Senior Learners, Inc.

 Become a Senior Learner with us . . .

Bobby Adams holds a B.S. and an M.S. Technology Management from the University of Maryland. Professional career: 20 Years in Army, retired Chief Warrant Officer in the Military Intelligence; 25 Years as a DoD contractor, as a System Engineer, Program Manager, Division President and GM in Aerospace and IT Companies; and 5 Years as a Consultant to DoD contractors, retired 2008. Current President of the Ocala Mac User Group.

Bruce Bouley has been a professional photographer for over 35 years and has years of formal photography training. His experience in photography is very diverse in the military he was in photographic intelligence, a forensic photographer for a police department in Connecticut, former owner and founder of Rose City Photography specializing in wedding and portraiture in Connecticut. He studied under his father, Armand Bouley, who was a top rated landscape photographer. He has been an instructor of photography teaching other photographers both in his studio, for adult education and lifelong learning centers. Bruce teaches all aspects of photography from the basics to the advanced. Bruce has won over 200 peer awards for his artistic work in photography.

Randy Brown has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and graduate degrees from Oregon State University.  He is a professor emeritus at the University of Florida, where he specialized in soils and land use.  




Dr. Joe Coffey holds a PhD in Economics and has taught at Universidad Agraria of Peru, University of California Berkeley, Virginia Tech, NC State, and Purdue. Until retiring from Virginia to Citrus County, Florida, he held executive positions in academia, industry and government. For the past decade he has made presentations on economics and world affairs at the College of Central Florida Senior Learning institute, Ocala; Citrus Hills, Hernando; Top of the World Communities, Ocala; and on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises. For further information please contact Joe Coffey at (352) 746-5855 or JoeCoffey@outlook.com

James Coleman earned a B.S. from New York University; an M.A. from Adelphi an M.S. from Stony Brook University and is a retired English teacher who taught for 30 years. Coleman previously served as a Fulbright to Cambridge, England, did cultural work in India, and taught English in Kenya for two years.

Philip Davis earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from Florida State University. After a stint as an infrared astronomer he spent 31 years in government service in a variety of technical and executive positions for NASA (the Cape, ERC, the Space Station Program, Goddard), the US Department of Energy, and the Director of Crashworthiness Research and Vehicle Defects Investigation for the US DOT. After retiring from NASA in 1996 he served as the Information Technology Architect for the Fairfax County VA school district. Davis has created web sites for schools, charaties, and other local organizations. He has led regular technology workshops for the past several years and taught a basic web design class at CFCC.

Robert DuMond is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Floriculture and Masters in Adult Ed from the University of South FL. He retired from the College of Central Florida as a Senior Professor in Environmental Horticulture in 2014. During his 25 years at the college, he taught landscape design, irrigation design and installation, turf grass management, greenhouse operations, plant propagation, pest and disease control, landscape and plant maintenance and nursery operations. Prior to teaching, he worked as a landscape designer in Central Florida for 20 years. Having lived in upstate New York, he also has extensive knowledge of northern plant material.

Barbara Fitos holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Douglass College / Rutgers University and a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University/ New Orleans. A 35 year resident of Ocala/Marion County Barbara is a former County Commissioner and retired banking professional and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County.  Active in many community organizations, she has one son, attorney Joseph Fitos, and is the very proud grandmother to the “Fitos4”.


Dr. Martin Goldman received his B.S. and M.A. in history from Temple University in Philadelphia. his Doctorate from Clark University in Worcester. Massachusetts. He has taught a wide range of courses including the Holocaust and African American history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Clark University, Holy Cross College, Rutgers University, Boston University and Merrimack College where he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in 1995.

Russell Harding is a retired history instructor who has taught for more than 25 years in several states. He has a B.A. from Arizona State, an M.A. from Louisiana Tech and has done postgraduate work at Idaho Stale and LSU. He served in the U.S. army infantry in Vietnam and is a disabled veteran.

