Midlothian, VA. 804.378.2527

Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

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Lifelong Learning Institute
in Chesterfield

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1090
Midlothian, VA  23113

Physical Location:
13801 Westfield Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
Office Hours 
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

are now available inside or outside in a bin at our office and under "classes" in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Fall 2018 

Sept 4 - Dec 19

You may register
at any time!

Open Registration

August 13-15
9:00am - 3:00pm

Spring: Jan-April
Summer: May-August
Fall: Sept-Dec


Gift certificates
are available for
LLI membership! 
Email info@llichesterfield.org
for details or call the office
at 804-378-2527.
LLI  follows the
Chesterfield County School
winter weather closings. 
If schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, LLI is also closed. If the schools have a delayed opening of any kind,
 LLI will open at 10 am.
Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is a registered IRS 501c3 non-profit. You can support its educational programs by donating online here.
Thank you!

Fall 2017 Class Leaders

Fraya Abrahamsen has studied ballet since the age of 6. She studied in Chicago and in NY with Ivstan Rabovsky and then danced with NY Dance Theatre under the direction of Frank Ohman. She has also danced in various ballets including the Nutcracker snow scene, Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf. Fraya was even chosen for the leading role in The Little Match Girl. She realized after helping out teaching ballet at her niece's ballet school that she has a strong passion to teach ballet!

Lydia Aiken-Wilson is a retired teacher of French who taught for more than thirty years in areas such as Senegal, West Africa, and Osaka, Japan. She has been an LLI member since 2007 and is known as one of LLI’s resident poets.

Kenneth Alford is an LLI member, frequent historical consultant for television productions, and a contributor to news articles involving looted Nazi Treasures. He is the author of The Spoils of World War II, Great Treasure Stories of World War II, Allied Looting in World War II, Hermann Goering and the Nazi Art Collection, Sacking Aladdin's Cave, American Crimes and the Liberation of Paris, Monetary Men and co-authored, Nazi Millionaires.

Donald Amos is a musician who loves sharing musical hours with his LLI friends. He has been a member of LLI since 2015.

Cindy Arnold is a librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library Midlothian branch. She has a Masters in Library Science from Louisiana State University and has worked as a librarian since 2001 both in public and school libraries. Cindy enjoys assisting people as they pursue their learning goals. She has lived in Midlothian since 2003 and likes exploring all that Virginia has to offer.

Brian Austin PhD, is a retired professor of psychology. His passion for studio art blossomed upon becoming a member of LLI. He has studied watercolor painting with Marti Franks, Terry Shepherd, Ellie Cox and Chris Wynn. He has studied colored pencil with Gloria Callahan, Dawn Flores, and Teresa Pennington. He is a member of the Bon Air Artist Association. The joy of drawing is contagious, and Brian looks forward to sharing his passion for creative expression with others in the classroom.

Pam Bachman received her Master's Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1969. As a public librarian for many years she has organized and led book groups for people of all ages. A devoted reader, Pam enjoys well-written historical novels, classics and mysteries. She believes that you haven't really read any book until you talk about it with someone else.

Guinn Baker is the Outreach Coordinator for Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Richmond. She enjoys coordinating trips for LLI to visit the Ballet's Canal Street studios for a sneak preview of upcoming productions and a behind the scenes tour of the facilities.

Dennis Beck-Berman is the rabbi of Congregation Brith Achim in Petersburg. He has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Military Academy. He is a retired military chaplain and has done chaplaincy in nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons. Rabbi Beck-Berman has served on the governing boards of numerous local, state and national charitable and professional organizations and institutions.

Michelle Bellows and her husband, Rich, are instructors certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach selected Tai Chi forms.

Rich Bellows and his wife, Michelle, are instructors certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach selected Tai Chi forms.

Millie Bishop is the Revenue Recovery Manager with Chesterfield Fire and EMS.   She is responsible for coordinating all the billing and payment activity for the ambulance transports.  Millie has been with the Fire department since July 2011 and worked with the Chesterfield Treasurer's Office for 7 years prior as ACH payment and Credit Card Coordinator.   Millie has an Accounting degree and is a Medical Assistant.   Millie also is certified as NAAC and NACO with ambulance billing and is a Notary Public.

Lori Blair is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.  She is currently a Physical Therapist with Sheltering Arms. In 2013, she was named Employee of the Year! Her specialties include: Ankle Conditions/Injuries, Balance, Board Certified in Orthopedic, Foot Conditions/Injuries, Gait Analysis, General Debility, Hip Conditions/Injuries, Joint Replacement, Knee Conditions/Injuries, Manual Therapy, Neck Conditions/Injuries, Neurologic Conditions, Orthopedic Conditions, Running Injuries, Shoulder Conditions/Injuries, Spine Conditions/Injuries, Vestibular, Workers Comp . She also happens to be the daughter of members Jean and Jim Wills.

Gail Bobrowitz is a graduate of Adelphi University, with degrees in Education. She has taught Social Studies at both public and private schools totaling 30 years. Through a series of events, Gail became interested in Messianic Judaism, has collected stories from Messianic Jews across the country, and has put their testimonies together to explain what this combined religion consists of and where it sees itself going.

Debbie Bowie is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, feng shui practitioner, professional speaker and author of Rock, Scissors, Paper: Understanding How Environment Affects Your Performance on a Daily Basis. She runs Debbie Bowie Organizing & Coaching and has been in business since 1998. Her mission is to help people to clear mental, physical and emotional clutter so they can be more productive.

Mary Bradstock has been an LLI member since 2009. She has been facilitating the line dance practices as well as assisting with the line dance classes.

Larry Braja began his working life as a management analyst for the federal government, had a middle career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and completed his working life as an emergency manager for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He is certified in the personality typing system--the Enneagram Spectrum--by Jerome Wagner. Larry has been an officer and active participant in a local Enneagram group for over twenty years.

Tracey Brooks was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves. She has various Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Exercise & Personal Trainer Certifications, including Kickboxing (IFTA), Zumba and Yoga. Tracey has been teaching and training since 2002.  She is energetic and knowledgeable!  She also has the ability to motivate and inspire clients regardless of physical fitness level and encourages habits that are life changing.

Ginny Brown has a Home Economics Education degree from Drexel University and taught in the public school systems of Virginia and Pennsylvania for thirty years. Her expertise is foods and the culinary arts. Ginny now has her own business, The Urban Pantry, with which she caters small events and has a vender stall at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church's Farmer's Market specializing in bakery items. She loves all forms of the culinary arts especially baking and enjoys opening the world of food and the joy of cooking to all those willing to dare to be their own chef.

Helen Brown has been a member of LLI since 2006. She loves Brown’s Rummy and is pleased to show other members how to play it!

Sherella Brown is a certified Jazzercise fitness instructor who specializes in working with active adults who combine dance with exercise.

Norie Burnet is a former teacher and the owner and landscaper of the Eden Woods Moss Gardens in Bon Air, VA. Her gardens have been documented by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., into the Archives of American Gardens. She feels mosses are nature's gift to filter toxins from the air, stop erosion, and create an atmosphere of serene beauty, which lightens the spirit and soothes the soul. Her moss gardens have been featured in many national magazines and have appeared on local and national TV. Her lectures, garden maintenance and tours keep her busy as well.

Sheila Burris is a certified yoga instructor who has studied yoga since 1999. She began teaching with us in the spring of 2008.

Bill Busch still finds new dance moves to share with LLI members even after 30 collective years of social dancing and 8 years of sharing his accumulated dance knowledge. He welcomes new and old students into the dance room to learn the current offering or to refresh their dance experience.

Ed Butterworth is a former mathematics teacher and insurance brokerage actuary who enjoys playing bridge and other challenging games of logic.

David Buxton MD, earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA. He completed his Adult Psychiatric Residency at Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He stayed on as faculty in their psychiatric emergency room while completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Harvard University-Massachusetts General/McLean Hospitals. Dr. Buxton then completed a palliative care fellowship at Harvard University-Massachusetts General/Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of integrating psychiatry and palliative care. He is the Palliative Care Medical Director at CJW Medical Center, Clinical Assistant Faculty at VCU in Psychiatry, CEO of The Center for Palliative Psychiatry and Chief Medical Officer of Behavior Health for My Ideal Doctor.

