Meet Our Current Teachers

Meet our NEW Spring 2024 Term teachers

Here are our Winter 2024 Term teachers!

Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc. DHCC accomplishes their mission through communication access services, education and advocacy. DHCC advocates for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to help them gain communication access to services, businesses, educational institutions and their own places of employment. All DHCC ASL classes are taught by experienced Deaf instructors who look to not only teach ASL, but will also cover key ideas and stories about Deaf culture and history.

Beth Adelson teaches mediation because it makes people happy and effective in everyday life. Her work on the happy aspects of meditation was recognized with a Harvard Centennial medal and endorsed by the Dalai Lama. Early on, Beth was a dancer in NYC where she also began practicing yoga and Zen. She was then trained as a cognitive scientist at Harvard.  This brought her to study the effects of meditation and then to training in Buddhist meditation & eventually to be asked to teach. She is the founding teacher at 24th St. Sangha. Her current daily sitting meditation & movement practice focuses on both joy and equanimity.


Joan Adler is the former Director of APPRISE Medicare Counseling at the Mayor’s Commission on Aging in Philadelphia. She has been a Medicare counselor in the community for the last 6 years.


Justin Ahlbach has an MA in Literature and an interest in contemporary film.


Shawn Alleyne is a multi-talented Creator with a 13-year career that includes work in comics, novels, video game design, and more. He has self-published two anthologies, two novellas, a comic book series, and multiple art books. As an educator, he has taught his Comic Book and Literacy Arts Program for 12 years, collaborating with various institutions, both nationally and internationally.


Liz Aubry began her restaurant career as a host and busser in order to put herself through college. Her experiences in the hospitality industry led to her infatuation with it. At 22 she became a bartender and never looked back. She loves the creativity, sounds, smells, and tastes involved in mixing a drink, and the fast paced yet family-like vibe of restaurants. She sees making cocktails akin to cooking: an emotionally rewarding way to bring people together. She is a bartender at Mt. Airy’s own Commodore Barry Club and Bar Lizette.


Luther Bangert has been juggling for seventeen years. Performing and teaching has taken him around the world. His interest in the expressive potential of the technique of juggling led him to explore various movement frameworks and body methods within yoga, qigong, and contemporary dance. Luther brings this diverse skill set and his unique way of working with juggling to his classes for beginners and advanced practitioners.


Dorothy Bauer spent most of her adult life in Berkeley, California where she was able to take classes at Living Light Culinary Institute and study with world renowned raw chef and author, Elaina Love.


Andrew Behrendt has been a human companion to canines since, in his words, “before I was born.”  Studying psychology and education at the University of Pennsylvania, Andy has taught undergraduate and graduate students at area colleges for decades and periodically maintains a small psychotherapy practice working with individuals and couples.  Currently he is writing a book about dogs as spiritual guides.


Stephanie Ben-Salem holds a BA and MA in piano performance , as well as a MA in education, and has been teaching students from all ages, abilities and backgrounds for the past 44 years. Besides the piano, she is very proficient in violin, cello, sitar, darbouka, santoor, and tabla as well as a plethora of other instruments. She has been a performing artist for over 50 years throughout the US and Europe.


Glenn Bergman is the former Executive Director of Philabundance, and previously served for 11 years as the General Manager of the Weavers Way Co-Op. He has lead food tours of Chinatown for MALT and this term is also eager to share his food explorations to Northeast Philly. Glenn is donating his faculty fee to the nonprofit Ukraine Trust Train, providing humanitarian relief to people in the war. No funds will go towards military equipment.


Lynn Berkowitz, MFA, BFA, with a career in art museums, has developed an array of award-winning gallery tours, experiences, and apps aimed at helping audiences of all ages and abilities engage with a diversity of art ‘isms’ and approaches.


Sophie Bernard has been doing yoga for nearly 18 years. In 2007, she obtained her 200 hour yoga certification in Inner Fire Yoga from Yoga on Main. She is certified in Ericksonian hypnosis to deepen her students’ experiences while following her guided meditations. She is also a Reiki Master. Her website is: Sophie grew up in the beautiful suburbs of Paris, France before she moved stateside to study International Commerce. She speaks 5 languages and loves to share her love of her beautiful native language.


Marck “Flaco” Best is a native of Mt. Airy. As a master teaching artist, he holds roster artist positions with such prestigious arts education agencies as Young Audiences of NJ & PA, AIE, and Arts Horizons, and has a long-standing relationship with The Painted Bride Art Center, where he appears frequently. His passion lies in teaching men to dance with the women in their lives.


Maureen Breen is the president of Philadelphia Backyard Chickens, a local group that shares resources about backyard chicken keeping. She also conducts research in the value of backyard chickens to reduce food waste.


Rochelle Brenner is a Black Belt and full-time martial arts instructor for children and adults. She is also a former amateur boxer and includes training that can challenge every level. She is the owner of Action Karate in Mt. Airy.


Karen Bruhin is a 3rd degree initiate within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan syncretic tradition. She is the High Priestess of Tenders of the Earth Temple founded in 2011 based in NW Philadelphia. A practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines, Karen has been active in Wicca and the local Pagan community for the past 20+ years and has been reading tarot for 45+ years. She is a past board member for Philadelphia Pagan Pride and has previously taught at Spring Magick, Autumn Magick, Philadelphia Pagan Pride, South Jersey Pagan Pride and Free Spirit Gathering.


Troy Bynum, owner of TB Wildlife Photography LLC, is an avid birder and wildlife photographer local to the Philadelphia area. Troy spends most of his free time exploring natural areas around the tri-state in search of beautiful birds. Troy’s photography specializes in showcasing the astounding colors, patterns, and textures found throughout the natural world. We often overlook a lot of these things and Troy is on a mission to spark an interest in others to go outside and explore the world around them.


Llana Carroll holds an BA in Literature from Purchase College/SUNY and an MA and PhD in English: Cultural and Critical Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Llana has taught non-fiction and essay writing at several colleges and universities and is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Philosophy at Drexel University. Her own writing has been published in several academic journals.


