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Elizabeth Alakszay Liz is an avid organic gardener, naturalist, quality systems engineer in the pharmaceutical industry, and educator who has been gardening for over 40 years. The Penn State Extension Chester County Master Gardener Coordinator for over 6 years before retiring in 2017. She has also worked at Longwood Gardens continuing education instructor and course designer on vegetable gardening. Liz continues to lecture and hold numerous workshops throughout the region on horticultural topics including growing vegetables, pollinator gardens and landscaping with native plants.
Charlotte Ann Albertson Cooking School Charlotte Ann Albertson has been directing cooking classes in Philadelphia and Florida for twenty-seven years. In operation since 1973, her school's enviable status as the area's longest standing, owes much to her unique combination of talent, training and total dedication. A Master's degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania plus graduate studies at Penn's Annenberg School of Communication and Wharton School of Business gives her the skills to both recognize and recruit the finest teachers from the world of food. Extensive travel coupled with classes at prestigious international cooking schools, among them La Varenne and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, in kitchens in the top European restaurants, a summer at the American Embassy in Switzerland, and Beringer Vineyards in California's Napa Valley, provide her with insight into current food trends. Her position as consultant to food and wine companies, libraries and cultural institutions is further evidence of the high professional esteem in which she is held. She earned the Delaware Valley Restaurant Association's Panache award for her significant contribution to promoting education within the food industry.
Alejandra Aquilera
Roger Arthur Roger Arthur has been a student of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln his entire life. He has traveled extensively across America visiting most of the major Civil War and Lincoln sites. He holds a Bacherlor's and Master's degree in history and regularly lectures on historical topics to a variety of groups, libraries, college and historic clubs. He currently teaches Modern American History at Bishop Shanahan H.S.
Carousel Ballroom Instructor
Mark Bergkvist Mark is an accomplished, international award-winning photographer. Over 40 years ago Mark got hooked on photography developing black and white film in the darkroom. Today Mark's personal passion is for Landscape Photography and his work is available at many local art shows and galleries. Mark has extensive experience in all areas of photography from Macro, Sports, Portraits, Travel, Nature and video. Mark also teaches photography at several local camera clubs and community groups. Mark is certified if Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED.
Owen Biddle
Bobby Bohrer Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at Pickering Valley Golf Club, Phoenixville, since 1987; responsible for all professional golf lessons provided at the club.
Karen Boyd Karen Boyd is a Realtor Agent, with the national Accredited Seller Representative designation. She is also a professional certified Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), and helps clients to prepare and market their homes for sale or redesign. Additionally, she is a Pennsylvania Real Estate Board-certified licensed instructor, teaching professional development courses to other PA realtors and brokers. Over the past 8 years Karen has created and hosted home staging workshops for community education programs and has been a featured speaker at several state and regional conferences and colleges, including New York University. Karen is also a published writer on real estate and home staging topics.
Charlene Briggs Charlene Briggs is one of 160 Internationally Registered Bach Flower Practitioners in the United States. Her flower essence training includes Bach, North American and Alaskan essence systems. Since 1999, Charlene has helped people throughout North America and abroad relieve stress, heal trauma and restore emotional balance and vitality with the plant essences through her Flower Essence Therapy practice, Botanical Energetics. Charlene is an environmental scientist and educator. She is an adjunct associate professor at Temple University where she teaches The Science of Sustainable Community Design and Botanical Traditions. At West Chester University, Charlene teaches Botanical Energetics in the Integrative Medicine Department and Outdoor Classroom Design in the Department of Education. Charlene is the author of Letters to Lida, World War II Told Through the Eyes, Heart and Words of a B-29 Tail-Gunner. Letters to Lida is her father's war memoir. www.BotanicalEnergetics.com www.EarthVisionsConsulting.com www.LetterstoLida.com Charlene Briggs, BS. MAEd, BFRP Adjunct Associate Professor Temple University Tyler School of Art & Architecture Department of Architecture & Environmental Design Earth Visions Consulting www.EarthVisionsConsulting.com Botanical Energetics www.BotanicalEnergetics.com 610 234-2014
Gerry Brunner Mr. Brunner is an accomplished fly-fisherman who has fished most of the trout streams in PA and fished for trout in NC, VA, CO, MT and Alaska.
