Meet Our Current Teachers

Here are our Spring 2023 Term teachers!


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 with an interest in the modern British novel.


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 Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties, and Mt. Airy’s own Commodore Barry Club.


John Autin is a career educator and currently teaches mathematics online for the School District of Philadelphia. He is a former Human Resources Recruiter and Staffer and has a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Drexel University. John is the President of MALT’s Board of Directors.


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


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


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


Sophie Bernard has been doing yoga for nearly 18 years. In 2007, she obtained her 200 hour yoga certification in Inner Fire Yoga from Yoga on Main. She is certified in Ericksonian hypnosis to deepen her students’ experiences while following her guided meditations. She is also a Reiki Master. Her website is: 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. She has lived in Mt Airy with her family since the late ’90s.


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, Perkins Center for the Arts, Appel Farm 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.


Joshua Black is a health and fitness, vegan/plant-based advocate who shares information, recipes, thoughts and opinions with a loyal following of over 50k followers on various social media platforms as the Urban Black Vegan.


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 practicing esoteric and has been reading tarot for over thirty years.


Deborah Burns has been a medical transcriptionist for more than thirty years, operates a large medical transcription biz and has taught for many other programs. You’ll enjoy her warmth, humor and practical advice.


Miles Butler is the owner of the Germantown Espresso Bar and Many Hands Coffee Co. is a new coffee company rooted in the idea of positive change through community connectedness and profit-sharing. Many Hands began roasting and brewing their fair trade and organic coffees in early 2020 in North West Philadelphia and now bring our coffee truck across our region to festivals, private events, and beyond. Over the summer of 2022 they ran a pop-up coffee oasis in LOVE Park and have been featured in several publications both locally and nationally. By creating unique partnerships with wholesale customers and vending opportunities, we share our profits with folks doing incredible work in their local communities.


Liliana Carpano has over seven years of formal and hands-on experience working with dogs. Four years ago she began  specializing in behavior modification and rehabilitation for fostered rescue dogs and dogs living in homes.  Now a Territory Manager for Suburban K9 Dog Training,  she works with canine-service professionals as well as dog-owning clients to teach them how to better communicate with their dogs.  Liliana is donating 100% of her instructor fee to  Saved Me Animal Rescue:


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 adjunct instructor of English at St. Joseph’s University. Her own writing has been published in several academic journals.


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. Excerpts of her Thesis ¿QuePasa Ahora? were showcased at the ACDA 2018 Mid-Atlantic North Conference, and as part of the Artist Bash at the Barnes Foundations. 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. He has toured wineries throughout Europe and the US and has led wine tastings at MALT since 2009.


Laura Cilia has been learning and teaching tap (and other dance) for over three decades! She has learned from Broadway and received classical training from the Anna Marie Dance Studio in Wilmington, DE and the Richmond Dance Academy in Richmond, VA. Laura teaches voice and piano to learners of all ages, and is a community theater enthusiast and performer, most recently in Narberth Community Theater’s  “Crazy For You!”


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.


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 teaching Zumba for the past eight years. She is also a certified ballet barre instructor. She believes that a healthy lifestyle starts with making healthy food choices and exercising during the week. Exercise doesn’t have to feel mundane. I believe that exercising can be fun and the best way to stay on a good regime is to enjoy what you are doing. She has been an educator for the past ten years. She has a heart for teaching and CPR and First Aid are one of her favorite things to teach. Emergency situations happen at a moment’s notice and it is important to have the tools to respond and take action.


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.


Jeremy DePrisco is a Pennsylvania musician, composer, performer, and sound artist with over twenty years of recording and performing experience. He works with field recordings, guitar, electronics, synthesizers, radios, found sounds, home-made gadgets, and processed video. A fixture in the electro-music community for the past decade, Jeremy currently presents solo and collaborative sound explorations throughout the Tristate area.


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.


Judy Dobbs has over twenty years of 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 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.


Erin Daugherty is the Public Programs Manager at Chanticleer.


East Falls Glassworks is Philadelphia’s only public access glassblowing studio! Whether you’re an experienced glass artist or have never felt the thrill of manipulating 2000 degree molten glass, their doors are open to you– all are welcome to come in and see what it’s like to work with this fascinating material.


