News & Events
- American Sign Language Begins February 16th
- Indoor Activities For You and Your Dog Rescheduled for February 16th
- Song Writing Class Begins February 8
Hans O. Albee, P.E.--Solar Energy in Maine
Before joining the ReVision Energy team in July of 2007, Hans worked for three years as an electrician at Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine, where he designed and installed marine navigation and communication systems.Hans grew up at Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine, a non-profit educational foundation. For seven seasons, he worked as a deckhand on the American Eagle and Angelique, two windjammers based in mid-coast Maine. Hans attended the Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, followed by Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, where he earned a B.A. and B.E., specializing in mechanical engineering. He earned his State of Maine Professional Engineer license in 2015 and leads solar design and engineering for ReVision Energy’s Liberty branch. Hans and his wife Jennifer, who also works for ReVision, live with their son in Brooks.
Jonathan Ault--Grow Your Own Organic Garden
Jonathan Ault has been an organic commercial grower for the last 7 years with experience in both vegetable and flower production. He has been a MOFGA Journeyperson and has taught the GYOG class since 2013. Jonathan currently works part time at Johnnys Selected Seeds in Waterville and the Maine Cap N Stem Mushroom company, and serves as an at-large member to the Gardiner City Council.
Susan Bailey, DVM
Dr. Susan Bailey, a Maine native, graduated from the University of New England with a B.S. in Medical Biology. She went on to complete her DVM at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following graduation, Dr. Bailey returned to Maine, and spent the next six years practicing small animal medicine in the Mid-coast area. She is currently working as a relief veterinarian with plans to open her own practice in the near future.
Lois Bourque, RN, HSC--Certified Nursing Assistant
Lois has been a Case Mix Nurse for DHHS, Division of Health Care Management, Classification Review/Case Mix Unit, for a total of eleven years. In her 36 years of nursing, she has served in several roles: I.V. Therapy Team nurse, RN Consultant and Resident Care Director for Residential Care facilities, Program Nurse/Educator for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Residential Medication Aide Instructor and Staff Development Trainer. Just prior to re-joining the Case Mix Nurse Reviewers in 2008, she worked for the DHHS Licensing and Regulatory Services as the Certified Surveyor for the Complaint Hotline.
Sherrie Brann--Budgeting Basics, Building Self-Confidence
Sherrie Brann is a Workforce Development specialist at New Ventures Maine, a UMA program that helps people all over the state venture in new directions by offering tuition-free programs for career, business, and financial education. She has a BA in English from the University of Maine and a MS in Education from Walden University. Sherrie lives in Sidney, has taught English/Language Arts and Adult Education in Central Maine since 2000, and has worked as an Adult Education Student Advisor. She is passionate about helping adult learners meet their education, career, and money management goals.
Kristen Carey--Becoming an Online Learner, Introduction to PowerPoint
Kristen has been a Digital Media Support Specialist at Bates College for the past twelve years. Prior to joining Bates College, Kristen worked as a TV News videographer in New Hampshire and then in Portland. She enjoys sharing her love of visual story telling with the use of various technologies that incorporate video, sounds, images and music.
Recently, Kristen completed her Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training, which has better honed and simplified her delivery of materials to all types of learners. She is excited to take those afraid of technology and show them how easy it can be.
In her spare time, Kristen is an avid outdoors woman who enjoys skiing, hiking, boating, fishing, scuba diving, among a million other things that do not involve sitting in front of a computer screen.
Kellie Chasse--Alcohol Ink-Glass Pendant, Alcohol Ink-Lovetree
Kellie was raised in Presque Isle, Maine and moved to Coastal Brunswick, Maine in 1987. Her interest in art sprouted from early childhood. Fascinated with the beauty of landscape surrounding her Coastal Maine home and coupled with her love and compassion for animals, was all the inspiration she needed to develop her artistic abilities. It was her passion of painting with her mother Artist Shelby Crouse that inspired her to paint when she was in high school. She started with abstract paintings, creating mood through bold colors and shapes. Kellie's later use of soft lines and vibrant colors captures the realistic beauty of Maine.
