OLLI Instructors

Meet the world class instructors who teach for OLLI at the University of Vermont.


Charlotte Albers

Charlotte Albers is a freelance garden writer, designer, and public speaker. She studied botany and plant taxonomy at the U.S. National Arboretum, holds certificates in Horticulture and Landscape Design from the USDA Graduate School in Washington, D.C. and completed the Master Gardener program through Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Francesca Arnoldy

Francesca Arnoldy, UVM alumna and longtime birth worker, is the course developer, facilitator, and program director of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program. She is author of Cultivating the Doula Heart: The Essentials of Compassionate Care and leads workshops about doula approaches and end-of-life wishes. Her goal is to encourage people to hold one another’s hands through life’s intensities and sacred rites of passage. Francesca lives in quaint Hinesburg, VT with her family in a most idyllic village. You can find Francesca contemplating birth, death, and life with the doula heart on her website contemplativedoula.com.


William Averyt

William is an Associate Professor Emeritus for UVM’s Grossman School of Business; His areas of teaching and research include international trade, legal and political environment of business. He was tour guide at various museums including President Truman Little White Museum, Key West, Florida; Historic Walking Tour of Key West with Historic Tours of America; Shelburne Museum. William was a Research Fellow at the Winterthur Museum. He was a Fulbright Fellow in France. He earned a Ph.D. from Yale University; M.A from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Diplome, Institut d’Etudes Europeennes from the Universite de Strasbourg; and a B.A. from the University of Alabama.


Carolyn Bauer

Carolyn Bauer is currently the Associate Curator at Shelburne Museum. After receiving her B.A. in Art History from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) in 2012, she attended and received her M.A. in Art History with Museum Training from The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) in 2014. She started her over 7 year association with Shelburne Museum in 2014 and has since organized over 20 exhibitions.


Miriam Block

Miriam Block has been director of the Mill Museum since 2016. She holds a BFA in Textiles from RISD and formerly worked as a weave designer at a textile mill in South Carolina. She is a teaching artist registered with the Vermont Arts Council. In 2019, Miriam earned her M.ED from Saint Michael’s College with a focus on museum education.


Greg Bottoms

Greg Bottoms has been teaching classes in creative nonfiction writing for more than 20 years and has been an English Professor at UVM since 2003. He is the author of eight books, including the memoirs Angelhead and Lowest White Boy. His writings have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and magazines, including Creative Nonfiction, Esquire, Harper’s, and The Oxford American.


Gordon Clark

Gordon Clark is a lifelong social change organizer and long time personal and community food gardener. He was the national director of Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization, from 1996 to 2001, ran for Congress in 2008, and has been a Master Gardener, local food advocate, and garden educator and trainer for the past 10 years, speaking and writing frequently on the topic. Gordon lives in Burlington with his wife Emily, dog Izzy, and cat Meeka.


Gary De Carolis

Gary De Carolis has been the founder and lead tour guide for Burlington History Tours for 8 years. He has a 5 star rating at Trip Advisor. He has been the lead tour guide for the Road Scholar Programs Burlington, VT Tour. He has been a regular OLLI tour guide for the past 5 years. His website is: www.burlingtonhistorytours.com


Lillian Elvir

Lillian has been a docent at the MMFA for 6 years and for the last 3 years responsible for In-Town tours for the English guides. She is a lifelong art enthusiast having travelled and visited museums in major cities around the world, including the Shelburne Museum. Lillian is currently studying Art History at Concordia University and pre-Covid worked in an art gallery. Upon completing her docent training her first scenario was an artwork by Jean-Paul Riopelle. She looks forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this great Canadian artist with you. When not guiding Lillian spends her time sailing on Lake Champlain.


Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro has been teaching for OLLI locally and around the country for six years. He teaches at resorts such as Chautauqua Institution in New York and retirement communities. He earned a doctorate at The Pennsylvania State University.


Garrett M. Graff

Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished magazine journalist and bestselling historian, covers politics, technology, and national security. He is a contributor to WIRED and CNN, and the author of multiple books, including the #1 national bestseller “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11,” as well as “The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI,” and “Raven Rock,” about the government’s Cold War Doomsday plans.


Dr. Andrea Grayson

Dr. Andrea Grayson’s consulting practice focuses on behavior change communications, and she teaches in the Master’s of Public Health program at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She writes on personal and public health issues, and is the creator of the online class Breaking Free from Sugar.


Huck Gutman

Huck Gutman is Professor of English Emeritus at U.V.M. He was also Chief of Staff to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).


