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Lifelong Learning Institute
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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.

Spring 2019

Jan 2 - May 3

You may register
at any time!

Open Registration

December 10-12
9:00am - 3:00pm

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


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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.
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Robert Abbott has lived in Midlothian since 1993. Since 2014, Robert has hiked the Caminos de Santiago in Spain, France and Portugal covering five different Caminos and over 1,300 miles. He is interested in sharing the background and history of the Camino as well as the personal reasons that one goes on these hikes.

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

Melissa Andrews joined the LeadingAge Virginia staff as President & CEO in 2016 after 14 years with LeadingAge (national). Melissa is responsible for overall association management and for leading the membership and staff in formulating and implementing strategic goals, as well as communicating the Association’s vision to a broad range of audiences. Prior to joining the LeadingAge Virginia team, Melissa served as the Vice President, Board Development & Member Relations at LeadingAge (national), facilitating board development and strategic planning processes around the country.  She was a class of 2010 LeadingAge Leadership Academy fellow. In 2012, she received the BoardSource© Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education, and in 2013, Melissa received The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services’ Certified Aging Services Professional national certification. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Boston College and lives in Richmond with her husband, daughter, step children and French bulldog.

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 who, earlier in his career, practiced as a clinical psychologist. His passion for studio art blossomed upon becoming a member of LLI. He has studied watercolor painting with Marti Franks, Terry Shepherd, and Ellie Cox. More recently, he has studied colored pencil painting with Gloria Callahan. In whatever medium, the joy of painting 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.

Karen Bell has spent most of her life in neuroscience research, with a current focus on the neurobiology of brain disorders. She has a M.S. from University of Pittsburgh and an MSW from VCU. She currently works with her husband in his neuroscience lab at VCU-MCV studying neurodegeneration in the hippocampus and associated structures as well as running day to day laboratory operations. She also serves as a Chesterfield Community Services Board member and as a data and research group member of the Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission.

Pamela Biasca Losada MS Certified Health Coach (AADP), offers private coaching to eliminate stress and emotional eating, increase energy, regain and maintain health. Additional services: BEMER sessions to enhance the quality of life by improving circulation, in-home cooking sessions, Arbonne vegan and plant based skincare and cosmetics. Additionally, Pamela teaches health and wellness classes, and she is the co-author of EMPOWER: Women’s Stories of Breakthrough, Discovery and Triumph.

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.

Edward Blackwell has taught a variety of subjects for over thirty years. Much of his time has been with CCPS, but he has also worked in RCPS, as well as with VCU and a local private school. Mr. Blackwell has a B.A. and M.A. in English, as well as a large concentration of courses in history and education. He has taught on middle, secondary, and collegiate levels, and his courses have included English, writing, history, civics and economics, as well as alternative education. He is keenly interested in the English Renaissance and writes sonnets, but he also enjoys helping others with prose writing techniques. Mr. Blackwell loves studying and lecturing about the American Civil War. When teaching social sciences, he believes it is essential to combine the development of U.S. government with its resulting historical effects.

Jean Bosch loves playing bridge, Pickleball and is an enrolled agent who has been doing taxes since 1978. She is a member of the Richmond James River Lions Club and is the club’s Treasurer. Jean joined LLI in 2013.

Debbie Bowie established her business in 1998. She is a Certified Professional Organizer®, a Certified Organizer Coach® specializing in ADHD, a feng shui practitioner, a professional speaker, and the author of “Rock Scissors Paper: Understanding How Environment Affects Your Performance on a Daily Basis” and, From Cluttered to Clear in Just One Year: Your Room-by-Room Home Makeover”. She provides hands-on organizing services, life coaching for women who are stuck and want support to accomplish their goals, and educational seminars on clutter clearing, organizing, feng shui and ADHD.

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 30 years. Her expertise is foods and the culinary arts. Ginny has her own business, The Urban Pantry, with which she caters small events. 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.

