Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses

Meet the OLLI at UM Instructors:

Mr. Arthur Ackerman has been a student of personal growth workshops for over 40 years.  He has studied with masters such as Ken Keyes, Alan Cohen, Jack Kornfield, Rick Hanson and many others.  He has developed courses to share the hightlights of these experiences,  Arthur facilitates a Men's Gourp on Key Biscayne and has been a member of the Listening Program for Miami-Dade County Public School Systems since 2010.   He is also a certified yoga instructor and has taught several classes at OLLI.

Ms. Simona Bai is a native of Italy who before coming to OLLI@UM  taught Grammar and Italian for Travelers at Ringling College - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Sarasota, FL. and at Suncoast Technical College - Adult and Community Enrichment, also in Sarasota, from 2016 - 2019.  Prior to that, Ms. Bai taught Italian in Modena, Italy. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Bologna in Italy. 

 

Ms. Margie Bauer is a botanical and scientific illustrator, a "zendoodler" and a teacher in watercolor, pen and mixed media.  She works out of her studios in Cashiers, NC and Coral Gables, FL.  She often studies her subjects by growing native plants at home that attrack native creatures.  She has taught her classes at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Viscaya, Just Your Height exhibition and The Knitting Garden.  

 

Mr. Jim Brennan is an experienced educator who has taught throughout the world. He graduated with a BA in Humanities from FAU, where his focus was art and architecture. He is an award-winning artist in watercolor, tempera, acrylics, metal sculpture and wire sculpture mediums. His work has been featured throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Brennan brings a unique perspective to teaching art at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami. He enjoys teaching at all levels and in a variety of media. From beginners to professionals, from watercolors to acrylics, one of his greatest joys is to “observe my students’ confidence levels soar.”  Mr. Brennan has a deep desire to utilize his talents to teach others to not only appreciate the beauty of the art of others but more importantly, to appreciate and to take pride in the beauty of their own creations.

Dr. Batia Cohen Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City. She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University and she has taught in Florida for the past 15 years. Ms. Cohen has published numerous articles in specialized Art and History magazines. She is currently a collaborator of a cultural magazine in Spanish online; LetraUrbana.com. She is the author of the historical novel Una Amapola Entre Cactus.

Dr. Rosie Curiel Cid, is an Associate Professor and member of the faculty of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 2011.  As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Curiel Cid has an expertise in the assessment of neurodegenerative conditions among elders.  She is Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study supported by the National Institute on Aging entitled: Precision-based Computerized Assessment for the Detection of MCI in Older Adults, and is an active Co-investigator on various state and federally funded studies related to aging and cognition including the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. 

Her program of research focuses on the development of novel and cross-culturally applicable cognitive assessment paradigms.   She along with Dr. David Loewenstein and their team have generated promising data that these novel cognitive outcome measures are sensitive enough to detect subtle deficits specific to preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, and are highly associated with biological markers of early AD pathology.  Moreover, her projects focus on technologically enhancing these innovative cognitive paradigms into user-friendly clinical outcome measures with the goal of advancing cognitive assessment efforts in clinical trials targeting preclinical disease.

Ms. Anush Dawidjan retired in 2010 after a 35 year career with the US Government. She worked/lived overseas for the US Government in England, Germany, Niger, Japan, and Hong Kong. She has now traveled to ALL 193 UN member countries: her personal goal to visit EVERY country in the world.  Since 2011, she has been teaching classes at Springfield College, OLLI@UM and FIU OLLI.  Ms. Dawidjan is a snowbird who spends her summers in Springfield, MA and her winters in Miami, FL

Mr. Robert Dawson is a BFA graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  He taught there, in the theatre department, for 4.5 years.   He was the founder and director of The Ring of Steel, a 35 member troupe of theatrical stage fighters and choreographers who conducted workshops, classes, and performances in a 6-state area for over 10 years.  For 8.5 years, he was the historian and marketing director of Turner Broadcasting's HMS Bounty, and appeared as Lt. Cmdr. William Bligh.  Prior to becoming an Osher Lecturer, Mr. Dawson was the lead science performer for the Miami Museum of Science, entertaining and educating over 600,000 guests over 16 years.  Today, Mr. Dawson devotes his time and energy to creating and performing characters in his "Triumph and Tragedy" series of over 100 historic biographies.