James Calpin is a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist and served as Laboratory Director of Analytics Corporation – an accredited environmental testing laboratory in Ashland, Virginia. He holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry and has worked in environmental testing services for over thirty years.

Katherine Cannon MSPT, has been a practicing physical therapist for more than a decade. Katherine has worked in a variety of settings, ranging from geriatrics to outpatient sports medicine clinics, and she has vast experience working with many types of patients. She joined the staff of The Foot & Ankle Center in 2015. Katherine takes pride in providing a hands-on approach, working with patients to address pain and limitations as they relate to the whole body, treating the source of the problem.

Margaret Carlini holds MA and BA degrees in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of New Mexico and from Pennsylvania State University. Her Doctoral work in Museum Studies is through the University of New Mexico. Over more than 40 years in museum work, she has served as education director with Henricus Historical Park (Richmond, VA), the Virginia Air & Space Center (Hampton, VA) and the MacArthur Memorial (Norfolk, VA). She has also held education and museum management positions with the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Andrew’s Art Gallery (College of William & Mary), Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the Los Alamos County Historical Museum (Los Alamos, NM).

James Carter joined LLI in 2017 and is an Emeritus Professor of Geography with interests in weather, climate and cartography. In December 2003, Jim discovered attractive formations of ice on some plant stems. He had never seen anything like it. Since then he has learned much about such ice formations from his own observations and from emails and web pages.

Thom Casey is a nationally certified audiologist and is licensed in Virginia as an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser. He has been in central VA since 1984. Thom founded Advanced Hearing Specialists in 2000 and provides mobile services including hearing and hearing aid evaluations, ear wax removal, hearing aid fittings, as well as hearing aid repair services. Thom also makes custom earmolds for all applications including protection from water, loud music and all types of noise. He also provides hearing conservation services to businesses in the manufacturing industry. Thom enjoys speaking to groups about hearing and hearing loss and is an active member of the Hearing Loss Association of America - Greater Richmond chapter. For more info about HLAA-GR, please contact Linda Wallace at grhearingloss@verizon.net. For more information, take a look at Thom's recently updated website at: www.AHShearing.com.

Ken Chandler has been teaching the Life of the Civil War Soldier around the State of Virginia for 30 years to schools and tour groups from across the United States. He is a native of Chesterfield County, attended Manchester High School and studied at the University of Richmond. Ken works for Richmond Discoveries, Richmond’s oldest tour and educational company. He looks forward to sharing a educational, entertaining, musical and humorous program with the LLI family.

Peggy Chicklo is the sister of a member, Diana Donahue. She has been dancing for years and loves tap.

Emmanuel Chunda is passionate about community development. He was one of the founder board members for the Partners for Life Advancement and Education Promotion (PLEAP), a community-based development organization in Zambia. He was a researcher in the Wellbeing study undertaken by RuralNet Associates Limited for the United International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in five selected districts in the country. This involved engaging the communities with qualitative questionnaires and Focus Group Discussions over a period of two years.He is a solar energy and battery expert. He is a Chemical Engineer and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Diploma in Production Management from Zambia, Southern Africa. Prior to coming to the USA, he worked at Chloride Zambia Limited as a sales manager for solar, industrial and mining products.

Sombo Chunda is passionate about international development and loves to travel. Having been to 20 countries, 9 within Africa and 11 in Europe, Asia and the Americas; she loves to share about the big and great world we live in. In the summer of 2017, Sombo taught a class on Global Connectors at the Mary and Frances Youth Center, Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to coming to the USA, she worked as country manager in Zambia for a Swedish international nonprofit, Diakonia. She is a PhD student in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU.

John Clatterbaugh is a retired community college administrator/teacher. He holds degrees in forestry, horticulture, and college and university administration. He has been planning, developing and teaching active outdoor programs for youth and senior adults since 1963. He has also participated in the development task force for community college lifelong programs and Road Scholar (Elderhostel) programs. He is also a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Greater Richmond Chapter 143. John and his wife have been LLI members since 2007.

Anne Clendenin is a member of LLI who enjoys dancing and has been playing Spades for years. She wants to continue sharing her love for Spades with other members at LLI!

Norma Crutchfield has been a member of LLI since 2008 and loves playing games, especially with her friends at LLI. Norma also enjoys doing puzzles and volunteering for LLI!

Wade Curry Ph. D, for 27 years, taught English and theater courses and served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the College of New Jersey. For 10 years, he was the Director of Advanced Placement at the College Board. He has been a member of LLI since 2009.

Wanda Cutchins is an artist with over thirty years’ experience in oil painting. She is a retired teacher and completed her career as an educational technology director. Wanda enjoys being a master gardener as well as a Virginia Master Naturalist. She has been an LLI member since 2017.

James Davidson is a Vice President of Investments for Davenport & Company and Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner with more than 16 years of industry experience. He currently serves as an Ex-Officio member on the LLI Board of Directors and manages the LLI Endowment Fund.

John DeMajo is a retired engineer and contractor with fifty years’ experience in the electrical, mechanical and communications fields. John has been an active Ham radio operator since the age of 14, and an avid collector of antique communications equipment and historical artifacts. He is the founder of The Museum of Yesterday. Additionally, John enjoys performing recitals and accompanying silent movie recreations on the theatre pipe organ.

Diana Donahue a member of LLI, is the sister of Peggy Chicklo and has been dancing for years. She loves tap dancing.

Diane Drummond has been an LLI member since 2009. She began making headbands, hair bows and jewelry for her beautiful granddaughter and has continued adding to her repertoire of craft skills, which she happily shares with her fellow LLI members in a variety of classes.

Pauline Dufficy has been dancing for over 8 years.

Tom Dunkum has been an LLI member since 2010 and enjoys helping with the weekly Bible Discussion. Tom is a retired United Methodist Minister (41 years) and is active at St. Marks United Methodist Church on Lucks Lane.  He is also active in several mission projects including Meals on Wheels, Missions of Mercy (free dental mission statewide), Chaplain (volunteer) at Johnston Willis Hospital.

Frances Elwood is an experienced Human Resources and Nutrition Dietetics professional who has developed extensive knowledge while serving firms within banking, accounting, insurance and healthcare industries. Frances takes every opportunity to positively impact workplace culture by promoting employee well-being through savvy medical nutrition therapy interventions resulting in strategic disease mitigation. She currently works with the CareMore team in Richmond providing patient-centered nutrition education to promote healthy lifestyles and motivate positive behaviors to inspire long term behavioral changes. She enjoys supporting community health initiatives by speaking at various venues to promote healthy lifestyles for diverse patient populations.

Laura Evans has been practicing colored pencils art for over five years. She has taken classes online to perfect her skill and love of the medium. She has five cats, two dogs and two bunnies that are subject to being put in her artwork at will. Laura is married with two grown children. Her youngest daughter also follows in her mother's footsteps. Laura's mother was a professional artist and LLI member before she was afflicted with Alzheimer's.

Bob Ferguson has been an active member of LLI since 2008 and a member of the LLI Board of Directors since 2015.  He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and was involved in technical research, management, and consulting for 38 years at Phillip Morris/Altria.  Bob has varied interests including history, economics, and literature.  He recently became interested in Readers Theater and has performed in Bifocals and Huguenot Community Players productions.

Gerry Ferguson is a former chemistry teacher and joined LLI in 2007, the year she retired. She and Helen Brown introduced Brown’s Rummy during Game Day in 2016 and were asked to teach it as an option for card players.

Martin Fisher is a Cambridge University graduate, a former British Navy officer and Boeing defense executive who came to Richmond to run his own aerospace and defense company focused on international and US defense sales. He has been a supporter of NATO through his defense work for 50 years.  He has been a post-graduate lecturer in the UK and a lecturer to several US universities, as well as delivering hundreds of marketing briefings all over the world.