Her journey as a self-taught artist unlocked the unique techniques and solutions contributing to her success. Painting in of itself is Kellie's form of meditation: her peaceful and serene work is reflected in many mediums - oil, acrylic, pen & ink and especially watercolor, which has been her focus for the past 5 years. Her fascination with abstract and surrealism is yet another source of expressive energy. Creating from the imagination using a variety of patterns and colors allows her to take risks and gives her the opportunity to explore. Kellie was born on Earth Day April 22, and her work definitely reflects her free spirit, love and compassion for "Mother Earth".
Kellie has been a professional artist and instructor since 2007. She is currently exhibiting her work at the Portland International Jetport and Sebasco Resort. She resides in Auburn, with her husband Larry and son, Camden, dog - Primm and a cat - Taz.
Janet Clement--Women's Writing Circle
Janet is an Amherst Writers & Artist (AWA) trained facilitator. An English major with a Masters in Theological Studies, she has taught High School English and Creative Writing. She has worked as a copywriter, public relations professional in private business and the U.S. Navy Reserves, newspaper reporter and freelance writer. She is writes poetry, inspired by her 36 years of life in Maine. She has participated in a weekly AWA Writing Circle for three years prior to taking facilitator’s training to share her love of writing and her conviction that everyone has a strong, creative voice and is born with creative genius. She believes that writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level and that the AWA method using writing prompt strengthens a writer’s original voice and artistic self-esteem.
Gwen has been a practicing Notary Public since 1990. Her interest in using her Notary Commission to perform Marriages started shortly after that, when an old friend asked her to help plan and conduct her Wedding.
After the event, Gwen was hooked! As a retired Registered Nurse, she has fully enjoyed continuing her Notary work. As “The Wedding Nurse”, she has performed dozens of Weddings and has developed quite a reputation for writing beautiful and meaningful Ceremonies.
Sue Crawford--College Transitions Advisor
A retired state employee, Sue spent most of her career helping people. Logging in over 100,000 calls, she managed a housing hotline for Maine State Housing and also worked for Governor King as his Director of Constituent Services. Other jobs included working for the State Development Office and the Maine State Legislature. Currently she does some consulting, is a member of the City of Gardiner’s Housing Committee and Economic Development Committee, and spends loads of time with her two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and crafting.
Martha Currier--Consumer Matters: Scams and More
Martha Currier is the Complaint Examiner for the Consumer Information and Mediation Service in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General and the administrator of Maine’s Lemon Law Arbitration Program. She is the host and producer of the Attorney General’s television show Consumer Matters on Time Warner’s public access station.
She was the Legislative Liaison for the Office of the Attorney General under AG William Schneider; has been a Legislative Aide in the Maine State Senate; has administered the campaign finance laws for lobbyists, PACs and state parties in Maine; been self-employed as a non-attorney representative for social security disability claimants; and worked as a communications assistant at non-profit in Washington, DC.
Martha attended the bulk of her schooling at American University in Washington, DC and received her degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine. She is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International and past-president of the Rotary Club of Augusta, Maine.
Martha resides in Augusta with her three young and energetic boys.
Lynn Deeves--Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Richmond-based Lynn Deeves is a long-time professional musician, massage therapist and meditation practitioner. She is inspired by co-creating a safe space for people to listen and share deeply from their hearts, uncovering their full potential. Lynn enjoys weaving the gifts of music and mindfulness into class, as well as into daily life. We are all capable of bringing our full attention to whatever is happening in the moment...so, that we can show up and be fully present for whatever Is!
Geri Doyle--Ask the Realtor
Geri has been a licensed real estate agent since early 1980’s and has worked through various ups and downs in the market place. She lives in Gardiner and is a member of Economic Development Committee and chairman of Historic Preservation.