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

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. He has been teaching dance since 2007 in the community and since 2008 at LLI! Bill welcomes new and returning 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.

John Byrd graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and received a Master's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia with 38 years of service. He also retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. John has been performing as a ventriloquist in the Richmond area for over 25 years.

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.

Susan Campbell has worked with seniors and their families during difficult transitions for 20 years. She is a pioneer in the senior move management industry and now uses her compassion and training to work with families and professionals during end-of-life celebrations and transitions.

Hal Cauthen retired from the Navy and then private industry (Defense Electronics). He enjoys traveling, drawing, sketching, painting, writing, dancing and interacting with others to share ideas and techniques. Hal and his wife joined LLI in 2016.

Kate Challis is the Trauma Program Manager at Johnston Willis Hospital and a Registered Nurse.

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

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!

Pamela Cooper is a motivational speaker and a leader in project management and marketing. Pamela is employed by Chesterfield County. She is an environmental educator and created and manages the county's Anti-Litter Program. Prior to her career with Chesterfield County, she was employed with Reynolds Metals Company. Pamela received three Outstanding Performance awards and the Golden Elite Circle award for increased sales growth and profits in industrial film. Pamela is a Chesterfield native and has two sons. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, worshipping, enjoying the beach and volunteering in the community. She is a published author of David's Hope.

Patti Cox is a Certified Bereavement Counselor and has worked for Crater Community Hospice as the Bereavement Coordinator/Counselor since 2009. She coordinates bereavement follow up to patient families and also coordinates outreach and educational programs in the community. Patti is a long time member of the Bereavement Coalition of VA and has been the Vice Chair for the Chesterfield Council on Aging since 2016. She is also the Chairperson for the Council on Aging Caregiver Committee and recently served on the board of directors for the Alzheimer's Association Richmond Chapter.

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!

Lorrie Curley educates and guides families and individuals to collect, curate and celebrate their photo memories for generations to come. She has been honored to do this important work for over 26 years. In that time, she has seen photography move from film to digital, bringing with it many new challenges for the family historian. Through her photo organizing classes, Lorrie helps people to organize their printed photos, slides, negatives and current digital images.

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 18 years of industry experience. He currently serves as an Ex-Officio member on the LLI Board of Directors and manages the LLI Endowment Fund.

Heather Davis RN, BSN, has worked in healthcare since 2004 and has been a Registered Nurse since 2007 with a specialty in Emergency, Critical Care, and Trauma Nursing.  The majority of her career has been with HCA, and she spent a small stint at VCU.  Heather is currently the Director of Trauma and EMS Services for Chippenham Hospital, serves on the regional ODEMSA Trauma PI Committee and is the chair for the Virginia OEMS Definitive Care Committee, as well as many other committees throughout HCA.  She has been teaching outreach in the community since 2013 specializing in injury prevention and safety.

John DeMajo is a retired engineer and contractor with fifty years’ experience in the electrical, mechanical and communications fields. Prior to his retirement, he held licenses in Louisiana as an electrical and mechanical contractor, a master plumber, asbestos abatement contractor and a water and air quality environmental consultant. 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 certified as an ARRL Registered License Instructor and is the founder of The Museum of Yesterday. Additionally, John enjoys performing recitals and accompanying silent movie recreations on the theatre pipe organ.

Robert Diegelmann received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and then was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute at the N.I.H. In 1972 he moved to VCU, established the Laboratory of Tissue Repair, and is in his 47th year as the Director of the lab. Currently he is a Professor of Biochemistry and Emergency Medicine at the VCU Medical Center. Dr. Diegelmann has published over 200 scientific manuscripts and book chapters on wound healing and has given numerous lectures on the topic at both national and international meetings. Over the years his research has been funded by the N.I.H., the Department of Defense and by industry. In 2005 he discovered Wound Stat®, a novel technology to control life-threatening arterial bleeds and received the US Army’s “Combat Casualty Care Research Award for Excellence,” and this year he was elected into the National Academy of Inventors.