Meghan Cary is a nationally touring singer/songwriter based in the Philly area. She is a frequent performer at The Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series, and other local venues. A professional actor and playwright, Meghan has written and performs a one-woman show, “On the Way to the Waterfall”, and is currently collaborating on a Broadway-bound musical. Meghan coaches songwriting and performance for organizations around the country, as well as working with private clients.


Patricia Castillo is a certified instructor with many years of experience teaching Zumba, in addition to Zumba Gold and Zumba Kids. She provides moves for every level of difficulty, from beginners to the long term Zumba enthusiast.  Her vibrant energy has her students smiling while they sweat.


Christina Castro-Tauser is the founding director of Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Executive Director of International Ballet Exchange. She earned her MFA at Temple University and was the recipient of the Rose Vernick MFA Choreographic Achievement Award. Christina is an adjunct faculty at Temple University and Teaching Artist for Taller Puertorriqueno. In January of 2023 she became the owner of Wissahickon Dance Academy.


Leonard Cherry is a Financial Advisor. He works with individuals and businesses, specializing in retirement strategies, investments and estate planning.


Rodney Chonka has lived, studied, taught and traveled in both Italy and France. Rodney is fluent in French and Italian and has taught both languages over many years.


Christopher Coan is a certified Pilates and Kripalu Yoga teacher with nearly a decade of experience. His classes are influenced by martial arts study, Buddhism and various healing modalities such as acupuncture and Ayurveda.


James Crichton is a tour guide, museum docent, tour escort and historical character re-enactor. Known for his dramatic presentation style, Jim helped to develop Historic Germantown’s popular Ghosts of the Great Road tours and served as the guide for them for many years. He served as a member of the guide corps at Cliveden of the National Trust for eleven years, was a guide for the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program for six years and has been a docent at Johnson House Historic Site since 2007. A charter member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, Jim has also conducted walking, step-on and duck boat tours of Center City Philadelphia, step-on tours of Valley Forge, Lancaster County and the Camden waterfront, and served as a tour escort for school groups in Gettysburg. Jim has often developed specialty history tours for clients, conducted new guide training at several local museums, and has authored guide training and enrichment materials for Johnson House. Jim is a longtime resident of Germantown and Mt. Airy.


Lori Crook a Licensed Social Worker with a lifelong creative passion, transitioned into a self-taught artist after discovering alcohol inks. Since 2021, she has led 80+ workshops at venues like Norristown Art League, Whitemarsh Art Center, Evansburg Vineyard, and through private sessions in Montgomery County.


June Daley is the owner of JuneBug Sweet Treats, a small-batch bakery in King of Prussia, PA where LOVE is always the first ingredient.


Larry Daniels is a financial advisor with more than 20 years in the industry, both as a financial advisor and a manager. He specializes in retirement planning and asset management and is dedicated to helping both individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals.


Anna Dayle has been an educator for the past ten years. She has taught adults and children throughout her career. One of Anna’s favorite classes to teach is CPR, it’s a very important skill to learn. These days emergencies can occur at a moment’s notice and it is important to be prepared!


Dovene Deh has 20 plus years experience in engineering: electrical, software and cloud computing. He got his electrical engineering degree from Drexel University. Dovene is currently working on an EV charging solution and supporting customers in their AI journey.


Barbara Delp, a local trust and estate attorney, has been teaching American Mah Jongg for over a decade. She enjoys introducing beginners to the basic rules of the National Mah Jongg League and teaching the finer points and strategies of this challenging game.


Ilena DiToro, a graduate of Temple University, Manor College and Saint Joseph’s University, is a PR professional who has amassed over $750,000 worth of press for nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Philadelphia area and beyond.


Megan Do Nascimento is a Mt. Airy resident that is trilingual is Spanish, English and Portuguese. Megan lived in Spain, works in International sales and has travelled extensively throughout the Spanish speaking world. Megan is passionate about immigration issues and dedicated some of her time doing work in Matamoros, Mexico with Team Brownsville.


Judy Dobbs has over 20 years’ experience in the healing arts, and brings to life the multiple uses of many essential oils she has studied for years. She also teaches Foot Reflexology and Better Peepers. Judy has been using essential oils since 1998, and teaching with MALT since 1995.


June and Audrey Donaldson are educators with over 35 years combined teaching experience. Together they share the joy of dance at a variety of events, such as festivals, dance conventions, school programs, and fundraisers.


Judy Donovan is an award-winning fiber artist, quilter and wearables designer who lives in Mt. Airy. She is member of the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers.


Tasha Dugan Philadelphia born and raised with military affiliation, Tasha currently resides in Germantown, and loves spending time with her family and two grandchildren. Tasha has been a Licensed Funeral Director for 14 years and currently works with Laurel Hill Funeral Home. Her passion for assisting families with the preparation of their loved ones for burial and for themselves, is what keeps her motivated.


Nina Epstein is known as the Digital Diva and has been an information technology instructor and consultant for over 25 years, helping individuals and small business owners use technology to solve their computing problems.


Kirsten Erwin has studied T’ai Chi since 1982 and is a senior student of the late Sibok Robert Kassof. She has taught regularly for MALT since 2002! Related areas of training include long and short Yang T’ai Chi forms, Qigong, Reiki, Kung Fu, and meditation. She is a Certified Instructor of T’ai Chi for Arthritis.


Arthur J. Evans began writing for television in 2013 after moving to Los Angeles. He was a producer on the Wendy Williams Show, a staff writer on Ellen, the Carmichael Show and numerous pilots.


Yvonne Ferguson-Hardin has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. She is a degreed Fitness professional with certifications in Cancer Exercise, Gerontology, Physical education and more. Changing lives through specialized programming aimed to improve functional fitness in the 55 and over population is her goal.


Kurt Findeisen has studied T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Maggie Newman since 1979 and has many years of teaching experience. He is a retired physician who believes his T’ai Chi instruction is as valuable as any drug he ever prescribed.


Lu Flowers helps empower others by helping them build their digital skills! Lu has worked in libraries since 2014 assisting folks with technology of all kinds.