Stephanie Dustin--Zumba Toning
Stephanie Dustin is licensed to teach Zumba© Gold and other Zumba© specialties including Zumba© Toning and Zumba© Kids. She holds an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) group fitness certification and several fitness licenses. Her love of music and dance led her to become a Zumba© instructor. Choosing music, choreographing dances and then sharing the result is her dream job. She encourages participation at each student's individual fitness level: showing modifications to increase or decrease the intensity of the workout. Come and dance your way to a healthier you!
Meleena Erikson--Introduction To Social Media For Small Business
Meleena has worked in the marketing field for nearly 20 years. During that time she has worked with small businesses and non-profits helping them to utilize social media to grow their business and improve their communications. Meleena owns a small marketing firm in Maine and teaches marketing courses at Southern New Hampshire University.
John Ford--Memories from John Ford and Mark Nickerson
John Ford Sr. came from a Law Enforcement family – His grandfather was the 2nd Police Chief for the town of Sanford before becoming a ME. State Trooper in 1929. His dad was a Part Time Deputy Sheriff for the York County S.O. and his stepfather was a 23 year veteran Maine Game Warden assigned to York County. John's mother was a wildlife rehabilitator for the Fish and Game Dept, so it seemed only natural for John to pursue a Law enforcement career in wildlife enforcement. He was appointed a District Game Warden in Sept. 1970 assigned to the Burnham patrol in Central Maine and served as a District Game Warden in the Waldo County area from 1970-1990.
John wrote a bi-weekly article for the Republican Journal / Village Soup newspaper, from 2000-2009 detailing memories from his Warden's diaries. He received awards in 2005 and 2007 from the Maine Press Association's for those columns. Today John Ford Sr. is a contributing columnist for North Woods Sporting Journal in addition to being Civil Deputy for the Waldo County Sheriff’s office.
John now has 3 books detailing humorous events while on patrol as a Game warden. “Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste so Good” - “This Cider Still Tastes Funny” and "Deer Diaries". Traveling with retired state Trooper, Mark Nickerson, author of " Blue Lights in the Night," and "Behind the Blue Lights" they are amusing audiences everywhere, sharing their stories and hilarious escapades of being out on the beat, much to the delight of many audiences, both young and old.
Les Fossel--Restoring, Renovating, Repairing Your Old House
Les operates Restoration Resources, Maine’s premier historic building restoration company, founded in 1975 with 8 employees and $1.2 million annual sales. He also owns Fossel Preservation Partners, LLC a firm that specializes in restoring historic commercial properties. Their current project is the Hathorn Block in Richmond. His work has been featured in Down East Magazine, Money Magazine and many other publications.
Beginning at the University of Southern Maine, he’s taught over 2,000 Realtors. He’s lectured to local, state and national groups.
Les and his wife Merry (they met in high school) live in an 1810 Alna Cape with 3 barns and 40 acres of fields. Together they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Rick Gallion--Woodworker's Workshop - Tool Sharpening, Woodworking Unplugged
Rick has been a professional woodworker for over 25 years. He and his wife Linda moved to Maine 15 years ago to operate the Clary Lake B&B and the Clary Lake Woodworking School. The School is a new 1800 sq. ft. building that opened in 2011 in Jefferson, with the goal of offering basic and advanced Woodworking classes at a reasonable rate, as well as a shop where woodworkers could work on projects year-round. Individual instruction is available and students can set their own schedule and curriculum.
Craig Gerry--Hunter Safety
Craig is the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) Safety Coordinator for Kennebec County- Hunter Safety, Outdoor Safety Programs. He has taught as a volunteer for 10 years plus for IFW before becoming a Regional Safety Coordinator. Craig holds a Registered Maine Guide License for hunting, fishing, and recreational, and enjoys turkey hunting in the spring, upland bird hunting over his dogs in the fall, as well as whitetail deer hunting. Fly fishing for trout and salmon fill his spring and summer agenda, as well as keeping his dogs at the ready for the fall hunts.
