifelong Delaware County native, received a BA from West Chester University and an MA in Counseling from Villanova University. He was deployed to the Republic of Viet Nam and served with the 196 Light Infantry Brigade of the American Division in I Corps on the Laos border. Dennis was a Grenadier with a rifle squad, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry that operated off of Firebase Mary Ann located near the Dak Rose trail, part of the Ho Chi Minh system of trails used to get troops and materials into South Viet Nam. He was awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and an Army Commendation Medal for his service in Viet Nam. He retired after a 40 year career in higher education at schools including Villanova University, Neumann University and Rosemont College. He serves on the Delaware County Veterans Memorial as Co Vice President and several other volunteer organizations. N/A
Char Nolan Char Nolan has been plant-based for ten years. She is a certified plant-based chef with a certificate in plant-based nutrition from é-Cornell. She teaches nutrition and plant-based cooking throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a contributor to "Veg World Magazine," and many of her recipes also appear at, The Engine 2 Cookbook, and more. N/A
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. N/A
Paul Offit 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. N/A
Paul Paluba Paul Paluba, Professional Computer Instructor
Lindsey Palumbo Lindsey Palumbo, Associate Director of Institutional Research at Bryn Mawr College N/A
Sharon Pastore Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. She is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies, and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She has tracked her dreams for over 7 years, recorded over 500 dreams, and interpreted over 250 dreams. She works with entrepreneurs, creatives, teens and young adults, to follow their dreams and live lucid. This includes: career, business, and major life decisions, personal and business branding, high levels of creativity, relationships, or heal from loss. She founded Dream Girl Power and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams that Change Our Lives, and Lucid Dream Magazine. In addition to dreamwork, Sharon spent 17 years in nonprofits and education, and the past 8 years as co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center, a mediation and legal services firm that helps couples separate and divorce in a holistic, peaceful and structured way. She is also a business and marketing consultant and freelancer. She holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with Sharon at
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! katydidphotography@com
Fernando Peralta Chef Fernando is determined to impact human health and environment, by influencing what we eat with his passion for plant-based healthy nutrition and food. He is an instructor at Montgomery County Community College Culinary Arts, and former owner of PlantPure Café and Vge Café. N/A
Elizabeth Perry Beth Perry, Tai Chi Instructor N/A
Robert Peters Robert Peters, Wine Specialist, Best of 'Philadelphia Magazine' has over 25 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Wine Specialist at the Ardmore Fine Wine & Good Spirits store which is the number one store in the southeast Pennsylvania area. Rob has been working with MLSN for over 15 years. N/A
Elena Popchock Elena Popchock is the exhibition developer at the National Constitution Center, overseeing exhibit content from conception through installation. Since 2016, she has served as the lead developer for several exhibits, including Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation and most recently, the permanent exhibit Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality. She is currently writing and developing an exhibit on the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed voting rights for women. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the National Park Service’s collections facility outside Washington, D.C. She has also assisted with the development of exhibits at Ford’s Theatre, The President Woodrow Wilson House, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her background is in American history and exhibition development, having earned museum studies degrees at Juniata College and The George Washington University. N/A
Julie Potter Julie Potter, Artist
Joel Price Joel F W Price is the Technology Education Coordinator 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.
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. N/A
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. N/A
Kelly Ray Kelly Ray, Dance Instructor
Deborah Reeder Deborah Reeder, Cellist, Former member Philadelphia Orchestra N/A
Carl Richard Pickleball and Tennis Coach N/A
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: N/A
Anthony Saguto Anthony Saguto, Board Certified Tai Chi Instructor
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.
Steven Schiffman Steven Schiffman, CEO, D. Atlas Estates sjscoh
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. N/A
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.
Sharon Segal Sharon Segal, ACBL Certified Instructor
Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness Julie has been leading group exercise classes for nearly 30 years and has been teaching classes at Main Line School Night since 1995. Fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Julie strives to make every class fun, informative and motivating, and to help her students achieve their health and fitness goals.
Carol Shelkin CAROL SHELKIN is an artist that honed her skills as a painter, potter and educator for many years. After attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts she continued a successful career teaching and showing her artwork. Her work has been displayed at The Museum of Man, San Diego, Chicago's Navy Pier and Philadelphia Magic Gardens to name a few. She has been accepting mosaic commissions, teaching, and creating contemporary and fine art works. Carol has designed and collaborated on several community projects and installations which included working with seven hundred school children. More information is available on her website: N/A
Bonni Shinfeld Bonni Shinfeld, MLSN Trip and Travel Director N/A
Cathy & Bill Siegl Bill & Cathy Siegl, Hike Leaders N/A
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. N/A
Anne Sims Anne Sims, Visitor Services Administrator, Chanticleer Garden N/A
Ken Sklar Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues N/A
Anne Slater ANNE SLATER has been a bibliovore since she was a small child, and naturally, she ended up working as a librarian-- at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College. While at Bryn Mawr as a twenty-five year reading group member, Anne learned to focus her comments and express herself in a manner that is both productive and contributes to the discussion. She also came to appreciate the information and gamut of opinion that emerge from energetic discussion of the work at hand. She is currently a member of a French reading group and a volunteer librarian at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School in Manayunk.