 

Rich Hautanen is a retired engineer who worked 25+ years in the computer network and defense industries. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and a M.S. in Computer Science from Rivier University.  Rich teaches courses on Android phones & tablets, Windows 10 computers, and computer gaming, and is serving on the board as the SLI Membership Director.

Robert Holloran holds a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington. In 1976. as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington, Holloran taught graduate-level nuclear engineering and radiological science courses on the nuclear controversy and the environmental, safety and health impacts of nuclear power plants. Since 2005 he has taught a variety of courses for seniors at CF primarily on physics and astronomy, with others as diverse as chocolate, the health care crisis, and protecting yourself in the Internet age. Bob is currently the chair of Senior Learners board of directors.

Dr. Evelyn Kelly, a resident of Marion County for 40 years, is a writer and college professor. With a PhD from the University of Florida, she teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes for Saint Leo University both onsite in Ocala and online. As a writer, she has published over 400 articles and is now writing her 17th book- 101 Unusual Diseases and Disorders. Dr. Kelly and her husband Charles live on a farm in Marion County and have four children: Kurt, a former state representative, now a lobbyist and CEO of Florida Coalition for Children; Natalie, lobbyist for the Alzheimer’s Association and CEO of the Florida Association of Managing Entities (mental health); Sharlene, a counselor at Florida State College, Jacksonville; and Marsha, a social worker at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and FSU professor of Social Work. Dr. Kelly is a community activist in Marion County political affairs, musical productions of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, and volunteering for special causes. Evelyn and Natalie have traveled to 75 countries and often speak to groups of their adventures. 

 

 

Daphne Leibowitz grew up in South Florida within her family’s respected travel professional environment. This afforded her to ‘taste her way through the state’ and she now wants to share her passion for all things Florida with you. Daphne holds many certifications including Florida Tourism, PADI diving, C.L.I.A. (Cruise Lines International Association) Master Cruise Counselor, Visit Florida Specialist.

William Lewis is an adjunct music instructor at the College of Central Florida as well as the founding conductor and musical director of the Summer Sacred Chorale, a community choir in the Ocala area. He holds a MA from Armstrong Atlantic University and a MM from the University of Florida. He has been teaching music and leading ensembles – both choral and instrumental for over twenty years. Mr. Lewis has taught previous classes for the Senior Learners and always enjoys sharing in the discovery process.

Shirley Miers is trained in Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Corel Painter.  She has taught at the local community college, the technical institute, and lectures at several other private and public venues.

Shirley currently has her own studio with its main focus on animal and human portraits.  She is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and shows her work at various shows and exhibits in Florida and Georgia.  She has won numerous awards for her work in oils, acrylics, and photography.


Dr. Phyllis Pastore started her career in Banking and Finance where she advanced in management positions that included Bank Manager, Loan Officer, and Compliance Director. In Business, Dr. Pastore presented at the American Institute of Banking, the educational arm of the American Banking Association. She received recognition for her positive motivational training at local, state, and regional conference. She is a Registered Financial Gerontologist™ and certified Facilitator. After changing careers she earned a Masters Degree in Social Work at Barry University and her Doctorate Degree from the University of Denver. She taught graduate students at The State University of New York at Albany, University of Denver, and Barry University. Her excellent presentation style and delivery incorporates multiple learning style techniques and humor that enhances the attendee’s learning experience.


Gwynn Pealer has a BA in Biology from Hartwick College.  She has 15 years experience teaching Advanced Placement Biology at Forest High School and International Baccalaureate Biology at Vanguard High School, both in Ocala.  She has been published in journals of the National Science Teachers’ Association and has served on the board of the Florida Association of Science Teachers.  Gwynn retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching.  She has taken many Senior Learner courses and now serves as vice-chair of the board.

Roberto Putzeys, M.D. was in Private Practice in Radiation Oncology at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, Ocala, Florida for twenty years prior to retiring here in 2009. After retiring from his full-time practice, he still occasionally practices outside of the area at facilities needing temporary additional help. 