Ms. Jeannie DeQuine has taught English as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, as well as other colleges and universities.  Ms. DeQuine has over 25 years of experience as a journalist for Time, Newsweek and People magazines.  She has two graduate degrees in writing from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Florida International University.

Mr. Alan Dietz, an active OLLI member, was an original Madison Avenue "Madman" as a Creative Director at some of the world's largest ad agencies headquartered in New York and Chicago. He was President and Creative Director at his own ad agency in Miami for many years. Alan has created high-profile ad campaigns for some of the world's premier clients. He graduated with a BA and MA in history at the University of Miami, where he taught American and world history as a graduate teaching assistant. This was followed by PhD work in history at Cal-Berkeley, which was interrupted by his acceptance of a job as an advertising copywriter at J. Walter Thompson in New York. He is presently writing a sci-fi novel dealing with quantum physics and relativity theory.

Dr. Martin Diner is a Psychologist and a Medical Doctor. He is on the faculty of New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, where he teaches the course on Stress and Health.

Mr. Joe Donato received his M.A. in Jazz Performance, his B.A. in Studio Music/Jazz and English Literature, from the University of Miami. Mr. Donato is a performing musician and jazz artist who has toured through the U.S., Canada and the world.  He has a variety of recordings and performs locally in Coral Gables and South Florida.  Mr. Donato has been teaching lifelong learners at OLLI at UM for over 8 years.

Ms. Susan Dow has taught adults for over 20 years. She is a retired director of adult education at Miami-Dade College and current adjunct lecturer at UM in Spanish and English as a Second Language.

Mr. Armando Droulers is an artist, art historian and educator. He studied at Bard College, Academia de Arte Federico Brandt, New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida. He lectures on art, culture and travel, teaches fine art and design and organizes cultural tours, as well as art and wine culinary events. As a Master Artist, he teaches art and is a guest lecturer onboard Celebrity Cruises ships. He has lived in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States and speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

Ms. Shara Eastern is a life long traveler along the metaphysical journey.  She has been a student of nature philosophy, a perennial and organic grower. Ms. Eastern's core teachers include: Deepak Chopra, W. Dyer, Pema Chodron and Chogyam Trungpa.  She has a a graduate degree in Strategic Planning and Organizational Development.  

Mr. Mark Egdall is the award winning author of the popular science book Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language.  A retired aerospace program manager, he has been teaching at other South Florida lifelong learning programs since 2006 and at OLLI @UM since 2010.

Dr. Judith Etzion, Ph.D. in Musicology, Columbia University, has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar, performer, and university professor in the USA, Israel, and Spain. She has also conducted courses in music appreciation for adult education programs for over 30 years. Dr. Etzion teaches various lifelong learning programs in South Florida.

Dr. Luis Carlos Fallon has a Doctorate of Law, Political and Social Sciences from the Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia.  Dr. Fallon has taught at the National University in Colombia and was an associate professor at Tamkang University in China. He has written five books and has taught Spanish language and Literature.  He currently teaches a variety of Spanish language courses at the University of Miami, Intensive Language Institute. In 2018, he was honored with an award in Colombian Literature “FILCOL 2017” by the Hispanic Heritage Literature Organization in Miami, as a special recognition for his works as a writer, and poet, and for his dedication to teaching the Spanish language and Hispanic literature for over 40 years.

Ms. Lorraine Feuer, is an active OLLI member who enjoys leading the Fun With Yiddish Club.

Ms. Regine Fisher, is a native Russian speaker, with degrees from Moscow State University, Moscow Conservatory, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University.  She has taught for 25 years at Berlitz, Princeton Language Group and privately in the United States.

Mr. Brian H. Gerber has a BA in Political Science at Arizona State University and has been interested in International Politics and its social and economic effect for over 45 years.  He has traveled extensively in Ibero-America in all countries except El Salvador and Honduras (80 times).  In each country he has taken an interest in the politics, as well as, how they affect the population. 

Ms. Maureen Glabman has taught Mah Jongg at OLLI for several years and has, for the past 12 years, been playing the game weekly, in tournaments and on cruises.  She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.  She attended the Shepard Broad College of Law and is a Columbia University Reuters Fellow in Medical Journalism.  Maureen is a past chair of the OLLI Advisory Council. 

