Name Bio
James Albury Albury took over the helm at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College in Gainesville in October 2009, serving as the director. He is also the co-host of PBS TV series "Star Gazers".
Kandice Alder As Director of Visiting Angels (with 4 years of experience in the non-medical home care field), Kandice has assisted her clients with their desire to "age in place", as well as recruit and retain quality caregivers. She has an EMT license as well as being a certified CPR instructor through the American Heart Association. Her experience at MRMC made her aware of the importance of educating our elderly population on life-saving techniques as well as the signs/symptoms and prevention of dehydration in the Florida heat.
Dr Jamie Amir Dr. Jamie Amir completed his dental training at Guy's, King's and St. Thomas's Dental School in London, before moving to Florida where he completed two years of comprehensive dental implant training at the University of Florida Center for implant dentistry. He then obtained his certificate in Periodontics at the University of Florida Department of Periodontology, where he received further training in dental implant and reconstructive surgery as well as comprehensive training in all aspects of periodontal care, including minimally invasive periodontal plastic surgery, preventive treatment and advanced techniques for periodontal therapy.
Dr. Norman Anderson Dr. Anderson is the CEO. of Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute. He completed his residency at UF as well as his internship and medical school. He earned his undergraduate degree from UCF. Dr. Anderson has been practicing radiation oncology since 1985.
Ina Anderson  
Lars Anderson Lars Anderson is a full-time river guide and naturalist for Adventure Outpost in High Springs, Florida. He is author of "Paynes Prairie: A History and Guide," "The Paddlers Guide to the Suwanee River Wilderness Trail," and "The Paddlers Guide Map to the Gilchrist County Blueway." In 1988, he wrote and produced a self-guided tour on audio cassette, "The North Florida Adventure." In 2014, he was honored with the Award of Excellence by the Florida Master Naturalist Program.
Abigayil Anderson ARNP Abigayil Anderson is an ARNP at Absolute Health in Ocala Florida.
Billy Bass E. Billy Bass is a native Floridian in which his family has been in Florida since before the United States purchased the territory.  A graduate of Florida State University, he has been teaching in local schools since 1993.  For the past decade he has instructed Advanced Placement (college level) classes in History and Government at Citrus High School in Inverness as well as being employed by the College Board in U.S. Government and Politics.
Rick Blum Do you hate math? Richard, who has a BA in Mathematics from Queens College and is both an Actuary and Pension Consultant, will introduce the class to the basics of Mental Math, also known as Vedic Math (VM). VM methods are both easy to learn and apply, with everyone seeing immediate results, including a dramatic increase in speed of completion as well as accuracy. The class has immediate practical and personal applications, including "bragging rights" with the children and grandchildren, and may benefit memory and mental agility. This class will focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Dr. Bob Bonde Bob Bonde has been studying manatees for more than 39 years. He continues to work as a research biologist for the Sirenia Project of the U.S. Geological Survey in Gainesville, Florida. His current duties include life history monitoring of the manatee population in Crystal River, Florida, consulting with the NOAA-Fisheries Working Group for Unusual Marine Mammal Mortality Events on issues related to necropsy assessment of the stranded marine mammals, participation in the USFWS Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Program, field radio telemetry and tracking studies, supervising manatee genetic studies and biomedical health assessment, and involvement with international research projects and study design. Bonde chairs the Florida Manatee Genetics Research Working Group, and holds a full professor appointment in the graduate school of the University of Florida with a courtesy faculty position in the Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He serves on several University of Florida Ph.D. graduate degree committees; graduate studies include novel research on genetics, endocrinology, osteology, virology, behavior, physiology, contaminants, health monitoring, blood chemistry, and behavior. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Florida in Veterinary Medical Sciences by examining manatee genetics and conservation. In addition to over 70 scientific publications, in 2006, Bonde coauthored a book with Dr. Roger Reep, entitled, The Florida Manatee: Biology and Conservation.
Bruce Bouley My name is Bruce Bouley, professional photographer and instructor for over 35 years. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a child. I had a fantastic teacher, my father an accomplished landscape photographer, who encouraged me to pursue my love for photography and I haven’t looked back since.

I've had years of formal photography training in the military and as a police officer and forensic photographer in Connecticut. Also the former owner and founder of Rose City Photography in Connecticut specializing in wedding and portraiture and a freelance photojournalist for local newspapers. Past President of the Stone Creek Photography Club. As any other Professional Photographer I started with lots of trial and error and lots of film. The trial and error never stops, but since the age of the digital camera the trial and error is a lot less expensive.

I teach all aspects of photography and post editing from the basics to the advanced. Instructions in post editing include Photoshop CC, Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom. My classes include workshops and hands-on training. I love talking photography and I love sharing what I've learned with others and I'm still very active in the photography community.
Ashley Boyd, DVM Ashley Boyd, DVM grew up on a horse farm here in Ocala.  She graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a Bachelors of Science in 2002.  There, her major was biology with a special interest in wildlife conservation, in fact, her senior research project focused on the conservation of pigmy rattlesnakes and corn snakes.  She then continued to University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  Graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she since then has practiced in a small animal hospital in Ocala.  Although her focus has been mainly small animals, she considers herself a mixed animal practitioner, treating animals ranging from cats and dogs to camels and lions.
Rod Broker The Gamelin/Broker team loves sharing their travel experiences through stories and photos. In addition to RV trips to all parts of the USA, the couple has cruised over the 5 major oceans onto the shores and into the core of countries on all 7 continents. You may have joined them last term for their "Alaska Driving Adventure." Doris is a retired teacher and Rod a retired pastor, both affirming that travel is "the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
Cindy Brown Cindy Brown has a BS in Mathematics from Glassboro State College in NJ, a BA in English from Rowan University in NJ, a MA in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University, and a MA in Psychology from Rowan University.
