Name Bio
Emery Abshier Emery Abshier lives on a blueberry farm with his wife and kids. During the blueberry picking season family members help out with the operation. He also works in the insurance industry.
Amy Agricola  
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".
Abigayil Anderson ARNP Abigayil Anderson is an ARNP at Absolute Health in Ocala Florida.
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.
Jaye Baillie Jaye Baillie is Executive Director of Marion Cultural Alliance in Ocala, FL. MCA's 20 member volunteer board of directors and staff work to enhance the environment for the many arts organizations in Ocala's vibrant cultural scene. The organization provides annual grants to many arts organizations, and annually hosts Applaud the Arts to unite the business and cultural communities in celebration of the Arts. Prior to coming to MCA, she served as President of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce and Director of Business Services for the Chamber and Economic Partnership. She has a MA in Leadership and Management from Webster University and a BSJM in Public Relations from the University of 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.
Richard Belz Richard “Dick” Belz is a retired attorney, former U.S. Magistrate Judge, and was a computer programmer with IBM before attending law school. Belz received his B.A. in mathematics from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and his law degree from the UF College of Law.
Summer Best Summer Best serves on multiple voluntary boards, committees and service organizations in Alachua County and Ocala/Marion County, Fla.
She is a fifth-generation Floridian and a 1999 graduate of the University of Florida (Bachelor of Science in Journalism), and a 2015 graduate (Master of Arts in Mass Communication). Summer’s main teaching projects and techniques have revolved around senior-level students in RTV 4931, Problems/Ethics in Telecommunication, as well as JOU 4700, Problems and Ethics in Journalism, at the University of Florida from 2012-2014.
Summer currently manages a daily portfolio of work that includes interviewing, writing, photography and videography, event management, and a full gamut of multimedia editing and production — all with strict attention to detail and audience engagement.
Her main PR client is Sholom Park, a 44-acre privately-owned horticultural paradise in Ocala.
Gorham L. Black, III  
Dean Blinkhorn Dean Blinkhorn is the editor and co-publisher of Ocala's Good Life magazine, Ocala’s first lifestyle publication devoted to seniors. He is also the editor of the Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership's Annual Business & Relocation Guide.
Steve Bobroff  
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.
Mary Britt  
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.
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.
Jill Carel Jill Carel was a proud Philadelphian, retiring from a colorful 37-year municipal government career in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Ordained in 2002 as an Interfaith Minister, she has served several churches with sermons, workshops, and spiritual education. She has officiated weddings and memorial services, offered counseling services, and publishes the Self-Empowerment quarterly newsletter, currently in its 24th year. Besides receiving training in various spiritual and psychological systems, she is a Certified Laughter Leader.
Sandy Carey  
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.
Susan Carroll-Douglas  
Heather Carrow Heather serves as the Education Program Manager for Master the Possibilities. She received her BA in Organizational Management from the College of Central Florida. Her previous experience includes public speaking, instructing fitness classes, performing arts, as well as technology and communications knowledge.
Michael Carter Michael Carter has taught college level history courses for 42 years at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member in the New England Historical Association, the American Historical Society and the Civil War Educational Association. He has also lectured at assisted living residences in Massachusetts for more than ten years.
Ray Cech Ray Cech has a B.S. from Pace University in New York and an M.B.A from the University of San Francisco. He was president of Dunhill Executive Search and senior manager at Xerox Corporation. His writing and photography experience includes Triathlon Today, California Yacht Club, The Wall Street Journal, and The Dunhill News. He currently writes and photographs for the World News and is active in the On Top of the World Shutterbugs photography group.
Walter E. Clark Walter E. Clark has been raising orchids for 30 years. During that time, he worked as a volunteer at the Missouri Botanical Garden with their orchid collection. He is also a member of the Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis and was president of that organization from 1995 to 1997. Clark has previously taught a number of engaging classes on orchid growing for garden clubs.
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.
Robert Colen Robert Colen received a B.A. from American University and an M.B.A from the University of Florida. He is the Director of Sholom Park, and is on the Park Board of Directors for the Horticltural Arts and Parks Institute.
Ralph Coster  
Beth Cox Beth Cox grew up in Upper Michigan. After spending 25 years in the Bay Area of California, she returned to Michigan for 18 years. She has two children, one in Summerfield, Florida and the other in Portland, Oregon. She also has two grandchildren. Beth has taught at Faculty of Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan. She has done glass blowing demonstrations and workshops and has participated in the Artist at Bristol and Ft. Lauderdale Renaissance Fairs. She is owner/instructor of Perronville Art Studio and teaches glass working classes in several states. In Florida she teaches in Ocala at the Appleton Museum and at Master the Possibilities.
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.
Bryan Crary  
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.
Jill Davis Prior to retiring as a middle school pre-Algebra teacher, Jill Davis worked at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, in St. Augustine, Florida. As a young adult worker at the deaf school, Jill was provided with an opportunity to become a registered interpreter and be active in the deaf community. The four years working there have been well served as she continue through life to always encounter deaf persons. They are delighted for a signed greeting and conversation.