Ms. Grisell Gonzalez studied under Tai Chi Master, Tony Garcia, Certified Tai Chi for Health by Dr. Paul Lam - The Yang 24, Sun Tai Chi for Arthritis I/II, Sun/Chen Tai Chi for Energy, and Qi Gong.  

Dr. Eugene Greco graduated cum laude from Union College as a Humanities major, concentrating in music and art history. He holds an MME degree in Choral Music Education from Ithaca College and a second masters from State University of NY at Albany in Educational Administration. Additionally, Dr. Greco holds a PhD in Musicology from UM. He teaches at both Miami Dade College and UM.

Mr. Leslie Gross went to Harvard College and Law School. He clerked for an appellate judge, then taught Social Institutions at Miami Dade College for a year, while joining the Greenberg law firm. He also taught real estate investment at UM Law School in 1984.

Ms. Marilyn Gustman is an OLLI member who, along with her husband, has been teaching Canasta in North Carolina and Miami for four years.

Mr. Paul Gustman is an OLLI member who, along with his wife, has been teaching Canasta in North Carolina and Miami for four years.

Ms. Cynthia Halpern, is an active OLLI member. She has taught Ethics and Public Policy for the last 30 years, first at Princeton University and then at Swarthmore College, a top ranked liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. She is an associate professor emeritus at Swarthmore College and a published author in Political Theory, and has taught five courses a year in Political Theory at Princeton and then at Swarthmore.

Mr. William Harden is an active OLLI member who enjoys leading the Nuclear Energy Club.

Ed Harper, PhD, is an active OLLI member who earned a BA with Honors from Principia College in Government and Foreign Affairs and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.  He has held many high level executive positions, including vice president of Emerson Electric, executive vice president of the Campbell Soup Company, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, and chief operating officer of American Security Group and was Chairman of the Government Affairs Council for the Financial Services Roundtable composed of the 100 largest financial institutions in the US. In the public sector, he is a former special assistant to President Nixon and a former Assistant to President Reagan as well as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Dr. Harper was on the faculty of the Political Science Department at Rutgers University where he lectured on American Government.

Ms. Lucy Harper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Agnes Scott College with an emphasis on religion and religious philosophy courses. She earned a Master of Arts in English literature from The University of Virginia. She is a CPA and has taught college English courses and done tax work in various accounting firms. Lucy chairs various non-profit organizations and boards. She is a former Chair of the OLLI at UM Advisory Council. She has traveled extensively, including trips to Israel and Egypt.

Mr. Richard Hauser, Esq. recently retired from The Boeing Copany, where he was vice president and assistant general counsel for Government Operations in Washington, D.C., and as Chairman, Board of Direetors, Thrivent Mutual Funds, Minneapolis, MN. Earlier, he served as president of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest and was a partner with the national law firm Baker Hostetler.  He has held numerous positions in government incuding Assistant United States Attorney (Miami) and Attorney Advisor, Office of the Deputey Attorney General,  US Department of Justice; General Counsel,  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);  Deputy Counsel to the President, the White House; and Chairman, Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation.  Mr. Hauser has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami, School of Law.  He has taught a series at OLLI at UM called “Law and Order” for the past three years.

Mr. Haim Karp has been an OLLI member for the past 10 years, after retiring from a Financial Services company.  During this time, he has been an active OLLI member, serving as Chairman of the Advisory Council and then as a member of the Council.  In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the Curriculum Committee; as the founder and coordinator of the Current Events Club; as an instructor of the Investments Class; and, as facilitator of the Great Decisions courses, and more.

Ms. Susan King is an OLLI member who enjoys leading and facilitating the Book Club.

Ms. Georgette King has almost 50 years of experience playing tournament Bridge, representing the USA, and has taught multiple classes, directing duplicate games.

Ms. Anita L. Klimek has been an artist all her life.  She is an illustrator, graphic artist, freelance artist, layout artist, art director and art teacher.  Ms, Klimek has worked in the art department of large companies.  She attended Miami-Dade Community College, International Fine Arts College and the University of Miami where she studied Design, Commercial Art, Graphic Design and Painting.  