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.


Jordan Era is a life-long gamer and story teller. A Game Master since 2003, Jordan began by running games for friends in middle school and since then has continued to teach well over a hundred people how to play tabletop games. He is excited to create new worlds and share stories with new people.


Kirsten Erwin has studied T’ai Chi since 1982 and is a senior student of Sibok Robert Kassof. 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.


Jon Esser is a sculptor who recently retired from teaching art and a career in arts administration, including work as a site visitor and consultant for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  When he is not gardening or sailing, he can be found practicing random acts of carpentry and home remodeling contracting around Germantown.


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.


Rebecca Fisher is the cofounder of Philadelphia’s top rated Beyond the Bell Tours. Beyond the Bell designs inclusive historical walking tours that put the people back into people’s history. Rebecca is passionate about the intersection of social justice and tourism.


Mindy Flexer is a professional artist and certified art teacher. She takes each student seriously as an artist and works to help each one meet their own artistic goals. She loves sharing her passion for art with people of all ages and walks of life, and believes in the power of art to transform people, communities, and the world. She has taught with MALT since 2009 and we are happy to be offering her spring term classes again, online and in the outdoor classroom at her studio!


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.


Robyn Frank has a passion for health, fitness and maintaining an active lifestyle. She is an avid runner and racer from 5Ks and obstacle events to ultramarathons. Robyn is a certified personal trainer and Xtreme Hip Hop Step Instructor, group exercise instructor (ACE), and a RRCA Run Coach. Her goal is to get people excited about exercise and help them find joy in movement.


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 tutor at age 10, she’ll be joined by her mom Robyn Frank, a popular MALT exercise teacher.


Martha From is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Abington Jefferson Health and has been doing this work with patients and families for more than ten years.


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


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


Jojo Gass is a clairvoyant and a goddess oracle-card creator. Christina Sharay, is a vibration stylist, law of attraction coach, and Spirtpreneur who uses crystals, sound bathing,  and oracle cards with her clients.


Jeannie Gerth Fermenter, gardener, forager, permaculturist, and land steward, making and sharing jun and SCOBIES continuously since 2018!


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.


Susan Gobreski is a long-time policy advocate with extensive experience in public policy and civic engagement. She currently serves on the state board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania as the director of government policy. She is also a consultant to several organizations engaged in democracy advocacy at the state and federal levels. She has served as director of several policy organizations, including Education Voters of PA, which she founded. Susan has been a career policy advocate, including significant work in communications and helping campaign supporters, volunteers and staff people use communication tools to support policy campaigns. She also raised three daughters in the social media era!  Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook Messenger, Slack or the more common alternatives, she has had to figure out how to use them, or try to get information on what the young people are doing. She also uses lots of Apps – like Uber and Lyft, Septa’s app, ParkMobile and more.  Sometimes she is a power user, other times she muddles through, but she is willing to help newbies figure it out!


Marci Goldshlack has been a corporate trainer and educational consultant for over thirty years. She has a successful track record of meeting management and employee needs for organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. In her spare time, she is a standup comedienne.


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 U-Mass 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.


Cliff & Nancy Hence have maintained a National Wildlife Federation certified Habitat in the Mt. Airy area for over 25 years. They also lead Butterfly/Odes walks for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Heinz NWR located near the Philadelphia Airport for the past 10 years.


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 received a Zumba license and also teaches rebounding (a mini trampoline workout). Gayle has also performed the hula at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Resort and now lives in Maui.


Andrew Herron and Kevin Manning are both Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) and the founders of Stone Pine Financial Partners.  Stone Pine specializes in working with and advising people in retirement.  Over the past two decades they have developed the specific expertise to guide people on this journey. They have been teaching classes on retirement for the past ten years, and are often sought out by other advisors and the media for advice and clarification on issues pertaining to retiree financial planning.


Historic Germantown is a partnership of 18 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia’s prized historical assets.


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.


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).


Allison Houghton is an educator and author on a variety of organic gardening topics. She has served as the education director for the MA chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass) and as assistant grower for The Food Project farm in Lincoln, MA, and as the director of horticulture at Green City Growers building hundreds of food-producing gardens in the Greater Boston area.


