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, www.cutprintfilm.com, which is a Philadelphia-based site devoted to all things related to film. Her art-related website and blog can be found at www.amyannaart.com.
Michele Archawski Michele Archawski, Native Speaker
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
Tom Bang Tom Bang, Former Corporate Executive
Chef 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 https://www.chefbarna.com/
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.
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.
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 (heelsofsuccess.com), 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.
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
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.
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.
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
Jennifer Brandt JENNIFER BRANDT has been practicing family law for more than 17 years. She is licensed both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is currently a partner at Cozen O’Connor. She also appears frequently as a legal expert on local and national television such as CNN, CNN Headline News, and Fox News. Jennifer received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. You can view her complete bio at www.cozen.com.
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.
Timothy Brown Tim Brown has been a regional organizer for MoveOn.org, a field director for Badey for Congress and an instructor for the 99% Spring Training that organized 100,000 activists across the country. Tim is currently a project organizer for SEIU Healthcare PA.
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 www.inkaligh.com.
Andrew Campbell Andrew Campbell, Former Instructor and Board Member for Valley Forge Signal Seekers Club
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 Facebook.com/LipstickLunch or Facebook.com/CantwellBeauty
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 www.zafooz.com. You can also follow zafooz on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find out more about me please check out: www.about.me/cc.hopson
Therese Casadesus Rawson Daughter of the late French pianists Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Therese Casadesus Rawson received a PhD in French language and literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. She has taught French, Humanities, and French Diction and French vocal repertoire to singers at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for many years. A soprano herself, she performed the French Art Song repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries and having founded the Belle Epoque Trio some years ago, as well as a small chamber music group, the Bach Ad Libitum Ensemble, devoted to the works of that composer. Besides teaching and performing, Therese Casadesus Rawson is also active as a lecturer in a variety of topics pertaining to French culture, music, literature, painting, culinary arts. She has been and continues to be involved with French or Franco-American cultural institutions. She was President of the Alliance de Philadelphie for nearly ten years, and is now President of the Fontainebleau Associations, a New York based support group which organizes a summer Music and Fine Arts program in Fontainebleau, France. Therese Casadesus Rawson was awarded the Palmes Académiques in recognition of her teaching activities, and in 2001, she was nominated to the rank of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in recognition of her efforts on behalf of Franco-American cultural affairs.
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 Cazillo.com.
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".
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
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.
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
Harrington Crissey Harrington Crissey, is an ESL instructor who has a BA degree in classical languages from the University of Rochester and an MEd in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Temple University. Since 1974 he has taught English at institutions such as Temple University, the Nationalities Service Center, Arcadia University, Saint Joseph's University and Harcum College. He currently does substitution work at English Language Services (Saint Joseph's University) and mentors graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lissa-Marie Cunillera Lissa-Marie Cunillera, M.Ed, Native Speaker
Christiane De Boisseson Christiane de Boisseson, Native Speaker and Former Instructor at the Baldwin School
Eleena De Lisser Eleena de Lisser is a real estate investor who started investing in apartments in 2015. In less than 24 months, she has gone from 0 to 1008 apartment units and is currently an equity partner in four different apartment communities. Eleena understands the challenges of real estate investing while still working a 9-to-5 job. She is Director of Marketing Communications for a division of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a former journalist with the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, Eleena is a creative strategist and problem solver who brings a keen business insight and extensive experience as a marketer to real estate investing. She believes in the power of real estate to build wealth and create a financial legacy.
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
Ilena Di Toro Ilena Di Toro, a graduate of Temple University and Saint Joseph’s University, is a PR professional who has amassed over $500,000 worth of press for nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Philadelphia area and beyond. She has secured coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro, Philadelphia Business Journal, CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10, KYW1060 and numerous other media outlets. Here is my link to my LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iditoro727/
Paul DiMaggio Paul DiMaggio is the CEO of Tech Targets, a company that specializes in smart home automation as well as enterprise IT infrastructure for small and medium-sized businesses.
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!
Benjamin Dolinka Dr. Dolinka is a previous Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and worked on the Excavations in the Athenian Agora sponsored by that same institution.
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
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 www.alicedustin.com for examples of her work.
Rob Eames Rob Eames, Founder, Path to Freedom Buddhist Meditation Center
Sharon Edwards Sharon Edwards is the Principal of Brandywine River Consulting a company she founded in 2001 after following a successful 18 year career in Learning and Development, Human Resources and Operations Management. She brings to the company a unique combination of business management experience and learning and development expertise. She has been a trusted partner in the design of customized and proprietary training programs, learning and development consulting, coaching and facilitation. Prior to establishing Brandywine River Consulting, Sharon demonstrated her passion for employee development and success in corporate and educational institutions. She spent 15 years with ARAMARK Corporation, a $12 Billion, 240,000 employee, international diversified services corporation. She held the position of Director, Organizational Advancement, ARAMARK Business Services Group, Director, Human Resources, ARAMARK International and Senior Manager, ARAMARK Food and Support Services Group. Sharon earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources at Widener University in Chester, PA while serving as Adjunct Professor in the School of Hospitality Management and her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the same institution. She is a certified executive coach and qualified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She is also certified in People Skills (Effectiveness Institute), Strategic Selling (Miller Heiman), Targeted Selection (DDI) and Situational Leadership (BTD). Brandywine River Consulting provides high-caliber staff skilled in business, facilitation and human resource development. To that end we bring experience in having worked with some of the best professional partners in the business. We have a network of learning and development professionals with broad, in-depth knowledge that allows us to meet a variety of client needs. http://brandywineriverconsulting.com/
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.
