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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

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Lifelong Learning Institute in
 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



 
SPRING 2019 CATALOGS
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
Session

Jan 2 - May 3

You may register
ONLINE
at any time!


Open Registration
onsite:

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




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

   

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LLI membership! 
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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.
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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.

Annette Alabaster was taught to knit by her mother around the age of 12.  Much later she learned about the now modern world of knitting by working in a local yarn shop.  After many years of not knitting, she took it up again when her first granddaughter was born in 1997.  She then returned to making sweaters, headbands, hats and slippers.  She believes that this ancient craft, going back to medieval times, is both addicting and relaxing.

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.

Deborah Alsko is a native of the Chicago suburbs and has lived in Richmond since 1980. She began her career in the recreation field with Henrico County Parks and Recreation. In her early 30’s she returned to school at University of Richmond, earning her Masters of Teaching. She worked as a special education teacher for Chesterfield County for 26 years before retiring in June 2016.  Deborah is currently enjoying her next career as the Backpack Storyteller, presenting storytelling programs for audiences of all ages. She also enjoys many hobbies including gardening, creating things out of found objects and reading, especially children’s picture books. During the summers she teaches water aerobics at several area pools.

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

Diane Applewhite is a self-taught musician who started at the age of 14 and played the trumpet through middle and high school. Today she plays the Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Banjitar. She is now learning the Bass Guitar. You will see her on Thursdays playing with the Lifelong Musicians (a group she started at LLI a few years ago). This group is bursting with talented LLI members who just want to jam and have fun. Diane has been an LLI member since 2012.

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 is a member of the Bon Air Artist Association and has studied colored pencil with Gloria Callahan, Dawn Flores and Teresa Pennington. 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.

Rachel Bailey is a certified trauma nurse educator at CJW Medical Center.

Charles Barron is a retired US Army Officer, holds a BS in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University and an MS in Logistics Management from Florida Institution of Technology. He also holds a certificate for teaching English as a second language. Charles has 10 years of experience working with and training members of the Saudi Arabian military in logistics and cultural awareness. As a United States military contractor, working in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, he taught American workers and third country nationals (TCNs) Cultural Awareness, simple Arabic script (Arabic letters, Arabic phonetics recognizing/reading English words written in Arabic Script) and most useful basic spoken Arabic words and phrases.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jim 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.

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.

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.

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!

Andi Clinton is the Volunteer Manager at RAL. She joined the organization in November 2018. Andi manages over 300 active volunteers at Richmond Animal League and provides opportunities for community members to help animals in need.

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!

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.

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.

Pauline Dufficy has been dancing for over 8 years.

Thomas 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. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Lucks Lane.  He is also active in several mission projects including Meals on Wheels, Missions of Mercy (a free, statewide, dental mission) and volunteer Chaplain at Johnston Willis Hospital.

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.

Martin Fisher has delivered hundreds of briefings to 30 countries and has lectured at the US Naval War College, Washington University and St. Louis University. He has also given post graduate lectures at a UK Defense School. He spent 13 weeks with Prince Charles at Greenwich Palace and previously met Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh on the Queen’s Royal Yacht tour of the Far East. Martin was an officer on the escorting frigate. Robin Janvrin, one of his Navy mates was the Queen’s Private Secretary for 16 years and was talking from Balmoral, Scotland, to Tony Blair about the decision by the Queen to not return from London for the Diana death fiasco which was precipitating an unheard Crown crisis.

Lindsay Fox has practiced in inpatient, outpatient and home health settings, with specialties in orthopedics, manual therapy, aquatics and persistent pain programs. She has done multiple clinical internships nationally and internationally. Lindsay helped develop an interdisciplinary pain program for the Columbia St Mary's Health System. She currently sees patients at the Sheltering Arms Bon Air clinic.

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.

Sandra Fry has been a Master Gardener since 2005, a Richmond Tree Steward since 2010, a member of the Salisbury Garden Club since 2001 and a member of LLI since 2013. She has been an avid gardener all her adult life. Before retiring, she was a professional trainer in the Information Technology Field.

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.

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.

Nathan Guerette MD, serves as Director and CEO of The Female Pelvic Medicine Institute of Virginia and is Co-Founder and CEO of Pelvic Health Systems (PHS). He is a board certified Urogynecologist specializing in minimally invasive surgical options for pelvic reconstruction including advanced vaginal and robotic surgery as well as new non-surgical options and diagnostics. He also has an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in the division of Urogynecology and serves as Director of Robotic Surgery at Johnston Willis Medical Center.