Members of the CC Astronomical Society
Kenneth Cadogan Fourth degree Black Belt Certified by the U.S. Aikido Federation; Certified Women's Self-Defense instructor; 16 years of Martial Arts teaching experience.
Barbara (Bobbi) Caley For the past 30 years, Barbara (Bobbi) Caley has taught sign language to people of all ages-- infants, school age children, adults and grandparents of deaf children. Bobbi has a Master’s degree in Deaf Education and was a teacher of deaf children for ten years. As a deaf individual, ASL is her preferred language.
Richard Calla Richard Calla has traveled extensively to Italy and has organized and led tour of 3 cities. He is President of Italian language and culture club of 100 members; teacher of Italian at Widener University, Exton; teaher of Italian small group; ESL English tutor of immigrants; public speaker and published author of "Father Injustice."
Francis Caracappa Francis Caracappa is the senior student (Sihing) at the Martial Arts and Fitness Center in Malvern, PA. He has 10 years of experience in Wing Chun.
Francis Caracappa
Chester County Art Assn
Halyna Church Teaching Night School classes since 1979. Gardening knowledge is from hands on experience, plant merchandising, and Master Gardening certification. Enjoys company of people, plants, and natural world.
Gina Cincotta The first handmade bracelet Gina Cincotta made was for her Cabbage Patch kid doll. She never stopped creating jewelry from found objects, beads, and wire. She graduated from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in Silversmithing and Art Education. She owned Silver Wings Studio in Chester Springs for 10 years. She currently makes jewelry in her home studio.
Mark Cole
Linda Collier Cellar Mistress, Collier's of Centreville
Maureen Collins Fun and energetic AFAA certified group instructor with 32 years of fitness training experience and 10 different certifications.
Tony Dahm, Associate Broker Tony Dahm is a Broker/Associate with eXp Realty, LLC. He has been a full-time real estate professional since 2004, having closed over $70 million in sales and more than 240 transactions during that time. Mr. Dahm's background is in Contracts and Contract Negotiations. Prior to making real estate his full-time profession, he spent 21 years writing and negotiating contracts for an engineering firm and a major international software firm. He has also managed rental properties in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Education: - B.S. Widener University, Business Management - M.S. Widener University, Industrial Management. Tony is a real estate instructor at Chester County Night School and Delaware County Community College.
Shawn Dempsey
Rob Dickenson Rob Dickenson, popular local musician and performer, has been teaching guitar at Chester County Night School for over 20 years. Read all about his life and music at: robdickenson.com.
Dianne Dillman
Jeff Dippel Jeff is a career art instructor and lifetime calligrapher and designer, involved in signpainting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, and everything art. He is a retired art teacher, having taught for 27 years at East High School in West Chester.
Edmund Dracup Masters Degree in Financial Services (MSFS), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC), Certified Financial Planner Practitioner (CFP), Retirement Income Certified Professional RICP, and Investment Advisor with MML Investors Services, LLC. Ed is also certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC) with over 32 relevant experience in this specialty area. Ed Dracup is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC, 5001 Louise Drive Ste #300, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, 717-763-7365
Jay Erb Jay Erb, a Chester County park ranger and adventure education facilitator, is also the chair of the North Coventry Parks & Recreation Commission. Jay has been involved with challenge course facilitation, environmental education, and resource management since 1998. He's also the founder and Chief Instructor of the Tae Kwon Do Academy, a not-for-profit martial arts school established in 1987.
Brooke George
Bruce Gill
Beth Goldner Beth is the author of a short story collection (Wake) and a novel (The Number We End Up With), both published by Perseus Books Group. Her work was well received by The Boston Globe, Publisher's Weekly, New York Times, Kirkus REview, Entertainment Weekly, and Orlando Sentinel. Her stories have appeared in a variety of literary journals, including the Missouri Review, StoryQuarterly, Massachusetts Review, WestView, and most recently The Baltimore Review and Northern Virginia Review (in press). She has taught creative writing at Rosemont College and Boise State University.
Ingrid Guthrie, RYT, CPT Igrid Guthrie is a Cerftified Yoga instructor and a retired Professional Ballerina.
Dana Hillsinger Dana plays basketball with the Great Valley Basketball League, and has previously coached women's pick-up games with the DARC program. She is also a ref.