Mr. Karl Koslowski received his degree in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As a member of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, Mr. Koslowski designed USA pavilions and supervised the installations of major USA exhibitions in international trade fairs and solo exhibitions in 30 countries throughout the world.  For the past 15 years, Mr. Koslowski has been teaching various courses in the Art of Digital Photography and Adobe post processing enhancement at OLLI@UM, Miami-Dade Community College and FIU.

Mr. Ron Kohn is an active OLLI member who enjoys facilitating the Shakespeare Reading Group.

Ms. Janet Krutchik is an active OLLI member who enjoys leading the “In the News” SIG. 

Mr. Lance Layman is a graduate student at the University of Miami and has worked as a teaching assistant at the University's Studio Art Department.  He is scheduled to receive a Master of Fine Arts in 2022.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arkansas State University.  He has taught Art in several high schools and his work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Arkansas, New York and Wynwood - Miami, FL.  He specializes in water color painting and sculpture.

Dr. Nancy Lawther, who served on the faculties of Texas A&M University, the University of Georgia, and Barry University, holds a doctorate in French from Yale University. A long-time French instructor at OLLI, she shifted her focus several years ago to coincide with her passion for public education advocacy. She now frequently represents the Florida PTA in Tallahassee and is widely known to members of the Dade Legislative Delegation. In April 2018, she was elected to the position of President of Miami Dade County Council PTA/PTSA, the oldest and largest non-profit child advocacy membership organization in the County. Her term ends in June 2020.

Ms. Randy Letzler is a professional actress, dancer, choreographer and director.  She is a member of Actor's Equity and when not performing she taught improvisation, musical theatre and acting to students ranging in age from six to adult.  She has directed and choreographed shows for numerous universities and off broadway. 

Ms. Ronnie Londner has a BA in Political Science from Long Island University, an an M. Ed. in Community Psychology from the University of Miami.  She is a pscychological counselor who has worked in school and community settings with children and adults on drug, sexual and domestic abuse issues as well as bullying.  She is a child of Holocaust survivors and Nazi Germany refugees.  She has personal experience with former Nazis seeking forgiveness.

Dr. Peter Luykx received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California (Berkeley).  He was in the Dept. of Biology faculty at the University of Miami 1967-2005, teaching General Genetics, Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, and led undergraduate discussion courses on social and ethical issues in human genetics.  He is currently a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a former member of the American Society of Human Genetics and the Genetics Society of America.  He has published scientific papers in the areas of general genetics, human analysis and evolution.

Ms. Corrine Markey received a B.A. in Economics from Northeastern University and an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.  She is licensed as a Certified Senior Advisor and is a member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers, Financial Planning (FPA), South Dade Estate Planning Council, Florida Guardianship Association, American Society of Aging, and American Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross Blood Services of Northern Ohio, on the Boards of Harvard Business School and Alumni Clubs of Philadelphia, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., and was the President and Chairman of the Board of the Washington, D.C. Club.  

In 2012, while Ms. Markey managed the affairs for her gravely ill aunt, she realized that aging adults and their families have a need of trustworthy, competent and compassionate assistance in the administration of their daily business and financial affairs management as well as household, personal and medical management.    In 2014, Ms. Markey founded The Senior’s Answer, a business designed to address this ever-growing need.   She is currently the President of that organization.

Ms. Doralina Martinez Conde received her PhD in Spanish American Literature from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  She is an Associate Professor Emerita of Spanish at Georgia Southern University where she has taught Spanish Language, Culture and Literature courses for more than two decades.

Dr. Judith McCalla has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and was employed at UM for over 20 years in the Psychology department. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been providing therapy for over 20 years. As a faculty member at UM, Dr. McCalla trained many graduate students to use Coping Skills Training with clients to help deal more effectively with life stressors and taught graduate and undergraduate courses for over 12 years.

Ms. Alicia Menendez-King, an OLLI member,is a UM graduate with a double major in French and English and received an M.A. from UNC at Chapel Hill in French. She has held French teaching posts in Dallas, FIU, Rice, and Houston Community College. Ms. Menendez-King studied in France and lived in Bordeaux. She has a passion for languages and cultures.