Amy Foster is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Johnston Willis Hospital. She has a passion for palliative and hospice care and many years of experience. Amy works also for James River Home Health and Hospice visiting hospice patients in their homes. Prior to palliative care, she worked as a nurse practitioner for Richmond Gastrointestinal Associates for several years and as a nurse in the Medical Surgical Trauma ICU at Chippenham Hospital. Amy received her RN degree at J. Sergeant Reynold Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her vast experience gives her a great perspective on advance care planning and talking about healthcare decision making.

Marti Franks loves Watercolors! She has been painting for over 18 years, starting out with Ellie Cox and continuing with Sarah Hoyle, Chris Wynn, and Susan Stuller.  She has participated in many workshops with nationally known artists, including John Salamien, Mary Whyte, Ted Andrews, Alvaro Cassinett, Tony Van Hassett, Frank Webb, and Jean Spicer.  Marti is a past president of the Bon Air Artists Association and has served as a co-chair of its events, Art Affair and Artful Healing.  She exhibits at Crossroads Art Center and is a co-op owner of Uptown Gallery.

Marc Friedlander is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) helping families navigate the difficult assisted living and memory care arenas. He has had personal experiences with both sides of his family and could have used an advocate during the difficult decision-making process. Marc is a member of the Health Community Resource Network, RVA Better Aging Forum, and the Richmond Senior Network. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The George Washington University and an MBA from Montclair State University. Marc enjoys living in the beautiful Richmond area with his wife and two kids. In his spare time, he coaches his daughter's YMCA soccer team.

Scott Garka is President of CultureWorks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit driving a vibrant community through arts and culture. He is also an actor and singer, having performed with Henrico Theatre Company, Chamberlayne Actors’ Theatre, and the Richmond Men’s Chorus.

Edward Garrett is a retired United Methodist minister of the VA Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served churches in VA for 42 years, leading Bible studies and teaching educational classes for various denominations. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Richmond, a B.D. from Duke University, an M.A. degree in education from Union Theological Seminary and a doctorate from St. Mary’s University in Baltimore. He is the author of two books and various curriculum materials and articles.

Bill Good participated in Civil War reenactments for 10 years as an infantryman and ambulance corp. He has a wealth of knowledge about the Civil War.  He has been a member of LLI since 2007 and enjoys history, genealogy and woodcarving.

Reta Good is a retired nurse and joined LLI along with her husband, Bill, in 2007. They spent 19 summers on Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia where they attended a number of International Tattoos.

Sherry Graves was led by a lifelong interest in history to the reenacting hobby in 1999 when she followed her daughter Elizabeth Watkins-Morris into membership with the 12th VA Infantry. Sherry has served as Civilian Coordinator of Company B for more than 12 years. Aside from "unit" activities, she and Liz have concentrated research efforts and prepared programs which focus on the civilian population and material culture 1850-1865. Programs and volunteer activities are offered in multiple venues including Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park; Petersburg National Battlefield; as well as various county and civic organizations. Sherry is also a registered nurse and certified health coach.  She provides solutions to people who wish to avoid or manage the physical, emotional, and financial impact of chronic illness.

Wenndy Green is an  AFAA certified group exercise instructor, ACSM certified Personal trainer and PCC certified Pilates Instructor. She also works part time at OrthoVirginia as a Medical Assistant. Fitness is Wenndy's passion and she absolutely loves working with any fitness enthusiast of any age.

Diana Greer taught 34 years with the Richmond School System and was the Instructional Specialist at the Arts and Humanities Center in Richmond. She has produced 28 city-wide musical productions and is recognized across the Richmond area as an outstanding musician and artist.  She is the Production Director and Conductor for AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS at the Landmark Theater.  For more than 30 years she has been the Choir Director and Organist at the Corinth United Methodist Church in Sandston, VA.

Pamela Grottanelli is a licensed RN and NP in Florida and Virginia. She has been an ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) Trainer since 2004 and completed the Advanced Hospice Administrator Certificate Program in 1999. Pamela currently works with the CareMore team doing Palliative Care Consulting.

Mark Grubbs has a B.S. in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has worked as an engineer, a pilot, in vocational ministry, a professor abroad, and has worked with computers of many kinds through all of these occupations (for at least 20 years). Mark is originally from and grew up in Richmond, VA. Since college, he has lived in Philadelphia, PA, Murfreesboro, TN, Grand Rapids, MI, Los Angeles, CA, and then spent 15 years in Seoul, South Korea teaching in Korean universities as a professor of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Mark returned to Richmond in September 2015 and has enjoyed teaching and tech coaching students at LLI. To his pleasant surprise, he recently had his favorite teacher from high school in a few of his classes. Mark is also now a Drone Operator.

Carol Halbert is a former Chesterfield County Theatre teacher who in her retirement discovered the power of essential oils. As an educator, she is eager to share her knowledge for the uses of these powerful oils.

Greg Hall holds a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia with concentrations in American Literature, Shakespeare, and Film. He has taught courses in The American Novel into Film, Shakespeare into Film, Detective Fiction and Film Noir, Drama and Comedy into Film, and Film as Literature---to name a few. He has served on the faculties of North Carolina Wesleyan, Erskine, Clemson, VCU, Virginia Union, VSU, and several other schools. After retiring from full time teaching at VSU, he continued teaching part time at Fort Lee for three years and currently teaches such courses as The Films of Frank Capra and Hitch in the Forties at The Shepherd Center in Chester. At 75 he still feels that he has a lot to say, and he enjoys saying it!

Heather Hannon is an oncology certified nurse practitioner and oncology nurse navigator specializing in complex GI cancers at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond. Heather completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Tufts University in Massachusetts and received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Heather possesses a solid background in oncology nursing with experience in medical oncology/bone marrow transplant, pain management/palliative care, cancer genetics, and GI and gynecologic oncology. In her role at Sarah Cannon, she coordinates care for patients with some of the most challenging forms of GI cancer, supporting them from time of initial diagnosis to completion of active treatment and beyond. Heather is particularly interested in issues related to disease recurrence and end of life decisions. Heather and her colleague, Dr. D. Michael Rose, recently celebrated the one year anniversary of a unique support group for patients and families facing a GI cancer diagnosis. An advanced practice nurse for 15 years, she remains committed to enhancing the role of the APN in the community cancer care and recently published an article exploring this topic.

Pat Herman having initially learned how to knit from her mother, has been knitting all of her life. She volunteers her time and talents for a knitting healing ministry with her church. She also enjoys participating in knitting workshops and conferences.

Shannon Hernandez is a 2007 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. She has worked with Sheltering Arms since December 2006. While working with Sheltering Arms, Shannon has obtained her Certification and License for Athletic Training. She has become a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified All Inclusive Fitness Trainer, Certified Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Instructor and an Aquatic Fitness Instructor. Along with these certifications she holds the title as Health and Wellness Coordinator. Shannon has taught Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes and takes pride in offering her services to help individuals within the community.

LaVae Hoffman teaches basic and advanced paper craft techniques in the Charlottesville area. She hosts monthly card and scrapbook workshops and special craft events using Stampin’ Up© products.

Mimi Holt is the Real Estate Marketing Associate with Virginia Credit Union. Mimi is pleased to lead financial education topics throughout the year for Lifelong Learning Institute.  With more than 245,000 member-owners, Virginia Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Virginia. A regional leader in financial education for members and the public, Virginia Credit Union’s classes, workshops and seminars reached more than 14,000 individuals last year. Virginia Credit Union provides a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources with a focus on helping people feel more confident about their finances. Real estate services are offered by Virginia CU Realty, LLC, an affiliate of Virginia Credit Union. Virginia CU Realty, LLC, is a separate and distinct legal entity from Virginia Credit Union, Inc.

Marie Ireland teaches basic and advanced paper craft techniques in the Midlothian area. She hosts monthly card and scrapbook workshops and special craft events using Stampin’ Up© products.

