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.
Betty Balderston--Elder Abuse: A Community Problem with Community Solutions
Betty Balderston is the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate at Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) in Augusta, Maine. LSE is a non-profit organization that has been providing free and confidential legal services to Maine residents age 60 and older on a statewide basis since 1974. Betty’s position is focused on raising public awareness about the serious problem of elder abuse. Her position is supported by a one-year grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation. Prior to holding her current position, Betty worked at LSE fighting fraud and abuse as the Statewide Coordinator for the Maine Senior Medicare Patrol for 15 years.
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.
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--Watercolor Painting - Beach Scene, Acrylic Painting - Lake and Birch Tree, Abstract Alcohol Ink, Rock and Wave - Watercolor/Gouache
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.
Gwen Cole--Becoming a Notary Public in Maine, Notary Public Refresher Course
Gwen is a retired Registered Nurse and as a Notary Public, she runs a small-business know as, “The Wedding Nurse”. She is also currently serving a three-year term as the Vice-President of the Informed Notaries of Maine (INM). Gwen is the Chairperson of the INM Educational Committee, spending many hours in front of a classroom. She obtained her first Notary Public Commission in 1990, with the idea of starting a wedding business as a hobby. Since then she has performed dozens of marriage ceremonies all over the state of Maine. Gwen is an expert at helping couples plan meaningful “Special Days”. In 2011, she received a Gubernatorial Appointment as a Dedimus Justice.
She lives in Oakland with her husband of 44 years, Steve Ouellette. They have two grown daughters. She is thoroughly enjoying her role with INM as an educator and trainer, helping Notaries Public to stay current with their practice.
Leon (Lee) Cranmer--Forts Along the Kennebec
Leon (Lee) Cranmer is an historical archaeologist who retired in August 2010 from the staff of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. He has a BS from Stockton University, and a BA in anthropology and MA in history/historical archaeology from the University of Maine. Lee has worked in archaeology in Maine for almost 30 years and has conducted archaeology for the state of Maine for well over 20 years. Prior to that he spent two seasons in England doing archaeology. He has written one book and numerous articles on Maine historical archaeology and is currently working on another book on Fort Halifax, a French and Indian War period fort in Winslow, Maine. He has excavated hundreds of Maine sites for which he has written or co-authored site reports. Prior to his archaeology career, Lee spent 7 years in the Navy and is a Vietnam veteran. He lives in Somerville, Maine, with his wife Liz.
Sue Crawford--College Transitions Advisor, The Magic of Mingling and Power of Networking
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!
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!
Meleena Erikson-- Getting Started on Etsy, Introduction To Social Media For Small Business
Meleena has been working in marketing for nearly 20 years. For the last decade her focus has been on social media and working with small businesses to develop strategies to help raise awareness and increase sales. In her spare time she loves to crochet and craft which led her to open an Etsy shop.When she is not working she spends time crocheting, baking and spending time with her family.
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.
Mayra Elaina Figueroa-Gomez--Spanish Quickstart, Exploring Spanish
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.
David Fuller--Growing Great Garlic
Dave is an agriculture and non-timber forest products professional with UMaine Cooperative Extension. He conducts applied research on hardneck garlic and has been growing the crop in his own garden for 23 years.
Rick Gallion--Router Basics - Table Saw Basics, Kitchen Cabinet 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--Feisty Fido, Indoor Activities for You and Your Dog, Speaking Dog - Dog Body Language
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 is a licensed Life and Health agent for HealthMarkets Insurance, with offices in Brunswick and Scarborough. He has traveled throughout the state assisting people in the enrollment process to Medicare coverage for the last 15 years. Robert helpso take the confusion out of the transition to Medicare.
Lynn Irish--Quilting - Drunkards Path Quilt, Quilting - Christmas Tree Skirt
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, Advanced 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.
Colt Knight--Raising Sheep
Colt grew up in a coal mining family in West Virginia where they also operated a small family farm and show horse stable. During academic breaks and between schools, he worked in strip mines across the country. Colt earned his B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky, M.S. in Animal Science at Angelo State University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Arizona in 2006, 2012, and 2016, respectively. In the fall of 2016, he worked on a post doc with Dr. Derek Bailey at New Mexico State University. Recently, Colt started work as an Assistant Professor of Extension – State Livestock Specialist for the University of Maine.
Sally Lobkowicz--Haunted Hallowell History Tour
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.
Kate McCarty--Make Your Own Herbal Vinegars
Kate is the Food Preservation Community Education Assistant at UMaine Extension since 2009, after serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She has completed the Master Food Preserver program, an intensive, hands-on training in all aspects of home food preservation.
Patty Morini--5 Ingredients or Less, 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 Morse--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, Advanced Dog Obedience
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-- Effective Communication Strategies, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
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.
Gail Pelletier--Understanding Blackboard and Online Learning - Admissions Process and General Information
Gail is a recent UMA graduate who enjoys reviewing applications and meeting with applicants and prospective students. She develops and coordinates activities designed to assist individuals and groups with admissions and enrollment steps. Gail has oversight of UMA’s annual Guidance Counselor Luncheon and Open House events held on the Augusta campus. She also visits local high schools and attends recruiting events throughout Maine. In addition, Gail is the primary point of contact for high school groups interested in visiting the Augusta campus. She has an-Associates in Liberal studies and a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Maine at Augusta. In her spare time, she loves to camp, play disc golf and go to the beach.
Lisa St Hilaire--Tai Chi for Change
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, Coming Home to America - Immigration & Our Ancestors
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--Edible Mushroom Colletcing Walk, 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.