Donna Doherty holds a Masters in Nursing (MSN) and is a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) with CJW Medical Center.

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

Kyndall Drumheller is currently the Research and Policy Manager at the Virginia War Memorial. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Randolph-Macon College and a Master's Degree in History from Liberty University.

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.

Tarek Elganainy D.C., is a native of Egypt.  He grew up in the state of Georgia where he attended high school, undergrad, and Chiropractic School.  He is currently in private Chiropractic practice in Chesterfield County.  He has served on many Islamic Association boards and committees and has been involved in youth work and Islamic education.  Dr. Tarek is married with two daughters.

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.

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.

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.

Kendrick Gibbs is currently the Education and Programs Specialist at Hanover Tavern and the former Director of Shippensburg Historical Society in Shippensburg, PA. Kendrick is the former Visitor Services Director at Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg, PA.

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.

Sherry Graves has worked as a registered nurse in the health care industry gaining experience in various specialties; however, those experiences also led her to conclude traditional healthcare might be making people sicker. Sherry now concentrates her efforts on wellness through personalized coaching for individuals and couples. She also offers workshops and presentations to emphasize wellness benefits.

Christy Gray has been with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Division of Immunization for more than nine years. Prior to working at VDH, Christy worked for an advocacy agency where she handled key technical, regulatory, legislative, and business affairs, and spearheaded fundraising efforts. Christy has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. She lives in the Richmond area with her husband, son, and dog. Christy stays busy chasing her son, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends. Lewis and Juana Levi, LLI members and instructors, are Christy’s proud aunt and uncle!

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.

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.

Linda Hawkins is a retired Cardiac Registered Nurse and a graduate of VCU School of Nursing. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) providing awareness and education to prevent human trafficking in middle and high schools across the nation, as well as in community organizations, businesses and churches. Linda joined LLI in 2014 but has taken some time off from her membership due to her busy volunteer schedule! She thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Aspiring Writer’s Critique class, among others.

Carol Henderson received a major in teaching and a minor in art in college. Now retired, she enjoys painting as a past-time and is a displaying member of Bon Air Artists.

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.

Scott Hershey grew up in Philadelphia and studied flute under the principal flute and associate principal flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. After graduating from William and Mary, he continued to perform with the flute in the Norfolk symphony (now the Virginia symphony) and was selected as principal flute under Russell Stanger. Scott performed numerous times at the Chrysler museum, William and Mary, and Old Dominion University. Later, he became Institutional Representative for the William S. Haynes flute company in Boston and obtained a license to develop an instructional video on the flute published by the Hal Leonard Corporation. Scott’s life work has revolved around teaching science, sports (tennis and running) and, of course, music.

Andrea Hess is a Professor Emeritus at VCU on the VCU Health campus. She has a great interest in languages, having studied French, Russian and Spanish. Andrea enjoys horticulture, ice skating and fitness. She joined LLI in 2014.

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.

Hank Holland moved to Chesterfield County from Roanoke at age 7 in 1960. He graduated from Manchester High School 1971, served in the United States Air Force and the Virginia National Guard, and is a Veteran of the Vietnam and Cold War Era, 1972-1979. Hank graduated from John Tyler Community College with two Associates Degrees in Applied Science in Administration of Justice and Business Management 1981. He retired from the Chesterfield County Police Department where he served as a Police Officer from 1975-2003. He also graduated from Saint Leo College with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1983.

Libby Howlett is the Manager of Collections at Agecroft Hall. She holds a Masters in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration from VCU.

Jenefer Hughes serves as Commissioner of the Revenue for Chesterfield County. Before her election in November 2017, she built a 30-year career as a finance and business professional in Fortune 500 companies, including HP and McKesson. She lives in Bon Air with her two teenage children and three dogs.