As a retired firefighter/paramedic from the City of Auburn and other Departments in southern and western Maine, he is very aware of safety and being prepared to handle the unexpected. He enjoys teaching others about his passions for the outdoors and the wildlife around us.
Gay Grant--Your Legislators at Work
Representative Gay Grant is serving her third term in the Maine State House of Representatives. She represents House District 83 - the City of Gardiner and the Town of Farmingdale. This session she will be serving on two legislative committees: Taxation and Transportation. Gay is a grant writer and owns a small business focusing on grant writing for non-profit organizations. She is married to Ron Grant and they have two adult children.
Jessica Greenleaf--Feisty Fido, Indoor Activities for You and Your Dog, Puppies!
Jessica Greenleaf is passionate about pets! She is committed to helping owners understand and communicate with their dogs so they can build a better bond and life together. Jessica is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. She is also a certified professional pet sitter as well as trained and certified in pet CPR and first aid. Her passion is to help dogs and she does just that by volunteering her time and skills to local shelters to help dogs find their way to their forever homes.
John Harker--Growing Cranberries in the Maine Garden
John is a Horticulturist specializing in cranberry and other small fruit plants. He has operated a cranberry nursery, Cranberry Creations, since 1998, selling cranberry plants to home gardeners, florists and the landscape industry. John consults with farmers on fruit production issues, business planning, water management and irrigation, cranberry and flax development and, as recently retired Director of Market Development for the State Agriculture Department, he had managed grant programs and a low interest loan program for farmers. John lives with his wife, Debra in Mount Vernon.
David Handley--Successful Berry Growing
David T. Handley is a Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist and a Cooperating Professor of Horticulture for the University of Maine. Dr. Handley received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Hampshire. He has been based at Highmoor Farm, the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Monmouth, Maine, since 1983, where he carries out applied research regarding berry and vegetable variety evaluation, production techniques and pest management strategies. Dr. Handley is the author of numerous Extension fact sheets, articles and newsletters, and co-editor of two regional small fruit production guides.
Lynn Irish--Bargello Lap Quilt or Wall Hanging, Beginner Paper Piecing, Quilt As You Go Tablerunner, Quilting, Attic Window Wall Hanging
Lynn has been sharing her knowledge of quilting in the area for the past 12 years. As the owner of WhipperSnappers Quilt Sudio, she has vast experience of color and design, and loves to take the time to help quilters every step in the process. She will teach you the very basics of choosing fabrics to the finishing of your quilt!
Lynn Izzi--Learn to Play Bridge
Lynn is an avid card and game player. She has an eclectic career background having been a restaurant and pub manager, Asst. Dean for Johnson & Wales University, Culinary Arts Division, Sp. Ed. Teacher and principal in public education. Lynn learned how to play bridge in college and has been playing with friends for almost 50 years.
Caitlin Jaird--Adobe InDesign
Caitlin is originally from the Green Mountains of Vermont where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Digital Media and studied for a brief time in Auckland, New Zealand. She and her boyfriend moved to Maine in 2013 for a new adventure and couldn't have been happier with the outcome! She is currently a full time Graphic Designer & Web Content Specialist, and does photography and freelance graphic design on the side. A few of Caitlin’s hobbies include photography, archery, air brushing, playing the ukulele, and extreme sports such as bungee jumping and sky diving.
Bo Jesperson--Improving Your Home Through Energy Efficiency
Bo started working in residential construction in 1998 and established his own company in 2004. After attending a building science course in 2007, his business now focuses exclusively on home weatherization. Currently he employs seven people who offer light commercial insulation work, high density spray foam installations, crawlspace encapsulations and air source heat pumps. They complete between 80-100 residential home energy upgrades per year.
In 2012, Bo was awarded the Contractor of the Year award from Efficiency Maine for completing the most PACE loan funded weatherization jobs in the State. He is an Efficiency Qualified Maine Energy Advisor and a state licensed Oil Limited Energy Auditor Technician. He holds several certifications and is affiliated with numerous energy related organizations.