Bridget Flynn is a local fiber artist who has been spinning yarn to use in her knitting and weaving for over 20 years. She is a member of the Philadelphia Guild of Hand Weavers where she teaches spinning. She can also be seen around the community demonstrating spinning and selling her handwoven goods.


Naila Francis is a writer/poet, grief coach and death midwife. She helps people transform their relationship to grief and loss through one-on-one coaching, workshops, rituals and ceremonies. Her work is often informed by her love of poetry, nature and community. She is also the co-host of Breathing Wind, a podcast about journeying through loss, and the founder of Salt Trails, a Philadelphia collective making grief public and visible through community rituals.


Emani Frank began making slime during the recent pandemic, experimented with various slime textures and techniques, and brought her products to an eager local market in 2021. Our youngest teacher at age 11, she’ll be joined by her mom Robyn Frank, a popular MALT exercise teacher.


Dalanie Franklin is a retired veteran that uses photography to help himself and others to calm the mind. He has been doing photography for 20 years working with WWP, the Veterns Administration VA, U.S Army, Weworks, Burk Rehabilitation hospital, the Philly Goat Project and other organizations. He founded Photography is Medicine specializes in using imagery as therapy to help people suffering from PTSD, with a focus on veterans of the military. Dalanie facilitates a meet up group with other veterans that visit  locations throughout the city.


David Freeman is a lawyer and educator. His thirty years of legal experience includes work as a prosecutor, defense attorney, zoning board counsel and private general practice. He currently focuses on education law, representing children and their parents. He is also a full-time educator in the Criminal Justice curriculum at Community College of Philadelphia.


Trish Fries is the former director of the Wissahickon Environmental Center, who has been tapping trees and making syrup for 25 years!


Kathleen Furin is a dance instructor at Flaco’s Dance Factory


Joy Gadson has over sixteen years experience as a licensed insurance agent with Colonial Penn and Bankers Life in PA, NJ, DE, and MD. She has a Certification for Long Term Care (CLTC) and has helped hundreds of families understand how long-term care works, specifically as it relates to Medicare, health insurance, and retirement.


Tracy Galek, PT, DPT,  graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 2017 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She specializes in orthopedic and neurological conditions and is LSVT BIG certified for people with Parkinson’s disease. She strives to empower her clients to have an active role in their health and wellbeing to achieve 100% of their goals.


Paul Gannon, ND, is a naturopathic doctor in practice for over twenty years, helping clients reach and maintain their health goals, tailoring the most effective cutting edge natural treatment protocols. He specializes in women’s health, cancer co-management and post-treatment thriving, gastrointestinal health, acute and chronic illness, as well as allergies and rheumatism.


Jeannie Gerth is a fermenter, gardener, forager, permaculturist, and land steward, making and sharing jun and SCOBYS, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, continuously since 2018! She is working to incorporate more native foods into my diet and yours!


Andrew Gilmore has been studying the history of American entertainment since 1995, and has a BA from Arcadia University in Theater and American Recorded Popular Entertainment.


Makiko Goto-Widerman is a graduate of Showa Women’s University in Japanese literature and language and has taught Japanese language at a Japanese school in Princeton, NJ. She has organized award-winning homestay tours to Japan, is a graduate of UMass Amherst’s Arts Interdisciplinary Studies program, offers workshops in floral design, including Ikebana, at Allens Lane Art Center, and champions the art of traditional Japanese cooking.


David Grauel comes to MALT by way of NYC where he was a Technical Support and Training Specialist in Microsoft Office products for such companies as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. As part of the Human Resources Administration, he trained supervisors and staff, worked the Help Desk, and performed network troubleshooting.


Cayman Haberl is a recent graduate and German native speaker driven to inspire people by sharing the richness of the language and culture.


Susan Haidar is an Environmental Education Planner with the City of Philadelphia for 3.5 years and was a Recreation Leader for 7 years.  Previously, she was an educator at Riverbend Environmental Center.  In addition to her knowledge and love of nature, Susan has a background in the visual arts and information studies.


Tyler Hathaway is a singing instructor and musician. He is enrolled in graduate school at Goddard College for a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on expressive arts therapy.  His teaching practice is informed by his acting training at the Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca, his experience with different healing practices (including somatic exercises, cognitive behavioral therapy, breath work, and meditation), and over 20 years experience as a drummer and percussionist.


Gina Henry created Go Global, Inc. to empower people to travel as much as they want. She has been taking about ten free vacations per year over the past quarter-century. Check out for more info.


Gayle Herbert Robinson is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She is passionate about making exercise FUN! Gayle brings her positive energy and awesome playlist to every workout, giving you the excitement to keep coming back week-after-week.


Andrew Herron, Kevin Manning, and Myriah Lipke are Certified Financial Planners. Andrew and Kevin are the founders of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. Myriah is Stone Pine’s Director of Financial Planning. The team has over thirty years of experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement.


Teri Hislop Clan Mother is a tribal member of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and Keeper of Traditional Craft. She tells stories through her illustrative beadwork and other traditional crafts such as pine needle basketry. She is also an instructor of the Lenape language.


Rebecca Hoenig has been an artist and art teacher for several decades. She is particularly inspired by nature and begins most of her work with drawing and observation from life.  Rebecca loves to share her experience and enthusiasm for collage and to help students tap into their creativity.


Jacob Hoffman, a teaching artist, specializes in traditional string band music. He offers private lessons for guitar, banjo, voice, ukulele, bass and violin from his Mt. Airy home studio.  From 2009 to 2021 he directed youth and adult music education programs in Southern Maine and Northern California.  Jacob’s extensive touring experience covers 10 countries and 25 states, where he won a talent contest on A Prairie Home Companion, served as a U.S. State Department cultural ambassador in Eastern Europe, and delivered a TEDx performance on traditional music and cultural appropriation.  In 2022 Hoffman moved to Philly where he teaches, performs and leads community jams.