Catherine Jordan holds Master Craftsman certifications in the Counted Thread, Crewel, Color, and Design programs from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). She is a past and current president of the EGA Gentle Pursuits of Richmond chapter. She is currently chair of the EGA Master Craftsman Design program and EGA Master Craftsman Coordinator. She is a juried member of EGA’s artist’s group, Fiber Forum. Catherine is a five-time recipient of Woodlawn’s Frank Lloyd Wright award for best original design and was awarded Best in Show in 2008 for an original fabric painted design. Catherine teaches at local needlework chapters and regional, national, and international seminars. Her work can be seen at www.CatherinesDesigns.net.

John Kaldy and his wife, Christine, own and operate First Flight Creations, which is a division of Kaldy Services, Inc. The focus of this company is to engage with the special needs community by exploring and developing their special talents through viable employment. Their employees provide a fun and creative work environment to foster the youth’s skills. Products are built with materials bought or discarded from the contracting company, Kaldy Services. These products are then sold for a profit with their employees being fairly compensated and 11% of sales going to charitable organizations. Visit their website, FirstFlightCreations.com or their Facebook page for more information.

Alice Kane is a retired special education teacher who relocated to Midlothian from Buffalo, New York, to be closer to her four grandchildren. She is a member of The Brandermill Woman's Club and has been a card-maker for over 20 years. She is always looking for new techniques to create one-of-a-kind cards.

Mel Kauffman spent 35 years with the CIA dealing with communications, networking, and security.  He holds ISCET certifications in Electronics/Radio/Computers and NRI certification in computers.  Mel has been using computers since 1984.

Dorota Kawka E-RYT 200, took her first yoga class in 1996 while pregnant with her first child and instantly fell in love with it. She was certified to teach yoga in 2008 and has been teaching ever since. Dorota especially enjoys working with older adults, teaching a variety of Chair Yoga, Senior Yoga and Gentle Yoga classes at different locations in Richmond area. She is delighted to be able to share her practice with the LLI family.

Francine Kerber loves teaching about Nutrition! She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN), devoted wife, mother, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and counselor. Her business is named “From Your RD, LLC”. Her company provides individual and group nutrition counseling and hands-on cooking classes. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Level 2 Weight Loss Trainer. She has been working as an RD for over 12 years and has been in the field of nutrition for over 15 years. Francine has a passion for sharing the knowledge of disease prevention through the power of food as medicine. She has studied functional nutrition and believes to regain health one must seek the source of what ails them. She is greatly inspired by her father’s victory over cancer, her strong family history of heart disease and diabetes and her strong desire to break the chain of familial chronic diseases.

Kristen Kern is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from James Madison University.  She has worked in both the acute setting at MCV and HCA Hospitals as well as in the home setting for the last 20 years. She chose nursing because of her desire to help others, and she enjoys being able to educate others about the wonderful services available to support recovery and wellness after and during an illness.

Bette Kot MLIS, is a retired librarian from the California Genealogical Society and has many years of experience researching and teaching genealogy.

Charles Koutnik has a variety of experience in several subject areas. An award winning photographer, he taught a "History of Photography" course for LLI in Fall 2016. Beside Photography, Chuck studied Comparative Religion and American History at Cleveland State University. As a Library Director at three Virginia public libraries, he has belonged to several local historical societies and has spoken to diverse organizations ranging from Rotary to the Daughters of the American Revolution. Chuck wrote several columns for the Hopewell News entitled, "Famous Forgotten Americans." He has been an LLI member since 2016.

Trupti Girish Kulkarni has been meditating for over 20 years and has been a certified instructor since 2006 with Heartfulness Institute. She was born and brought up in India and earned an MS in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas. T worked in Pharmaceuticals as a project manager and is now retired to enjoy the real life. She is blessed with a husband and two kids. She loves self-development, Meditation, traveling, cooking, reading, painting, drawing, as well as teaching math, meditation and cooking. T has been an LLI member since 2015.

Dana Ladd is the head of the Community Health Education Center with VCU Health.

Sherri Laffoon is the Emergency Management Planner with Chesterfield Fire & EMS-Emergency Management Division, responsible for the public education and outreach program. She is also the Coordinator for Chesterfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.  Sherri has been with Emergency Management since October 2009 and worked in the Chesterfield Emergency Communications Center for three years prior, where she was involved in the hiring and CALEA Accreditation processes. She is a member of the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance and the Virginia Fire Chiefs Assoc. Administrative Professionals Section.  Sherri has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and has earned the Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) designation.

John Lemza is a 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served over 20 years in the Army with more than eight years abroad in Asia and Europe. His last assignment was at the Pentagon. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with an MA in History and in December 2014 with a PhD in History from George Mason University. His research interests are post-1945 America, the Cold War, the history of immigration, modern intellectual history, consumerism, military history, and trans-national history. John also teaches history at Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught at the Elderhostel Chautauqua at Natural Bridge, VA from 2009-2011. He has been a member of the LLI teaching faculty since 2005. His recently released book, "American Military Communities in West Germany: Life in the Cold War Badlands, 1945-1990," is now available. John is a member of the LLI and is currently serving as President on the Board of Directors. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Joe Lenzi retired as a Mechanical Engineer and Principal Engineer in 2015. He learned to build guitars from Charles Fox in 1976 while Joe was living in Alaska. For the next 10 years Joe built and repaired stringed instruments in Fairbanks, and, through the community college, taught guitar building and music during the long winters. He now lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he and Cherie have raised two children, both of whom are grown and out of college. Since retiring from the engineering profession, Joe has been trying to perfect the art of retirement by building a few guitars and mandolins each year. Instruction and presentation have always been a significant part of his professional life. He has been an LLI member since 2017.

June Leslie is a lifelong Christian. She has been an LLI member since 2008 and has also taught Bible classes in Chesterfield and Missouri.

Juana Levi is a retired registered nurse who studied Art History at the University of Maryland. She is a mother of two daughters who are both teachers, and a grandmother of four.  She and her husband have been LLI members since 2013.

Lewis Levi graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Computer Science. He worked with computers for Signet, AT&T and IBM. He and his wife have been LLI members since 2013.

Suzanne Levitas is excited to further guide you on your LLI music journey into Western (European) Art Music. Suzanne has an extensive background in music performance as a vocal soloist, choral conductor, and ensemble and madrigal singer. She has performed opera, chamber music, oratory, choral music, and solo recitals as well as conducted orchestras and choral music, taught voice privately and a music instructor at the high school and university level. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Music in Applied Voice Performance from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon; a Master of Music in Musicology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, where her thesis and doctoral studies were on Ladino music in the Golden Age of Spain with noted musicologist, Miloš Velimirović. In addition to music, Suzanne received a Master of Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Information Technology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and worked over 30 years in Special Libraries and Information Technology where she did database management, business research and analysis, and writing in the pure science and financial industries.

Annebel Lewis is a Socio-Cultural Anthropologist whose primary research is in ritual, belief systems, and mythology. She is retired from California State University Fullerton and from Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. She appeared in Who's Who in American Women in 91-92 and has been published in various professional journals. Annebel has been a faculty member of LLI since 2007 and serves on the Board of Directors.

Joanna Lurie has a M.S. in Health Administration, a B.S. in Medical biology and is a certified Medical Technologist (MT) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) at a Masters Level (MASCP, MT (ASCP)).  She is also certified in data base designs.  She was the chemistry laboratory supervisor for 20 years in a major Long Island hospital.  In addition, she worked as the Laboratory Information Systems Coordinator for six years. She and her team developed, installed and taught the hospitals’ laboratory computer system for a seven-hospital system on Long Island, New York.  She has been on the LLI faculty since 2006.

Linda Lyles is from London, England. She is a certified Microsoft Computer Trainer (MCT) and author of a sci-fi/fantasy novel entitled “Glordayia” .

Jessica Lyon is the creative media communications specialist at the Virginia Center on Aging. She graduated from James Madison University in May 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in corporate communication, advertising and web development. Aside from her administrative duties, Jessica develops and maintains the Virginia Center on Aging website and is working on a brand refresh for the center.

