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.

Bill Biddle

Bill Biddle

Bill has been working at UVM since 1970 and just can’t seem to quit. Although he officially retired in 1998, he continued to teach English in China for several years under the auspices of UVM’s Asian Studies Outreach Program. For the past several years he has been teaching credit courses on-line for UVM’s Continuing Education department: Native American Literature, Caribbean Literature, Fiction Fast and Furious. But this is his first experience with OLLI and he is looking forward to meeting adults who want to explore the world around them. And not to have to worry about marking papers and gr


Julia Blake

Julia, 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

bryan briscoe

Bryan Briscoe


In 1982, his last year of Armed Service, Bryan’s theatre art was purchased as part of the collection of the Chinook Theatre for the Performing Arts. Earlier that year he entered into The All Army National Art contest and received 2nd place, at the national level.

In late 1990′s Bryan moved to the Evergreen State of Washington where he taught a watercolor painting class, encouraged by his Mother. He also continued to create artwork and exhibit his paintings.

“My work is conceived from self-expression, personal points of view, or subjects of interest to connect with the viewer.  I respect the work of late great art masters Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Paul Klee for their contributions of color, light and imagination.”

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 Cannon

Jean 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:


Jean Carlson Masseau

Jean is an award winning illustrator, fine artist and teacher working for clients nationwide from her studio in Hinesburg, VT. She has taught recently for College of the Atlantic’s summer programs, Friends of the UVM Horticulture Farm, and for Rhode Island School of Design’s Continuing Education Program.  She has a BFA from RISD, and attended UVM.


Peter Curtis

Peter attended the Germaine School of Photography, NY and has been making and exhibiting photographs and sharing his knowledge of the craft of photography for forty-one years.

In the early 1970s, he instituted and taught a photography program at Hampshire Country School in Rindge, NH, a school for gifted children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. He later created Community Photographic on Church Street in Burlington. Community Photographic was a community darkroom, photography workshop center, and gallery. Workshops for students reached of a wide range of ages and abilities.

Peter has exhibited his work internationally. Local exhibitions include one man shows at the Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery, The Amy Tarrant Gallery and the Fleming Museum.

Gary De Carolis

Gary, an author, three time former city counselor, has held political appointments in the state and high level administrative positions in the federal government but always remained a resident of Burlington.

Mary Jane Dickerson

Mary Jane Dickerson

Mary 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 Adienno

Adele Dienno

Adele 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.

Richard Finkelstein

Richard  is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. His interest in development across the life-span has lead him to research extensively the artistic impulse in older persons. Richard is an excellent teacher and an experienced facilitator of group discussion.


Elise A. Guyette and Gail Rosenberg

Elise A. Guyette, EdD, is a teacher, museum educator, historian, and author. Her research on Vermont’s cultural groups has resulted in many articles, curricula, and two books, “Vermont: A Cultural Patchwork: and “Discovering Black Vermont.” Gail Rosenberg, MS, is a professional fundraiser and non-profit public relations specialist. She has taught at local colleges and published numerous articles on food, circus history, and flexible work schedules. Photo credit: Ric Cengeri, VPR

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Ph.D.

Kelly is a Professor of Art History at the University of Vermont and specializes in Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy and Spain. She has published four books and dozens of articles and essays and has lectured at the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Wallace Collection, London, and at numerous conferences across Europe and North America. Her innovative and interactive teaching methods have been recognized with six nominations for UVM’s Kroepsch-Maurice award and articles in Vermont Quarterly, UVM News, and the newsletter of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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 LightCooking ClubEatingWell, 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.

Kris Johannesson

Kris has been teaching for over 25 years with students of all ages. Her favorite classes involve literature studies and creative writing. She is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on Harlem Renaissance Literature, and short and long fiction. Several of her works have been published in literary journals from New England, to the Carolina’s and Florida.


Mediha Jusufagic

Mediha lived in the beautiful city of Munich for eight years. Mediha taught German basics at the JJ Flynn Elementary School in the after school program. In 2007, she received a M. E.d. from UVM in Educational Leadership. Currently, she is a faculty member at CCV Winooski where she has been teaching computer classes since 2010.

Edith Klimoski, M.S.

Edith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Master of Science from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She managed the start-up process, and since its incorporation in 2009, she has been the director of Give Way to Freedom, a private operating foundation that that creates and supports targeted, culturally relevant projects aimed at providing care and empowerment to survivors of Human Trafficking, as well as those vulnerable to trafficking. She has given and organized trainings on human trafficking throughout New England to a wide variety of professionals including healthcare workers, social workers, runaway and homeless youth service providers, law enforcement and educators. She is a member of the Freedom Network, the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force, and has devoted her volunteer work extensively to Rotary International as well as sitting on the Zoning Board for the Town of Essex, Vermont.


Madeline Kunin

Madeleine 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.


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.


Miv London


Tony Magistrale

Tony Magistrale

Tony 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 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

Amanda 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 Mermin

Rob 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.

Michiko Oishi

Michiko Oishi, M. Ed., has been offering Japan related workshops to K-12 schools and adults for more than ten years through UVM’s Asian Studies Outreach Program. She also led Japan Institute, traveling with teachers to Japan. She is also teaching Japanese language and culture at Champlain College. Michiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She is a certified Ikebana instructor of Sogetsu School. She is also a poet, published two books of bilingual Haiku and Tanka. She enjoys sharing Japanese culture with people in Vermont.


Joelen Mulvaney

Joelen 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

Jane 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.


Sarah Salatino

Sarah 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.


Carolyn Siccama

Carolyn 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 Starks

Rebecca 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

Michael 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.

David Tomasi

David Tomasi

Prof. 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:


Jeffery Trumbower

Jeffrey A. Trumbower, Ph.D. (University of Chicago), Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Michael’s College since 1989, also former Academic Dean at Saint Michael’s 2005-2014.


Linda Waite-Simpson

Linda serves as Vermont State Director for Compassion & Choices, a national non-profit advocating for full choice at end of life. She was the former state representative from Essex Junction, serving in the House for 3 terms, 2 of which were on the Judiciary Committee.

Elizabeth Wirls

Elizabeth Wirls

Elizabeth 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 has 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 has been leading two classes at the Winooski Senior Center.

Sarah Zettlemeyer

Sarah is a folkloric herbalist, doula, food justice educator, and environmental activist.  Grounded in education based in bio-regional plant medicine, midwifery and whole foods nutrition, cooking and homesteading. She has experience as a co-creator in a free herbal health clinic, children’s nature based and herbal summer camp, and a teacher of  community herbal health classes for over 20 years.

She believes deeply in the importance for everyone to have access to fair food, quality health care and peaceful living situations.  And, through her classes empowers individuals to access the innate healing power of the human body and enjoy the simple and plentiful gifts nature provides us.

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