Karla Holland-Moritz is a retired San Diego Symphony cellist with a Master of Music Performance degree from Yale. She loves the cello! She has many years of experience teaching children and adults of all ages. Karla and her students play at shelters for the unhoused, soup kitchens, nursing homes, hospitals, and in-patient hospice facilities. Karla has recently moved to Philadelphia, where she loves living!


Seth Holzman (BA Music, Syracuse University) has been playing harmonica since 1965 and teaching adult harmonica classes since 1975. Seth was inspired to play by (and eventually studied with) the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry. Seth has played professionally since 1972 and has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Dave “Honeyboy” Edwards, Ronnie Earl, Roomful of Blues, Magic Slim & The Teardrops and many others.  He currently plays with Stevie and the Bluescasters (and occasionally with other musicians).


Gabriella Ibieta holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York and was Associate Professor of English at Drexel University for over thirty years. Of the many courses she created and taught, her favorites are: Caribbean Literature and Culture; Transnational Women Writers; Mural Arts Philadelphia; and Stories of Migration and Displacement. Her articles and essays have been published in academic books and journals, and she’s presently working on a personal history of her Spanish and Cuban family. She started MALT’s Book Club in 2022 and is delighted to share her passion for reading, researching, and discussing literature with the community.


Chelsea Jackson is a writer, editor, and consultant, and the author of the forthcoming collection All Things Holy and Heathen (April Gloaming, April 2024). Chelsea uses their writing to ask hard questions and explore what it means to be human. Their work has been featured in Fatal Flaw, Coffin Bell Journal, and Passengers Journal, among other publications, and they were a finalist in the 2020 Driftwood Press In-House Poetry Contest and Animal Heart’s 2022 Poetry Collection Contest. Chelsea has an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and is the Managing Editor of The Maine Review. After living in Philadelphia for five years, they recently returned to their home state of Virginia and now live in Richmond with their partner and cuddly pitbull.


Dora Johns is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty and an avid analyst of the real estate marketplace. Her classes help the consumer make informed decisions about their real estate needs. Dora has been a registered nurse for more than thirty years and uses her science and math skills in her cold process soap making classes. Dora has been teaching soap making to Mt. Airy Learning Tree students since 2014!


Anne Johnson, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and Art of Running instructor, joyfully teaches in-person and online classes worldwide, through MALT (since 1995!) and for her private local students in Mt Airy. She taught at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University for 15 years. She continues her outreach to people of all ages, professions, skill levels and diverse backgrounds. Anne is a graduate of The Sacred Science of Sound Crystal Alchemy Training with Jeralyn Glass. She brings her wisdom and experience from 25 years teaching the Alexander Technique into her explorations with sound healing with her Crystal Alchemy Bowls and her own voice.


Erica Johnson’s passion for plants has roots that extend beyond memory, nurtured by the influence of her mother and grandmother. Since 2019, she has been sharing her horticultural expertise through teaching. Erica also owned a plant store, “Collective Artistry,” located in Maplewood Mall, where she imparted her knowledge to the community. She has also conducted plant care workshops across the city in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Shannon Johnson is a certified educator in business and math. She learned jewelry design through classes and her own experimentation. Her knowledge of gemstones comes from years of research and personal relationships with those who have studied in this arena for years.


Jacqueline Jonas is a storyteller, seamstress and cooking coach. Through her work as The Kitchen Doula, she seeks to empower everyone to cook well and often. To find out more see her website


Marcia Jones, MFA, is a teaching artist in Mt. Airy. Her instruction-based teaching method, which she names Making Art Makes Us Smarter (c.2010), represents her passionate belief in the regenerative power of creative art. Marcia’s primary mediums are watercolor and pastel. Her work can also be seen at Le Bus in East Falls, and in private collections.


Cara King specializes in teaching ballet to adults and creative movement to young children. She completed the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, participated in summer intensives at the Pennsylvania Central Youth Ballet, and earned a degree in dance from Hope College. After teaching ballet for the Settlement Music School (Germantown), she began teaching residency programs for International Ballet Exchange and at Wissahickon Dance Academy. She loves children, loves the art of dance, which is why she also loves teaching and has loads of fun doing it!


Linda Kish obtained her MS from Temple School of Pharmacy and is a Reiki Level II practioner. For over fifteen years Linda has led and taught various yoga classes including vinyasa, Hatha, restorative and chair yoga.  She is a registered Yoga Alliance instructor (200 plus hours) and for over twelve years has also been a helpline volunteer for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.


Lisa Klauder has been a fitness instructor for more than thirty years. She has taught corporate and public classes including kids and senior fitness classes. Lisa has a certification in Group Exercise from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).


Debra Klingler has been a MALT dance instructor since 1994. She teaches a wide array of partner dances, including ballroom, swing and Latin dancing throughout the Philadelphia area, and can be found enjoying dancing with her students and partners in many local dance clubs.


Tony Knighton is the author of a collection Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties and two novels, Three Hours Past Midnight and A Few Days Away, all published by Brash Books. Some of his short stories are included in anthologies from Cemetery Dance, Grey Matter Press and Close to the Bone. View his website at


Katrina Kopeloff is an illustrator and art educator. She’s been teaching pre-college high school classes at Temple University as well as college level courses at Moore College, La Salle University, and elsewhere. She loves connecting with the community and getting people excited about drawing.


Connie Koppe has been finding joy in singing since she was 6. She has been teaching actors, singers and CEOs to build and use their voices more effectively for over 30 years. She teaches speech at the University of the Arts and private speech and singing lessons from her home in Germantown.


Mickey Leone Offered by the staff of Chestnut Hill Music Academy under director Mickey Leone. CHMA is a full service school in Chestnut Hill providing private lessons and training on all instruments and voice to all ages. Info at


Myriah Lipke, Andrew Herron, and Kevin Manning are Certified Financial Planners. Andrew and Kevin are the founders of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. Myriah is Stone Pine’s Director of Financial Planning. The team has over thirty years of experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement.