Deborah Marchese works with the Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation team at the Hull Street Center. Her specialties include: Ankle Conditions/Injuries, Board Certified in Orthopedic, Foot Conditions/Injuries, Gait Analysis, General Debility, Hip Conditions/Injuries, Joint Replacement, Knee Conditions/Injuries, Manual Therapy, Neck Conditions/Injuries, Orthopedic Conditions, Running Injuries, Shoulder Conditions/Injuries, Spine Conditions/Injuries, Workers Comp, and Ergonomist. Deborah attended Virginia Tech, obtained a BS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia 1978, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.

Marilyn Mare is a retired Chesterfield County teacher who  taught at J. B. Watkins Elementary School.  She joined LLI in 2007 and is an active member who volunteers whenever needed. She also enjoys teaching Mah Jongg to fellow LLI students!

Glenn Markus holds degrees in philosophy (epistemology) and in Greek and Roman studies, both from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been an instructor at LLI since its founding and is also an instructor at other education programs for seniors in Virginia.

Marianne Matocha holds a degree in Interior Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has 15 years of professional experience in the corporate world and private sector. A few places she has worked include Belk Corporate Office and Lowe's Corporate Office, prior to starting Access-Array, LLC, in Richmond, VA. Marianne is a native of North Carolina and has had the opportunity to travel to many regions in the country due to her career and family life. She enjoys using her God-given skills and experience to help others achieve a safe, functional, and pleasant environment.

Bryan McChesney is a minister, chaplain and educator. He received his associate’s degrees through the following terminal colleges:  University of Richmond, Campbell, Wake Forest, University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ruschlion.

James McKenney PharmD, is president and CEO of National Clinical Research and the Alzheimer’s Research Center, both in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Professor Emeritus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond where he was a faculty member for 30 years. He has spent his life studying new medications used to treat common illnesses. His research and practice focus has been on the treatment of cardiovascular disease and more recently, Alzheimer’s Disease. He helped write national guidelines for use by doctors throughout the country to treat high blood cholesterol as a means of reducing heart disease. He was a founding member and past President of the National Lipid Association. Dr. McKenney has published more than 200 original research articles and many other articles and book chapters dealing with heart disease and has directed more than 1000 clinical trials evaluating new treatments for common illnesses.

Juli McKenney is the Wellness Coordinator and coordinates the Flu Shot classes and clinics for LLI members. IVNA began in 1900 with a small group of nurses who were concerned about the lack of access to health care. These nurses volunteered during their off-duty hours to provide care and instruction to the poor and sick of Richmond. They continue today with flu clinics, and all profits of the clinics go towards charity care.

Mark Mikuta is a principal with Estate Settlement Solutions, LLC. He has worked in internal audit, corporate finance and real estate management and development. Mark received his BS in accounting from the University of Richmond. He is a member of many professional organizations and is also a Certified Financial Planner.

David Miller is a Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon.  A native of Hopewell, Virginia, Dr. Miller graduated from Hopewell High School and attended the University of Richmond, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After college, he attended Georgetown University and received a Master in Science in Human Physiology. Dr. Miller then accepted an Army scholarship, attending The Georgetown School of Medicine before heading to Hawaii to do his Internship at Tripler Army Medical Center. He returned to Washington, DC to do his Orthopeadic Surgery Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was the Chief of the Adult Reconstructive Service. Dr. Miller then completed a Fellowship at Queens Medical Center in Nottingham, England. In 1999, he returned to Richmond, Virginia as partner at West End Orthopaedic Clinic, now OrthoVirginia, where he is the current Board President. Dr. Miller was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Virginia National Guard and a decorated Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for his service as a flight surgeon during Operation Desert Storm. He has dedicated his career, both civilian and military, to providing expert orthopaedic care. Dr. Miller specializes in hip and knee replacement, including Direct Anterior Hip Replacement, the Get Around Knee Replacement, Custom Fit Knee Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, and Revision Joint Surgery.

Curtis Monk is President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, the parent company the Community Idea Stations. Previously, Monk served as the Chief Financial Officer of the corporation and Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Before his tenure at Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, he served Crestar Bank for nearly 20 years, most recently as Executive Vice President for Retail Banking-Headquarters Region. He received his MBA from the Colgate Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and earned his BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Stephen Moore is an active Red Cross Volunteer in Disaster Services and other areas for over three years.

Wendy Morgan RYT 200. She began her exploration of yoga after her youngest of three children was born in 2005, and she was certified to teach in 2011.  It is her great pleasure to share her love of yoga so that others may enjoy the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of a regular practice.  Wendy believes that yoga is a wellspring of goodness, encouraging us to practice mindfulness and gratitude in every moment.  It is a path that leads to confidence and contentment and allows us all to let our bright inner light shine!  When she is not cheering from the sidelines on the soccer field, Wendy enjoys reading and making stained glass windows.

Dorothy Moses has been an LLI member since 2008. She’s an aspiring writer and has participated in several critique groups.

Mary Jane Murphy has a B.S. in Home Economics Education and a B.A. in Studio Art. She brings 25 years teaching experience to LLI and has been a member at Chesterfield LLI since 2010.

Fred Nelson is a retired Air Force major general who served as a fighter pilot for most of his 36 years of duty. He also served at the Pentagon, in NATO Headquarters and has lived in Europe, Asia, the Pacific region and the Middle East.

Lorraine Nichol is an ongoing addition to our wonderful Great Books team.

Cathy Notzelman resides in Eastern Hanover County (Virginia) where she divides her time between software development and painting. She has taken numerous classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond including black and white photography and watercolor, which has been her primary focus since 2001. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows held by the Virginia Watercolor Society and the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild.

Karen Novitzki has been an LLI member since 2008. She has taught several craft classes and is always a great help when it comes to decorating for events and new seasons!

Debra Ogilvie is with Richmond Hearing Doctors, is a Virginia native, and grew up in Hampton. She received her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University, her Master's degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her Doctorate of Audiology degree from Salus University in Pennsylvania. Debra has been practicing Audiology since 1995, coming to Richmond in 1999. She spent 12 years working in a local private practice until deciding to become an owner herself. She has always appreciated both the technical and personal sides to Audiology – finding the best hearing solution for each individual person. Debra is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and is a Board Member of the Virginia Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their son, daughter, and extended family.

Hans Oppe Ph.D, is a graduate of the Technical University Aachen in Germany. He is a retired corporate officer who worked for companies in Germany and the USA.

Timothy Pace received a Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University in 1972, and was a senior adviser to the Board of Veterans Appeals from 1972 to 1990. Thereafter, Timothy served as Administrative Law Judge, after a presidential appointment, for the Social Security Administration from 1990 to 2014 handling primarily Medicare cases and Disability claims. In that capacity, he presided in various courtroom proceedings along the east coast at hearing sites in 8 states and in the District of Columbia. From time to time he was called upon to lecture to fellow judges and administrative personnel on the nuances of ever-changing laws governing the administration of Social Security benefits. Timothy lectured and taught classes on the use of the electronic file in the courtrooms, served as the Chief Judge in Pittsburgh and at the Richmond office from 2003-2014. He also briefly served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge in Falls Church, VA, in 2010. He has been a member of LLI since 2014.

Ian Patrick earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional and has earned the designation of and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM.  Over the years, he has been quoted in several publications including "Entrepreneur" and "Research" magazines. Active in the Richmond community, Ian serves on the board of directors of Belltower Pictues and several committees of the James River Association, is a past President of the Rotary Club of Huguenot Trail, contemporary band member at Christ the King Lutheran Church, and a volunteer for many other charity organizations. He is the proud father of two teenage daughters and resides in Midlothian, Virginia. To relax, Ian enjoys music, independent films, soccer, skiing, golf, sporting clays, and getting out on the James River.

Priyadarshini Pattath earned her doctorate in Education in Adult Learning from the Virginia Commonwealth University in August 2017 and her M.S. in Human Resource Management in 2014. She has served as a physical therapist and as a research assistant. Her research interests are in online learning, community-based research, health education and promotion.