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.
John Day With a Masters degree in International Business Studies (MBA) and Japanese from the graduate school program currently ranked #1 in the United States, John Day has taught the Japanese language at the university level for over 10 years. Having lived and worked in Japan for over 7 years, John has had the unique opportunity to live in rural areas of Japan where long-standing culture and traditions are still an important part of everyday life.
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.
Claudine Dervaes Claudine Dervaes has been in the travel industry for 40 years. She is the author and publisher of over 30 books as well as, hundreds of articles for travel education. Claudine has traveled to over 90 countries, and is a professional speaker and publishing consultant. Her company, Solitaire Publishing, has been in business for 34 years. The UK to USA Dictionary - British English vs. American English, by Claudine Dervaes and John Hunter, is available in 40 British specialty shops and through Amazon. Claudine wrote the Travel Talk column for 26 newspapers for over 5 years. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of South Florida.
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.  
Harold Donnenberg  
Carole Drost Lopez Carole Drost Lopez graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree. She taught in the public and private schools systems for 41 years. Workshops in drawing, watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic have helped build her skills in painting and teaching. For over 40 years, she has been teaching and inspiring fellow artists all over Louisiana and Florida with her wealth of knowledge.
Robert Echols, J.D., M.B.A He received his B.A. from New York University and his J.D./M.B.A. from Emory University. Mr. Echols also served in the Army as an enlisted man from 1973 to 1976.
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. 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.
Connie Filip Connie is a member of the On Top of the World Photo Club, ShutterBugs, and writes the club's column each month for the World News. She enjoys combining traveling and photography, believing that a good photo 'tells a story' or evokes an emotion. Some of these African photos were be featured at Master the Possibilities during February as part of Shutterbug's monthly rotating exhibit.
Rich Furlong Rich originally hails from New Jersey where he was a history teacher and guidance counselor. Although a life-long "listener" of music, Rich came to music rather late in life. Upon retiring, he learned how to play the clarinet and saxophone and joined 3 wind bands in New Jersey. After moving to Ocala and On Top of the World, Rich joined the Kingdom of the Sun Band where he plays clarinet. Although not quite sure what a dulcimer was, Rich joined the On Top of the World Dulcimer Club and immediately fell in love with the instrument. With the encouragement, support and patience of his fellow club members, and lots of practice, he firmly believes that one does not have to be a musician or have a musical background in order to play this uniquely American instrument. Rich now has been playing dulcimer for 18 months and owns 2 dulcimers.
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.
Frank Garcia Frank Garcia has been a fly fishing instructor over 30 years in New York and Connecticut. He was an instructor for Orvis located in Vermont. He had a pool on the West Branch of the Croton River dedicated to him in August 2000. His reputation as a fly fisherman followed him through New York, Pennsylvania, New England, Vermont and Massachusetts. Frank was a leader of the New Milford Fish and Game Club and was President of the North Western Trout Unlimited (a national organization). He also started Tite Line Fly Fishing school located in NY and Connecticut.
Dr Jose A Gaudier Dr. Gaudier is neurologist practicing in Ocala for 25 years. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico and then move to the states for his Neurology training in Alabama, before establishing his practice in Marion County. He is former president of the Marion County Medical Society, former member of the hospice board and among other positions was chairman of the hospital ethics committee.  He is known for his interest in education and has lectured extensively on topics of history, science, medicine and neurology.
Kathie George Kathie George has been a workshop instructor for over 25 years. Her award winning work can be found in many corporate and private collections in the US and abroad. She has twice been a finalist in Artist Magazine’s Art Competition (among 14,000 entrants). Kathie has authored five watercolor books and written numerous magazine articles for well-known artist magazines. She is a signature member of both the Ohio and Florida Watercolor Societies.
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
Gene Goergen Gene Goergen has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Buffalo and was a Vista Volunteer. He has done motivational speaking and training, and retired from Social Services in Wayne County, Michigan.  He has traveled to all 7 continents and over 100 countries and loves meeting people, learning and sharing knowledge.
Joellie Gonseth A massage therapist since 1993, Joellie Gonseth has extensive training and experience in a wide variety of modalities including medical massage and hospice-based massage. She developed the curriculum for Oriental Theory, Neuromuscular, and deep tissue therapies while teaching Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology for the massage therapy program for the Marion County School system. A Touch for Health Kinesiology instructor, Joellie has training in many energy-based systems such as the PKP Program, Edu-K, Brain Gym, and EFT, among others.
After earning her degree in Psychology, Crisis Counseling, Joellie uses her education and personal experience in trauma and grief to help others in need.  She is an active member of "Hands that Heal," a program that offers bodywork and complimentary therapies to our nation's veterans who have suffered trauma or who have been diagnosed with PTSD. She continues to provide exceptional massage and kinesiology services and offers continuing education in a variety of venues.
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.
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.
