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Name Biography
Joan Adler is the former Director of APPRISE Medicare Counseling at the Mayor's Commission on Aging in Philadelphia. She has been a Medicare counselor in the community for the last 6 years.
Liz Aubry began her restaurant career as a host and busser in order to put herself through college. Her experiences in the hospitality industry led to her infatuation with it. At 22 she became a bartender and never looked back. She loves the creativity, sounds, smells, and tastes involved in mixing a drink, and the fast paced yet family-like vibe of restaurants. She sees making cocktails akin to cooking: an emotionally rewarding way to bring people together. She is a bartender at Mt. Airy's own Commodore Barry Club and Bar Lizette.
John Autin is a career educator and currently teaches mathematics online for the School District of Philadelphia. He is a former Human Resources Recruiter and Staffer and has a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Drexel University.
Luther Bangert has been juggling for seventeen years. Performing and teaching has taken him around the world. His interest in the expressive potential of the technique of juggling led him to explore various movement frameworks and body methods within yoga, qigong, and contemporary dance. Luther brings this diverse skill set and his unique way of working with juggling to his classes for beginners and advanced practitioners.
Dorothy Bauer spent most of her adult life in Berkeley, California where she was able to take classes at Living Light Culinary Institute and study with world renowned raw chef and author, Elaina Love.
Lynn Berkowitz , MFA, BFA, with a career in art museums, has developed an array of award-winning gallery tours, experiences, and apps aimed at helping audiences of all ages and abilities engage with a diversity of art 'isms' and approaches.
Sophie Bernard has been doing yoga for nearly 18 years. In 2007, she obtained her 200 hour yoga certification in Inner Fire Yoga from Yoga on Main. She is certified in Ericksonian hypnosis to deepen her students' experiences while following her guided meditations. She is also a Reiki Master. Her website is: www.voilawellness.com. FRENCH: grew up in the beautiful suburbs of Paris, France before she moved stateside to study International Commerce. She speaks 5 languages and loves to share her love of her beautiful native language.
Maureen Breen is the president of Philadelphia Backyard Chickens, a local group that shares resources about backyard chicken keeping. She also conducts research in the value of backyard chickens to reduce food waste.
Rochelle Brenner is a Black Belt and full-time martial arts instructor for children and adults. She is also a former amateur boxer and includes training that can challenge every level. She is the owner of Action Karate in Mt. Airy.
Karen Bruhin is a 3rd degree initiate within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan syncretic tradition. She is the High Priestess of Tenders of the Earth Temple founded in 2011 based in NW Philadelphia. A practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines, Karen has been active in Wicca and the local Pagan community for the past 20+ years and has been reading tarot for 45+ years. She is a past board member for Philadelphia Pagan Pride and has previously taught at Spring Magick, Autumn Magick, Philadelphia Pagan Pride, South Jersey Pagan Pride, Sacred Space/Between the Worlds, and Free Spirit Gathering.
Leonard Cherry is a Financial Advisor. He works with individuals and businesses, specializing in retirement strategies, investments and estate planning.

Rodney Chonka has lived, studied, taught and traveled in both Italy and France. Rodney is fluent in French and Italian and has taught both languages over many years.
June Daley is the owner of JuneBug Sweet Treats, a small-batch bakery in King of Prussia, PA where LOVE is always the first ingredient.
Larry Daniels is a financial advisor with more than 20 years in the industry, both as a financial advisor and a manager. He specializes in retirement planning and asset management and is dedicated to helping both individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals.
Anna Dayle has been an educator for the past ten years. She has taught adults and children throughout her career. One of Anna's favorite classes to teach is CPR, it's a very important skill to learn. These days emergencies can occur at a moment's notice and it is important to be prepared!
Barbara Delp , a local trust and estate attorney, has been teaching American Mah Jongg for over a decade. She enjoys introducing beginners to the basic rules of the National Mah Jongg League and teaching the finer points and strategies of this challenging game.
Ilena DiToro , a graduate of Temple University, Manor College and Saint Joseph’s University, is a PR professional who has amassed over $750,000 worth of press for nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
June and Audrey Donaldson are educators with over 35 years combined teaching experience. Together they share the joy of dance at a variety of events, such as festivals, dance conventions, school programs, and fundraisers.
Tasha Dugan Philadelphia born and raised with military affiliation, Tasha currently resides in Germantown, and loves spending time with her family and two grandchildren. Tasha has been a Licensed Funeral Director for 14 years and currently works with Laurel Hill Funeral Home. Her passion for assisting families with the preparation of their loved ones for burial and for themselves, is what keeps her motivated.
