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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Cheston taught a short course on meteorology at the U.S. Naval Academy 55 years ago, sparking his interest in the subject. After leaving the Navy, he was a professional mariner and sailing instructor for some 15 years, and then lived and cruised aboard boats full-time for eight years. All of that time at sea heightened his interest in, and study of, weather.
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 Financial Representative 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!
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.
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!”
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 (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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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.
Although 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 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 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 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.