| 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. |
| 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. |
| Edwin Armbruster || Edwin has lived in foreign countries for 27 years. He has traveled and visited over 70 countries including, all countries in Central America, South America, most countries in Eastern and Western Europe, British Isles, China, Australia, New Zealand, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Japan, Philippines, Fiji, Hawaii, safari in Kenya, East Africa, Egypt, Israel, Malta, Sicily,Turkey, Canada and many more countries. |
| John Bain || John Bain was raised in Dunblane, a small country town near Stirling, in central Scotland. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc degree in chemical engineering. His work took him to many countries where people asked numerous questions about Scotland. This led him to be even more knowledgeable on the subject. John and his family immigrated to the United States in 1982. |
| Patricia Barreira || Patricia has been volunteering in the therapeutic riding arena for over 10 years in the capacity of special events, leading and working with horses and side walking functions. She also has her own miniature therapy horses that she uses to visit various health facilities. They currently visit Superior Residence (Memory Care Facility) in Ocala, FL. |
| 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. |
| Pat Bernson || Patricia began her career as a finiancial advisor at a major Wall Street securities firm. She entered the world of academia to share her knowledge and passion for investing with a wider audience. As a professor, she developed and taught various investing and personal finance courses and created numerous textbood supplements. She believes in a hand's-on, practical approach to investing and learning. |
| 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. |
| Donna Lynne Blevins || Poker pro and mindset coach, Donna Blevins, used her mindshifting exercises to accelerate her miraculous recovery from a life-threatening stroke. Her methods are known as “Yoga and Meditation on Steroids” and help you tap into your true potential—in life and at the poker table—to be the best version of yourself: confident, authentic, and in control.
At 6-feet 5-inches tall, for many, Donna Blevins is “heads above the rest.” She finished as the top 4th woman out of 6,400 players at the 2007 World Series of Poker® Main Event Championship (parlayed $216 investment into a $51,000 win). |
| 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.
Dean graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English, a minor in Education, and a concentration in Print Journalism. In August 2006, he was named Editor of the Year by the Florida Magazine Association. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| Shizuka Campagna || Born in Kobe, Japan, Shizuka Campagna earned her bachelor's ddegree in mathematics at Jochi Daigaku (SophiSa University) in Tokyo. Later she worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and SONY Corporation as an international marketing manager, traveling to various parts of the world. After the 9/11 incident, she returned to graduate school to earn her degree in education and special education. Currently she teaches mathematics in the Marion County Public Schools. She was named the Teacher of the Year in 2014 and in 2012, and was awarded the prestigious PRISM Award for the best math teacher in the Marion County in 2013. |
| Kathie Campbell || |
| 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 25th year. Besides receiving training in various spiritual and psychological systems, she is a Certified Laughter Leader. |
| Sandy Carey || Sandy Carey is one of the facilitators of the Keeping Current on Events group at Master the Possbilities. |
| Elaine Carpenter || Elaine has been involved with the Arts in one form or another for 50 years. These forms include decorative painting, watercolor, an din the last 15 years, Tangle Art. |
| 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. |
| John Ciotti || |
| Greg Clements || Gregory R. (Greg) Clements is the Chief of the Strategic Implementation Office, in the Exploration Research and Technology Programs Directorate at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. He is responsible for strategic planning and analysis; developing formulation plans to address research and technology gaps, technical challenges, and the needs of KSC-resident spaceflight programs; resolving inter-organizational strategic issues; and serving as an advisor and mentor for leadership and organizational development.
Greg has had a long career with NASA, starting work at Kennedy Space Center in 1985, and serving in various technical and leadership capacities focused upon telemetry processing, real-time command and control for human spaceflight, test engineering, electronics manufacturing, technology development, project formulation and management, and strategic planning in support of NASA strategic goals.