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!

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.

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.

Chantalle Hilliard is a certified trauma nurse educator at CJW Medical Center.

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 the age of seven in 1960. He graduated from Manchester High School in 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 in 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.

Wells Iles is a former Chesterfield County math teacher. He has sponsored several after-school activities for students including juggling, magic, chess, and Rubik’s Cube.

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.

Mohit Jindal MD, is an experienced board certified Gastroenterologist. He evaluates and treats adult patients with multiple gastrointestinal medical conditions including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), swallowing disorders, liver diseases, acute and chronic pancreatitis and irritable bowel syndrome. He performs preventive and diagnostic endoscopic procedures including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies, feeding tube placements, and hemorrhoid banding.

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.

Terry Karselis is a sculptor whose work ranges from wildlife of the American West to historical figurines of the French and Indian War, WWI and WWII military figures. He works in bronze, silver, pewter and wood.  Terry’s interest in historical subject matter and his ability to project a sense of life and action into his work has resulted in commissions from such organizations as the American Historical Foundation, the United States Historical Society, the Virginia State Museum, the Franklin Mint and the Museum of the Confederacy. Terry's research into historical sculpture along with his childhood experiences in England during WWII has also led him to becoming an avid History Buff.  He has developed programs in both British and American history subjects.

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 the Richmond area. She is delighted to be able to share her practice with the LLI family.

Suzanne Kelly is a retired Chesterfield County teacher.  She holds degrees in Business Education and English and taught for 47 years in various county junior and high schools.  She began her teaching career in Chesterfield in the LLI building in 1969 and returned as a member in 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.

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.

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, and specializes  in  early  music  performance  and  performance  standards.      She  has performed opera (Gianni Schicchi, Betly, The Telephone, Dido and Aeneas), musical theater (Princess and the Pea, Camelot), madrigal/motet ensembles, oratorio, recitals, and choral and orchestral conducting, taught voice privately, and has been a music instructor at high school and university levels.  Suzanne’s real passions are transcription from early music notation to modern notation and early music performance standards. Today, Suzanne teaches classical music history seminars (history, theory, music appreciation, Baroque music, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Music of Scandinavia and Iberia) to adult learners.  In 2013, Suzanne founded, and is the current Artistic Director for the early music ensemble, CANTUS CANTORES Madrigal Singers (CCMS).   The CCMS vision is to study and to perform early, a cappella music for audiences new to the art form. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Master of Arts, Musicology.  Her doctoral studies concentrated on the Early Music of the Golden Age of Spain: Ladino Music (Miloš Velimirović [Yugoslavia] University of Virginia).  Outside of music, she holds a MLIS and a Master of Information Technology.   She lives in Midlothian, VA, with her 3 cats and her baby grand piano!

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."

Shirley Longan has grown and used herbs for many years, and taught classes on the topic several times at Powhatan Adult Education program. She has been a member of LLI since 2017.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Anne Moderegger relocated to the United States in 1988 and focused on art, widening her experience about pottery with classes at The Handwork Shop in Richmond, the Richmond pottery and self-training. Anne is self-employed and joined several organizations like Pottery Council (charter member), Petersburg Area Arts League, Bon Air Artist Association and the Uptown Gallery. She participated in Arts Fest (Petersburg), Arts around the Lake, Arts in the Park, Virginia Falls Foliage Festival, Carolina Craftsmen and the Bizarre Bazaar. Besides pottery, Anne loves to work in all kinds of art like painting, quilting, collages, knitting. She also enjoys hiking, dancing, traveling and learning about different cultures. Anne enjoys giving classes to empower students with art they never believed they could produce. She has been an LLI member since 2010.

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.

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 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 eight 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 on Social Security benefits. He has been a member of LLI since 2014.

Carri Pandolfe while originally from Canada has lived in every major city on the west coast. She moved to RVA in 2001 and has loved it ever since. She’s a mentor, creative and an adventurer who currently works in the LLI Office. Carri resides here in Midlothian with her husband and two children.

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.

Stephen Peterson holds B.A and M.A degrees in philosophy from the University of Utah and has completed the classwork required for a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  He has taught on middle, secondary, and collegiate levels.  He retired as a computer programmer and analyst from the Research Center at Philip Morris and also served as a computer consultant for numerous firms in Richmond.  He has always been active in sports: skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, biking, running, basketball and martial arts.  He has traveled internationally including extensive skiing in Europe and a four-month circumnavigation that included scuba diving across the Pacific.