Danita Jackson was born and raised in the Richmond area and has enjoyed seeing Richmond grow and flourish, especially the restoration of areas like Church Hill and Jackson Ward. Coming from a close-knit family, Danita understands the importance of relationships and believes strongly in education, protecting the environment and planning for the future. She has 29 years of experience in real estate, including more than 10 years of sales and customer service experience. Danita is an Associate Broker, a Certified Housing Counselor and a member of Virginia Housing Counselors Association. In 2011, she was the recipient of the VHDA Service to Virginia Award and has earned the Accredited Buyer Representation Designation.

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.

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 is active in the Chesterfield community. Alice has been a card-maker for over 20 years and is always looking for new techniques to create one-of-a-kind cards. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting with different recipes and ingredients and sharing what she has learned with others. Alice joined LLI in 2014.

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.

Suzanne Kelly is a retired Chesterfield County school teacher.  She holds degrees in Business Education and English and taught for 47 years in various county middle and high schools.  She began her teaching career in Chesterfield in the LLI building in 1969. Suzanne has been an LLI member since 2015.

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. Her passion is genealogy! Bette welcomes others with the same interest to join her classes for adventures into the past.

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.

Bill Kump has been a collector of various United States currencies for over 30 years. Bill joined LLI in 2011 and enjoys woodcarving.

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 has an extensive background in Music Performance as a vocal soloist, specializes in Early Music and has broad study in the music of Mozart. She has performed opera, chamber music, oratory, choral music, and solo recitals as well as conducted orchestras and choral music, taught voice privately, and has been a music instructor at the high school and university level. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Music School, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon; and a Master of Music in Musicology and has done doctoral work on the Early Music of the Golden Age of Spain: Ladino Music, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Outside of music, she holds 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.

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.

Bill Lohmann is an award-winning reporter and columnist and a Richmond native. He has worked for The Times-Dispatch and, previously The Richmond News Leader, since 1988. Bill also has reported for United Press International in Richmond, Orlando and Atlanta, and began his career as a sports writer for The Charlottesville Daily Progress. He is also the author of several books, including "DR COPTR: The Flying Physician Who Kept His Promise to Tangier Island."

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” .

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.

Linda Massey is a Nutrition Professor Emeritus for Washington State University and has won awards for excellence in teaching. She holds a PhD in Nutrition and has taught older, non-traditional students in evening classes for over a decade. Linda loves students with an enthusiasm for learning!

Bryan McChesney is a minister, chaplain, and educator. He has earned AA, BA, MRE, MDiv, and ThM degrees, culminating in a Doctoral Degree, from the University of Richmond, Campbell, Wake Forest, University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Ruschlion.

Mary Pat McGeary has been a student of music since she was eight years old. As an adult, she has participated in ensembles, community bands and duets with her grandchildren. Mary Pat joined LLI in 2016 and enjoys sharing her love for music with her fellow members.

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.

Albert Meyer is a Richmond native, educated locally and graduate of Georgetown University. He served active duty with the ROTC Commission with the US Army Corps of Engineers, serving in Korea, the Dominican Republic and U.S. Army Reserves (Civil Affairs and Military Government). Al joined the family manufacturing and contracting business as a major supplier to the retail department store industry. Later he became a Commercial Real Estate Broker, a Chesterfield County appointed member to the Metropolitan Economic Development Commission, and was appointed a 12-year term on the Eppington Plantation Board of Directors. Al has been married to LIL, a dream, for 51 years, has three married sons, and nine grandchildren. He still enjoys being a kid!

Bruce Miller is Founding Producer of Virginia Repertory Theatre, where he directs Educational Programs. He was founding Artistic Director of Theatre IV (1975 – 2012), Artistic Director of Barksdale Theatre (2001 – 2012), and founding Artistic Director of Virginia Rep (2012 – 2016). Bruce authored "Hugs and Kisses" (Virginia’s principal child sexual abuse prevention program) and "Buffalo Soldier" (performed in the Pentagon in 2002 as a morale booster after 9/11). Bruce has received the Governor’s Award for the Arts, the Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Excellence in Instruction Award from the Virginia Board of Education. STYLE Weekly named Bruce one of the 100 Most Influential Richmonders of the 20th Century. He is married to visual artist Terrie Powers, and they are the proud parents of two adult children. A graduate of Chesterfield County Public Schools, Bruce is an Elder at Bon Air Presbyterian Church.