Linda Smith Linda L. Smith, MBA, University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she earned a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) designation. Linda has worked as an executive at Delaware Investments, Goldman Sachs and now, as needed at Glenmede Trust. She is a winner of the Ace of Clubs award for bridge. As head of Ladies' Golf at Bala Golf Club, Linda was approached by fellow golfers to teach them bridge. That was her inspiration for becoming certified as a bridge teacher.
Margot Soven Margot Soven, English Dept, La Salle University
Richard Sperry Richard S. Sperry (Rick) is the founder of the American History website, History He is a graduate of Yale University were he was in the Navy ROTC and studied Chinese and Japanese history. Rick served in the Navy as a LT (jg) on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in Vietnam and subsequently spent his working career in the Cable TV business, most recently as VP Marketing for Comcast. He is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and numerous other veterans groups. richardsperry@history500
Elizabeth Spicer 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. N/A
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. N/A
Karen Strauss Karen Strauss, MA, Technology Coach karen@confidentcomputing
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.
Mindy Tatz Chernoff Mindy Tatz Chernoff partners with horses to facilitate personal and professional change, growth and freedom. She works with a wide diversity of clients, from children to adults, as well as executives. Mindy Tatz Chernoff B.A.,M.A., E3A Practitioner, Eponaquest Apprentice, is a writer, speaker, and Equine Specialist. She has over 55 years of experience in riding, showing, loving and partnering with horses. Founder of The Resonant Horse, she partners with horses and provides an innovative approach to healing, along with mindfulness training to foster personal growth, clarity and freedom. Within the safe, peaceful environment of the farm she explores areas of resistance, fear, discomfort, love and acceptance. All of the exercises performed at the farm are unmounted, no riding is involved. She has presented a TEDX Talk;, She is presently working on her second TEDX Talk, entitled: "Love, Connection, and a Horse" which will be out summer 2018. She is the author of the Amazon #1 Hot New Release: "From Muck to Magnificence: How Cleaning Horse Stalls Can Lead to an Astonishing Life." She is an award winning photographer, and is on staff at Building Bridges, a therapeutic venue in Media, PA. In addition, Mindy showed her Pinto gelding "Flirting with Music" to two World Championships titles, winning the prestigious Pinto Congress in Tulsa, Oklahoma, not once, but twice. For more information, she can be reached at: Mindy has three adult children that are her pride and joy. Mindy Tatz Chernoff, BA, MA, E3A Practitioner, Eponaquest Apprentice, is a writer, speaker, and Equine Specialist. She partners with horses to facilitate personal and professional change, growth and freedom and works with a wide diversity of clients, from children to adults, as well as executives. Mindy has over 56 years of experience in riding, showing, loving and partnering with horses. Founder of The Resonant Horse, she partners with horses and provides an innovative approach to healing, along with mindfulness training to foster personal growth, clarity and freedom. Within the safe, peaceful environment of the farm she explores areas of resistance, fear, discomfort, love and acceptance. All of the exercises performed at the farm are unmounted, no riding is involved. Mindy has presented a TEDx Talk (, She presented her second TEDx Talk in September 2018 entitled, "Love, Connection and a Horse" ( At the end of her talk, her horse, Viton, came out and sat on a bean bag chair, making him possibly the only horse in the world to be featured in two TEDx Talks. Mindy is also the author of the Amazon #1 Hot New Release, "From Muck to Magnificence: How Cleaning Horse Stalls Can Lead to an Astonishing Life." She is an award winning photographer and is on staff at Building Bridges, a therapeutic venue in Media, PA. In addition, Mindy showed her Pinto gelding "Flirting with Music" to two World Championships titles, winning the prestigious Pinto Congress in Tulsa, Oklahoma, not once, but twice. For more information, she can be reached at: Mindy has three adult children that are her pride and joy. N/A
Doris Torigoe Doris Torigoe, Owner, Etsy shop EverydayOrigamiGifts
Fukue (Fay) Toyozato Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
Mike Tucker Mike Tucker, Observing Chair, Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers
La Shonda Tyree N/A
I US Coast Guard Aux. 5NR Staff, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary N/A
Richard Unti Richard Unti, Wine Connoisseur
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.
Mary Wagner Mary Wagner is the Managing Partner at Valley Creek Advisors. With over 23 years of experience in the banking, financial planning and investment field, she has extensive knowledge in asset management, investments, insurance and retirement plans. Mary has been a multi-year attendee of the Barron’s top Financial Advisors and the Women's Financial Advisors summits. Barron's attendees are based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice, and philanthropic work. Mary earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and Journalism with her graduate work in Business Administration. She has attended the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown University, Ohio University, American University, Ursinus College and St Joseph’s University. Mary holds a General Securities Series 7, Investment Company Products Series 6, Investment Advisory Series 65 and Securities Agent State Series 63 registration through LPL Financial. She also holds life and health insurance licenses in DE, FL, NJ, NM, PA, SC, UT. Today Mary provides retirement and investment planning for owners and employees of local companies in the Philadelphia area including the healthcare, technology and engineering sectors. Mary prides herself on providing her clients exceptional financial advice with integrity and superior ethics. In her spare time, Mary enjoys a variety of active outdoor pursuits including cycling, hiking, camping, swimming, tennis, golf and traveling. N/A
Don Wallace Don Wallace is the immediate past president of Valley Forge Toastmasters and two-time speech contest winner. He is known for helping others overcome their fear of public speaking.