Rebecca Hobbs, Esq. Rebecca A. Hobbs is a Principal with the law firm O?Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. with offices in Pottstown and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. She focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and Veteran?s benefits. Rebecca is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Political Science from Eastern University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law. She is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Rebecca is an accredited attorney for the preparation, preservation and prosecution of claims for veterans? benefits before the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Rebecca was selected for inclusion by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of elder law. As the National Director of ElderLawAnswers, she hosts a monthly Podcast and Webinar on elder law and marketing topics. She is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA). She is an Editor on the Editorial Board for the NAELA Journal. As a member the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), she serves as a Liaison for the Young Lawyers Divisor to the Elder Law Section Council. Rebecca is also a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Elder Law Committee.
Julia Inslee Julie is an English tutor at Delaware County Community College and a dairy sheep farmer in Chester County. For the past couple of years, eager crafters have come to the farm to learn the art of needle felting. My needle felted critters, table mats, and other fiber arts can be found around the county at various craft shows and farmers markets.
Kitchen Wizards Instructor
Ed2Go Instructor Led
Russ Jones Russ Jones is a past commander of the Main Line Sail and Power Squadron. He holds a Senior Navigator rating from the United States Power Squadron, a US Coast Guard Captain's License, is a Navy veteran, and also has extensive experience in sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere.
Erin Kane
Larry Kaufman Larry Kaufman is a Driving Instructor who has used Improv on the road with his students. He has learned to think fast with beginner students! He has been performing since 2000 with groups such as Full Circle Improv, Second Circle, and most recently became the leader of Open Circle. He brings a relaxed but enthusiastic attitude to the teaching of improvisation.
Don Knabb
Jihong Sun Korbonits Jihong Korbonits is a native Chinese woman and has spoken Mandarin since birth. She holds both a bachelors and a masters degrees from Chinese Universities and has taught math and physics in Chinese schools for twenty years. Jihong came to the USA in February 2009 and has been learned English as her second language.
Robert Korbonits Bob has a MS in Agriculture Economics and has worked as a Director at the Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg. He has been raising chickens at his home for the past 3 years.
Christine Lawrence
Reggie Loper
Paula Luteran Short Bio/Credentials: I received my doctorate in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania. I have taught in New York state, the Midwest and the Philadelphia area. I have also taught and lived overseas.
Randy Lyons President of The Turks Head Jugglers -- West Chester's very own "just-for-fun" juggling group -- which meets twice weekly year 'round. He has performed professionally throughout the tri-state area for over 15 years, including West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays, Super Sunday, May Arts Festival and other local events.
Kristen M. Taylor, CFP®, CDFA® Kristen is a graduate of The University of Colorado School of Business. She spent 10 years working in corporate finance and has joined SLA Financial in 202 turning her finance career toward personal finance.
MSFS, CLU ®, ChFC ®, CFP ®, RI
Mary Ann Maggitti
Charles Mann, CFP, CRPC Charles Mann has been developing and implementing retirement strategies for over fifteen years as an independent wealth advisor. Because many people are unprepared for retirement, Charles felt the desire to teach an adult education class and share his financial planning knowledge with others. Since 2010 he has been teaching Retirement Planning Today at Penn State Great Valley & Montgomery County Community College in the spring and fall semesters. The class has been very well received by the community and Charles brings real world experience through his years of working with individual clients. Charles is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner and a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR designee. He holds series 7, 66 and 24 registrations, as well as insurance licenses for life insurance and annuities in the states of Pennsylvania, California and Florida. Charles lives in Phoenixville with his wife Marjorie and their four children. He is very active in his children's lives as well as in his church community at Calvary Chapel of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. His hobbies include playing golf and tennis, playing the piano, reading, travelling and spending time with his family.
Isabelle Mattie Isabelle is a native French speaker from Normandy. She has been a private teacher and tutor in French since 1998 and is currently working as a French tutor at the University as well as a translator and private teacher for various companies in West Chester. She teaches French in elementary schools for after-school programs and is a substitute teacher in local high schools.
Cindy McMenamin
David Megay David Megay David Megay has been an attorney in Pottstown and Phoenixville for over 31 years. David is currently with O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. Law firm and specializes in Real Estate and Business Planning
Nick Montalto United States Power Squadron (USPS) Senior Navigator, Certified Instructor, and assistant Education Officer. Courses taught include Sail, Piloting, Weather, and America's Boating Course. Mr. Montalto has crewed or captained on boats from 17 ft. runabout to 46-foot sailing catamaran.
