Beginning with an early interest in drawing, painting, and lettering, Anne Spencer received a BA in Fine Arts from Wilson College including courses in art history, aesthetics, oil painting, and graphic design. She received professional competencyin Occupational Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. During her 45 years of OT practice, 26 in Maine, she continued painting and exhibiting, and travelled extensively. She received an MA from the University of Maine at Orono in Liberal Studies, in areas of art, history, and health. She continues to exhibit paintings and enjoys teaching watercolor classes to students who are interested in drawing and painting yet fearful to begin.
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.”
Originally from Brunswick, Maine, Barbara LeGendre recently returned after a long absence and lives in Union. Educated at The College of Wooster (BA and MAT, 1975, 1976) and Case Western Reserve University (PhD, 1985), she specialized in Twentieth Century British and American Literature and wrote her dissertation on a Canadian. Recently retired after 22 years of teaching at Cornell University’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Majors, she loves student/faculty interaction and taking risks in the classroom. She has recently taught for Coastal Senior College, Rockland, where she discovered the joys of teaching seniors: lively, interested, and inquisitive, always surprising.
Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, is Director of Community & Education for the Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four of Maine’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries. A former high school teacher and administrator, Becky has over a decade of experience in all aspects of the medical cannabis industry on both the East and West coasts. While her career has taken her out of the traditional classroom, she remains a dedicated educator who uses her extensive industry knowledge and classroom experience to engage health care professionals, community leaders, patients and the general public in learning about medical cannabis.
Betsy Paradis is the Reference and Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library and holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to the Belfast Library, she was Special Collections Librarian at the University of Maine’s Fogler Library. She has taught genealogy courses at the Belfast Library and the Old Town Museum, and has presented on the topic at several libraries around the state and at library and genealogy conferences. She has presented at several Belfast Senior College courses, including a genealogy course in 2003.
Beverly Crofoot and her husband David moved to Bayside in 1977 and have lived there ever since. Before undertaking the book project, Beverly served on the Board of Overseers which is the governing body of the Northport Village Corporation. She has also been active in the Bayside Historical Preservation Society since its inception twenty years ago.
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.
Cathy Lickteig Makofski is currently a contributing writer for Maine Seniors Magazine. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. She recently relocated to Belfast after living in Camden, Maine, for 12 years. Cathy is a nonfiction writer with a special interest in the fortitude of people with serious health issues, the extraordinary lives of everyday people, and the magic and muddle of relationships with families, friends, pets and the natural world. Since the blank page always poses a serious challenge for Cathy, her prompts are as vital to the process as pencils and paper.
Charlotte Herbold has taught theater courses in the Senior College for several years. She holds degrees in Theater and English from Stanford University, The Max Reinhardt Seminar, The University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maine. She has acted in many plays in many places and groups, including Belfast and the Belfast Maskers.
Chris Glass grew up in Washington, DC, and earned a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College and his MArch from Yale University. Since 1974 he has been a practicing architect in Camden, focusing primarily on new houses and renovations to existing ones. He is former chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, past president of the advocacy group Maine Preservation, and for twenty years he taught at Bowdoin College.
Chris Sady and Lila Vultee have both played mah-jongg for fifteen years, love the game, and enjoy showing others its many exciting aspects. They have taught Mah-jongg at Rockport Public Library and plan to do so again this spring. In addition to teaching classes, they have taught many people individually how to play the game and enjoy its challenges.
David Boyer retired from teaching in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy at Marietta College in Ohio. As a professor in a small department he taught a wide variety of courses in his twenty seven years there, but his favorite was always the Introduction to Sociology course. In it he used novels, autobiographies and film, in addition to sociological texts, to encourage students to acquire a sociological imagination.
David Porter, a Brooklin resident, is a retired (2006) professor of mycology. His professional teaching and research at the University of Georgia spanned nearly forty years. He now teaches mycology at College of the Atlantic and leads a variety of mushroom related field experiences in the Blue Hill area.
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.
Diann Henderson has a Masters in Education and taught Middle School Math and Science in the USA as well as in international schools in Cambodia, China, Russia and Ecuador. She recently graduated from the Maine Masters Naturalist Program and is looking forward to sharing her growing knowledge of what we see in the Maine forests.
Duncan Newcomer is the New England coordinator for the Colonial Williamsburg pilot project on the Idea of America. He has taught this material at the Hutchinson Center as well as a Senior College course on his book “Quiet Fire: The Spiritual Life of Abraham Lincoln” which is a short feature on WERU at 6:30 Wednesday mornings each week. Duncan is a writer, teacher, and spiritual director. He and his wife Rebecca Jessup, Latin teacher and poet, live in Northport.
Elisabeth Goodridge has been a practicing astrologer for nearly 50 years. She has been heard on the radio, on WABK in Gardiner, Maine, as Elisabeth the Stargazer in a daily astrology spot, and has done private readings and given talks on the subject throughout her career. She is also a French teacher, and in a course of French immersion, has discussed the topic of astrology in French. Most recently, she gave a workshop on astrology at a meeting of Maine Media Women, an organization to which she has belonged for many years.
Elizabeth Garber studied Greek Epic at Harvard in the Mythology and Folklore Department during the 1970’s before her life took a different turn. Teaching a class on the “Odyssey” four years later will be an exciting return to an old love. Elizabeth is a poet, memoirist, and acupuncturist, and has taught a Senior College class on “The Literature of St. Petersburg.”
Ellen Sander, who has been reading, writing and studying poetry for 60 years, is a former Belfast Poet Laureate. Last year, she taught the highly successful “Things Could be Verse – A Modern Poetry Caper.”
Harry Kaiserian has been writing a weekly food column since 1987 and has taught cooking classes on a variety of cuisines. His course on “The Role of Food in Film and Literature” was well-received, as was the team-taught “Making Healthy Food Taste Great.”