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, 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.
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: www.jeancannon.com
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.
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.
Teacher/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.”
Cynthia is a Contributing Editor/feature writer for Documentary Magazine, a quarterly publication of the International Documentary Association. From 1993 to January 2012 she served as Executive Director and President of Documentary Educational Resources (DER), a Watertown, Massachusetts, based non-profit film and video production/distribution company founded in 1968. She has taught courses in Funding and Selling the Documentary at the Maine International Film and Television Workshops and courses in the Business of Filmmaking, from funding to distribution via Community TV stations across the country. She has been a guest lecturer at the Boston University Program in Digital Media Arts; Suffolk University, Boston; Emerson College, Harvard University & Lesley University, Cambridge; Temple University, Philadelphia, Primary Source, Boston; CCV, Burlington and the University of New Mexico, Center for Documentary Film as well as internationally via INTERDOC headquartered in Scotland. She has also curated and presented programs at film festivals in Boston and New York; Mexico City, Taipei, Taiwan; Tartu, Estonia; and Paris, France. She reviews book manuscripts on documentary film for Focal Press – and is a book and film reviewer for the magazine DOCUMENTARY, published by the International Documentary Association.
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
Traci 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 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.
With 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 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.”
A graduate of New York University, and a former researcher for Time-Life Books, Janet Hubbard has written twenty non-fiction books for Chelsea House Publishers in New York (schools and libraries), under the name, Janet Hubbard-Brown. She has been writing ,editing, and teaching writing for fifteen years, and has been a contributor to Vermont Life Magazine, Vermont Magazine and The Times-Argus. She signed a contract with the Kimberly Cameron Literary Agency in December, 2010, for a mystery series she wrote set in the vineyards of France.
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.
Dr. Martha Lang
Dr. Martha Lang has taught sociology, psycholgy, and gerontolgy 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. has 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.
Amanda McIntire first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago. It wasn’t until recovering from an injury, however, that she truly experienced the transformative power of yoga. She is currently completing her formal teacher training with John McConnell and will be RYT-200 certified with the Yoga Alliance. 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.
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.
Dr. Lisa Newton
Dr. Lisa Newton is Professor of Philosophy Emerita from Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she taught Philosophy and directed the Program in Applied Ethics. She has written several books, primarily on Business Ethics and Environmental Ethics, and a whole slew of peer-reviewed articles; she is the former president of the Society for Business Ethics and the Society for Value Inquiry, and is currently on the Executive Board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
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.
Lance Polya, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Environmental Program at UVM where he teaches courses in Systems Thinking and Systems Modeling. He has been teaching Systems Thinking to organizations and educational institutions for thirty years. The National Science Foundation awarded Dr. Polya a grant to develop and teach Systems Thinking to non-technical students at UVM.
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.
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, 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.
Documentary filmmaker Holly Stadtler has worked in TV/Film production for 25 years. As a Unit Manager for NBC Nightly News, she was in the oval office when President Reagan said farewell. She has filmed from sound stages in Hollywood to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and has also taught documentary production at American University and George Washington University. Her films have been broadcast on Discovery Channel, TLC, National Geographic Channel, TBS, Animal Planet and other stations.
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.
Fianna Verret holds an MA in Diplomacy with a concentration in International Conflict Management and Resolution from Norwich University and a BA from St. Michael’s College in English Literature with a minor in Russian language and literature. She is the Associate Program Director for the MA in Diplomacy at Norwich University and is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University. Her research interests include the role of minorities in international development and post conflict reconstruction.