Gabriella Ibieta holds an advanced degree in comparative literature and recently retired from her position as associate professor of Global and Comparative Literature at Drexel University, where she taught for over thirty years.


Chelsea Jackson is a writer, editor, and consultant, and the author of the forthcoming collection All Things Holy and Heathen (April Gloaming, 2024). Chelsea uses their writing to ask hard questions and explore what it means to be human, and their work can be found in Fatal Flaw, Coffin Bell Journal, and Passengers Journal, among other publications. Additionally, 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 5 years, they recently returned to their home state of Virginia and now live in Richmond with their partner and cuddly pitbull.


Howard James is a former co-owner of Tea Country, LLC, a provider of gourmet loose-leaf tea. He has studied the tea industry since 1999. Howard received the industry-standard Level-II certification from the Specialty Tea Institute in March 2006.


Courtney Jewell moved to Philly in 2003 after graduating with a BFA from the University of Tennessee. She has lived in east Mt. Airy for over ten years. With her background in design she started gardening/designing for other small gardens and taking horticulture classes at Temple Ambler Campus. Soon she decided along with a friend to start a small flower CSA.  Since then her passion for growing and arranging flowers flourished.


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, has joyfully and successfully been teaching online classes worldwide, at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, MALT (since 1995!) and for her private local students in Mt Airy. 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.


Brannon Johnson has been rowing for two decades and coaching for the last 15 years. She is a former City National Jr. Champion and was a four-year Division I Collegiate athlete at the University of Texas.


Toni Lorraine Johnson is a former culinary instructor, restaurant and food truck owner who is truly passionate about food. Jamaica is her home and sharing her recipes helps build community.


Marcia Jones is a teaching artist (MFA, Tyler, 1976) in Mt. Airy. Her instruction-based teaching method, which she names Making Art Makes Us Smarter (c.2010), represents her passionate belief in the regenerative power of creative art. Marcia’s primary mediums are watercolor and pastel. She presented a one-person show at Center On The Hill in February, 2020. Her work can also be seen at Le Bus in East Falls, and in private collections.


Maddy Kameny-Pacheco has studied Bharatanatyam for over twenty years. She learned through Laasya School of Dance and Music and completed her arangetram (solo dance debut) in 2011. She continued my learning in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India, and performed there as well. As a student in Pittsburgh, Maddy was a member of the national award-winning classical dance team, Nrityamala. A lifetime student of Bharatanatyam, she teaches, choreographs, and develops curricula, making Bharatanatyam fun and interesting for all.


Thomas H. Keels is the author or co-author of seven books on local history and lore, including Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries, Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City, and Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love. Tom has appeared in numerous documentaries and TV shows; recently, he gave Roberto Mighty a tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery for an upcoming episode of World’s Greatest Cemeteries on PBS.


Eileen Kelsall has been practicing, studying, and teaching Qigong for the past eight years. She finds immense joy in sharing this special practice and inspiring others to make Qigong a way of life!


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 Exhchange and at Wissiahickon 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.


Katrina Kopeloff is an illustrator and art educator. She’s been teaching pre-college high school classes at Temple 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.


Gary Kurtis As the principal of Salestips101, Gary leverages his successful career in sales and sales management to help others, with an emphasis on many new to sales or in a new career. He conducts both group workshops and individualized coaching with a customized approach focusing on his client’s objectives and challenges.  Gary currently also serves on the Board of Directors of the ALS Hope Foundation and is a VP on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.


Laura Lacy is the Co-Owner of Attic Brewing Co. in Germantown. After working thirteen years for a major fashion retailer, she decided she wanted to be her own boss. Together with her husband Todd, she opened Attic Brewing Co. in January 2020.  She’s the business mind behind the brewery and prioritizes the company’s community involvement and inclusive company culture.


Paul Lazrow is the parent of a gaming teen, a Pennsylvania certified elementary and middle school math teacher, a HUGE gamer. Passionate about education, he views gaming and play in general as wonderful vehicles of experiential learning.


