Meet our instructors
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.
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 twelve years. During her career, she has served in several roles: Acute care staff nurse, 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 and MDS Coordinator. Lois has been a Certified Nursing Assistant educator for a total of eight years. 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.
Kellie Chasse--Acrylic Pour Art, Alcohol Ink Art, Resin Jewelry Pendant, Watercolor-Window Water View
Kelly is a Simple Living, Debt Free, Professional Artist and Online instructor. She was born on Earth Day, April 22, and her work definitely reflects a free spirit, love and compassion for "Mother Earth." she h as been the featured artist at the Portland International Jetport in Maine since 2014. You can often find her signing and selling originals, prints, and cards there on Mondays and Fridays during the summer months. Kellie has a passion for color and works in many mediums, such as watercolor, oils, alcohol inks, and her latest passion, resin. She is from Presque Isle originally. Kellie resides with her husband and son in their "small home" on the water in Auburn, Maine.
Patrick Colwell--Guitar for Beginners, Acoustic Jam
Patrick is a 1995 graduate of GAHS and has a BA in Philosophy from Middlebury College. He is a self-taught guitarist and bassist who has been performing on local stages for the past decade. Pat is excited to share his love of music in both the Guitar for Beginners and Acoustic Jam adult education courses. By day Pat teaches Special Education at Cony High School and lives in Gardiner with his wife Francine and their two young children.
Sue Crawford--College Transitions Advisor, Knitting for Beginners
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.
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!
Stephanie Dustin--Zumba Gold, 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!
John Favreau--An Introduction and Overview to Tiny House Construction
John Favreau is the co-owner of Long Branch School and Tiny Homes in Bowdoinham, Maine established in 2011. At the Long Branch School, skills in self sufficiency and sustainability are taught, as well as building and teaching tiny home construction. John is also a driving instructor and a school bus driver for MSAD 75. He lives in Brunswick, Maine and is a graduate of Brunswick High School, New Hampshire College, Sylvania Technical College. He is a licensed commercial pilot.
Elaina Figueroa--Spanish Quickstart, Spanish Beyond the Basics
It is my pleasure to be your Spanish instructor this fall semester. I hope you enjoy learning about the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world in my classroom. I come from a very large Honduran family and was raised in Guapinol, Honduras where I lived through college. I studied four years of Accounting at National Pedagogical University Francisco Morazán and loved it. I have several years of experience in business and accounting, but teaching has always been my passion, I moved to Maine 5 years ago I have been working as Spanish teacher. So far I love it, not only as a career, share my language and my culture means more than a career.
I am preparing a classroom environment whereby you will be motivated to gain knowledge of Spanish and I look forward to your daily participation. I will provide you with the opportunity to learn every day.
Rick Gallion--Woodworking Unplugged, Tool Sharpening, Hand Saw Sharpening, Router Basics, Table Saw Basics
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.
Jessica Greenleaf--Speanking Dog, Ask the Dog Trainer, Rescue Dogs
Jessica Greenleaf is the owner of Loyal Leashes, a pet care and training business. She is committed to helping owners understand and communicate with their dogs so they can build a stronger bond and a better life together. Jessica believes training should be fun for both the owner and the dog so she uses positive training techniques to encourage dogs to think and learn. She is a certified dog trainer (ABCDT) through Animal Behavior College, and also a certified professional pet sitter (CPPS) through Pet Sitters International Jessica is trained and certified in pet CPR and first aid.
Robert Harvey--Understanding Medicare
Robert Harvey is a licensed Life and Health agent for HealthMarkets Insurance. He has offices in Brunswick and Scarborough. For the last fifteen years, he also has travelled throughout the state assisting people in the enrollment process for Medicare coverage. Robert basically takes the confusion out of the transition to Medicare.
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.
Laurel Lopez--Lotions, Chapsticks and More, Basic Soap Making, Advanced Soap Making, and Making Milk Soap
Laurel lives in Bowdoinham, with her husband and two teenage boys. Her background is in fine arts and photography. She works as a CNA/CRMA at the Highlands in Topsham, and is currently working towards her RN. Laurel has been making soap for 14 years and other body products for seven years. She loves to hang with the boyz, garden, cook, knit, sew, read and ......make body products!
Janet McCrae--Spring Into Zumba
Janet has been doing Zumba for the past 4 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 Spring Rolls and Dipping Sauces
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 Mann--Essentials of College Planning for Adults, FAFSA and 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 Small Dog or Puppy
John Palange has been training dogs professionally for over 40 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-- Effective Communication Strategies, Know the 10 Signs
In his role with the Maine Chapter, Mark focuses on encouraging local organizations to take their own approaches in welcoming those living with dementia in their communities. This has resulted in programming including Memory In Motion, a fitness initiative for those with dementia and their care partners presented by the University of Maine at Augusta in Bangor; the Portland Legacy Storytellers Program which features University of New England students who interview and write the life stories of those diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease; and Mind’s Eye Maine which teams up student and professional photographers with persons who have dementia to explore the art of photography.
Mark also presents education programs throughout Maine and manages the chapter’s Early Stage Social Engagement Program. With more than twenty years elder services experience, Mark has served as director of volunteers for HESSCO Elder Services and executive director of the North Attleborough Council on Aging, both of which are located in Massachusetts. He has a strong background in journalism and communications.
Among his other interests, Mark has embraced Maine’s wonderful outdoor heritage through kayaking, biking, cross country skiing, and hiking.
Christine Burns Rudalevige-- Recipe for Greener Eating
Christine Burns Rudalevige is a seasoned food writer and classically trained cook living in Brunswick, Maine. Her writing and original recipes appear regularly in print Cooking Light, Eating Well, Fine Cooking, The Coastal Table, Edible Maine and Edible New Hampshire and on-line at Food52.com, The Cook’s Cook, NPR and ZesterDaily. Her weekly column in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, called Green Plate Special, focuses on cooking and eating sustainably sourced foods from both land and sea, shares the title with her award winning cookbook published by Islandport Press in 2017. She’s worked in professional kitchens since she was 15, completed her formal culinary school training at 42, and has most recently enjoyed the thrill of the restaurant cooking scene as a partner in Butter+Salt, a pop-up restaurant company that hosts a series of special dinner events in Brunswick. She is also dedicated to doing her part to make cooking at home commonplace again, conducting classes for students of all income levels monthly.
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.
Martin Swinger--Song Writing for Adults, Sing!
A quote from Cary Mirriam-Goldbert, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus...“Martin Swinger is one of those rare singer-songwriters who excels at everything: singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, and being so present with his humor, tenderness, and wild mind that his performances are also deep conversations, soul to soul and heart to heart, about the quirks, surprises, and love that brings us most alive. His songs, ranging from the little plastic parts that hold the world together, to what enlightenment comes from Buddha and Betty Boop falling in love, are whimsically and wisely original and enduring." -
Gary Swinton--Functions, Settings and Menus--It's Complicated!
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.