Nina Epstein is known as the Digital Diva and has been an information technology instructor and consultant for over 25 years, helping individuals and small business owners use technology to solve their computing problems.
Lu Flowers helps empower others by helping them build their digital skills! Lu has worked in libraries since 2014 assisting folks with technology of all kinds.
Bridget Flynn is a local fiber artist who has been spinning yarn to use in her knitting and weaving for over 20 years. She is a member of the Philadelphia Guild of Hand Weavers where she teaches spinning. She can also be seen around the community demonstrating spinning and selling her handwoven goods.
Dalanie Franklin is a retired veteran that uses photography to help himself and others to calm the mind. He has been doing photography for 20 years working with WWP, the Veterns Administration VA, U.S Army, Weworks, Burk Rehabilitation hospital, the Philly Goat Project and other organizations. He founded Photography is Medicine specializes in using imagery as therapy to help people suffering from PTSD, with a focus on veterans of the military. Dalanie facilitates a meet up group with other veterans that visit locations throughout the city.
David Freeman is a lawyer and educator. His thirty years of legal experience includes work as a prosecutor, defense attorney, zoning board counsel and private general practice. He currently focuses on education law, representing children and their parents. He is also a full-time educator in the Criminal Justice curriculum at Community College of Philadelphia.
Joy Gadson has over sixteen years experience as a licensed insurance agent with Colonial Penn and Bankers Life in PA, NJ, DE, and MD. She has a Certification for Long Term Care (CLTC) and has helped hundreds of families understand how long-term care works, specifically as it relates to Medicare, health insurance, and retirement.
Paul Gannon , ND, is a naturopathic doctor in practice for over twenty years, helping clients reach and maintain their health goals, tailoring the most effective cutting edge natural treatment protocols. He specializes in women’s health, cancer co-management and post-treatment thriving, gastrointestinal health, acute and chronic illness, as well as allergies and rheumatism.
Jeannie Gerth is a fermenter, gardener, forager, permaculturist, and land steward, making and sharing jun and SCOBYS, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, continuously since 2018! She is working to incorporate more native foods into my diet and yours!
Makiko Goto-Widerman is a graduate of Showa Women's University in Japanese literature and language and has taught Japanese language at a Japanese school in Princeton, NJ. She has organized award-winning homestay tours to Japan, is a graduate of UMass Amherst's Arts Interdisciplinary Studies program, offers workshops in floral design, including Ikebana, at Allens Lane Art Center, and champions the art of traditional Japanese cooking.
David Grauel comes to MALT by way of NYC where he was a Technical Support and Training Specialist in Microsoft Office products for such companies as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. As part of the Human Resources Administration, he trained supervisors and staff, worked the Help Desk, and performed network troubleshooting.
Tyler Hathaway is a singing instructor and musician. He is enrolled in graduate school at Goddard College for a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on expressive arts therapy. His teaching practice is informed by his acting training at the Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca, his experience with different healing practices (including somatic exercises, cognitive behavioral therapy, breath work, and meditation), and over 20 years experience as a drummer and percussionist.
Gina Henry created Go Global, Inc. to empower people to travel as much as they want. She has been taking about ten free vacations per year over the past quarter-century. Check out www.goglobalinc.com for more info.
Rebecca Hoenig has been an artist and art teacher for several decades. She is particularly inspired by nature and begins most of her work with drawing and observation from life.
Karla Holland-Moritz is a retired San Diego Symphony cellist with a Master of Music Performance degree from Yale. She loves the cello! She has many years of experience teaching children and adults of all ages. Karla and her students play at shelters for the unhoused, soup kitchens, nursing homes, hospitals, and in-patient hospice facilities. Karla has recently moved to Philadelphia, where she loves living!
Chelsea Jackson is a writer, editor, and consultant, and the author of the poetry collection All Things Holy and Heathen (April Gloaming, April 2024). Chelsea uses their writing to ask hard questions and explore what it means to be human. Their work has been featured in Fatal Flaw, Coffin Bell Journal, and Passengers Journal, among other publications, and they were a finalist in the 2020 Driftwood Press In-House Poetry Contest and Animal Heart's 2022 Poetry Collection Contest. Chelsea has an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and is the Managing Editor of The Maine Review. After moving around for over a decade, they returned to their home state of Virginia in 2022. They live in Richmond with their partner and cuddly pitbullYou can connect with them at chelsea-jackson.com or on Twitter/Instagram/TikTok @sea_c_j.
Dora Johns is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty and an avid analyst of the real estate marketplace. Her classes help the consumer make informed decisions about their real estate needs. Dora has been a registered nurse for more than thirty years and uses her science and math skills in her cold process soap making classes. Dora has been teaching soap making to Mt. Airy Learning Tree students since 2014!