Diane Cahal Originally from Texas, Diane Cahal holds a B.A. in Photography from Sam Houston State University. Ms. Cahal is an award-winning photographer and two time "Horse Fever" artist. She taught photography through CF's Continuing Education Department and continues to teach one-on-one private lessons as well as small-group workshops.
John Capouya John Capouya is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Writing at The University of Tampa. He mentors students in UT's Creative Writing MFA program, and works with private writing clients. During his journalism career he was an editor at Newsweek and SmartMoney magazines, New York Newsday, and The New York Times. His previous book, the biography Gorgeous George, was published by HarperCollins and is being adapted into a feature film.
Tina Carchia Tina Carchia and her husband, Tony both teach art classes at Master the Possibilities. Tina is a Member of T.E.A.M (Teachers & Educators of Art Materials). She is self-taught in oils, watercolor, acrylics, and pen & ink. She has been teaching at Master the Possibilities for five years.
Sandy Carey Sandy Carey is one of the facilitators of the "Keeping Current on Events" group at Master the Possbilities.
Sharon Carey Sharon Carey was an elementary school teacher for eight years before becoming the performance improvement administrator for the IBM Credit Union in Boca Raton, Fla. She managed computer operations for thirteen years. Carey has a B.S. in Education from Concord College in Athens, WV.
Dr. Brent Carter Dr. Carter attended and graduated from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine with honors. He then completed a 3-year reconstructive foot and ankle surgery residency in South Miami. He treats all aspects of foot and ankle pathology ranging from diabetes complications, sports medicine, trauma, general podiatry, pediatrics, etc.
Jerry Colen Jerry Colen is married and has three adult children and eight grandchildren. Jerry graduated from Ohio State University then earned his JD from University of Texas School of Law. He has practiced in the state of Florida for 30+ years specializing in real estate, simple and complex estate and financial planning, wills, probate, trust administration and elder law. Colen frequently teaches legal and history classes at Master the Possibilities.
Dee Collier Dee Collier is a former elementary school teacher who loves drama and history. The combination of those skills and interests meld perfectly to create authentic historical characterizations.
Lee Collins Lee Collins has many years of home maintenance experience. He has previously worked at Home Depot for 14 years in both the lumber and electrical departments. He has also spent the last 8 years working in the maintenance department for On Top of The World Communities.
Shawn Coughlin Shawn Coughlin, Director of Construction and Purchasing for On Top of the World was born in Wisconsin and relocated to Central Florida in 1974. After attending the University of Central Florida Shawn began working in the construction industry. Shawn has been a licensed contractor and certified General Contractor for over 30 years, working for several notable national home builders as well as the largest custom home builder in the state of Florida. Shawn is committed to continuing the Colen family tradition of constructing homes of superb quality and exceptional energy-efficiency to our home buyers.
Emmett Coyne Emmett Coyne has a M.A. degree in African-American Studies from Boston University. He taught African-American Studies at St. Mary's University in Baltimore and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Mark Croft Mark Croft seeks to support, educate, counsel, and provide resource information for caregivers. As a Florida Certified LTC Ombudsman he investigates facility complaints and advocates for residents in nursing homes, ALF and AFCH. His training includes University of Maryland and St Stephens Chaplaincy Service, dementia and hospice training. Experiences include direct care giver, past Director of Chaplaincy Associates at Howard County Hospital in Columbia Maryland, facilitator of support groups, developing instructional series and lectures.
Phil Davis Mr. Davis has 30+ years working with NASA and other government agencies as an engineer, research physicist, program manager, and senior executive. He managed the NASA Technical and Management Information System for the Space Station Program Office. Served as Chief Information Architect for Fairfax County Public Schools. Experience with computer systems of all sizes. 18 years teaching, providing tech support to Mac and PC users and creating/managing websites for local organizations. Webmaster and member of the Ocala Mac User Group (OMUG) Board of Directors. Instructor and webmaster for Senior Learners Inc.
Cammy Dennis Cammy Dennis holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and fitness certifications in both personal training and group exercise from the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Dennis’ fitness career spans 25 years and includes experience in personal training, group fitness instruction, fitness education and program management. She is currently the Fitness Director for On Top of the World Communities Inc., as well as The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa.
Mark DeNote Mark DeNote is a freelance craft beer writer and founding editor of, a website devoted to Florida's craft beer industry.
Lisa Didier  
Frank DiPiero Frank DiPiero spent 35 years in public education, 16 as a secondary science teacher and the rest in a variety of administrative roles from principal to superintendent. He also had a second career as an Air Force officer with 30 years of reserve and active duty service. He served in a variety of command positions ending his service at the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command as the Reserve counterpart to the Director of Security Forces. DiPiero also was temporarily assigned to US Central Command serving in the Middle East when the 9/11 attacks occurred. His education includes a BS degree in Biology and a MS degree in Education, both from Youngstown State University. He also is a graduate of the USAF Air War College.
Nhi Do P.A.  
Debora Donahue Debora has been a registered nurse for 30 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 20 years, with experience in Family Practice, Urgent Care, Occupational Health Wound and Wound Care. She opened Symphony Healthcare in December, 2012, with a focus on Functional Medicine, health and wellness. She focuses on structure and function of body systems, to work on correcting foundational chemistry. She also highlights behavioral modification and lifestyle changes.