Paula Peaden practices in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates Administration, Elder Law, Long Term Care & Disability Planning, Special Needs Trusts, and Guardianships. She was named the Best Elder Care Lawyer in Richmond in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Her knowledge and professionalism are evidenced by a number of other accolades, including her appointment to the  2014 Virginia Business Legal Elite, the 2013 Class of Leaders in the Law, Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estate, Virginia Super Lawyers for Trusts and Estates and Elder Law and AV-rated Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Women Lawyers. She began her professional career as a registered nurse after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Mary’s College. She received her legal education from George Mason University.  She is a member of the Trust & Estate Section and a past chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Elder Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.  She also is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Special Needs Alliance and Estate Planning Council of Richmond. Her published works include: Popular Types of Trusts and Considerations for Their Use, chapter written for Aspatore Law Books Inside the Minds series, “Best Practice For Structuring Trusts and Estates” (January 2015) and Specials Needs Trusts, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (May 2014).

Beverly Perdue is a nationally and internationally recognized watercolor artist who has won numerous awards for her work.  She has been published in Artist Magazine, America Artist Magazine, and “Best of Watercolor Painting Texture” by Rockport publications.

Sandi Phillips has been teaching Group Exercise in the Richmond area for 20+ years.  She is certified in Group Exercise, STEP, Slide, Weight Room Resistance, Pilates, 200 hour Yoga certification (on the way to 500), Barre, Personal Training, and more!  She enjoys people and particularly helping people discover that they are capable of far more than they thought.  Sandi is a lifelong resident of Richmond, except for four years in Charlottesville.  She is looking forward to meeting many new friends at LLI.

Sandy Phillips has a degree in Music and Music Education. She continued her studies at the University of Richmond, VCU, and Westminster Choir College. Her performance majors were piano and organ, with a minor in vocal production. She taught public and private school music in Virginia, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois and has also been a church organist and choral director. She has performed in musicals, and other theatrical productions and has been an instructor at LLI since 2013.

Gary Porter is a retired USAF fighter pilot with a passion for enhancing America's understanding of our "supreme law of the land," i.e., the Constitution. Gary is Executive Director of Constitution Leadership Initiative, Inc., an organization devoted to providing seminars on the Constitution and related topics.

Robin Poulton and his wife raised their children in West Africa, and he is the Vice-President of Virginia Friends of Mali, a 501(c)3 association supporting women’s health and education in Ségou and elsewhere. He has also recently (end of 2016) published a book about drugs and terrorism in the Sahara, and the way in which they have undermined the Malian State. You can ask your local library to order a copy of his book: Poulton, Robin Edward and Rafaella Greco Tonegutti. "The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali's democratic experiment falters, while jihad and terrorism grow in the Sahara." Lewiston NY: Mellen Press, 2016.

Barbara Powers has been teaching Sign Language for over 40 years. She studied for 3 years at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults in Sands Point, New York. She has taught both privately and corporately for many years. Barbara joined LLI in 2016 and invites her fellow LLI members to come and learn a type of communication that is beautiful, rewarding and practical.

Francis Powers was born on June 5, 1965, in Burbank, California, and is the son of Francis Gary and Claudia “Sue” Powers. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master Degree in Public Administration / Certification in Non-profit Management from George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, Virginia. Gary is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c)3 charity located in Vint Hill, Virginia, 45 minutes west of Washington, DC. He founded the museum in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. He also consulted for a Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies about James Donovan who brokered the 1962 spy exchange between Rudolph Abel and U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, Sr. Because of his efforts to establish The Cold War Museum, the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” for 2002. Gary lectures internationally and appears regularly on the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels. He is married and has one son.

Carol Pritchard is a French teacher who taught beginning, intermediate, advanced and adult education classes for forty years. She taught in the school systems of Baltimore City and County, Maryland, Pittsford, New York, and Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Locally, she taught at Monacan High School (until 1994) and James River High School (until 2008).  She retired from CCPS in July 2008 and has been a member of LLI since 2009.

Keith Pritchard has been a model railroader for more than 40 years. He is part of an informal group that holds operating sessions, where scale trains are run in prototypical fashion, several times each month. His HO scale Great Plains Railroad layout fills three rooms in the basement of his Midlothian home. Keith retired as an editor from the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2008.

Rachel Ramirez has been the Executive Director at LLI in Chesterfield since March 2014.  She previously worked for four years in IT and as a Financial Team Manager with a nonprofit in Mechanicsville, Caring Voice Coalition.  Before that, she was an Assistant Branch Manager with First Market Bank in Richmond and a Store Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company.  She has enjoyed attending and volunteering for her church, Clover Hill Assembly of God for over 10 years and is grateful for the opportunity she has to travel to Honduras each summer to work with Give Hope 2 Kids, a children's home in the mountains.

Harry Rast is a graduate of Kings College in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a degree in accounting. He etired after 45 Years in sales for a national manufacturer and distributor in the building materials industry. He joined LLI in 2008 and serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Harry began writing in 2009 and has been published numerous times in Nostalgia, Good Old Days and Reminisce magazines. He enjoys writing and has a desire to encourage others in this discipline. 

Waite Rawls currently serves as the President of the American Civil War Museum Foundation. He received a B.A. at Virginia Military Institute and was awarded an M.B.A. and J. D. by the University of Virginia. Among the positions he held in the banking, investment, and money markets fields were:  Managing Director, Chemical Bank, New York; Vice Chairman, Continental Bank, Chicago; Executive Vice President, The Chicago Corporation; and Chief Operating Officer of Ferrell Capital Management, Greenwich, Conn. He also led a start-up technology company and has been a visiting or adjunct professor at University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Patrice Reese is a graduate of East Carolina University's School of Art with a degree in Art Education. She has exhibited throughout the United State and studied with several master artists. She believes anyone can become an artist with an open mind, enough practice, and a strong concept. She has been featured in PALETTE magazine and is represented by Uptown Gallery in Richmond.

Kimberly Rideout is currently a Fire and Life Safety Educator for Chesterfield Fire and EMS in Virginia. She has more than 19 years of experience in public safety, serving in career and volunteer roles. She volunteers her time with the Tidewater Critical Incident Stress Management Team in Hampton Roads, Virginia and has most recently become an authorized volunteer for Operation Lifesaver. Kimberly is a graduate of the Southside Regional Fire Academy, has attended the National Fire Academy, and holds multiple degrees from Radford University.

Sarah Rohrer MSW, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Communication from James Madison University. After several years of National Community Service with City Year and work with HIV/AIDS patients at the Max Robinson Center in Washington, DC, she entered graduate school at Columbia University in the City of New York. Sarah completed her Masters of Science in Social Work concentrating in Advanced Clinical Practice with a focus on mental health and a minor in International Social Welfare. She spent several years working in intensive care in hospitals in New York City and Richmond, VA, and moved into her role at CJW Medical Center's Palliative Care Social Worker earlier this year. Sarah is a Richmond native, is a loving wife to her husband, Jon, and lucky mother to her 19-month-old son, Jackson. Sarah has a passion for working in healthcare, specifically palliative and end-of-life care.

Linda Rubin was born in Philadelphia, raised in Petersburg, and began her art education in the 3rd grade. Attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York School of Interior Design in NYC, Linda also received her bachelor’s degree from VCU with honors, majoring in ceramics. She works in many mediums to include clay, metals, oil pastels, and the list goes on. Linda’s work has been recognized from the Corning and Mint Museums, 92nd St Y, to locally at the Crossroads Art Center, Penland and Haystack Schools of Crafts and galleries in between. Linda enjoys exploring materials, and the jewelry she creates attracts positive attention everywhere she goes. Linda’s day job is at Senior Connections, and she lives in Brandermill with her Ragdoll mix kitty named Lulu. She also enjoys history, theatre, kayaking, travel, and the lifelong learning adventure.

Betsy Saunders is a Richmond native, a retired teacher and LLI member since 2012. She is active in The Richmond Audubon Society and has led birding trips at a local park. As Education Chairman for Audubon, Betsy gave bird talks to local groups. She and her husband, Ben, also conducted bluebird house building workshops in the Chesterfield County libraries.