Erica Johnson Erica Johnson's passion for plants has roots that extend beyond memory, nurtured by the influence of her mother and grandmother. Since 2019, she has been sharing her horticultural expertise through teaching. Erica also owned a plant store, "Collective Artistry," located in Maplewood Mall, where she imparted her knowledge to the community. She has also conducted plant care workshops across the city in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Shannon Johnson is a certified educator in business and math. She learned jewelry design through classes and her own experimentation. Her knowledge of gemstones comes from years of research and personal relationships with those who have studied in this arena for years.
Marcia Jones , MFA, is a teaching artist in Mt. Airy. Her instruction-based teaching method, which she names Making Art Makes Us Smarter (c.2010), represents her passionate belief in the regenerative power of creative art. Marcia’s primary mediums are watercolor and pastel. She presented a one-person show at Center On The Hill in February, 2020. Her work can also be seen at Le Bus in East Falls, and in private collections.
Katrina Kopeloff is an illustrator and art educator. She's been teaching pre-college high school classes at Temple University as well as college level courses at Moore College, La Salle University, and elsewhere. She loves connecting with the community and getting people excited about drawing.
David Low ,MS, PhD was an entertainer and drug counselor before getting a doctorate in Religious Studies, and teaching as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers, Rowan and other colleges in the area. He has a private counseling practice in Mt. Airy. David teaches MALT's comparative religion classes. See more about him at davidlowmsphd.com.
Vanessa Lowe can be heard on G-Town Radio and the Spotify podcast, "Vanessa's Money Hour." Recently retired at age 56, she pursues "passion projects" such as impact investing, conference hopping, and moving personal and institutional money toward justice. Learn more at www.vllconsulting.com.
Rachel Martin is the founder of Clutter Tonic: The Easy, Refreshing Way to Organize Your Home. She finds tremendous pleasure in teaching people to organize and maintain the homes they crave.
Sherin Motawea is a native Egyptian. She is a graduate of the School of Tourism and Hotel Management in Egypt, where she earned a Bachelor of Egyptology. She was the Head of the Egyptian Museums Department at the Supreme Council of Antiquities under the supervision of the renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass.
Ericka Neville , "The Money Coach," went from bankruptcy to becoming an award-winning licensed financial expert. She has been conducting money management workshops, seminars and Bo$$ Money Challenges for the past twenty years. Ericka is co-creator of the 2019 Millionaire Mind Set Dream Big Summit.
Anita Nicholson is an established performer in the Philadelphia Community. Within the world of Improv, she trained at Philly Improv Theater and the Magnet and has performed in the PA & NJ Ren Faires, Bright Invention Ensemble, Philly Improv Theatre Conservatory, and more! She currently serves as diversity advisor for ImprovUtopia and will offer Improvised Star Trek at ImprovFest Ireland. In the world of dance, she is a certified bellydance instructor who started in 2001 and went onto study with June Seaney, Tessa Myers, Habiba, Kaeshi Chai (BellyQueen), Oreet (bellydancer of the year) and Zoe Akili. She specializes in body positivity, teaching veil, cymbals, floor routine and assisting beginners in mastering the basics of the dance.
Y'vonne Page-Magnus has many years of experience in this field. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the Inter-Continental University in London where she learned jewelry making, knotting and silk threading from a private instructor. She also studied geology on her own and is deeply passionate about semi-precious stones.
Grace Perkins developed the chair yoga class at the request of the Chestnut Hill Senior Center in 1985. She has created a unique program that integrates posture, metaphors, poetry, seasonal energetic awareness and stories to enhance the basic Integral Yoga approach she teaches.
Clayton Prince

is the owner and operator of The Philadelphia Musical History Tours. For more information, see www.themusicalhistorytours.com.

Bea Quindlen Bea Quindlen loves to share what she's discovered and pass on the joy of crafting. In fact, she's teaching four of our crafts classes this term.
Gwen Ragsdale is the Executive Director of the Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery. She is a storyteller, novelist and filmmaker. Her novel, Peculiar Relationships, explores the evolving relationships between black and white women from slavery to current day. Her films are award-winning. Lest We Forget won Best Documentary Award from HBO/Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and My Slave Sister, Myself won both the Toronto and New York Best Documentary Awards.
Nancy Rasmussen has taught non-fiction writing courses at three universities in addition to her long-running memoir class for MALT. She has also written short pieces for several magazines along with personal essays for her writers' group and online contests. Currently, Nancy edits for and coaches various clients, helping them share their stories with others.
