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 NRA instructor.
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.
Patsy Baldus is a retired teacher who spent thirty-three years teaching everything from Kindergarten to Grade 6. She has always loved to write! Her memoir, “Love, Lutefisk, and Lemon Zest Sneakers” was written as a legacy for her two now-grown children, who are only slightly scarred by their mother’s book. Patsy lives with her husband in mid-coast Maine and continues to plot and scheme about her next adventure as a flower gardener.
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, the Watershed School, and other area schools.
Rick Bernard, a former school counselor, has been performing magic for numerous parties and corporate events for over 35 years. He has also taught magic classes for over 25 years.
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.
Frank Burtnett, Ed.D., is a veteran counselor, school and college educator, educational association officer, and independent consultant. At various points in his career, Dr. Burtnett was responsible for the generation of external support for programs and services through the preparation of grant and contract proposals with philanthropic organizations, government agencies, and independent gift-makers. Additionally, he has served as a proposal reader and evaluator for numerous philanthropic organizations and government agencies.
Tina Casteris is a self-taught knitter who loves sharing this craft with those who desire to learn and improve in a supportive environment.
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.
John Coffin has held his USCG License since 1985 and has operated charter vessels in the Florida Keys and Maine. He is a Master Maine Guide and a certified Boating Instructor for U.S. Powerboating and the National Safe Boating Council.
Keith Drago is the Deputy Director of the Rockport Public Library. He has worked in the library field for over ten years and has his master’s in Library and Information Sciences.
Liz Drury is an educator and a lifelong learner in the Midcoast area whose heart and home is glimpsing our shared humanity by fanning the flickering flame that is common ground. Long interconnected through education, business and the healing networks, Liz seeks to expand her experiential learning opportunities, kit by kit, through her new business, Well In Hand ™ A mother of three grown sons, she is a devoted pet mom to Davis and Callie Mavis. Liz lives with her husband, dog and cat in the gentle, rolling hills of Hope.
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.
Connie Evans is a member and former chair of Rockland’s Energy and Sustainability Advisory Committee. She and her husband live in a sustainable, solar powered homestead. She is interested in expanding local economies as a way to enrich and sustain our community. Valli Geiger has a Master’s in Green Design, designed her own net zero small house and is currently Maine House Representative for Rockland and Owls Head. She is interested in creating a community of people willing to live in more sustainable and joyful ways that regenerate our little piece of earth.
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 has taught at secondary and university levels for many years. He has lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, and Argentina.
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.
Marta Haydym is a licensed Financial Advisor with Edward Jones based in Kittery. Alex Jackson is an Estate Attorney working for Jackson and MacNichol in South Portland.
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/
Patti Luchetti studied oriental dance for 25+ years with such stars as Katia of Boston, Morocco of NYC, Casandra of Minneapolis and is the Director/Choreographer of Shalimar’s Studio in Rockland, where she also teaches Modern Dance and Exercise/Stretch classes.
Jacinda Martinez is a garden designer in midcoast Maine. She enjoys sharing plant knowledge with anyone who is interested. Calendula and garlic are her two favorite plants to grow.
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.
Brandon Mazur has worked at ReVision Energy since 2017 and has helped hundreds of households around Maine make the transition to renewable solar energy systems as well as efficient heat pump systems for heating, cooling and hot water. Brandon is a systems design specialist at the Liberty/Montville office of ReVision Energy.
Anna Moorman has been with Allen Insurance & Financial for over 6 years. Anna has a background in healthcare and public health.
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 is a Chicken Soup for the Soul: HOPE & MIRACLES author who’s been with our program for many years. She loves to teach and averages 5,000 attendees each year in her Life Skills classes. Book titles include: Lighting Your Spiritual Passion, Moving Beyond Fear, Waiting-The Quivering of the Soul, Earthmother, Dancing on the Podium. Perkins has taught at Bowdoin, Bates and Rio Salado Colleges and the University of Arizona.
Jason Philbrook was brought up shooting nature and school sports on film in the 1990’s. He fully embraced digital photography in the 2000’s but eventually got bored with it. He then found analog photography equipment on craigslist and eBay that he could not afford as a teen. Now he greatly enjoys practicing with the antique tools and processes that are part of the history of photography. Today, he uses everything from old wooden cameras to the newer drones.
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.
Alex Plummer is a PGA apprentice studying to obtain his Class A certification. He has been involved in the golf business for over 10 years, teaching golf for the past 6. He was an assistant at Goose River Golf Club before moving on to the Samoset as their first assistant professional. Currently, he is in his fourth year as the head golf professional at Goose River Golf Club. Alex wants to introduce the great game of golf to as many people as he can.
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.
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.
Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher explored quilting, bargello, embroidery, macramé, and sewing before she discovered weaving with a $15 child’s loom soon after the birth of her son – and never looked back. She soon graduated to a 60×64” frame loom and became immersed in the texture, color, and whimsy of modern weaving, transforming the natural fibers into a new, very contemporary form. Read more about Bobbie here.
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.
Deb Vendetti received a BFA in Painting from SMU and studied Photography with Carl Toth at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Deb was the Education Coordinator at the Farnsworth from1987-1998; a member of the artist-run Gallery 407 (1998-2003); member of Artfellows (1990-1993); mid-coast chair, Union of Maine Visual Artists (2003-2008); and videographer for the early phase of the UMVA Maine Masters video series (1998-2005). She has lived in Maine since 1976.
Katrina Venhuizen is an Environmental Educator at ecomaine and joined the team in August 2016 with 10 years of experience in various environmental educator roles across the country. She is responsible for designing curricula, on-site tour programs, as well as all other education and outreach programming that facilitates engaged waste reduction among residents, schools, and businesses.
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.