Harold Donnenberg  
Holly Dyer Holly Dyer is employed by the Marion County School System in the Federal Programs Department as an Instructional Support Personnel and Reading Pals Liaison. Holly has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from University of Florida; she has worked for the Marion County School System since 1986. She has 18 years experience in the classroom and was a trainer for Florida’s Reading First Initiative for 5 years.
Mary Ehle Mary Ehle has taught Mahjong for over 15 years. She has taught hundreds of people.
Dr Yousef Elyaman Dr. Yousef Elyaman received his medical degree from the University of Technology in Santiago. He is board certified in internal medicine and is board eligible in pediatrics.
Dr. Rose Emery  
Dr. Manal Fakhoury Manal Fakhoury is President and CEO of Fakhoury Leadership International. She is married to Dr. Riadh Fakhoury, a Chiropractic Physician, and has five children. Manal's civic engagement includes; serving as Chairwoman of United Voices for America, a civic engagement organization working to increase the participation of people of color, minorities and youth in the political process.
Manal graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S., and from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. She completed a clinical residency at Shands Hospital. After completing her residency, she accepted a position as the Clinical Coordinator at ORMC where she is currently working. She has an MBA degree from Webster University and earned Most Outstanding Business Student Award. She is on the board of numerous organizations in Ocala/Marion County and is a member of the Islamic Center of Ocala.
Connie Ferreira Connie Ferreira has been working with polymer clay for about 13 years. She studied art at the College of Central Florida, and has continued to take workshops given by various artists in the U.S. and in Europe. Ferreira has worked in acrylics, watercolors, polymer clay and, lately, in pen and ink. For the past 10 years, she has been teaching both children and adults how to work in acrylics, watercolors and polymer clay, and more recently, doodling in pen and ink. She is a member of Fine Arts on Broadway, the Marion Cultural Alliance, North Central Florida Polymer Clay Guild, and is past president of the Ocala Art Group.
John Allen Fertic Allen Fertic has a BS degree from the University of Tampa. He has been a volunteer with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs working on the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program for over 13 years. In this capacity he both teaches Medicare basics and counsels Medicare clients on an individual basis.
Pat Ford  
Doris Gamelin The Gamelin/Broker team loves sharing their travel experiences through stories and photos. In addition to RV trips to all parts of the USA, the couple has cruised over the 5 major oceans onto the shores and into the core of countries on all 7 continents. You may have joined them last term for their "Alaska Driving Adventure." Doris is a retired teacher and Rod a retired pastor, both affirming that travel is "the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
Edith Gandy Prior to coming to On Top of the World, Edith Gandy was President of a consulting firm that offered leadership workshops throughout the U.S. and Latin America as part of the University of Florida’s Executive Education Program. Ms. Gandy has a Master’s Degree in Education. In addition to her professional career, she is also a breeder of Champion Peruvian Horses and a judge for gaited horses.
Stephanie Giammittorio Stephanie attended medical school at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School, then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic where she worked with local high schools, colleges and the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers. She also worked for a few years in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she was team physician for Duquesne University. She works for UF Health in Summerfield doing sports medicine and nonoperative orthopedics for patients of all ages
Allie Gore Allie Gore prefers to be described as a facilitator rather than an instructor. Gore credits her diverse work experiences as the reason she became interested in group dialogue.  She is curious about people and how opinions and beliefs are formed. Educated as a professional nurse, Gore worked in different areas of nursing including her favorites, oncology and hospice. She attributes her experiences as a hospice patient and family care coordinator with helping her develop her personal life philosophy.  Gore and her husband owned and shared management of auto repair franchises around the Charlotte, NC area.
Colleen Griffin Colleen Griffin is a free spirit who is fully inspired by life and deeply passionate about teaching. She is the creator of the True Radiance System, a Human Design Specialist, a certified life coach and health coach and an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner. Colleen passionately shares her knowledge and experience through teaching a wide variety of classes about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being at Master the Possibilities. All of Colleen’s classes are designed to empower the attendees to live a happier & healthier life. Colleen likes to keep things simple, practical and fun; and this reflects in her teaching style. She takes great pleasure in helping others to live life authentically.
Karen Grimes Karen has been a resident of Ocala since 1990, considered a local "Equine Insider" and has had apassion for horses since she was 11 years old. She has traveled the USA with Racehorses, played polo, showed Hunters and before getting her Real Estate license in 1999 was an Equine Veterinary Technician for a local Mobile Practice. During the economic downturn, she took her smarts, connections, horse knowledge and started a small business, Farm Tours of Ocala. Karen loves sharing her passion,and a lifetime of knowledge of horses by educating people of all ages and levels ofhorse experience.
Jim Gross Jim Gross is a geologist with over 40 years of experience in water resources. Jim earned a bachelors degree in geology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a masters degree in geology from New Mexico State University. Jim is a licensed professional geologist in California and Florida. He is also certified as a Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Jim is currently the Executive Director of Florida Defenders of the Environment and an adjunct professor of geology at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.
Greg Gwilt Greg Gwilt has been a clay maker for more than 30 years. In his work, he strives to create beautiful unique pots for the home which enhance the pleasure of use. The pots are primarily wheel-thrown altered stoneware fired in gas atmospheric kilns. In addition to functional wear, his work also includes single-fired terra-cotta pieces primarily used in outdoor settings.
Mary Hamblen Mary Hamblen earned her B.A. in German and Secondary Education at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE. She attended the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat ( University of Freiburg, Germany) and studied Germanistik for about a year. Hamblen's graduate studies in German were at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE.