Elise Rivers Esq., MAc, has practiced holistic medicine for more than twenty years and is the founder of the Northwest Center for Food As Medicine, teaching people how to prevent and reverse the chronic diseases of our time. Learning from renowned functional medicine doctors, she has studied the benefits of plant-based nutrition since 2013, and is certified by Cornell University's program in plant-based nutrition.
Sara Robbins , a Mt. Airy native, is an award winning fiber artist who has been weaving baskets for over 25 years and 5 years ago discovered loom weaving. Sara is a member of the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers.
Marisia Robinson is MALT's Office Coordinator, as well as an avid urban gardener with 5 years of experience and current secretary for Aspen Farms Community Garden. Marisia brings a wealth of knowledge about vegetable and herb growing. Marisia's teaching approach is interactive and pragmatic. She is passionate about the transformative power of urban gardening and advocates for its role in fostering community connections and cultivating an abundance mindset through sustainable food and seed production.
Etja Ruth brings the spiritual and practical guidance of dreams and Tarotpy® to the issues of everyday life, personal and professional. She is an artist and writer, melding dreams with creativity for art, writing and performance.
Stacie Sawyer , MEd, is an accounting instructor with over twenty years experience at the high school and college levels. In her role as property manager and bookkeeper for JTS Real Estate, she currently uses Microsoft Office and Quickbooks on a regular basis.
Ran’D Shine is a versatile magician with a global presence. He's performed at prestigious events like the South African Arts Festival and two Presidential Inaugurations in Washington, DC. His magic has graced TV screens on the CW network's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and the B.E.T. network's "Man on the Street" segment. Off-stage, he's featured in documentaries, including "The Art and Soul of Magic" (2004) and "Quiet Masters of Magic" (2018). As a producer, Rand'D pioneered "Heart & Soul of Magic," the first all African-American magician ensemble. He's also a Co-Founder and former President of the International Association of Black Magical Artists, an organization dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy and building community among magicians of color.
Marjory Silver has worked in the performing arts for over twenty-five years. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Enhancement, an M.A. in Theater, and a B.A. in Communications. She has worked in Philadelphia and New York directing and developing new plays and training professional actors and playwrights. Marjory has served the Philadelphia community in many volunteer positions including nominator and judge for The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. She is currently a Performance Supervisor at Longwood Gardens. href="http://www.instagram.com/marjorysilver/">http://www.instagram.com/marjorysilver/
Alan Silverblatt has been a caseworker, an attorney, and most recently a software developer for a large social services agency. His interests include helping others solve problems and avoid pitfalls in technology, car buying, and investments. A resident of Chestnut Hill, he's now happily retired and devoting more time to model railroading, hosting a rock and blues show on G-town Radio, and playing and singing in a band.
Cheri Skipworth is the owner of the HandmadeU Studio. HandmadeU inspires creativity in others through offering a monthly craft subscription box as well as craft workshops. Cheri has been an avid crafter for more than 30 years and has been teaching arts and crafts for more than 20 years.
Kathleen Smith , JD, is an experienced educator and attorney. She is an associate professor at Chestnut Hill College and has received numerous awards recognizing her contributions to legal education, jurisprudence, civic engagement and public service.
Briana Smith-Torres owner of Growin Up Torres, a small family owned plant nursery in New Jersey. In addition, she lives with her family in an apartment, where indoor and outdoor space is extremely limited. However they manage to provide fruits, veggies, and herbs for our entire building. They have been doing this for the last 5 years and have gained the critical knowledge and the practical experience she hopes can benefit so many others.
Kim Staub is the Executive Director of Wyck with over 12 years of experience in historic site management. She holds an MA in History from Virginia Tech.
Nancy Sullivan has been knitting for ten years and has worked at a knitting shop where she frequently helped countless customers with their projects. She is always eager to share her love of knitting with others.
Kaniesha Thomas , MSW has been an entrepreneur for the last four years. The mission of her business is to create art that embodies spirituality, healing and self care. www.revolutionaryratchet.com
Nicki Toizer was the Technical Director at MALT for ten years. She has loved photography for more than 25 years and enjoys teaching others how to use their cameras.

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Hildy Tow is The Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Curator of Education at the Woodmere Art Museum.
Carolyn Wallace is an interpreter, educator and collections manager with over ten years of experience working with historic sites. In her current role as Education Director for Cliveden of the National Trust, work focuses on research and interpretation of diverse narratives through sustainable programming for youth and adults and exhibit design. Carolyn is passionate about making connections between past and present and helping visitors to do the same.
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Lisa Zahren has been teaching as a certified Nia Instructor (and with MALT) for over a decade. She is committed to working with people at all wellness levels, including facilitating movement classes in partnership with the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia. Lisa is also a teacher in training through Open Floor International, a global conscious dance non-profit.

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