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.
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.
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: www.mahjonggmentor.com
Lynn Feinman Lynn Feinman, of Natural Health Options, is a Doctor of Naturopathy and has been passionate about natural health and mind/ body wellness for over 25 years. She earned a doctorate degree in Naturopathy, has a Master’s degree, in Dance Movement Therapies, is certified in yoga and Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork. She offers naturopathic programs at her office in Paoli focused on the three pillars of health; optimal nourishment, mind/body practices and essential transformation.
Ted Feldenkreis Ted Feldenkreis, Advertising & Communications Consultant, Private Video Coach & Manager
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
Sandra Forman SANDRA FORMAN is an award-winning dancer who trained in England from an early age, and has taught, competed, and performed for many years. She currently teaches all levels of ballroom and Latin American dancing at the Healing Touch Center in Haverford, PA. Sandra specializes in wedding dances for the bride and groom as well as the father/daughter, mother/son dance. Intermediate and advanced classes, small groups and private instruction are available by appointment. You may email Sandra at: sandyforman@yahoo.com for further information.
Cynthia Foxworth Cynthia Foxworth is a certified Spanish and French Teacher. She has a BA from Temple, an MA from Rutgers and has been teaching world languages for over 25 years. She recently collaborated with other professional course developers to update the French curriculum for Lincoln Learning Solutions, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing products/strategies to empower learning communities. She is currently teaching online Spanish classes for Achieve Test Prep, a school that prepares students to sit for an exam to earn college credits. Cynthia enjoys reading, dancing and singing in her church’s choir. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now resides in South Jersey.
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.
Gabriel Garfinkel Gabriel Garfinkel 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.
Gabrielle Geib, L.Ac. 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 JerryGord@aol.com
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. www.purenergystudio.com. 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
Robert Groebel Robert Groebel, Accomplished Home Cook and Software Executive
William Gustafson William Gustafson FAIA, Senior Principal Ballinger Architects & Engineers
Helga Halbfass Helga Halbfass, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
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
Muriel Harmon Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker
Anne Harris ANNE HARRIS holds a BA in German from Wake Forest University, an MA in German from Duke University and an MEd (with concentration in adult education) from Worcester State University. She has lived and worked in Germany and has more than thirty years of experience teaching German to adults. Currently she is an instructor at the DonauSchule.
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.
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.
Andrew Heckert ANDREW HECKERT, in 1973, began studying Tai Chi in Philadelphia with Maggie Newman, and was one of the six senior students of Cheng Man-ching’s school in Manhattan, the Shr-jung. In 1981, he began study with William Chen in New York City. For the next ten years he commuted to New York to attend classes in Chen’s school and took private lessons. During summers he attended weeklong workshops in the Catskills given by his classmate Ben Lo of San Francisco. In 1989, he became a student of Dr. Ping-siang Tao of Taiwan. Andrew Heckert, Germantown Tai Chi Study Group
Allen Heffler For 30 years, Allen Heffler CLU, ChFC, President of MyMedicareAdvisor, has helped thousands of people with their Medicare plans. The entire Medicare process can be complex and confusing. Our Mission is to educate consumers about Medicare and their Medicare options in a clear, concise & honest way that allows those consumers to make informed decisions. Allen Heffler and MyMedicareAdvisor- We Make Your Medicare Decision Easy. www.MyMedicareAdvisor.com, email: mymedadvisor@gmail.com
Robert Hekking 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.
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.
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. 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.
Sue Hilger SUE HILGER has been teaching knitting at Main Line School Night for nearly thirty years and, more recently, crochet. She was the owner of EWE and I, a knitting and needlepoint store located in Bryn Mawr for nineteen years and is currently working as a free lance designer in both knitting and crochet for the Plymouth Yarn Co.
Natalie Hirshom A few years back I took an ELDOA class with Sandi King, Certified ELDOA Trainer, that changed my life. I could move more comfortably after class, and couldn't wait for the next class. Wanting to pass this along, I have completed ELDOA Training Levels 1, 2, and 3, and am ready to teach others.
Seth Holzman SETH HOLZMAN (BA Music, Syracuse University) has been playing harmonica since 1965, teaching harmonica classes 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 has played professionally since 1972 and currently performs with Stevie and the Bluescasters in the greater Philadelphia area. Seth may be reached at zepharpo@aol.com.
Vittia Horwitz Vittia Horwitz, Tyler School of Art, Exhibited Sculptor
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.
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
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.
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)
Mitra Shamsmehr Julie Seville's Lif Mitra motivates her students to meet and surpass their fitness goals by conducting safe, effective and fun classes, set to music, and using water’s unique properties to their best advantage. Certified by Aquatics Exercise Association since 2007, Mitra continues to study the latest safety information and research in the fitness industry.
Laura Kanavy Laura Kanavy, Medical and Legal Interpreter
Deborah Kaplan Deborah Kaplan, Calligrapher; Illustrator; Founding Member, Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society
Rebeka Karrant REBEKA KARRANT began teaching herself to play the guitar at age 11 and she played solely by ear for many years. Then in her mid-thirties she decided to take lessons. For several years she studied Dennis Sandole’s method and the classical guitar method of Aaron Shearer. She enjoys playing all genres of music and has played guitar for over 34 years. She has been teaching guitar since 1997.