Dr Cherie Hansen Dr. Cherie Hansen is a compassionate integrative and functional medicine doctor. Her interest in natural medicine began early and prompted her to study different herbals in the rain forest of Guyana. She taught at the university level after obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Master's Degree in Science and Teaching. Dr. Hansen attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University and completed her residency with a specialty in Family Medicine. In 2001, she began practicing family medicine.
DL Havlin DL Havlin is an eclectic author whose novels, novellas, and short stories mirror his rich, varied background. He has packed three lifetimes of experiences into one brim full existence. He believes, “The one big advantage writing at an advanced age provides is that life is what you know and not what you project it might be.” An avid lover of the outdoors and sports enthusiast, his passion for fishing, hunting and camping are frequently included in his writing. A deep love for nature and especially wild Florida often furnish settings for his work, but his travels make places such as Kiev, Singapore, London, New York, Modena, or Saxonhausen backgrounds for his stories as well. His unique combination of a vivid imagination and his ability to weave intricate plot lines, seasoned by his life-time exposure to fascinating story possibilities and his knowledge of human nature, provides the heart-felt, enjoyable reading his novels provide. He answers, “Why do you write?” by saying, “To entertain—that’s first, but to provoke thought is a close second. I firmly believe both are done through the heart, for the mind is seldom opened until it is emotionally conditioned to respond.” Come by and see me at www.dlhavlin.com and SandySays1.wordpress.com.
Rabbi Yossi Hecht Rabbi Yossi Hecht was born and raised in Chicago Illinois, attended high school in Chicago and at Ohr Elchonon Chabad in Los Angeles, California. He received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Yehudah Yeruslavski, a leading Rabbi in Israel and a member of Central Chabad Rabbinical Court. In 2009, Rabbi Hecht moved with his wife Chanie to Ocala where they founded the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center of Marion County and the Villages, and have been providing social, spiritual, and educational opportunities for the local Jewish community.
Gerald "Jerry" Heines, Ph.D. Dr. Heines received his PhD in High Energy Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Connecticut in 1979. Early in his career he developed various analytical models and designed a number of products for defense and space related applications. Many of his designs continue to fly in space today and are integrated into advanced military systems such as Patriot, Global Hawk, Longbow, Black Hawk and many more. The latter part of his career was spent travelling globally to various NATO friendly countries and OEMs discussing the use of high tech solutions to address various threats. Today, Dr. Heines is a public speaker focused on explaining various esoteric aspects of Physics and technology in a light-hearted, easy to understand format. In addition, he often speaks about Japan and its ideology, a passion he continues to enjoy. As a speaker, he is excited to meet people one-on-one and encourages everyone to ask their questions.
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.
Dr. Daniel Herman, MD, Ph.D. Daniel Herman, MD, PhD, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and genetics at the University of California at Davis, graduating with highest honors. He then attended the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of North Carolina, where he received his medical and doctoral degrees in the area of biomedical engineering. Dr. Herman completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, followed by fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at the University of Florida, where he is now an assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.
Dr. Herman’s clinical interests include running medicine, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasonography and electrodiagnostics with a particular emphasis on running injuries, tendinopathies, sports-related concussions and ultrasound-guided injections.
Dr. Herman’s research is in the area of human motion biomechanics related to sports performance, injury and injury prevention, particularly as they relate to ACL injuries and running. He has published numerous articles and presented nationally on these topics, and his work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s O’Donaghue Award and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s NCAA Research Award.
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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.
Jan Hitchcock Jan Hitchcock is an experienced art teacher who has taught in Massachusetts, Florida, Italy and England. She received a Fulbright Teacher Exchange position in London, worked for the Department of Defense, and taught pottery, drawing and painting at the College of Central Florida.  She has a B.S. from Northeastern University and a M.F.A. from Boston University.
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.
Diana Hollwedel  
Karlyn Holman Karlyn Holman is an internationally recognized artist, author and art instructor. She has written four books and has taught workshops around the world. Holman has owned and operated an art gallery in Washburn, WI since 1968.
David Holmes, County Extension Director David Holmes has a BS in Park Planning from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Administration from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. He began his career with the Extension Service in 1981 in Baltimore County, MD and has been assigned duties in Marion County since 1996. David has program responsibilities in Commercial Horticulture and works with landscapers and turf managers in Marion County.
Arthur Holt Arthur E. Holt, has a degree in Journalism at the University of Washington. In the Navy, he served as Director of Still Photography, Office of Public Information, Pentagon. After his stint in the Navy he spent 20 years in both photography and advertising in Seattle. In 1987, he moved to Unity Institute Seminary to receive a ministerial ordination. He served as Associate Minister of the 1000 member, Unity Church of Naples, Florida from 1992 to 2001. After retirement, Holt begn a publishing ministry, the Upward Bound Journal. Along with his wife Dottie, he enjoys a variety of writing and other creative projects as well as digital photography.
