Alice Bean Andrenyak is a Master Maine Guide and Maine native who lives at Mere Point in Brunswick. Owner of Alice’s Awesome Adventures and Maine e-Learning, she trains future Registered Maine Guides and outdoor enthusiasts in navigation, canoeing, SUP, sea kayaking, snowshoeing, nature studies, and overnighting skills, and is a former Guide’s Board Examiner. She has been visiting Malaga Island for over 30 years and leads regular sea kayak and hiking tours of Malaga Island. Alice is also a certified firearms instructor.
Sophia Arnall is a lifelong dancer and movement enthusiast based in Seattle WA, who was drawn to Pilates for the holistic strength it brings to her practice. As a young dancer, Sophia struggled with hypermobility and chronic pain. After stepping back from the professional dance world, she found that Pilates helped bring her back into her body with strength and limited pain, and she received her 450-hour certification program in 2020. Sophia has a particular interest in working with clients who have the goal of minimizing pain and increasing range of motion through gentle, joyful movement. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sophia has been consistently grateful for the opportunity to connect/move with people via Zoom from anywhere in the world.
BoomerTECH Adventures was begun in 2014 by three friends and colleagues, all former educators who have worked with adults and technology for more than 100 years (collectively)! We provide expert guidance and personalized resources for the 55+ age group to develop competence and confidence using Apple devices. Our team: Ed Brazee, tennis player, runner, “refocused” professor & editor, consultant, and author; Jill Spencer, traveler, enthusiastic gardener and photographer, middle school teacher, international consultant, and author; Chris Toy, chef, YouTube cooking sensation, long-distance biker, school principal, international consultant, and author.
Paula Apro is a Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine, and the Emotion Code, as well as a Certified Quantum Health Coach and an Advanced Pranic Healer. She is currently working toward her Doctorate and Ph.D. in Natural Health. Her practice, Mariposa Energy Therapy is located in Rockland, ME, and she specializes in helping clients to optimize and/or restore their health using a new paradigm of energy medicine based on the premises of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience. Her motto is “Change your energy and change your life!”
Debra Arter has been an educator with Adult Ed for over 30 years. She used the pandemic downtime to prepare several online classes while hosting people in her Airbnb. She also enjoys teaching baking and art classes in various venues.
Bill Babb is a retired teacher and home baker. He has searched for the perfect baguette for fifteen years taking several King Arthur Baking Workshops and attending Skowhegan Kneading Conferences along the way.
Jordan Benissan has been cooking for friends and students ever since he arrived in Maine in 1999, and finally realized his dream of opening a restaurant in 2017. His original Me Lon Togo restaurant is located in a distinctive blue and purple historic home on Rt. 1 in Searsport. He opened a new branch in Camden in July 2020, which moved to Rockland in late 2021. Jordan also teaches African drumming at Colby College.
Ashton Benn has been in the golf business for seven years, the last two at Goose River. Currently a PGA apprentice studying to become a PGA Class A member he previously worked at the Samoset Resort and Wawenock Golf Club. In the winter months he travels to work in Florida at courses among which have included Frenchman’s Reserve, Bear Lakes, Trump National Jupiter, and Grand Harbor Golf Club. His goal is to introduce golf to as many people as he can.
Jesse Bifulco is an elder law attorney who is passionate about helping his clients protect their family and property. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he is admitted to practice law in Maine and New York. Jesse belongs to national organizations devoted to the advancement of estate planning and elder law, as well as the Elder Law and Trusts & Estates sections of the Maine State Bar Association. Jesse has lectured in estate planning workshops since 1998 and he undertakes continuous training to keep informed of the latest in this ever-changing and complex legal practice area. His classes are designed to teach people how estate planning techniques can be used to preserve their family wealth and prevent needless family conflict.
David Bradbury is an amateur musician who considers himself an artist who is writing and recording songs. Born in Dulwich, London, he is now living in Camden, Maine.
Lance Bukoff is an ACBL Life Master. He manages and directs the Rockland Duplicate Bridge Club. He believes strongly that while bridge is and should be a competitive game, it should also be a sociable way to pass a few hours.
Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D., is one of the foremost experts on Rilke’s writings, engaging them in English and German, for experts and a general readership alike. He taught in a German university in Bochum where he was a member of the Bonn Rilke Project, which toured Germany giving performances of Rilke’s Book of Hours (in German) with jazz musicians and a visual artist. In 2013 he published Rilke’s original draft of what became The Book of Hours (Pt. I), which appeared as Prayers of a Young Poet, the only available version of that work in English. Since 2020 he’s lived in Camden where he writes and tries to keep up with an energetic Springer Spaniel named Keileigh. Visit him at: www.soul-in-sight.org
Sandy Clement has been teaching sewing classes for over 10 years. She has sewn since she was a child and has found it to be a valuable life-long skill. She has helped with costuming for local school and theater groups.
Charles “Kim” Coit, a veteran of Maine’s largest real estate agencies, founded the Center for Real Estate Studies to help people navigate the route to becoming a real estate agent, associate broker, or broker. He was later joined by top legal and real estate experts to offer pre-licensing and continuing education classes and courses for people pursuing careers in real estate.
Joseph Coté has been a “professional-then-hobby-actor” for forty years who has been fortunate with opportunities to raise the “spirits” of characters from the page to the stage of more than thirty leading or featured roles in plays by storytellers from Shakespeare to O’Neill, Chekhov to Albee and Brecht to Williams. The highlight of Joseph’s actor training over the years was with his mentor, the late, highly esteemed John Broome of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Over the past three years at the Coastal and Midcoast Senior Colleges Joseph has led over forty popular Shakespeare-exploration courses and master classes. All of his highly interactive classes focus on a single character within the greater landscape of the play with the goal of understanding the details of that character’s journey from the first words of the text to the final moment of the play. And it’s fun!
Jim DellaPenna has been an amateur astronomer since he was a teenager and performed observations for the American Society of Variable Star Observers in Cambridge. He presently maintains membership in 3 astronomy clubs and served 7 years as an officer of the Raleigh Astronomy Club in North Carolina. He has participated in numerous public outreach events for elementary schools, the general public, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.
Erik Durbas has worked in the construction industry for over two decades. His hands-on skills range from cabinet making to custom building, with the last 12 years having been focused solely on architectural design. He currently practices sustainable, energy efficient residential design and passive house design consulting from his home office in Union.
Patricia Earnest is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono. She discovered Tibetan Buddhism in Portland, Oregon where she studied the Karma Kagyu subschool.
Andrew Eckman has been involved in emergency services (police, fire, and EMS) for more than 45 years, and has been a medical instructor for more than 30 years.
Susanna “Anna” Elliott is a resident of Camden who has a very strong passion toward making handmade goods. She is the owner of TOFT, a Maine-based small business, specializing in soap making.
Diana Falciani has extensive experience in apparel and costume design as well as pattern and hat making. She earned a Certificate of Achievement in Apparel Design from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and has been sewing since the age of twelve.
Randy Fein is an award-winning ceramic artist. She has found her way with clay for more than 40 years, producing original one-of-a-kind pottery, commissioned tile installations, and clay sculptures. She has also conducted over 100 artist-in-resident programs in public schools throughout Maine, and has taught at Unity College in Maine; Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont; and Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Carole Freeman, B.S. RRT, Breathing Specialist Carole’s background has been equal portions of respiratory therapy, exercise physiology, and massage therapy. Her career as a respiratory therapist began at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she discovered that most adult patients were in the hospital because of poor lifestyle choices. That inspired her to attend graduate school at LLUMC, majoring in Health Sciences. She now focuses her work in a relatively new field of pulmonary medicine – recognizing and treating breathing disorders. She has personally benefitted from improved breathing patterns, “I have found that each day I was mindful of my breathing pattern, I gained more energy, and my breathing became easier. It felt like I was turning the clock back as I continued to gain strength and endurance.”
Paul Garcia is a translator who taught at secondary and university levels for many years. He has lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, and Argentina.
Steve Hand started studying dance in 2013 to surprise his wife Amy for their 25th anniversary. Soon he was studying many different styles of dance and after a few years began co-teaching with Katie Tranzillo and studying with national professionals Cindy-Lee Overton and Angel Figueroa. When he found he had to give up coaching and playing ice hockey, Angel convinced him to use his coaching experience to teach dance. Today he focuses on teaching west coast swing, east coast swing and salsa, and runs the local dance Facebook groups Midcoast Dance and 207 Westie.
