Charlotte Albers

Charlotte AlbersCharlotte owns Paintbox Garden, a landscape consulting business in Shelburne, and holds certificates in Horticulture and Landscape Design from the USDA Graduate School in Washington, D.C. She currently writes about plants and design for and speaks regularly to garden groups.

Anandi Anderson

Anderson_AnandiAnandi Courtney Anderson, MS, OT, LMT, CEMP is the owner of Burlington Bodymind Wellness in Burlington, VT and NEW Health in Essex, NY. She has been facilitating movement classes and providing private bodyworking and energy work sessions for over 10 years. The practices of Tai Chi and Qigong found Courtney serendipitously when difficult life experience led to extreme stress in her life. She credits her health and calm nature to her daily practice and enthusiastically leads students to the discovery of their own optimal vitality.

Cynthia Belliveau

Cynthia Belliveau, Dean of Continuing and Distance Education, is an avid food appreciator and chef. She visits Montreal on a regular basis and has intimate knowledge of where to source and eat the best food.

Julia Blake

Julia.BlakeJulia, a retired educator from Jericho, has decades of experience traveling to Europe & 9 successful home exchanges, plus cottage rentals. She has given classes at CVU High School’s Access Program and Mt. Mansfield HS’s After Dark Program, as well as independently. She has published 2 articles in Budget Travel Magazine & one in Seven Days on home-swaps. She has belonged to 4 HE organizations & currently is US representative for a British-based one.

Beth Brodie

Beth Brodie has been a French and Spanish teacher in Vermont since 1984. Along with teaching all ages of students from young adolescents to retirees, she has led numerous groups abroad and developed homestay programs both here and abroad for French and Spanish speaking students.

Gwen Causer

Gwen CauserTeacher/Naturalist and Coordinator of Public Programs, Gwen grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio. Gwen was introduced to the Green Mountain Audubon Center in 2002, diving into the wonderful preschool and family programs with her daughter Ella. She deepened her connection to Audubon as a volunteer with Ella, monitoring Eastern Bluebird nest boxes and Eastern Red-Backed Salamander populations. Gwen began teaching with Audubon in 2005 with the Friends of Forest Birds outreach program for 3rd graders, then got hooked on maple sugaring programs, and has been teaching an ever-widening range of topics ever since. Her first love in nature is botany and she monitors populations of rare plants throughout Vermont as part of New England Wildflower Society’s Plant Conservation Volunteers. Gwen lives near Lake Champlain in Burlington with her husband, Gary, daughter, Ella, and dog, Mitzi, and enjoys kayaking, swimming, and skating on “wild ice.”

Mark Carter

Mark Carter has been working as an artist and instructor for 20 years. He has extensive experience in teaching at the college level in the area of computer design. He has taught digital image manipulation at CCV for the past 5 years. In addition, he is an artist with works in local galleries and private collections.

Jean Cannon

Jean CannonJean Cannon has been teaching art to students of all ages since 1987. She has a degree in Art Education from Johnson State College. She has been painting for five decades and is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. To see her work, please go to:

Mary Jane Dickerson

Mary Jane DickersonMary Jane is a UVM Associate Professor of English, Emerita with twelve years of teaching a similar course at the Jericho Town Library to area residents in retirement. She is Co-President with Tamra Higgins of Sundog Poetry Center, a non-profit organization with the mission of creating opportunities for reading and writing poetry throughout Vermont’s communities.

Adele Dienno

Adele AdiennoAdele grew up extended Italian/American family in South Philadelphia and learned to cook alongside her Sicilian grandmother and four aunts.  She has lived in Vermont since 1972 and reconnects to her Italian roots through sharing her passion for Italian food with people of all ages.  She teaches group and individual classes as well as being actively involved with the Vermont Italian Club. Adele is an alumna of UVM and was recently featured in Yankee Magazine as “the best cook in town”.  She has a graduate degree from UVM.

Fred Fengler

Fred Fengler has taught in the sociology department at UVM from 1978 to 2003. He has taught courses in mind over matter, the afterlife and the search for extra terrestrial life through continuing education at UVM for the past 20 years. Two books on manifestation are presently in print and two other manuscripts on the science of manifestation and the search for extra terrestrial life have served as supplementary course materials.

Traci Griffith, JD

TraciGriffithTraci began her teaching career as a visiting professor in September 2001 and joined the tenure track faculty at St. Michael’s College one year later. She was formerly a correspondent with The Associated Press in Chicago and also a national editor for The Associated Press broadcast division in Washington D.C. Utilizing her law degree and her years as a professional journalist, Traci’s teaching focuses on Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age and Writing for the Media. She has created a special topics course on Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality in Media and developed a course in Cyber Law. Traci currently serve as a board member for The Vermont ACLU, Vermont Public Radio, and The Vermont Press Association. She works with numerous local organizations and serves the community through her work focusing on the issues of homelessness, poverty and AIDS.