Nathan Alling Long grew up in rural Appalachia, earned an Ma and MFA in literature and creative writing, and now lives in Philadelphia while teaching at Stockton University in NJ. Their work appears on NPR, and in over 100 publications, including Best Short Fictions 2023, Best Microfictions 2020, Tin House, Master’s Review, Electric Lit, and Witness. The Origin of Doubt, their collection of fifty short fictions, was a 2019 Lambda Award finalist. Nathan has been writing and teaching about flash fiction for over 20 years and still loves reading a new flash story.


David Low, MS, PhD was an entertainer and drug counselor before getting a doctorate in Religious Studies, and teaching as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers, Rowan and other colleges in the area. He has a private counseling practice in Mt. Airy.  David teaches MALT’s comparative religion classes. See more about him at


Vanessa Lowe can be heard on G-Town Radio and the Spotify podcast, “Vanessa’s Money Hour.” Recently retired at age 56, she pursues  “passion projects” such as impact investing, conference hopping, and moving personal and institutional money toward justice. Learn more at


Kevin Manning, Andrew Herron, and Myriah Lipke are Certified Financial Planners. Andrew and Kevin are the founders of Stone Pine Financial Partners located in Media, PA. Myriah is Stone Pine’s Director of Financial Planning. The team has over thirty years of experience helping individuals and families transition to retirement.


Paul Martin has been teaching regularly since 2000. He has trained under internationally recognized Masters in QiGong, Tai Chi, and Healing Arts. He has taught several times at the prestigious National QiGong Association Conference.


Rachel Martin is the founder of Clutter Tonic: The Easy, Refreshing Way to Organize Your Home. She finds tremendous pleasure in teaching people to organize and maintain the homes they crave.


Jen May has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and she is sure that yoga has helped her balance her physical body, create a more resilient nervous system, and be more present for all the moments of life. With a background in biology research and teaching, Jen loves learning and teaching about bodies and movement.  Jen has a 200 hr. certification in vinyasa yoga from Wake Up Yoga. She has also completed a 300 hr. Yoga Wellness Educator Training from Yoga U. Online, which emphasized teaching beginners and older beginners how yoga can benefit body awareness, posture, and healthy aging.


Kelly McLeod is a devoted Qigong practitioner with over a decade of experience. After spending 33 years in the pharmaceutical field, Kelly decided to pivot her career towards her deep passion for the fascinating ancient Chinese healing arts and obtained her certification as a Holden Qigong teacher. Kelly believes that teaching Qigong should be a fun and accessible experience for all. She aims to create a comfortable learning environment that appeals to her students while making the practice enjoyable and relatable.


Shane McMahon is performance style is both personal and timeless, blending together the sounds of many genres. He is an advocate for local open-mic culture and enjoys sharing his craft through teaching guitar lessons. As a musician, teacher and mentor, Shane has something special to offer everyone who appreciates music!


Vicki Mehl has studied T’ai Chi since 1995.  She enjoys T’ai Chi because of its innumerable physical and mental health benefits, and because there is always more to learn.


Paul Mladjenovic is an educator, national speaker and author of Stock Investing for Dummies and the owner of He has taught with MALT for over 25 years


Dennis Moritz is (Playwright/Director/Producer)(N1 Theatre Partner, Artistic Director N1 CrawlSpace) writes a lot of plays. His work appears on mainstage and in improvised spaces. Producers include the Public, Painted Bride, Freedom Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, St Marks, Bowery Poetry Club, Sticky, Theater Double, N1 Theatre, Theatre Ariel, HERE, Boog City.  His scripts have been published in theater magazines and poetry magazines. Angel Hair/United Artists, the longtime poetry press, published two collections of his theater works: the only plays in that catalogue. He earned an MFA in theater writing at Temple University. Dennis grew up on the Lower East Side of New York where he absorbed quick change rhythms and visuals. He feels at home with the intense personalities of that neighborhood. Interior breakdowns and vulnerability contrast to an aggressive exterior, a duality that informs many of his plays. Visit


Sherin Motawea is a native Egyptian. She is a graduate of the School of Tourism and Hotel Management in Egypt, where she earned a Bachelor of Egyptology. She was the Head of the Egyptian Museums Department at the Supreme Council of Antiquities under the supervision of the renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass.


Ericka Neville, “The Money Coach,” went from bankruptcy to becoming an award-winning licensed financial expert. She has been conducting money management workshops, seminars and Bo$$ Money Challenges for the past twenty years. Ericka is co-creator of the 2019 Millionaire Mind Set Dream Big Summit.


Anita Nicholson is an established performer in the Philadelphia Community. Within the world of Improv, she trained at Philly Improv Theater and the Magnet and has performed in the PA & NJ Ren Faires, Bright Invention Ensemble, Philly Improv Theatre Conservatory, and more! She currently serves as diversity advisor for ImprovUtopia and will offer Improvised Star Trek at ImprovFest Ireland. In the world of dance, she is a certified bellydance instructor who started in 2001 and went onto study with June Seaney, Tessa Myers, Habiba, Kaeshi Chai (BellyQueen), Oreet (bellydancer of the year) and Zoe Akili. She specializes in body positivity, teaching veil, cymbals, floor routine and assisting beginners in mastering the basics of the dance.


Lisa Norris RD, works with people living with diabetes who are tired of eating bland healthy food and want their A1C and blood sugars in control. She has over 25 years experience as a Registered Dietitian and has strategies to help her clients and students enjoy their favorite foods again and finally get their numbers in normal ranges. Lisa is a passionate cook, baker and instructor that loves to be a part of the moment when her students take a bite out of a meal they’ve cooked together and realize that healthy food can be full of flavor and delicious.


Y’vonne Page-Magnus has many years of experience in this field. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the Inter-Continental University in London where she learned jewelry making, knotting and silk threading from a private instructor. She also studied geology on her own and is deeply passionate about semi-precious stones.


Grace Perkins developed the chair yoga class at the request of the Chestnut Hill Senior Center in 1985. She has created a unique program that integrates posture, metaphors, poetry, seasonal energetic awareness and stories to enhance the basic Integral Yoga approach she teaches.


Kristine Popp is an artist who loves to create with her hands. Her creative spirit has led her to diverse projects including finger crocheting a practice that is approachable and fun for all ages.