Curtis Monk is President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, the parent company of 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 four years.

Emily Morgan is the Costume Director for Richmond Ballet and a designer whose work spans multiple genres, including dance, opera, and theatre. Her work has been featured in a wide variety of projects both nationally and internationally.

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.

Wayne Moyer is a 2004 graduate of the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies and holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. He retired from Lowe's after 10 years as a kitchen designer and has been active in numerous volunteer organizations. He is currently active with the Brandermill Midlothian Woodlake Lions Club as a past president and current eyesight coordinator. Wayne has been an LLI member since 2017.

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.

Amber Murray received her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Alabama. She is a Librarian at the Midlothian Library and has taught several classes in art and technology for public libraries.

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.

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.

Judith Onesty has been telling stories for over 20 years. A Storyteller, Raconteur, and Liar, she delights in telling a wide variety of stories including: family stories, tall tales (lies) and scary stories. An experienced teacher, Judith also tandem-tells with Les Schaffer. Winner of the Virginia Tall Tale/Liars contest in 2013, she is also a founding member of the Tell Tale Hearts Storytellers Theater. Judith has also been making jewelry for over 20 years. She has taken classes from some of the most well-respected jewelry instructors in the country. She loves hammering the metal and changing the shape. She works in a variety of techniques and enjoys introducing others to the fun and sense of accomplishment that making their own jewelry can bring.

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.

Carri Pandolfe has been on staff at LLI since Fall 2016 where she coordinates daily activities and works to better the lives and daily experiences for our members. She has previous experience in Human Resources, Leadership and Management but feels that this role at LLI is the best job yet!

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 has been creating in oils and watercolors for the past thirty years.  She has been recognized with several national and international awards in both mediums. Bev was recently awarded Best in Watercolor, for the second time, in the 2017 Virginia Watercolor Society Show.  Her style of teaching is to guide and encourage students to find their own individual art voice.

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.

Kimberly Pinna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN). She is a Comprehensive Stroke Compliance Coordinator at CJW Medical Center.

Robin Poulton is a Celt and a dancer. He is a well-known lecturer on international affairs, Africa and West-Central Asia, on peace and disarmament. Dr. Poulton is also known as a dancer, in particular a Scottish Country (and formerly Highland) Dancer. He has been a life member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) since 1967. In Richmond he is a member of the Richmond Scottish Country Dancers; the Silver Thistle Dancers demonstration team; the Traditional American Music and Dance Society (TADAMS); the Richmond Renaissance Dancers; the Colonial Dance Club of Richmond and Henrico; and the Hirschjaeger Bavarian Schuhplattlers. Dr. Poulton attended St Andrews University in Scotland (founded in 1413), and then Balliol College Oxford that carries the name of the Scottish king John Balliol (reigned 1292-96), whose mother Queen Deborgail - or Devorgwilla of Galloway - founded the college in 1263. He later wrote his doctoral thesis for the Sorbonne University in Paris. Poulton had two Scottish grandparents whose lives are a source of great interest and great stories.

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 Gary Powers, Jr. 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.

Harry Rast is a graduate of Kings College in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a degree in accounting. He retired 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.

Jeff Resnick has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with the creative and performing arts, business and education. Yes, his wife, Cass, already knows! As an educator, Jeff's background includes Professor of Music at the State University of New York; recipient of the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; and, Visiting Professor of Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University. Oh, but there's so much more! Visit http://www.JeffResnick.com for scrumptious details of Jeff's work in Music, Advertising, Voice Acting, Communications, Writing, and Social Media. In January, 2018, Jeff Resnick created “Stories for Boomers & Seniors,” a Free Worldwide Storytelling Platform. Naysayers insisted, “It’s Easier Said Than Done.” Ever the optimist, Jeff countered, “It’s Easier Done Than Said.” And he was right! To get this project off the ground, his colleagues in the USA, England, Ireland and Italy were eager for him to publish their stories on the Internet. 80 original stories were posted within the first four months!