Clements was born in Bayshore, New York, and grew up in Spring Hill, Florida, where he graduated from Springstead High School in 1981. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1986. He also earned a master’s in engineering management from Florida Tech in 1990. He lives in Mims, Florida, with his family. |
| 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 50+ 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. |
| 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. |
| Donna Cunningham ||Donna Cunningham has 20+ years of experience in IT, including 10 years as a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). Donna has been an amateur family historian since 1989. She caught the vintage photo collecting bug while attending an auction in 2009. Based on her deep knowledge of home town history, she realized the photos for sale were the founding fathers and bought every one. Since then her collection has expanded to over 7,000 photos. She attends genealogy conferences across the country and has taught identification workshops in Southeastern Ohio and West Virginia before becoming a Florida resident in 2015. |
| Frank "Sunshadow" Curtis || Frank Sunshadow Curtis is a photographer, storyteller and Native American flutist. He writes children's stories in the style of his Indian elders to teach important life lessons. He transforms those stories by illustrating them and putting them to music. Curtis has performed at art galleries, libraries, schools and assisted-living facilities. His Florida Artists Gallery is located in Crystal River. His work is also on display at the Franklin Anderson Gallery in Crystal River. |
| Jill Davis || Jill has a BS from Nova Southeastern University and a Master's Degree in Education from Troy State University. 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 continues through life to always encounter deaf persons. They are delighted for a signed greeting and conversation. She is also an author of the book, The Small Town with a Big Heart, a true story about the people of St. Augustine. Jill has traveled the state giving motivational speeches regarding giving and altruism based on her book/screenplay. |
| 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. |
| 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 95 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. |
| Lisa Didier
||Professor Lisa Didier taught at the College of Lake County, IL for 20 years before taking her classroom to sea as guest ‘enrichment’ lecturer aboard 80 cruises for the Celebrity, Holland America, Azamara and Princes cruise lines.
Since moving to Florida 4 years ago, Professor Didier began using her background as a teacher, world traveler, nationally and internationally published writer and historical researcher to create informative and entertaining programs that focus on history, famous historical figures, or the culture, flora & fauna, food and crafts of countries all over the world. She has presented these programs for adult students at Rollins College, the Villages Life Long Learning, and Terra Vista’s series of Lunch and Learn programs.
Every program is presented in PowerPoint format and contains more than 70 slides with pictures, maps, graphs and sometimes music. After the program, Professor Didier hangs around to answer any questions and to interact with her favorite kind of people, the intellectually curious.|
| 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. || |
| 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. |
| Diane Ewing || Diane Ewing received a Bachelor or Arts in Home Furnishings, Textiles, and Wearing Apparel from Northwest Missouri State in 1980. She has worked in all fields of related studies and beyond since graduation. Consequently, she has participated in formal and informal training and instruction as an ongoing joy of her passion. She previously worked at Thomasvill and Bassett from 10 years helping people select their furniture and accessories. In addition, she has previously engaged in an online e-course in interior design, taught by a professional interior designer. She spent 2 years completing the course and received her certification in 2011. She has also worked in flooring and window treatment selections for 2 years as a preparation for complete room/home design. |
| 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. |
| Humanists of North Central Florida || Secular Conversations is a monthly series provided by the Humanists of North Central Florida. |
| Pat Ford || |
| Nancy Gal || Nancy Gal has served as a UF/IFAS Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Marion County since 1987, and holds the rank of Agent IV (the highest rank for county faculty). She is responsible for educating youth and adults on the importance of health, nutrition and food safety. Her areas of specialty are health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management, focusing mainly on type 2 diabetes. She has received international, national and state recognition for her work on the development of the UF/IFAS Extension’s Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a diabetes self-management education program for adults. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| 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 |
| Derek Gisburne || Derek is a Certified Professional Life Coach, dedicated to improving the lives of others. He brings a decade of experience and direct positive impact, serving older adults through such roles as: Lifelong Learning Coordinator, Director of Life Enrichment for Independent Living, Memory Care Program Director, and Senior Solutions Director. He is fascinated by the brain's power of "neuroplasticity" and passionate about sharing "Brain Fitness" training techniques. Derek is a dynamic and vibrant presenter who incorporates humor, music and a lively upbeat style for your learning enjoyment.|
| 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. |
| Gail Graham || Gail lived in Australia for 32 years, where she worked as a journalist for 15 years. She has written 9 books and won several international awards, including the Buxtehude Bullen, the Cairns Centenary Playwriting Award,and National Best Book Award for Literary Fiction. She reads, writes and speaks Chinese, and has traveled extgensively and led tour groups in China. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| Sue Harrison || As a former career flight attendant, decorating and design has been many of Sue's creative passions for about 30 years. To support her passion, she attended 3 years of formal education and hands-on training with Gary Gay Interior Designer in Atlanta, GA. After having her own full-scale decorating business for 20 years in the Atlanta area, Sue went back and took courses in One Day Decorating, Color, Staging, and Using What You Have. In addition, she also enjoys repurposing quality furniture generally made available through consignment shops. However, her leading passion is to help people create an inviting space that you love to live in!. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| Paula Hill-Goates, LCSW, ACHP-SW || Paula has been with Hospice of Marion County more than 19 years. As the Psychosocial and Bereavement Care Coordinator she also serves as the administrator of the Monarch Center for Hope and Healing. During her time with Hospice of Marion County, she has been instrumental in creating, planning and participating in the first Camp Mariposa for bereaved children in 2002, with 37 camps to date, serving over 500 children. She also co-authored the proposal for the Monarch Center and is involved with program development and staff supervision since its opening in July 2015, providing individual or group bereavement counseling to Marion County citizens.