Helen Head

Helen HeadHelen Head founded a “community law school” as a VISTA volunteer in 1975.  Since then she has produced educational materials and led workshops ranging from advocacy in utility issues to home sharing and non-medical caregiving.  Helen has served as a state representative from South Burlington since 2003 and as chair of the Vermont House’s General, Housing & Military Affairs committee since 2007.  She holds an MPA from UVM.

Roger Hill

Roger.HillWith over 35 years in meteorology, Roger Hill has forecasted all over the country from Hawaii to Vermont.  Through his consulting service, Weathering Heights, Roger’s clients included the Grateful Dead and the state’s electrical utilities, but the best is known as the weatherman for WDEV.  Roger is one of the few who can integrate climate change science with daily weather.

Joan Hoffmann

JoanHoffmannJoan Hoffmann is a professional, adventure painter. A native Californian, she has explored and painted remote reaches of American landscapes. She joins Pt Reyes National Seashore’s 50th Anniversary as a guest speaker: National Parks, Painters and Place. She offers Painting Retreats throughout the west and locally teaches at AVA, Lebanon, NH and was featured in Vermont Magazine 2012 Spring/Summer…” where art, food and friends fuel community spirit.”

Patsy Jamieson

Patsy Jamieson is a food writer known for creating healthy recipes that do not compromise flavor. She is Recipe Editor for Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter and Food Stylist for EatingWell.  Patsy is also a flavor and nutrition analysis consultant for YOLO Snacks, a specialty popcorn company. She is the author of Celebrating Herbs and Cooking for Health & Flavor. Patsy developed recipes for two Reader’s Digest books, Magic Foods for Better Blood Sugar and Disease Free. As the former Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for EatingWell, she edited numerous EatingWell cookbooks, among them The Essential EatingWell Cookbook, which was a finalist for a James Beard Award. Her articles and recipes have appeared in Cooking Light, Cooking Club, EatingWell, and Vegetarian Times. Patsy has conducted cooking classes and demonstrations across the country and has appeared on numerous television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, the Food Network’s Sara’s Secrets, PBS’s The Victory Garden and CNN’s On the Menu. She earned her Grand Diploma and Professional Certificate at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Jim Koehneke

Jim-KoehnekeJim Koehneke, MA, is a seasoned Business & Life Coach who worked in a variety of management positions in the field of Human Resource Development before tuning his focus to coaching individuals in achieving career fulfillment. He has taught courses entitled “Creating & Living Your Purpose” at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC; and Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Most recently, Jim taught a graduate level course at Burlington College regarding Life Coaching. Jim offers workshops and individual coaching to those feeling stuck in their current situation, and who want to become successful in finding and engaging in the life and work they love. Jim has published two books: Creating & Living Your Purpose and Take Charge of Your Life, both of which can be found on his website –

Madeline Kunin

MadeleineKunin_creditPaulBoisvertSM-99x150Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman in the U.S. to serve three terms as governor. She served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton administration. Kunin is the author of The New Feminist Agenda; Pearls, Politics and Power; and Living a Political Life. She is also a Marsh professor at the University of Vermont, a commentator on Vermont Public Radio, and founder and board member of the global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization focused on climate change and civil society. She lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, John Hennessey.

Dr. Martha Lang

Dr. Martha Lang has taught sociology, psychology, and gerontology at several colleges. Many of her students were older adults. She has led memoir writing seminars designed to encourage the members begin to work on their family stories. She has helped family members write their memoirs. Lang has also written and illustrated sixteen books including two memoirs – Family Fun Cookbook: Grammy, Mommy and Me and Elizabeth’s World: A Memoir. Martha has taught college and graduate classes and wants her students to have fun learning.

Susan Larkin

Susan_LarkinSusan Larkin has been teaching art to all ages for over twenty years. She has BFA from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and a Master’s in teaching from Bennington College.

She is a full time landscape painter, painting mostly in oils, and in the warmer months she enjoys painting in “Plein Air”, with her painting colleagues in and around the Lake Champlain Islands.

David Lightbody

David-Lightbody-David is a doctor of archaeology educated at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He was an Egyptian history tutor in general arts for the undergraduate courses there for 5 years. Recently, he has completed a PhD focusing on Iron Age Cyprus and spent several seasons excavating, travelling and studying around the East Mediterranean region.

The East Mediterranean region and Egyptology in particular have been his specialist subject areas for over ten years. David also served as chair of Egyptology Scotland, and his interests include symbolism in the architecture and artworks of all of the cultures of Antiquity, including in Classical Greece, the Levant, the Roman world and on Cyprus.

David has an insatiable enthusiasm for the artwork of Ancient Egypt, and consider that understanding the historical background of the culture is the best way to appreciate it in full.