Angela Hammond Angela Hammond has been an instructor for the Florida Center for the Blind (FCB) since 2006. She specializes in Independent Living training; including cooking, low vision, independent living skills and oversees all of FCB’s enrichment courses. Angela has a background in early childhood education, working with the Florida Lion’s Camp for 3 years and Headstart for about 7 years. Angela first came to the Florida Center for the Blind as a client in 2000, volunteering her time as an Independent Living instructor before coming on board full time.
Jan Hathaway Jan Hathaway is employed by United Way of Marion County as the ReadingPals Program Director responsible for mobilizing volunteers to read to kindergarten students in Marion County Public Schools. Jan has been a Volunteer Administrator for 30 years, 25 of those in Marion County. Jan has a BS in Business Administration/ Management, attended Volunteer Management Training at the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers’s University and is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts/ Human Services at Webster University.
Mari Hellwege Mari Hellwege is the owner of The Bead Strand located in Market Street at Heathbrook in Ocala. She has been designing jewelry for 12 years and teaching a variety of beading classes since obtaining the Bead Strand 5 years ago. She is a graduate of The University of Florida and resides in Ocala.
Matt Hibbs Matt Hibbs, Director of Golf at On Top of the World Communities, Inc., has been with the company for five years. Matt was born in Flint, Michigan and relocated to Florida in 2005 when he joined the Walt Disney World Golf Team. He attended Ferris State University and graduated with a degree in Professional Golf Management. There, Matt worked his way through the ranks from a golf apprentice to a Class A Golf Professional and Manager within one year. In 2009, Matt left Disney to become the Head Golf Professional at Candler Hills Golf Club and in 2012, his hard work paid off when he became the On Top of the World Director of Golf.
Phillip Hisey Phil Hisey is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Design and Management. He has been employed with On Top of the World since May, 2005. He is a Certified Landscape Contractor with the Florida Nursery and Landscape Association, Certified Pest Control Operator with Florida Dept. of Agriculture, Certified Irrigation Auditor with the Irrigation Association, and Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Dr Martin Hoffert Dr. Martin Hoffert is professor emeritus of physics (Earth Systems Science) at New York University. A former chair of the applied science department, he has published extensively in energy, space and climate science. His academic background includes a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Astronautics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYU Poly); and an M.A.L.S. focused on sociology and economics from the New School for Social Research. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute and Chairman of the Board of the Aspen Global Change Institute.
Maxine Hunter Maxine Hunter has been a UF/IFAS Extension Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator since 2014. She has a Master’s degree in Agriculture Education and Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation both from the University of Florida. Her favorite horticulture topics include integrated pest management, vegetable gardening and edible landscaping, and wildlife management. Prior to becoming an extension agent, she worked for the UF/IFAS Extension Farm to School Program as the Northeast Florida District Coordinator where she assisted with implementation
Carolyn Ingham  
Cheri Irwin Cheri has been a fitness professional since 1975; Her focus has been on continued studies in the applied sciences of fitness, biomechanics, nutrition and weight loss. As a Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor she has coached hundreds of people to success on their weight loss journey. The Weight Off Workshop has been recommended by physicians, pharmaceutical companies and chiropractors. Cheri loves to put the fun factor in everything she does, so you can count on the workshops to be very entertaining.
Donna Josephson Donna worked and traveled for over twenty five years with the American Red Cross, providing social work services to the Armed Forces. In her recent career advancement, Donna received formal certification in Fund Raiding Management from Indiana University. Donna has received many awards for her service to the military to include the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Civilian Services and the NATO Medal of Services for her role in the Operations in Relation to the Former Yugoslavia. After retiring, she traveled with her husband all over the United States in their recreational vehicle. She is also a stained glass hobbyist.
Dr. Evelyn B Kelly Evelyn Kelly worked in Marion County Schools and has been an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University since 1995. She is also a medical writer and has written over 400 articles and published 18 books on subjects, such as human genetics, stem cells, and gene therapy. Kelly attended the University of Tennessee where she studied microbiology and English; with a minor in political science. She has a master’s degree in religion and a PhD in education from the University of Florida. She has presented in the popular Armchair Travel series at MTP and has traveled to 80 countries.
Dr. Jay King Joseph “Jay” King, III, MD earned his medical degree in 2006 from Drexel University, where he also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery. He then completed a clinical research fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. King came to the University of Florida Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in 2012 to pursue a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery, and to serve as a staff member in the department. King’s clinical practice focuses on shoulder and knee arthroscopy, shoulder and elbow replacement, traumatic injuries to the shoulder and elbow, and reverse shoulder replacement. He has published various works in journals such as Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Hand, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, and Arthroscopy. King has participated in various organizations such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the American Medical Student Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association. He currently is a member of the Health Volunteers Overseas organization.
Dr Daniel Lack Dr. Daniel Lack received his degree from the SUNY State College of Optometry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow Emeritus of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. His research on vision & learning and sports vision was published in several optometric journals. His practice near Kingston, NY was limited to vision evaluations and optometric vision therapy. He was the Director of Vision Services at the Northeast Center for Special Care, a facility for the rehabilitation of adults suffering from neurological deficits where patient care was facilitated by his expertise in neuro-optometric rehabilitation.
Char Leasor Char Leasor has been a public school teacher for 37 years. She has been teaching rubber stamping and paper crafting for over 20 years. Char is a Fun Stampers Journey Coach and Blogger.
Robert Levine Bob is a New York State Certified Adult Education Instructor. For a number of years before entering teaching he was the General Manager of a manufacturing firm that employed 500 people. During all those years he was affiliated with Boy Scouts of America in various volunteer positions and for the final ten years served as District Commissioner. He spent his vacation time in Camp Ranachqua / Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps helping prepare the meals in the commercial kitchen. They fed between four and six hundred campers at each meal. He is comfortable in the kitchen.