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! www.sunsetmoonwellness.center
Linnie Kerrigan-Greenberg Linnie Kerrigan-Greenberg, Artist
Gloria Kingcade GLORIA KINGCADE started instructing line dancing in October 1998. She is a Certified Primary Aerobic Instructor AAAI & ISMA (AAAI-American Aerobic Association International, ISMA-International Sports Medicine Association). In January 2001 Gloria founded “D.A.S.H.E.R.S. Entertainment Network” (Dancing and Singing Help Everyone Relieve Stress). The Dancing is R&B or Soul Line Dancing and the Singing is Karaoke. For more information, contact her at (215) 232-6232 or e-mail DANCESING4FITNES@aol.com or www.leathaslinedancing.com/D.A.S.H.E.R.S.html.
Chris Kirchner Chris works in IT in the aerospace industry. He loves living in the Lower Merion area and honed his PowerPoint skills while pursuing his MBA at Villanova.
Sandi Kirschner Sandi Kirschner, MEd, Certified Group Fitness Instructor
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.
Maxine Koenig MAXINE KOENIG has an MA in Music from Temple University. She is multi-talented and plays almost every instrument. Maxine believes that music should not be tedious and should be fun. Her students are constantly entertained by her witty yet informative style of teaching.
Franmar Kopko Franmar Kopko, RPh., has been a registered pharmacist for over 19 years and has worked in retail, managed care and now in the medical cannabis industry. Franmar has been counseling patients at a local dispensary on the use of medical cannabis for their specific medical issues and providing insight on the numerous products available.
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.
Joe Krush Joe Krush, Philadelphia College of Art, Freelance Artist
Eric LaMorte Eric LaMorte, Registered Patent Attorney, LaMorte & Associates
Catherine Lafarge Catherine Lafarge is Professor Emeritus of French at Bryn Mawr College where, after receiving her PhD in Romance Languages from Yale University, she spent her entire career in the French Department and, for a period of ten years, as Dean of the Graduate School. While at Bryn Mawr, she specialized in researching and teaching the literature, history and culture of 18th- century France. In her retirement years, she has developed an interest in birding and traveled extensively in search of exotic birds. She also leads tours to regional France. The next one to Alsace, under the auspices of the Main Line School Night, is scheduled for September 2019. Always a movie buff, she now directs a Film Studies Program at the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia.
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.
Tuscarora Lapidary Society Staff, Tuscarora Lapidary Society
Vincent Lartigue VINCENT LARTIGUE is a native French teacher, born and raised in Paris. He is a graduate from the University of Paris. He has over thirty years of experience as a French teacher working with adults at all levels, from beginner to advanced. His method is conversational and direct and he teaches on a Private, Semi-Private and/or Group-based instruction. He travels back to France several times a year so that his French is up-to-date. During his career he has worked with the major chains of language schools in the US and Europe. He can be reached by email at: expressctr@aol.com, or by phone at (610)296-5269.
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.
Olive Ledlie Olive Ledlie, PhD, Former Chair English Department, The Baldwin School
R Barry Levis R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012
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!
Haiying Li
Jessica Liddell 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
Renata Losoncy RENATE LOSONCY is a career teacher of German. She has studied in Europe, Toronto and the United States, and has taught adults and on-the-floor Kindergartners. She tries to make her classes sojourns. Renate has translated and gives presentations on German POW's in the US as well as workshops on using children's books as lessons. English is the third language she learned as a child. She loves to take students on home stays abroad.
Richard Lucia Rich Lucia is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years in senior management. Specializing in revenue generation, his experience includes sales, marketing, strategic planning, communications and leadership. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and author of 'May The Sale be with You' and 'The 180 Rule for Business Development®.' His experience spans a diverse set of Fortune 500 companies including IBM®, Sprint®, Microsoft, Exxon Corporation and others such as Wang Laboratories, SunGard® Data Systems, as well as successful small and startup ventures. Rich has a wealth of experience and success with his 'Success in the Now' concepts teaching how times have changed and how those things that once worked to longer get the same results.
Joan Mackie
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. 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.