Marylyn Waltzer Marylyn Waltzer, NY Botanical Gardens Certified Botanical Illustrator
Liz Wanner Liz Wanner is board certified in Qigong for Health and Tai Chi for Health, medical Qigong, integral Qigong, and Tai Chi Easy. I addition, Liz is certified in Kripalu Yoga, Yoga for Arthritis, meditation, and Reiki. She has been teaching in the community for over 25 years. N/A
J. Francis Watson J. Francis (Frank) Watson is a graduate of Lower Merion High School, Eastern College, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He received his PhD from Drew University in Historical Theology in 2001, and is a Lutheran clergyman, historian, and ecclesiastical archivist in New Jersey. Starting in 2002, along with his twin brother William, he has investigated the story of the Irish mass grave of Irish railroad workers at Duffy's Cut, near Malvern, Pennsylvania. Their research has been featured in several major television documentaries, "Death on the Railroad" (PBS and Tile Films, Dublin, for PBS' Secrets of the Dead, 2013) and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Smithsonian Channel, RTE, Tile Films, 2006), and in the podcast "The Dancing Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Ground Truth Report, Season 6, October 2018) on WGBH. They have also authored several books on the story, Massacre at Duffy's Cut: Tragedy and Conspiracy on the Pennsylvania Railroad (History Press, 2018), and The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006). N/A
William Watson J. Francis (Frank) Watson and William E. Watson are twin brothers and graduates of Lower Merion High School, Eastern College. Frank graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and received his PhD from Drew University in Historical Theology, and is a Lutheran clergyman, historian, and ecclesiastical archivist in New Jersey. William received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in history, and is a Professor of History at Immaculata University. Starting in 2002, the brothers have investigated the story of the Irish mass grave of Irish railroad workers at Duffy's Cut, near Malvern, Pennsylvania. Their research has been featured in several major television documentaries, "Death on the Railroad" (PBS and Tile Films, Dublin, for PBS' Secrets of the Dead, 2013) and "The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Smithsonian Channel, RTE, Tile Films, 2006), and in the podcast "The Dancing Ghosts of Duffy's Cut" (Ground Truth Report, Season 6, October 2018) on WGBH. They have also authored several books on the story, Massacre at Duffy's Cut: Tragedy and Conspiracy on the Pennsylvania Railroad (History Press, 2018), and The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006). N/A
I Wayne Ballet & Center for Laura Berland, Owner, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts N/A
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. nancy@digitalco
Suzanne Wolko Suzanne Wolko grew up in Finance & Accounting roles for Financial Services firms. While there she created a Global Business Travel role negotiating airline and hotel contracts for business travelers which combined her two loves - Finance & Travel. Traveling solo to nearly fifty countries, she has navigated the world of airline miles, credit card points and little known travel sites to explore the world for less. Her best award redemptions have been business class to Australia, Easter Island and South Africa. Those savings have allowed her to upgrade her travel experiences and discover private guides, charming cities and feed her chocolate addiction. Recently, she has appearred on interviews with WHYY "You Oughta Know" and BYU radio. N/A
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. N/A
Anthony Wood Anthony Wood has been a freelance photographer since 1981. He has worked in many areas of photography including: location shooting for editorial, corporate and non-profits, documentary and fine art. He’s also been teaching all aspects of photography for over 20 years. Learn more at
George Wrangham George D. Wrangham has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University and is the former Head of the History Department of the Shipley School. An internationally published commentator on the teaching of history, George enjoys sharing his passion for understanding how the past influences the present.
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.
Hari Zandler He's called a 'teacher of teachers' whose self-mastery yoga and teacher training programs are based on more than 40 years of practice and teaching. Meet Hari Zandler, a classical Hatha yoga instructor, who has explored the roots of Indian spirituality on several journeys to the sub-continent. As recently as 2016, he observed that India is "a place where the universal principles of ancient wisdom are being rediscovered and integrated into a science of enlightened living for the whole modern world." His teaching and practice of Hatha yoga reflect these observations. "Hatha yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial in helping to alleviate the stresses of modern life," he commented. Dating back to before the 15th century, this ancient yoga informs newer yoga styles and brings an authentic perspective to the practice by focusing on restorative poses, meditation and breathing. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, see how this ancient self-discovery approach creates health, harmony and renewal with a foundation of inner peace. Zandler was an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, taught yoga and meditation at St. Joseph's University for 20 years and has been an instructor at Main Line School Night since the early 1980s. At the Philadelphia Inquirer's headquarters, reporters and staff members participate in Zandler's ongoing yoga for stress management classes designed specifically for professionals with challenging jobs. N/A
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