Jo Leyte-Vidal Jo Leyte-Vidal has been a Master Gardener for 12 years and has lived in Ocala for 42 years. She is a retired high school science teacher and program coordinator for the Marion County school system.   Jo attended New Jersey City University and Stetson University.  She earned Florida Outstanding Master Gardener in 2008, and she is Director of the Speakers Bureau.  She is also a professional landscape painter.
Donna Lindeval Donna Lindeval has over 15 years ofexperience in the interior decorating field. She has had her own business since 1998. After moving into the area in 2004, she opened a store-front decorating shop in Ocala until 2012, when she decided to retire. This year, she has re-opened her design consulting services.
Helga Malinsky Helga Malinsky is a Certified Yoga Instructor, former YMCA Fitness Leader, and Author of several Cookbooks and Exercise Books.  Helga has presented her wellness workshops at YMCA’s, Adult Learning and Recreational Centers, Wellness and Recreational Centers, and on TV in Arizona, Virginia and Florida since 1977.
Amanda Marek Amanda Marek is a graduate of the University of Florida, earning her Masters in Forest Resources and Conservation with specialization in Environmental Education. She has worked as a biological science technician and volunteer coordinator at multiple state and national parks and is now your UF/IFAS Marion County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Extension Agent.
Chappie McChesney A master beekeeper -lecturer - mentor with a life time of experience working with honey bees, Chappie McChesney has been promoting beekeeping by founding many new beekeeping clubs and helping them work together as the North Central Florida Beekeepers Association.
Jessica S.W. McCune Jessica McCune is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Mental Health Counselor working for Hospice of Marion County. She is passionate about Health Advocacy and the importance of ‘keeping our affairs in order’. Our health is the infrastructure we stand upon as we pursue happiness. She volunteers with the arts and enjoys storytelling as a path for healing and insight. She has worked in preventive medicine, whole person health and the combination of body, mind and spirit her entire career, but specifically since 1999 here in Marion County. She holds a BS in Nursing from Baylor University and a MS in Counseling Education from the University of North Texas plus a MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2014 from FSA, the state story organization, and the 2014 Oracle Service Award for the Southeast Region from NSN (National Storytelling Network) with great delight, surprise and pride.
Nancy McKay Ms. McKay has various degrees and certifications including a B.S., University of Florida, M.S., Florida Atlantic University, and specialty certifications in counseling including C.R.C., C.I.R.S., C.V.S., C.C.M. and Certified Professional Guardian. After over 40 years in private rehabilitation counseling practice, working with and advocating for people with multiple and often severe disabling conditions, Ms. McKay turned to volunteering with the goal of being of service and having fun at the same time. Currently, Ms. McKay, an AARP Smart Driver Instructor, is also a Certified Master Gardener, Certified Master Naturalist, Certified SHINE counselor, C.E.R.T., AARP Let's Talk Counselor and CAR-FIT technician.
Phyllis McNeal Phyllis has extensive experience as a teacher, consultant, coach and leader. Before becoming a Personal Life Coach, she conducted self-esteem workshops for women who were homeless or incarcerated and provided training in Effective Communication for female managers. As a Personal Life Coach, Phyllis provides women with the skills to gain confidence in their lives through a heart-centered approach. This enables her to be compassionate and understanding. She also brings an insightful, thoughtful, straightforward and genuine approach and facilitates lasting change in her clients.
Jennifer Moore-Ambrosia Jennifer Moore-Ambrosia taught in the Florida College system for over ten years. She has taught courses in Western Civilizations, World Civilizations, United States History and Introduction to Anthropology. She holds a BA and an MA in History and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Central Florida. She also completed graduate study in the field of Anthropology. She taught at the College of Central Florida, Lake-Sumter State College, Valencia College, and Southern New Hampshire University.
Jorge Navarez  
Dr. Andrew Nichols Dr. Andrew Nichols is a psychologist, parapsychologist, and investigator of alleged poltergeist cases and other paranormal phenomena. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Parapsychological Association, and the Society for Psychological Hypnosis. He has been a psychology professor for many years and is adjunct faculty (parapsychology) at Santa Fe College (Gainesville, FL).  During his 30-year career, Nichols has investigated more than 600 reported cases of ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists, and conducted studies in telepathy, precognition, and paranormal dream experiences.
He has written numerous articles on paranormal experiences for popular magazines and scientific journals Professor Nichols has presented lectures and workshops on paranormal topics at colleges and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He is the author of Ghost Detective: Adventures of a Parapsychologist, and his work has been featured in many books on paranormal topics. He has appeared on numerous tv and radio shows in the U.S. and abroad. He has investigated alleged poltergeist disturbances for government agencies and law enforcement, including The United States Army, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Daytona Beach Police Department.
Ronald Niebo Ronald Niebo is a professional engineer whose past work focused on electric power plant design and operation with an emphasis on equipment performance reporting and statistics. Currently, he serves as President of the On Top of the World Genealogical Society, a member of the National Genealogical Society, and a member of the genealogical societies of Marion and Citrus County. He considers himself a functioning novice genealogist, always learning from others.
Lauren Northup CHES  
Kathy O'Connell Kathy O'Connell taught American Government, Economics and US History for 38 Years. She lived in Massachusetts and received her BA from Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg. Kathy currently enjoys moderating the current events at Master the Possibilities.