Kimberly Helmstetter has been teaching French for 15 years, most recently at Camden Hills Regional High School. She has experience teaching levels 1- 5. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and hiking.
Susan Hill is a visual artist with experience in collage, photography, and graphic art. She has apprenticed with Ansel Adams, Judy Chicago, and Betye Saar. She is also a member of a New England family of Makers, a line of knitters and seamstresses. Susan has professional experience as an embroiderer for museum exhibitions, theatre performances, and as a fine arts college instructor, and she has work in museums and private collections. However, her first love is teaching and collaborations, sharing and supporting individual creativity.
Sherwood Hilt first discovered wood carving at Camp Bomazen in 1990 where he learned how to do relief carvings, neckerchief slides, signs, and a variety of other items. In 2012 he started carving shorebirds and ducks. He has taught merit badge wood carving for the Boy Scouts for many years. Sherwood has a degree in building construction and worked at Lyman-Morse as a cabinet maker until retirement.
Linda Leach and Sandy Clement have 30 plus years of painting and craft experience. They are the co-owner of the Maine Lights Collection. Visit their page at http://mainelightscollection.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/mainelightscollection/
Erika Manning has taught therapeutic yoga in the midcoast area for over 25 years.
Jacinda Martinez has been farming and gardening professionally for 16 years. She’s learned a thing or two along the way and loves teaching and sharing on this topic.
Kate Martino grew up in a card playing family, and is an avid bridge player, playing both social and competitive bridge.
Mike McCune has a degree in Biology and has been carving and watching birds for over 20 years. He has taught duck carving for over 7 years.
Kate McMorrow graduated the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing in 1990 as a licensed massage therapist. She went on to study the Hakomi Method of body centered psychotherapy as well as Sheng Zhen Qigong. In 2009 she became a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with a focus on Electro Dermal Stress Analysis and in 2019 became a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach through FMCA.
Leslie Miller is a painter, printmaker, and papercut artist who taught in a suburban elementary school for 40 years, spending summers as a graphics instructor in a creative summer camp. In 1981, a small paperback book about Polish Wycinanki, opened a whole new world of paper cutting to her, and curiosity about this craft in other countries opened her eyes to many more possibilities. In 1994, an educators’ workshop with Paulus Berensohn taught her the value of journals and she began fabricating journals with her students. Students of all ages began creating journals in her workshops. Now retired from teaching, she still makes mandala type paper cuts for clients who want special presents, and her own handmade journals are considered prized gifts. See her work at www.originalpapercuts.com
Anna Moorman has been with Allen Insurance & Financial for over 6 years. Anna has a background in healthcare and public health.
Kim Murphy is a nationally certified music educator with over 35 years of experience. Recently retired from teaching choral music and introductory piano classes at Camden Hills Regional HS, Kim lives in Lincolnville and enjoys directing music and theater activities in the MidCoast area.
Dee Patel had so many requests for Indian food from her coworkers at Pen Bay Skin Care that she decided to open a three-day-a-week takeout in her family’s lodging The Ledges in Rockport in June 2019. She not only has been received with rave reviews but routinely sells out of everything on the menu.
Laura Lee Perkins, MS has authored 16 books, published 150+ articles, and recorded 5 CDs and 3 audio-books. Recipient of 14 grants and 5 artist residencies, Laura is a “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles” author. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling. Laura teaches 50+ classes each year to 5,000+ people in ME, MA, NY, and AZ.
Brie Pio is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professional and is the Principal of Birch Point Wealth Management LLC, an investment advisory firm located in Rockport, Maine. Brie completed the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at DePaul University in Chicago, completed the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has over ten years’ experience in finance, accounting, and operations.
Resa Randolph is an artist and musician who lives in Rockport.
Elba-Gloria Rangel-Erazo, aka “The Plant Lady” used to roll her eyes at houseplants. Now she uses her creativity to build houses for plants. She was the “Plant Mom” to 150+ plants before “Plant Parenting” was popular, and wants to share the magic of the human/plant symbiotic relationship with everyone she meets!
Gary Roberts is a Registered Maine Guide and resident of Appleton and has been a volunteer naturalist, trip leader, and speaker for over 30 years. He specializes in guiding from a natural history perspective and focuses particularly on the native flora and fauna of Maine. Gary has been a long-time volunteer for Maine Audubon and has volunteered with the Maine Plant Conservation Volunteers, Mountain Birdwatch, Maine Owl Survey Project, and Seanet.