Janet Y. Horton Janet entered the U.S. Army in June 1976 as a Chaplain. 1st woman assigned as a Division or Corps Supervisory Chaplain. 1st woman promoted to Colonel in the Army Chaplain Corps. Supervised the religious support for Task Forces in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo, 2 tours in the Pentagon: Exec Director, Armed Forces Chaplain Board and Career Mgmt Officer, Army Chief of Chaplains Office. Briefed on the terrorist mindset, Divine Command Mortality with the Joint Staff and the Military Intelligence community and the Inter Agencies such as Homeland Defense, the US Marshall's Office and Pace Univ
Bill Houle Bill Houle is a former member of the Military, a NRA firearm Instructor, Martial Arts Instructor and former private sector security.
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
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.
Belea T. Keeney Belea T. Keeney is the award-winning author of "The Tiger Whisperer".Her writing has appeared in Florida Horror: Dark Tales from the Sunshine State, The Beast Within, Sniplits, Boundoff, WordKnot, Best Gay Love Stories, Men of Mystery and many other anthologies. Her stories have also placed in the Writers in Paradise Short Story competition, the 2010 Florida Review Editor’s Choice Award, the 2007 Left Coast Writing Contest, and the 2011 Saints & Sinners Literary Festival Short Story contest. She works as a copy and developmental editor for a variety of publishers including Torquere Press, Samhain Publishing, and works with private clients, assisting writers with short stories, novels, and memoirs.
Robyn Kelly Robyn Kelly, MS in Human Relations, retired from 30+ years of Government service specializing in systems analysis for Air Force Intelligence operations, Naval recruit education and Army simulation contract management. Robyn has spent several years as a group counselor/facilitator.  She assisted in establishing Gender Identity in Florida Today in Orange County and served on its board of directors. Robyn established the Triangle Interweave website and has served as the secretary of the Board of the Interweave Chapter in Lake County.  She regularly speaks on conditions faced by members of the transgender community and answers questions on LGBTQ issues.
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.
Paula Krause Paula Krause, BS, APP chose to work in the field of holistic health because it empowers people to be involved in their own healing. A Certified Polarity Wellness Educator since 1991, Paula has over 25 years experience teaching a variety of enriching self-help workshops for balance and harmony. She is passionate about creating a safe playful place for those interested in “growing themselves” as they develop understanding, compassion and insight into the healing process. A Master Scuba Instructor for over 20 years, she has a unique way of integrating the underwater world into her workshops.
Linda Lee Krebs Linda Lee has been doing arts and crafts for over twenty years. She is self-taught and shows her work locally. She believes you can do anything you want to do. With just a few instructions you can turn a blank canvas into a work of art.  "Art for life forever"  Don't give up.
Just Try.
Janet Kreisman  
Dr. Jay Kreisman Jay earned a BA from Brooklyn College with a minor in Chemistry, and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia. Jay Kreisman was a practicing Chiropractor and Hypnotherapist in Greenwich Village New York. During that time Jay earned his Private Pilot License at Teterboro, New Jersey. After selling the practice, Jay taught Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Introduction to Forensics, and Aviation Science at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey. During his tenure at Hunterdon, Jay was granted a Siemen’s Fellowship to work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he worked on rechargeable batteries.
Dr. James Kuzmanovich Jim grew up in Indiana and received his BS in mathematics from Rose-Hulman and his PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin. He has been married to the former Paulette Carroll for 46 years. He retired this past June from Wake Forest University after 42 years. He loves almost anything to do with math and has always enjoyed history; together they have led to an interest in cryptography and how its uses has influenced history. He taught mathematics at Wake Forest University for 42 years and retired in 2014. He's always enjoyed teaching elementary probability, especially those topics that relate to simple games of chance. He has taught the fun material contained in this course many times.
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.
Norm Lantz Norm earned a BS in Economics at Widener University and completed courses in birding biology at Cornell Lab Of Ornithology.  Norm has taught birding classes and seminars for the last 20 years. He is also a former antiques dealer specializing in repair and restoration of antique furniture and at present is a professional woodturner.
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.
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.
Dennis Meredith Dennis Meredith is a retired world language teacher and director of cultural education for a not-for –profit cultural immersion program. He has travelled extensively to Europe, Mexico and Costa Rica. Keynote speaker at World Language Conference.
Mike Miller Mike Miller is a blogger, writer, and consulting engineer who has lived in Florida since 1960. He is the owner of the popular website FloridaBackroadsTravel.com and has written and published 18 books on Florida subjects. His website and books focus on road trips in off the beaten path Florida. He shares rich Florida history that informs his road trips. His travel motto echoes a Robert Frost poem.  He recommends taking the road less traveled. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He has traveled extensively throughout Florida for business and pleasure.
Rita Miller Rita Miller is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.S. in Home Economics Education.   She taught all phases of home arts on both the junior and senior high school level for the Warren County School District in Pennsylvania. Her fondness for teaching and knitting inspired her to offer a Learn to Knit class through the Master the Possibility program. She was instrumental in starting the OTOW Knit Witts Club for those who enjoy sharing their passion and projects .