Dr. Erica Olstein Erica Olstein is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental medicine and an Eastern medical primary care physician. She studied at the University of Florida and at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine. She devotes her time to running a successful acupuncture and Eastern medical practice and educating the public about how traditional medicine can play an invaluable role in enhancing health. Erica has been a keynote speaker at many conferences including the North Florida Orthopedic Conference. Her goal is to make a lasting impression that leads to a healthier community. She works with individuals suffering from addictions at The Refuge rehabilitation center & hosts charity events to promote local health awareness. Erica is a homegrown 4th generation Ocala resident. She is a generally happy person but what makes her most happy is being able to help people live happier & healthier lives. Her passion is health. She lives & breathes it
Dr Pedro A Orta Originally from Miami, Dr. Orta moved to Ocala 10 years go. He attended Life College School of Chiropractic and has been a Holistic Chiropractic Physician/Wellness Consultant for 16 years.
Luann Overmyer Luann Overmyer has worked with thousands of people in pain in her thirty-five years of private practice. She has trained and taught extensively in the field of body awareness, structural balance and wellbeing throughout the US, Australia, and other countries throughout the world. Her book, "Ortho-Bionomy A Path to Self-Care" has been translated into several languages. She holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Education and is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. Her classes are engaging, informative, and tremendously practical.
Parkinson's Support Group Peter & Joyce Wood, Rod Broker, and Doris Gamelin make up the Steering Team of the Mind and Motion Parkinson's Support Group. Special guest speakers are coordinated monthly by the team for educational topics that will benefit both Parkinson's patients and caregivers.
Maria Lerida Perez Born in Cuba and lived in Venezuela, Maria Lerida attended the Ruston Academy in La Habana and the Berlitz School of Languages in Caracas, Venezuela. Maria Lerida has worked for multinational companies as General Training Coordinator/ Instructor Language Courses. She relocated to the US in 2000 and since then she has been self-employed as Spanish/English Translator and private language teacher.
Jim Phillips Former Assistant State Attorney, Jim Phillips is an ice cream aficionado and collector of ice cream memorabilia.
Jessica Pinkowski Jessica Pinkowski has been a leader in group fitness for over 17 years. She holds accredited certifications from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America in both Group Fitness and Advanced Personal Training, and is a certified Posture Specialist with the National Posture Institute. Pinkowski is the Group Fitness Coordinator for On Top of the World Communities Inc., and The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa.
Renu Poduval Renu, who has a BA in Biology and Psychology from the University of Virginia, has been a professional massage therapist for 9 years, focused on therapeutic techniques. She is also a registered yoga instructor at On Top of the World. She has continuing education in Somatic Patterning, Orthobionomy, and Anatomy. Prior to massage therapy, she worked as the Executive Director of an animal assisted therapy organization, working with individuals with disabilities with the help of horses and dogs. Through these careers and her education, she has extensive experience with both the body and mind-body connection.
Kenneth Puckett Captain Kenneth Puckett lectures on Maritime History and the Panama Canal. He is a Certified Master Instructor and has been an Adjunct Professor of Marine Science at two community colleges. He has piloted over 1440 vessels through the Panama Canal. His career included service as Senior Panama Canal Pilot and Port Captain, where he worked 16 years. In 1978 he retired from the US Army with a BS in Marine Transportation Management from New York State Maritime College.
Lucina Roark Lucina Roark received her BFA in Texas and MFA in Massachusetts. She also received a website design & development diploma and worked as a web programmer in commercial and private businesses. Even though originally a printmaker (working in etching, lithography and relief printing) her body of work also includes various other media such as graphite, charcoal, color pencil, oil and oil pastel. She has conducted many demos and workshops in colored pencil and oil pastel as well as monotype and block printing. Lucina has exhibited her work in many one-person and group shows, participated in numerous juried museum/gallery exhibitions nationwide and received many awards. She has served as juror for various art competitions including the Colored Pencil Painters Guild Annual Show in The Villages and the Mt. Dora arts festivals. Lucina has been teaching art classes for over 30 years. She has teaching experience in all printmaking techniques as well as basic and advanced drawing in a variety of medium. Since moving to Florida in 2009 she has continued to teach art classes in Hernando, Leesburg, Mount Dora and now Master The Possibilities in On Top Of The World.
Bobbie Roberts  
Art Rojas Art Rojas is a long time technology user. He has been working with technology for over 5 years with providers like Verizon, Best Buy, Sprint and Microsoft. Currently working as Microsoft expert, well involved with Android devices and Apple devices for over 3 years. He has been teaching for about 2 years and really enjoys helping and empowering others to make the most out of their devices.
Pat Russell Pat Russell reeived a bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech College.
Tracy Ryzan-Ross Tracy Ryzan Ross is a fully inspired and deeply passionate yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist, speaker, trainer, personal development coach and published author. She believes the mind is a powerful tool and the body is capable of healing itself given the right conditions. Her beliefs are based on her first hand experience of having to heal herself from severe adrenal fatigue and depression caused by 7 years of being a workaholic project manager. Through her knowledge of the body, massage modalities and discovering and incorporating Yoga into her daily life, she made a miraculous recovery and realized she was passionate about sharing the gift of Yoga and massage with others.
Dr. Zafer Sabawi Dr. Zafer Sabawi has been practicing Acupuncture since 1999 and is a graduate of the Institute of Classical Acupuncture with special training from the Worsley institute. Dr. Sabawi did his M. B.B.CH. from Cairo, Egypt and received his diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases from the UK. He practiced internal medicine for several years overseas before coming to America.