Jane Karkar--Secrets to Successful Publishing
Jane Karker is the founder and president of Maine Authors Publishing in Maine and Massachusetts Writers Publishing & Cooperative in Waltham, MA. She comes to publishing after over 20 years in the printing and publishing industry. Jane founded Maine Authors Publishing in 2009 to offer a totally different, cooperative approach to indie publishing, with a vision of making marketing and distribution more effective and affordable than online options. Her model includes allowing authors to retain all rights to their books and receiving all royalties from their sales and a trade catalog–a model that is unique.
Jane is a long-time resident of Maine and lives with her family in South Thomaston. She spends summer weekends at her north woods in Maine's unorganized territory and loves to kayak.
Jennifer Lanphear--You Can Afford College
Jennifer Lanphear, a FAME college access counselor, has a professional background in saving for and paying for higher education with a focus on the adult learner. She has nearly thirty years of industry experience focused on educating Maine families about options and analyzing the outcomes.
Sally Lobkowicz--Maine Lighthouse Adventure
Sally Lobkowicz, owner & director of Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, has been storytelling for 9 years in the mid-coast Maine area. She has a background in teaching and a love of history.
Janet has been doing Zumba for the past 3 years and got certified to teach a year and a half ago. She instantly fell in love with Zumba and loved how it helped her lose 45 pounds. She is outgoing and fun and has a positive outlook on life. Zumba is so much fun that you will forget that you are getting an awesome workout. Be prepared to smile while you sweat hundreds of calories away in an hour!
Louis Moniz--East Coast Swing and Line Dance
Louis has been teaching recreational line dancing for fifteen years. In Rhode Island, he worked for the Kids First program for eight years, and also in a program called Chance to Dance for fifth and sixth graders for nineteen years. For the last seven years, he has taught in Maine as an independent contractor.
Louis studied dance for over twenty five years, and in addition, judged, taught and competed on a national level for eight years.
Patty Morini--Make Your Own Flatbread, Make Your Own Spring Rolls
Patty Morini was nurtured in the kitchens of her mom Anna Buonassisi Morini and her two Italy-born grandmothers- Ida Silvestrini Morini and Maria Monaco Buonassisi. SheI learned to prepare food from scratch, and from the heart! Most of Patty’s life, she has eaten and prepared food with chicken/fish and veggies, but as a survivor of stage 3B breast cancer, she decided to focus on plant based eating for herself. (She still prepares food with meat and dairy for her family and friends.) Patty is a wife and mom of two children, and has been a MaineGeneral employee for 25 years. She loves vegetable gardening, and am dedicated to supporting healthy living in our community!
Teri Morse--Essentials of College Planning for Adults, Financial Aid Workshop, Study Skills
Teri is an Advisor with the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) TRiO program at UMO; Teri has been with MEOC for over 10 years. In her role as an Advisor, Teri provides workshops promoting access to post-secondary education for traditionally under-represented adult populations within the State of Maine. Teri also provides financial aid planning, assess academic readiness, provides career counseling, and referrals individuals to community resources. She has been a Licensed Social Worker in Maine for 24 years, where she has worked with various social serives agencies and volunteer organizations providing supports to those in need.
John Palange--Basic Dog Obedience, Train Your Puppy or Small Dog
John Palange has been training dogs professionally for over 35 years. He specialize in obedience and problem behavior, with other trainers often referring their most "challenging" dogs to him. Check out his website at palangedogtraining.com.
Mark Pechenik--Dementia Conversations, Healthy Body Healthy Brain, Know the 10 Signs (Lunch and Learn), The Basics--Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease (Lunch and Learn)
Since 2013, Mark Pechenik has served as Manager of Community Engagement and Outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. In his current position, He is responsible for developing substantive connections between the Maine Chapter and the Maine Community. He is also responsible for managing the Chapter’s Early Stage Social Engagement Program which offers healthy, fun and meaningful social activities that enhance the lives of those living with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Mark’s background includes positions as Director of Volunteers for HESSCO Elder Services in Sharon, MA; Executive Director of the North Attleborough Council on Aging in North Attleborough, MA; Director of Communications for Hillside School in Marlborough, MA; and Executive Director of the Hope Center for Cancer Support in Providence, RI. A freelance writer, Mark also serves as the South Berwick correspondent for the Portsmouth Herald newspaper of Portsmouth, NH.