Clayton Prince is the owner and operator of The Philadelphia Musical History Tours. For more information, see


Bea Quindlen loves to share what she’s discovered and pass on the joy of crafting. In fact, she’s teaching four of our crafts classes this term.


Gwen Ragsdale is the Executive Director of the Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery. She is a storyteller, novelist and filmmaker. Her novel, Peculiar Relationships, explores the evolving relationships between black and white women from slavery to current day. Her films are award-winning. Lest We Forget won Best Documentary Award from HBO/Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and My Slave Sister, Myself won both the Toronto and New York Best Documentary Awards.


Nancy Rasmussen has taught non-fiction writing courses at three universities in addition to her long-running memoir class for MALT.  She has also written short pieces for several magazines along with personal essays for her writers’ group and online contests. Currently, Nancy edits for and coaches various clients, helping them share their stories with others.


Brianna Redner at Natural State Our Mission Is You: No matter who you are, or how you identify. We are committed to offering a safe and welcoming home for the community, where individuality can flourish and self expression is celebrated. We invite you to use these four walls as a space to showcase your creativity and discover your most natural state.


Karen Rile is a writer, editor, and yoga teacher. She is a certified Flexibility Coach and Yoga Breathing through Yoga Teachers College, where she earned her first 200-hour yoga teacher certification. She is a practitioner and 200-hour certified teacher of the LYT yoga, the only yoga system created and taught by physical therapists.


Elise Rivers, Esq., MAc, has practiced holistic medicine for more than twenty years and is the founder of the Northwest Center for Food As Medicine, teaching people how to prevent and reverse the chronic diseases of our time. Learning from renowned functional medicine doctors, she has studied the benefits of plant-based nutrition since 2013, and is certified by Cornell University’s program in plant-based nutrition.


Max Rivers, the Marriage Mediator, is also an NVC* trainer, an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and an Ericsonian Hypnotist specializing in using the unconscious to help empower clients to achieve their healing goals. *NVC and Non-Violent Communication are trademarks of and Marshall Rosenberg.


Sara Robbins, a Mt. Airy native, is an award winning fiber artist who has been weaving baskets for over 25 years and 5 years ago discovered loom weaving. Sara is a member of the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers.


Marisia Robinson is MALT’s Office Coordinator, as well as an avid urban gardener with 5 years of experience and current secretary for Aspen Farms Community Garden. Marisia brings a wealth of knowledge about vegetable and herb growing. Marisia’s teaching approach is interactive and pragmatic. She is passionate about the transformative power of urban gardening and advocates for its role in fostering community connections and cultivating an abundance mindset through sustainable food and seed production.


Nicole Rodriguez is an exercise therapist. She is certified in Exercise Therapy Skills and Posture Alignment through the Egoscue Institute and certified in Mat Pilates through the American Aerobic Association International & International Sports Medicine Association . She worked as an exercise therapist at Egoscue of Philadelphia before opening Pain Free Philly. She was disabled in a car accident and a chronic pain sufferer for years until she was healed by corrective exercises.  Nicole works with clients privately and semi-privately at MovementRx Studio in Wynnewood, where she teaches strengthening/cardio and dance fusion classes.


Etja Ruth brings the spiritual and practical guidance of dreams and Tarotpy® to the issues of everyday life, personal and professional.  She is an artist and writer, melding dreams with creativity for art, writing and performance.


Stacie Sawyer, MEd, is an accounting instructor with over twenty years experience at the high school and college levels. In her role as property manager and bookkeeper for JTS Real Estate, she currently uses Microsoft Office and Quickbooks on a regular basis.


Mindy Shapiro is a papercut, Zentangle® and book artist. Mindy’s love language is her art and she strives to share that with others through her work, teaching, engagement and communication. Mindy has taught with MALT for over 25 years!


Tracy Shearer is an AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, certified Holistic Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Coach, graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation Plant-Based Nutrition certification program at Cornell University.  She is a graduate of the yoga teacher training programs at The Kaivalya Yoga Method Academy (Ashtanga), and the Yogamu Global Yoga Teaching Academy (Meditation & Kundalini).  She is a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Meditation Teacher with Meditation Alliance International.


Barbara Sheehan is a lover of great film and literature. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Media and MAE in English and has taught at local colleges and in the community.


Ran’D Shine is a versatile magician with a global presence. He’s performed at prestigious events like the South African Arts Festival and two Presidential Inaugurations in Washington, DC. His magic has graced TV screens on the CW network’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and the B.E.T. network’s “Man on the Street” segment. Off-stage, he’s featured in documentaries, including “The Art and Soul of Magic” (2004) and “Quiet Masters of Magic” (2018). As a producer, Rand’D pioneered “Heart & Soul of Magic,” the first all African-American magician ensemble. He’s also a Co-Founder and former President of the International Association of Black Magical Artists, an organization dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy and building community among magicians of color.


Marjory Silver, Ph.D. has worked in the performing arts for over twenty-five years. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Enhancement, an M.A. in Theater, and a B.A. in Communications. She has worked in Philadelphia and New York directing and developing new plays and training professional actors and playwrights. Marjory has served the Philadelphia community in many volunteer positions including nominator and judge for The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. She is currently a Performance Supervisor at Longwood Gardens.


Alan Silverblatt has been a caseworker, an attorney, and most recently a software developer for a large social services agency.  His interests include helping others solve problems and avoid pitfalls in technology, car buying, and investments.  A resident of Chestnut Hill, he’s now happily retired and devoting more time to model railroading, hosting a rock and blues show on G-town Radio, and playing and singing in a band.


Kellen Sines has an extensive background in adult and community education, instructional design and technology, and training design and delivery. The instructor uses bullet journaling to implement and maintain their goal-setting for self-improvement activities. They also have an interest in topics of wellness and wellbeing, which inspires their commitment to bullet journaling. Kellen taught high school equivalency courses for over 10 years in the Philadelphia area and is looking forward to teaching again.