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


Steve Levick has many years of paddling experience and is certified by the ACA to teach recreational kayaking.


Jessica Liddell Bella Mosaic Art is the only studio in Philadelphia dedicated to the ancient art of mosaic.   Artist run and operated, we offer classes, facilitate community art projects, and create commissions.


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. 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


Dawn Malone learned to knit in 2009, and since then she has made numerous rectangles (scarfs), circles (hats) and triangles.


Kevin Manning and Andrew Herron are both Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) and the founders of Stone Pine Financial Partners.  Stone Pine specializes in working with and advising people in retirement.  Over the past two decades they have developed the specific expertise to guide people on this journey. They have been teaching classes on retirement for the past ten years, and are often sought out by other advisors and the media for advice and clarification on issues pertaining to retiree financial planning.


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.


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.


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.


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. Vicki teaches T’ai Chi: Yang Style for all levels.


Janet Meyers is an occupational therapist with vast experience teaching skills to individuals with a wide range of abilities. She has been meditating for over fourteen years and teaching for five.  She received teacher training from the Center for Mindfulness at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Meditation has enhanced her life and she is passionate about sharing it with others.


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


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.


Kenneth Nicholas is a teacher and choreographer with over fifteen years of stage combat experience. After performing at Renaissance festivals across the country, Ken now teaches stage combat at Ramapo College in New Jersey, as well as classes and workshops around Philadelphia. He is an advanced actor-combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and teaches in accordance with the standards of safety upheld by the society.


Anita Nicholson is a certified bellydance instructor who started in 2001 with Najia 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  and floor routine and assisting beginners in mastering the basics of the dance. Anita currently performs with Bright Invention Ensemble, has trained at Philly Improv Theater and the Magnet, and is on staff at  improvutopia.


Barbara Ochester, EdD, MSN BSN, RN, began her professional career as a Registered Nurse over 48 years ago. Building a foundation in bedside nursing in the medical/surgical, intensive care, and emergency departments, she continues active clinical practice doing cannabis counseling, wellness clinics, and immunization nursing.  Barbara currently works at the Pacific College of Health and Sciences, teaching in the medical cannabis track.


Bonnie Ostrofsky is in private practice as an attorney, concentrating in estate planning and probate, real estate law and business law.


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.


Lindsay Pinter earned a master’s in clinical mental health counseling, is a board certified coach (BCC), and became a certified hypnotist (CH) after having her own amazing experience with hypnosis. Her work has focused largely on people experiencing anxiety, feeling “stuck”, and general life dissatisfaction. Hypnosis has helped Lindsay in ways that other remedies did not and she hope to teach others all the ways hypnosis can help them too.


Julie Potter has been making art since she was old enough to hold a crayon.  She has a BS in Interior Design, with a minor in Fabric Design. Julie has taught different styles of art to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, ladies retreats and more. She believes everyone has creative ability within themselves.


Clayton Prince studied directly under the UFC champion, Royce Gracie. Clayton’s now teaching Jiu Jitsu in the Mt. Airy area on Sprague street. He is also the owner and operator of The Philadelphia Musical History Tours. For more information, see


Patricia Quigley is a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director at West Laurel Hill Funeral Home in Bala Cynwyd, and a long time Mt. Airy resident.


Bea Quindlen loves to share what she’s discovered and pass on the joy of crafting. In fact, she’s teaching six 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. A freelance writer and editor, she has written short pieces for many US magazines and newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Denver Post. Nancy also coaches and edits for various clients and is trying to find time to write her own personal essays.


Brianna Redner is co-owner of Natural State Salon. 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. Learning from renowned functional medicine doctors, she has studied the benefits of plant-based nutrition since 2013, and is certified by Cornell University’s program in plant-based nutrition. 


Sara Robbins is from Mt. Airy and 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.


Liese Sadler has been an oil painter since 2012, learning to paint outdoors thru workshops, classes and 9 years of weekly “paint outs” as a member of the Plein Air Painters of Salisbury, NC. She is also a studio painter of still life and portraits. Her goal is to spark interest in outdoor painting and to help make the artform approachable for everyone.


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.