Les Schaffer listens to, teaches and tells original and traditional stories in theater, therapeutic, classroom, churches, libraries, and conference settings throughout the country. A popular, long time LLI Instructor, Les leads and coaches the Story Warriors, a youth storytelling group in Church Hill. He is a co-founder of The Tell Tale Hearts Storyteller’s Theater and the TwoTellersTelling Tandem Storytellers. Les is also an experienced story-slammer, participating in slams from Maryland to South Carolina. Among other new projects, currently Les is in preparation for two full-length theatrical story/music performance pieces.

Bonnie Scimone serves as the Community Outreach and Marketing Specialist for SeniorNavigator. Bonnie has been with SeniorNavigator for over 10 years and has over 30 years of experience in sales, training, and relationship development. She graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and received her Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University. Bonnie has one son in Georgia and one daughter in Chesterfield, VA and 5 grandchildren. She resides in the tri-city area with her husband while also calling Yale, VA (Sussex County) home.

William Seay is a professor in the Economics department at VCU and the History department at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He was previously an affiliated professor of History and Geography at John Tyler Community College. He is also a visiting summer lecturer on call at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal as well as at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and for the School of Continuing Education at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Great Britain. In November 2014, William was invested as a KM (Knight Member) in The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem (the oldest British Crusader order that dates back to 1109 AD).

Chris Semtner is the Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books on Edgar Allan Poe. He has even appeared in the BBC 4 documentary Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women and the Military Channel program History: Facts vs. Fiction.  His most recent book is about the artwork of James Carling.

Alan Sikora has been playing racquet sports since he was a teenager.  He discovered pickleball recently and has been playing regularly ever since.  He has found that pickleball offers great camaraderie and as much competition as you desire. He also loves playing bridge with his friends at LLI and beyond!

Jaspreet Singh is board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear medicine, and Vascular ultrasound. His interests include complex high-risk coronary artery interventions, congestive heart failure, transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacement, watchman device implantation and peripheral vascular disease. He has presented his research and a number of case studies on various national and international conferences including American College of Cardiology and European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions meetings. Dr. Singh completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology training at Northwell Health, New York. His hobbies include traveling, playing soccer and watching movies.

Mary Anne Snavely is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pelvic Health Systems (PHS) and creator of Pelvic Floor Training (PFT), a comprehensive corrective rehabilitation program unique in the industry of pelvic floor rehabilitation and healing. Mary Anne’s mission is to spread awareness to women of all ages and educate them about the early complaints and warning signs of pelvic floor dysfunction.

Patricia Sobczak is the Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian for VCU Libraries.

Benjamin Stahl is a 23-year veteran of the gem and jewelry industry. Having started in Columbus, Ohio, and residing in Richmond the last ten years, he holds degrees in Gemology and Business Management. A noted gemologist and appraiser, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge from rare gems to jewelry care and valuation.

Martha Steger has worked on both sides of the media, having been senior editor of Richmond Lifestyle Magazine before being public relations director for the Virginia Tourism Corporation for over 25 years.  She's presently a freelance writer covering travel, business, and profiles for publications ranging from Fine Books & Collections Magazine to AAA magazines and Boomer, Richmond and Virginia Business magazines.

Kendalle Stock has been in the field of insurance in Chesterfield since 1985. A graduate of High Point University, Kendalle also earned her CLU designation in 1999. She has owned her own multi-line insurance agency, worked in the long-term care (LTC) insurance field, and in group benefits. In 2013, she decided to make Medicare her primary focus, realizing how so many people were overwhelmed and confused by this program. Her passion is to help educate her clients so they understand the options well enough to make informed decisions about this important part of retirement. More information can be found on her website: CommonwealthMedicareAdvisors.com

Lillie Stratton served as corporate secretary and assistant to the president of the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. for 25 years. She has been an LLI member since 2009 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.

Altise Street is the Richmond/Southside Outreach Manager for 2-1-1 VIRIGNIA and a Certified Internet Research Specialist (CIRS). She is a native of Chesterfield, Virginia, studied Business at Virginia Commonwealth University and proceeded to obtain her Master Degree from the University of Phoenix. Passionate about helping her community, Altise forgot about working in the business world and started working with the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, which was a natural fit. In her free time, Altise loves to travel with her son, Duvan. She also volunteers at her church and loves to work with children. Grateful for an amazing group of family and friends, Altise makes sure that she stays in her community helping where she can.

Damir Strmel is an investment analyst for a privately held wealth management company in Midlothian. He began tai chi play 13 years ago. He studied Yang-style tai chi for four years with Nate Mohler, D.O.M. Damir has also studied Yang sword form and Chen and Sun styles of tai chi. His journey through tai chi has brought him many interesting perspectives. Damir is also an avid golfer and enjoys the arts, hiking, and creating music.

Sabrina Strykowski is currently a Fire and Life Safety Educator for Chesterfield Fire and EMS in Virginia.  She has worked in human services and public safety for over 18 years while providing valuable information to families in North Carolina and Virginia.  She is an Adjunct Instructor for Virginia Department of Fire Programs and is also an authorized volunteer for Operation Lifesaver.  Sabrina received a degree in Communications from Barton College.

Jay Swedenborg is the Administrator and Executive Director for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield. Jay has served with Chesterfield County Public Schools and CIS of Chesterfield since March of 1994. The CIS program is a non-profit within Chesterfield Schools. CIS programming positions a full-time CIS Site Coordinator at six Chesterfield schools. CIS is a dropout prevention program that seeks to provide kids and families with the supports they need to be successful in school and in life.

Talicia Tarver is a Research and Education Librarian with VCU Libraries and Liaison for the VCU School of Allied Health Professions.

Valerie Tellmann-Henning began her dance training at Tulsa Ballet and Lexington Ballet. She joined the Richmond Ballet in 2000, and while continuing to perform with them, Valerie also joined “The Suzanne Farrell Ballet” in Washington D.C., where she rose to the rank of Soloist and performed acclaimed Balanchine works from 2013 through their 2017 season. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella; Balanchine ballets such as, Allegro Brillante, Mozartiana, Stars and Stripes and Emeralds; as well as in Anthony Tudor's Jardin Aux Lilas and Agnes de Mille's Rodeo. Valerie has traveled internationally, performing at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London, at the Chicago Dancing Festival, multiple times at the Joyce Theater in New York City, and most recently theatres throughout China. Valerie just completed her final season dancing with both the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Richmond Ballet in May of 2017!

Nicole Thomas-Jackson Ed.D., has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years.  A certified fitness instructor since 2001, Nicole has taught group fitness classes in a variety of settings.  Classes have included high impact aerobics, low impact aerobics, lite physical fitness and senior fitness.  Nicole has also taught elementary physical fitness and currently holds an elementary teaching certificate.

Victor Thompson earned a BA in English Literature from Middlebury College (1963), an MA in English Literature from Rutgers University (1966), and a PhD in English and American Literature from Rutgers University (1972). He has published the following books: Eudora Welty: A Reference Guide (1976); The Trumpets of Jericho: A Romantic Novel about Bands and Musicians in the American Civil War (2004); Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life in a Small New Jersey Town (2007). Vic has also appeared in numerous articles and book reviews.  He taught at the University of Cincinnati (1966-1970) and Thomas Nelson Community College (1970-present), where he is now a Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor. He is married with three children and four grandchildren and enjoys music (trumpet and singing), wood carving, swimming, dog walking, and more! Vic and his wife, Sharon, have been LLI members since 2013.

James Triesler has been the Director of Education at the Virginia War Memorial since October 2015. He has served on the Board of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia. He has a degree in Political Science from East Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Education from VCU. Currently he’s working on a Certificate in Public History at the University of Richmond. For twenty years, James taught Social Studies at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield and was the recipient of a Save Our History Award from the History Channel for his class project on WWII. He won an R.E.B. Award for $10,000 that took him to Europe to conduct interviews and explore WWII sites. He was the Chesterfield County Teacher of the Year and the Virginia State Region I Teacher of the Year. James is passionate about the study of WWII.

Bryan Truzzie is an Historic Sites Specialist for the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department and a member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.

Sara Unetic holds two Masters Degrees in English, one from The University of London in British Literature and one from The University of Arkansas in American Literature and Grammar.