Peter Maple
Lou Marrocco, CMP 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. www.brandywineevents.com
Mike Mayer Mike brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership development and talent management to clients of Richmond Hazleton Group. He has an extensive background in executive talent acquisition for Fortune 500 companies as well as early stage firms. He has worked with clients ranging in size from large (Microsoft, Heinz, Safeco) to small and emerging pre-IPO or privately held organizations. For more than 20 years, Mike held human resources leadership positions within General Electric, Allied Signal, and the Aramark Corporation where he personally led and contributed to significant organization initiatives that entailed large scale change. His human resources leadership experiences include major talent acquisition and integration efforts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and helping to strengthen firms’ infrastructure through substantive talent management efforts. His ability to quickly assess an organization and build trust with the organization’s leadership team enables him to contribute to enhancing the leadership’s effectiveness. Throughout his career, he was able to successfully accelerate the growth in responsibility (as well as salary) for a large number of people at different levels in the organization. He continues to be a sought-after resource by individuals at a variety of stages in their career path. For each individual, Mike worked one-on-one and created a carefully crafted plan that included specific actions, development plans and targeted communications that resulted in rapid achievement of each employee’s objectives. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in Management, Mike has served as a lecturer at Villanova University where he teaches graduate courses in Management and Organizational Behavior. He also holds professional certification credentials in executive assessment and coaching. Mike and his family reside in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, and he has successfully lived and survived the challenges of advising his own children through the post-college graduation job search process! www.richmondhazletongroup.com
Paul & Ellen McCabe Paul & Ellen McCabe, Hike Leaders
Christine McCallum Christine is a mother of two active teenaged boys, wife to a busy husband, fitness instructor, and a full-time school administrator. So, Christine can relate to the daily challenges of managing household and eating healthy! Christine ‘s tough love approach to health and fitness has allowed her to help dozens of people improve their life through eating the right foods, changing their mindset, and increasing their activity. Heavily inspired by the paleo and primal diet, Christine took the plunge into the Whole30 and never looked back, serving as a living, breathing example of the benefits of clean eating. Christine enjoys cooking healthy recipes, spending time with her family, hiking, boxing, kettlebells, and making new friends. If you’re stuck in a rut with your eating, frustrated with your lack of energy and progress both in life and your health, feeling lost in your journey to wellness, Christine wants to chat with you, and help you get on the right track. http://www.mainlinewhole30coaching.com “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end”- Robin Sharma
Jack McCarthy Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations and directed numerous archives and public history projects. Jack is particularly noted for his work in Philadelphia music history. He has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on Philadelphia music. He serves as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mann Music Center. For the Orchestra, he has managed the historical components of several major festivals: the 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski Centennial, 2017 Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival, and 2018 Leopold Stokowski/Albert Barnes Festival. Jack served as director of the 2018-2019 project, Documenting and Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy, funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and he co-produced, gave several presentations, and curated the accompanying exhibit for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s 2016 multi-part series Memories and Melodies: A Journey Through Philadelphia’s Musical Legacy. He served as consulting archivist for several Philadelphia music documentaries: the 2014 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio; the 2018 film biography Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me; and the (in-production) film Beethoven in Beijing, which focuses on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s history in China. He also periodically gives two walking tours: Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy and Lost Sites and Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music. Jack writes on Philadelphia music for the popular online daily magazine Hidden City Philadelphia and the scholarly, peer-reviewed online resource, Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, sponsored by the Mid- Atlantic Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden. For the latter he has written articles on Philadelphia jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, doo wop, soul music, gospel, DJs, and opera and opera houses, as well as a series of articles on iconic Philadelphia popular songs. He was recruited by the Oxford African American Studies Center to write the article Philadelphia Soul Music, which was published on the Center’s website in 2018. He wrote two articles on Philadelphia gospel music for radio station WXPN’s 2019 documentary project, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul.
Dori McClennen Dori McClennen, Teaching Artist, Member Haverford Guild
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
Helen McDevitt-Smith Helen McDevitt-Smith, MS, MA, MA in Chemisty, Theology and Pastoral Counseling. She has taught courses on the college and high school levels, as well as, adult education classes and presentations.
Paul McGhee Paul McGhee, Musician; Jam Leader
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.
Larry Minisci LAWRENCE MINISCI (aka Larry, Laurent or Lorenzo by his students) has been teaching ESL, French and Italian to children, adults and corporate executives for more than twenty years. In addition to his current responsibilities at MLSN, Mr. Minisci works as a Foreign Language & Cross Cultural Trainer, Freelance Translator and Project Manager for a global language service provider which consults for local, national and multinational companies. Mr. Minisci speaks nine languages and keeps his linguistic and pedagogical skills current by visiting family and friends in Europe, researching new teaching methods and materials, as well as attending professional workshops, seminars and conferences. He studied at Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge (UK), Gratz College and the Goethe Institute.
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. https://www.MooreBetterFood.com/
Anne Morris Anne Morris, Silver Life Master, ACBL Certified Instructor
Amanda Morrone Amanda Morrone is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) from Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. She is certified as an ASL Educational Interpreter in Chester County where she is currently employed. Amanda is also working towards her National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf certification. In her spare time, she plans trips around the world to gain exposure to new languages and cultures. Locally, she enjoys playing on recreational sport teams, attending concerts and spending time with her niece and nephew.
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.
Juliet Najdawi JULIET NAJDAWI is a native speaker and teacher of the Arabic Language - Modern Standard. She has been teaching Arabic at MLSN and other local high schools since 2006. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. This background allows her to implement the most effective methods of planning and conducting energetic lesson plans to accommodate most learning styles. She can be reached at juliet@najdawi.com for questions and comments.