He obtained his MD diploma in his home country of Guatemala. After moving to the USA,  he completed a Radiation Oncology residency at the Medical College of Virginia and , and obtained his board certification in 1978. He then worked at Brooke Army Medical Center  in San Antonio TX, and academic and Va facilities in Little Rock Arkansas. He started practicing in Florida in Tallahassee in 1984 and moved to Ocala in 1989.



Dr. Sarah Satterfield has taught a variety of music and humanities courses at the College of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Flagler College, and Florida Gateway College. She was recently ranked the 12th leading university professor in America based on student evaluation data. Dr. Satterfield lectures regularly throughout the Southeast, specializing in American music and music of the twentieth century, and has concertized extensively. An experienced administrator with a broad background in various sectors of the performing arts industry, Dr. Satterfield managed the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She served as Administrative Assistant for the prestigious Arioso Wind Quintet, winning grants exceeding $50,000 for that organization. She also coordinated the Adams Project, a training program that taught collegiate-level small ensembles the art of educational, senior, and multi-cultural outreach programming.  

Dr. Satterfield received a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature with an outside specialization in art from the University of Florida, MM in Flute Performance from SDSU, and BM in Music Education from Furman University (magna cum laude). In her spare time she is a runner and competitive triathlete. She serves on the Board of Directors of the local triathlon organization Tri-Him.  

   

Dr. Bryant Shaw earned his Ph.D. in African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a Fulbright-Hayes Award for his doctoral dissertation. He spent 29+ years in the USAF, retiring as a Colonel. His military assignments included tours in Korea, Belgium, numerous countries throughout Africa, and in the History Department at the USAF Academy. After retiring from the military, he became Dean of the Department of Defense's Africa Center for Strategic Studies and Chairman of Troy University’s History Department. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Conflict Studies, Armed Forces Journal International, the Air University Review, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Elaine Smith Elaine Smith has 20 years’ experience designing, developing and deploying global entrepreneurial leadership programs for world-leading technology and professional services companies. Elaine holds a BS from CUNY and has Certificates from Babson College Executive Education, CGE&Y Guru School and Disney Leadership Programs. Elaine is a member of the American Film Institute and has been teaching film courses for the past five years.

Burton Stephens was a researcher and manager for traffic and highway safety programs at the Federal Highway Administration. He headed the International Clearinghouse at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of America. He performed research at the Civil Engineering Department and was a consultant to the National Older Driver Research and Training Center at the University of Florida. Burt received a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology from the George Washington University and has been an instructor at the University of Florida. the University of Maryland, the National Highway Institute, the CF Senior Institute and the Senior Learning Institute.

Thom Thomas studied Commercial Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Thom’s early career as an illustrator started in the fashion world with Jasmine Cartier Haute Couture designs. Later he created high visibility poster art for the Pebble Beach Company’s annual events that include the Bing Crosby National Pro-Amateur Golf Event (now the AT&T golf event) Concours D’ Elegance Antique Car Show, and their North/ South Polo Tournament. He has worked as a free-lance Illustrator for 30-years.


Brian Voge is the President of Strategic Learning Solutions and Program Manager for the Perkins Professional Development Institute at the College of Central Florida. He has been an instructor, training program manager and certified Senior QA Auditor for over 35 years at several Nuclear Power, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and Department of Corrections facilities. He has earned a B.S in Education, an M.A. in Instructional System Design, and an M.Ed. in Educational Media from the University of South Alabama.

Lorraine Wieskamp has been making and teaching baskets, in particular Nantucket baskets, in partnership with my husband Gene, for the past 24 years.  Before moving to Ocala, I began teaching in Virginia where our baskets won several awards including the Viewers Choice Award at a basketry exhibition.  We were invited to Novgorod, Russia to demonstrate and participate in an International Festival in 1996.  That same year, we were invited to teach in three different locations in Australia, one of which was at the University of Western Australia, Perth.  Since moving to Florida and participating in numerous Fine Art Shows, we have won numerous awards including the Award of Excellence at the 2007 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.  We continue to teach here in Ocala.


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