Tom Miller Tom Miller received his B.S. in Biology Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. in Fresh Water Ecology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He taught Biology, Entomology, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Geology for 32 years in the Warren County School District at both the junior and senior high school levels. His lifelong love of insects led him down the pathway of multiple lectures and displays of his very extensive insect collection.
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.
MTP Staff Master the Possibilities staff members will facilitate this course.
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.
Jessica Nisbett Jessica Nisbett has been with the Florida Center for the Blind (FCB) for over a year. She first came to FCB from West Palm where she worked as a Client Care Coordinator for a mental health and substance abuse facility. After joining FCB as an outreach coordinator, she stepped in to take over case management while transitioning into her current position as Director of Development. Jessica is currently overseeing all of the marketing, public relations, grant writing, event planning and assisting in program development at FCB.
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.
Joann Palazzotto In College, Joann took Architecture & Art. Attended business school & attended Art & Design School, all in New York. Worked with Architect & Designers before moving to Florida and opening own firm in 1986.
Colleen Pallamary Colleen J. Pallamary is a speaker, author, and certified American Heart Association Instructor. She is owner and President of Pallamary Publishing. Her Book, “Scammunition,” has been praised and used in many scam prevention seminars and has been the topic of several radio programs nationwide. Ms. Pallamary recently published her debut novel, “The Vampire Preservation Society,” and has received rave reviews on social media. Current projects include a sequel to her novel and a non-fiction book about her mother’s career in show business. She volunteers regularly in the community and enjoys teaching learning from others.
Bill Paul  
Lawrence Paz Lawrence Paz is a business educator, advisor and facilitator. He helped improve the performance of hundreds of companies by examining their business processes and training personnel to meet performance demands. Clients have included public sector organizations such as FEMA, as well as large international private companies such as Coca Cola, American Express, Monsanto, and Exxon. The sectors have ranged from finance, banking, manufacturing, and distribution, health care, insurance and service industries. Paz earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting, management and computer science. His certifications included Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Professional.
Mary Irvin (Mervyn) Paz Mervyn began quilting in 2000 after watching a TV show featuring quilt designers and instructors. Her interests in crafts, sewing, and American History converged in quilting, and she was “hooked" from her first quilting project. She owned a quilt shop in Georgia for several years, and she loves teaching beginner’s classes, project classes, and all things “quilty". She is an award-winning longarm quilter and quilts projects for herself and others in her home in OTOW. She teaches traditional piecing and project classes through MTP. Mervyn’s teaching experience also includes various “self-help" classes for service organizations on local, regional, and state levels. Her classes are instructional, interesting, and fun.
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.
Kyle Peterson  
Gary Pierre Gary Pierre began his career with Circle Square Commons six years ago as facilities coordinator for the Cultural Center, Farmer’s Market and Town Square Events. He was recently promoted to facilities manager and supports the general manager in the purchase and execution of shows and events at Circle Square Commons. Pierre provides technical support with Master the Possibilities in Cypress and Live Oak Halls and various other classes offered by MTP.
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.
Sue Primeau Sue Primeau began painting in oils, later acrylics, and then explored pastels. After a corporate career in printing and then gifts and stationery, she launched a new career in art and watercolor instruction. She realized that watercolor was her preferred medium.

She continues to learn, teach and create with a number of extraordinary artists and instructors.
Jeff Primm  
Linda Quagliaroli After a successful career in the corporate world, Linda Quagliaroli decided to pursue her passion for jewelry and make her hobby into her “encore career”. She attended the Gemological Institute of America completing the industry’s highest level and most respected program, the Graduate Gemologist degree. She has worked as an independent gemologist appraiser for local jewelry stores, antique dealers and Skinner Auction House, Antique and Estate Jewelry division, Boston, Mass. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in University Studies from the University of Maine and has attended Portland School of Art taking classes in metalsmithing. She has completed Advanced Personal Property Appraisal Course – AGS and is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. She is a GIA Alumni Member – N.E. Chapter, and a Member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians.
Beth Ramsay Beth Ramsay has been a speaker/trainer for 20 years and has presented on main stages, to corporations and to audiences of up to 2,000 people. She is an author with books available on Amazon.
Cathy Ranges Cathy Ranges has lived in Ocala for 22 years, working at the Central Florida Eye Institute. Ranges is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Scrub Technician, Lead Training Clinical Technician and Refractive Coordinator. She is the community education specialist.
Dick Riberdy Dick Riberdy taught French at the high school level for 40 plus years. He had two years of intensive French instruction with Les Pères de LaSalette, a B.A. in French from University of Connecticut and a M.S. in English from University of Maine.
Jean Riley  
Mary Riley Mary Riley has been working on stained glass for 15 years. She has experience in lead, foil, and firing methods. Mary has apprenticed with a well known stained glass artist and author of many pattern books.
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.
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.
Joe Rosinski Joe has been a stamp collector for about 30 years.