Zachary Nelson Zachary Nelson, Technology Consultant
Neal Newman Over the past 40 years, Neal Newman has directed extensively in classical, Shakespeare, modern theater, musicals, and opera. He trained as an actor at California State University, and trained in Shakespeare at ACT of San Francisco, where he directed A CRY OF PLAYERS, and THE CRITIC, and acted the title role in RICHARD II. He trained as a director at Carnegie Mellon, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He directed many Off-Broadway productions in New York (DANCE ON A COUNTRY GRAVE, CRADLE WILL ROCK, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD); ran a summer stock company, (ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, TAMING OF THE SHREW); and directed five seasons of Shakespeare in the Park in Philadelphia, (MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, HAMLET, HENRY IV). Opera productions include many by Gilbert & Sullivan, BOHEME, and CARMEN. He was a New York Critic for Show Business Magazine for 7 years, and continues as a record producer. He has taught and directed at The Walnut Street Theater, Fordham University (CABARET, FIGARO); University of the Arts (SEAGULL, CRUCIBLE); Cabrini College (MISS JULIE, 2 GENTLEMEN OF VERONA); and the University Of Pennsylvania, (MIKADO). At Steel River Playhouse he directed RAGTIME, MIRACLE WORKER, CHRISTMAS CAROL, BLITHE SPIRIT and TOYS IN THE ATTIC. As an actor, Neal has appeared at Steel River in THE CRUCIBLE, (Danforth) and PIPPIN, (Charlemange). He was co author of GOLDILOCKS AND THE DOWN HOME BEARS presented at Steel River, and will soon present a reading of the new musical LITTLE PRINCESS.
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 www.mothercompost.com
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.
Deborah Nye First an investor then an agent, designer Deborah Nye bought her first investment property during the crash in 2008. The property was a small 2BR row house that needed total renovation. After completing it pretty quickly with few problems, and renting it with few problems, Deborah was hooked. She has gone on to purchase and renovate single family homes as well as commercial and multi-unit properties, the most recent in Texas! Deborah is active in a real estate investment group where she lends her expertise in teaching others how to invest. She is now offering her no-nonsense approach and dynamic personality to anyone interested in getting started in real Real Estate investing.
Gail Oldfield GAIL OLDFIELD is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. From touring the country in her early career to becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, she has enjoyed many memorable dance experiences. She was Dance Director at Cabrini College for several years, as well a choreographer for over sixty musical productions across the tri-county area. Recently, she served as Vice President of the Rockette Alumnae Association in New York City.
Paul Paluba Paul Paluba, Professional Computer Instructor
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 dreamgirlpower.com
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.
Elizabeth Perry Beth Perry, Tai Chi Instructor
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. www.susanrainsdesign.com
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 www.marierobertsheartandsoul.com and she can be reached at heart239@hotmail.com.
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: Leslie@MasteryConsulting.net
Eugenia Roskos Geni Roskos, ACE Certified Group Instructor, Upper Merion Dance & Gymnastics Center
Anthony Francis Russo Anthony Russo, AB, German Language and Literature with Italian Minor, Villanova University, 1970; MA German Language and Literature, Villanova University, 1974 Hired as a teacher of German in 1970, I initiated an Italian curriculum within 3 years, and within 10 years, the program had grown to a full 4 year curriculum. Two full-time teachers of Italian were needed due to student number, about five years later. In 1996, hired again as a teacher of German for the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Chester County, I was asked to initiate an Italian curriculum once again at Conestoga High School, and this program grew to a full 4 year curriculum in four years, with 2 full-time teachers of Italian within 9 years. During my career, I have led 15 tours with students and adults, to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, but mostly to Italy. I led a tour of 35 students and adults to Italy and Sicily most recently. As leader of the group, and as lead teacher, I was required to deal with such diverse situations as rooming and other hotel issues, retail store negotiations which students were not able to handle, logistical issues of timing with the tour bus, the Metro in Rome, and the like. While touring with my students, I also had the unique privilege to sing in the Teatro di Ercolano (the ancient theater in Herculaneum) as a demonstration of the incredible acoustics which the ancient Romans developed over 2000 years ago. No microphone is necessary even today, to project the voice of the actor or singer to reach the hundreds in the audience. Almost thirty-nine years of classroom teaching in high school, adult night school, and several courses at the university level in not only Italian, but also in Cultural Diversity, have given me an excellent proficiency in written and spoken Italian, and virtually native fluency in speaking. Never having lived in Italy for any extended period of time, I have nonetheless more than held my own in both business and personal conversations with natives - even those using in part their local dialect - on various topics.
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. www.hippopdancefit.com
Lorri Sarosy Lorri holds BA and MBA degrees in finance and marketing. Her work career includes 25 years corporate management and 10 years non-profit professional experience. Lorri’s grant writing experience includes work for four distinctly different non-profit entities. This experience combined with financial, planning and management skills have contributed to her success.
Rona Satten RONA CORDISH SATTEN is a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association and a Certified Level III Instructor. She is certified by Master Li JunFeng to teach Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong, and has been certified as an Associate Healing Tao Instructor. Rona is a lifelong shamanic qigong student of Master Zhongxian Wu. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong Therapist through the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has a healing practice combining qi healing with other energy therapies. Rona loves teaching and her priority is to share the joyful, self-healing qigong practice with everyone interested. More information is available from her at: innersageqigong@gmail.com.