Previously, Paula worked at Haven Hospice. She also has a strong background in social work in a hospital setting in various departments (ED, MICU, SICU, Cardiology, Labor & Delivery, Oncology). In addition, she worked five years for HRS/DCF as a Protective Investigator for children in foster care, and developmental disabilities for both children and adults.
She is a Qualified Supervisor for staff LCSW candidates and supervises MSW graduate intern placements. Paula is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). |
| 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. |
| Doug Hughes || |
| 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 |
| Judy Johnson || Judy Johnson is a former Marion County Commissioner and attorney. |
| 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. |
| 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 enjoys creating a safe playful place for people who are interested in growing themselves, as they develop understanding, compassion and insight into the healing process. She looks at life as a journey of self-discovery that never ends. |
| 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 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. |
| Bert Lamothe || Bert has more than 30 years of stained glass art experience. Her first class was completed in 1981. She has attended multiple classes at workshops and trade shows. She also has 20 years experience in the stained glass trade. She has completed multiple stained glass painting classes with world renowned master glass painters Richard Millard and Peter McGrain. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| Mery Lossada, MD || Dr. Lossada came to Ocala in 2005 and opened a private practice specializing in Neruology and Psychiatry. She joined Hospice of Marion County in 2007 and became Cheif Medical Officer in 2010. She is board certified as a Diplomate Neurologist and Psychiatrist and belongs to the Board of American Medical Specialities. She is an active Consultant Neurologist and Psychiatrist at Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Community Hospital, Timerridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Munroe Regional Medical Center. |
| Dr. Jason Lundock || Dr. Jason Lundock is an archaeologist and classicist who has worked with such institutions as the British Musuem, the Appleton Museum and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. He studied at Harvard University, where he received his ALB in Anthropology and Archaeology. He also received his MA and Ph.D. at King's College London, U. of London. |
| 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 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. |
| 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 websites FloridaBackroadsTravel.com and Living-Aboard.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 . |
| Lisa Montalbano || Lisa has worked in many areas of the hospital as a nurse and instructor of a CNA program. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida International University, Miami. |
| Taaka Moore || Taaka Moore is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Aging Drivers and Bicyclists & Pedestrians in the Office of Driver Safety within the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. |
| 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 || A Master the Possibilities staff member will facilitate this session. |
| Reinier Munguia || Reinier Munguia works with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey as eaglewatch coordinator. He is also a commercial and nature photographer with a strong education and conservation vision. His work regularly appears in the Audubon Florida Naturalist among other textbooks and magazines. Educating people about nature has become his most important goal. He reaches thousands of people each year through his nature presentations in schools and community events. Reinier leads photography and birding trips throughout the United States, Coasta Rica, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. He has spent the last 20 years documenting wildlife and their struggles using still photography, but has recently added filmmaking to his conservation tools. |
| 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. |
| Compassion & Choices Ocala || Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life. |
| 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. |
| 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.|
| 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. |
| Michael Brandon Parrott, MD, Ph.D. || Michael Brandon Parrott, MD, Ph.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist. His opthalmology training started at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/University of Miami, which has been ranked as the number on eye hospital in the U.S. for over a decade. He completed his residency, vitreoretinal fellowship, and a term as the Director of Ocular Trauma in Miami before entering private practice. Parrott has been in practice as a vitreoretinal surgeon in Florida since 2012. He is currently a vitreoretinal surgeon with Vitreoretinal Associates, PA, which serves Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, and the surrounding areas. |
| Phyllis Pastore || |
| Larry 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 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. |
| Maryann Perrothers, LCSW || Mary Ann Perrothers, LCSW, is a Bereavement facilitator at Hospice of Marion County. She has been offering counseling support to hospice families as well as community groups for more than 25 years. |
| 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. |