David Schaaf is a retired local architect and former director of the Urban Design Division of the City Planning Commission. Mr. Schaaf was a member of the City’s Historical Commission for more than a dozen years. He has lived in Mt. Airy for nearly 40 years and has led this very popular MALT tour since 1992.


Selma Schlee is a native German and moved to the U.S. in 2002. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of her native language.


Roger Schrading is a long time member of the Philadelphia Canoe Club.  He is a Certified Instructor in Stand Up Paddleboarding by the American Canoe Association.  Certification includes Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Roger has taught many students this introductory course.  Students will be required to sign a waiver issued by the American Canoe Association to participate in this course.


Zipora Schulz is a New York transplant who left the world of advertising as a sketch artist and began teaching art almost twenty years ago to adults and children.


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 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Meditation Teacher with Meditation Alliance International.


Marjory Silver has a PhD in psychology and an MA in theatre. She has worked in Philadelphia and New York, directing and developing new plays, training professional actors and playwrights and coaching individuals and groups.


Alan Silverblatt has been a caseworker, an attorney, and most recently a software developer for a large social services agency.  He has used the insights and methods presented in this class to negotiate several very good car deals for his family. 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 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.


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.


Jeffrey Sklar, DC has been practicing for over 25 years and believes that chiropractors are best suited to help others improve their quality of life through the primary tenet of patient-centered care. Dr. Sklar has developed unique skills that help to reduce pain, increase energy and focus, and improve function throughout the body. He has published several papers and speaks internationally about his work, but the highlight of his career was receiving the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Starfish Award for Innovation.


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


Kris Soffa is a trailblazing conservation advocate and serves on the Phila Parks & Recreation Commission. She is a Trail Ambassador for the Friends of the Wissahickon and a PA Master Naturalist.


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 joined the Philadelphia Mainline ukulele meetup group in the winter of 2011, and quickly became a leader. By 2013, Anne was doing uke workshops for beginners at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, with her trio, Lord Jake and the Ukuleladies In 2014, she began teaching professionally and she has taught kids and adults, focusing 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.


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.


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.


Chris Veneziale has been performing SEO for nearly seven years and specializes in local search marketing. He has a Masters degree in Information and Library Science from Drexel University and currently works remotely as an SEO Account Manager for a digital marketing agency. Chris also freelances, offering SEO services for local businesses including site audits, SEO writing and optimization.


Looie Voorhees This course will be taught by ACA (American Canoe Association) Instructor Looie Voorhees. She has a lifetime of paddling experience and is certified by the ACA to teach both flatwater and whitewater canoeing and kayaking and beginner Stand Up Paddleboard.


Carolyn Wallace is an educator, program coordinator and collections manager with a background in historic sites. In her current role as Education Director for Cliveden of the National Trust, Carolyn is focused on education, interpretation and collections.


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 Jikiden Reiki therapist and wellness coach with a practice in Chestnut Hill. She loves sleeping outside and has been a hammock camper for 8 years. Before that she was a ground-dweller, sleeping in tents on family and Scout camping trips and even in her own backyard.


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.


Marjorie Winther recently performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing arts as part of the Story District “Real Hot Girl Sh*t” show. She has won the title “Best Storytelling in Philly” four times after winning four First Person Arts Grand Slam competitions. She has performed at the Act II Playhouse, Catch a Rising Star, the WHYY Connections Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival at Plays and Players and at the Risk! Show. Her humorous stories have been featured on the NPR show Commonspace. Off stage, Marjorie has been fired from dozens of corporate and academic jobs.


Djuna Wojton With over three decades of experience guiding people to explore their past lives, Djuna Wojton is also trained and certified in many holistic therapies, including Reiki Master Level, Neurographica, Hypnotherapy, and Advanced Crystal Dreaming. Her professional experience as a healer and psychic includes seeing private clients in person and remotely, conducting group workshops, lecturing at Expos, holistic centers, and on sea-going cruises, and authoring Karmic Healing: Clearing Past-Life Blocks To Present Day Love, Health and Happiness (Crossing Press) and Karmic Choices: How Making The Right Decisions Can Create Enduring Joy (Llewellyn). They are both distributed worldwide and translated into seven languages.


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

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