Bob Rackmales, a retired diplomat, has been teaching at Senior College for a decade. During the six years that he worked in the former Yugoslavia, he visited Sarajevo a number of times, and his responsibilities as US Charge’ d’Affaires in Belgrade during the first year of the Bosnian War brought him into direct contact with top leaders on all sides of the conflict. Bob studied Serbo-Croatian for ten months prior to his first assignment to Yugoslavia and was sent by the State Department to Indiana University for graduate studies in Balkan and East European history on its conclusion. A member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the National War College and was a Fulbright Grantee at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
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.
Jan has literally grown up with floral arranging, having worked closely for years with her family in the successful Holmes Greenhouse here in Belfast. She will share her expertise, and please share yours!
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.
Robert Stallworth was born in North Carolina and attended the Univ. of North Carolina, but moved to Maine in 1974. He started out as a carpenter/contractor where he gained firsthand experience about what it is like to try to save money. He has been an Investment Advisor for the last 25 years, and knows how to listen and understand the needs and wishes of his clients. In his own words, “You know you have picked the right career when after 25 years you’re still excited!
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.
Sue was reared in a doctor’s family, was married, and an architect for 30 years. In other words, she was always middle class. Learning from the school of hard knocks for the last 7 years, she has acquired the skills to be happy while being low-income and on a fixed budget. Frugally pinching pennies, creating products with homemade ingredients, and participating in the many inexpensive things that our community offers has become a way of life.