Dana Ruth has worked behind the bench, both as an educator and a studio jeweler, for almost 20 years. Since 2004, Atlanta Art Worx Studio + Supply served the local Atlanta community and beyond with classes, workshops, tools, + supplies. With goals to return full time to the bench, in 2022 Dana relocated the studio to Rockland, Maine, opening Modern Metalsmith – offering bespoke hand-crafted jewelry, ethical engagement rings, permanent bracelets, and repair, recycling, and restoration services.
Mary Sabins recently retired from a long career in municipal government work, so promptly followed up on her enjoyment of recreational floral arranging to study to become a Professional Certified Florist through the Maine State Florists and Growers Association. Mary considers herself to be a lifelong learner who enjoys being creative and sharing her knowledge of those creative outlets with others.
Wayne Sainio was born and raised in Washington, Maine. After getting his degree in civil engineering, Wayne worked for an architect, Bath Iron Works and the Coast Guard. He’s experienced in all areas of home maintenance including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and HVAC. He currently spends his time helping his neighbors with a wide variety of home projects.
Libby Schrum is a furniture designer and maker in Camden with nearly 20 years of woodworking experience. She often teaches at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and offers one-on-one instruction in her studio.
Geoff Scott has been involved in all forms of snow sports for most of his life and has enjoyed exploring midcoast trails for more than 20 years. He’s instructed downhill skiing as well as worked in the outdoor industry in various incarnations for almost all his life, including with Outward Bound.
Mike Shunney is the Director of Inner Works Taijiquan and Qigong in Rockland – http://www.InnerWorksCenter.com. Mike is privileged to be recognized by the First family of Taijiquan in China, the Yang Family, as qualified to teach their system of Traditional Yang Family Taijiquan, which includes Qigong, Taijiquan, Taiji Jian (sword), Taiji Dao (broadsword), Taiji Qiang (spear/staff), and two-person play. He is the first person in Maine to hold that honor.
Holly Smith is a Maine native who graduated with a B.S. degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Retired from teaching high school art and photography for 31 years she now happily teaches adult ed. Holly is represented by the Portland Art Gallery, Bonnie Farmer Assemblage Art & Gallery, and the Lincolnville Art Gallery.
Jeff Space has been tying flies for 20 years and loves to share his knowledge with others. Jeff is a resident of Hope and loves to be on the water.
David Spahr is a naturalist, photographer, and forest farmer who has collected, photographed, and eaten wild mushrooms for 35 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and maintains a website devoted to the subject, mushroom-collecting.com. He is currently writing a book on foraging.
Chris Toy is a lifelong teacher and learner. After a career as a school principal, he traveled around the world as an educational consultant collecting recipes and stories from local cooks. As a Registered Maine Guide and cooking instructor, Chris teaches classes and leads trips for adult education, Now You’re Cooking, and Stonewall Kitchens.
Karen Tripolitis is a certified yoga instructor for children and adults. With 11 years of teaching mindful yoga and a career as a classroom teacher, she is always excited to teach these skills to students young and old. Her studies included a particular focus on yoga therapy, mindfulness in schools, and trauma-informed yoga instruction. She is the founder of Mindful Roots Yoga.
Sharon Turner owns Crystal Lake Farm and Nursery in Washington, ME. She specializes in open-pollinated vegetable and flower seedlings, native perennials, shrubs and trees, and cut flowers. She grows for Fedco Trees and Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District. She has been a certified Master Gardener Volunteer for more than 20 years.
Nanfei Wang grew up in Northeast China, a region with a diverse culture that is reflected in its variety of dining options peculiar to its residents. As in Maine, winters are long and harsh, so comfort foods are a high priority, with tasty filled dumplings at the top of the list. Nanfei, just like any other Chinese child, learned how to make dumplings from her mother, grandmother, aunts and other relatives.
Craig Wilson is the director of Midcoast Recreation Center. He oversees both the Pickleball and golf programs.
Mike Wilson’s passion has been helping 1000’s of adults and seniors learn computers in over 40 cities in 17 years. He has taught at colleges, workforce and development, community education centers, Parks and Recs, libraries, and many senior centers. His live remote sessions are great for dabblers, tinkerers, and those who have recently bought a computer for personal or business use.