Jay Scarfone Jay Scarfone and William Stillman are nationally recognized as authorities on the 1939 motion picture masterpiece The Wizard of Oz. They are the award-winning authors of several officially licensed books honoring the classic film for its anniversaries including their latest books, The Road to Oz: The Evolution, Creation and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece (2018) and The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75 th Anniversary Companion (2013). Their other titles include The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic (1999 and revised and expanded edition in 2004); The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50 th Anniversary Pictorial History (1989); The Wizard of Oz: The Film Classic Comes to Life with Music and Stunning Three Dimension (2000); and the definitive reference work, The Wizard of Oz Collector’s Treasury (1992). Scarfone and Stillman were authorized by Warner Bros. as the official monthly guest bloggers for the WB Wizard of Oz Facebook page and blog (3.5 million likes). Their December 2013 Huffington Post blog, “10 Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz,” garnered national attention with 133,000 Facebook likes. Additionally, they have been contributors and advisors to countless books and periodicals dealing with Hollywood history, memorabilia, and collectibles. They have appraised rare Wizard of Oz memorabilia for auction houses and private collectors. Over a forty-year period, Scarfone and Stillman have amassed one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive collections of Oz memorabilia, including priceless costumes, props and rare imagery from M-G-M’s The Wizard of Oz, as well as pre-movie artifacts. Their television appearances include profiles on MSNBC, Discovery Channel, FX Network and HGTV. Both men were contributors, consultants, and on-camera interviewees for the Telly Award-winning 1997 documentary Oz: The American Fairyland. William Stillman is also the illustrator of The Wizard of Oz Game (Ravensburger, 1997). In spring 2000, the men were guest lecturers for and contributors to the Library of Congress’acclaimed Wizard of Oz exhibit. For autumn 2001, they were lenders to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ exhibit celebrating Al Hirschfeld’s Hollywood art, which included the 1939 campaign for The Wizard of Oz. In June 2005, they received the Judy Garland Museum Achievement Award in recognition of their work. Both men were guest lecturers for the November 2014 Bonhams/Turner Classic Movies auction at which the Cowardly Lion costume brought $3 million. Scarfone and Stillman served as chairmen for The International Wizard of Oz Club’s east coast Munchkin Convention in 1989 and 1999, at which time they were awarded for their contributions. Jay Scarfone has served on the board of directors of The International Wizard of Oz Club. As the 1996-2000 Editor-in-Chief of The Baum Bugle, the Oz Club’s official journal, William Stillman expanded the scope and volume of the publication, introducing a number of “firsts” for the journal such as interior color artwork, editions typically exceeding 40 pages, and the Bugle’s first perfect-bound spine. In 2016 Scarfone and Stillman were given the L. Frank Baum Award by the International Wizard of Oz Club in recognition of their various contributions to the greater Oz saga.
Steven Schiffman Steven Schiffman, CEO, D. Atlas Estates
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.
Janny Scott Janny Scott is a journalist and author of two books, The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father and A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother. She was a reporter for The New York Times for fourteen years, writing about race, classs, demographic change, and ideas. She was a member of the Times reporting team that won the 2000 Pullitzer Prize for national reporting for the series "How Race is Lived in America." In the immediate aftrmath of the 9/11 terror attacks, she and Christine Kay, a Times editor, conceived Portraits of Grief, a series of thumbnail profiles of several thousand victims, which appeard in the Times every day for months. She was previosly a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey. Her first book, a New York Times bestseller, was the runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and one of Time magazine's top ten nonfiion books of 2011. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, Today, MSNBC, C-Span, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Leonard Lopate Show and other television and radio programs. She is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in New York City.
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
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 http://cre8ov.com
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: http://www.carolshelkinmosaics.com.
Bonni Shinfeld Bonni Shinfeld, MLSN Trip and Travel Director
Yuming Si Yuming Si, Native Speaker; Author; Former Chinese School Principal
Cathy & Bill Siegl Bill & Cathy Siegl, Hike Leaders
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.
Anne Sims Anne Sims, Chanticleer Horticulturist
Ken Sklar Ken Sklar, Recently Retired Radnor HS Teacher of U.S. Politics and Global Issues
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.
Debbie Smith Debbie Smith, MLSN Dance Instructor for over 25 years
Emily Smith Emily Smith, LMT Myofascial Release Therapist; Pilates Teacher. Thank you for considering movement and touch as medicine. Thank you for listening to my words and the wisdom of your body. I have been working with the body since 2003. I am a movement and touch therapist working with the whole human being, body-mind-spirit. I began leading Pilates sessions in Summit County, Colorado in 2003. I began training in Myofascial Release Therapy with John F Barnes PT in 2012 when I attended the Healing Seminar. I attained a license to touch as a LMT in 2013. Since 2015 I have completed an additional 200+ hours training with John Barnes. My sessions incorporate body reading, movement, touch and self treatment guidance. I am certified in Pilates by the Physicalmind Institiute. I have attended teacher trainings in Yin Yoga and Original Strength.
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.
Richard Sperry Richard S Sperry, Former US Naval Officer; (Ret.) VP Marketing, Comcast
Elizabeth Spicer Dr Elizabeth Spicer taught Mathematics at City University from 1975 to 2003. 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. She has given workshops at the NYC Allergy Expo, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass., and has offered Energy Workshops in Long Island, NY.
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 Jstagliano@aol.com.
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.