Taylor Vest is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Taylor graduated in May 2017 from James Madison University with a Bachelor in Social Work and minors in Humanitarian Affairs and Nonprofit Studies. Taylor is interning at Johnston-Willis Hospital with the Palliative Care team and is very interested in end of life care.

Kristine von Ruffer was born, raised, and educated in Germany and is, therefore, fluent in German. She utilized this skill as a teacher with the Berlitz School in New Jersey for many years. Kristine is tri-lingual, also being fluent in Italian after living in Milan, Italy for four years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Handels & Wirtschaftschule Kaemmerer, Germany. Prior to moving to Richmond, Virginia in 1993 with her husband, Kristine lived in New Jersey for over twenty years with their two daughters. She has extensive international corporate experience, as she was the office manager for an import/export business, Tex Inc., for over 10 years, and also held other office manager positions prior/post her tenure at Tex Inc. In her free time she enjoys tennis, golf, hiking and classical music. She also volunteers with Richmond Symphony Orchestra League.

Helene Wagner is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright. She's had six screenplays optioned by major production companies with one cast for CBS. She worked as a Writers Guild Literary Agent for a number of years and was the Founder of the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum and recently retired as its Director after 25 years.  Helene was recently notified that her full length screenplay, The Possession, is a finalist in the Creative World Awards based in Los Angeles. She is in the process of marketing her two full-length stage plays to theatres and publishers. As her writing schedule permits, she teaches screenwriting classes at the University of Richmond. Helene enjoys the fun of sharing great movies and PBS Series to view and to discuss with the LLI students.

Mervin Warner has been carving since the mid 1980's and started carving to learn to represent objects in three dimensions versus the two dimensions of drawing. He has been a member of the James River Wood Carvers since the mid 80's. Carving interests are, and have been, carving in the round and include faces, whales, dolphins and stylized birds.

Jim Warns is a HECM Specialist with Retirement Funding Solutions, Inc., one of the largest reverse mortgage direct lenders in the country. In that capacity he deals exclusively with the federally insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loan program, and focuses on the proactive use of that program in retirement planning. Jim has been in the mortgage industry for more than 20 years, and owned his own mortgage brokerage company for 10 years before making the decision to focus on reverse mortgages in 2008. He gives CE presentations on reverse mortgages to Financial Advisors, Realtors and attorneys. He has also presented on the subject to various community organizations and teaches three recurring classes for consumers at LLI. He is a founding board member and Education Director of the RVA Better Aging Forum, a board member of the Central Virginia Financial Planning Association, past Vice-Chair and Chairperson of the Chesterfield Council on Aging and an active member of several other senior service-oriented organizations. Jim holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from The College of William & Mary and lives in Richmond.

Mitchell Waskin attended Albright College and Temple University. He received his doctorate in Podiatric Medicine in 1983 from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. During his senior year of medical school he received the American College of Podopediatrics Award for Outstanding Achievement. Dr. Waskin completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia. His post graduate education includes training in Laser Surgery, Foot & Ankle Arthroscopy, Rigid Internal Fixation and Cryosurgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, has participated in multiple peer review committees and has been involved in developing criteria for credentialing foot surgeons at several Virginia hospitals. A past president of the Richmond Academy of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Waskin has lectured to doctors on a variety of topics and is published in the Journal of Foot Surgery. He is affiliated with CJW Medical Center (Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Medical Centers).

Sylvia Watford is the Senior Financial Education Specialist with Virginia Credit Union. Sylvia is pleased to lead financial education topics throughout the year for the Lifelong Learning Institute.  With more than 245,000 member-owners, Virginia Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Virginia. A regional leader in financial education for members and the public, Virginia Credit Union’s classes, workshops and seminars reached more than 14,000 individuals each year. Virginia Credit Union provides a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources with a focus on helping people feel more confident about their finances. Real estate services are offered by Virginia CU Realty, LLC, an affiliate of Virginia Credit Union. Virginia CU Realty, LLC, is a separate and distinct legal entity from Virginia Credit Union, Inc.

Elizabeth Watkins-Morris is the owner and operator of Halloway House. She set fabric aside in favor of charcoal and paint while studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Longwood University.  Degree obtained; work force entered; immediately bored.  Liz’s father, a long-time history buff, began reenacting with the 12th Virginia Infantry, Co B and asked her to join him.  Challenged with creating an impression, or persona, of someone living 150 years ago, Liz was hooked-- and at a loss.  How does one accurately recreate the clothing of the Victorian era?  Liz began to attend conferences and lectures, take classes on period clothing reproduction and look at original clothing.  From there it was a natural leap to study the people of the 19th century: What physical and economic conditions did they face?  Why did they make certain choices? How did this impact their clothing?

La Donna Wheatley was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  She attended the University of Louisville, and has been married to her husband, David, for 38 years.  They have three sons, and as of last fall, have three daughters but no grandchildren…yet.  La Donna's husband works for DuPont, which is what brought them to the Richmond area.  She believes LLI is a wonderful resource and a blessing to her and the whole Richmond community. La Donna joined LLI in 2012, took a few years off when they moved to Delaware, and is so happy to be back!

Donna Whitfield is a current member of LLI. She is a former English teacher with Chesterfield County. She started beading over five years ago and specializes in bead weaving.

Pat Whitmer began a more gently paced and flexible “second career” as an exercise instructor after she retired from a career as a U.S. Navy civilian. She is a certified Group Exercise Instructor and yoga instructor.  Over the past 10 years, Pat has completed training and taught a variety of exercise formats from Zumba to Enhance Fitness.  She is committed to teaching diverse and adaptive classes to “be in and move with” your body, supporting both physical and mental health. Pat is a Westhampton College graduate, lives in Midlothian with her family and has been an LLI member since 2016.

Glenn Winters has been Community Outreach Musical Director for Virginia Opera since 2004.. His background includes teaching college-level piano, arts administration at two universities, and extensive performing experience as solo pianist and accompanist. As an operatic baritone, Dr. Winters has sung over a dozen principal roles; he made his Virginia Opera debut in the 2004 production of The Merry Widow. His compositions include several children’s operas commissioned by Virginia Opera’s Education Department. During the current season three of his operas will be produced in touring productions with Virginia Opera and the Piedmont Opera of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His one-act opera Katie Luther has been performed in Albuquerque, St. Louis, Baltimore and Newport News. Dr. Winters’ book The Opera Zoo: Singers, Composer and Other Primates is available from Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Nena Woods has a BA in French and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught all levels of Spanish since 1981. Her latest experience was teaching K-8th grade at the Sabot at Stony Point private school here in Richmond. She has traveled many times to Spain especially the Canary Islands where her mother's family lives.

Trevor Worden is the Associate Director of Community Giving at United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. He is from Southport, North Carolina. Before moving to Richmond, Virginia, he lived in New York City for seven years where he cultivated a real love for nonprofit work. While there, he worked with Broadway SpeaksOut, Broadway Impact and the Ali Forney center to help further LGBTQ equality. Since moving to Richmond, he has taken up work with United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. United Way empowers individuals and addresses systemic problems to help provide everyone with a clear path to success.

Michael Wriston has been an adjunct member of the faculty full professor at the University of Richmond for over 25 years and  is the founder and president of The Reinvention Factory and The Competitive Edge. An established, and published, expert on leadership development and the creation of high-performance teams and cultures, Dr. Wriston has, most recently, developed broad - and practical - expertise on the development of talent, nurturing personal resiliency and enabling people to discover their gifts, their story and their life's purpose to ensure that they're able to fulfill their destiny. A native Vermonter, and guardian of the environment, Dr. Wriston, a long-time soccer coach, is the proud father of four remarkable sons.

Howard Wynn is a retired recreational supervisor for the VA Department of Juvenile Justice. When this former paratrooper and Vietnam veteran isn't glued to an art project, he enjoys Phase 10, backgammon, corn hole, and any other sports-related activity. His mother's experience with Alzheimer's was a pivotal moment in his life that has inspired and encouraged him to share his creative talents.