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Charles Adams III Local author and storyteller, Charles J. Adams III was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1947 and resides there today. In addition to his books, Adams also writes regular features on travel and local legends in the Reading Eagle newspaper and has written travel stories for several other magazines and publications. He has also been the morning air personality on radio station WEEU in Reading, where he has been employed since 1978. Adams has been a speaker at the International Ghost Hunters Alliance and GhostWorld conventions in Gettysburg, Pa., and at regional paranormal conferences in New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He has been interviewed on ghostly topics in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and on several American radio and television stations. He has also appeared on The History Channel's "Haunted America: New York" and "Haunted America: Philadelphia" programs and has served as consultant and on-air "expert" for programs on hauntings and ghosts on The Learning Channel, MTV, and The Travel Channel. His latest television work is a segment at the haunted Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia for The Travel Channel's "Mysterious Journeys" series.
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.
Phyllis Allen
Chester County Art Assn
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. He is now a retired history teacher with 20 years classroom and 30 years experience lecturing to adults in libraries, civil clubs and night schools about a variety of history topics..
Linda Baker Linda Baker, BA English/Education, has been teaching and leading creative writing and memoir workshops for over 30 years. She is certified in Motional Processing, which combines writing, drawing and movement, and has inspired many people through her simple, direct and playful style.
Wayne Barrett
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.
Jason Bishop
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.
Molly Borgese
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.
Joe Buglio, Piano Instructor
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.
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.
Angela Cardenas Angela has a bachelor degree in Education of Languages from La Salle University in Colombia and a Master Degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University. I have been working for banking / finance as small business consultant for around five years in Philadelphia area and California Orange County Market.
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.
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
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.
Jill Fielding
Matlack Florist
Ingrid Guthrie, RYT, CPT Igrid Guthrie is a Cerftified Yoga instructor and a retired Professional Ballerina.
Phil Haddad Tai Chi instructor since 2009; studied under Master Charles Brynan of the Pear Garden School of Tai Chi, where he learned the Yang style long form, along with the sword and fan forms. He has been teaching in the adult education program for Chester County Night School for the last five years.
Jan Herbster
Harriton House
Sara Houser-DiPasqua Sara has been training extensively and performing for over 24 years in Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Pilates, Barre Fitness, Musical Theatre, and Tap. She has taught in studios in Chester and Delaware County. She has choregraphed for diffrent theatre groups as well. She attended Rider University as a Fine Arts Major for Dance. She has performed in the 2015 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade , Disney World, and Hershey Park. Sara was fortunate enough to train under famous choreographers such as Wade Robson, Chris Judd, Dave Scott, and Dee Caspary.
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.
Carousel Instructor
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 has bee teaching Comedy Improv for seven years. He is lso 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 has been the leader of Open Circle for the past eight years. He brings a relaxed but enthusiastic attitude to the teaching of improvisation.
Katie Lembo Senior Creative Director of Voice Coaches, John Gallogly has been involved in acting, voice work, singing, and performance since he was featured in the "New York's Finest" ad campaign at age nine! John's industry experience, including his work as a professional announcer, allows him to provide broad perspective to our clients. John has been part of the Voice Coaches team since our beginning and has trained and developed demos for aspiring Voice Actors across the country.
Reggie Loper
Mary Ann Maggitti
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.
Bryan McCloskey Bryan McCloskey, MS, CASL & W. Marshall Pearson, Attorney at Law Phone: 484-517-4422 Email: Address: 107 E. Lancaster Ave., Suite 102, Downingtown, PA 19335 Website: Jointly taught from two perspectives. Legal perspective by Marshall Pearson, attorney who has been practicing in the area for over 20 years. Financial perspective from Bryan McCloskey, local retirement and investing advisor, specializing in Retirement accounts and Tax Strategy in retirement, over a decade in the business, local to Downingtown.
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.
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 Alisa Oswalt, Reiki Master/ Practitioner/ Speaker/ Workshop Facilitator Alisa is a certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner who teaches all 3 Levels of Reiki. She is a practitioner at RainDance Life Center in Royersford, and started a free monthly Reiki Share Community a few years ago to provide support and opportunities to connect for Reiki practitioners. Alisa started in the health and wellness industry in 2014, and is happy to share her gifts of light, healing, and balance. Alisa has a compassionate presence, and her intuition guides her hands and heart to channel energy where assistance is needed in people and animals to support the body's own healing abilities. Along with traditional Reiki practices that can help bring peace, calm, and relaxation, Alisa includes sound therapy and crystals for in-person as well as distance Reiki sessions. Alisa has also taught personal enrichment courses at local adult night schools in Delaware and Chester Counties for over 15 years. Part of her passion is sharing her knowledge and experiences with others through teaching workshops, with a holistic body, mind, emotions, and Spirit approach, applied in practical ways to everyday life.
Marshall Pearson W. Marshall Pearson, Attorney at Law Phone: 484-517-4422 Address: 107 E. Lancaster Ave., Suite 102, Downingtown, PA 19335 Website: Jointly taught from two perspectives. Legal perspective by Marshall Pearson, attorney who has been practicing in the area for over 20 years. Financial perspective from Bryan McCloskey, local retirement and investing advisor, specializing in Retirement accounts and Tax Strategy in retirement, over a decade in the business, local to Downingtown.
Reba Price
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.
Kate Shealy, Administrator
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.
Tom Temple Owner-Operator, Woodcraft of Downingtown, PA
Greystone Tour Guide
Linda Valdiserri
Thad Vangilder
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.
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 Call her at 610-357-1525 or email
Paul Wilburn Professional dance instructor since 1985. Owner of Cut-A-Rug DJ Dance Enterprises since 1993.