Tony Magistrale

Tony MagistraleTony is Professor of English at UVM. He is currently writing a book on The Shawshank Experience. He was invited to give the Keynote Address at Ashland University in Ohio this past Labor Day weekend to begin the twentieth-year celebration of The Shawshank Redemption’s public release. He is the author of 20 books, including Hollywood’s Stephen King, Stephen King America’s Storyteller, and The Films of Stephen King.

Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez has been teaching Spanish in different universities for the past 16 years in the Burlington area. In addition, he has traveled with students in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.

John McConnell

John-McConnellJohn McConnell has owned Vermont Liberty Tea in Waterbury VT for 14 years, blending, bagging and packaging teas from all over the world. He sells over 200 different teas online and in his shop in Waterbury as well as a limited wholesale business to local Inns and restaurants.

Amanda McIntire

AmandaMcIntireAmanda McIntire first began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago. It wasn’t until recovering from an injury, however, that she truly experienced the transformative power of yoga. She is  RYT-200 certified with the Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching beginners. Amanda believes that everyone can benefit from yoga practice – regardless of experience or physical ability. Her supportive, down-to-earth approach allows students to grow comfortable and confident as they work toward creating their own practice.

Rob Mermin

Rob MerminRob ran off to join the circus in 1969 clowning with circuses throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the former Soviet Union. He trained in mime with Marcel Marceau and has lectured in universities worldwide. In 1987 Rob founded the award-winning company Circus Smirkus in Vermont. Rob’s awards include Copenhagen’s Star-Time Gold Clown; Russia’s Best Director Prize at The International Festival on the Black Sea; the Vermont Arts Council Award of Merit, and the 2008 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Joelen Mulvaney

Joelen_MulvaneyJoelen Mulvaney is an artist, community activist, educator and people’s historian. Mulvaney has been conducting history tours of Barre since her work as curator and educator for the Barre Museum at the Aldrich Public Library in 1986. The oral history and primary research in Barre history enhances the stories and facts in a way that makes the people and events come alive.

Jane Neroni

Neroni_JaneJane Neroni teaches “Drawing and Painting Botanicals” for the Plant and Soils Department at the University of Vermont. She moved to Vermont seven years ago from Providence, RI where she worked for the Rhode Island School of Design. There she designed courses for their Continuing Education Department and taught classes in Drawing and Botanical Illustration. While she was at RISD Jane was the recipient of RISDs “Excellence in Teaching” award. Since moving here Jane has focused on painting and drawing the Vermont landscape both “en plein air” and in her studio.

Natalie Neuert

Natalie Neuert is the Director of the UVM Lane Series and is part of the OLLI team. She holds an MFA in Directing for the Stage and has many years of experience (and love of) both acting in and directing Shakespeare’s plays.

Lars Nielsen

Lars Nielsen has an MA in International Relations from Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He teaches political science and history as an adjunct to Norwich undergraduates and lectures on political and historical topics in public, non-academic lectures, including for the Vermont Speakers Bureau of the Vermont Humanities Council.

Philip Pouech

Phil has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Unity College, where his academic focus was on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Employed in manufacturing for over 30 years, Phil has worked in all facets of the manufacturing process including engineering, production, environmental compliance, quality and management. Currently, Phil is the Director of Production for NRG Systems in Hinesburg Vt. Phil has shared his passion for renewable energy by presenting introductory Wind Energy classes for UVM, Saint Michaels, Unity College and other interested organizations.

Denise Quick

Denise-Quick-picDenise Quick, M.S., is a teacher, gardener and herbalist. She teaches biology at the Community College of Vermont, has studied clinical herbalism at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and teaches organic gardening. She values the use of herbs to support health, and as a way to connect us to wild nature.

Sheri Rand

rand_sheriSheri Rand, M.Ed., program administrator for the South Burlington School District Wellness and Resilience Program is co-contributor to the recently published manual Mindfulness in Public Schools-Building Wellness and Resilience in Our Children. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Vermont and has worked extensively with students K-8 for the last 20 years. She has taught courses in Social Emotional Learning to graduate students and has developed a mindfulness based exploratory program entitled MAPSS (Mastering Academic, Personal and Social Skills) for grade middle school students. Since 2008, she has taken a leadership role in the South Burlington School District’s nationally recognized Wellness and Resilience Program, helping participating teachers and students respond positively to stress by using mindfulness-based practices. Recently retired from her position as a public school administrator, she now teaches adults through retreat, classes and workshops.

Richard Roy

Richard RoyRichard is a retired high school English teacher. He taught for 38 years, 33 of them at South Burlington High School. He also taught for one year in Boston, two years in Jamaica, one year in Trinidad and Tobago, and one year in The Netherlands as a Fulbright Exchange teacher. He has an M.A. in English from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross. By the end of his career, he came to understand that the two most important things he wanted his students to learn were that he loved his work and that he cared about each of them.