| Joe Pine || Bill Houle is a former member of the Military, a NRA firearm Instructor, Martial Arts Instructor and former private sector security. |
| 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. |
| Diane Podkomorski || Diane Podkomorski completed CORE Training for Florida Assisted Living Administrator and is a member of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Diane is an instructor, facilitator and former Board Member of NAMI and long term caregiver. |
| 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. |
| || The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition is a not-for-profit research institute of the State University System of Florida, with locations in Pensacola and Ocala, Florida. IHMC graciously allows Master the Possibilities to use pre-recorded talks from dynamic speakers who lecture on many diffrent topics. |
| 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." |
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| 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. |
| 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. |
| Dean Regas || "Recently featured in the New York Times
Dean has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy.
Dean is the co-host of Star Gazers, a new twist on an iconic backyard astronomy program which airs on over 100 PBS stations around the world. He is the author of the books Facts From Space! hit the shelves in October 2016 and 100 Things to See in the Night Sky came out this November. Dean is a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine and a contributor to Astronomy Magazine, where he won 2008 “Out-of-this-World” Award for astronomy education. Dean has written over 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogs for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured on television and radio. Since 2012 Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and this year he began an astronomy podcast with Anna Hehman called Looking Up!
At the Cincinnati Observatory, he has developed his skills as a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages." |
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| Restaurant Staff || Master the Possibilities coordinates Dining Around lunch trips. |
| 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. |
| 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 in Florida.
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 || |
| Angela Roberts-Reeder || Angela Roberts Reeder is an exhibitions writer/editor in the Office of Exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History. Her mission is to pique visitors’ curiosity about the natural world through engaging stories and plain language. She works closely with exhibition, education, and scientific staff to craft exhibition messages, ensure scientific accuracy, avoid jargon, and negotiate word counts. From 2003 to 2008, she was a writer/editor at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central (now Smithsonian Exhibitions) where she massaged and polished exhibition scripts for SITES, Smithsonian Gardens, the International Gallery, and the Archives of American Art. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she managed the interpretation of the gardens at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Museum Education Program at George Washington University in 1998.
Angela Roberts Reeder is an exhibitions writer/editor in the Office of Exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History. Her mission is to pique visitors’ curiosity about the natural world through engaging stories and plain language. She works closely with exhibition, education, and scientific staff to craft exhibition messages, ensure scientific accuracy, avoid jargon, and negotiate word counts. |
| 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. |
| Marie Roppel || Marie Roppel graduated from Northeastern University with a MS in education and a certification as a reading specialist. She taught 4th, 6th and middle school reading in Colorado, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She received training as both a host parent and area representative for student exchange programs hosting 13 students from a variety of countries. |
| Jim Ross || Jim Rossis 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. |
| 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. 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. |
| Kevin Selfridge || Kevin learned to play bagpipes from his father Pipe Major Wm. Selfridge of the Amityville, NY Highlander Pipe Band and instructor Bob Swain. He won a Gold Medal in Junior Competition at the NY Irish Feis in 1965. He played and competed with the Amityville Ppe Band for many years. He moved to The Villages in 2002 and joined the Sounds of Scotland Pipe Band in The Villages. He has been the Pipe Major of the Band since 2006. In 2011 he competed with Tampa Bay Pipes and Drums in the Gr.5 competition season where the Band won the Highland Games at Sarasota and finished the season as the top Fla. Grade 5 Band. |
| Mike Sever || Mike's hospice career began with Clinical Therapy Systems and later as Site Director for Hospice Pharmacia, which was purchased by HMC to increase clinical oversight and reduce clinical formulary costs. Mike is an adjunct professor at both the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and College of Central Florida. He is a member of the American Pharmacists' Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Buyers Inc., Hospice Advisory Board and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. |
| 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 inThe Journal of Conflict Studies, Armed Forces Journal International, the Air University Review, and The Christian Science Monitor. |
