Arlin Larson received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago and is an ordained Congregational minister. He has a special interest in science and religion and has taught several classes at Senior College, including courses on Darwinism’s confrontation with religion and on the “New Atheism.”
Cloe Chunn, a former high school and college teacher, is a naturalist, outdoor writer, and Registered Maine Guide. She is a cofounder and faculty member in the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Her book, Fifty Hikes in the Maine Mountains (W.W. Norton), has been a Maine standard hiking guide, continually updated and revised for over 30 years. Cloe has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and has explored wild country as far afield as Antarctica, where she did geological research during graduate school. Cloe is happiest when she is outdoors, where she enjoys feeling her connection to the rest of Earth’s creatures and helping people restore their sense of connection also. She does this through her work with the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. She is especially fond of birding, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and Sphagnum bogs.
Deborah Stevenson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and spent the first half of her adult years as an actor before deciding to leave theatre to begin a family and pursue painting. She has been making art, exhibiting, and teaching for over 30 years. She lived and worked on the West Coast for many years, returning to the East in 2007. She worked teaching art through a non-profit in the inner city and underserved communities of Baltimore for several years. In 2010, she moved to NYC to concentrate on her own work in the dynamic and diverse communities there. A recent transplant to Belfast, she now does workshops and has her own studio here, from which she participates in the international collage community, showing and publishing her work.
Elaine S. Potoker (B.A. SUNY, Potsdam, N.Y.; MAT University of Chicago; PhD Ohio State University) is Professor Emerita of Business from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, having taught in both their graduate and undergraduate programs for 17 years. She has distinguished herself in the following areas through publications, awards, work experience, and consultancies: Strategic Planning, International Business, Marketing Research, Organizational Development, Cross-Cultural Training, and Workforce Development. Additionally, she is founder and owner since 1993 of Interloqui, a business development consulting firm (www.interloqui.com). Dr. Potoker is also a two-time Fulbright award recipient. She resides in Belfast, Maine, with her husband, Ken.
Howard Torrey received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has taught computer programming and applications at college and high school levels. He is interested in the history of science, especially evolutionary theory.
Judy Beebe graduated from Smith College with a major in English Literature and did graduate work at Syracusse University to become an elementary teacher. After her mother taught her the basics of knitting, Judy became an avid knitter. With the occasional help of experts in local yarn shops, she has learned how rewarding, relaxing and creative knitting can be.
Juliet Baker has studied and taught English language and literature for forty years. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and pursued a Ph.D. at Berkeley. She has taught several well-received courses at Senior College, including “The Bible as Literature,” “Beowulf Reconsidered,” “A Feminist Reading of Jane Eyre,” and “A Reconsideration of Charles Dickens.” In the community she has also offered classes on poetry and on mystery novels set in foreign lands, facilitated a reading group on The Odyssey, and directed an Arthur Miller play.
Larry Mayer is a professor of oceanography at the University of Maine. He was educated in chemistry and geology, but has broadened himself to work in many biological issues as well. He has taught several other relevant courses such as Chemical Oceanography, Estuarine Oceanography, and Marine Biogeochemistry. His research has focused on coastal oceanography extensively in Maine, and also in several other parts of the world.
Lila Nation earned her master’s in teaching French and has taught this beautiful language for more than thirty years. She travels to France regularly to stay fluent in idioms and changing vocabulary, and takes frequent trips to Québec and other French-speaking regions as well. She also plays cello, piano, and sings, so she’ll regale you with music and stories of her travels while encouraging you to share your own experiences en français.
Linda Buckmaster has over thirty publications in regional and national journals and three poetry chapbooks. One of her pieces was named a Notable Essay in “Best American Essays 2013.” Former Belfast Poet Laureate, she has taught in the University of Maine system for twenty years. She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast writing program at the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Communication from the University of Maine.
Lynnette Sproch is a graduate of Rowan College where she was awarded the Dr. Shenk Award for creative excellence. She has been painting for 50 years, and teaching for 40, both in public and private institutions, as well as giving private lessons. Not only is she an artist in both watercolor and ceramics; she studied human anatomy for 15 yrs. with master sculptor Joe Query. Her works have been exhibited at numerous venues including Maine Won’t Discriminate, Huston Tuttle, the Caldbeck Gallery, Artfellows, and Colby College. She is a member of the Maine Arts Commission.
Melinda Regnell recently self-published volume I of her own family memoir, “Keeping Faith” — the early years of Faith Graves Sawyer from Gorham, Maine. She writes regularly for her blog, “D4msquared.” Regnell has over 20 years of experience writing and publishing blogs, articles, and technical training content. She has a Masters Degree in Adult Education and has had an extensive career writing and teaching for several global corporations. She has also taught classes at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Maine, and Colby College. She is an avid writer, reader, and sometime First Mate aboard the Melinda Jane out of Searsport.
Michael Hurley runs invisible businesses in manufacturing, tool making, entertainment, vintage retail, importing, and all of this happens primarily on line. Currently a Belfast City Council member, Michael is an early dropout college student who thought, “I’ll never need business math!”
Mike Shannon is a naturalist, educator, and a Registered Maine Guide. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, he continues to lead outings for local groups. He is retired from Unity College where he taught ornithology and ecological education. A former director of the Audubon Ecology Camp in Maine (Hog Island), he has also served as Master Naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mike has a long history of sharing his passion and enthusiasm for things natural.
Neal Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and is currently a rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. For Senior College at Belfast, he has put together and presented a series of very well-received courses on the history of rock and roll over the last several years.
Nick Turner is the Executive Director of The Grand in Ellsworth and has almost 30 years of performing arts and education experience, including writing, directing and acting. He is a devoted fan of Shakespeare and has taught and directed numerous plays and adapted several into musical form.
Peter Reilly has presented a number of well-received classes at Senior College on a variety of topics. He holds a BS and MBA from Monmouth University.
Sandi Cirillo earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She spent most of her career teaching in the public schools in New York.
She is also an accomplished fiber artist and has taught fiber workshops all over the Northeast and North Carolina. Influences for her drawings and fiber art come from her joy of being outdoors and sketching and photographing the natural world and especially from her love of coastal Maine. You can see examples of Sandi’s art at www.especially-for-ewe.com. She also teaches many different workshops at her studio in Searsport.
Sara Shute received her Ph.D. in philosophy in 1977 from Washington University in St. Louis. She taught philosophy at Marietta College, a small liberal arts school, for 26 years. Since retiring to Maine, she has been an adjunct professor of philosophy at four of the University of Maine campuses and Colby College. This will be the seventh philosophy course she has taught at Senior College.
Stephen Porter has been a sculptor all his life. He has exhibited his work nationally and in Maine at the Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, and Greenhut Gallery in Portland. He received a BA degree from Colorado College in 1963 and an MFA from Cornell in 1967. He taught sculpture for more than 30 years at the university level.