Dr. Ashley Rice--Supermarket Showdown, So Much Stress, Healthy Homes/Healthy Families
Dr. Ashley Rice is a local chiropractor in Augusta who enjoys teaching health and health related classes. After joining the Air Force after high school she continued her education graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelors degree in Biology, and Logan University with a doctorate in Chiropractic. Outside of her work in Chiropractic, she enjoys the outdoors and experimenting with Paleo and gluten free cooking.
Lisa St Hilaire--Tai Chi for Health-Fall Prevention
Lisa has been doing martial arts since 1984 and tai chi for the last decade or so. She is certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention and Tai Chi for Diabetes through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Lisa also regularly practices Yang 24, Yang 48, Sun 73, and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation forms. She's a biologist with the State of Maine, loves living in Gardiner, and likes to knit, kayak, and ride her motorcycle, but not at the same time.
Emily Schroeder--Genealogy at the Maine State Library, More Genealogy-Death Record Resources
Emily A. Schroeder has worked at the Maine State Library for over 30 years. She earned her Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1988, and has been part of the Reference Department since then. In 2007, she added genealogy to her job duties. She answers queries, conducts workshops and individual research consultations, in addition to holding classes within the State Library and elsewhere (Adult Education and Senior College, in particular).
Emily serves on the boards of Kennebec Historical Society, where she is Secretary, and the Maine Genealogical Society. Smaller group work includes KHS’ Program and Publicity Committee, and MGS’ Conference Committee.
She lives in South China with cats Mindy and Binford.
Davd Spahr--Wild Food Foraging Walk
David Spahr is an author, naturalist, photographer, forager, and forest farmer. His recent book Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada was released in July 2009.
David began foraging in 1954 and has collected edible mushrooms since 1972. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc. He has appeared on Delicious TV on PBS, Bouffe en Cavale in Canada, 207 on WCSH TV, and Bill Green's Maine.
David is available private mushroom walks, talks, cooking and photography demonstrations. He lives year-round in Washington, Maine.
Lisa Steele--Raising Chicks 101
Lisa Steele is a 5th generation chicken keeper and the author of the popular books Fresh Eggs Daily, Duck Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens. The founder of the popular website Fresh Eggs Daily, she shares tips and advice to help her readers raise their backyard chickens and ducks naturally. Fresh Eggs Daily is the largest chicken keeping page on Facebook with more than half a million fans.
Lisa's writing can also be found in various publications including Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farm and Chickens magazines, as well as in Farmers Almanac and at HGTV.com. She has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Style on PBS and Bill Green's Maine and 207 on WCSH. Most recently she is hosting her own 30-minute "chicken lifestyle" show called Fresh Eggs Daily with Lisa Steele on WPME-TV in the local Portland viewing area.
Karen Stultz--Behind the Green Curtain-The Truth about Hypnosis, The Laughter Class
Karen Stultz, aka, “The Stress Whisperer” is a Master Life Coach, Certified Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner and Quantum Healer. Karen has been helping her clients relieve stress, and pain, both physical and emotional (with Doctors Referral) since 2001. She is the Founder of the Conscious Prosperity Institute, where she helps women who are overwhelmed, stressed out and just plain tired how to have more time, money and energy, so they can live the life they want to live, with Joy and Freedom.
Gary Swinton--Functions, Settings and Menus--It's Complicated!, Create a Canvas Wrapped Photo,
Gary Swinton has been involved with photography most of his life. He taught photography at Pratt Community College in Kansas and provided photographic services for the local newspaper. Of late he has exhibited and sold his work at art and craft fairs, winning several awards. He continues to mentor budding photographers of a variety of ages.