Ms. Miriam Moussatche-Wechsler, LCSW, LMHC holds a Masters in Education Psychology, a Masters in Clinical Social Work, and Post Graduate studies from Argentina.  She is a licensed psychotherapist-coach in private practice lately focusing in working with men and women 50+. Ms. Moussatche-Wechsler is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of transitions, positive psychology, wellness, active aging, neuroscience, meaningful legacy, resilience and decluttering. Ms. Moussatche-Wechsler’s workshops and group-work have been transforming those interested in exploring the full potential of the middle and late life-stages.

Mr. Brian Murphy is a pianist, composer, clinician, instructor and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in U.S., Canada, and around the world. Brian has collaborated with the great Tito Puente on a number of award-winning albums. He has conducted workshops on improvisation and has received grants. He has guided Honors Jazz Ensembles in the development of their music related skills: ear training, sight reading and interpretation, chord and inversion recognition, the importance of playing in tune and keeping steady time, how to listen and communicate within an ensemble, the conversational element of improvisation, and trading 2, 4 and 8 measure phrases.  He was in 2008 New World School of the Arts (Miami) Adjunct Professor for Advanced Jazz Ensemble.

Ms. Joan Nurse is a Corporate Trainer. She has 16 years of experience working in the Call Center Industry. She trained in various computer systems, such as AT&T and FedEx, domestically and internationally. In addition, she has a wide range of experience in Microsoft and Macintosh. 

Dr. Mitra Raheb received her PhD from UM in International Relations. She is an adjunct professor at several local universities, and consults for international organizations.

Ms. Jiovannina (Nina) Ramos was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where she received her background and practice as a teacher in yoga and meditation from La Gran Fraternidad Universal Fundación. She graduated with a bachelor degree in humanities and art degree from the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristobal Rojas, also in Caracas. Nina lived in Caracas until 1995 when she moved to Miami. In Miami, Nina is a life coach, medical assistant and licensed massage therapist.

Mr. Eduardo Rios was a seasoned IT leader that worked in several multinational companies throughout his 35+ years of experience. Currently he is teaching a program "Technology for You and Me" in the Aventura Library of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, which is aimed at adult/senior participants.

Dr. Daniel Rivera, an accomplished multilingual professor and translator of Arabic/English/Spanish, has 13 years of academic teaching experience.  He is an expert on international relations and Middle Eastern history and politics.  He is a political analyst and often collaborates with media and news broadcasting networks.  He is a professor of comparative politics in the MENA region at Florida International University (FIU), and gives lectures at the University of Miami on topics related to contemporary history and current affairs in the Arab and Islamic world.  Dr. Rivera holds a Ph.D in Arabic and Islamic Studies and an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Mr. Sam Rosen has a B.S. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  He has extensive teaching experience. He taught History and Government at Southwest Miami Senior High School from 2006 - 2018.  Mr. Rosen served in the military and attended the U.S. Army Medical Field School in San Antonio, Texas.  Sam is fluent in Hebrew and lived and studied in Israel for several years.

Ms. Susan Rosenthal is a retired M-DCPS teacher.  She retired after 35 years of educating students in the M-DCPS system.  She has been a member of OLLI since 2013. Susan attained her Masters in Reading because she loves reading and likes to share this passion with others. Susan is also certified by the NCCAP (National Certification Council for Activity Professionals) as an Activity Consultant (ACC).   She enjoys leading and fascilitating the As the "Book" Pages Turn SIG. 

 

Mr. Matthew Sabatella has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from the University of Miami.  Since 2019, he has been a lecturere ath the Osher Lifelong Learning Institure at Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University.  Has had lectured/performed at various 55+ communities, including: The Palace Suites, The Palace at Coral Gables, John Knox Village, VI at Lakeside Village, Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood, Carlisle Palm Beach. Oakmont Village, The Grove, Covenant Village, St. Andrews Club, Ponte Vecchio, Forest Trace, and many more.

Dr. Michael Scheibach has a PhD in American studies, and is the author of four books on the Atomic Age.  He has 20 years of experience as an adjunct professor. 