Jim Ross Jim Ross is managing editor of the Ocala Star-Banner and has been in the newspaper business for 28 years. He has been with the Star-Banner for 10 years and before that worked 18 years at the St. Petersburg Times. Jim grew up in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook. He now lives in Ocala with his wife and two daughters. His son, James, is a junior at the University of Central Florida. Jim is an active parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and sits on the governing boards of the Ocala Civic Theatre, the Marion County Literacy Council and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. He also volunteers with the Marion Ballet Theatre and plays Dr. Stahlbaum in the annual production of "The Nutcracker."
Brian Rowland Brian Rowland taught English, Journalism and Peer Counseling at the high school level in Broward County, Florida for 32 years. He was also a Reading Coach, English Department Chairperson and did quite a bit of teacher training. He has a B.S. degree from Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ) and a Masters in English Education from Florida Atlantic University.
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.
Jo Salyers Jo Salyers has been general manager of Circle Square Commons during the construction of all facilities, as well as during the programming development and daily operations for each enterprise. Most recently, she has used her extensive entertainment purchasing and event execution experience to focus on program development, growing event attendance and guest satisfaction.
Dr. Julia Sands Dr. Julia Sands has worked in reading programs with kindergarten, elementary and college students as well as adults. With a team, she wrote and field-tested reading materials for teachers and learning-disabled elementary school students. She has also worked as a volunteer tutor at the Brooklyn Public Library.
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.
Marsha Belcher Schaeffer Marsha Belcher Schaeffer was born in Massachusetts attending public schools in Foxboro and graduating from Somerset High School. She attended Newton College of the Sacred Heart and Stonehill College. She has a B.A. from Boston Colleg-Newton. In 1973 while working in Greece, she met her husband, Val, who was chartering his 80 foot sailboat “Camalot” in Yugoslavia, Greece and Turkey. They left the Mediterranean in 1975 to world cruise. Highlights of their circumnavigation included the Sail Training Association’s entry in the 1976 Tall Ships race from Bermuda to Newport, RI and Parade of Sail in NY Harbor. In 1978 National Geographic TV chartered “Camalot” for seven weeks to film the documentary starring Bob Ballard, “Dive to the Edge of Creation” about the discovery of the thermal vents on the ocean floor at the Galapagos Rift. For twenty-nine years they circumnavigated until “Camalot” was sold in key West in 2002.
Bonnie Schirmers Bonnie Shirmers has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She has been in various retail positions throughout her career. Her last 12 years before retirement were spent as a senior retail analyst on the Walmart corporate account.
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.
Angeline Scotten Angeline Scotten is a fifth generation Floridian and was born and raised in Jupiter. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with her Bachelors of Science degree in wildlife & fisheries science (concentrating in wildlife management) and her minor in forestry. After spending several years doing field work in various states in the southeast, she settled back in Florida with her current position. She has been with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) since 2012 as a wildlife biologist concentrating on nuisance wildlife issues in south Florida.
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.
Ron Seacord  
Jim Seidule Jim Seidule has touched generations of students teaching history for 34 years to high schoolers and community college students from Tennessee to Virginia to Tennessee to Georgia and Mississippi. He even taught English to Chinese students at Nanning University in China. Seidule’s legacy includes an annual teaching award at Episcopal High in Virginia that is named after him, as well as the James M. Seidule History Center. Seidule has a Master’s in Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of the South.
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.
Bryant Shaw, Ph.D. Bryant received his Ph.D. in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a Fulbright-Hayes Award for his doctoral dissertation. His 29-year USAF career assignments included assignments Korea, Belgium, and numerous countries in Africa.  He also served as a policy analyst in the Africa Division of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and taught at the USAF Academy. After retiring from the USAF, he was Dean of Dept. of Defense's Africa Center for Strategic Studies and Chairman of Troy University’s History Department. He traveled extensively throughout Africa and worked with African militaries on democracy and HIV/AIDS programs. His interest in Africa and health issues began during his 2+ years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.  His articles have appeared in The Journal of Conflict Studies, Armed Forces Journal International, the Air University Review, and The Christian Science Monitor
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.
Tina Shook Tina has experience in many visual arts including photography and video editing. She was an art major studying sketching and water color. Tina has published over 150 videos on YouTube seen by over 22,000 viewers and posts new videos every week on her YouTube channel. She has the highest level Seller Review Rating on eBay.
Joe Simonetta Mr. Simonetta has a BS degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University, a Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado, a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University and he studied at Yale University. He has been an Army officer, professional athlete, entrepreneur and businessman, architectural designer, real estate developer, home builder, environmental activist, author, senior editor of the World Business Academy, twice nominee for the U. S. Congress, and once a nominee for the U.S. presidency (Democratic Party National Convention, New York City, 1992).
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 ElaineTertainment.com and follow her on Twitter @elainetertain.