Cheri Skipworth is the owner of the HandmadeU Studio. HandmadeU inspires creativity in others through offering a monthly craft subscription box as well as craft workshops. Cheri has been an avid crafter for more than 30 years and has been teaching arts and crafts for more than 20 years.


Kathleen Smith, JD, is an experienced educator and attorney. She is an associate professor at Chestnut Hill College and has received numerous awards recognizing her contributions to legal education, jurisprudence, civic engagement and public service.


Briana Smith-Torres owner of Growin Up Torres, a small family owned plant nursery in New Jersey. In addition, she lives with her family in an apartment, where indoor and outdoor space is extremely limited. However they manage to provide fruits, veggies, and herbs for our entire building. They have been doing this for the last 5 years and have gained the critical knowledge and the practical experience she hopes can benefit so many others.


Kris Soffa is a trailblazing conservation advocate and has led efforts that preserved a 500-acre wildlife corridor of public and private open space in Northwest Philadelphia. She loves inspiring awe and stewardship of the Wissahickon Valley Park which she considers the jewel of our Philadelphia Parks system. She co-founded the Toxicfree Philly Coalition which made The Healthy Outdoor Public Spaces law, eliminating the application of all toxic synthetic herbicides on Philadelphia’s public land.  Kris serves on the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission, is a Trail Ambassador for the Friends of the Wissahickon, and is a PA Master Naturalist.


John Stanchak. A professional journalist and magazine editor concentrating on historical subjects, John was on the editorial staff of American History Illustrated and British Heritage, was the editor of Civil War Times , and is the founding editor of Historic Traveler. He was an associate editor of The Historical Times illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War and is the author of The Visual Dictionary of the Civil War and the children’s book Civil War – originally published by Dorling-Kindersley. April 24 – May 15 $79 4 sessions Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 West Tulpehocken Street. Below, General Sherman in front of the empty defenses of Atlanta in 1864  
Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Kim Staub is the Executive Director of Wyck with over 12 years of experience in historic site management. She holds an MA in History from Virginia Tech.


Anne Stevenson Smith started playing ukulele in 2010, just when the current uke craze began. As a music major, with a history of singing and playing other instruments, she found the ukulele to be a perfect fit. She is the leader of the Philadelphia Mainline ukulele meetup group. Anne focuses on basic chords and best practices, and has also done a wide range of uke workshops for the Philadelphia Folksong society as well as for the Uke Meetup group.


Alexa Strus is Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s Program Administrator! They are passionate about accessibility for all and love to help others find their way around technology.


Nancy Sullivan has been knitting for ten years and has worked at a knitting shop where she frequently helped countless customers with their projects. She is always eager to share her love of knitting with others.


Karen Taylor Young is a retired professional dancer with over 35 years of experience who currently teaches and choreographs. She is a founding member of Philadanco, and has performed with  Opera Company of Philadelphia, and a former musical theater choreographer at Germantown Friends School. She has been teaching Zumba for 14 years and holds 8 Zumba(R) licenses. Karen is a Ballet Barre and active senior certified.


Kaniesha Thomas, MSW has been an entrepreneur for the last four years. The mission of her business is to create art that embodies spirituality, healing and self care.


Esha Thornton is a life-long resident of Mt. Airy. She earned her undergraduate degree in Theater with a study focus in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University, a  Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University, and an undergraduate certificate from Georgetown University for Museum Exhibit Design and Planning.  Esha is an AmeriCorps and High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA- Theater) alumna. She is currently a senior instructional designer for a Fortune 100 company in the Philadelphia area.


Muyiwa Togun is the Founder and CEO of Roy Urban Kollection (RUK), an African textile, art and fashion manufacturer and brand. He is a self-made artist, textile and fashion designer, pulling inspiration from his Yoruba roots and his lived experience as a Nigerian youth navigating poverty, systematic oppression, and assimilation into a new culture as a recently immigrated resident to the United States.


Nicki Toizer was the Technical Director at MALT for ten years. She has loved photography for more than 25 years and enjoys teaching others how to use their cameras.


Hildy Tow is The Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Curator of Education at the Woodmere Art Museum.


Carolyn Wallace is an interpreter, educator and collections manager with over ten years of experience working with historic sites. In her current role as Education Director for Cliveden of the National Trust, work focuses on research and interpretation of diverse narratives through sustainable programming for youth and adults and exhibit design. Carolyn is passionate about making connections between past and present and helping visitors to do the same.


Tim Wetzel is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Kenpo karate with a passion for stick training. He is currently the head instructor at Action Karate Mt. Airy.


Rae Whatley is a certified Jikiden Reiki teacher since 2019. She has been a Reiki practitioner for over 25 years, most recently studying with Mr. Tadao Yamaguchi, Head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.  A long-time environmentalist and holistic wellness advocate, Rae has been actively involved in teaching people to take control of their health and their environment for almost 30 years. She is the founder of Sinclair’s Soothing Minute Massage and Firefly Healing.


Kim Williams has been teaching drama, dance and creative arts for over 35 years in Philadelphia Area after school programs. She is the artistic & managing director of Mt. Airy Performing Arts and is a theatre director and choreographer in many area schools. Find out more at


Lynne Williams, EdD candidate is the executive director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, which provides online career education and networking. She writes resumes, LinkedIn profiles and company pages, and focuses on keywords. She is writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn. Connect on LinkedIn at


Helen Wilson began playing table tennis during her college years, and has been on staff at the Trolley Car Table Tennis Club since it opened in 2011. She won the women’s singles and women’s doubles events for her age group at the 2018 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships.


Djuna Wojton a spiritual healer with over three decades of experience teaching reiki, guiding people into their past lives, and doing private sessions for people worldwide. She is the author of Karmic Healing: Clearing Past-Life Blocks to Present-Day Love, Health, and Happiness, and Karmic Choices: How Making The Right Decisions Can Create Enduring Joy.


Lisa Zahren has been teaching as a certified Nia Instructor (and with MALT) for over a decade. She is committed to working with people at all wellness levels, including facilitating movement classes in partnership with the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia.  Lisa is also a teacher in training through Open Floor International, a global conscious dance non-profit.