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.

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 has delivered hundreds of briefings to 30 countries and has lectured at the US Naval War College, Washington University and St. Louis University. He has also given post graduate lectures at a UK Defense School. He spent 13 weeks with Prince Charles at Greenwich Palace and previously met Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh on the Queen’s Royal Yacht tour of the Far East. Martin was an officer on the escorting frigate. Robin Janvrin, one of his Navy mates was the Queen’s Private Secretary for 16 years and was talking from Balmoral, Scotland, to Tony Blair about the decision by the Queen to not return from London for the Diana death fiasco which was precipitating an unheard of Crown crisis.

Rachel Ramirez 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 for a nonprofit in Mechanicsville.  Before that she was an Assistant Branch Manager with First Market Bank in Richmond and a Store Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company.  Rachel has enjoyed attending and serving with Clover Hill Church for over 15 years and is grateful for the opportunities she has had to work with Give Hope 2 Kids, a children's home in the mountains of Honduras. Rachel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University in 2006, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from VCU in 2018. Rachel and her husband, Luis, love spending time with family and friends, traveling, and excitedly welcomed their firstborn son in August 2018!

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 States 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.

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.

Audrey Ross was born and raised in the Village of Midlothian, Virginia, attended Midlothian Elementary School, and graduated from Carver High School in Chester, Virginia in 1968. Audrey earned a B.S. degree in Professional Biology from N.C. A &T State University in Greensboro, N.C. in 1972, and a Master of Public Health degree from VCU/MCV in Richmond, VA., in 1998.  A retired Senior Scientist from the Commonwealth of Virginia, she serves as Historian at First Baptist Church of Midlothian, and is a member of the African American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV).

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.

Renee Samaha graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a concentration in Health Assessment and Promotion. She is currently the Senior Wellness Coordinator at SwimRVA where she continues to follow her passion of promoting health and fitness by helping others meet their wellness goals.

Les Schaffer is a long time LLI Instructor, a seasoned storyteller, teacher and storytelling coach. Les presents original and traditional stories in a variety of settings, including concerts, schools, churches, theaters, senior living facilities, libraries, classes, workshops, story-slams and conferences. His current passions involve coaching "The Story Warriors”, a Church Hill-based group of youth storytellers; and hosting LLI's monthly Senior Story Slam. In Spring 2018, Les was first runner-up in the State Liars and Tall Tales contest. He maintains that a good story will get you out of just about anything and that all of his stories are true, especially the made-up ones.

Sandy Schimmel Gold has been a professional artist for 15 years. Her work is in personal, corporate and museum collections around the world. Sandy's specialty is creating paper mosaic portraits and other works from recycled materials including junk mail! Prior to fine art, Sandy worked in nonprofit, visual merchandising and design. She's a lifelong learner, always experimenting with new techniques and ideas and has been a member of LLI since 2018.

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.

Amar Shah MD, is the founder and owner of VitalCare. His vision is to expand high value primary care practices throughout the Richmond area. He is committed to delivering high quality care by using technology to break barriers to care. Some examples are increasing patient engagement by providing everyone with a free eClinicalWorks Healow app, Open-Access scheduling so patients are seen the same day, and providing Tele-Visits for working families. VitalCare can be considered a true medical home for patients and their families. Dr. Amar Shah is the medical director for Virginia Care Partners providing medical oversight to over 800 physicians in the Richmond metro area. He is leading a movement to elevate healthcare in Richmond by transforming practices to focus on high quality and lower cost for patients.

Sagar Shah DPM, specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, wound care and diabetic foot care at the Foot and Ankle Center. He received his BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and his DPM from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He was Chief Resident at Larkin Community Hospital. Dr. Shah’s humanitarian activities include Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project in Yucatan, Mexico, where he provided corrective surgery to children with lower extremity deformities. He is affiliated with CJW Medical Center, John Randolph Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center.

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.

Mike Spriegel is a retired human resources and safety manager who is an inventor, free-lance writer, and owner of Life Bucket LLC, an emergency preparedness and home safety supply company.