Jerry Snyder Jerry Snyder is a retired custom design/build certified professional homebuilder, licensed as a general contractor in Georgia. Synder was also a licensed real estate broker and a certified property manager. After owning his own real estate management firm, he worked 10 years for Lake Arrowhead Development moving up the ladder from general sales manager to vice president and then president. In 1987, Snyder founded Cherokee Property Services in Georgia. He graduated from Ohio University with a BSJ in public relations and marketing with a minor in psychology.During his time in Georgia he penned a monthly magazine column in the form of a letter using the alter ego of "Pinelog". Using the alias gave the opportunity to poke fun at a variety of timely issues and seasonal happenings.  It was non-political but alive with innuendo
Dr. Sidney Soclof Dr. Sidney Soclof is Professor Emeritus at the Los Angeles campus of the California State University. He has expertise in the areas of history and geography and extensive travel experience. He has lectured on a wide variety of topics at Road Scholar/Elderhostel programs, Chautauqua Institution, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, Senior Summer Schools, and many Lifelong Learning programs.
Don Sommer Don is a long-time resident of OTOW.  He moved here after retiring from the JCPenney Company in 1997. While there, he worked in Store Management for 16 years, and then in Information Systems Management for an additional 16 years.  He is a past-President of the OTOW Computer Club and has been working with Personal Computers since they were first introduced to the public in the 1980's.
Dolores Spain Dolores Spain is a Public Education Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard of Ocala. She has 26 years’ experience as a teacher and school administrator in Roselle, Illinois. She moved to Florida in 1987 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary the following year.  In 1994, she was certified as a master instructor for the Auxiliary. Dolores and staff have taught boating safety courses to the public for the past 26 years.  One of the goals of the auxiliary is to keep boaters safe on State and Federal waterways.
Margaret Spontak Prior to her current position as Director of Education for Master the Possibilities, Margaret Spontak held a variety of leadership positions at the College of Central Florida, University of Florida, Career Source, Audubon Florida and the St. Johns River Water Management District. At the College of Central Florida, she served as Marketing Director, CFCC Foundation Director and Executive Director for Corporate and Continuing Education. Her knowledge of the state comes from being a native Floridian, serving as manager of sales and promotion for Silver Springs and Weeki Wachee, co-authoring a book - Protecting Paradise, and traveling the state for work and pleasure. Spontak has a B.S. in Communications from FSU and a MBA from Nova University.
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.
Burton Stephens  
Charlie Stone  
Michelle Stone  
Connie Storms Connie Storms is the Volunteer Director for Hospice of Marion County where she has served the last 4 years.  Her professional background includes being a United Way Director in her hometown in Iowa while caregiving for her mother with dementia and administrative work with a publisher, start-up nonprofit, church and professional association. She helped start the Pet Peace of Mind program at Hospice of Marion County in 2013 to help patients stay connected to their pets during their time on Hospice. Connie holds a MA in Non-profit Management from Regent University, a MS in Nutrition from Iowa State University, and a BS in Chemistry from Wheaton College.
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.
J.E. Sumerau, Ph.D. J.E. Sumerau, Ph.D., is a teacher, researcher, and novelist specializing in intersections of gender, sexualities, religion, and health who has published in over 40 scientific journals and edited collections, and regularly contributes to scholarly and political discussions on Write Where It Hurts and Conditionally Accepted at Inside Higher Ed.  They are also the author of the non-binary, bisexual coming of age novel Cigarettes & Wine, an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and the Director of Applied Sociology at the University of Tampa.
Sheriff's Support Services The Sheriff's Citizens Academy provides speakers every semester from the Marion County Sheriff's Office to educate on what the agency does for the community.
Alexander Suvorov Ph.D. Alexander is a highly skilled Information Technology professional with significant experience in information and systems security, network engineering, project management, and IT operations. He received his PhD in Technical Sciences from Moscow State University and holds numerous computer certifications. For the past 9 years Alexander specialized in the management of IT systems in a medical services setting. He has been an advocate and early adopter of the tools and techniques necessary to integrate IT into the clinical environments.

He began his information technology career in Russia, where he was a PC Operator at Kretor Company. He moved on to Technesis Company as a Network Administrator. Upon immigrating to the U.S. in 2004, he began working at SynQuest Laboratories in Alachua where he was a computer scientist.
Thomas Sweeney Tom Sweeney is a licensed owner, trainer, and blood stock agent in Florida, California, Arizona and Ireland since 1979.
Jackie Tanner Jackie Tanner comes from a family of award-winning quilters, but she did not have time to quilt until retirement. Her first projects were unfinished fabric objects (UFOs) left by her mother and sister. This included both hand and long arm machine quilting. Inspired by a Jo Diggs fabric landscape workshop, Tanner has taken a number of online fabric workshops and hands on workshops. She now enjoys sharing fabric and techniques with MTP students. She retired after 30 years in education.
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.
Gail Thompson Gail Thompson grew up a competitive equestrian in Canada. Taught primary education from 1980 through 1967. In addition, she trained the Shah of Iran's horses during the 1970s.