Katie Reynolds is the Manager of Tour Services at Agecroft Hall and Gardens and looks forward to welcoming LLI students to learn about their historic home and gardens this session.

Mary Richard RN, is a diabetes nurse educator at CJW Medical Center. She works on the Chippenham Hospital campus.

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.

Jessica Robison is the Emergency Management Public Outreach Coordinator for Chesterfield County. In this capacity, she also serves as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator which encompasses over 1,300 trained volunteers. Jessica’s background is in volunteer programs and management. In 2013, she became a certified Master Resiliency Trainer (MRT) through the University of Pennsylvania and the Department of the Army. As an MRT, she taught soldiers and family members how to build skills that would allow them to survive and then thrive in difficult situations. Jessica’s passion is to educate and empower residents to play an active role in the well-being of themselves and their communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Crime, Law and Justice from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Western Governors University with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management.

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 lives in Brandermill with her Ragdoll mix kitty named Lulu. She also enjoys history, theater, kayaking, travel, and the lifelong learning adventure.

Patricia Ryther is retired from a career in banking and insurance, where her jobs included writing user manuals and other nonfiction. She has a degree in English and has taught at the community college level. In retirement, Patricia is pursuing a lifelong interest in fiction writing and has been an LLI member since 2018.

Les Schaffer listens to, teaches and tells original and traditional stories in theater, therapeutic, classroom, churches, libraries, corporate and conference settings throughout the country. He is a popular, long time LLI Instructor and leads and coaches the Richmond Story Warriors youth storytelling group. Les is co-founder of both The Tell Tale Hearts Storyteller’s Theater and the TwoTellersTelling Tandem Storytellers.

Carl Schlaudt serves as the revitalization manager in the Community Enhancement Department, helping to bring new life to established communities. Schlaudt has 27 years of local government experience and has been with Chesterfield County since 2000, serving in a variety of management and project management capacities. Most recently, he has focused on the revitalization efforts of the county. Prior to Chesterfield, he worked in various planning positions in California. Schlaudt has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as graduate work in urban planning.

Robert Schmidt is a double board-certified surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, as well as skin cancer surgery. A Delaware native, Dr. Schmidt received his undergraduate training in psychology at Duke University, graduating with honors. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and then completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery followed by a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

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, has written several books on Edgar Allan Poe and appeared on BBC 4’s Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women and the Military Channel’s History: Facts vs. Fiction. He has spoken about Poe to groups around the country and next year will lecture in Japan. An internationally exhibited fine artist, Semtner’s paintings have entered numerous public collections including the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Maryland. He has exhibited paintings at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.

Vivek Sharma joined Colonial Orthopaedics after finishing his fellowship training at Harvard sports medicine and cartilage repair center in Boston, Massachusetts. He provides a full spectrum of care for individuals who suffer from cartilage damage in the knee. A full range of contemporary treatment options are used to help restore damaged cartilage and to maximize the level of function for the patients. Many of these surgeries are performed arthroscopically through small incisions and usually require no more than an overnight hospital stay.

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!

Shep Smith is a native of Richmond.  He holds a Bachelor's degree from RPI, now VCU, and a Master's degree from the University of Richmond.  He taught American history at Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County for over 30 years.

Mary Anne Snavely is the Founder and Director  of Pelvic Health Systems and creator of PFT Pelvic Health Coaching.  Pelvic Health Systems’ mission is to raise awareness, provide education and teach common sense solutions for those that live with the complaints of pelvic floor dysfunction.

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.

Ben Strohm is a Librarian who has been with Chesterfield County Public Library since 2006, working in reference, program development, and helping to make the library’s MakerSpace a success with the community. He enjoys tinkering with machines, gardening, and making stuff out of other stuff.