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

Carl "Stoney" Stone founded UOU Outdoors in July 2017. His company has grown exponentially since. Stoney himself, is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); a certified SOLO Wilderness Medicine Instructor; professional photographer; and hiking guide. He has facilitated Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness EMT courses across the United States for both the SOLO Wilderness Medicine School as well as UOU Outdoors. His landscape photography is quickly building a following and is often on display in Richmond-area businesses. In 2018, UOU Outdoors was selected by the University of Richmond to assist in developing and directing an Outdoor Leadership Certificate program for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. In addition, UOU was selected by the SOLO Wilderness Medicine School to pilot a new Wilderness First Responder, module formatted course, now being offered to current First Responders and University Outdoor Adventure and Education Programs. Most recently, UOU Outdoors was nominated for the 2019 Best Outdoor Business Start-up by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, an honor chosen by both public nomination and voting from all 14 states touched by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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.

Mark Swearengen is a veteran and retired civil servant with experience in military planning, field artillery, and public affairs. In the 1980s he was also a columnist for the European Edition of The Stars and Stripes. He has been an LLI member since 2015.

Tim Talbott is the Director of Education, Interpretation, Visitor Services and Collections at Pamplin Historical Park.

Tracy Taliaferro is the Chief Executive Officer of Crater Community Hospice and a practicing Attorney at Law. He recently held the position of Managing Partner at Taliaferro & Mallory, LLP. Mr. Taliaferro completed his undergraduate work at Virginia State University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond. He has been active in a number of local government arenas and successfully represented the City of Richmond and Goochland County in appeals to the Virginia Court. Mr. Taliaferro is actively involved in the community and serves on several community and civic organizations. He has held several community board positions including; the Board of Trustees for the Prince George Emergency Crew, President of the Tinsley Charter Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors, Hopewell-Prince George Red Cross Board of Directors and Bikers Against Child Abuse.

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.

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!

Katherine Trahan is a general, trauma, and acute surgeon with Extant Healthcare. She is a graduate of VCU Medical School and has 15 years of experience. She went on to attend medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. She continued surgical residency at the University of Texas. In 2015, Dr. Trahan moved to Richmond, where she joined Chippenham Hospital where she currently provides surgical care. Her practice is multifaceted, and includes general surgery, trauma services and acute care emergency surgical services. Her skills include traditional surgical approaches, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and trauma life support. She currently resides in Richmond along with her husband; with him she’s raising five daughters. In her free time, she also works as a wilderness first aid and first responder instructor for UOU outdoors and SOLO.

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 20 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.

Lenard Tuck is a native of Richmond and lives in Bon Air where he maintains his law practice.   Mr. Tuck received his BA in history from the University of Richmond and JD from the University of Richmond School of Law.  He served for 10 years as President of the Bon Air Historical Society and restored the James K. Hazen house, Perrows store building, the Hazen Memorial Library and the Mercer-Fraker House, c. 1893, currently in progress.

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 has been a life-long avocational musician, and over the course of his life, has received formal instruction in piano, cello, guitar, and organ. He has played hammered dulcimer since 1998, gives private lessons on the instrument, and has recorded several CDs. In addition to giving solo concerts, he plays hammered dulcimer in a string band, composes and plays fingerstyle guitar pieces, and plays bass guitar. Bob has been an LLI member since 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.   As her time allowed, she taught Introduction to Screenwriting classes at the University of Richmond for a number of semesters. She joined LLI when it first opened. They only had 30 students, and she did a class on how to write a screenplay which was great fun. She enjoys teaching Film Appreciation and loves the LLI Students. Right now, she's rewriting a play and looking into E-books for some of her stories.

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.

Danielle Warren is a cardiovascular nurse practitioner with Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists.

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.

Rebecca Whalen has been with Virginia State Parks since 2009. After graduating from Western Carolina University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management in 2007, she moved to Virginia Beach and began working at First Landing State Park as a seasonal environmental educator. She has also worked at False Cape and Twin Lakes State Parks before coming to Pocahontas as Chief Ranger Visitor Experience, overseeing the environmental education programs. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors with her family, collecting Pyrex and all things vintage, and talking about North Carolina.

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.

Maha Whitfield is a native of Cairo, Egypt, and a graduate of Cairo University, majoring in Egyptian History, Monuments and Art. She worked for ten years as an Egyptologist and professional guide, leading French, British and American groups to historical and cultural sites in Egypt. Since moving to Midlothian in 1989, she has been involved in the enrichment program with Chesterfield County Public Schools. Maha has lectured at Women's clubs as well as the Science Museum.

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.