Dr. Sarah Satterfield Dr. Sarah Satterfield has taught a variety of music and humanities courses at the College of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Flagler College, and Florida Gateway College. She was recently ranked the 12th leading university professor in America based on student evaluation data. Dr. Satterfield lectures regularly throughout the Southeast, specializing in American music and music of the twentieth century. An experienced administrator with a broad background in various sectors of the performing arts industry, Dr. Satterfield managed the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She served as Administrative Assistant for the prestigious Arioso Wind Quintet. Dr. Satterfield directs the Patriot Pipers, a flute ensemble she launched while at CF. Dr. Satterfield is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Musicological Society, CMS, Society of Early Americanists, National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi. She performs regularly throughout Central Florida. Dr. Satterfield received a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature with an outside specialization in art from the University of Florida, MM in Flute Performance from SDSU, and BM in Music Education from Furman University (magna cum laude).
Leonard Savino MD FACC Dr. Savino has 30 years of practice in cardiology while living in New Jersey. His concentration is in cardiovascular wellness in adult patients He currently works at the Medial Health Center as a highly trained non-invasive cardiologist.
Bryan Schmalz Bryan Schmalz serves as the Utility Operations Manager for Bay Laurel Center Community Development District. The water and wastewater utility serves customers in On Top of the World and Stone Creek Developments. With more than 11 years of experience, he is licensed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Class A Water Treatment Plant Operator and Class A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Schmalz is charged with strategic planning, implementation and overall operational effectiveness of the utility.
Eva Scranton Eva Scranton is the facilitator for Master the Possibilities current event discussion group. She received her BS in General Dietetics from University of New Haven. In addition, she also has a M.S. in Nutrition from Saint Joseph College and a M.S. in Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. She has also taught in a Life Studies Program in Sweden.
Khalid Shakoor Khakid A. Shakoor has over 50 years experience in the fields of Energetic and mind/body disciplines. He has taught these subjects for over 30 years at institutions of higher learning. Currently, he teaches various Energetic classes through Santa Fe College (Community Education), Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, and a meditation center.
Judith Sherwood Recently retired, Dr. Judy Sherwood has a background in early childhood education. She is particularly interested in the practical application of learning styles and temperament studies. She has conducted workshops on the local, state and national level concerning leadership, team building, temperament /Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, diversity and curriculum development. In addition to courses in these fields, Sherwood appreciates teaching card games and organizing trips and events that bring fun and happiness into people's lives.
Jim Shook A Pennsylvania native, Jim Shook has been an instructor since 1978. He taught for the US Army, American Red Cross, AARP Driver Safety and spent the bulk of his career as a technical instructor for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency in Harrisburg, PA. He has a B.S in Psychology and a Master's in Education from Penn State. Jim is currently the Systems Administrator for Master the Possibilities.
Elaine Smith Elaine Smith has 20 years of experience designing, developing and deploying global entrepreneurial leadership programs for world-leading technology and professional services companies. Elaine holds a B.S. from CUNY and has Certificates from Babson College Executive Education, CGE&Y Guru School and Disney Leadership Programs. Smith is a member of the American Film Institute and has been teaching Film Appreciation Courses at MTP and CF for the past five years. Visit Elaine's entertainment blog at and follow her on Twitter @elainetertain.
Art Stalbow Art Stalbow received his B.S. and M.S. in Political Science from SUNY, New Paltz. He is a certified Easy Tai Chi Instructor, certified NESTA Mind-Body Fitness Specialist, and a certified 4 Minute Fitness Instructor. Stalbow is the author of six eBooks on health and healing and holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Black Belt in Aikido. He is the founder and owner of Personal Energy Training, Inc.
Mike Stepen, BS, AFFA, AASDN Michael Stepen B.S., AFFA, AASDN, an Exercise Physiologist who specialized in weight loss and diseases associated with Sarcopenia (loss of muscle associated with age). Michael studied at The University of Florida, were he also obtained his personal training certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, AFFA. Michael continued his training through Munroe Regional Medical Center specializing in exercise programming and rehabilitation. Seeing the increase of obesity related diseases first hand and realizing that exercise wasn’t enough, Michael obtained a Nutrition Specialist Certification through the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists, AASDN.  Using the latest technology and supplementation, Michael is able to prescribe custom nutrition and exercise programs geared towards: Weight Loss, Muscle Promotion, Orthopedic conditions, strength deficits and much more.  Michael is currently waiting to sit for Boards to become Certified Diabetes Educator.
Teri Stillwaugh I started my teaching career in 1976 in my own art shop. In 1980 I added culinary classes. In 1995 I wrote my first decorative painting book, followed by 14 more & co-authored over 32 arts & craft books, magazine articles, guest star on Carol Duval, Aleene’s, Home Matters TV, and various other DIY shows. In 1996, I closed my shop, and accepted a job as art director for a worldwide art manufacturer of decorative arts, which enabled me to study as well as teach various forms of art and culinary crafts throughout the U.S., Europe & South America. In 2011, I was honored to become one of the founding instructors for the Kids Academy program for The Sugar Art’s Institute, PA. In 2016 I became a Serve Safe Instructor & Proctor. I am always looking for new and creative ideas and techniques to share with others. Along with teaching regular weekly classes, I also do demonstrations, seminars and private parties, at your home, clubhouses, or other locations.
Donald Stroliske Don Stroliske is retired from Ford Motor Co. where he held several positions in the Tractor & Implement Division in the areas of service, sales and product management. Upon leaving Ford he worked as a charter pilot and flight instructor for Air Direct Airways. Since moving to Florida 14 years ago, he taught at Dunnellon High School, volunteered for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, and ran the Rainbow River Watch Program. He has been teaching the AARP Driver Safety Program for three years.
UF Pharmacology Students Each term the University of Florida's College of Pharmacology provides doctoral students to teach programs at Master the Possibilities.
Jim Stueber  
Thomas Sweeney Tom Sweeney is a licensed owner, trainer, and blood stock agent in Florida, California, Arizona and Ireland since 1979.