| Judith Sherwood || Retired after 50 years of college teaching, Dr. Judy Sherwood has a background in early childhood education and teacher education. She is particularly interested in the practical application of their undergraduate degree in Psychology which lead her to facilitating session about habit change. She has conducted workshops on the local, state and national level concerning leadership, team building, learning styles, temperament /Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, diversity and curriculum development. In addition to courses in these fields Dr. Sherwood appreciates teaching card games and organizing trips and events that bring fun and happiness into people's lives |
| Tom Sherwood || |
| 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. |
| Morgan Silver || |
| Andrew Smith || Andrew Smith has been an academic librarian at the University of South Florida for the past 11 years. His current focus is genealogy. He has been writing and speaking on various genealogy topics since the mid-1990s and has authored or co-authored 3 books. |
| Jerry Snyder || Jerry Snyder is a retired custom design/build certified professional homebuilder, licensed as a general contractor in Georgia. Snyder 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. |
| 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. |
| Burton Stephens || Burt Stephens was a researcher and manager of traffic and highway safety programs at the Federal Highway administration. He headed the International Clearinghouse at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of America. He performed research at the Civil Engineering Department and was a consultant to the National Older Driver Research and Training Center at the University of Florida. Burt has a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology from the George Washington University and has been an instructor at the University of Florida. the University of Maryland, the National Highway Institute, the CF Senior Institute and the Senior Learners, Inc. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| Jim Stueber || James “Stue” Stueber has been a teacher for over 35 years. He is very excited to join the team at Master the Possibilities. He was a high school art and computer graphic teacher for many years before starting to teach Adult Education in 2003. Stue is currently teaching classes on iPhone, iPad, Mac Computers, Windows 10 and Chrome Books. When Stue is not teaching, he has computer tutor/tech business where he makes house calls to either fix or tutor people with all their technology needs. Although many of Stue’s classes revolve around technology he recently received his Masters degree in Oriental medicine. He has always been fascinated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine. |
| 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. |
| 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.|
| 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. |
| 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. |
| 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. |
| 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 www.LookingForLight.net 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.
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. |
| Jim Willard || |
| Terry Willard || |
| Rabbi Sir Mark Winer, Ph.D., D.D.
|| Rabbi Mark Winer is founding director of the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies at St. Thomas University, Miami. He has been the President of FAITH: The Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony. In 2014, Rabbi Winer was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his work in promoting interfaith dialogue and social cohesion in London and the UK.
Rabbi Winer has a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Yale University.|
| Beverly Wojnar || Beverly Wojnar moved to the Ocala area in 2013. She received her B.S. in Risk Management & Insurance, along with several certifications within the insurance industry, but her true passion is paper crafting. Beverly has been scrapbooking since 2000 and started focusing on card making a few years later. She loves to make invitations and greeting cards for others and is focusing on building that business. Beverly continuously seeks new techniques, tools and materials to make the craft even better and looks forward to sharing these new ideas with others. |
| 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 has presented MTP courses on solutions for government dysfunction, fiscal management and immigration issues. 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. He co-founded the Mind and Motion Parkinson's Support Network, and conducts education and support classes for Parkinson's patients at MTP. Wood worked in the power generation field for Siemens, 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. |
| Bob Woods
|| Bob Woods is a retired Navy veteran of 20-years. During his military career as a Navy photographer and photojournalist he traveled the world. Woods “wintered over” in Antarctica serving the scientific community in the South Pole. While stationed in Washington, D.C., he covered government functions and state funerals of dignitaries such as President Kennedy and General MacArthur. He was trained as a photojournalist at Syracuse University’s Newhouse Communications Center.
Bob spent three tours of duty in country in Vietnam as a combat photojournalist with Combat Camera Group Pacific and one tour as a member of the J.O.T. Team of the Armistice Affairs Division of the U.N. Command in Korea. Bob and Bev have been residents of OTOW for 13 years.|
| 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. |
| 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. |