Peter Reilly

peter reilly-125Peter 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.

Michael Hurley

Mike_Hurley-135Michael 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!”

Elisabeth Goodridge

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.

Elaine S. Potoker

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 ( Dr. Potoker is also a two-time Fulbright award recipient. She resides in Belfast, Maine, with her husband, Ken.

Bob Rackmales

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.

Ron Jarvella

Ron JarvellaRon Jarvella has been a teacher for forty-five years. His academic background includes degrees in history from Ohio State University (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.A.) and a degree in administration from Southern Connecticut University. He has taught several courses for Senior College over the years and lives in Northport.

Richard MacIntyre

Richard_MacIntyreRichard MacIntyre first went to Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural South Korean village in 1967. He has returned several times and in 2008 was able to visit North Korea on a team project to initiate an international rural home building program. Having read many publications about North Korea, Richard previously taught a class on North Korea at Belfast Senior College and Coastal Senior College in Rockland.

Stephen Porter

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.

Diann Henderson

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.

Linda Buckmaster

LindaBuckmasterLinda 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.

Larry Litchfield

Larry Litchfield has a doctorate in political science with particular emphasis in political philosophy and international politics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He retired as professor emeritus from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. He taught “The Evolution of Modern Political Ideology” at our Senior College in the fall of 2014.

Randy Mailloux

Randy Mailloux has practiced law in Waldo County for more than thirty-five years. He grew up in Belfast and earned his degrees from the Univ. of Maine at Orono and Gonzaga Univ. School of Law in Spokane, WA. From 1997 through 2004, he served as Waldo County Probate Judge. He has also served as Pres. of the Waldo County Bar Asso., Maine State Representative to the Natl. College of Probate Judges, and is a former member of the Maine Probate Judges Assembly. Randy has been involved in many civic organizations over the years. He spearheaded the formation of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Waldo County, served as its president, and is currently a member of the board of directors.

Chris Sady and Lila Vultee

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.

Henry Wyatt

Henry Wyatt was a charter student at the Interlochen Academy of the Arts. He received his BMus from Syracuse University, his MA in music history from University of Pennsylvania, and his PhD in music history and theory from Rutgers University. His research specialty was the connection of Classic-Era music with poetics and rhetoric. Henry created music courses for UMA and taught music history and theory, cultural history and American history at five universities. He is trained as a horn-player and has played and taught professionally.

John Elberfeld and Jane McLean

John Elberfeld and Jane McLean, a husband and wife team, moved from a small town outside Albany, New York, to Belfast in 2015. Both are native New Englanders and enjoy living on the Maine coast. John and Jane are certified teachers and served as officers of the Knox (New York) Historical Society. In 2012 they wrote “Helderberg Hilltowns” for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Because of their experiences sifting through generations of family “treasures,” they designed this class to help participants preserve and share their own histories.

Nick Turner

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.

Harry Kaiserian

Harry KaiserianHarry 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.”

David Boyer

Dave BoyerDavid 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.

Paul Garcia

Paul_GarciaAlthough Paul Garcia shifted his career to translation in the nineties, he has been an Adult Education Spanish teacher pretty much non-stop since then. He spent his formative years in the linguistic soup of Manhattan, where within a few blocks one could hear Yiddish, Italian, Irish brogue and Spanish, of course, from spanglish to grammar worth approval by the Real Academia. As an hispano-yanqui raised in Nuyorico, his attitude toward languages has become that none fully expresses the human soul, but each serves a culture. Having taught at secondary and university levels for twenty years, he earns his living as a translator and interpreter. He’s lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.

Lynnette Sproch

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.

Charlotte Herbold

Charlotte HerboldCharlotte 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.

Judy Beebe

judy beebe (1 of 1)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.

Cathy Lickteig Makofski

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.

Larry Mayer

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.

Nancy Blatz

Nancy BlatzNancy Blatz taught high school math for thirty-three years in New York. During that time she attended adult education painting courses and took four watercolor classes from the Huntington Township Art League. The rest is history. When she retired to Maine, she became a member of the Midcoast Art Guild and she has since become a master watercolor instructor at Senior College.

Wendy Kasten

Wendy KastenWendy C. Kasten, Professor Emerita from Kent State University (Ohio), began her teaching career in Waldo County, Maine, at Searsport Elementary School. She has also taught at the University of Maine, University of South Florida, and Deakin University in Australia. Wendy is the recipient of two teaching awards in higher education. She has co-authored eight books on literacy/literature topics, including two published in Turkish, and two translated into Mandarin Chinese. She has authored numerous articles and been Associate Editor for The Reading and Writing Quarterly for 14 years. She has taught courses in children’s and young adult literature, educational research, teaching reading, teaching writing, and action research. Wendy has traveled extensively, working with teachers and graduate students in many countries. She resides in Belfast.

David Porter

David_PorterDavid 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.

Cloe Chunn

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.

Sandi Cirillo

sandi cirillo-2Sandi 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 She also teaches many different workshops at her studio in Searsport.

Beverly Crofoot

Beverly CrofootBeverly 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.