Dr. Ed Tenhor Dr. Ed Tenhor has a BA from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, a MA from Wagner College, a
BD (Mdiv) from New Brunswick Theological, and a DMin from New York Theological.
Patricia Tomlinson Patricia Tomlinson serves as the Curator of Exhibitions at the Appleton Museum of Art.
Carla Traudt By the time Carla Traudt had graduated from high school, in 1964, she had traveled the country twice, hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, hiked the Pacific Crest trail from Mt. Whitney to Half Dome, met Ansel Adams in Yosemite, watched the sunrise over The Bay of Fundy, and camped on the dunes of Cape Hatteras. In 1962, she was stepped on by a bear and her cub while sleeping in the backcountry of Yellowstone. She has since had a love affair with Yellowstone and America’s National Parks. She has worked at Yellowstone for the last ten summers. Come hear her stories.
Patricia Wagner Patricia Wagner's career led her along two different paths. She enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate in the Tampa Bay area. Her last employment was as a director with the Tampa Downtown Partnership. She counts among her successes overseeing the development of Lykes Gaslight Square, an award winning park in the heart of downtown Tampa, plus formation of the Tampa Downtown Guides and Tampa Downtown Clean Team. Both teams continue to provide enhanced security and maintenance to visitors, businesses and residents in downtown Tampa. In 1998 she resigned her position in order to pursue a career which embodied her spiritual beliefs. Patricia is the owner of Grace Unlimited Inc., a New Thought ministry, and the founder of a mindfulness practice called Looking for Light, see for a free copy of the ""game."" She is an ordained Divine Science minister, a Licensed Unity Teacher, a Certified Revolutionary Agreements Coach and a Certified Quantum-Touch Instructor. Patricia is a popular presenter and teacher who earned the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award from Toastmasters International. Her talks and classes uplift audiences and change lives with wisdom that connects the pieces of life's puzzle together. People begin living an empowered life through their own development of spiritual understanding. Patricia and her husband, Dave Wagner, live in the beautiful countryside of Ocala, Florida.
Rachel Wagoner Mrs. Wagoner received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in mathematics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana followed by her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Healthcare Law from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. Mrs. Wagoner is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the United State District Court for the Middle District of Florida and is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator. She also serves on the Board for Adoption Related Services of Pinellas, Inc.

Mrs Wagoner’s experience covers a broad range of real estate law and estate planning, including assisting clients in purchases, sales and leases of property, assisting in foreclosures and workouts; advising on questions of condominium law and homeowners association law, real estate litigation, will drafting, trust planning, and guardianship.
John Ware John Ware has had an interest in photography for the past 50 years. Starting with the basic photographic equipment as a youngster, he advanced up to the current Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera system with interchangeable lenses. With the advent of digital photography and a lot of self-study, he has really grown in the art but has only scratched the surface and continues to grow daily in not only the use of his camera, but in the post-editing arena. His photographs have been displayed in several venues and have received a few awards his work. Several of his photographs have also been published in magazines and auctioned for charity events. He is most proud of his set of 5 donated photos for the Wounded Warrior Project out of Tampa, Florida which raised $30,000 for the charity. Ware loves the art and takes several thousand photographs each year in search of that one great shot -- which still eludes him.
Jerritt Weaner  
Dr. Pat Wellington Pat Wellington holds an M.A. in Literature and a Ph.D in Rhetoric, Composition, and American Literature. For nearly 30 years she taught literature and writing for the University of Miami’s English Department where she was also director of two writing centers, one for undergraduates and one for law students. Since retiring in 2001, she has taught at the College of Central Florida, written for the Ocala Star Banner and The South Marion Citizen and has been a faculty member of Master the Possibilities since the program’s inception.
Wesley Wilcox Wesley Wilcox has been the Supervisor of Elections for Marion County since January 2013. Prior to his election, he served as Assistant Supervisor of Elections for seven years and Marion County systems administrator prior to that. Wilcox is certified at the state and national level in elections administration. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a BS in Computer Science.
Suzanne Williamson  
Beverly Wojnar Beverly Wojnar moved to the Ocala area in 2013 and is a medical billing specialist by day. She has been scrapbooking and card making for about 15 years and enjoys sharing the craft with others. Wojnare enjoys learning new techniques and wants to share her love of card making with everyone.
Susan M. Woolfe For the last 30 years, Susan has been in the insurance business, educating clients and other on numerous topics in a variety of setting. In 2010, she taught high school English for the Horizon Center, an alternative program for Citrus County students. Over the years, Susan has taught at local libraries and the College of Central Florida. She developed the curriculum and taught a C.E. course through College of Central Florida call "The Partnership for Long Term Care". In addition, she also taught "Becoming Your Own Banker". She has engaged audiences of all ages to enjoy learning in a fun and friendly environment.
Leigh Workman Leigh Workman is a retired 1st grade teacher from Tennessee, who enjoys painting on china. She is a member of the Parthenon Porcelain Painters guild in Tennessee; member of the Tennessee Porcelain Artists. Leigh and her husband, John, moved to Ocala to the Top of the World community. Leigh has been painting on china for over 35 years. She wants to introduce others to the art.
Dr. Don Wyman Dr. Don Wyman is a veteran of the US Army and has 22 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency. Wyman uses this rich background combined with his extensive studies and research in American History to create unique lectures. His one-of-a kind art and colorful presentations delve into the clandestine activities and the tradecraft used by the most notable American personalities and the effects that each had on the nation’s history. Presentations often focus on the use of codes, ciphers, secret writing and steganography.