Regina Taggart received her bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She realized early on that she wanted a career where she would be able to assist underserved populations. Regina currently serves as the Outreach, Education, and Marketing Coordinator for CancerLINC. In this role, she works to raise awareness about CancerLINC and educate the community about the unique financial and legal challenges cancer survivors and their families face. Regina was born in Pennsylvania but has lived in Richmond for over 20 years. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places with her husband Khris. She also enjoys relaxing with her two dogs and spending time with family and friends.

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.

Sharon Thompson grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State College with a BS in Elementary Education. She taught Professional Development, 1st and 2nd grades, and then her last ten years she taught K-6th grades Computer Assisted Language Arts. Sharon has always especially enjoyed gardening and doing various hand crafts. She and her husband, Vic, moved to Woodlake in 2011 and love it here. They have been enjoying all of the activities at LLI since they joined in 2013. They also enjoy playing together in the Chesterfield Concert Band.

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.

Anthony Townsend has been collecting, digging, and appraising antique bottles and related antiques for more than 50 years. Tony grew up on a dairy farm in Hampton, Virginia, which sparked his interest in antique milk bottles. He was later involved in digging and archeological pursuits during the city's infrastructure and renovation projects in the late 60s and 70s. Tony has been a resident of Chesterfield County since 1977 and has contributed his knowledge and time to the hobby of bottle collecting at both the national and local level. Tony is currently serving as the Vice President of the Richmond Area Bottle Collectors Association, a nonprofit group which has been in existence for over 40 years. The club meets regularly during the year and also sponsors a show in early October. He and his son Phillip enjoy lecturing on the topic together!

Phillip Townsend began collecting bottles at an early age and continues to pursue information on local bottling companies across the span of bottle collecting categories. Phil has authored multiple articles and published two books on the history of antique bottles from Virginia. Phil specializes in Virginia soda bottlers that were in existence from the 1830s until the early 1920s. Phil is currently focused on a variety of projects that seek to capture Chesterfield County’s rich history with focus on the Midlothian area, where he has been a resident since the late 1980s. He and his father Tony enjoy lecturing on the topic together!

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.

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.

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.

Robert Wadsworth may be best known at LLI as a musician (hammered dulcimer, bass, and guitar), but his day job for 37 years was as a clinical psychologist. After receiving a Bachelor's degree with a major in psychology from University of Virginia, Bob attended Utah State University and earned M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Professional-Scientific Psychology (a blend of clinical, counseling, and school psychology). He worked in state and private psychiatric hospitals as well as a headache clinic, and taught a Testing and Measurement class as an adjunct instructor at VCU. His career culminated in a private practice in central Chesterfield County for 22 years until his retirement in 2016. Bob joined LLI in 2016.

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, was the Founder of the Virginia Screenwriters’ Forum and recently retired as its Director after 25 years.   She is in the process of marketing her two full-length stage plays to theatres and publishers.  Hopefully, her screenplay, “The French Apartment Love Stories,” will be filmed by a local filmmaker sometime later this year. Helene enjoys the fun of sharing great movies and PBS series to view and to discuss with 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 past Education Director of the RVA Better Aging Forum, a board member of the Central Virginia Financial Planning Association, past Vice-Chair and Chair 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.

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.

La Donna Wheatley was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  She and her husband David moved to Richmond because of his job.  La Donna joined LLI in 2012 and feels very fortunate to have found this gem of a resource. The people and opportunities she has found at LLI have enriched her life in countless ways.

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.

Glenn Winters has been Community Outreach Musical Director for Virginia Opera since 2004. A pianist and operatic baritone, Dr. Winters is the composer of a dozen operas that have been performed across the United States. His latest opera, "The Aframerican: Roland Hayes's Journey", will debut in February 2019 with Virginia Opera. His book "The Opera Zoo: Singers, Composers 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.

Michael Wriston has been an adjunct member of the faculty 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 is a long-time soccer coach and 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.