Robert Hajdu

I have a Ph.D. in medieval history and a J.D. law degree. At the beginning of my working days I taught at the City College of New York for eight years. After that I practiced law. With retirement I started teaching in the Collegium for Lifelong Learning at Westchester Community College in New York. Loved it right away. I have also written Hungarian Goulash: A Historical Memoir, which is available on Amazon. Last year, my wife and I moved to Burlington.


Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio

Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio is Associate Dean and Professor of Art History at UVM. She has published four books and dozens of articles and essays, and has lectured at universities and museums across Europe, the US, and Canada, including the National Gallery of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Prado, and won UVM’s Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Clare Innes

Clare Innes is a Vermont-based ukulele teacher, performer, and focused dabbler on the dobro, bass, harmonica, spoons, and washboard necktie. Driven by a hurricane-force love of making music with friends, imperfect strangers, students, and unsung musical heroes, she thrives on taking part in creating the best learning and listening experience possible for students, fellow musicians, and audiences — recognizing the volumes that she has learned from her students and the entertainment that flows back to her from those attending a class or a performance.

Clare has taught several hundred ukulele students in group and private lessons and stage pop-up Ukulele Shenanigans, where dozens of ukulelians show up and rattle the rafters in song. She has been called a “Ukulele Whisperer” for my knack for untangling the knottiest chords, strums, and concepts and helping people venture into the flow of playing.


Anette Isaacs

Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has been presenting hundreds of programs on more than 30 different topics in the Chicago area and in South Florida. Ms. Isaacs holds a Master’s Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History and is an adjunct faculty member for the lifelong learning departments of 5 Colleges in Illinois and at various OLLIs (Osher Lifelong Learning Departments) across the United States.


Patsy Jamieson

Patsy Jamieson is a food writer known for creating healthful recipes that do not compromise flavor. She is Recipe Editor for EatingWell magazine and Culinary Instructor and Tour Leader for OLLI at the University of Vermont. Patsy has served as Sodium Reduction Specialist for the Vermont Department of Health, providing resources and trainings for school nutrition programs. She is the author of Celebrating Herbs and Cooking for Health & Flavor and has developed recipes for various Reader’s Digest and EatingWell cookbooks. Patsy has appeared on numerous television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, and the Food Network’s Sara’s Secrets. She is the former Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director of EatingWell. Patsy holds a Grand Diploma and Professional Certificate from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.


Maeve Kim

Maeve Kim has taught birding classes for OLLI, CVU Access, MMU After Dark, and several libraries and other organizations for several years now and has led almost a hundred bird walks. She’s a published author, with articles in BirdWatching magazine as well as two novels. In her recently-published second novel, every character is either a birder or a bird!


Thea Lewis

Thea Lewis is a Vermont native who left a previous career as Director of Creative Services at CBS affiliate WCAX-TV to take up research and writing full time. Called Vermont’s Queen of Halloween, she’s been scaring up history in Burlington and beyond since 2002 and has created special events and history tours for numerous Vermont organizations.


Suzanne Lourie

Suzanne Lourie (LICSW, JD) is a Professional Organizer and owner of Get It Done, LLC. Suzanne works with people at all stages and ages of life to manage the clutter and the emotions that come with it, & to set up systems to maintain organization. Suzanne works 1-1 with her clients as well as presenting to groups.


Irving Lubliner

Irv Lubliner teaches math, music, and literature classes for OLLI at Southern Oregon University, where he serves on the Council of Directors. An emeritus professor specializing in mathematics education, he taught for 40 years and led seminars for teachers in 39 states. In 2019, he created Felabra Press, publishing the book that will serve as the theme for this presentation.


Anna Mays

Anna Mays is an anthropologist who enjoys teaching about world culinary traditions, agricultural practices and the intersection between food, diet, culture and well-being. Anna trained as a James Beard Fellow at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and taught in the Food Systems Department at Sterling College. In addition to her food security work in international development, Anna teaches cooking classes for City Market and OLLI. Anna has an MA in Anthropology of Food from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.


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.


Kim Nolan

Kim has worked closely with leaders, students, and diverse teams for over 25 years, helping create engaged workplaces and learning environments that make a positive impact on the world. A community-based leader, educator, and practitioner, Kim facilitates collaborative processes across teams, building safe relationships and achieving desired outcomes within larger systems. Recognized as an effective and compassionate leader with expertise in organizational change & project management; mindful leadership; relationship building; mentoring, supervision & education; people & cultural development.