 

Ms. Ellen Siegel has a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Social Psychology.  She is passionate about the environment and has taught numerous courses through the National Park Service and has attended Climate Leadersip Engagement Organization training for speakers.  Before relocating to Northern Florida, Ms. Siegel was a lecturer on the Climate at UM. 

 

Mr. Eric Selby has taught English and directed drama for over 30 years. He holds a M.A. in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and has attended the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College for additional graduate work.

Harvey J. Sepler, J.D., Ph.D., received his J.D. from the University of Miami and is a seasoned appellate attorney having personally litigated over 1400 civil and criminal appeals spanning a 32-year career.  Among his many victories, he has obtained unanimous decisions in both the United States Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers – one of the country’s more prestigious organizations.  Mr. Sepler has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for over 22 years, teaching most of the appellate courses at the University of Miami.

Mr. Luis Serrano is a Miami music legend artist, poet and songwriter who wrote the ultra-popular song, “Renacer” back in the early days while a member of the Miami Sound Machine.  Luis is also a musical historian.  He retains historical information about music dating back to the 30’s and 40’s.  He can mesmerize you narrating historical data combined with music theory.  This multi-talented genius is also a walking music encyclopedia.  Luis Serrano is a talent powerhouse that Miami is very lucky to call its own.

Mr. Preston Stone is a graduate student at the University of Miami English PhD program, specializing in Black feminism, Contemporary literary theory, Cultural analytics in digital humanities and Critical Black Cultural Studies.  He has a BA in English from Clemson University.

Mr. Alan Thomas has been teaching the recorder in elementary schools for over thirty years.  He is trained and registered in all eight Suzuki Recorder Method Books.  He has been a member of the Miami Chapter of the ARS (American Recorder Society) for over fifteen years.

Ms. Joan Valdes, Esq. is a mostly-retired, worker’s compensation attorney. She has taught iPhone and iPad classes at the Adult Activity Center for the City of Coral Gables.  She is on the UM Citizens' Board and an active member of the OLLI community. She is currently a member of the OLLI Advisory Council.

Ms. Dolleen Viguie graduated with a B.A. in fashion merchandizing  and a Master's degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami.  Presently, she teaches undergraduate level Fashion History and Fashion Forecasting courses.

Dr. Daniel Vitaglione is a native of Marseille, France. He obtained a BA and Master’s degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Aix-Marseille and a Master’s degree in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii. He was awarded his PhD in English and Comparative Literature at St. Andrews in the UK. He is the author of several books including George Eliot and George Sand, L’Amerique des Utopies, The Literature of Provence, A Literary Guide to Provence, and a Dictionary of Idioms: French-American, American-French. He has taught French and Comparative Literature in various American universities as well as the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and the Alliance Française of San Francisco. He has also taught Philosophy at a French lycée and English literature in French universities of Strasbourg, Nice and Marseille. Daniel moved to Miami in 2013 and has been teaching philosophy at MDC, FIU, and most recently French and philosophy at UM-OLLI. Dr. Vitaglione has also taught cinema classes at the San Francisco Film Institute on the New Wave, and French female directors, Santa Clara University and the Alliance Française. He is finishing a book in English on French Philosophy and is currently working on another one in French on British Women Novelists.

Mr. Arthur Young has coached and refereed youth sports and officiated high school and small college football for 43 years, including being a member of the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami and Orange Bowl games chain crew.  Mr. Young officiated high school and college baseball including University of Miami and Olympic trials games.

Beth Young is the Director of Education at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL.  She works to provide engaging educational opportunities for learners from infants to adults.  Beth holds a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College.  She received the title of Reform Jewish Educator, completed the Senior Educators Cohort through the Institute for Experiential Jewish Education and is a Wexner Field Fellow, a three year fellowship for Jewish professionals.  Beth currently serves on the national board of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators and co-chaired the organization's Task force on Excellence.  In 2016, Beth was recognized with their Distinguised Educator's Award.  Beth is married to Rabbi Danny Young and they have two children.

Ms. Josie Zomerfeld is an active member who enjoys leading and facilitating technology classes. She attended Miami-Dade College and Barry University, obtaining a degree in Liberal Arts. She retired as a manager from AT&T and later worked as an Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Coral Gables. She is currently a translator for a Catholic group and a proud grand-mother of three beautiful children.