William Stillman Jay Scarfone and William Stillman are nationally recognized as authorities on the 1939 motion picture masterpiece The Wizard of Oz. They are the award-winning authors of several officially licensed books honoring the classic film for its anniversaries including their latest books, The Road to Oz: The Evolution, Creation and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece (2018) and The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75 th Anniversary Companion (2013). Their other titles include The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic (1999 and revised and expanded edition in 2004); The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50 th Anniversary Pictorial History (1989); The Wizard of Oz: The Film Classic Comes to Life with Music and Stunning Three Dimension (2000); and the definitive reference work, The Wizard of Oz Collector’s Treasury (1992). Scarfone and Stillman were authorized by Warner Bros. as the official monthly guest bloggers for the WB Wizard of Oz Facebook page and blog (3.5 million likes). Their December 2013 Huffington Post blog, “10 Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz,” garnered national attention with 133,000 Facebook likes. Additionally, they have been contributors and advisors to countless books and periodicals dealing with Hollywood history, memorabilia, andcollectibles. They have appraised rare Wizard of Oz memorabilia for auction houses and private collectors. Over a forty-year period, Scarfone and Stillman have amassed one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive collections of Oz memorabilia, including priceless costumes, props and rare imagery from M-G-M’s The Wizard of Oz, as well as pre-movie artifacts. Their television appearances include profiles on MSNBC, Discovery Channel, FX Network and HGTV. Both men were contributors, consultants, and on-camera interviewees for the Telly Award-winning 1997 documentary Oz: The American Fairyland. William Stillman is also the illustrator of The Wizard of Oz Game (Ravensburger, 1997). In spring 2000, the men were guest lecturers for and contributors to the Library of Congress’ acclaimed Wizard of Oz exhibit. For autumn 2001, they were lenders to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ exhibit celebrating Al Hirschfeld’s Hollywood art, which included the 1939 campaign for The Wizard of Oz. In June 2005, they received the Judy Garland Museum Achievement Award in recognition of their work. Both men were guest lecturers for the November 2014 Bonhams/Turner Classic Movies auction at which the Cowardly Lion costume brought $3 million. Scarfone and Stillman served as chairmen for The International Wizard of Oz Club’s east coast Munchkin Convention in 1989 and 1999, at which time they were awarded for their contributions. Jay Scarfone has served on the board of directors of The International Wizard of Oz Club. As the 1996-2000 Editor-in-Chief of The Baum Bugle, the Oz Club’s official journal, William Stillman expanded the scope and volume of the publication, introducing a number of “firsts” for the journal such as interior color artwork, editions typically exceeding 40 pages, and the Bugle’s first perfect-bound spine. In 2016 Scarfone and Stillman were given the L. Frank Baum Award by the International Wizard of Oz Club in recognition of their various contributions to the greater Oz saga.
Todd Stofka Todd Stofka, CH, HNLP, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He developed the Stofka Method by integrating NLP and Hypnotherapy with his background in Aikido, Jujitsu and a variety of competitive sports. Founder of the Philly Hypnosis Centers, since 2001 has spent transforming smokers into non-smokers, and sports enthusiasts into ace athletes. Whether weight management or lack of confidence is an issue, or a person is facing fear filled phobias, Todd is deftly able to “rewire” the negative thoughts or behaviors and assist his clients in overcoming a wide variety of obstacles. http://PhillyHypnosis.com https://www.youtube.com/phillyhypnosis ToddStofkaheadshotoc Todd is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College teaching classes on hypnosis. Todd has been published and is a frequent contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Trend, The Local, Philly Fit, 2009 US Open Golf, Sports Psychology Tennis, Self growth, Think well, Expert click, American Chronicle, Green Doc, Soft Ball Gloves, Circadian Dreams, Smoke Free.org, Alternative Fitness, Thomas Cox, Simply Healthy, My Life, Expert contributor for Ezine Article, Article base, Podcast Alley, Video / TV – Veoh, Metacafe, YouTube, Clisper, AOL, Yahoo, Metacafe, Kewago, Daily Motion, Radio – Blog Talk Radio, WOGL, WKYW, Sports 610 As a former competitive ski racer and sports trainer, he folds these varied disciplines into his Stofka Method to help people reach their personal goals. He is noted for his ability to reach deep into a person’s psyche and touch their core talent and dream, while creating just the right connection to anchor this as a new behavior in their daily life. He is skilled at stimulating his client’s ability to embody the skills used by outstanding performers and experts in the field of aspired excellence. Todd builds rapport easily and he is known for his honest assessment of his clients needs. As a result he has earned a reputation of trust. Prior to founding the Philly Hypnosis Centers, Todd was a corporate executive holding various management positions from construction to technology oriented companies. He excelled at strategy, vision and mission planning and continuously exceeded sales goals. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President of Sales for Titan Technology Partners, a national software firm. Mr. Stofka has a BS in engineering and management from Clarkson University and is currently working on his MBA. He has always strived to refine and develop himself further and he has taken a myriad of independent course work, from the Sandler Selling System to Management of People Skills and Development at Cornell University. Originally, Todd took a hypnosis course to improve certain aspect of his own life and business performance. During his initial studies, he had a personal turning point, which inspired him to seek the healer within and dedicate his life to helping others reach their personal excellence. He proceeded to take courses in Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. He has numerous certifications in both disciplines, including “Certified Master Practitioner”. Todd is a member of NGH, (National Guild of Hypnotists) and NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association). Mr. Stofka’s, Philly Hypnosis Centers are located in Chalfont, Pennsylvania and The Virtual Office on Skype. In addition, Todd teaches skiing and snowboarding. He resides with his wife and two children in the Philadelphia area.
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. www.gailstatum.lifeVantage.com
Jane Tausig Jane Tausig has been a suburban backyard beekeeper for five years. She began this satisfying hobby from scratch (no pun intended) by reading about honeybees and beekeeping, joining beekeeping associations and having a wonderful mentor who has coached her over the years.