Patti Thompson Patti Tompson has a Bachelor degree from University of Miami. She has taught music for 26 years. Patti and her husband, Bill owned and operated a music studio in South Florida.
William Thompson Bill graduated from CUNY University with a degree in both music and science. He also received his Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern University. He taught in schools for over 30 years. Bill has conducted many bands and orchestras and played piano in musical shows. Together with his wife, Patti, he owned a music studio.
Dr. Barbara Toeppen-Sprigg Dr. Barbara Toeppen-Sprigg has a Masters of Public Health from Medical College of Wisconsin, a MD from Case Western Reserve University, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. She has been hiking and biking since 1971.
Patricia Tomlinson  
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.
Donna Tredway I moved to the Ocala area eleven years ago. In order to meet people and get off the farm, I took my first wire wrapping class. After that, I was hooked. I went to as many classes as I could afford and for more intense study, I went to William Holland School of Lapidary Arts. I teach classes, participate in craft shows, and have my pieces for sale in jewelry stores in Cedar Key and Dunnellon.
Frank Triolo Prior to retiring, Frank Triolo was a certified financial planner, holding the following securities licenses: series 7,6,63,24. He has studied the stock and bond markets from 1979 to the present, by taking courses, reading books, and personal investing on a daily basis. Frank and his wife, Katherine spend as much time as possible enjoying life here at OTOW as well as Door County, Wisconsin.
David Van Buskirk David Van Buskirk is active with the Marion Bonsai Society and is owner of D & L Nursery in Oklawaha, Florida.
Leona Vlacancich I've been a life-long learner. Early on, my hero was Leonardo Da Vinci. Before moving to Florida, I spent about 2 years facilitating a monthly discussion following a Great Courses video.
Rob Vlacancich Rob was born in Manhattan, raised in Bellmore, Long Island, attended parochial schools, including Bishop Loughlin High School, St. John's University, St. Meinrad College in Indiana and Glenmary Home Mission Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio.Did Pastoral work in rural areas of Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia over 32 years.  Was certified in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and Association of Professional Chaplains, then worked as Hospital and Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator in Birmingham, Alabama. Was active in Kairos prison ministry for 15 years.
Dr. Michael Vogt Dr. Michael Vogt has practiced in Central Florida since 2010. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Vogt earned his MD from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Vogt comes to VIP Primary Care with experience in a wide array of clinical settings, including the full scope of Family Medicine practice, from women's health to geriatrics.
Patricia Wagner Patricia Wagner is the owner of Grace Unlimited Inc., a New Thought teaching ministry, and the founder of www.LookingforLight.net. Patricia is a Licensed Unity Teacher, Certified Revolutionary Agreements Coach, Certified Quantum-Touch Instructor and is currently in ministerial training in Divine Science.
Needing to overcome her intense fear of public speaking, Patricia joined Talk of the World Toastmasters in 2010 and now enjoys membership in many local clubs. She is currently serving as Toastmasters District 84 Area 71 Director.
Patricia Wagner is a popular speaker, facilitator and teacher whose passion is to empower others to live their mission.
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.
Laura Walker  
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.
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.
Phelps White  
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.
David Williamson David Williamson is co-founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC), an organization of atheists and humanists focused on the separation of state and building a thriving secular community in the Greater Orlando area and across Florida. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Freethought Equality Fund, is Secretary of the Florida Humanist Association, and is co-coordinator of the FHA’s conference FREEFLO and a Humanist Celebrant.
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.
Joyce Wood  
Peter Wood Peter Wood is an area leader for the Washington based NO LABELS Foundation, focused on solutions for government dysfunction and fiscal management. He is also a member of the Marion Bonsai Society and Bonsai Societies of Florida, and coordinates the annual bonsai exhibit and classes at Master the Possibilities. Wood worked in the power generation field for Westinghouse Electric and Lycoming for 32 years. He has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Northrop University, and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven. Mr. Wood is from Montreal, Canada.
Don Wright Don Wright is a Jacksonville, Florida native. As Project Manager, General Manager and business owner, his career included supplying architectural millwork to hundreds of schools, hospitals and professional buildings throughout the southeast. A master cabinet builder and instructor with extensive experience in CAD, CAM and CNC Machine Robotics. A published author with over a decade of formal training in classes and writing groups. Now a recent OTOW retiree, he continues his passion of being a writer, artist and RC pilot.
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.
Bob Zannelli Bob Zannelli earned enough credits for Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology and Nuclear Engineering Technology. He spent six years in the Navy as a Nuclear Reactor operator and 27 years working in the nuclear industry on process control and instrumentation, reactor safety systems and radiation monitoring. As an avocation, he worked with Dr. Gerald Fitzpatrick on three papers on the puzzle of Fermion families in particle physics and with Dr. Vic Stenger (along with other members of Vic's "Physics Gang) on eight books and two papers, on the fine-tuning question is cosmology and the defense of New Atheism.
Yilin Zhuang Yilin has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida and is an Extension Agent of Community Resource Efficiency.
John Zobler