Sarah Salatino

Sarah-SalatinoSarah Salatino is the owner and head grower at Full Circle Gardens in Essex, VT. This plant nursery grows on site over 700 varieties of Vermont hardy perennials through sustainable practices. As well, customer education is a high priority at FCG. A member of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, she was awarded the VNLA’s Environmental Awareness Award for 2013. Her horticulture experience began at a tender age pulling apart her grandmother’s bleeding heart flowers to see what was inside. The rest is history.

Sarah participates in the Vermont Flower Show, assisting the central display committee. She has given numerous talks and workshops on all things horticultural to the UVM Master Gardeners, the Friends of the Horticulture Farm, the Vermont Flower Show, YMCA afterschool programs at the Essex Town School District, and many private gardening groups.

Daniel Schmidt

Daniel is the School Programs Coordinator at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont. He grew up exploring the forests and wetlands of northern Wisconsin, building tree forts and catching frogs. Daniel has since had the opportunity to share this love of outdoor exploration with students of all ages and backgrounds, in Wisconsin, New York, California, and now Vermont.

Elizabeth Seyler

Elizabeth Seyler, holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in dance and teaches multi-disciplinary tango courses at UVM. Through Tango Wise LLC, she teaches community classes, hosts events, conducts research, presents, and performs. With tango expertise honed in Argentina, Montreal, and Philadelphia, she has taught tango since 2006 and creates a truly warm and engaging learning environment for people of all ages and abilities.

Carolyn Siccama

Carolyn-SiccamaCarolyn was drawn to Zentangle for the simplicity of it – pen and paper. She has been teaching Zentangle classes for two years and she loves to introduce people to Zentangle and watch as they are able to relax, focus and create beautiful art in the process. By day, Carolyn is an Instructional Designer for Continuing and Distance Education at UVM.

Carolyn also lives and breathes online education. She has been conducting faculty development and training for online faculty since 1999 and has been teaching online for 16 years. The online course she teaches has recently received the 2014 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award. Carolyn holds an M.Ed and Ed.D. in Education and is an Instructional Designer for Continuing and Distance Education at UVM.

Rebecca Starks

Rebecca StarksRebecca Starks holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University, where she taught courses on the Renaissance, on poetry and poetics, and on writing and rhetoric; and a B.A. from Yale University. Editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review, a literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers’ Workshop, she writes poetry and fiction. Her poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Mezzo Cammin, Slice MagazineCrab Orchard Review, and The Carolina Quarterly. Her fiction is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review. She is excited to bring the feel of a writing workshop into the classroom–making it a “reading workshop”–and to share her love of literature.

Michael Strauss

straus_michaelMichael Strauss was a professor of chemistry at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 1968 to 2003. His academic life focused on teaching chemistry and on research in physical-organic and medicinal chemistry. Since 2003 he has been teaching drawing for the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Continuing Education at UVM. He has also been involved with outreach efforts in grade schools and high schools around Vermont, focused on science education. In all of his classes, both art and science, the iterative process of learning how to see, draw, and revise was paramount. There was considerable overlap between his university teaching and his outreach efforts in community schools. He had, along with colleagues in the College of Education at UVM, a National Science Foundation grant from the Teacher Enhancement Program to help train teachers in both active learning pedagogy, and content in chemistry, physics and geology. And for about a decade, he was also heavily involved with the Writing-to-Learn and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) movements, traveling around the country giving workshops and meeting with educators in both elementary schools and colleges to talk about science education.

Bern Terry

Bern Terry grew up in France, where he started to learn about french cooking at age 5 from his mother Perrine and his grandmother Louisette, who was an early partner of Julia Child’s and co-authored the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Bern has taught four OLLI French classes over the past two years and will teach two more in 2012. He led a trip to Provence for 15 OLLI members in Fall 2011.

David Tomasi

David TomasiProf. David Tomasi, MA, McSc, AAT, PhD ABD. He works at the University of Vermont Medical Center as an Inpatient Psychiatry Activity Therapist CCV. David is also a Community College of Vermont Faculty Member, a VIC at St. Michaels College, and an Instructor for CVU School Hinesburg Access Program. David also works at the Howard Center MHSA as a Mental Health SR Counselor. Teaching and Research Areas: Theoretical Medicine, Medical Philosophy, Cognitive and Medical Neuroscience, Visual and Performing arts, Ethnolinguistics. Website:

Elizabeth Wirls

Elizabeth WirlsElizabeth has been a certified instructor of Tai Chi I and II since 2010 and its complementary program on Fall Prevention since 2012. She is also a certified instructor of Tai Chi for Energy and Health, and have been studying for certification in the most advanced form, Tai Chi 73.

Since January of 2014,  she has been a volunteer for the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging and since January have been leading two classes at the Winooski Senior Center.

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