Penn Oaks Tennis Instructor
Eo Omwake Eo Omwake, a multifaceted painter residing in Oxford, PA has a lot to offer his viewers. After his graduation in 1964 from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, in Philadelphia, PA he has had many exhibitions worldwide. His paintings have been featured at the Philadelphia Art Museum, Whitney Biennial in NYC, Germany, Canada and Iran, as well as published in multiple magazines such as Art Forum and Art News. Eo has been a founding member in the “Golden Age” of Philadelphia art. He has also been one of the first to experiment with “bad taste” art such as incorporation of glitter and fur into his paintings, as well as the creation of pattern paintings. He has been teaching at the Delaware Art Museum since 1974, and started his own Fine Arts Academy in Chadds Ford in 2003.
Alisa Oswalt
Reba Price
Mindy Rhodes whisperwindsstudio.com
Monica Rhoten AHA Certified Instructor with 13 years CPR teaching experience
Art Roman Art Roman - While attending The University of Delaware studying Botany, yes, Botany… Art worked as a prep-cook and server in a nearby retirement home. This is where his journey with and the love of food began… both while studying propagation techniques and the acidity of the soil in which zinnias thrive. He was bitten by the “food bug” and for the next several years gained knowledge in many aspects of the food world. Art worked at a bagel shop, gourmet pizza restaurant, and possibly a dozen or so other restaurants in between. For the past four years, he owned along with his business partner Mark Bergkuist, The Corner Store Café in Unionville, Pennsylvania. Art was the chef creating everything from homemade breakfast treats (he really likes to bake), to gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches, including a very popular Brunch menu where on Sundays, reservations were highly recommended at The Café. Always eager to learn all there is to know about food and the like, Art surrounds himself with almost two-thousand cookbooks in his library and several dozen different magazines delivered monthly in which he cooks from, honing his skills and furthering his passion.
Ginny Simon
Michael Skiff Michael Skiff, CFP®, ChFC® is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory, and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC • 5001 Louise Drive, Suite 300, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 • 717-791-3300.
Rick Spector Rick is a Philadelphia native and a proud son of NE Philly?s Oxford Circle. He owes everything to his parents, family, and friends, and what he learned through the public schools, Temple University and his rich network of contacts throughout Philly and beyond. Always interested in public speaking, nostalgia, history, music, television and film, Rick acted on his passions by forming Moviehouse Productions in 1983. His company offers multi-media nostalgia castpresentations to community groups in person, by ?Zoom?, and video. Rick served seniors for 35 years through community relations work at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Rick hosted PCA?s public service radio show ?Milestones? during its entire five-year run.
Tracie Ullman Tracie Ullman is a Board Certified master trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Success Coach, and Hypnotherapist. With over 20 years of coaching others and combines Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), TIME Techniques, Hypnotherapy, EFT, and Reiki, with rock solid experience working with clients to bring you consistent unwavering personal support, mentoring, and techniques to help you reach and maintain your goals. Tracie is the owner of Soulscapes Medical Spa in Downingtown where she and her team provide holistic and aesthetic services, her mission is to rejuvenate skin while developing your inner calm. www. soulscapedesign.com www.tracieisullman.net
Retired WCASD Teachers
Heather Wadsworth
Pam Walsh
Tina Welsch Tina graduated with a college degree in translation from the University of Saarland in Germany and has been working as a freelance translator in German, French and English and has translated for various organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. She is also a private German tutor. She has lived in Germany for over a decade and is a native speaker.
Marjorie Wentz, AIF Marjorie Wentz has been an Investment Adviser Representative for three years. Prior to entering the financial industry, Marjorie owned multiple businesses in the Chester County area. She is very involved in the community and currently sits on the executive board of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. She has recently completed her term on the board of Rotary Club of West Chester. Marjorie founded a philanthropic group in the area called 100+ Women Who Care Chester County. She enjoys tennis, running, cycling, traveling with her family, and spending time with her granddaughter.
Dawn White
Nancy White computer instructor at Main Line School Night in Radnor, PA and Delaware County Community College in Media, PA and loves to teach others how to make the very best use of technology for life and work. Find Nancy's contact info at www.partnercomputing.com. Call her at 610-357-1525 or email nwhite@partnercomputing.com