In 2019, Kim studied directly with Brene Brown and became certified as a Dare to Lead facilitator. In this capacity, Kim has offered multiple workshops, provided 1:1 coaching to leaders, and mentored rising stars in the early stages of their career.

Kim has a PhD in Leadership & Change, an MEd in counseling psychology and is ordained as Buddhist chaplain.


Katherine Robinson

Katherine Robinson majored in Psychology & Anthropology at the University of Vermont. She has also done graduate training in mental health counseling and is certified by the McLean Meditation Institute, which has allowed her to deepen her studies in the art of meditation and relaxation. She has been teaching classes at OLLI at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida since 2018 and also provides meditation and stress relief classes and support groups for seniors at various senior living facilities in her area.

Her passions include helping people learn how to turn on the relaxation response through meditation and breathing techniques, exploring the healing vibrations of sound and motivating and inspiring others to be the best that they can be. She has also been certified as a trained facilitator of group empowerment drumming through Remo Drum Corporation and enjoys facilitating drum circles in order to connect people on a deeper level.


Jay Sherwin

Jay Sherwin created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy letters, ethical wills and other legacy documents. He has practiced law, given away money for five different charitable foundations, worked as a philanthropy consultant and served as a hospital chaplain. He has extensive experience teaching and facilitating adult learning programs.


Eva Sollberger

Eva Sollberger produces a biweekly video series called “Stuck in Vermont” for Seven Days. Launched in February 2007, it airs every other Thursday on sevendaysvt.com and a shorter version plays during the Friday evening news at WCAX-TV.


Rebecca Starks
Rebecca Starks has taught topical literature and poetry workshops for OLLI since 2014; she has a PhD in English from Stanford University and a BA in English from Yale University. She is the author of the poetry collections Time Is Always Now, a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award, and Fetch, Muse, forthcoming in the fall of 2020. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Baltimore Review, Valparaiso Review, Ocean State Review, Slice Literary, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a co-founder of Mud Season Review and on the board of Sundog Poetry Center.


Michael Strauss
Michael Strauss began his artistic life in California in the 1950’s, and continued to draw and paint while a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Vermont for 45 years. After retiring in 2003, he began to teach drawing in UVM’s Honors College, for UVM CE, and at galleries around the state. During this time he authored his book, “The Mind at Hand: What Drawing Reveals: Stories of Exploration, Discovery and Design” (2013, BrownWalker Press). He now devotes the majority of his time to painting and conducting drawing and painting workshops, as well as exhibiting his work in local galleries and other venues. For more information about Michael, visit his website at


Britta Tonn

Britta Tonn is an Architectural Historian and Historic Preservation Planner with VHB in South Burlington. With a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, she has worked in the field for over a decade and has documented hundreds of historic buildings and historic districts throughout the state. She currently serves as the governor-appointed Architectural Historian on the Vermont Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. Britta has a keen interest in the history of Burlington and Winooski, where she resides with her family.


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.


Lindsay Varner

Dr. Lindsay Houpt-Varner is a historian specializing in community culture and social history in the Early Modern Period. She completed her undergraduate degrees in history and government and political affairs at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and her Master’s and Ph.D. at Durham University in the United Kingdom. She has worked in the public history and heritage field as a community educator and administrator. From 2016-2018, she was the project director for the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Initiative and afterward used knowledge from this project to develop the Community Outreach Department at Cumberland County Historical Society in Pennsylvania. She started her current role as director of Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont in September 2020.


Robert Weibezahl

Robert Weibezahl, MA, is a writer, editor, critic, and publishing industry veteran who has worked with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and countless bestselling authors. A columnist for BookPage for two decades, he is also a published novelist and award-winning, internationally-produced playwright. He teaches at Osher programs across the country.


James West

James earned his PhD at Princeton and is a Russian Historian. He taught for Trinity College Hartford for 24 years and 15 years at Middlebury College Vermont. He currently teaches for OLLI Northwestern University and OLLI Auburn University.


Heather Wolfe

Heather Wolfe is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified health coach at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Wolfe earned a bachelor of science degree in dietetics, nutrition and food sciences from the University of Vermont and a master of public health degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has been providing nutrition counseling and health coaching for over 15 years, mostly in employee wellness, helping people discover the knowledge, skills, habits, and motivation needed to eat well and be well. Wolfe is a food enthusiast and homesteader who enjoys permaculture gardening, scratch cooking, and raising backyard chickens in Vermont alongside her husband and three daughters.