Marcie Ziskind is an artist who works with animal fibers called “roving” to make felt and items that are created from felt. She always created using various textiles and embroidery because she comes from a family of textile workers and artists. Marcie has studied with fiber artists around the world and has been introduced to many different felting techniques and projects. She has refined her felting skills and is now a full-time artist. Marcie exhibits her work at notable crafts fairs in the Philadelphia area.


Here are our NEW Spring 2024 Term teachers!

B- Luv, a Choreographer/Instructor is a 31 year pioneer, trailblazer in the line dance community. She has won a plethora of awards including 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards, Choreographer of The Year and Philadelphia Dance Legend! She has worked with several artists in the music industry which include Grammy Award Winner Peabo Bryson! She has to been given the gift to do what she truly LOVES to do…..choreography and dance and it is her passion! 

Pamela (Jaz) Banks is an Award-Winning Published Poet, Performance Poet, Songwriter (ASCAP), Singer, Composer, Theater-Artist, Author, Playwright, and Educator. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Goddard College and a BA in Theater from Temple University. Jaz is honored to educate elementary students in the public school system and young adults/adults in
independent poetry classes.

Andrew Christman is a painter, printmaker and teaching artist based in Germantown and Mt. Airy. He received a BFA in painting at Pratt Institute Brooklyn and studied Art Ed at both Pratt Institute and Moore College of Art. He received an MA in East Asian Art History at Sotheby’s Institute of Art / Manchester University, UK. Andrew is currently a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a co-founder of Way of Words, an interactive poetry and visual art project that integrates writing, bookmaking and collage. He has exhibited his work at the Muse Gallery, Awbury Arboretum, the Da Vinci Art Alliance and the Imperfect Gallery.

Peggy Feerick has taught photography for over 40 years including iPhone photography since 2017 for The Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts Program. She retired from George Mason University as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Photography in 2016 with prior teaching at various institutions including the University of New Mexico, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she was the photo archivist and curator for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art photographic collection from 1988 to 1994. 

Mike Finnell is an avid player with 18 years experience in the game. He has found over 1,000 Geocaches and placed nearly 75 more in the Philadelphia Metro area, including at the MALT office. Those hides include the top five (by quality) of Philadelphia’s over 900 Geocaches caches and have received recognition by

Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia dancer, choreographer, and internationally-recognized leader in the fields of tap dance and jazz music. View her website at

Capt. Peter Lacey brings extensive boating expertise, piloting power, and sailboats across diverse waters, including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and more. With a U.S. Coast Guard Master License, Sail, and Towing Endorsement, along with certifications as a USCG AUXILIARY and US Power Squadron Certified Instructor, he’s a seasoned mariner. Lacey’s professional background includes sales of Marine Equipment for West Marine, and he also served in the US Navy.

Tony McFadden began dancing 50 years ago, and for over 20 years he has taught dance. He finds fulfillment in teaching students how to groove to great music and have fun. Since retiring eight years ago, he’s been traveling nationwide, competing in dance competitions and leading dance events. Alongside line dancing, Tony teaches classes in Bop, Cha Cha, Salsa, Strand, 2-Step and Basic Line Dance. He also enjoys teaching basic Waltz, Bachata, Tango, Hustle, Foxtrot, Chicago Steppin, Etc.

Saleana Pettaway. Danse4Nia Conservatory, the official performing arts training program of Danse4Nia presents Umfundalai X with Master Umfundalai teacher Saleana Pettaway who is a graduate and former faculty of dance of Temple University as well as Eastern University. An accomplished dancer, choreographer, and dance educator, Saleana is a residency artist with Stockton University and Bryn Mawr College. 

Joel Prushan has 15 years of disc sports experience, playing and coaching ultimate frisbee and disc golf. In ultimate, he has played at the high school, collegiate, club, and professional levels. As a coach, he has coached at the college, club, and professional levels. In 2024, he is an Assistant Coach for the Philadelphia Surge in the Premier Ultimate League, a semi-pro women’s and non-binary ultimate league. In disc golf he has competed in the Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions before cashing for the first time as a Professional in October of 2022.

Orr Shtuhl is a James Beard-nominated food writer and educator. He has taught beer classes at Murray’s Cheese, the Bedford Cheese Shop, and with his own beer tours project, The Bestest. He was the Washington City Paper’s first beer columnist, and his writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Gastronomica, Serious Eats, and NPR.

Victoria Smiley-Robinson has worked in the floral industry for over a decade, starting as an apprentice in retail floristry and then as lead designer at both Reading Terminal Market and Rothe’s Florist. Her freelance business specializes in intimate weddings and events. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

John Stanchak. A professional journalist and magazine editor concentrating on historical subjects, John was on the editorial staff of American History Illustrated and British Heritage, was the editor of Civil War Times , and is the founding editor of Historic Traveler. He was an associate editor of The Historical Times illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War and is the author of The Visual Dictionary of the Civil War and the children’s book Civil War – originally published by Dorling-Kindersley. April 24 – May 15 $79 4 sessions Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 West Tulpehocken Street. Below, General Sherman in front of the empty defenses of Atlanta in 1864  
Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Melissa Terrels learned how to weave in college many decades ago and hasn’t looked back. She loves the interaction of color in the weaving process. She also knits, spins, dyes and loves to sew her handwoven fabric into bags, accessories and clothes. 

Experts from The Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise  The Business Center has been providing consulting, educational workshops and business support services to deserving small businesses for over 20 years. The mission of the Business Center is to equip adult and youth small businesses with the necessary tools to start, sustain and expand their operations. Since 1999 the center has provided small business workshop training, teaching small business owners how to design and implement a business plan and scale. To date the program has served over 3000 clients.

Mostafa Younesie is an independent scholar of classical Greek philosophy and currently reside with his family in Philadelphia. For 14 years, he taught bilingually MA and Ph.D. students in Tehran about the master thinkers of classical Greek philosophy. Additionally, during his seven-year stay in Philadelphia, Mostafa has been studying and researching Persian gardening.


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