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
I US Coast Guard Aux. 5NR Staff, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
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 PhillyHistory.org. 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
I Valley Forge MA & C Maria Metz, Director of Horsemanship, Valley Forge Military Academy & College
Kate Varley Kate Varley earned a BA from Clark University, MS and PhD from University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a therapist, psych adjunct, teacher, editor, tutor, and even had a brief stint as a quasi-forger (totally legal). She was founder and editor of the late, lamented zine of autobiographical writing and poetry, Creek Road Gang, and author of a comic mystery Off Center.
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.
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
I Wayne Ballet & Center for Laura Berland, Owner, Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts
Kristin Weaver
Susan Weisgrau Susan Weisgrau, MA, English Literature; Retired English teacher (Åkiba Hebrew Academy) Regional Board member, Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)
Lisa Welsh Lisa Welsh, Director, First Position Dance Arts, LLC
Nancy White NANCY WHITE is president of Digital Consulting Associates and works with business and individuals providing computer training services with a special focus on cyber security. She is a graduate of Immaculata University with a BA in Human Resource Management. With more than ten years’ experience in the classroom, Nancy communicates well and provides high quality instruction, often exceeding student expectations. Her company Website with a link to her newsletter can be found at www.digitalconsultingassociates.com.
Benjamin Witmer Benjamin Witmer draws upon over 20 years of experience in helping clients navigate through the mortgage process. He's received the Philadelphia Magazine's 5 Star Mortgage Award, which celebrates those mortgage professionals that provide and create a superior, low cost mortgage experience, 5 years in a row. Benjamin got his start helping clients buy new homes and second homes on the beaches of Florida to being regional sales manager and SVP of a publicly traded mortgage banker. In 2001, frustrated with the big bank mentality that has little consideration for customer service, he created his own boutique mortgage shop specializing in qualifying to closing, hands on client service. Operating with his staff in a downtown Radnor storefront, he continues to assist his clients in PA, NJ, DE and NY.
Phil Witmer Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience. He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society, past-president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country, and is on the board of Audubon PA. He is also active locally in Bird Town initiatives, volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls, monitors American kestrel boxes and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding. While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them. He leads walks at Mill Grove Center and lectures on a variety of related topics. He has spent many hours enjoying the birds at his backyard feeders.
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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.
Kathy Wolper www.kitchenwizards.info - 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 www.Anthonywoodphotography.com
Anthony Wood In more than thirty years as a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Anthony R. Wood has written on many and varied subjects, including taxes, coastal development, and the Gulf Stream. He is currently the policy and solutions editor at Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com. His specialties, however, have been climate and weather. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times and won numerous awards, including a National Association of Science Writers award for a newspaper series and a Society of Professional Journalists award for environmental writing. He writes frequently about weather, and his weather columns have long been a popular philly.com feature. Anthony also worked for several years for United Press International in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and New York as an editor/writer. Anthony grew up in beautiful downtown Chester, Pa., and lives in Wayne with his wife, Laura, and no pets that he's aware of. He and Laura have two sons (30 and 25), off making their own lives.
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.
Elizabeth Wright ELIZABETH WRIGHT learned to knit at a Main Line School Night class twenty years ago, and hasn't stopped knitting since. In addition to having taught at Main Line School Night since 2004, she also teaches knitting and crocheting to children at Agnes Irwin in the summer and gives private lessons. She is a member of the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen, a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and participates in local art shows. She knows that anyone can learn to knit, and thoroughly enjoys introducing new knitters to the hobby and helping experienced knitters learn new skills and expand their knitting knowledge.
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)
Cindy Yovanov Currently working as Vice President, Service Manager for Bryn Mawr Trust in Wayne, PA, Cindy is a banking and finance professional with 10 years of relevant experience. She earned her bachelors degree in Economics and Finance at Southern NH University in Manchester, NH. She has previously participated in a similar and very successful program in NH called ‘CU for Reality’ sponsored by local credit unions. This program allows students to experience real-life financial challenges in a safe environment as well as test their current financial knowledge and level of understanding when it comes to maintaining a household and family budget.
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. www.coachingresilience.com
Hari Zandler He's called a 'teacher of teachers' whose self-mastery yoga and teacher training programs are based on more than 40 years of practice and teaching. Meet Hari Zandler, a classical Hatha yoga instructor, who has explored the roots of Indian spirituality on several journeys to the sub-continent. As recently as 2016, he observed that India is "a place where the universal principles of ancient wisdom are being rediscovered and integrated into a science of enlightened living for the whole modern world." His teaching and practice of Hatha yoga reflect these observations. "Hatha yoga and meditation are particularly beneficial in helping to alleviate the stresses of modern life," he commented. Dating back to before the 15th century, this ancient yoga informs newer yoga styles and brings an authentic perspective to the practice by focusing on restorative poses, meditation and breathing. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, see how this ancient self-discovery approach creates health, harmony and renewal with a foundation of inner peace. Zandler was an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, taught yoga and meditation at St. Joseph's University for 20 years and has been an instructor at Main Line School Night since the early 1980s. At the Philadelphia Inquirer's headquarters, reporters and staff members participate in Zandler's ongoing yoga for stress management classes designed specifically for professionals with challenging jobs.
Michael Zavorski Mike Zavorski, Home Repair Expert
Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young TATIANA ZELENETSKAYA YOUNG, 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 kahinaasurah@yahoo.com, or you are welcome to visit her website www.kahinaasurah.com.
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.